Sheila is the Principal Physiotherapist at the practice, setting up Stockton Heath Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in January 2003. Sheila also acquired the Lymm Physiotherapy Clinic in July 2004 which had been established for more than 20 years serving the local community of Lymm and its two GP practices.
Due to strong demand, Sheila relocated both physiotherapy clinics under the one roof to Dundonald Avenue, Stockton Heath in 2008. The clinic continues to thrive, with six chartered physiotherapists covering from 8.30am – 8.30pm Monday- Friday, in addition to Saturday clinics. The practice also has a Community Physiotherapist, Fiona Kellett who treats patients in their own home if they are unable to attend the practice in Stockton Heath.
Having qualified from Withington University Hospital, Manchester in 1985 Sheila worked in the NHS for 11 years, including 3 months working in Australia. During this time Sheila gained clinical experience at three different Health Authorities and 5 different hospitals, covering orthopaedic and fracture clinics, GP practices, specialist shoulder clinics, hydrotherapy, neurosciences including pain management and spinal rehabilitation etc. Sheila has supervised pre-registration students and taught post graduate MACP students on their clinical placements.
Sheila left the NHS to become Physiotherapy Manager at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, South Manchester, where she was also responsible for occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, consultant sports injury clinics, the shoulder and foot clinics and was the chairperson for the National Physiotherapy Managers at BMI Healthcare.
In 1992 Sheila gained membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), soon becoming secretary and then chairperson to the Northern Branch MACP from 1992-2001. Sheila tutored on the post graduate MACP weekend course programme (shoulder, foot and ankle and spinal manipulation).
Sheila has always been keen on sport and in her early career has been team physiotherapist for county and northern hockey teams.
Having also developed a specialist interest in backs and necks, Sheila has formed excellent consultant referral links and relationships with the local orthopaedic consultants and pain specialists. Sheila has also worked for the local Primary Care establishing links and support to the local GP’s within the area.
Sheila was a keen skier and treats a number of patients who visit the Practice having had injuries and breaks that are commonly associated with the sport during the ski season. These include anterior cruciate reconstructions, other knee ligament and/or cartilage (meniscus) injuries and shoulder dislocations.
Sheila maintains her fitness by cycling, and recently rode 140 miles coast to coast from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, with the team raising a magnificent £42,000 for their chosen charity, Hospice at Home.