The Practice Team – Troy Bennetts, Rachel Leary, Celia Paterson, Sarah Wright and Ahmad Zahoor
Troy Bennetts MCSP MHCPC
Originally from South Africa, Troy has been working in the UK for the last twenty years. This includes six years working in the NHS in London, followed by a further three years with the Football Premiership. Troy then went on to work with the National Youth Netball Squad and as the First Team Physiotherapist at Beaconsfield Rugby Club. Troy has worked as a Physiotherapist on the England Swimming Programme.
Areas of excellence include back and neck pain including headaches, arthritic conditions, sports injuries, post operative knee, shoulder and spinal rehabilitation, and postural education. Troy is also trained to practice acupuncture and Pilates for fitness, back pain and postnatal conditions, as well as kinesiology taping.
Troy has recently completed her musculoskeletal injection therapy course from the University of Central Lancashire.
Rachel Leary MSc MMACP MCSP MHCPC
Rachel has spent over the last twenty years based in the City of London specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculo-skeletal disorders. She has been a Specialist Consultant physiotherapist most recently at Pure Sports Medicine, Threadneedle Street, City and previously at RL Physio clinics in the City, Nuffield Health and Snow Hill Medical Centre.
During her career alongside her clinical work, Rachel has been a national & international postgraduate lecturer, guest lecturer on MSc courses for physiotherapists, and undertakes presentations to companies on prevention of workplace injuries. She was also an expert witness predominantly for whiplash injuries and was involved in research through the physiology department at UCL looking at minor nerve injuries in the upper limb.
Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include: upper limb, back and neck pain, headaches, repetitive strain injury (RSI), neuropathic pain conditions, postural education particularly in the workplace and spinal rehabilitation. Remote consultations are available if required.
Celia Paterson MCSP MHCPC
Celia qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2005 from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, and an ITEC level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage in 2014.
Celia completed several clinical rotations within NHS Acute and Primary care trusts, gaining valuable experience in Outpatients (MSK & Neurological), Intermediate Care (Rehabilitation), Stroke/Medical/ITU wards, Orthopaedics and Oncology in a variety of settings. She specialised in Elective and Trauma Orthopaedics as a senior physiotherapist. Her experiences highlighted the importance of reducing soft tissue tension to improve the body biomechanics for recovery and rehabilitation.
Celia is a warm, approachable member of the team who can provide both sports massage and physiotherapy sessions according to individual requirements. She is also able to offer Physiotherapy home visits.
Sarah Wright MCSP MHCPC
Having qualified from the Coventry School of Physiotherapy in 1990, Sarah spent much of her early career working in the NHS, specifically in Orthopaedics where she was involved in the care and rehabilitation of patients having hip and knee surgery. She then continued her career as a Senior Physiotherapist treating musculoskeletal injuries in Outpatients including hydrotherapy.
She has completed various post graduate courses including spinal mobilisations and treatment, McConnell knee taping, McKenzie cervical and lumbar courses and Ankle tendonopathies. She has a keen interest in Parkinson’s Disease, Juvenile Chronic Arthritis and Paediatric musculoskeletal injuries. Sarah is Pilates trained and offers several Pilates classes from our clinic.
Ahmad Zahoor MCSP MHCPC
Ahmad qualified as a physiotherapist with first class honours in 1999 from Utkal University in India. He worked in Sports Medicine, specifically cricket and football, for 5 years in a busy musculoskeletal department. He arrived in the UK in 2004 and has since worked in the NHS. Ahmad was recently presented with an award acknowledging his “Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare in Buckinghamshire 2015”.
Ahmad has a special interest in back and neck pain, sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain, postoperative rehabilitation and hand/wrist injuries. Ahmad is a hardworking physiotherapist who is passionate about the quality of service provided to patients in his care. Ahmad’s assessment, treatment and diagnosis skills are excellent. He has a very calm, approachable and professional manner with all his patients.
The Teaching Team – Ellie Denman and Karen Letham
Ellie Denman qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), through their 500-hour Diploma Teacher course, taught by Tarik Dervish. Ellie is REPS-accredited to teach yoga. She has been running regular classes since 2014 and is fully insured to teach with the British Wheel of Yoga.
Ellie keeps learning by regularly attending workshops run by well-known international teachers such as Gary Carter, Simon Low and Liz Lark. She has also trained and qualified as a TeenYoga teacher. She practises a dynamic flowing sort of yoga, suitable for all levels of ability. Her focus is on moving with the breath and, as the description suggests, her yoga style tends to be fluid and flowing, encouraging body and mind to work together to create balance and ease, both physically and mentally.
Karen Letham BSc Hons
Karen is a REPS-accredited Pilates instructor. She graduated with a First class BSc Honours Degree from Oxford Brookes University in 2004 and started training as a Pilates instructor with Body Control Pilates in 2011, having decided that she wanted to develop her passion for health and fitness into a career. Having always been interested in fitness and anatomy of the body, Pilates was the perfect choice.
Karen is a Level 3 qualified Pilates teacher, trained to teach Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates, and she incorporates a range of small equipment in her classes to offer an extra challenge, including the small ball, magic circle, swiss ball, foam roller, band and weights.
We are proud to work in partnership with Karen Blagojevic, a specialist neurological physiotherapist. Karen is the Clinical Director of Horizon Physiotherapy, specialist provider of neurological physiotherapy & reablement, based in Buckinghamshire. Karen gained a 1st degree in physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 2000 and a Masters Degree in The Bobath Concept (neurological rehabilitation) from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010. She is a trainee tutor for the International Bobath Instructor Training Association (IBITA) and committee member for Oxford ACPIN (Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology), a specialist professional network within the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy.
Karen was the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for inpatient neurorehabilitation across Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust for 5 years until 2018 and was also Clinical Lead for Buckinghamshire Stroke Early Supported Discharge Service (ESD). She was previously Therapy Manager at the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, home of the International Spinal Injuries Centre. She is experienced in the rehabilitation and management of all neurological conditions. Karen uses her expertise to help people fulfil their potential and address their challenges so they can focus on living their lives.
More information on how she can help is available on her website at www.horizonphysiotherapy.co.uk, or call 01280 825711 to book in for a FREE telephone consultation.