Our team

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

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Fiona Lindsay
Bsc Hons, MCSP, SRP, HCPC, FRGS.
Fiona is a senior physiotherapist, ex-RAMC TA and a Wilderness Medical First Responder… [ + ]
Fiona has worked in the NHS, Tibetan refugee and Burmese migrant settlements, Indian clinics, Georgian social orphanages and on hundreds of wilderness endurance events and expeditions. Fiona was the founder of both Athletes Angels Ltd and Matterhorn Medical Ltd, (Britains top medical provider for wilderness endurance events and expeditions). Fiona has completed an Avalanche search and rescue course in Chamonix and UK risk assessment courses. Fiona’s 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 travelled extensively, lived in Asia and is now a mother, based in Scotland and working on Developing Physio. Fiona is 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… [ + ]
Katy 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. In Jan- March 2012 she spent time volunteering in Chitwan, Nepal and Hanoi, 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 developing countries and has been involved with Developing Physio since the beginning, writing modules, and now guiding other volunteer authors through the process and working in the development process of the modules. In November 2016 Katy taught 16 MSK trials as pilot studies in Dharamshala, India for the Tibetan Community in exile.

 

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Alice Inman
Bsc Hons, MCSP, SRP, HCPC, PGradDip. Developing Physio Consultant
Alice is a highly skilled senior physiotherapist with vast experience within the NHS and private sectors, as well as  in special schools, in Nepal, Africa and Bangladesh… [ + ]
 Alice was a senior physiotherapist with the MOD for 6 years, based in Germany and then as Team Lead for the department in Plymouth. She is currently studying towards an MSc Environment and Human Health, a fascinating course 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 Kenya Orthopaedic Project and her involvement with Developing Physio. She has a passionate belief that the world needs to be a more equal place and that physiotherapy has a hugely valuable role as a 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 with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, is a member of Dartmoor Search and Rescue and can most commonly be found out walking the dog on the moor.

 

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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… [ + ]
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.

 

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Tenzin Jigme
BPT, MPT on Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehab, Certified Biostatistician. Jigme works as the lead Developing Physio field consultant, advising us from a 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. This was useful because many musculoskeletal conditions and injuries have traumatic causes, or are occupationally and neurologically related.
Several collaborations with DevelopingPhysio have taken place since the clinic’s start and Jigme has organised many free Physio camps at different places around Dharamsala, including the recent 34th Kalachakra teaching by Dalai Lama at BodhGaya, Bihar, attended by more than two hundred thousand Buddhist devotees from around the world. Jigme also participated with his team of volunteer Physios at the Free Well-being Medical Camp at Kagyu Monlam Chemo in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to his Physio clinic, Jigme worked at Lhuksam and Dekyi Larsoe in South India introducing community level physiotherapy awareness and was ‘Volunteer Physio for one year’ there under the Central Tibetan Administrations’ (CTA) TibetCorps project before he opened his clinic in Dharamsala.
Widespread promotion of Physio care in Tibetan community to 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. He was also a winner of the investment award of 1 lakh (100,000) from Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development (TED) initiative program undertaken by Ministry of Finance, CTA for best social entrepreneurs in 2015.
Dealing with the problems of human suffering and providing hope in restoring physical disabilities is the central gift to all Jigme’s patients.

 


Yael Jenny Baron
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
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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Shannon Bower
BSKin, DPT

Shannon 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 printmaking, illustrating and publishing. Such experience extended into an interest in coding and developing web applications. Development for both web and print often combines, resulting in an especially long association with the deer industry (Best Practice Guides for Scottish Natural Heritage). He much enjoys working with others on a wide variety of projects that include schools, communities, the arts and even Kenyan wildlife, where one challenge was to produce graphics that could be readily understood by rangers whose first language is Kiswahili and whose needs included illustrating the gory results of elephant poachers… a task which has prepared him to understand the sensitivities surrounding amputees, strokes and paediatrics.

 

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Nathalie Sullivan
Editorial
Nathalie graduated from University of Brighton… [ + ]
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.

 

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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

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