About our Team

Our physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice, and are registered with the Health Professions Council.

They have all been qualified for more than five years and continue to further their professional development by attending regular external courses and internal lecture sessions. All our physiotherapists are recognised by the major Health Insurance Companies.

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Karen Smith Grad. Dip Phys. MCSP. MACP.

Welcome to The Cloisters and to the terrific team of people who work here.
I have worked at The Cloisters for more than 20 years and was delighted to be able to take on the Business when the former owner Ruth Cowan decided to retire completely.
At The Cloisters we aim to provide the highest quality experience to all our patients from the moment they walk in to reception to the completion of their treatment.
We are a Clinic that focuses on hands-on treatment accompanied by clear explanations of the problem as we see it and how we intend to address it. This will be backed up by advice on self-management and home exercise where appropriate.
Early in my career I developed an interest in treating spinal pain and this is where I continue to specialise.
I have also developed expertise in conditions not always associated with Physiotherapy – headaches, dizziness and Bell’s palsy are all conditions that can respond to Physiotherapy treatment.

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Jackie Fleming Grad. Dip. Phys. MCSP. MACP. AACP.

I have worked as a physiotherapist at The Cloisters since 1997, and have a special interest in spinal problems and I have a Post Graduate diploma in manipulative therapy. Many of the patients I treat have neck or back pain, together with associated shoulder, arm, hip and lower leg symptoms. I also have an interest in RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries).

Whilst treatment at the clinic will often include ergonomic advice, I also visit homes and places of employment to offer more specialised advice.

Other areas of interest include the treatment of dizziness, facial pain with associated postural problems and headaches, and post fracture treatment. I am also registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered physiotherapists and can offer acupuncture for pain relief.

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Su Barry BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences. Grad Dip Phys MCSP.

I have been qualified for over twenty years and spent ten years working in the NHS before joining The Cloisters.
Whilst working as a Senior Physiotherapist in Coventry, I began to specialise in lower limb injuries, biomechanics and rehabilitation. I now have a special interest in treating lower limb injuries, and in particular sports injuries resulting from overuse.
I also have experience in treating patients following hip, knee and ankle surgery.
From 2004 to 2010 I worked for the English Women’s Golf Association looking at performance enhancement, injury prevention and sports screening.
Having gained a great deal of golf related experience whilst working with one of the England Golf Coaches, I am happy to treat golf related injuries and offer a Golf Screening Service at the Clinic.

I have also recently completed the APPI mat-work level 1 Pilates course so I am able to offer 1:1 pilates.

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Margaret Longbottom Grad. Dip Phys. MCSP. MACP. AACP.

Having qualified in Coventry in 1986 I initially worked in the NHS in London, specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

After taking a postgraduate diploma in manipulative therapy, I moved to Reading in 1995 where I took a senior position in the outpatients department.
Whilst working alongside shoulder consultants in the orthopaedic clinic, I developed a special interest and gained expertise in the treatment of shoulder problems. I then moved into private practice in the Reading area.

Since moving to Leamington Spa in 2008 I have worked at The Cloisters, where my main areas of interest are the treatment of shoulder problems, and back and neck pain. I have also taken a course in acupuncture for musculoskeletal problems.

I enjoy teaching and have a part time position at Coventry University as a visiting tutor, where I assist physiotherapy students and their supervisors on clinical placements.

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Katie Clutterbuck BSc Hons

I qualified from Coventry University with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy in 2008. I began my career working in a busy acute NHS hospital where I gained vast experience in a range of clinical settings including trauma and orthopaedics, before deciding to specialise in Musculoskeletal Outpatients. During this time I saw a range of patients with both spinal and upper and lower limb problems I have also been the first team physiotherapist for a semi professional football team which included not only pitch side assessment and treatment but also the rehabilitation of players back to full fitness. I have a special interest in the management of chronic conditions and during my previous position I took a lead role in developing rehabilitation programmes for people with long term back pain. I am also trained in Pilates through the APPI and teach both individual and group sessions.

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Liz Norton Grad. Dip Phys. MCSP.

After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1985 I developed an interest in specialising in the assessment and treatment of patients with a variety of neurological disorders, such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Head and Spinal Injuries.
I worked in the NHS for 13 years, latterly at West Park Rehabilitation Unit, Wolverhampton where I was the Lead for the Stroke Unit and I have gained clinical experience through working in both the hospital and community settings.
In 1998 I was employed as Physiotherapy Manager at Helen Ley Home, Leamington Spa where I managed a neurological team and further specialised in the treatment and management of patients with Multiple Sclerosis until the end of 2006. In addition to this I also set up a private practice treating patients in the community with a variety of neurological disabilities.
In 2006 I joined the team at the Cloisters and along with Cath, we have been developing the neurological service, providing treatment either in the clinic or in the patients home environment. Conditions that we typically treat include Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Spinal and Head Injuries and Peripheral Neuropathies.
I am Bobath trained and the treatments that I provide are very much a ‘hands on’ approach, with advice and home exercise programmes also included.
In addition to this I am a member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapist Interested in Neurology.

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Cath Heynes Grad. Dip Phys. MCSP.

I qualified in Manchester in 1984 and have worked in acute hospitals, out patient clinics, GP surgeries, and rehabilitation units. Whilst working in Coventry in the Neurosciences Unit, I developed my special interest in Neurophysiotherapy. I worked as the Senior Physiotherapist alongside consultants, treating a wide variety of patients following brain surgery, spinal surgery and with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and stroke.

I teach Adapted Tai Chi at The Cloisters which makes gentle exercise more accessible to a wider range of people, helping with balance and control of movement.

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Liz Cohen MSc BSc(Hons) PGCert MCSP FHEA

I graduated from Brunel University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1995. Following this, I worked in the NHS in Suffolk and then Warwickshire developing my interest and expertise in Neurology and elderly care. I had a change of direction in 2004 by becoming a Clinical Tutor at The University of Birmingham.

Whilst at the University I successfully completed an MSc in Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher education. I continued part time clinical work alongside University employment.

Last year I took the opportunity to return to a clinical career and have since started my Pilates training through APPI. I am Bobath trained and trained in the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation. Hence I am now, teaching Modified Pilates Classes, including a seated class.

My specific area of development with the Cloisters is in the Community setting, providing assessment and treatment of clients within their own environment, including residential and nursing homes.


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