Helen graduated with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy from Kings College, London in 1995 and moved to Bristol to start her career at The Bristol Royal Infirmary. Following a year setting up physiotherapy and rehabilitation services in a rural region of Uganda in 1998, Helen returned to Bristol where she has continued to work in senior, management and teaching roles as a physiotherapist both in the NHS and the private sector ever since. Throughout this time she has gained significant experience and skills in a broad range of specialties.
Helen joined the Bristol Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2008. In keeping with the ethos of this clinic, which encourages ongoing learning to improve patient care, Helen gained membership of the manipulative association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and a masters degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She is also a fully qualified Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.
Helen has a special interest in treating women with pregnancy related back and pelvic pain and has completed research investigating the effectiveness of treatment for this group of patients.
Helen also has a love of treating complex, chronic pain and helping clients to find ways to set realistic goals and regain confidence in movement. Other areas of special interest include assessing and treating symptoms of dizziness, the rehabilitation of knee injuries and the treatment of back and neck pain, often incorporating her Pilates knowledge to offer longer term self management for patients.
Away from work, she is mum to two older teenagers and a crazy dog! She loves travelling and spending time in the outdoors camping, swimming, surfing, skiing, walking the dog, playing netball and having fun with friends and family. She hopes to walk the South West coastal path soon and return to Scotland to climb some more Munros.