I graduated from St. George’s Medical School in 2005 with a degree in physiotherapy and began my career at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge.
After various issues during and after my first pregnancy I developed a career changing interest in the field of pelvic health physiotherapy. My particular passion is postpartum (post baby) recovery. I believe that all women should be seen by a pelvic health physiotherapist postpartum to optimise rehabilitation and obtain a safe, effective return to exercise. Through personal experience I found recovery difficult and information/ advice inconsistent and this need not be the case.
Over the years I have gone on to specialise in this area and over a 4 year period established and developed a very successful women’s Health clinic at London Bridge Hospital. I now work independently at the Halos Clinic in Oxted, an amazing holistic therapy centre that has its finger on the pulse regarding women’s health.
I have completed many post graduate Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) women’s health courses, Maeve Whelan’s manual therapy for the pelvic floor course, Ramona Horton’s visceral mobilsation, Holly Herman’s advanced pelvic floor course and I am a recognised Mummy Mot practitioner. I am a member of the professional network Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) as well as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I set up and lead Oxted Ladies Run Club and lead courses aimed at getting women back to (or starting ) running safely and successfully. I am also campaigning for better post-natal physiotherapy access for all women with a wonderful group of women. Our group is called the The Pelvic Floor Patrol.
I am a pelvic health physiotherapist and stand up comedian.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1993 and have had a keen interest in pelvic health for over 10 years. I find myself perfectly suited to comedy and working with genitals as I've never been embarrassed.
I live in Edinburgh, but, am portable. I frequently travel to present at conferences, do after dinner speaking, and to provide training and education about pelvic floors and continence to health professionals, universities, schools and anyone who’ll listen, really.
I am a stand-up comedian primarily because I'm a ghastly attention seeker, but also because humour is a powerful tool in health promotion, particularly when applied to issues which are taboo or embarrassing.
My main hobbies are knitting (mostly rude things), drawing (mostly rude things) and trying to prevent my children from acquiring any more pets.
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I qualified from the University of East London in 1991 and became interested in the field of pelvic health a few years later. Once I had my two children that interest developed further and I now work in a small pelvic health team at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in South London.
I am particularly interested in the use of pessaries for prolapse management, mesh complications, pelvic floor exercise adherence and ways to address the stigma surrounding pelvic health conditions such as incontinence.
I have worked closely with the team at Living With (formerly Propagator) and in 2013 we launched Squeezy, the physiotherapy pelvic floor muscle exercise App. This has become the number one paid medical app in the UK and has won several industry awards. It has been translated into Arabic, is selling worldwide and is also available for men and for people with Cystic Fibrosis. Living With have also developed a connected version of the app (SqueezyCX) which links to a clinician-led platform to support adherence and remote monitoring.
I am passionate about enabling all men and women to find it easier to talk about their pelvic health problems and to access suitable support and treatment.
pelvicroar extended team