Consultant Chartered Physiotherapist
Director Stort Physio Ltd
I qualified 42 years ago having trained in Coventry and Birmingham in the days before the profession moved to an all graduate entry in the 1980’s.
During these 42 years, I worked in Coventry (The Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital), Derbyshire (Ashbourne Hospital) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London where I was Superintendent Physiotherapist.
That was my last NHS post before I decided that I wanted to get back to treating patients instead of managing 35 full time physiotherapists and sitting on 12 committees! So I had an opportunity to take over a practice in Bishop’s Stortford in Hockerill Street and I took it and started my own private practice in 1980.
As the practice grew, I moved it from the small shop premises into our house in Grange Road and in 1986 we moved our house and practice to the current premises in Jenkins Lane.
To start with, the practice was in the house, but 22 years ago we converted the large double garage to the self contained unit it is today, with 5 treatment cubicles, a gym area, kitchen, reception and waiting area and clinical administration area. We also have a 1.5 acre field for outside rehabilitation programmes - weather permitting! We have 4 clinical specialist physiotherapists, 1 Acupuncturist, 1 Physiotherapy Assistant, 1 Receptionist and Practice Manager - who is also my son!
Clinically, I have completed major speciality courses in Orthopaedic Medicine, Sacro pelvic dysfunctions, Rib dysfunctions and Acupuncture. I have also completed numerous smaller courses all focused Orthopaedic Medicine (now known as Musculo-skeletal Medicine - MSK) including many courses on Sports Injuries. Amongst other things, I was Physiotherapist for the International Thai Boxing Federation and the Northern Ballet!
Professionally, I have served on a number of committees for the CSP and I was on the Executive Committee for Physio First for 15 years. I was a founder member of the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and continue to work as an Expert Witness in Personal Injury and Professional Negligence cases. I am also a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine and I was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of Physio First for my work with Interferential Therapy and my contribution to the profession.
MATTHEW BARNABY BSc (Hons) MCSP
Clinical Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist & Clinical Team Manager
My first introduction to Stort Physio was when I was a student and came on clinical placement from the University of Hertfordshire. This turned out to be the longest interview in history!
I qualified In 2012 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire. Since then I have completed level I and II of the Dean Watson headache approach and completed module A and B of the post grad musculoskeletal medicine course. I have worked at Stort Physio since graduating from University and I am currently working towards an MSc in Musculoskeletal Medicine.
NOREEN MILKOWSKI MSc MCSP
Clinical Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist.
After a career in Buying and Merchandising, I finally decided to pursue my dream of becoming a physiotherapist. I graduated in 2004 from King’s College London on the pre-registration postgraduate Masters Programme.
Following a career break to look after my two young boys, I completed a 12 month Return to Practice programme with the help and support of the team at Stort Physio. On gaining my registration with the HCPC, I was offered work at Stort Physio and joined the team in October 2012.
Since then, I have completed modules A, B and C of the post graduate diploma in Musculo-skeletal medicine.
I have also completed Level 1 and Level 2 with the Watson Headache Institute. I am keen to keep learning and enhancing my skills to ensure patients receive the best possible care across all aspects of musculo-skeletal medicine.
DIANA BRACE BSc (Hons) MCSP
Clinical Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist
I started my career working as a Special needs classroom assistant after completing my NNEB in Nursery Nursing. I did this for 9 years before deciding to become a Physiotherapist
I graduated from St Georges Hospital medical school in 2005, during this time I came to Stort Physio for two clinical placements, and have worked at Stort Physio ever since.
I have completed Parts A and B of the Orthopaedic Medicine course and intend to complete Part c. I have also completed Parts 1 and 2 of the Watson Headache institute course and a 2 day course with Professor Stuart McGill on Back Rehabilitation.
I would also like to complete a qualification in Acupuncture.
I have 3 cats, a hippy and would like a dog.
Manvinder Hutchings BSc (Hons)
In 2008 I graduated from the University of Westminster in BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Moxibustion. I have spent time working along side Doctors in Hangzhou Hospital, China, gaining invaluable experience and knowledge combining Eastern and Western medicine. As a long standing member of the British Acupuncture Council, I have treated patients who have requested acupuncture for a range of conditions such as insomnia, infertility, stress, digestive problems, arthritis, pain management and headaches to name a small example. I joined Stort Physio in 2010.
I also has a deep connection to Tai Ji (Tai Chi) and have been practicing this Art for over 18 years. I am a senior instructor based in Bishop’s Stortford. Patients and students both benefit from my holistic, balanced and sensitive approach to healing and strengthening of the mind and body.