About

We are a global team of experienced physiotherapists with passion to push boundaries and empower communities rehabilitation skills

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Fiona Lindsay
Director [ + ]
Bsc Hons, MCSP, SRP, HCPC, FRGS. Fiona has worked in the NHS, Tibetan refugee and Burmese migrant
settlements, Indian clinics, Georgian social orphanages, on hundreds of
wilderness endurance events and expeditions. Fiona was the founder of
Matterhorn Medical Ltd, (medical provider for wilderness endurance
events and expeditions, brought by Promethus AlphaMed) and Athletes’
Angels Ltd (providing physio cover in remote locations). Fiona grew up
in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada and the UK, her background includes
raising thousands of pounds and awareness for charities through her own
expeditions, e.g. the Everest Marathon, ultra-marathons, Polar
expeditions and solo bike expeditions through countries such as Pakistan
and Cambodia. She has traveled extensively, lived in Asia and is now a
mother, based in Scotland and working on Developing Physio. Fiona was a
Champion in Schools for the Winning Scotland Foundation. She has a
passion to support those in need and believes that everyone can reach
above and beyond their potential.

 

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Katy Niccol
Clinical Director [ + ]
Katy graduated from Brunel University with BSc(hons) Physiotherapy in 2005, after completing a degree in Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Glasgow in 2001. She then spent 6 years in the NHS based in London working within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, specialising in musculoskeletal/ orthopeadic conditions and since then continues to work in the private sector. Katy is currently a MSc student in global and remote healthcare. Her background includes volunteering in India, Nepal and Vietnam treating various conditions, adapting treatments, for patients in developing communities with limited facilities. She is passionate about contributing to helping improve health care provision in low resourced communities and has been involved with Developing Physio since the beginning, writing modules and guiding specialist authors in their clinical reasoning sequencing for the development of the modules. In November 2016 Katy taught 16 MSK trials as pilot studies in Asia.

 

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Tenzin Jigme
Field Director [ + ]
BPT, MPT on Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehab, Certified Biostatistician. Jigme leads the team from a community learning perspective with Penchen Sangpo, Jigme co-founded the Tibetan Physiotherapy Clinic based in Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala in 2013. It was the first of its kind for the exiled Tibetan community and had the key objective of promoting physiotherapy alongside the more traditional ways of treating health issues.
Jigme has organised many free Physio camps, including the recent 34th Kalachakra teaching by Dalai Lama at BodhGaya, Bihar, which was attended by more than two hundred thousand Buddhist devotees from around the world. Jigme also participated in the Free Well-being Medical Camp at Kagyu Monlam Chemo in 2016 and 2017 and worked at Lhuksam and Dekyi Larsoe in South India and with the Central Tibetan Administrations’ (CTA) TibetCorps project before opening his own clinic in Dharamsala.
Helping the Tibetan community deal with challenging health problems led to recent interviews at Voice of America (VOA) channels, Radio Free Asia, Tibet Times and Voice of Tibet, a television programme watched by every Tibetan community in the world. Jigme was also a winner of the investment award from Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development (TED) for best social entrepreneurs in 2015.

 

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Alice Inman
Senior Physio [ + ]
Bsc Hons, MCSP, SRP, HCPC, PGradDip.
Alice is a Physiotherapist and lead of the Global Health MSc course in Plymouth. Before this she was a senior physiotherapist with the MOD for 6 years, based in Germany and then the UK. Her background includes an MSc in Environment and Human Health, looking at the wider determinants of health, the need for sustainability awareness within healthcare systems due to the predicted effects of climate change on health both locally and globally. This all links into her global health work as Lead Physio for a charity Future Health Africa and her involvement with Developing Physio. She has a passionate belief that the world needs to be a more equal place and that physiotherapy and education have hugely valuable roles as sustainable means of supporting so many in need. Alice has a love of the outdoors, generally partaking in any activity that involves mountains or the sea. She regularly sails, either on her own boat or with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. However, she can most commonly be found out walking on Dartmoor with her dog.

 

Sit Song
Sit Song
Senior Physio [ + ]
Sit Song is the President of the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association. He also works as a Rehabilitation Standards Project Manager for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Sit has extensive experience in teaching and training in Physical Therapy including an advanced certificate in Singapore (Bsc equivalent in Cambodia) and an MSc from the National Institute for Public Health. He is a part-lecturer at the school of physiotherapy and involved in managing many rehabilitation projects in Cambodia. In 2013 Sit was involved in the first DP pilot study to help build the MSK modules.

 

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Aurelija Galvelyte
Research Manager [ + ]
Aurelija has received Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy degree from the European School of Physiotherapy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and originally specialized in various musculo-skeletal conditions. Aurelija has worked as a self-employed physiotherapist in a busy multidisciplinary clinic. During her volunteering experience in South Africa she became passionate about development work and health care provision in resource-poor settings, and that further motivated her to pursue a career in the development field. In 2013 she was awarded the Erasmus Troped scholarship and has recently completed Master’s degree in International Health at the University College London (UCL) and University of Bergen, Norway. Having a great passion for research, Aurelija is excited to contribute to Developing Physio as a research manager, where she aims to look for optimal ways to guarantee that everything we do is executed in an accountable, systematic and evidence-based manner, which efficiently promotes sustainable development assistance.

