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FIONA SPENCER

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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CHLOE ROWLATT

Chartered Physiotherapist

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Chloe Rowlatt graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She has since acquired skills in acupuncture, dry needling, cupping therapy, massage, manual technique, shock wave therapy and exercise rehabilitation. As well as working at North Norfolk Physio, Chloe provides physiotherapy for dancers and singers in London. Clients range from various vocational ballet schools, West End performances including Magic Mike Live, My Fair Lady and Chicago as well as TV including Strictly Come Dancing. She is also one of a few physios in the UK to provide vocal physio for singers and professional voice users. She is a registered member of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine.

Chloe is a Certified APPI clinical Pilates instructor and has completed training in clinical Pilates, Pilates for dancers and runners and level 1 therapeutic yoga. She teaches a number of classes throughout the week for North Norfolk Physio including clinical Pilates, chair Pilates and yoga. Chloe teaches one to one Pilates and uses the Pilates Reformer to assist in the rehabilitation of her patients.

Chloe graduated from Ballet West with a BA (Hons) in Dance where she completed Advanced 2 RAD, qualifying for the semi-finals of the Margot Fountain International Ballet competition, Australia. She toured for three years in Scotland performing in Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. She went on to teach workshops in South Africa and coached the GB contemporary soloists for the 2018 Dance World Cup in Portugal. Chloe has completed her certification in pointe shoe screening with Ballet Pro UK as well as various courses covering dancer screening and health. She is passionate about introducing a safe, science based approach to athletes within the dance profession and providing an effective physiotherapy service tailored to the individual.

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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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KATIE SKIPPER

​Soft Tissue Therapist – NEURO SPECIALIST

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Katie has now been qualified as a soft tissue therapist for the last 3 years. 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.

Katie works from our Rossis clinics, she often has Saturday and evening slots available, suiting those with busy work commitments.

ANNA DUFRAT

ANNA DUFRAT

Chartered Physiotherapist – NEURO SPECIALIST

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Anna Dufrat graduated in 2013 from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland with an M.Sc. Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. As a fully qualified physiotherapist in 2015 she joined a private practice in Norwich were she spent a year working with musculoskeletal clients. In 2016 she moved to Norfolk Community Health and Trust to provide specialist care for NHS patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions. She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injuries including treating patients with back and neck pain, golf and tennis elbow, ankle sprains, knee injuries and many more. In her work she uses a wide range of treatments including acupuncture, deep tissue massage, Chinese cupping, kinesiology taping, electrotherapy interferential, ultrasound, joint mobilisations and exercise prescription. Anna believes in treating the patient as a whole and uses a holistic approach in her treatment. Her motto is: “A human is like a house with four rooms: body, mind, emotion and spirit. A wise person visits them daily, or at least ventilates every one of them”.

Anna offers Saturday appointments at our Rossis Clinic. To book an appointment with Anna Call 07788 727649

ANNA GROMAKOWSKA

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 rossis clinics.

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Kate Withers

Yoga instructor – NEURO SPECIALIST

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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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Libby Thorne

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 alongside working part time at North Norfolk Physio.

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Donna Loose

Hormonal Health – Hormonal Health

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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

Sarah-Marling

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.