About Us

Welcome to The Health Rooms.  We are a new company but with vast experience in delivering a high quality service.

All staff are Chartered Physiotherapists, with many years experience in delivering a full range of clinical services.  We provide high quality Pilates instruction and Physiotherapy services based in Peebles and serving the local and wider community.

Find out a bit more about the staff below:


 

Gillian

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Gillian studied physiotherapy at The Queen’s College Glasgow graduating with a B.Sc. in 1986. Gillian has worked extensively within the NHS and private sector since graduating with her specialist skills being in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Gillian developed expert skills in the management of back pain while working in Edinburgh where she devised and implemented an evidence based programme for clients recovering from back pain. These skills were transferred to NHS Borders where she has worked with the Spinal Specialist Team as well as being the senior physiotherapist in the out- patient department at Borders General Hospital, receiving referrals from orthopaedic and rheumatology consultants as well as local GPs.

Having worked with various sports teams and organisations in the past it is Gillian’s passion for dance that led her to train as a Pilates instructor. Having studied Pilates at the Birmingham Royal Ballet Pilates Studio and further training with The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, Gillian is a firm believer in the benefits of Pilates for all and uses Pilates in physiotherapy treatments as well as teaching classes from beginner to advanced level.

Gillian lives in Peebles with her young family, attempts to keep up with her children at Glentress and indulges in a dance class whenever the opportunity arises.


 

Stephen

Stephen graduated from Queens College Glasgow in 1984 and has since worked extensively in both the NHS and private sector. For the past 10 years Stephen has been Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for the Ministry of Defence in Scotland and continues to relish the challenge of this demanding post.

Stephen achieved an M.Sc. in Physiotherapy in 2000, and since then has continued to extend his clinical skills with post graduate education in injection therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and shockwave therapy to name but a few!

Stephen has a wealth of experience in the management of clients with musculoskeletal injuries from the recreational to professional athlete. Latterly Stephen has developed specialist skills in the treatment of the multi complex injured patient using his expert rehabilitation, motivational and psychological skills to achieve outstanding results.

Working alongside specialist sports injury doctors and orthopaedic surgeons as well as teaching GPs on British Association of Sports Medicine courses ensures Stephen’s skills remain up to date and finely tuned.

In his role as Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for the Military in Scotland he offers advice and mentorship to physiotherapists based in Scotland and also contributes to the development of best practice for therapists working in the Military throughout the UK.

Stephen continues to provide a professional physiotherapy service to Peebles Rugby Club and is involved in coaching the stars of tomorrow with Peebles Football club.

“I believe my enthusiasm, professional approach, experience and knowledge enables me to provide you with the best available Physiotherapy care. Each patient presents with their own unique coping response to injury and therefore I believe in an individual approach to treatment, working with you to achieve success.”

Stephen lives in Peebles with his young family. He enjoys an active lifestyle and can be spotted most weekends cycling around Glentress or kicking a ball in Haylodge Park.


 

Phil

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Phil graduated in 1998 with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University. He then achieved a distinction Masters degree from Manchester University in 2006 in Manual Therapy, a specialist qualification dealing with the assessment and management of people with musculoskeletal disorders. He became a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2002 and is currently both a tutor and examiner for this post graduate training programme. He is also an associate lecturer and examiner with Manchester Metropolitan University on the MSc musculoskeletal programme.

Phil has worked both within the NHS and private sector since qualifying and has developed a high level of expertise in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. He is currently an advanced physiotherapy practitioner and works directly alongside Orthopaedic Consultants and Radiologists assessing, diagnosing and managing patients in Orthopaedic Clinics in addition to carrying a specialist physiotherapy caseload. He has developed particular interest in the management of shoulder, knee and sports injuries and is also qualified in the use of injection therapy. He has experience in the research of tendon disorders and has also recently published work in an international textbook on the physiotherapy management of shoulder disorders. Having recently relocated from Yorkshire back to his homeland of the Scottish Borders with his young family, Phil brings with him this wealth of experience.

“I believe in an individualized and tailored approach in physiotherapy. Each person’s story and situation is unique and I enjoy working with people in helping them to maximize their potential, be it elite athletes or those with long term musculoskeletal problems”

Phil is currently in training and competing in mountain bike enduro events, trying hard not to finish last!


 

Lyndsey

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Lyndsey graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Since then she has worked both in the NHS and the private sector with her speciality being in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Lyndsey has extensive post-graduate training in musculoskeletal physiotherapy having successfully completed the credentialing exam in the McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and therapy in 2004 and an MSc in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of Bradford in 2011. Complementing her skills in Rehabilitation Lyndsey has more recently undergone training with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) enabling her to combine her physiotherapy skills with Pilates principles both in a group or one to one setting. Lyndsey is also fully qualified to practice Acupuncture and is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Before being persuaded by her husband (Phil) to relocate their young family to the Scottish Borders in 2013 Lyndsey was a Highly Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for nine years in a primary care based musculoskeletal service in Leeds. Her current role as a Specialist Physiotherapist in NHS Borders Chronic Pain Service has involved setting up a specialist Pain Self Management Programme for patients with long term pain conditions. Lyndsey also has a strong interest in acute injuries, particularly the sporting hip having completed her MSc dissertation on this topic in 2010.

Outside of work Lyndsey has her hands full with two young children and is currently attempting to fit in some running and mountain biking.


 

Kymm

img_0852Kymm is a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist. Kymm graduated from Edinburgh Napier University being awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Injuries). Folllowing her degree, Kymm went on to achieve a further diploma in Sports Massage and is now working as a sports therapist offering sports massage and therapy allowing her to utilise her degree to its full potential covering all forms of sport science from physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

Whilst building her business in sports therapy, Kymm also works alongside Peebles Rugby club where she is a valuable member of the medical team providing specialist care to players of all levels within the club. Kymm can be seen, pitch-side, during game days delivering essential medical assistance, as and when required. She has also covered many local events such as Tour o the Borders, King and Queen of the hill Enduro, Durty triathlon and Peebles and District Riding club events, offering services in pre and post event massage and medical care to athletes and riders.

Kymm is a very keen sports woman, playing volleyball for the local team as well as being an active member of Peebles and District Riding club, where she enjoys competing in show jumping and cross country.


 

Jo

Jo studied physiotherapy at Kings College London, gaining an MSc in 2012. Since graduation, Jo has worked for the NHS in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Borders in a variety of healthcare settings and with a variety of clients.

Jo has always loved dance, particularly contemporary and ballet. Training in Pilates has enabled her to combine this enjoyment of movement with knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to help improve clients’ body awareness, strength and control. Jo has primarily trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Jo has a particular interest in treating dizziness caused by balance problems (including those caused by the inner ear) and inefficient breathing (hypoventilation) after completing her masters project in vestibular rehabilitation at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Never one to turn down a challenge, she is currently studying for a PhD whilst working part time at the Health Rooms and the Borders General Hospital.