Meet The Physiotherapy Team
When booking your initial appointment we aim to put you with your choice of physiotherapist or the physiotherapist who would best suit your needs.
We are extremely proud of our team at The Physio Studio. With extensive experience and providing treatments for a wide variety of conditions, all of our physiotherapists excel at treating the whole body whilst also having particular specialities.
All of our physiotherapists are fully qualified, registered with The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and members of the Health Professions Council. We are also registered with all major health insurance companies and attend regular post-graduate training to stay abreast of current changes. In addition, the clinic also has a regular in-house training programme.
All our therapists’ manual therapy skills focus on a practical approach to treating neck, back, shoulder, knee and other limb injuries. This ensures that essential analytical evaluation and treatment techniques are used in alleviating pain and solving problems efficiently and effectively.
As a result of our experienced and varied team we can refer patients to one another if we feel it would be beneficial for the client. Please click on a therapists name below to find our more about our team…
Keith Littlebury (Extended Scope Physiotherapist)
MSc, Grad Dip (Physiotherapy), MMACP, HCPC, MCSP
25 years ago I was thinking of a career change from Royal Navy Communications Branch. I sat in on the clinic of one of the RN Physiotherapists. I watched people coming in to his room in pain, unable to turn their head or raise their arm and watched them walk out pain free with full movement. The physio had done it all using nothing but his bare hands which I found awesome. I wanted that skill and from then on I was on the path to musculo-skeletal (MSK) physiotherapy.
I achieved that same skill that I admired some time ago and have gone on to achieve others besides backed up by academic knowledge, experience and training.
My main qualifications in physiotherapy have been a Masters degree in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy, membership exams for Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (SOMM), Musculo-Skeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), Acupuncture Association (AACP), Injection Therapy, Extended Scope Physiotherapist.
I am currently studying at Bournemouth University for a Diagnostic Ultrasound qualification in MSK which I hope to be able to provide as a service to patients next year.
I have worked extensively with the military over the years so have a strong background in sports injuries. The alternative elite athletes such as Field Gun Crew, Royal Marines, Army and RAF. Also the enthusiastic amateurs who love their sports and those who just need to be fit in order to work. I have also worked extensively in private clinics for people Who don’t particularly like sports who just need help with the regular injuries of life and leisure – back pain, neck pain, shoulder, knee, etc.
5 years ago I stepped up to the role of Extended Scope Practitioner which entailed working with the NHS and consultant surgeons in the specialities of Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery, Rheumatology and Pain and dealing with complicated patient presentations which were not responding to standard treatments.
I found this a great enhancement to my physiotherapy as I gained insight into the further management of conditions Including the use of medical imaging such as MRI, x-ray and ultrasound in further diagnosis and also the use of steroid injections for MSK injuries.
My passion and belief is in the power of physiotherapy and that it is more than “just a few exercises”. I feel physiotherapy in the NHS is not used to its full and most effective potential and more is achievable for the patient in the private sector. My knowledge of surgical interventions in secondary care through my Extended Scope role has helped my patient management decisions of when onward referral is or is not necessary.
Alongside my manual therapy, acupuncture and other manual therapy techniques, I use motivation, positivity and honesty in all my treatments. I will explain your possible options for when you need more than physiotherapy alone as my focus is on the best possible outcome for each particular patient.
BSc (Hons)., Physiotherapy, MCSP, APPI Matwork instructor, Post-Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, HCPC State Registered Physiotherapist.
Michaela completed her degree and qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2007. She then followed this up by completing a two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College. Michaela now divides her time between working as a “human” Physiotherapist and a Veterinary Physiotherapist.
Michaela qualified as a Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute in 2008 and has been teaching regular classes locally ever since. Michaela’s classes involve gentle mat-based exercises designed to strengthen the core muscles of people who suffer with back pain or dysfunction and those recovering from back injuries and/or surgery. These classes are also suitable for anybody looking for a gentle form of exercise to improve their core strength, balance and general muscle function.
Michaela is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and the Health Professions Council (HPC) and a Category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). Michaela’s work is covered by full professional and public liability insurance.
Eli Tipney (neé Young)
BSc., MCSP, HPC, Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist
Eli graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007, and has been working in private practice for the last seven years predominantly treating sports, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic injuries and conditions. She completed two post-graduate certificates in South Africa, and is currently working towards her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Bath.
Eli is qualified in the use of Dry Needling. She is also a certified Matwork and Equipment Pilates instructor.
