Our Physiotherapy Team
Sara Dickinson MSCP
Senior Inpatient and Outpatient Physiotherapist
Sara qualified from Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 1986. She has been working with the inpatient physiotherapy at Ashtead Hospital since 1998, mostly treating the acute orthopaedic caseload. Her expertise lies in the field of trauma and orthopaedics. She has experience with treating hand injuries and has a particular interest in pelvic injuries.
Charlotte Baxter BSc (Hons) Sports Science MSc (Hons) (pre-reg) Physiotherapy
Clinical Lead (Shared) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Charlie initially studied Sports Science at Loughborough in 2006 whilst training to a national level at swimming. She completed that degree and went on to further complete her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2008 at Birmingham University. She initially worked in the NHS, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Since 2009 she has worked for various national level 1 and 2 rugby union teams. Her main speciality is acute and chronic sports injuries. She is a qualified Pilates instructor and trained in acupuncture.
Lucy Hammick BSc (Hons) Physio MCSP
Clinical Lead (Shared) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Lucy qualified from Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff in 2003. She initially worked in the NHS where she specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients and orthopaedics. She has worked for a semi-professional rugby club and also The National Police Rehabilitation Centre before joining the physiotherapy team at Ashtead Hospital.
Lucy specialises in sports injuries and lower limb injuries including the foot and knee. She is passionate about helping patients return to their sport and hobbies, whether that is walking the dog or playing high level sport. She has completed many post graduate courses including running analysis and lower limb biomechanics. She runs the hydrotherapy service at Ashtead Hospital.
Sally Mirtle BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Women's Health Specialist
Sally qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 and since graduating has gained comprehensive experience in treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries in a vaiety of clinical settings both NHS and privately. She spent over 4 years working in a sports injury clinic in Sydney, Australia and worked with a semi-professional rugby union team. It was here she developed an interest in Women's Health and underwent further training in continence, prolapse and pre and post natal physiotherapy. She has also completed her Pilates training and acupuncture which can be used as an adjunct to treatment. Sally likes to not only treat the injury but takes a holistic approach to help prevent future reoccurrances.
Lauren Holder BSc (Hons) MCS
Lauren qualified as a physiotherapist in 1996 from Manchester School of Physiotherapy. She spent the following 6 years working in the NHS in Epsom and Leatherhead. She joined Ashtead in 2002. She has a keen interest in sports injuries especially in golfers where she has specialist training in golf related injurties, particularly swing analysis. She has worked with the English Women's Golf Association and provides screening for new recruits to the Nick Faldo Gold Academy whilst still continuing to look after a number of players on the Challenge Tour. She has specific interest and experience in treating shoulder, knee and spinal injuries. She is a qualified Pilates instructor and teaches locally.
Zoe Handy BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Zoe qualified from the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1993. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedics Medicine Seminar in 1999. She started at Ashtead Hospital in 2004. She has worked abroad in Australia and gained experience working with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions in a hospital, GP and community setting which lead to an interest in chronic pain management. Her main interests are spinal conditions of cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine, ergonomic musculoskeletal conditions and post-operative rehabilitation. She has experience in 1:1 Pilates.
Natasha Allan BSc (Hons) MCSP
Senior Specialist Hand Physiotherapist
Natasha qualified in 2005 from Cardiff University. She completed the BAHT II level in splinting, management of the wrist and management of the PIPJ. She has undergone courses in peripheral nerve injuries.
Natasha is the BAHT Director of Membership, having taken on this role in 2010. She also works in hand therapy at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. Natasha has recently spent time with a French hand therapist in Nantes to increase her knowledge further.
She has completed a course called 'Work related upper limb disorders'. She served on the executive committee of the British Association of Hand Therapists and has over nine years experience of specialising in hand therapy.
Sophie Roberts (nee Cox) MSc Podiatry, BSc (Hons) Podiatry SRCh,
HPC registered Podiatrist
Following her BSc in Podiatry, Sophie worked in Canada with the University of British Columbia Sports Medicine Clinic for four years. She combined her clinical work with specialist running and skiing analysis.
Sophie completed her Masters in Podiatric Sports Medicine. She is an author in the Oxford Textbook of Sports Injuries 2nd edition.
She has a special interest in treating patients with hypermobility syndrome and is very multidisciplinary in her approach. She also has experience with paediatric clients.
Sophie was selected when she volunteered her podiatric sports medicine skills as a
gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympic games.