Allison Bell | Physiotherapy Manager

I qualified in 1989 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. My first job was rotational in Aberdeen Royal, moving on to my first senior role in Glasgow Royal in outpatients in 1992. I moved to the States in 1993 working in Tennessee where I helped develop total hip and knee replacement pathways, bringing them back with me to Spire in 1995.

Since joining Spire I have completed many courses and developed a keen interest in spinal care. I have completed my Society of Orthopaedic Medicine exams, and I am an Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates certified instructor. I have completed all my training and have 12 years of experience in our exclusive intensive physiotherapy programme.

I am the proud manager of two fantastic, clinically diverse and motivated teams. I have a keen interest in spinal physiotherapy.

I live with my husband and two children. I love reading and my book club, travelling and family fun. I have a caravan next to the sea which I love to escape to.

Olivia Anderson | Murrayfield

I graduated from Glasgow University with a 1st class honours degree in anatomy before deciding on a career in physiotherapy and completing the Physiotherapy Masters qualification from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009.

I worked for six years within the NHS, starting off in rehabilitation at Astley Ainslie and Liberton Hospitals before specialising in musculoskeletal outpatients at various different sites across Edinburgh. I have also worked with rugby, cricket and swimming teams. I have completed a Pelvic, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Physiotherapy accredited course and treats patients with urinary incontinence and prolapse. I am a APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) qualified and enjoy teaching Pilates classes within Spire and in my own time.  I am also qualified in the use of acupuncture. I enjoy walking and running with my cocker spaniel Digby as well as cycling and taking part in half marathons and other endurance events.   

Nicki Cliff | Murrayfield

I qualified in 1996 from Coventry University and undertook initial post graduate training at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I moved to Scotland in 2003 and worked in NHS Lothian for five years.  It was here I gained an interest in hand therapy and brought these skills to Spire in 2008. I have developed the hand therapy service working closely with operating surgeons enabling onward referrals as required. I see a variety of conditions; trauma, arthritis related and post-operative rehabilitation and is particularly interested in mechanical wrist pain and base of thumb arthritis. I have skills in thermoplastic ‘made to measure’ splinting, an integral skill in hand therapy. I am currently working towards accreditation as a Hand Therapist with the British Association of Hand Therapists and am currently undertaking a piece of research on wrist movement.

In addition to my hand interests I regularly treats all areas of the body. I am APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) trained to instruct physio lead Pilates classes and currently take two classes per week aimed primarily at those who have musculoskeletal spinal issues be it postural, degenerative or post-operative.  My clinical interests include:

  • Hand and wrist
  • Mechanical wrist pain
  • Base of thumb pain
  • Post-operative hand and wrist rehabilitation
  • Hand and finger soft tissue trauma and fractures
  • Splinting
  • Scar management
  • Lower limb injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Muscle imbalance and pilates

Lynne Graham | Murrayfield

I have spent most of my career in the specialist field of ‘Pelvic Health’. My interest in this field began after the birth of my first child and since this time the discipline has developed greatly. I treat all manner of female and male issues which are very often linked with dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles. The common presenting complaints would be incontinence from bowel or bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, painful intercourse, and pelvic pain. I will also treat pre and post surgical patients, and women presenting with pregnancy related problems.

I graduated from Leeds School of Physiotherapy with a Diploma in Physiotherapy and quickly started work in The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. I then travelled the world, working to fund this passion in many physiotherapy departments across the country. I continued to develop my career throughout this time attending many external courses and eventually settling in Scotland starting my career in Pelvic Health. I have always been motivated to develop skills in Pelvic Health, and find that bringing in mystrong musculoskeletal background and experience in chronic pain management to be hugely beneficial in holistic patient management. I continue to attend courses, and seminars and am fully committed to lifelong learning, most recently passing a diploma course with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.

I work for the NHS as Team Lead Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health as well as for Spire Murrayfield Hospital.

I enjoy keeping fit by attending the gym (though not as often as I should!) and jogging with friends. I love to walk my dogs and am a keen but inept gardener. I have teenage daughters who keep life interesting and a large extended family in the North East of England who are visited frequently. I still love to travel when possible.

