Your Team of Physiotherapists
All our physiotherapists are Chartered (CSP) and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have either worked or continue to work at senior levels within the NHS. They all continue to widen their knowledge by attending post–graduate courses and conferences. The ‘hands-on’ approach is favoured in most treatments.
- Colette InghamPhysiotherapist
- Caroline DobsonPhysiotherapist
- Graeme HewardPhysiotherapist
- Rebecca CarterPhysiotherapist
- Jack Mason
- Helen HarrisonPhysiotherapist
- Jacqui SimonPhysiotherapist
- Danny WindsorPhysiotherapist
- Stephanie InghamPhysiotherapist
- Alison BrayPhysiotherapist
Qualified from Withington Hospital in 1986 and worked full time in the NHS at Withington Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital before setting up Gatley Physiotherapy Clinic in 1995 with Caroline Dobson.
Colette has gained extensive experience in the field of musculoskeletal / sports injuries by working with the England and Great Britain Volleyball teams, attending British Olympic Training Camps. She has also worked with local rugby, football, lacrosse and cricket clubs. She enjoys using Pilates and Core Stability exercises, particularly using gym balls for the rehabilitation of many injuries.
Colette also specialises in the treatment of shoulder and elbow problems, regularly attending the Arm Clinic meetings run by local Consultants and sporting injuries attending OrthTeam talks organised by local Orthopaedic Consultants. She has lectured at Salford University to the physiotherapy degree students and on physiotherapy postgraduate courses.
Colette was the on-site physiotherapist for the BBC, Manchester for over 10 years treating many musicians and performers gaining invaluable experience with various orchestral musicians. Having hung up her netball trainers a few years ago she now is an enthusiastic and improving tennis player at Heaton Mersey Tennis Club and continues to enjoy running. Her new pastime is playing bridge which assist with keeping her mind active!
Caroline qualified in 1986 from Withington Hospital. She then worked full time in the NHS at The Royal Liverpool, Withington, Stockport Infirmary, and Stepping Hill hospitals before becoming the Senior Physio in the out-patient department at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1992. She joined together with Colette setting up Gatley Physiotherapy Clinic in 1995.
Caroline specialises in the treatment of musculoskeletal, sporting and whiplash injuries. She continues to attend regular post-graduate courses and attends shoulder meetings, run by local Orthopaedic Consultants which keeps her up to date with recent research and techniques.
She has lectured at Salford University on the physiotherapy course. She is a member of the North West Upper Limb Group (NWULG) and continues to specialise in the treatment of shoulder problems. She is a member of the Medicolegal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP), and specialises in expert witness work for litigation claims.
In the late 1980’s Caroline spent time being physiotherapist to local rugby clubs and then physiotherapist to the Men’s Great Britain Volleyball squad, attending competitions and training camps both in the UK and abroad. Caroline loves going to the gym, tennis cycling and is still trying to master bridge!
Graeme was the founder of PhysioSport in 1988 which later became Heatons Physio in 2016.
Graeme has now retired and has patients are being looked after by the rest of the team.
Building his practice by providing good assessment, treatment & advice, he soon created a loyal base of over 11,000 patients, and this has continued since he transferred the business to Colette and Caroline in 2015.
As well as general physiotherapy, Graeme has worked with elite athletes, club players and social ‘weekend warriors.’ His sporting links with squash has led him to work at the highest levels of professional squash competition, officiating at the National Squash Championships for the past two decades, several British Opens and World Open. He has been a member of the medical team providing physio for two Dallaglio ‘Slams’ when he managed to experience, with the cycling participants, some notable European climbs. So, he has full empathy for all cyclists and their aches and pains they suffer! With his cycling experience, he also offers a bike fitting service for injury prevention.
Graeme had the misfortune to be diagnosed with Sino-nasal cancer in 2010. Even following 30 operations, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and countless setbacks, he continued to work and run PhysioSport until Caroline and Colette agreed to take over the running of the Clinic.
In his spare time, Graeme enjoys playing squash and has played to county level. He completed an ‘epic’ challenge in 2015 climbing the four peaks of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and cycling between in only eleven days raising £22k. The sales of the book he published, ‘Riding With The Alien’ describing the four years battle with cancer leading up to and including the ride, raised a further £11k for charity.
Rebecca graduated from Manchester University with a physiotherapy degree in 2000. She has recently studied at Masters level in Extended Proficiencies and Injection Therapy.
Since qualifying she has worked at Withington, Wythenshawe and Hope Hospitals gaining experience in musculoskeletal, neurological, neurosurgery, elderly, orthopaedics and acupuncture. In addition to her work in the NHS, Rebecca has been working in the private sector for 8 years and is happy to be part of Gatley Physiotherapy Clinic.
Her job has rapidly progressed primarily through the NHS. Rebecca has had specialist training within the NHS to manage upper limb problems especially shoulder and elbow conditions as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist. She works privately and in the NHS with Manchester’s finest upper limb surgeons to use the latest evidence-based physiotherapy techniques to rehabilitate her patients to their optimum function whether it is sport, manual work or any hobby. After over a decade of working with some of the best orthopaedic consultants, I confidently can provide a thorough diagnosis, recommend investigations and proved rehabilitation. As well as the more common shoulder and elbow issues, I have a passion for chronic pain, hypermobility, problems arising from breast cancer treatments and of course dance injuries.
