Our Outpatient Physiotherapy Team
(MSK Operations Manager)
Matthew qualified from the University of Southampton in 2004. He has gained extensive experience in both NHS and private physiotherapy, specialising at an early stage in his career in the management of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Before joining the Horder Centre, Matthew worked as a MSK team leader for a busy inner London NHS Trust, providing treatment to patients with acute and chronic MSK conditions as well as providing regular education to local GP’s.
Alongside his NHS work, Matthew has gained valuable experience in the management of sports injuries, having worked part time in a nationally recognised Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) private physiotherapy clinic for over 4 years. He was regularly involved in the screening of players pre-season to prevent injury as well as utilising extensive manual, hands-on techniques and sports-specific rehabilitation to help players return to sport as quickly as possible.
Matthew believes strongly in identifying and addressing the primary causes of people’s pain and not just treating the symptoms present. He is passionate about educating the patient so that they are fully informed in the treatment options available to them. He has been qualified in the use of acupuncture in the treatment of MSK problems since 2004 and is currently completing his second Masters-level module, working towards a post-graduate certificate in advanced physiotherapy.
Extended Scope Physiotherapist
Catherine Kwan M.Sc.(Manip Physio), MCSP, SRP
Cathy qualified as a physiotherapist in Sydney, Australia in 1997, and gained her Masters in manipulative physiotherapy in 2004. She has since gained experience in the private sector both in Australia and the UK, and also within the NHS. Prior to joining the Horder Centre, Cathy worked as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist in an inner London primary care trust from 2005 – 2012. Here she exercised her extensive clinical skills in the management of spinal, occupational and general musculoskeletal injuries. Her specialist role and qualifications allowed her to offer injection therapy to assist patients in their rehabilitation, and to refer patients for further, specialist investigations.
Cathy is qualified in acupuncture and is a member of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists). She is also a qualified Pilates instructor, with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). To further assist with injection therapy, she is currently training in the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound.
While in Australia, Cathy gained wide experience of sports related injuries, having been the physiotherapist both on and off field for rugby and league clubs. In the UK she has maintained a general interest in sports physiotherapy, and is herself a keen triathlete and cyclist.
For the past five years she has been a visiting lecturer at London South Bank University where she teaches a Masters level course in musculoskeletal assessment for physiotherapists. Her aim is always to empower patients to assist in their own healing, to inspire other physiotherapists to achieve the best they can, and to provide an exceptional physiotherapy service by continually updating her knowledge and skills.
Debra graduated from Brunel University in 1996. She has gained invaluable experience in both the NHS and Private Sector in the assessment and management of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and post surgical rehabilitation.
Debra believes strongly in the effectiveness of hands –on treatment such as joint mobilisation and soft tissue massage. She is also an advocate for patient education and endeavours to teach her clients corrective exercise, self-management and injury prevention skills.
She is qualified in sports and therapeutic massage and is a qualified Modified Pilates Instructor with The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI).
Hannah graduated from Brunel University in 2006. Hannah previously worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant at the Horder Centre and then became part of the In-Patient team working on the wards at the weekends once qualified. Before joining the Horder Healthcare Outpatient Physiotherapy team in 2010 Hannah worked within East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust as a Rotational Physiotherapist. It was this experience that led her to develop an interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Alongside this Hannah has gained experience of assessing and treating sports injuries working privately and within Eastbourne Rugby Club, where she worked for 5 seasons.
Throughout her training Hannah has gained further qualifications in sports injury management and hydrotherapy. She believes strongly in hands-on manual therapies, patient education and self management. She is a trained Acupuncturist and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and regularly uses this as an adjunct alongside other physiotherapy interventions.
Hannah has also extended her physiotherapy role working within the Back Clinic, a service for the assessment of back pain led by Mr Guy Selmon (Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon), at The Horder Centre.
Most recently Hannah has become certified to teach the Classical Pilates mat work method. This has enabled Hannah to run Classical Pilates classes, and use this exercise technique to rehabilitate clients with back injuries.
Anne Marie Pier
Anne-Marie graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009. She joined The Horder Centre in November 2009 as a member of the Inpatient physiotherapy team, working with post-operative patients until joining the Outpatient team in 2011.
During her time as a student, Anne-Marie gained experience in many different areas of physiotherapy in the NHS across the South East, developing a particular interest in the treatment and management of sports injuries and hydrotherapy.
Since 2011, Anne-Marie has been working with Brighton and Hove Albion Girls’ Centre of Excellence offering pitch-side physiotherapy support on match days for the girls aged 11-17. In the near future Anne-Marie is hoping to embark on further training to continue to diversify her skills.
Michael graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009 after completing his MSc in Rehabilitation Science. He has worked at The Horder Centre from January 2010 –July 2011 as an in-patient physiotherapist, providing him with a wealth of experience in post-op rehabilitation.
He is now a member of the out-patient physiotherapy team where he brings his fitness and sports injury experience as the lead physiotherapist for the England Men’s U16 Basketball team, who recently brought home a silver medal and promotion to Division-A after a successful 2010/11 European Championships in Strumica (Macedonia).
Prior to his post-graduate degree, Michael worked as a fitness instructor/personal trainer after completing a BSc Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton in 2005 which enables him to bring experience in exercise prescription, goal-setting, and psychosocial elements of physiotherapy into his current job role.
Gemma graduated from the University of Cardiff in 2008 gaining her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She started out her career working within the NHS, where she completed the core rotations in Rehabilitation, Burns and Plastics, Hand Therapy and Musculoskeletal Outpatients.
Along side working within the NHS, Gemma worked at the Horder Centre as a member of the bank therapy team within the inpatient department. This provided her with valuable experience in post-op rehabilitation.
Gemma’s keen interest now lies within Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Rehabilitation and she joined the Outpatient team here at The Horder Centre in 2011 to pursue this interest. Gemma is also a member of the ACPSM (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine).
Gemma has worked with a number of men’s and ladies football teams across Sussex providing her with valuable sports injury management experience to bring to her role within the department. Gemma is also a certified user of kinesiology taping for sports injuries.
Guy graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Brighton in 2010. After graduating, Guy completed his junior rotations at East Sussex Hospitals Trust where he developed a keen interest in MSK Outpatients working at both the Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General in this capacity.
Guy has a keen interest in Sports Physiotherapy and also has BSc and MSc degrees in Sport and Exercise Science. Guy has previously worked with several sports clubs within the fields of golf and football including Lewes Football Club and Cooden Beach Golf Club. Most recently, Guy has spent the last two seasons the FA centre of Excellence at Brighton Football Club developing a sports injury clinic for the players. Here, Guy has gained experience on injury prevention, sports screening and rehabilitation from acute injuries.
Graduate Sports Rehabilitator
Dan graduated as a Sports Rehabilitator at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester in 2010. He has achieved membership to the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) having gained valuable experience with a number of professional sports clubs including Accrington Stanley FC, Sale Sharks RFC & Salford City Reds.
More recently, he has been providing pitch side support & rehabilitation guidance for Eastbourne Hockey Club & Seaford Rugby Club as well as assisting the medical team of the highly successful Mens first XI at East Grinstead Hockey Club.
Alongside his work with sports clubs, Dan provides both 1 to 1 sessions & group classes with the emphasis on promoting injury prevention & rehabilitation exercises for a number of common musculoskeletal conditions including; Back pain, lower limb instability, postural issues & shoulder impingement.