Eli has a particular interest in the treatment and management of sports injuries. She has worked within rugby and rowing for several years, as well as with the South African Gymnastics team and Great Britain Synchronised Swimming team. Recently, Eli was also part of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and worked as as a Field-of-Play Physiotherapist within Gymnastics. When not at The Physio Studio, Eli also works as a physiotherapist at Wellington College in Crowthorne, and at Redingensians Rugby Club.
Eli combines evidence-based treatments with individual rehabilitation plans, to help every patient achieve their very best outcome. She feels strongly about giving clear information and advice, so that patients may better understand their injury or condition and to help prevent recurrence and persistent pain.
BSc., MCSP, Chartered Physiotherapist
APPI Certified Pilates Instructor & Fit Back & Bumps Instructor
Rebecca qualified as a physiotherapist in 1988. She worked in the NHS for 17 years, in Acute Teaching Hospitals & Primary Care Hospitals before leaving to work in private practice in 2005. This varied career has given her a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, particularly acute and chronic back & neck pain, joint problems, sports injuries, post-op rehabilitation and pregnancy related problems. Rebecca integrates a variety of treatment methods and rehabilitation in her practice.
Rebecca developed a keen interest in muscle balance and core stability and its role in rehabilitation and became fully certified in the APPI Matwork Pilates approach in 2004. She now provides Pilates as part of rehabilitation or prevention on a 1:1 basis or in a class environment.
Rebecca is also a qualified Fit Back & Bumps Instructor, delivering antenatal and postnatal education and exercise programmes.
Grad Dip Phys., MCSP, ACPWH
Diane is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist with over 30 years experience specialising in women\‘s healthcare and in treating male and female bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain.
Diane has specialist expertise with treating common pregnancy and menopause conditions.
She also has a particular interest in rehabilitating men after prostate surgery and treating women after childbirth to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.
Her other main treatments are for chronic pelvic pain and the use of acupuncture in women and men\‘s health.
BHSc., MSc., MMACP, MCSP, HPC, Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist
Mike has been a Chartered Physiotherapist for the last 20 years. He has always been a therapist who constantly strives to further his knowledge and skills. He is passionate that his patients should have an exceptional treatment experience and understand how they can work together in a partnership to get back to where they want to be.
Throughout his career, Mike has worked extensively with elite athletes in situations where performance and teamwork matter. This has influenced Mike’s approach to Physiotherapy. He brings an extensive ‘toolkit’ of manual skills and treatment methods to every session born out of a desire to achieve the best results for his patients. This enhanced experience alongside his own learning means that as well as helping you recover from injury or pain, he promotes self management strategies for injury prevention and works with you towards performance enhancement.
This work with elite performance athletes started in 1999 when Mike was a Physiotherapist with the Royal Ballet Company, becoming Head of Physiotherapy in 2001. In 2002, he left the company to pursue his interest in sports physiotherapy and to formalise his Pilates training but during this time he continued to work extensively with dancers and actors from West End shows. Although his interest in Pilates began in the world of dance, he has developed and adapted it in his work with elite athletes. In 2004, Mike trained with Polestar in the use of Pilates studio equipment and in 2005 trained in APPI mat work Pilates.
Mike first worked with the GB Rowing Team in 1999 and has worked as a contractor with British rowing throughout the last 15 years, the London 2014 Games being his 4th Olympics with the squad. In 2005, Mike accepted a post with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) at Bisham Abbey in Marlow. He worked for the EIS for 9 years both as a full time member of staff and as a contractor and in that time has treated athletes from 31 Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and Home Nation disciplines. In 2007, he was appointed Lead Physiotherapist to the GB Paralympic Rowing Team and accompanied them to the Beijing games. In more diverse roles, Mike has worked on The Social Network during filming at Henley Royal Regatta and in 2011 he started working with a front row grid Formula 1 team, GP3 and Le Mans 24 Hours drivers.
Since completing his MSc. and MACP (Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) post graduate qualifications in 1998, Mike has continued to enhance his clinical practice by learning from those at the forefront of manual therapy and exploring \‘alternative\’ methods of treatment. He has gone on to train in acupuncture for musculo-skeletal conditions and in 2013 qualified in Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn I.M.S) a system of acupuncture developed for the diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue pain.
In 2007, Mike was first introduced to the use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) and found it to be unparalleled in its effectiveness in treating the musculoskeletal system. In 2009, he undertook formal training in the Graston Technique and in 2011 he became a certified Graston Technique practitioner.
He continued to develop his own understanding of IASTM by learning as much as he could about the body’s fascial network. His research and studying reached fruition in 2012 when, in collaboration with Donna Strachan DC and Kay Pearce DC, Kinnective was born.