Raul Hernandez-Girones | Murrayfield and Shawfair

I qualified as a physiotherapist in Spain in 2009 and completed a masters in Healthcare Providers Management.

My first experience was in a specialised clinic providing care for patients with musculoskeletal and work related injuries. During that time I helped patients with a wide range of pathologies and scenarios, such as tendinopathies, back pain, traffic accidents, pre and post-surgery rehabilitation, and much more.

Since 2016 I have been working in private clinics in the UK offering high quality one to one physiotherapy.

In my current role as Team Lead Physio at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, I am grateful for the access to the facilities and specialised equipment and the support of competent and experienced co-workers, which motivates me to keep growing as physiotherapist.

I am currently completing another Masters at Queen Margaret University on Advancing Physiotherapy Practice with specialty on MSK, and I am working on my dissertation at the moment.

From an early age, while at high school and before going to university, I started doing various massage courses as a hobby. This triggered my interest for MSK and has influenced the way I work which is why I consider ‘hands on’ a useful tool for treatment.

My motivation for studying physiotherapy was to understand how the body works. I take great joy and pride on sharing that knowledge with my patients.  I believe in the importance of good health education, as making the patient understand their state helps to create habits to address the source of the issues which will have a permanent impact on the patient’s health.

Outside work, I enjoy drawing, good food, hiking and an exciting Catalan tradition called human towers.

Nikki Hutcheon | Murrayfield

I have a particular interest in treating sports related injuries and have completed postgraduate courses in orthopaedic medicine, dry needling and massage therapy qualifications. I also have a keen interest in working with sports teams and have experience doing physiotherapy for rugby and junior football teams both on and off pitch side.

I graduated from the University of Dundee with a BSc in Sports Biomedicine before gaining an MSc in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University in 2010. I began my career working for NHS Tayside, completing a variety of rotations before moving to France for the ski season to treat winter sport injuries. In the summer months, I came back to Edinburgh and worked in private sports clinics and have continued this for the last three years. I have now settled back in Edinburgh and joined the Edinburgh Murrayfield physiotherapy team in 2018.

I have a keen interest in skiing and snowboarding during the winter months and have also completed three seasons working as a ski patroller at Glenshee Ski Centre. I am also a keen runner having completed several half marathons, the London marathon and other endurance events.

Nicola McIntosh | Murrayfield

I am a specialist neurological physiotherapist and also have a clinical interest in elderly rehabilitation.

Qualifying in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University, I have gained experience as a Junior and Senior physiotherapist within the NHS across many clinical areas. Laterally I worked in elderly rehabilitation and neurological outpatient settings. Working as a neurological specialist physiotherapist with Spire since 2017, I have experience in treating a variety of conditions such as stroke, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Functional Movement Disorder.

Outwith work, I am kept very busy with three young boys to run around with. I have recently started running and completed my first 10km run in September 2018. I also enjoy cycling, walking and travelling with my family.

Emma Moon | Shawfair

I have special interests in; sports injuries and rehabilitation, muscle imbalance, manual therapy, hydrotherapy, Pilates and acupuncture.

I qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2002 from Brighton University. I spent 12 years working within the NHS in a large London teaching hospital, developing my specialist musculoskeletal skills in a variety of clinical settings including hydrotherapy, womens’ health and orthopaedics. I have completed a large number of postgraduate courses including APPI Pilates matwork 1 and 2, foundation acupuncture, The Shoulder Theory and practice and numerous manual therapy courses. I am working to masters level having completed modules in advanced physiotherapy practice at St Georges Hospital London and am keen to complete my masters in the future. I moved to Edinburgh and joined the Spire physiotherapy team at the beginning of 2017.

I currently work part-time at Spire as I have two young children at home. In my spare time I enjoy a variety of sports, most notably running. I have completed the London marathon as well as a number of half marathons, and I am keen to take part in the Edinburgh marathon in the future. I also enjoy attending and teaching Pilates and love to see the benefits that participating in pilates has on patients.

