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We are located in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Parking is available in the car park at the back of the University Medical Practice in those spaces reserved for patients and staff of the practice. Parking is free for 90 minutes.

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About Us

The Team

Our Team has grown steadily over the past 10 years. We all share a passion for providing high quality clinically effective physiotherapy. We are all different and have slightly different areas of interest and expertise but together we have confidence that we have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to help you with your injury or pain.

Our other key team member is Sara, she runs the Practice from our admin room. She can sort out all admin issues with insurers etc, and will be the person you speak to when you call to book your initial session.

Sarah Duncton BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP

My Story

My interest in physiotherapy first started when I was 15 - I sprained my ankle just days before my first England Junior hockey trial. It was a nasty sprain, and I didn't make the team that year, but with physio support I then made the England team every year until I was 21.

That's when my career as a physio started, having graduated from Birmingham University with a First class honours degree in physiotherapy I began slowly working my way around NHS physio departments gaining tonnes of experience in treating people with injury and who are in pain. I carried on playing hockey at National Premier league level and also did lots of travelling working as a physio in Australia and New Zealand.

I always loved learning about how the body works, and found it's workings just fascinating. I've always had an interest in mind-body connections, and love meeting new patients, establishing a strong trusting relationship, finding out what makes them tick and working with them to reach their goals.

It's one of the best feelings in the world when a patients looks at you with a tear in their eye, and says a heartfelt 'thank you, I couldn't have done this without you'. It's incredibly rewarding and I feel very lucky to have a job that brings so much satisfaction.

My Tool-Kit

I am trained in Pilates and Acupuncture and integrate these into my practice every day. I also believe in good hands-on therapy and use soft tissue massage and other techniques on most sessions. I think my biggest asset is my ability to treat patients holistically, to consider their whole story, to create a sound yet lighthearted working relationship, to inspire confidence in their ability to make the changes necessary to reach their goals.

Outside work

I have a young family so in my time outside work you might find me in a softplay zone somewhere or running after a small child going way too fast on a scooter.

To keep fit I do British Military Fitness, I love training outdoors in the fresh air. To relax I love to eat out and drink good wine.

Alan Rowlands BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP

My Story

As a Physiotherapist I am passionate about the complexity of human movement. I truly love the opportunity to work with patients' day in and day out, to optimize the efficiency of their movement in the pursuit of pain free motion and long term injury prevention.

I have always relished the opportunity to work with patients who are dealing with complex pain issues, which really challenges me to utilise all my assessment and treatment skills. Whilst I am a keen manual therapist who understands the benefits of a "hands-on approach" to treatment, I am also a true believer that listening to the patients story, helping them to better understand their symptoms and easing some of the fears that naturally come with being in pain, is integral to facilitating a successful recovery.

My toolbox

I believe that treatment should always be individualised to the patients needs and desires, and as a result, I will call upon a variety of treatment techniques such as spinal manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilisations, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, taping, acupuncture, neurodynamic mobilisations, exercise based rehabilitation, and of course an empathetic ear.

Outside of work

I love being active! For as long as I can remember, rugby has been my biggest passion, however, over the last two years I have begun exploring new sports and enjoyed testing my fitness in new ways! I have been training and competing in Crossfit and recently signed myself up for a half marathon!

Reena Vaja BSc (Hons) MCSP and HCPC

My story

I have always been sporty and I find the human body fascinating. The way it functions and moves is incredible. I experienced a few hockey injuries when I was younger and visited a Physiotherapist on many occasions. It gave me a deeper understanding into the various treatment methods and the speed of recovery was fantastic. This is what inspired me to pursue a career as a Physiotherapist.

I graduated in 2006 from the University Of Central Lancashire with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy.

Since graduating I have worked in both the NHS and private settings.

I have also had the opportunity to work for the National India Women's Cricket Team in 2007 during a quadrangular tournament.