Since its inception Kinnective has gone on to provide training to the physiotherapy teams at a number of prestigious institutions including:England Rugby Welsh Rugby England Football English Institute of Sport The Royal Ballet Company
As well as instructing for Kinnective, Mike has lectured and taught nationally on the fascial system at a number of conferences. He is also involved in research at Leicester University.
Mike is director of The Physio Studio in Binfield, Berkshire alongside his wife Rebecca who is also a Physiotherapist, specialising in Neurology. They also have two young sons. As well as running the practice, he continues to work as a contractor for the EIS, as well as with the Red Bull Formula 1 Racing Team.
Before pursuing Physiotherapy, Mike was a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force. It was part way through his Navigator training in 1992 when a cruciate knee ligament injury forced him to reconsider his career options. It was through his rehabilitation that he saw Physiotherapy as his chosen career path.
BSc (Hons)., MCSP, HCPC. Chartered Neurological Physiotherapist
Rebecca graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2000, choosing to specialise in Neurology soon after. She has worked with neurological patients in specialist hospital rehab units and community neuro rehabilitation settings since then. Her extensive experience covers all aspects of neuro rehabilitation treating Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease and any other neurological condition. She also uses these skills to treat more general elderly or falls rehabilitation patients.
Through post graduate study Rebecca has developed an enriched assessment and treatment approach. She brings together a range of evidence based techniques to each session and takes the time to listen and focus on each patients personal goals. This function based approach is underpinned by having completed her training in the Bobath Concept which focusses on restoring more normal movement patterns to make movements less effortful and of a better quality.
Rebecca is also one of only 26 fully certified clinicians in the UK to be trained in a method called LSVT ‘BIG’ which is proven in the treatment Parkinsons Disease and other neurological conditions. LSVT ‘BIG’ has its roots in the Lee Silvermann Voice Techniques (LSVT) well known to doctors and used by speech therapists with success in the treatment of speech difficulties in Parkinsons. Similarly, the LSVT ‘BIG’ method is an intensive 4 week whole body training programme that seeks to re-calibrate the brain’s sensory awareness. In Parkinsons disease, movements can become too small or lose freedom so the programme uses the principle that the brain can change and learn by having one simple goal to focus on – ‘THINK BIG’. It has been shown to radically change the way the body experiences and produces everyday movement to minimise the impact of the disease and allow you to move as freely as possible, for as long as possible.
Pilates can also be used in the treatment of neurological conditions and Rebecca has an APPI mat work certification to use Pilates with individual neuro patients on a 1:1 basis.
At the Physio Studio, we have ramp access and a large fully equipped gym and Pilates studio which provides a spacious and relaxing rehabilitation space.
Alongside her husband Mike Chisholm, Rebecca is also a director of The Physio Studio. She splits her time between bringing up their 2 young sons and working clinically and as a Director. They enjoy their time off from the Studio by camping or visiting the Isles of Scilly!
Alison Nisbet (Pilates Instructor and physiotherapist)
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. MCSP, HCPC, AACP, APPI Fully Certified Pilates Instructor
Qualifying in 2002, Ali is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with extensive training as a fully certified Modified Pilates and rehabilitation instructor through the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). She has worked in the NHS and private sector, starting her career at Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Trust, moving into private practice in 2009. She has a special interest in spinal rehabilitation and lower limb biomechanics using her core stability skills to assist the restoration of function through movement.
Ali enjoys her sport having completed the River Dart 10km swim in 2015 coming 4th in her age category and took part in the 57 mile walk ‘Race to The King’ in 2016 raising money for Great Ormond Street and The Kings College Hospital Brain Injury Unit.
Stephanie Sanvitale (Pilates Instructor and physiotherapist)
MCSP HCPC AACP, APPI Fully Certified Pilates Instructor
Stephanie is an experienced physiotherapist who has also trained extensively with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to become a fully certified Modified Pilates instructor – an additional tool which is invaluable in assisting recovering patients to help themselves enhance and maintain their fitness.
She is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist who has worked extensively in both the NHS and private practice. After qualifying Stephanie specialised in Neurology, was Bobath trained and has worked in London teaching hospitals as well as in Canada and the Middle East.
Back in England she refocused her interest to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy which enabled her to continue her involvement in physiotherapy at a local hospital whilst her family was growing up.
Stephanie has been keen to maintain a high level of professional development and skills in a variety of areas, in a profession which is always responding to new research and evolving techniques.
She also qualified as a musculoskeletal acupuncture practitioner with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)