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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 Luduc Programme and runs this service from the outpatient department, alongside her outpatient respiratory service.

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.


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 knees. 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 a 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 teaches classes locally. She is trained in acupuncture and is involved with the hydrotherapy service at Ashtead.

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.

She specialises in sports injuries, ACL rehabilitation, foot problems and post orthopaedic surgery. She has completed many post-graduate courses and has recently passed the British Association of Hand Therapists level 1 course. She runs the hydrotherapy service at Ashtead Hospital.

Nikki Oxford MSc Sports Med BSc (Hons)

Senior Physiotherapist

Nikki has been qualified since 1995. She has worked in the NHS and extensively in the private sector. She completed an MSc in Sports Medicine and has been involved in numerous sporting disciplines, namely rugby union (17 years), Lawn Tennis Association, dance/ballet with Mathew Bourne's 'Swan Lake', golf and sailing. She has worked with clients in a corporate setting and with the Ministry of Defence at Headley Court, working in various fields, most recently in the Centre for Spinal Rehabilitation. She has paediatric musculoskeletal and sports injury experience. Her main interests are 'those patients who just do not seem to get better' or complex injuries. She is
qualified in 1:1 Pilates, acupuncture, The Integrated Systems Model and The Thoracic
Ring Approachâ„¢ through the Discover Physio Series and Visceral Manipulation.

Sally Mirtle BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist 

Sally qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 and since graduating has gained comprehensive experience in treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries in a variety of clinical settings, both NHS and privately. 

Sally spent over four years working in a sports injury clinic in Australia and worked with a semi-professional rugby team.

She has undertaken a number of postgraduate courses, including acupuncture, clinical pilates and women's health. Sally likes to not only treat the injury but takes a holistic approach to help prevent further reoccurrences.

Lauren Holder BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Lauren qualified in 1996 from Manchester School of Physiotherapy. She spent the following six years working in the NHS in Epsom and Leatherhead. She joined Ashtead Hospital in 2002. She has a keen interest in sports injuries, especially in golfers where she has had specialist training in golf related injuries, particularly swing analysis. She has worked with the Women's Golf Association and provides screening for new recruits to the Nick Faldo Golf Academy, whilst still continuing to look after a number of players on the Challenge Tour. She has a 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 Seminar in 1999. She started at Ashtead Hospital in 2004. She has worked abroad in Australia and has had experience working for over eight years with HIV cliental, where she developed in interest in complex pain. Her main interests are spinal conditions of cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine, ergonomic musculoskeletal conditions, post-operative rehabilitation and sports injuries. She is a qualified acupuncturist and has experience in 1:1 Pilates.

Natasha Allen 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. 

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.