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Physiotherapy team

Our physiotherapy team at the Woodlands Hospital

PgCert, MSc, BSc MCSP
Andy is the Clinical Services Manager for Physiotherapy at Woodlands Hospital.
He qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004, completing a degree in Sport Science & Biology in Chester, followed by an MSc Physiotherapy. He later went on to complete a PgCert in Advanced Clinical Practice at Teesside University.
Clinically he has over 18 years of experience, both within the NHS, GP practice, private practice and sport.

His favourite clinical cases are those involving significant rehabilitation and returning patients to an active lifestyle. Andy particularly enjoys rehabilitation after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Tendinopathy management. He has completed many external courses in Strength and Conditioning, Olympic Weight-lifting and Sports Related Rehabilitation. This ensures that patients get the right balance of treatment, including both hands on where required and restoring capacity in the tissues to allow a full return to whatever a patients goals may be.

As manager of the department, Andy also enjoys the service development side of his role, ensuring that patients attending Woodlands receive the best evidence-based treatment from our experienced clinicians. Woodlands is a great place to receive treatment, because of our extensive facilities, experienced staff, range of modalities and quality overarching governance of your care.

 

Mr-Dallas-Newton

BSc Physiotherapy (Hons), BSc Phys and Psych

Dallas qualified in Bloemfontein, South Africa after completing a BSc in Physiotherapy, and a BSc in Psychology and Human Physiology. He has worked in both the public and private sector, gaining experience working with a variety of sports teams, including: athletics, rugby and ballet.

On moving to the UK in 2004 he worked as an orthopaedic physiotherapist and developed his interest in peripheral joints. Currently, Dallas is still working as Senior MSK Physiotherapist for Circle Health Group at The Woodlands Hospital in Darlington. Prior to this, he spent many years managing the Physiotherapy Departments in Chertsey and Woodlands.

He is a keen sportsman, with cycling, golf and canoeing being his favourite sports.

Some of Dallas' special interests include:

  • Treatment of neck conditions (headaches, neck pain and stiffness)
  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Orthopaedic and post operative rehabilitation
  • TMJ disorders (jaw)
  • Authorised ossur OA brace fitting and custom CTI brace fitting
  • Custom orthotic fitting using OHI // GaitScan
  • Cycling physiotherapy and bike fitting

Suzanne is a Senior Hand Therapist at Woodlands Hospital. She has worked in hand therapy since 2004, dividing her time between Woodlands and The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. She also teaches on the therapy degree programme at Teesside University.  
Suzanne has completed BAHT (British Association of Hand Therapy) level I and II courses and hopes to further progress to become an accredited hand therapist. She has experience in treating complex conditions of the upper limb and is an experienced splint fabricator. She works closely with the hand consultants to ensure that the best level of post operative/injury rehabilitation is completed, ensuring best clinical guidelines and evidence are put into practice.

“Every day is a school day when it comes to hand therapy! I find this speciality fascinating and take great pride in achieving good results. Patients will often say how much they take their hand for granted until its injured or has undergone surgery. A hand condition of any type can affect a persons ability in everyday activities whether it be returning to work, making a meal or playing sport, not to mention the psychological impact of not being able to do these things. To make a difference to someone’s life and go some way to help restore their abilities in all areas is crucial in my work."

Suzanne's Patient Testimonials:

  • ”Very caring and experienced. Overall happy with the service Suzanne gave me”
  • “Friendly and professional service and staff. I felt well treated. Suzanne is excellent”
  • “Suzanne was very professional and polite. I wouldn’t have got better this quick if it wasn’t for her exercises and kindness, thank you”

Katie qualified as a Physiotherapist from Teesside University in 2009. On graduating she worked as a junior physiotherapist in County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust for 7 years.

Within this time she worked in Orthopaedics, a Fracture Clinic and Outpatients to name a few. Katie then progressed into private physiotherapy, working in private hospitals and clinics in the area. In total she has worked at Woodlands Hospital for almost 5 years, treating a wide variety of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal patients, both surgical and non-surgical. She has a special interest in treating post-op patients including total hip/knee replacements and musculoskeletal conditions including neck and shoulder pain. Katie has attended many courses over her 13 year career including numerous Shoulder Rehabilitation modules, Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (SOM) courses.

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