Physiotherapy Team

Our physiotherapy and sports therapists have years of practical experience and expertise in treating sports related injuries.

Helen Cairney MSCP HPC AACP (Physiotherapy Manager)
Helen graduated with distinction from Guy’s Hospital in 1985. She has worked extensively in both NHS and private sectors in a variety of specialties including respiratory, amputee rehabilitation, neuro-musculoskeletal, sport injuries and cardio-pulmonary therapy.  Helen is a qualified acupuncturist and matwork 1 Pilates instructor. Helen has worked with professional tennis players, senior and junior, and as a junior player at county and national level herself has valuable experience in this field.

Carolyn Welsford MCSP HPC AACP (Physiotherapist)
Carolyn has been working as a Chartered Physiotherapist for twelve years. She has valuable orthopaedic experience and particularly enjoys post-operative rehabilitation with such patients in the outpatient department. She also spends some time on the ward. Carolyn has completed her phototherapy training for the treatment of patients with skin conditions, is a qualified acupuncturist and is trained in matwork 1 pilates. 

Seral Ramadan BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) Dip AACP MCSP HPC (Physiotherapist)
Seral graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2006 from the University of East London. She also has a degree in Sports and Fitness Studies, diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage, and qualified as a Personal Trainer. She is a fully qualified and registered Acupuncturist and a qualified clinical Pilates instructor. An experienced neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS and Private sectors. She has worked with dancers at the Urdang Dance Academy. She is a keen cyclist, snowboarder and fitness enthusiast. Her intention is to utilise all her experience and knowledge to prevent and treat injuries and pain.

Noel Thatcher MBE MCSP HCPC (Senior Physiotherapist)
Noel is a senior `musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist who graduated with distinction from the North London School of `physiotherapy in 1990. He worked in the NHS before moving to the private sector where he worked in rehabilitation roles before moving to his current position as Senior Physiotherapist at The Holly Private Hospital. He also leads the Physiotherapy imput for the Run 3D gait analysis at Holly House.
Noel has extensive post-graduate qualifications in the fields of manual therapy and rehabilitation of sports and, specifically, running injuries.

Noel has previously run his own private practice within a running retailer and has nearly 15 years experience of treating runners of all ages and abilities, from sub-11 second 100m runners to ultra-runners and everyone in between. Noel has blogged and contributed to articles in both Runners World UK and in the Guardian as well as presenting at various running seminars and “Ask the Experts” evenings.

Noel particularly enjoys working with new runners and first time marathoners. As a runner Noel competed Internationally for over 20 years taking part in 6 Paralympic Games and winning medals at every distance from 100m to 10,000m on the track. In a career spanning 20 years, Noel won a total of 42 International Gold medals and never missed a Championship due to injury. At the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games Noel won
both 5000 and 10,000 metres despite carrying a stress fracture to his left tibia. He has completed 15 marathons with a PB of 2.34.

Noel was awarded an MBE in the 1997 New Years Honors List for Service to Disability Sport and was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Bucket list race would have to be the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji but Noel also has a dream of leading a group of visually impaired runners in a relay from North to South Japan.

Professional Qualifications

  • MCSP. Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council.
  • Member of the Association of Physiotherapists in Private Practice.
  • Registered as a Super Specialist with the world-acclaimed The Running Clinic .

Charlotte Pilgrim (Physiotherapist)
Charlotte qualified as a physiotherapist in 2010 from the University of Southampton. She initially worked in the NHS before joining The Holly Private Hospital in February 2014. Charlotte provides the inpatient physiotherapy service, treating patients post-surgery, as well as managing musculoskeletal conditions in the outpatient setting. She has completed APPI Pilates Matwork Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 and runs weekly Pilates classes at The Holly. She is also qualified in acupuncture. Charlotte has a part time position with West Ham United Football Club Academy, where she assists with the rehabilitation of sports injuries in young professional athletes. 

Anna Rees BSc (Hons) HPC  MCSP AACP MBAHT (Physiotherapist) 
Anna graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of West England (UWE) in 2008. She has a special interest in upper limb conditions and has been on a number of post graduate courses on the diagnosis and management of shoulder and hand pain. She has completed Pilates (APPI Matwork Level 1 and 2) courses and runs classes weekly. She is qualified in Acupuncture. 

Anna is currently undertaking a post graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal medicine with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOM) and Middlesex University. She is also currently working through British Association of Hand Therapy modules and is the lead for shoulder and hand therapy in the department. 

Zoe Eggleton MSc MCSP (Specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s and Men’s Health)
Zoe trained as a physiotherapist at King's College London, qualifying in 2008. Since qualification she has worked at various NHS trusts, most recently as a team lead in Women’s and Men’s Health at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, gaining extensive experience in musculoskeletal, obstetrics and gynaecology. Zoe has undertaken Masters-level study in Continence for Physiotherapists and was awarded a distinction for her Postgraduate Certificate in 2016. She is a qualified acupuncturist and Pilates instructor, having undertaken Matwork 1-3 and CPD courses in Pilates for pregnancy.

Zoe treats male and female clients with pelvic floor problems such as incontinence, prolapse and overactive bladder, utilising a range of treatment strategies such as functional pelvic floor muscle training, biofeedback and bladder retraining.

Zoe is passionate about exercise in pregnancy and has extensive knowledge and practical experience of treating pregnant women with back and pelvic pain. Treatments include manual therapy, acupuncture and personalised exercise therapy. Zoe also offers the Mummy MOT service

Sophie Apps MCSP HCPC (Senior Physiotherapist)
Sophie studied at Kings College London University, graduating in 2010. Her first roles were within the NHS working as a junior Physiotherapist completing her rotations in all areas of Physiotherapy.

Sophie left the NHS in 2012 to take on a role leading a private musculoskeletal Physiotherapy clinic, and has worked within private practise since this within London and Essex. Her post-graduation studies have included becoming trained in Sports Massage, Acupuncture, and in Pilates which she uses regularly on a 1:1 basis as treatment for her patients.

One of Sophie’s main interests is working with lower limb injuries, and within the sporting population. Sophie is a keen triathlete herself, and has completed endurance racing across the UK, including marathons and an ironman. From this passion, she enjoys working with runners and triathletes of all abilities and is now running the 3D Bike Fit Assessment service at The Holly.

Gloria Adigwe MSc MCSP (Senior Physiotherapist)
Gloria graduated as a chartered physiotherapist from the University of East London 1999. Since qualifying she has worked in various NHS trusts, private practice, community, and has had roles such as a Senior Lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of East London running the undergraduate and post graduate programmes in physiotherapy. Gloria has a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the UEL and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in neuro physiotherapy.  She has special interest in neuro dynamics, neurological conditions and disability. Gloria runs the Neuro Physio service at the hospital. 

Sarah Halton, BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) HCPC MCSP (Physiotherapist)
Sarah qualified as a Physiotherapist from St George’s Medical School in 2016. She has a BA Hons Philosophy degree and worked in the City for four years before retraining as a physiotherapist. She worked at Leyton Orient FC while studying and moved into full-time football following graduation, where she worked for two seasons as the Head of Academy Medicine, rehabilitating football scholars and assisting with first team player injuries. Sarah joined The Holly Private Hospital in January 2018 and has a special interest in lower limb sports injuries, while continuing to work part-time in professional football. Sarah is a fitness enthusiast and former dancer and gymnast. She is also currently working for Stevenage Football Club as a sport physiotherapist. 


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