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FIONA SPENCER

Chartered Physiotherapist

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Fiona Spencer graduated from Southampton University in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Subsequently, she worked in the NHS at Southampton General, before moving to Brookfields Physiotherapy clinic in Highclere. She then established her own clinic at the Beechdown Club in Hampshire. In 2001, she relocated to North Norfolk and rejoined the NHS. In 2004, Fiona started her current clinic, North Norfolk Physio which has grown from strength to strength.

Fiona specialises in musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries, treating everyday folk and professional sports people alike. Fiona’s skills include manual and manipulative techniques, acupuncture, electrotherapy, clinical pilates, sports screening and rehabilitation. Fiona is an APPI Pilates instructor and runs regular clinical pilates classes for groups and one to one.

In 2006, Fiona graduated from Manchester University with a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy. Fiona has worked as a lead physiotherapist at the County men’s tennis competition held annually at Cromer tennis Club. She has also worked with Essex hockey at their Eastern Counties tournaments as team physiotherapist and as physiotherapist at the schools national hockey finals. Fiona has worked as a Physiotherapist for the county junior golf squads, has worked with the County Ladies Squads and the County Boys academy squads. Fiona works with many individual golfers as their physiotherapist improving musculoskeletal fitness to aid their golf swing. Fiona is qualified as a Titleist Performance Institute certified instructor.

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Libby Thorne

Chartered Physiotherapist  – Physiotherapist

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Libby graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She has clinical experience with both Adult and Paediatric patients throughout her degree in community rehabilitation and musculoskeletal clinics. She has also worked in schools for children with additional needs providing neuro developmental physiotherapy. Libby is particularly interested in sporting injuries, paediatric rehabilitation and post-surgical recovery.

Libby has gained a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Massage and has been working with sports scholars providing maintenance and advice for their high standard of training. She has also completed her Pitchside first aid and Sports and kinesiology taping qualifications. Her skills range from exercise prescription, therapeutic ultrasound, mobilisations, soft tissue therapy and musculoskeletal assessment and treatment.

Alongside working at North Norfolk Physio, Libby is studying for a MSc in Clinical Research at the University of East Anglia.

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Peter Trewick

Physiotherapist  – Physiotherapist

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Peter graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. He gained experience in musculoskeletal clinics along side gym based rehabilitation and community assessments whilst at university. After graduating he worked in a private physiotherapy clinic
assessing and treating people with musculoskeletal injuries. Peter is particularly interested in sports injuries, injury prevention, rehabilitation and movement biomechanics.

Peter gained his level 3 Extended Diploma in sports massage. Peter worked in a private healthcare clinic as a sports massage and rehab therapist gaining experience before qualifying as a physiotherapist. His skills range from mobilisations, soft tissue release, exercise prescription, rehabilitation and musculoskeletal assessment and treatment.

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DENISE WRIGHT

Chartered Physio- Women’s Health

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Denise completed a BSc ( Hons) in Biology and Sports Science at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham before working in human physiology and going on to study physiotherapy at The West London Institute of Higher Education, graduating in 1990.

For nearly three years, Denise worked for the NHS in Ipswich and Norwich and spent a season working with a small group of therapists for a local rugby club which was great fun and a steep learning curve! A move to Michigan, USA, resulted in four years of working within a different healthcare system and working closely with American therapists and Athletic trainers. Since returning to North Norfolk and the NHS in 1999, Denise has worked and continues to work in musculoskeletal outpatients, treating people with a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. During this period, some time has been spent working for the British Legion and also working in women’s health, developing a keen interest in pre- and post-natal pelvic girdle pain.

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Lorcan Griffin

Physiotherapist

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With over 10 years experience working with Professional Athletes in professional football and dance, along with work within the public and private healthcare systems Lorcan is regarded as an expert in his field.

Lorcan specializes in both sport and non-sport related musculoskeletal complaints. With his unique blend of (as he puts it ‘the best bits from’) physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy ,dry needling/acupuncture, and massage Lorcan provides specific bespoke treatment, advice and rehabilitation.

Lorcan combines his personal experiences together with his professional knowledge to provide patients with the best possible care plan to help them in most cases cure their symptoms and reach their ultimate goal.

Lorcan is a great communicator and has a straight forward approach in both informing the patient the diagnosis, prognosis options, and treatments options; if he feels his form of treatment is not for you he will tell you, if he feels you need any other service he will direct in the right Direction.

  • MSc (Master Of Science degree)- Physiotherapy.
  • BSc (Bachelor Of Science degree)- Sports Therapy.   
  • Dry needling / acupuncture certified
  • Osteopathic manipulation techniques certified
  • NASM National Academy Sports Medicine trained personal trainer
  • NUCO First aid at work & Sports therapy UK trained first aid in sports
  • Sports masseur / aromatherapy / Swedish massage / acupressure.  
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Charlotte Nolan

Movement Specialist and Holistic massage therapist

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Charlotte Nolan is an experienced movement specialist, with a broad practice including sports and deep tissue massage, dance yoga, and rehabilitation exercise. With a particular focus on health, and a career spanning 15 years, Charlotte brings a unique energy and joy to her work.

