About us

The Team

Our Team has grown steadily over the past 10 years. We all share a passion for providing high quality clinically effective physiotherapy. We are all different and have slightly different areas of interest and expertise but together we have confidence that we have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to help you with your injury or pain.

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Our other key team member is Sara, she runs the practice from our admin room. She can sort out all admin issues with insurers etc, and will be the person you speak to when you call to book your initial session.

Sarah Duncton

My Story

My interest in physiotherapy first started when I was 15 - I sprained my ankle just days before my first England Junior hockey trial. It was a nasty sprain, and I didn't make the team that year, but with physio support I then made the England team every year until I was 21.

That's when my career as a physio started, having graduated from Birmingham University with a First class honours degree in physiotherapy I began slowly working my way around NHS physio departments gaining lots of experience in treating people with injury and who are in pain. I carried on playing hockey at National Premier league level and also did lots of travelling working as a physio in Australia and New Zealand.

I always loved learning about how the body works, and found it's workings just fascinating. I've always had an interest in mind-body connections, and love meeting new patients, establishing a strong trusting relationship, finding out what makes them tick and working with them to reach their goals.

It's one of the best feelings in the world when a patient looks at you with a tear in their eye, and says a heartfelt 'thank you, I couldn't have done this without you'. It's incredibly rewarding and I feel very lucky to have a job that brings so much satisfaction.

My Tool-Kit

I am trained in Pilates and Acupuncture and integrate these into my practice every day. I also believe in good hands-on therapy and use soft tissue massage and other techniques on most sessions. I think my biggest asset is my ability to treat patients holistically, to consider their whole story, to create a sound yet lighthearted working relationship, to inspire confidence in their ability to make the changes necessary to reach their goals.

Outside work

I still love to exercise and when I'm not at work, or ferrying my kids around their various activities you'll find me at the gym or in the pool doing my best to stay as fit as my time and energy levels allow! I love the feeling of pushing my body doing circuit and strength type training, I love the calming and cleansing effect an outdoor run or a swim in the outdoor pool gives me.

I'm interested in mindfulness and mental health and read lots around both subjects. I hope to do further studies in mental health, one day hoping I'll be able to qualify as a psychotherapist and be able to blend those skills with my current skills as a physiotherapist.

I also love to ski, bombing down the mountain, with the icy cold snow hitting my face and legs burning is when I am possibly at my most happiest in life!

Kev Tucker

My Story

Whilst completing a Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Birmingham, I injured my knee completing an Ultra Distance event. The rehabilitation of this sparked my interest in applying my sport science in a practical environment, subsequently completing an MSc in Physiotherapy. Throughout my time at University I was a member of the Army Reserves and gained a qualification as an Army Physical Training Instructor. This enabled me to work with people from a range of fitness backgrounds and develop my understanding of injury prevention, optimising performance and rehabilitation.

Having completed my Master's degree in Physiotherapy, I gained a job in the NHS, choosing to specialise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Within the NHS I treat a range of patients with a variety of conditions including: acute injuries; postoperative treatment; long term injuries and chronic pain conditions. Alongside working for the NHS and PhysioArt, I am the University of Birmingham Women's Hockey team Physio. Their 1st XI team plays in the top league in the country, and the vast majority of players compete internationally. This job has provided me with the experience of meeting the needs and demands of elite level athletes.

My Tool-Kit

My experience of working within the NHS, elite sport and with the military has helped me develop a variety of treatment skills. Discussing the assessment outcomes with the patient and helping them to gain a full appreciation of their condition is fundamental to the way I work. This allows the patient to participate in the decision making progress regarding their treatment. I am trained in acupuncture, manual therapy (including soft tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, spinal manipulations and joint mobilisations) and exercise prescription. I have also completed strength and conditioning as well as nutrition qualifications and apply this knowledge to assist with my patients' rehabilitation.