Rebecca also treats all other musculoskeletal conditions such as whiplash, back pain, arthritis and sports injuries using exercise, core stability, mobilisation, acupuncture, massage and electrotherapy. She believes that patients respond to treatment by allowing patients to understand their problems.
Her passion in dance has given her over 20 years of experience, both performing and teaching and she enjoys treating dancers of all abilities from school children to professional ballerinas to pop artists. I’ve worked with touring professional dance companies from across the world and well-known pop acts.
Pilates tends to be the centre of most of my rehabilitation as I love improving the whole body and not just the injured part. Acupuncture and myofascial release, as well as education, are all part of my technique.
Living in Gatley, with my young family, I like to run, do Pilates and dancing and drive around as Mum’s taxi for my children!
Jack qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2014. Previously, he gained a degree in Sport, with Exercise and Coaching Science in 2007, also at MMU. This has given Jack an excellent understanding in the importance of movement and exercise to help in the recovery of pain and function after injuries.
He works also at a local physiotherapy department, specialising in orthopaedic problems such as back pain, shoulder problems, knee injuries with a particular interest in areas such as ACL rehabilitation, anterior knee pain in adolescents and the rehabilitation of the athletic hip and groin.
He teaches Pilates and has completed the APPI level 3 matwork course series as well as the ante/post natal Pilates course. So he is well qualified to introduce you to core stability, which can help in the recovery of back and neck pain, shoulder problems and leg injuries.
Prior to training as a Physiotherapist Jack was an Infantry Corporal in the Mercian Regiment serving for 13 years in the British Army Reserves with operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has completed military exercises around the world, giving him lots of different life experiences.
In his spare time he is kept busy as he is dad to two rapidly growing boys and when he gets time enjoys mountain biking, climbing, walking, weight training and running (more of a jog!).
Following qualification from Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 1999, Helen shares her time between GPC and the Greater Manchester Police Occupational Health Department.
Helen has attended many post graduate courses to extend her clinical skills in the treatment of spinal problems and sporting injuries.
Qualified in 1993 from Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Physiotherapy and furthered her knowledge by completing a Diploma in Physiotherapy for sport in 1998.
She utilized her sporting knowledge when she was physiotherapist for the Bradford Diving Squad, The North West Region under 19 Badminton Squad and was a volunteer physiotherapist at The Commonwealth Games in Manchester, 2002.
Jacqui is a keen runner taking part in many 10 km runs and the Wilmslow half marathon. She has recently taken up rock climbing, ballet and jazz and can therefore identify with with a variety of sporting injuries. Jacqui is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Danny qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and has experience across different MSK clinics both private and NHS. He has worked in numerous hospital trusts across the North West and he joined Heaton Physio Clinic in August 2018, working part time on Monday and Thursday evenings.
He also works in the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Department at Salford Royal. His client base tends to be staff who are either struggling in work or are off work sick due to an MSK issue and rehabilitate them in order to manage a return to work. From this he has gained an in-depth knowledge of MSK conditions.
Within his job role at Salford Royal he completes ergonomic workplace assessments, which involves assessing members of staff at their workstation and make any adjustments to how they are sat and set up, to reduce any strain on their neck and back.
He keeps his skills up to date by attending regular evening seminars and lectures run by orthopaedic consultants on management of a wide variety of Musculoskeletal conditions. He is also currently studying a master’s in advanced Physiotherapy at Salford University to further his skills.
He has interests in lots of different sports but particularly football. He is also keen on maintaining his own fitness, which allows him to have a greater understanding of strength and conditioning within the gym setting.
Stephanie qualified from Hallam University in Sheffield in 2014. Her main interest is sports rehabilitation and works with her local rugby team in Heaton Moor assessing and treating injuries during training and pitch side. She is also a physiotherapist for the England U19 men’s lacrosse team, assessing and treating the players. She works with GB weightlifting to deliver strength and conditioning sessions.
Since qualifying, Stephanie has been working with patients with complex neurological disorders, using her handling skills to redevelop normal movement.
Stephanie has a level 3 sports massage qualification, a taping qualification and is trained in pitch side first aid treatment. She is completing her Bobath training and continues to develop her knowledge and skill by attending a variety of courses.
Having suffered major knee injuries resulting in surgery, she has an empathy for follow sufferers but understands the need for progressive rehabilitation for complete recovery.
She enjoys playing all sports including weight lifting , tennis and netball.
Alison’s connection with Colette & Caroline started in 1989, working together at Withington Hospital. Therefore, knowing her skill, commitment and care of her patients, they are delighted to welcome Alison to their team of dedicated Physiotherapists.
Having qualified in 1988, she worked in the NHS specialising in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy. She completed a post graduate MACP (Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) course in 1995, which gave her a greater understanding of hands on techniques.
Her special interests include sports injury prevention, exercise management, especially in complex core stability issues which are a common source of many low back problems and many sporting injuries. Alison uses acupuncture, dry needling and K taping as an adjunct to her manual therapy skills.
She is especially interested in how posture affects the body and its affects on injuries and the recovery process.
Away from work she enjoys running, yoga, travel, walking, especially with her Labradoodle!