Our physios can assess and treat a wide range of problems. However, each therapist will have an area of specific interest and many are highly trained in certain areas. The list below will give you some details and a guide to who to see.
HUGH JENKINS (PARTNER)
B.Sc.(Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC Registered. Graduated in 1991 from the University of East London. After working for the NHS and private sector in London he moved to Devon in 1996. He has a specialist interest in treating back and pelvic problems, and lectured nationally to physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors on the management of these conditions. He has been involved with a number of sports clubs locally and has advised business on injury prevention at work. In his spare time Hugh tries to play hockey and enjoys skiing.
KATE JENKINS (PARTNER) – Neuro Rehab Physio
B.Sc.(Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC Registered. Qualified in 1991 from the University of East London. She quickly specialised in physiotherapy treatment for the neurologically impaired person, at Kings College Hospital, London working in neuro surgery and neuro rehab. Whilst in London she completed her Bobath course. She has worked at the regional neurological rehabilitation centre in Exeter, working alongside a Bobath tutor. She now works purely in the private sector helping patients with neurological issues such as incomplete spinal injury, MS, Parkinson’s disease, and after a head injury or stroke.
Andy qualified in 2009 as a physiotherapist from Southampton University. Prior to this in 2004 he completed his first degree in Sports Rehabilitation at St. Mary’s London. Andy has completed a range of post graduate training including; the management of spinal and shoulder pain, treatment of running injuries with gait analysis, study of Manual Therapy in Western Australia and gaining his Acupuncture qualification.
He has published research and worked in a variety of large teaching hospitals, private clinics and with Sports teams including Wimbledon Rugby, QPR FC, Portsmouth FC, Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club and Poverty Bay Club (NZ). Prior to joining Exeter Physio, he was working in London’s West End providing rehabilitation to professional Dancers, Actors, Musicians and associated Theatre staff alongside a busy clinic treating a range of MSK injuries.
NICK BLADE – Spinal extended scope Practitioner (specialist)
B.Sc (Hons), MCSP, HCPC registered, AACP registered.On graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2005 he has specialised in numerous areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Originally working in south London and for West Kent PCT, Nick developed an interest in spinal rehabilitation and worked within sports physiotherapy including England Badminton and Sheffield United FC. Nick is now a spinal ESP working closely with spinal surgeons at Wonford Hospital and has a wealth of experience in assessing and treating back and neck pain. He also uses acupuncture as an adjunct to his treatment. Nick also completes acupuncture in adjunction to standard physiotherapy. Outside of work he enjoys a number of sport including running, surfing and football.
PETER HAMER – Shoulder extended scope Practitioner
Grad. Dip. Phys, MCSP HCPC Registered. Qualified in 1987, he has developed a specialist interest in complex shoulders. He works as an extended scope physiotherapist with the shoulder surgeons at Wonford Hospital, and in the knee reconstruction unit. He is a leading clinician in the South West on shoulder problems especially instability issues. He lectures nationally on shoulders and has presented at the British Elbow and Shoulder Society and the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow. He is a member of the British Shoulder and Elbow Society.
SUE CHRISENE – Hip extended scope Practitioner
Grad. Dip. Phys. MCSP. HCPC Reg. Graduated in 1987 from Cambridge School of Physiotherapy.She has much Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Orthopaedic experience from working in hospitals in Kent, Nottingham, New Zealand and Somerset. She is an accredited member of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists; and has had further training in Adolescent MSK injuries.
She divides her time between NHS and Exeter Physio and now works as a lower limb Advanced Clinical Practitioner. This involves working with the Hip and Knee Team at PEOC, Exeter, and teaching within Primary Care.
B.Sc (Hons), MCSP, HPC registered. Steve studied his Physiotherapy degree at Sheffield Hallam University, whilst working for a private practice based in Nottingham.
Graduating in 2010, he has a wide range of experience and knowledge dealing with sports injuries working with professional athletes in rugby, swimming, football and World strongman competitors.
He currently works full-time for Exeter Chiefs as a senior physiotherapist and has been with the club since moving down to Devon in 2011.
ADAM NELSON – Knee extended scope Practitioner and Researcher
B.Sc (Hons), PgD, MCSP, HCPC registered. Qualified in 2005 from the University of Southampton Adam has spent most of his career specialising in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Adam has had a wide range of experience working for several NHS hospital trusts, as well as providing physiotherapy to the academy football teams at Portsmouth FC. He is currently working as an extended scope practitioner at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust within the orthopaedic knee team. Adam has continued his education through post graduate studies, achieving a PgD in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound through Bournemouth University and has recently completed his injection training via Plymouth University. Adam has a specialist interest in treating knee and shoulder problems and is a keen advocate of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC Registered.