Outside Work

From a young age sport and exercise has been the main passion in my life. Starting off with rugby and squash, I now train and compete in triathlons, ultra distance running and more recently Crossfit. On a free weekend I love nothing more than getting out of the city and going to the mountains with friends and pushing myself physically. I have a passion for travelling and have trekked to the Base Camp of Mount Everest and Machu Picchu. My current goals are to complete a 50 mile endurance marathon and summit Mont Blanc.

Alongside my physiotherapy work, I have worked in the fitness industry for the last 8 years, including working for the outdoor fitness provider British Military Fitness helping others to achieve their fitness goals.

Becky Houghton

My Story

I have had an interest in the role of exercise in health and well-being since completing a BSc in Physiology in 2000 from the University of Leeds, this was followed with a Masters in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health. For a number of years I worked as a personal trainer in Bristol helping people reach their health and fitness goals combining exercise and nutrition. Along side this I also worked for a number of health promotion companies providing health and well-being advice to various workplaces and their employees.

Due to a change in personal circumstances I had the opportunity to return to university to study Physiotherapy and graduated in 2016 from the University of West England in Bristol. I started my physiotherapy career with rotations in a hospital, however I soon knew I wanted to focus on MSK and soon was able to specialise and work in the community where I have been working for the past 2 years before starting with PhysioArt.

My Tool-Kit

I am currently completing a Pilates qualification with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) to incorporate with patients treatment programmes, in addition to this I am trained in Sports massage, and of course exercise prescription.

From completing my Masters dissertation on the links between omega 3 consumption and depression I have developed an interest in mental health and how lifestyle and exercise can help. I have recently gained an interest in mindfulness and its effects on physical health such as chronic pain and improvements in the immune system. I am currently completing a mindfulness programme for my own personal wellbeing and hope to peruse further qualifications to incorporate aspects in to my physiotherapy practice.

Outside work

Outside of work, I enjoy yoga and Pilates. I have completed a number of half marathons, although recently due to a skiing injury I have started cycling, inspired by the tour de France I would one day like to do a London to Paris cycle ride. I also like traveling and going to live music events.

Pauline Kuithan

My Story

I always wanted to work within the healthcare sector and loved sports. Being interested in both clinical and scientific sides of Physiotherapy, I combined my German Physiotherapy degree with a part-time Bachelor's degree. I focussed quite early on musculoskeletal disorders and got rewarded a scholarship for a Masters in Manual Therapy in Australia. However, I wanted to further specialise in rehabilitation and exercise sciences and therefore completed a M.Sc. in Sport Physiotherapy. I worked for a first division women's rugby team, different outpatient clinics and as a lecture at a German University before I found my way to Birmingham to start a PhD at the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation of Spinal Pain (CPR Spine) with the focus on pain sensitivity, exercise and low back pain. I hope to contribute to bridge the theory-practice gap and bring research into clinical practice (or the other way round).

My Tool-Kit

From ten years of clinical experience, I offer a mixture of hands-on and active treatment. This involves education about your condition combined with the best possible research based management. Together we will design a plan which will enable you to achieve your goals.

Outside work

I love the outdoors and looking forward to explore more of the beautiful UK hiking, running or on the water. I'm passionate about football, baking and enjoy going to live music gigs.

Alex Deutsch

My Story

I have come from a medical family so it was inevitable that I would follow into health care. My interest started for physiotherapy when I was still in school and participating in sports mainly rowing and rugby. These came with MSK injuries for which I ended up seeing a physiotherapist. I was taken by the process of diagnosis and treatment planning and how it worked I remember think it was magic.

I studied physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham and graduated 2011. Following this I did my rotations in my hometown of Hereford covering all areas including stroke, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal. After this I got a static job in MSK in Dudley as I knew this was the area I had the most interest in. I enjoyed the idea that it covered such a vast area from acute injuries, sports injuries and pain management. I now work in Birmingham specialising in Pain management and MSK.

I have a particular interest in pain management. I find it fascinating how our body works. Our bodies are good at many things and healing is one of them. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain messages continue for longer than we want and it becomes persistent. Working on strategies to help manage pain is a key way to increase your overall function and get you back to things you enjoy doing.

