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Our Physiotherapy Team

Fiona Rushmer
Grad. Dip. Phys. MCSP 

Physiotherapy Manager

Fiona qualified from St Thomas' Hospital in London in 1982.

She joined Ashtead Hospital in 2000.  Her experience is in acute and chronic respiratory care. She has experience with in-patient rehabilitation, mainly with general medical and orthopaedic patients. She also runs a respiratory outpatient service. She qualified in 2012 as a lymphatic drainage specialist from the Leduc Programme and runs this service from the outpatient department, alongside her outpatient respiratory service.

Sara Dickinson Grad Dip Phys 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.

Sue Judd MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist   

Sue qualified as a physiotherapist from Middlesex Hospital. She joined Ashtead Hospital in 1996. She had previously worked at King Edward VII Hospital, London, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey and Charing Cross Hospital, London. Her main areas of interest are orthopaedic rehabilitation. She works on the wards and the outpatient department, following up her patients from the wards, especially post-operative total hip and total knee replacements. She also works in the hydrotherapy pool.

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.

Melanie Duckett

Senior Specialist Physiotherapist

Melanie has  been practising physiotherapy since 2002.  She gained her experience in the NHS, developing extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal presentations, from arthritic conditions to chronic spinal pain.  She developed her interest in sport physiotherapy working at Reading Football Club and for Harlequins RFC, British Judo, British Rowers, Women's RFU and the British Army.  She has treated pregnant ladies enabling them to maintain safe exercise regimes through pregnancy, assisting with low back pain pre and post-partum.  She is completing POGP women's courses and has completed her Watsu (Aqua Massage) Level 3 course.  She is a member of AACP.

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 reoccurrances.

Lauren Holder BSc (Hons) MCS

Senior Physiotherapist

Lauren qualified as a physiotherapist in 1996 from Manchester School of Physiotherapy.  She spent the following six 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 injuries, 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

Senior Physiotherapist

Zoe qualified from the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1993. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedics Medicine in 1999. She joined Ashtead Hospital in 2004. She has worked abroad in Australia and gained experience working with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions in hospital, GP and community settings 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. 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. 

Elise Peart BSc (Hons) MCSP

Sports Massage Physiotherapist

Elise is a keen sports woman and studied at Plymouth University where she did a foundation degree in Sports Coaching and Therapy in 2004- 2006, then went on to do a top-up degree in Health and Fitness. After graduating in 2007, Elise then carried on her studies at St. Mary's University College in Twickenham where she qualified with ITEC level 3 Diplomas in Holistic Massage in 2008 and then went on to study Sports Massage, qualifying in 2009. During this course she did work experience at the Harlequins Rugby Club. Elise made the decision to pursue a full time career in Massage in December 2012 and has not looked back since, proving to be popular with clients and a valuable member of our team. 

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. 

Sophie was selected when she volunteered her podiatric sports medicine skills as a
gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympic games.