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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Dominic Green Practice Manager

I recently took over the position of Practice Manager after moving back to Warwickshire after a break of about 20 years. My back ground is in finance and customer service management.
I am responsible for the administration of The Cloisters, and I am happy to hear about your views and suggestions for the Clinic. I look forward to meeting our many existing patients, and to welcoming new customers to our practice.

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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.

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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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Hamada Wehd BSc. (Hons). MCSP.

I’ve been qualified for six years with a speciality in pain of spinal origin. I have a BSc with honours from Cairo University 2012 and I’m now doing my MSc degree in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice at Coventry University. One of my main interests is in musculoskeletal problems, especially the spine. My previous experience has included a variety of patients with lower back and sacroiliac pain, cervical pain as well as different joint problems of hip, knee, shoulder, wrist and ankle. I’m especially interested in Motor Control and exercise therapy as well as manipulative techniques. I am also experienced in post-surgical rehabilitation and sports injuries.

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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 joined the team at The Cloisters in 1997 and assess and treat patients with neurological conditions at the clinic or, if more appropriate, on a domiciliary basis in their own homes. Liz Norton and I have worked together for many years and continue to develop the neurological physiotherapy service at The Cloisters.

I still work in the NHS, in a local specialist community neuro-rehabilitation team and therefore I have a good knowledge of local services and links with other health care professionals.

I am a Bobath trained therapist and a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN). Treatment programmes are individually tailored to each person’s needs and will include “hands on” therapy as well as exercises and practical advice. I also teach Adapted Tai Chi, 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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