My Tool-Kit

All treatments should be personalised and appropriate for each patient. After a detailed history taking we will talk through our assessment findings and develop a plan suitable for you. These options may be manual therapy (mobilisation, massage or manipulation), exercise therapy, acupuncture and taping. In pain management, we will discuss management strategies and personalise a plan to get you back to some of your hobbies.

Outside of work

I enjoy sports particularly rugby and golf. I have now hung my rugby boots up but I still enjoy a round of golf. Although I spend a fair bit of time looking for the golf ball in the trees. I keep active in the gym and enjoy swimming. I have just bought a house so any other free time is spent doing some DIY.

Alina Esh

My Story

As a teenager I understood that I want to be a therapist, that I like the one to one and I like the physical side of it. I was also interested in the science part of it. I wanted to understand how the body works and always felt that being a physiotherapist it is not just a job but it's a way of life.

I have done my bachelor in physiotherapy in Haifa, Israel while working as a massage therapist. I have gained valuable experience in a hospital setting in Israel doing ward, respiratory, orthopaedics rehab, children, neuro rehab, MSK and hydrotherapy.

I followed my husband to UK for his masters and here trained as a Pilates instructor with APPI. I was very fortunate and I found my way in to NHS specialising in woman's health which I'm very passionate about. I look at my patients holistically and I'm very interested in the body mind connection. I love meeting new people and there is no better feeling than knowing that I managed to help someone to feel better. I love my job and I still see it as a way of life.

My Tool-Kit

I am trained in Pilates and manual therapy. I believe in hands on treatment but also combine exercise, taping and good explanation and discussion about the condition and goals setting. I treat my patient holistically, discussing nutrition, ergonomics and habits. I like tailoring the home exercise to the person and always work with the patient to decide what's the best way for him.

Outside of work

If I'm not at work I love spending time with my family and I love the outdoors. I'm most happy on a sunny breezy day driving with windows open going to some nature reserve for a hike with my family and friends. We as a family has strong connection to our local community here and I love hosting and cooking.

Kathy Lamb

Kathy's career started in recruitment and sales, where she worked both as a trainer and a manager and during these years she developed many valuable skills in communication and problem solving that she has been able to transfer into her role now as a specialist exercise and Pilates teacher.

After the birth of her first child she decided to have a career direction change. At the time there was very little out there in the way of education and exercise for pregnant and post natal women, and having always had a passion for health and exercise she decided to retrain.

Kathy experienced back problems herself after pregnancy and this is what introduced her to Pilates. Practicing Pilates really help Kathy gain control over her body, and her pain. Feeling frustrated with the large Pilates classes that were run at the big gyms, where personal tuition and supervision was minimal, she decided to train as a Pilates Instructor. She firmly believes in the method, and also believes that one to one and small groups is the only true was a person can go on to feel and see the benefits Pilates can bring.

Over the years Kathy's expertise has expanded, initially specialising in pregnancy and post natal, she has since gone on to work with clients with a variety of issues, from scoliosis to postural issues to sacro-iliac joint problems.

Here's her list of quals: L3 CYQ Ante/postnatal exercise, L3 CYQ Pilates, L3 CYQ Nutrition & Weight Management, L3 CYQ Personal Trainer, L2 OCR Aerobics Instructor. L3 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) .Member of the Guild for Ante/ Postnatal Instuctors. First aid qualified. Fully Insured.

Cat Morgans

My Story

I have always enjoyed moving. When I was young I danced, in my twenties I discovered yoga. By my late twenties I soon discovered that being bendy was OK if you had some stability to go with it. If not, it could be a real pain in the bum...quite literally! Back and shoulder problems led me to search out a Pilates teacher. Slowly that Pilates magic started to make my body feel comfortable again. Then one day I realised I was no longer in pain. Goodness, why aren't more people doing this I thought? We need more teachers....

My Tool-Kit

As a Pilates teacher, trained in both matwork and studio equipment, I have a curious mind and I love learning more about the amazing human body. Teaching people about the fascinating engineering and architecture they have within them, in fun and engaging ways, is something that gives me great enjoyment. A class can also provide a window of opportunity in a busy and often stressful world to simply breathe, be mindful and relax. Pilates helps you move and feel better in both body and mind.