Karen Munro | Murrayfield and Shawfair

I set up the shoulder service at Spire in 2010 and working closely with the consultants to provide high quality care. I spent two years working in New Zealand in 2002 and prior to that worked in Glasgow as well as physio to the British Paralympic volleyball team, Scottish Commonwealth badminton team and local rugby clubs. I have a clinical interest in shoulder assessment and rehabilitation, rotator cuff tears and tendinopathy, shoulder instability and sports injuries.

I have a young son but enjoy keeping fit and I regularly spin, cycle, walk and ski.

Sarah Paterson | Shawfair

I qualified from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 1996 with BSc(Hons). After time spent travelling, I worked in Glasgow for seven years within the NHS gaining experience in a number of physio disciplines before specialising in Musculoskeletal Out-patients I began working with Spire in 2003 when it was Bupa. It was here working within the specialised back and neck programme that my clinical interest of low back and neck pain developed. I undertook a MSc degree with a focus to back and neck pain at Glasgow Caledonian University, completing in 2011. I have also completed Credentialing exams with the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy approach and also several postgraduate courses in manual therapy and soft tissue techniques.

I have clinical experience from working part-time with the British Army and has deployed on operations and on exercise abroad and in the UK in a physio role. Here I have worked in a variety of high pressured environments gaining vital treatment and rehabilitation experience. I have a particular clinical interest in the treatment of back and neck pain, particularly that of a chronic nature.

I have enjoyed an active lifestyle with hill walking, skiing (alpine and cross-country) and cycling amongst my hobbies. I have ran several half marathons and a full marathon although I keep to shorter distances now. Holidays have included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, walking the Haute Route and cycling between Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal. I now have a young daughter who has tamed the outdoor activities and holidays - for the short term.

Jo Pentland | Shawfair

I am a Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist and assesse and treat a variety of respiratory related conditions. These include Bronchiectasis, COPD and Hyperventilation/Dysfunctional breathing patterns. Within these areas I will provide airway clearance techniques, breathlessness management and breathing retraining. Where appropriate this will include physical exercise. Another aspect of the respiratory care provided by myself is education and self-management in relation to the above respiratory conditions.

I graduated from Queen Margaret University in 1998. I started my career at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh as a junior physiotherapist where I completed my core rotations. Following these I realised my interest was within the respiratory/surgical speciality. At this point I gained a Senior post at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where I rotated through critical care (both general and cardiothoracic), surgery, renal/transplant and respiratory medicine. At the end of 2001 I acquired my Clinical Specialist Post in Respiratory Medicine where I specialised in COPD, Bronchiectasis, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung Cancer and step down respiratory patients from critical care. Within the NHS I was involved in a number of research projects in relation to Bronchiectasis and its management.

I work part-time across the NHS and private healthcare. In my spare time I am very motivated to keep herself fit and healthy, mainly with running, spin classes and a variety of high intensity interval training sessions.

Chris Raeburn | Shawfair

I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2003, working in several gyms in Edinburgh and gaining experience with a wide range of clients. I graduated with an honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2007 and joined Spire Healthcare in 2008. Working mainly with back pain patients, I completed a Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain to further increase my knowledge in this area in 2011. My main interest is in strength and conditioning and its application to rehabilitation, with a particular focus on the spine. My interest in strength and conditioning has led me to complete a Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) in Strength and Conditioning and to qualify as a Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2013.

I have interests in a variety of sports and personally enjoys strength training in the gym and martial arts. I also enjoy attempting to play the guitar.

Marnie Raeburn | Shawfair

My areas of interest are functional rehabilitation and working with individuals who are aiming to return to their sport or recreational activity.

I qualified with a BSc Sports & Exercise Science in 2007 after previously working in financial services. I was a fitness instruction for three years before joining Spire full time in 2012. Working in the health and fitness industry I saw the need for functional training, and tailoring programs to individual needs whilst addressing muscles imbalances and movement deficiencies to help improve function and decrease risk of injury. To further my knowledge in this area I qualified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) in 2013 with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). This has enhanced my skills working within the back and neck clinic.