Charlottes career has included working with professional dancers, young dancers starting their career, adults living with dementia in residential care, in schools, in theatres, in castles, with elders with no common language, in woman’s refuge, on an army base, with adults living with Parkinson’s and everyone in between.

Initially training in dance at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Charlotte completed full teacher training with a PGCE(QTLS). After adding yoga to her practice, Charlotte went on to train in falls prevention exercise as a Senior Activity and Health Practitioner. She is also qualified to take referrals directly from G.Ps.

Charlotte brings this extensive experience to her therapeutic massage treatments. She specialises in sports, holistic and deep tissue massage, with a keen interest in injury and pain prevention. With a person-centred practice, Charlotte has the knowledge and experience to facilitate and support everyone to enjoy the physical, mental and emotional benefits of movement.

Charlotte works at our Aylsham clinic, working as a one to one exercise coach in our rehab gym and when she is not helping people in the gym she is working as a holistic massage therapist.

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KATIE SKIPPER

​Soft Tissue Therapist – NEURO SPECIALIST

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Katie is a qualified soft tissue therapist. She treats sports participants both at elite and recreational level, and non-sporty people who also benefit from her soft tissue massage techniques. Many runners find Katie’s pre and post massage assists them with their running performance. Katie also has experience working with football teams where she has assisted with the management of pitch side soft tissue injuries. She is passionate about her work and specialises in improving muscle tone and reducing pain through her treatments, allowing patients to return to daily activities sports and hobbies as quickly as possible.

Katie is a keen sports person and when she is not treating patients, she finds time to run half – marathons, play netball and use the gym.

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Jon Winnett

Soft Tissue Therapist

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Jon is a qualified soft tissue therapist and Yoga teacher. Specialising in traditional Thai Bodywork having studied at the London Institute of Thai Yoga Massage completing 500hrs of training, and an Advanced Practitioners Diploma. Jon integrates a Yogic philosophy into his work as a therapist. The union of Western clinical knowledge and traditional Eastern healing arts gives every patient the kindness and compassion they need.

Jon uses a combination of relaxing holistic massage with clinical soft tissue manipulation to reduce pain, discomfort and its associated stress. Patients also get the benefit of Yoga coaching including movement, breathwork and meditation techniques to build their own tool kit of pain management without the need for pharmaceutical medication. These techniques are based on ancient practices of Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda.

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Zoe Riches

Pilates Instructor

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Zoe started her Pilates career in 2020 after previously having suffered from a back injury.  Zoe attended appointments herself at North Norfolk Physio and subsequently,  attended Clinical Pilates which helped her on the road to recovery.  

Zoe was so inspired by the Clinical Pilates classes she attended and how much benefit can be gained from these classes, she decided during lockdown that she wanted to have a career change and trained to be a APPI qualified Pilates Instructor.

Zoe thoroughly enjoys her one to one Pilates sessions and knows how to get the best out of her clients.  She is very motivated and pays attention to individual’s needs and has a strong focus on technique, strength and positioning.

Zoe takes beginners classes through to advanced classes.

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Kate Withers

Yoga instructor – NEUIST

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Kate is an experienced yoga instructor, she began teaching in 2016 after qualifying as a 200hr Yoga Alliance UK accredited teacher. She is fascinated by the human body, how we function and how we move.  She also has a deep interest in the connection of the mind and body, how our thoughts and feelings are intrinsically linked to the body and how we experience life. Her constant curiosity with human movement has led her to train and qualify in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) a strength and conditioning style method, ELDOA level 1-2 for spinal health, and a further 200hr Functional Yoga certification with Physiotherapist Lara Heimann and the LYT yoga method. In sept 2021 she began studying for a BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia. Most recently she trained in sports massage and Thai Yoga Massage and is offering treatments as a student practitioner until fully certified.

Her yoga classes have a focus on strength and awareness. She encourages you to develop an understanding how your body moves specific to you whilst building strength through your range of movement. Influenced further by the Feldenkrais method and her study of anatomy her classes are a unique balance of embodiment, science, fluidity and structure.

Kate was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work at North Norfolk Physio after teaching Fiona in one of her Norwich Based classes. You will see her on reception at the Aylsham clinic during university holidays, and teaching yoga in the studio at weekends.

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Faye Spencer-Williams

Pilates Instructor

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Faye was a physiotherapist for 25 years before concentrating on her Pilates business. As a physiotherapist Faye worked in a chronic pain unit at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital and then specialized in musculoskeletal disorders both in the NHS and private sector.

Faye qualified with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute in 2004 and now uses her physiotherapy background to provide effective and safe Pilates programs to help individuals return to normal function. She can work on a one to one basis or in a class environment.

Faye has lots of experience working with clients rehabilitating after physiotherapy, in the past she has worked with a tumbling squad who represented their county and clients with multiple sclerosis. Faye have a special interest in clients with osteoporosis providing them with the confidence to exercise and help prevent fractures.

Faye has enjoyed being a mentor to other physiotherapists training to teach Pilates, helping them with the theory and practical aspects of teaching.