Outside Work

I am a mad dog lady. You will see me in my wellies with Lola, my miniature schnauzer. We love exploring Clent Hills, Sandwell Valley or going further afield on Group Schnauzer Walks. What could be better than the wind in your hair/fur and your faithful companion at your heels? A little sister for Lola ....who should be joining us shortly!

Tom Mahoney

My Story

My introduction to physiotherapy began when I was a competitive swimmer. The physiotherapy treatment for my injuries and meeting an experienced physiotherapist who was also a family friend sparked my interest. I was most interested in the method of diagnosis of injury and the process of rehabilitation back to high level function and sport. Together with my enjoyment of teaching that I gained as a swimming coach, I knew that it was the right career for me.

I completed my degree in physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham where I also completed my Level 3 Diploma in sports massage. Whilst at university I assisted with the universities Women’s Hockey team as part of pitch side support. This included pre-match preparation and managing injuries during games. Since graduating I joined the NHS and completed ward based rotations within medicine, orthopaedics and stroke and neurology before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I currently work with a variety of conditions and patients including: acute injury, post-surgery, gym-based rehabilitation, hand therapy as well as treating patients with persistent pain.

My Tool-Kit

I treat every patient as an individual, a thorough assessment and discussion around a patient’s goals will shape the process of their rehabilitation. After an assessment we will discuss treatment options which may include a combination of exercise prescription and manual therapy including massage and mobilisation. It is important to also understand other factors which may be contributing to the problem which we can discuss in more detail during the physiotherapy sessions.

Outside Work

I have always been very involved in sport from swimming and basketball before university to being very involved with the powerlifting society and competed several times whilst at university. I also frequently play tennis and squash and have recently started to take up climbing. Away from sport I have a keen interest in technology, which includes PC building, gaming and photography.

Sara Merrell

I studied textiles at college & went on to have a career as an Art Director where my job was to organise and produce photo shoots (often in exotic places). I left this career to look after our 2 young children.

Having treated my husband when he was training for his first New York Marathon Sarah became our friend (he couldn't have done it without her & her colleagues & he even went on to do it again!).

When Sarah posted a note on face book saying she was looking for a part time admin person it was fate as far as I was concerned. I'd been working back within a photographic studio full time and was finding it difficult to balance work & family life.

I love being part of the Physio Art Team. I get to use my organisational skills & I get to be part of a Team that really does make a difference to peoples' lives. There's nothing better than hearing our patients talking about how their treatment has improved their quality of life.

In my spare time I still like to be creative often sewing & more recently crochet (it's an age thing!). I also enjoy cooking & especially baking, what can I say? I love eating cakes!

Do you have the right personality with the right qualifications to join our team?

Physio Art are looking to recruit an experienced self-employed part-time physio, to join their team at their busy private practice in Edgbaston. The successful candidate needs to be comfortable with marketing and helping to develop the service as well as keen and able to build and manage their own varied caseload.

The ideal candidate would need to show:

Finding the right person for the role is the most important consideration for us and so if you're the right fit for the team, we can discuss hours/pay/status at the interview. Personality and people skills are just as important to us as qualifications....we need both for the team to be the best it can be. Clinics are available most days and evenings, and Saturdays could be available.

Feedback from our patients says that what is really unique about us is our positive and integrated approach to treating pain. We give our patients the knowledge to reduce their pain and make a full recovery. Our approach involves looking at all of the factors that we know affect pain and recovery such as health attitudes and beliefs, stress levels, sleep habits, lifestyle issues and levels of physical activity to provide a thorough and comprehensive approach to treatment. We are able to take further clinics in both locations and this role is a great opportunity for someone to develop these opportunities, with the potential for further evening and Saturday morning sessions.

Further information is available on application. Please send your CV and covering letter to our Clinical Director, Sarah Duncton, by email to admin@physioart.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

To arrange an appointment or to speak to a physiotherapist, call us on 07546 452 368 or email admin@physioart.co.uk

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