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Meet the team

Highly skilled chartered physiotherapists providing a range of treatments to suit your needs.

Staff dedicated to providing high quality care

All our staff have a wide variety of experience in the treatment of joint and soft tissue conditions, post-operative rehabilitation and sports injuries with some specialist interests including women's health and hand therapy. We actively invest in the training and development of all our staff, keeping abreast of the latest developments in treatment and advances in technology.

Chris Loverock

Chris is the Physiotherapy Manager at Spire Bristol Hospital, joining the Physiotherapy Team in 2013 he specialises in a variety of orthopaedic, rheumatology and paediatric conditions. Chris graduated from the University of West England in 2006, after which he started working as a rotational Physiotherapist in Bath later progressing to a senior position at The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. Chris previously worked for Southampton FC Academy and is also trained in acupuncture. 

Jenny Buckley

Jenny completed a BSc in Sports Conditioning and Coaching before deciding to focus her career further, completing a Pre-registration Physiotherapy MSc at Birmingham University in 2010. Jenny joined the Physiotherapy Team at Spire Bristol Hospital in 2013 and specialises in treating post-operative orthopaedics for NHS patients. Jenny was head physiotherapist for Bristol Ladies Rugby for 2013/2014 season and has experience providing physiotherapy and sports massage at outdoor events such as the London Marathon.

Mary Byrne

Mary trained in Physiotherapy at The Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1975. Following broad general experience in teaching hospitals, she began to specialise in musculoskeltal physiotherapy in the NHS. Having moved into private practice 10 years ago, she joined the Physiotherapist Team at Spire Bristol Hospital in 2009. She pursues a keen interest in chronic pain conditions. 

Louise McDowell

Louise has 35 years of physiotherapy experience having qualified with a distinction in 1980 from RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital. Louise has worked in a number of large teaching hospitals between Northern Scotland and London giving her experience in a variety of clinical areas including orthopaedics, musulo-skeletal outpatients, respiratory, burns and plastic surgery. She gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Hand Therapy from Derby University in 2014 and first trained in acupuncture at The Centre for Complementary and Integrated Medicine in Southampton during 1984.

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah is a highly experience musculo-skeletal physiotherapist with over 15 years' experience treating all manner of musculo-skeletal conditions. Sarah joined Spire Bristol Hospital in 2010 and has continues to rehabilitate post op orthopaedic patients. Following five years working in a private practice in New Zealand Sarah has a special interest in treating sports injuries and endurance athletes. Sarah has also developed an interest in treating and rehabilitating patients following breast cancer surgery and is developing the Physiotherapy Oncology Service at Spire Bristol Hospital. 

Nikki Parsons

Nikki has been working at Spire Bristol Hospital Physiotherapy Team for 14 years and has 31 years experience working as a Chartered Physiotherapist. Nikki specialises in treating orthopaedic patients and has worked with Team GB Athletics, England Golf, Premiership Rugby clubs, football, hockey and gymnastic squads. Working at Spire Bristol Hospital Nikki has teamed up with leading orthopaedic Consultant Surgeons to offer specialist physiotherapy for hand and upper limb injuries and post-surgery rehabilitation. Nikki continues with her other orthopaedic interests, which include Sports Injuries, Orthopaedic Paediatrics and Isokinetic testing and rehabilitation of joints/ muscles following surgery or injury. Nikki is also trained in acupuncture. 

Kathy Strawbridge

Kathy ha gained extensive musculoskeletal experience over 25 years working within the NHS, within Occupational Health for a larger multinational company and for the last five years within private healthcare. Kathy joined Spire Healthcare in 2013. Her experience of working in an industry, using ergonomic principles and health promotion in the work environment, has influenced her practice. She has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of spinal conditions. Kathy is trained in acupuncture and Pilates, holds a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and has successfully completed a Masters' Degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health.

Russell Walby

After qualifying from the University of Hertfordshire in 2004 Russell gained junior experience at Western General Hospital working in neurology, respiratory and orthopaedics. In 2007 Russell was appointed to a senior physiotherapist role at The Royal Gwent Hospital, during this time he was working in professional football for Bristol City and West of England Hockey. In 2009 he was appointed senior sports physiotherapist at Spire Bristol Hospital where he has since gained a qualification in strength and conditioning. Russell regularly performs isokinetic tests for athletes. 

Ruth Whalan

Ruth qualified from the University of West of England in 1994, and has worked as part of the Physiotherapy Team at Spire Bristol HOspital for the last 17 years. Ruth specialises in Women's Health following extensive post graduate training. Ruth specialises in incontinence, over active bladder and pre and postnatal conditions. Ruth feels passionate about positive impact of early intervention in these conditions and regularly delivers educational talks to promote exercise and management techniques across the South West.