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Physiotherapy team

Physiotherapy team at The Saxon Clinic

Daniel Kirby
Physiotherapy Clinical Services Manager

BSC Hons Physiotherapy, MCSP

Dan graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 before spending 7 and a half years as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Whilst the majority of his time has been spent in the NHS he has worked in various private clinics and set up his own private business in 2018. Dan has vast experience in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and also has a special interest in rheumatology Physiotherapy, including early diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of inflammatory diseases.

Dan has a thirst for learning and he is keen to further enhance his clinical and non-clinical skills. Having been fortunate enough to be accepted on to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Leadership Development Program in 2019 he developed excellent knowledge and experience in Leadership and Service development. He continues to utilise and develop these skills here at Circle Helath Group and is keen to use these to drive the Physiotherapy department forward.  

Les Wilson
Senior Physiotherapist

Les qualified from the University of Hertfordshire in 1999. He worked within the NHS settings for four years, in all areas of Physiotherapy before deciding Orthopaedics and MSK was his chosen speciality. Les worked in a private practice for the next 10 years servicing GP referrals, Consultant referrals and post-op patients before moving to working in GP practices for 4 years. Les now works in an occupational health setting and at the Saxon Clinic working with post-op, MSK and other injuries. 

Hollie Jones
Senior Physiotherapist

Hollie specialises in neck and spinal injuries, lower back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, foot and ankle. Hollie works with post-op patients at Saxon Clinic and out-patients of the Physio department.

Jonny Swinhoe

Jonny graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 and then began working in the NHS at Bedford Hospital. Jonny worked at Bedford for 7 years mainly in MSK outpatients but also as a team leader on the Orthopaedic wards in 2019.

Jonny has also worked at a number of private clinics in Bedfordshire during this time. After leaving the NHS Jonny began work in a gym setting but this was curtailed due to COVID-19. 
Jonny has continued developing new skills with clinical courses in Acupuncture and manual therapy which he uses in adjunct to the core treatment of exercise and rehabilitation to improve function.

Lisa Schmitz

Lisa is an experienced, specialist physiotherapist with a wide range of expertise in musculoskeletal conditions and women's health physiotherapy. She graduated in 1997 in South Africa and has been working in the UK since, both in the NHS and private sector. She gained a Masters degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Nottingham in 2003 and in 2014 specialised in women's health physiotherapy.

Lisa is passionate about improving people's quality of life and uses her skills and experience to achieve the best outcome for individuals. She has worked closely with local consultants for many years and uses a multidisciplinary approach when treating people. Her specialist skills in women's health link well with her MSK skills to treat women holistically, she currently also has a specialist role in the NHS working with a specialist women and men's health team.

Nicola Hyde
Clinical Specialist Hand Therapist

Nicola qualified as an Occupational therapist in 1998 at the University of Southampton.  She chose to specialise in Hand therapy in 2001 after completing various clinical rotations within occupational therapy.  She started working in a regional Burns and Plastics NHS hand department treating both in and out patients. Her skills and expertise now also include treating Orthopaedic and Rheumatological conditions within both the NHS and private sector.  She has a vast amount of experience treating both trauma and elective hand conditions.

Nicola enjoys making bespoke hand splints and is a great believer in patient education, empowerment and self management.  Nicola specialises in all aspects of hand therapy.

Henrietta Cooney
Pilates Instructor

Henrietta is an APPI Certified Pilates instructor.  The APPI Pilates training is the only programme fully designed and developed by Physiotherapists and takes into account an individuals specific injuries and physical needs. Henrietta has experience of teaching Pilates to people with a wide range of body issues such as neck pain, back pain, pelvic misalignment, rehabilitation following surgery, sports injuries and generally improving posture and alignment for good functional movement.  I have done further teacher training with APPI in Pilates for Spinal Surgery, shoulder and knee rehabilitation.