 


Yael Jenny Baron
Senior Physio [ + ]
BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, PhD, DRSM. Jenny is a research physiotherapist for the NHS in Newcastle where she focuses on trauma and orthopaedic research but is involved in a variety of projects in different areas of health care. She retrained as a physiotherapist after having trained initially in equine science, obtaining a PhD in equine microbial nutrition and postdoctoral experience in human microbial nutrition. After graduating as a physiotherapist further research opportunities presented themselves and Jenny completed her second PhD in human gait analysis in July 2017. She has also completed a diploma in remedial and sports massage and keeps her mountain first aid training up to date for outdoor adventures. During her research work, Jenny has had the chance to supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students, clinically and academically, and she thoroughly enjoys working with students on a one to one basis. Her next potential project is to train as a veterinary physiotherapist to come full circle back to animal work. Jenny has an elderly horse who is doing fantastically well thanks to a good exercise programme instilled by her personal physio!

 


Anna Vines
Senior Physio [ + ]
BSc Hons Physiotherapy, MCSP
Anna has worked in Sierra Leone since February 2011 in different capacities which has given her broad experience in training Sierra Leoneans from different backgrounds in Physiotherapy techniques, Outcome Measurement and the Ponseti method. She recently won a Point of Light Award from Theresa May for her voluntary work out there. She came to Sierra Leone with Mercy Ships as the Rehabilitation Coordinator, overseeing the Orthopaedic and Plastic surgery rehabilitation on the MV Africa Mercy. She also trained local clinicians in the treatment of clubfoot with the Ponseti method during this year and continued until 2015, when she felt the locals were able to take over. She also has worked for the Enable the Children program under World Hope International since 2013, training local people in the treatment of children with disabilities in a home-based therapy setting. She has been used as a training consultant by Handicap International and Aberdeen Womens Centre. Previously, Anna was spent 8 years working for the Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, including two years as a Band 7 Team Lead of the Trauma Outpatients department and contributed to the Trauma Orthopaedics chapters in The Concise Guide to Physiotherapy – Volume 1: Assessment and Volume 2: Treatment by Tim Ainslie (2012).

 

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Nathalie Sullivan
Editorial [ + ]
Nathalie graduated from University of Brighton with a BSc (hons) Physiotherapy in 2010. Since graduating she has spent time working in both the NHS and private sector in the U.K. and abroad, specialising in Musculoskeletal conditions. In the winter she can be found working on the slopes with athletes and holiday makers and the summer In the U.K. During her time volunteering with Crisis in London, she realised that delivering healthcare to those who may otherwise have difficulty accessing it is where passion lies and as such is committed to being a part of implementing change.

 


Monica Roe
Senior Physio [ + ]
Monica Roe DPT, MFA is a U.S.A.-based physiotherapist who specializes in rural/remote area practice. She has worked extensively in the Alaskan bush and currently consults for a number of off-road villages on the Seward Peninsula. She has provided pro bono services in Ecuador’s Amazon region, as well as in the Toledo District of Belize. In Belize, she served as rehabilitation director and on-site program developer for a community-based rehabilitation outreach and collaborated with the local Ministry of Education to establish and implement a district-wide, primary schools-based, disability awareness/inclusion outreach.
Monica is also a freelance writer with a particular focus on children’s literature and portrayals of disability and social class in literature and pop culture. In both her writing and in her practice, she seeks to address issues of ableism and representation and believes that people with disabilities are the best experts in how their own needs may best be met.
When not traveling or writing, Monica is a beekeeper

 


Shannon Bower
Senior Physio [ + ]
BSKin, DPTShannon is an Australian-based physiotherapist who places a strong emphasis on active management of musculoskeletal conditions. She works with her clients to improve their pain or limitations through a variety of movement techniques. It’s her philosophy that everybody should have access to physiotherapy care, regardless of his or her condition and socioeconomic status. Additionally, all people should be educated with physiotherapy knowledge in order to feel empowered to self manage. Over the last ten years Shannon has volunteered globally with multiple organizations working with people with disabilities. She strives to progress healthcare opportunities within this community, both in developing and developed countries. Her hope is to continue integrating her knowledge of mediation and Yoga into clinical practice as a means to engage people with their wellness from a holistic perspective. Shannon also is currently working on a systematic review on specific muscle activation and its effects lower back pain.

 

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Simon Fraser
Design [ + ]
A non-physio, Simon appears here through his long experience in the design world… Trained as artist and having worked professionally for many years, Simon became increasingly involved in developing web and print material. These include the Best Practice Guides on deer management for Nature Scotland, Kenyan wildlife management in a form that could be understood by the rangers whose first language is Kiswahili (and who have to tackle elephant poachers), and for the Nature Conservancy, who needed to develop material to enable the coastal villages of Kenya to manage their fishing and coral reefs themselves autonomously. Design for vital need remains a delight that is true here also!
 

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Endorsements

In this world of increasing inequalities, creating enterprises where communities are able to learn skills and techniques to solve their own problems is a treasure to be harnessed. I have no doubt that Developing Physio will have a positive impact on increasing quality of life for many who will have the opportunity to connect in this health enhancing skill set
This could have a profound effect in various developing communities. We have increasingly become aware of the need for education and training within the field of rehabilitation to address various disabilities. We found a particular need amongst some patients with leprosy, those post amputee or following trauma. There is also no doubt enormous clinical demand for support for medical patients with stroke and other neurological illness. I wish Fiona well with this ambitious and extremely worthwhile project which we would all like to get behind. Professor Gordon Mackay, MD, FRCS (orthopaedics) FFSEM
Developing Physio addresses the rural rehab needs which we have currently not found anywhere else. It will ultimately provide consistency in teaching and rehabilitation to thousands of patients who will benefit from this. We are very keen to have Developing Physio teachers to train our rehab workers as soon as possible. Project Coordinator, Community Health Programme, Bihar, India
We believe in what Developing Physio are aiming to achieve and will be contributing 5% of our annual profits in unrestricted funds every year towards their aims. The initial stages of the project require serious commitment and research and I am very proud to be helping ensure this can happen. We are 100% committed to the success of Developing Physio