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. 

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 musculoskeletal 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.

Melanie Dillon

Melanie completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University Of Queensland, Australia over 20 years ago. Since graduating she has worked in both private and public hospitals and private practice in Australia and the UK, including Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London and The Spire Hospital Reading.

Melanie completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Business in 2010 and worked for The Queensland Health Department for 5 years. Melanie joined the Spire Bristol Hospital in 2015. She is a highly experienced Physiotherapist who now specialises in Inpatient Physiotherapy treatment including orthopaedics, respiratory, cardiac and gynaecological patients.

Jenny Escure

Jenny graduated from Birmingham University in 2004 with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She started her career in Birmingham, where she spent three years working in the NHS, completing her core rotations and gaining valuable experience in neurology, respiratory, paediatric, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic Physiotherapy, before going on to specialise in musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation.

She has undergone several post graduate training courses including the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Diploma, and Acupuncture Foundation.  Jenny moved back to her Bristol hometown in 2012, and has since been working at the Spire Bristol Hospital offering Physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation to patients following orthopaedic surgery. She has gained vast experience and knowledge in musculoskeletal injury, orthopaedics and post–op rehabilitation over the years, and always aims to provide personalised assessment and treatment in order to promote an optimum recovery.

Danny Fitzpatrick

Danny studied and qualified from UWE in Bristol in 2011. He now works at Spire Bristol Hospital as a full time inpatient physiotherapist treating patients following orthopaedic and cardiothoracic surgery both on the ward and on ITU. Danny is the clinical lead for moving and handling  in the hospital and runs regular in-hospital staff training sessions for the safe moving and handling of patients.

Danny has a particular interest in management of Orthopaedic conditions and attends regular training to improve his knowledge and stay up to date with the best clinical practice. Recently Danny has developed interest in complex knee surgery and now works closely with our consultants on the acute rehabilitation of inpatients prior to discharge from hospital.

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah is a highly experience musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 15 years' experience treating all manner of musculoskeletal 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. 

Kathy Strawbridge

Kathy has gained extensive musculoskeletal experience over 25 years working within the NHS, within Occupational Health for a large multinational company and more recently within private healthcare.                

Kathy joined Spire Healthcare in 2013. Her experience of working in 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. 

Carolyn Winter

Carolyn is a highly experienced physiotherapist and enjoys her role as the In-patient team lead at Spire, Bristol. Having completed her BSc in Physiotherapy in Glasgow she then gained general experience working in In patients and Out Patients at the Southern General, Glasgow and then Charing Cross Hospital, London.                           

Having spent several years working in London she then had the opportunity to work for two years in acute care and orthopaedics at a large teaching hospital in the USA. She then returned to London and worked with adults and paediatrics at The Harley Street Clinic before settling in Bristol. She worked for many years at Southmead Hospital heading up the in-patient ITU and acute rehabilitation team. Carolyn joined Spire when she moved to Bristol and has worked solely for Spire for several years. She has a wealth of experience and has a keen interest in Cardiorespiratory and Orthopaedics and leads the hospital Discharge Group.