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ANNA GROMAKOWSKA

​Chartered Physiotherapist – NEURO SPECIALIST

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Anna Gromakowska graduated in 2002 from the University Of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland with an MSc in Physiotherapy. Subsequently, she worked as physiotherapist in Therapeutic Rehabilitation Facility (outpatient clinic) and, simultaneously, as taekwondo WTF instructor in WLKS ‘Kmicic’ in Czestochowa, Poland. She then moved to Therapeutic and Educational Facility where she treated children with mental and physical disabilities such as Down’s syndrome, muscular dystrophy, myelomeningocele and cystic fibrosis. In 2008 she relocated to Krakow, Poland and started woking for the Polish Centre for Functional Rehabilitation, where she has had the opportunity to treat a wide range of inpatients and outpatients with neurological conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and ataxia. In 2014 she decided to acquire some experience abroad and moved to the UK. She spent 2 years working as a locum physiotherapist in varies NHS hospitals and private facilities. In 2014 she started her current band 6 post in Falls Prevention Service at East Coast Community Healthcare.
Anna specialises in neurological physiotherapy and is a member of the Charted Society of Physiotherapy. Her treatment is based on elements of Bobath Concept for Adults (basic course and two advanced courses) and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. She enjoys working with a variety of neurological

disorders at different stages of their rehabilitation and works closely with the patient and family to help the patient achieve their goals.

Anna is a former member of the Polish Olympic team in taekwondo WTF.

Anna is our specialist neuro physio. She can treat patients in the home or in our Clinics.

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Sarah Marling

Nutrition and Integrative Health Coach

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Sarah is a qualified Nutrition and Integrative Health Coach who has worked with clients in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom to address all pillars of wellness including nutrition, movement, sleep, stress and connection.  Sarah is passionate about helping women who would like to address the symptoms they might be experiencing during the menopausal transition.  She does this by reviewing all aspects of their lifestyle and then identifying where changes can be made that will impact some of the symptoms that they might be experiencing, and therefore improving the quality of life.  As well as supporting menopausal women with symptom relief, Sarah also works with clients of all ages and genders to address areas of their nutrition and lifestyle that will support with weight management, gut health, and sports performance.

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Donna Loose

Hormonal Health alth

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My name is Donna Loose a Mum of three (20,18,10) a wife a daughter, a colleague, and a friend to many. I’m often found on a rugby pitch or eating cheese and drinking red wine when not in work mode.

As a General practice Nurse and clinical educator, I specialise in the delivery of hormonal health with 20 years’ extensive experience where no day is the same when delivering the range of services and advice to a lifespan of individuals.

I believe education is the key to empowerment to be able to make informed personal decisions about all aspects of hormonal health. I deliver my consultations and presentations with A sense of humour and interactive discussions underpinned by current guidance and research. No death by PowerPoint, no awkward silences but a safe space to talk about what is happening in the hormonal rollercoaster journey felt my many from Puberty to post menopause.

A Coaching approach to hormone health helps address mental wellbeing as well as physical symptoms linked to hormone imbalances. I find my role incredibly rewarding and consider it a privilege.
I hold membership with both the faculty of sexual and reproductive health and the British menopause society I Am trained under both these governing bodies to deliver every aspect of sexual, reproductive, and hormonal health A recently added qualification is that of the BMS Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Menopause Symptoms, enabling me to facilitate self-management strategies for women with problematic menopause symptoms where HRT is not wished for or is a contraindication.

Being passionate about improving hormonal health, I speak at events to increase awareness and offer workshops to community groups, healthcare professionals, secondary education, and workplaces.

Donna will be offering one to one consultations and group workshops at North Norfolk Physiotherapy

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Jo Alexander

Life Coach and Mentor

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Jo is a fully qualified Life Coach and Mentor. Prior to becoming a Transformational Life Coach Jo worked in banking for over 20 years and has extensive experience of interacting with customers in wide range of scenarios as well as helping customers in financial crisis and hardship. During this time Jo had two sons (now 20 and 17) and finally left the banking industry to have her youngest son (now 5) as well as to focus on a change of direction with her career.

Jo has always had a passion to work with, support and help people and so studied with The Global Coaching Academy to achieve an internationally recognised Diploma in Mentoring, Coaching and Interpersonal Facilitation. The qualification and extensive in-depth course are fully accredited by the ICF. (International Coaching Federation)

With experience of working with clients in the UK and Australia, Jo is comfortable working closely with clients on any goal, area or challenge in their life that they wish to bring to a session. Also having experienced being coached herself Jo is excited to share what a positive and powerful impact that coaching can have and how it can unlock the potential that’s within us all and transform your life.

Jo offers one to one coaching sessions for all ages and gender to support you in any area of your life. This can include but is not limited to; relationships, family, friendships, career, everyday life, health and fitness.

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Clare Hicks

Patient Administrator

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Clare joins our team having previously had several different jobs roles in admin and customer service.

Clare is our Patient Administrator at North Norfolk Physiotherapy, dealing with enquiries, advising on services and managing the clinic diaries.

Clare is always pleased to help and will go above and beyond to ensure every patient is looked after and completely happy with the service they receive.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, walking, yoga and swimming and more recently attending a relaxing sound bath!