Having been a keen runner and squash player my main interest is still keeping fit but by resistance and cardiovascular training in the gym. I also enjoy long walks with my husband.

Kirsty Rennie | Murrayfield

I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2007. After working in London for a few years, I moved back to Edinburgh and have been at Spire Murrayfield since 2010. I sees a wide variety of musculoskeletal patients with various conditions, in the department, and furthermore have taken a keen interest in pilates for upper and lower back pain and in the ante and post-natal population. I also practice in Acupuncture for pain relief, and in the oncology setting to help treat the side-effects of chemotherapy. My clinical interests are in:

  • Pilates rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture for pain relief / treating the side-effects of chemotherapy
  • Acute injuries
  • Post-operative rehabilitation

I work part-time at Spire as I have two young children at home, but in my spare time enjoy a variety of sports, most notably golf, hockey and squash. I also enjoy teaching pilates and love to see the benefits it has to patients.

Kirstin Snodgrass | Shawfair

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 from Glasgow Caledonian University. Since then I have worked extensively in musculosketetal physiotherapy, within the NHS, occupational health and private practice. I spent most of my career working in Dundee with a year spent working in private practice in New Zealand. Prior to joining Spire in November 2013 I worked full time with elite athletes at the Sportscotland Institute of Sport.

As a sports physiotherapist I have worked for the Scottish Rugby Union with the Scottish Club International Team and the Scottish Women’s hockey team for many years. Having worked as a physiotherapist for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth games in 2011 and at the London Olympics in 2012 I was one of Team Scotland’s physiotherapists for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

Post graduate qualifications include: Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine, Credentialed McKenzie (MDT) Therapist, Acupuncture Course, MSc module in Advanced practice clinical reasoning for Musculoskeletal physiotherapists. My clinical interests include:

  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Back and neck pain treatment
  • McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and therapy - registered practitioner
  • Occupational health
  • Myofascial release
  • Acupuncture

I am a keen sports and fitness enthusiast. I was a past junior Scottish Hockey Internationalist. I now enjoy Triathlons and am proud to be an Ironwoman! I also enjoys yoga and skiing.

Lorna Stevenson | Murrayfield

I am a specialist respiratory physiotherapist at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals. Conditions of interest include Bronchiectasis, COPD, Hyperventilation & Dysfunctional Breathing. Interventions include:

  • Education and self-management strategies
  • Airway Clearance Techniques for excessive sputum production or impaired sputum clearance
  • Breathlessness management techniques
  • Breathing exercises to correct abnormal breathing patterns
  • Physical exercise

I graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh in 2002 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. I have specialised in Critical Care and Respiratory Physiotherapy for the past nine years, laterally focusing on more chronic respiratory Conditions such as Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive pulmonary Disease (also known as Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema) and Dysfunctional Breathing. Currently I am working as a Respiratory Specialist in roles across the Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors. I have had articles published in the Journal of the Association of Chartered physiotherapists in Respiratory Care and in Respiratory Medicine.
Outside work I enjoy hill walking and travel.

Roz Ward | Shawfair

I qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2005 with an MSc in Rehabilitation Science. My first graduate job was at St John’s Hospital for three years then I continued to do outpatients in the Community in East Lothian for two years where I developed a back exercise classes in the community and lower limb classes in the hospital setting. I also worked as a Physiotherapist for Division 2 rugby for three years whilst also worked in a private sports injury clinic in East Lothian.

My main clinical interests are spinal rehabilitation, spinal education, manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, sports injuries, Pilates and Acupuncture.

I have now been working as a Physiotherapist for 10 years. I worked in the NHS for 5½ years gaining a broad range of experience in large outpatient settings and in community health centres. I then initially came to work at Murrayfield treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in a busy outpatient environment. I have now been working at Spire for five years where I am involved in the Perform spine care program. I am completing my APPI Pilates this year. I have a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and I am qualified in Acupuncture.

Outside of work I enjoy horse riding, skiing, swimming and spending time with my two young daughters.