On graduating in 2010 Tom has worked in several NHS trusts across the south west of England, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy over the last 6 years. He has worked across a variety of musculoskeletal areas, including working for the Fire Fighters Charity, in hand specialist rehabilitation and in chronic pain. He has a developing interest in foot and ankle rehabilitation, particularly returning patients to sport following injury or post-operation. He currently spreads his time between the Emergency Department and Hand specialist rehabilitation at the RD&E and with Exeter Physio
Robert qualified in 1989 from Plymouth School of Podiatry. He initially worked for the NHS in Leicester for 12 years, whilst also running a private practice in Loughborough. During this period, he gained experience in different aspects of podiatry: general skin care and dermatology; care of the ‘high risk’ foot, particularly in patients with diabetes; nail surgery and other minor surgical soft tissue procedures.
He has a particularly interested in lower limb biomechanics.
TERESA DA CRUZ
ITEC qualified in Swedish massage, Sports massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Anatomy and Physiology. Teresa has worked in both the voluntary and private sectors, providing holistic treatments to a broad spectrum of individuals whose requirements have been both physiological and emotional. Seeing the benefits that massage and associated therapies have had on patients with long-term or terminal health problems has inspired Teresa to take a particular interest in remedial therapies. Her objective is to provide treatments that are tailored to meet the needs of her patients and take into account their total health and well being.,
Has 13 years experience as a massage therapist and reflexologist. She spent 12 years at a local health club and joined us in 2002. Holds ITEC qualifications in Swedish massage, sports massage, aromatherapy massage and reflexology. She is a member of the Westcountry Massage and Reflexology associations and has a special interest in muscular problems relating to physical and emotional stress.
I work as the outreach massage therapist for Exeter Physio.
I provide massage treatments for clients who have complex needs meaning they are unable to attend the clinic. I have 20+ years experience in working with special needs as well as 7 years, varied massage experience.
Outreach appointments are catered for clients with limited mobility and/ or complex conditions which means that a clinic appointments would not be suitable. Massage treatments can be carried out within the clients familiar surroundings either using their own adjustable bed or within a seated position on a stand aid or chair. The treatments can incorporate a variety of massage techniques from deep tissue, sports, lymphatic, hot stones and myofacial release. For many clients massage in this form can help clients with tension from being in a fixed position, improve muscle tone and assist lymph flow. It also provides a positive and relaxed opportunity for hands on therapy which can be used as a precursor to other regular physio manual sessions.
PILATES AND YOGA
Tania has practised Pilates for 15 years becoming a Polestar Mat Instructor in 2006, followed by a personal trainer qualification specialising in corrective exercise. She has attended many workshops including pre/post natal, balance, osteoporosis, lower back problems, the shoulder, and is now trained as a Comprehensive Studio Instructor, able to teach using all of the Pilates studio equipment. She also qualified as an Equitation Pilates instructor for riders.
Tania began working at Exeter Physio in 2010 conducting mat classes and individual sessions. Joseph Pilates initially called his work ‘contrology’ and Tania believes that it is important to use ones’ mind to guide movement when problems have arisen and pays great attention to precision, another of Joseph’s principles. Her belief is that we should have ‘freedom to move’.
Tania has her own horse, practises yoga and attends the gym ‘for fun’!
Howard teaches Hatha Yoga. This encompasses postures and breathing to help improve your flexibility, balance, focus and concentration. It is an excellent form of exercise for people with rehabilitation needs. It is taught in small classes and is a very gentle, controlled form of exercise
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
Trained as a Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher in 2012, and has been running 8-week courses for Stress Reduction and Wellbeing ever since, for individuals, organisations and charities. Diana trained with Zen Master Julian Daizan Skinner and is able to bring both the traditional Zen Insight alongside a modern Western scientific approach to her courses, she is passionate about making Mindfulness and Meditation as accessible as possible. She is also a Mentor to student teachers supporting them through training, qualification and ongoing teaching.
Trained as a Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher in 2014, he is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy. Mark trained with Zen Master Julian Daizan Skinner and prior to training in Mindfulness & Meditation he spent over 30 years in the corporate environment and looks to support businesses and individuals to fulfil their true potential.