My Toolbox

Each day at work is different, each client each different, therefore a holistic view is needed to decide on the best methods for the individual. My preferred methods can include advice and education, manual therapy including mobilisation and manipulation, soft and deep tissue/massage techniques, graded stretching, electrotherapy and movement retraining rehabilitation/exercise.

I also have a particular interest in Pilates. I have completed Matwork Levels 1 and 2 with the APPI.

Outside Work

When I'm not working you can generally find me on a hockey pitch.

I'm also a keen traveller and love visiting new countries and immersing myself in their culture.

Laura Atkinson BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC

My story

My interest in physiotherapy began a little closer to home than most... having treatment at PhysioArt as a teenager for knee pain.

Since then I have been fascinated by the human body and the complexities of human movement so a progression into a career in physiotherapy seemed the obvious choice. I graduated from Coventry University in 2009 and since then have gained a wealth of experience within the NHS, the private sector and within a sports setting. Now I have come full circle from the days of being a patient at PhysioArt to be a proud member of a brilliant team. Having had several injuries and even more 'niggles' over the years of playing sport and running I understand all too well how frustrating it can be.

More recently I am studying for a masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with the aim of developing my expertise further.

My Toolbox

I try to make my treatment individualiased and meaningful to the person in front of me. The skills I utilise include acupuncture, APPI Pilates, soft tissue and joint mobilisations, spinal manipulations, exercise rehabilitation, neurodynamic mobilisation and taping.

Outside Work

At the weekend you find me out on my bike with the obligatory coffee and cake stop afterwards. I also play badminton and have completed several half marathons. I generally love being active and being outdoors.

Eugene Quigley

My Story

My interest in physiotherapy started when I damaged ankle ligaments and broke my wrist at the same time playing football at school. My physiotherapist at the time was fantastic and got me back playing sport within six months. The treatment given to me got me interested in the workings of the human body and I haven't looked back since.

I graduated from the University of Ulster in 2011 with a BSc Hons degree in physiotherapy. Since then I have worked in acute hospitals in Ireland as well as in the Midlands. I have also worked in GP clinics and private clinics in the West Midlands. I have worked with football teams and worked for Crusaders FC women's team during their 2011 Women's Champions League campaign. I have also volunteered with Hearts and Minds to be their physiotherapist on a charity cycle through the Alps.

My toolbox

I would consider myself a manual therapist first and foremost. I am trained in acupuncture and dry needling and combine these with manual techniques to promote recovery and function. I am also a strong believer in exercise and consider rehabilitation to be key to recovery especially from long term problems.

Outside work

I enjoy sport and exercise in all forms. I can watch any sports but I have a love for rugby and gaelic football which is a national sport that is played in Ireland. I play 5 a side football and go to the gym quite regularly focusing on resistance training and HIIT. I am always trying new sports and hobbies. I am currently learning how to jive which I can say is interesting! Apart from sport, I enjoy reading and often get submerged to the detriment of my sleep.

Kathy Lamb Specialist Exercise and Pilates Teacher

Kathy's career started in recruitment and sales, where she worked both as a trainer and a manager and during these years she developed many valuable skills in communication and problem solving that she has been able to transfer into her role now as a specialist exercise and Pilates teacher.

After the birth of her first child she decided to have a career direction change. At the time there was very little out there in the way of education and exercise for pregnant and post natal women, and having always had a passion for health and exercise she decided to retrain.

Kathy experienced back problems herself after pregnancy and this is what introduced her to Pilates. Practicing Pilates really help Kathy gain control over her body, and her pain. Feeling frustrated with the large Pilates classes that were run at the big gyms, where personal tuition and supervision was minimal, she decided to train as a Pilates Instructor. She firmly believes in the method, and also believes that one to one and small groups is the only true was a person can go on to feel and see the benefits Pilates can bring.

Over the years Kathy's expertise has expanded, initially specialising in pregnancy and post natal, she has since gone on to work with clients with a variety of issues, from scoliosis to postural issues to sacro-iliac joint problems.

Here's her list of quals: L3 CYQ Ante/postnatal exercise, L3 CYQ Pilates, L3 CYQ Nutrition & Weight Management, L3 CYQ Personal Trainer, L2 OCR Aerobics Instructor. L3 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) .Member of the Guild for Ante/ Postnatal Instuctors. First aid qualified. Fully Insured.

Cat Morgans Specialist Exercise and Pilates Teacher

My Story

I have always enjoyed moving. When I was young I danced, in my twenties I discovered yoga. By my late twenties I soon discovered that being bendy was OK if you had some stability to go with it. If not, it could be a real pain in the bum...quite literally! Back and shoulder problems led me to search out a Pilates teacher. Slowly that Pilates magic started to make my body feel comfortable again. Then one day I realised I was no longer in pain. Goodness, why aren't more people doing this I thought? We need more teachers.....

My tools

As a Pilates teacher, trained in both matwork and studio equipment, I have a curious mind and I love learning more about the amazing human body. Teaching people about the fascinating engineering and architecture they have within them, in fun and engaging ways, is something that gives me great enjoyment. A class can also provide a window of opportunity in a busy and often stressful world to simply breathe, be mindful and relax. Pilates helps you move and feel better in both body and mind.

Outside work

I am a mad dog lady. You will see me in my wellies with Lola, my miniature schnauzer. We love exploring Clent Hills, Sandwell Valley or going further afield on Group Schnauzer Walks. What could be better than the wind in your hair/fur and your faithful companion at your heels? A little sister for Lola ....who should be joining us shortly!

Sara Merrell BA (Hons) Textiles, Practice Manager

My Story

I studied textiles at college & went on to have a career as an Art Director where my job was to organise and produce photo shoots (often in exotic places). I left this career to look after our 2 young children.

Having treated my husband when he was training for his first New York Marathon Sarah became our friend (he couldn't have done it without her & her colleagues & he even went on to do it again!).

When Sarah posted a note on face book saying she was looking for a part time admin person it was fate as far as I was concerned. I'd been working back within a photographic studio full time and was finding it difficult to balance work & family life.

I love being part of the Physio Art Team. I get to use my organisational skills & I get to be part of a Team that really does make a difference to peoples' lives. There's nothing better than hearing our patients talking about how their treatment has improved their quality of life.

In my spare time I still like to be creative often sewing & more recently crochet (it's an age thing!). I also enjoy cooking & especially baking, what can I say? I love eating cakes!

Sian Carberry, Business Development Manager, LLB (Law with French)

My Story

I am a solicitor by trade and studied Law with French at university. A Brummie originally, I moved back in 2002 to start my training contract with a large commercial firm in the city centre and qualified into the Corporate team. Bizarrely, career highlights have included working on premiership football club deals, and for major car manufacturers, which is odd really as I'm not a car person and my knowledge of football doesn't extend much beyond what I pick up from living with a lifelong Liverpool supporter! When I went on maternity leave, I fully expected to return to law but two children later, it's just not for me anymore. With the children finally in full time school, I was looking for a role to go back to which wouldn't put pressure on family life, which is when Sarah got in touch to suggest I try my hand at developing her fantastic physio practice. She was flat out treating patients and with a young family of her own, didn't have the time to give to this side of the business.

I've always had an interest in business development and took on these types of roles with the NCT and with Guide Dogs outside of work, and had responsibilities for developing links with various industry sectors at work.

I have known Sarah for a while and always knew how passionate she was about treating patients and about the buzz she got from seeing people get better. Having been a patient there myself, I then saw that they're all like that! They are a genuinely positive, chilled out, happy bunch of people and so when I was asked to join the team, it was an easy decision to make.

Outside work

Outside of work, I'm not really very sporty like the others, but I'm trying! Gym membership has been purchased and the new trainers are starting to look less shiny every week. Weekends are generally still dominated by the kids, so Lego, Disney princesses and marble runs seem to be my hobbies at the moment! And coffee. And then wine!

To arrange an appointment or to speak to a physiotherapist, call us on 0121 687 3079 or email admin@physioart.co.uk


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