About Us

Physio in Ayrshire can be provided to you by Physioflexx.  We offer a professional service that focuses on you. Our Physiotherapists are highly qualified and are CSP and HCPC registered. Our team come from a diverse background and have specialised interest in various areas of musculoskeletal therapy. Please find below a short profile of each of our Ayrshire Physiotherapists.

Our Mission

At Physioflexx our main aim is to provide the highest standard of patient care for all of our patients at all times. We provide a professional infrastructure and environment to aid patient pathway to recovery.

Our Team

Kate Alexander – Company Director/Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Kate gained her first degree at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen achieving a 2:1 in Sport & Exercise Science. She then studied Physiotherapy at the Glasgow Caledonian University graduating in 2010. Kate has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Interests include sports injuries, womans health, low back pain, hip pain, neck and shoulder pain. At the beginning of her career she worked within sport assisting at Hamilton Academicals Football Club, Cartha Queens Rugby Club and Ayrshire Swim Team. More recently her time has been invested into developing and growing the services available at Physioflexx. Kate utilises advanced manual therapy skills alongside self-management tools and exercise prescription to ensure the patient makes an optimal recovery. Kate appreciates the effects that trauma can have on an individual mentally and physically which allows her to empathise with patients and ensures that she works on the basis of shared goals. She consistently strives to provide a high quality service with accurate diagnosis and treatment. Kate enjoys leading 5 Physio-led Pilates classes per week within the clinic and believes the importance of this exercise mode to aid recovery. To keep up-to-date with clinical evidence and physiotherapy skills, Kate has attended numerous professional development courses including kinesiology taping, electrotherapy for healing, advanced soft tissue massage, acupuncture, dry needling, spinal manipulations and the APPI training for Pilates. Kate has a strong interest in keeping fit and enjoys going to the gym alongside setting challenges such as running half marathons.

Qualifications

  • MSc Rehabilitation Science (Pre-registration Physiotherapy)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

Skill Base

  • Advanced Massage Therapy
  • Spinal Manipulation & Joint Mobilisation
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Kinetic Chain Release
  • Core Stability Training
  • Antenatal and Postnatal Therapy
  • Acupuncture & Dry Needling.

Areas of Interest

  • Low Back Pain
  • Hip Pathology
  • Neck and Shoulder Injuries
  • Runner Injuries
  • Womans Health
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Diane Chalmers

Diane Chalmers – Senior Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Diane qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 from Glasgow Caledonian University. She also attained a post grad Masters degree specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2014. Diane worked in the NHS for several years, initially in NHS Lothian then in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. She gained most of her experience from musculoskeletal outpatient departments where she had the opportunity to work alongside & learn from many physiotherapy specialists in various fields. Diane joined Physioflexx as a senior therapist in 2018. As well as providing a high standard of patient centred care, she regularly teaches her two main passions of Yoga & Pilates. She is enthusiastic to continually learn and develop these areas alongside her physiotherapy practice to help optimise patients’ health on all levels.

Qualifications

  • MSc Physiotherapy (MSK) – 2014
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy – 2011
  • Sports Massage Diploma
  • Hatha Raja 200 hour Yoga teacher
  • APPI Pilates Matwork Teacher (beginner – advanced)

Skill Base

  • Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Massage
  • Taping & Strapping
  • Acupuncture
  • APPI Pilates
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Sports Injury Prevention & Rehab
  • Manual Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilisations

Areas of Interest

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Lower Limb Injuries
  • Sport Injuries
  • Running Prehab / Rehab
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • low back pain

Samar Elenany

Samar Elenany – Physiotherapist

Samar had her bachelor’s degree from Cairo University in Egypt in 2011. She worked there for a couple of years and undertook her acupuncture course. She moved to the Gulf to work as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist till 2020. During this time she studied and gained further qualifications including her Orthopaedic Manual Therapy certificate from Curtin University Australia, mastering the art of taping (Kinesiology and McConnel tape) and learned manual techniques for back problems. She also has an Osteopathy qualification in basic Osteopathic techniques and visceral manipulation. Samar then arrived in Scotland to complete her master’s degree from Glasgow Caledonian University in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This allowed her to gain more knowledge on patient centred care and mechanisms of pain perception. Samar has worked in neuro-rehab, post-operative knee and hip replacements and sports rehab protocols with an overall physiotherapy experience of 10 years.

Qualifications

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Skills:

  • Mulligan techniques
  •  Osteopathy (basic and visceral)
  •  K-Taping
  •  McConnel taping
  • Dry-needling
  • Acupuncture
  • Shockwave therapy

Areas of interest

  • Orthopaedic Post Operative Care
  • Neurological Low Back Pain
  • Knee Pathology
  • Rotator Cuff and Frozen Shoulder

Jennifer Butler – Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Jennifer graduated with Honours in Anatomy in 2003 from the University of Glasgow, and went on to study Physiotherapy at Caledonian University, graduating with First Class Honours in 2011. She was awarded the Elsevier Prize for 2nd Top Overall Student. Throughout university she studied orthopaedic, neurological, respiratory and paediatric physiotherapy before focusing on musculoskeletal. After working in her own private practice in Glasgow for 5 years, enjoying experience at home and abroad with the Scottish Football Association, Kilmarnock Football Club and Rangers Ladies F.C., Jennifer has now joined the team at Physioflexx in Ayrshire. She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports injury rehabilitation and the treatment of chronic low back pain. Jennifer has completed her National Sports First Aid at Hampden, Acupuncture and Pilates qualifications, as well as various course on the knee, taping, strapping and massage. With Jennifer, you’ll receive the highest quality of patient-centred, evidence-based care, learn how to self-manage your condition and have the peace of mind that you’re in the best hands.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Anatomy
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Skill Base

  • Massage
  • Taping & Strapping
  • Acupuncture
  • APPI Pilates
  • Joint Mobilisations
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Injuries Rehab and Prevention.

Areas of Interest

  • Pilates
  • Runners Analysis
 
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Kate Karkatselou

Kate Karkatselou – Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Kate has completed a BSc in Sports Science, specialising in competitive sports-coaching at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and graduated 2018 as a Physiotherapist from the Technological Education Institute of Western Greece before taking up her role within Physioflexx following a 6 month traineeship. Kate has more than 5 years of experience as a head coach with Track and Field Clubs in Greece, coaching adults and junior athletes that competed at National level with great achievements. She is also a qualified lifeguard and an experienced swim instructor, responsible for preparing young athletes for swimming events. She also gained experience during her Physiotherapy traineeship in Glasgow for 6 months in a private clinic before she graduating. Practice was mostly on patients with MSK injuries and chronic pain. She has continued to enhance her skills and knowledge being part of the Physioflexx team. As a certified therapist in IASTM technique, she has a great knowledge of Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. With her background in Sports Science, Kate has a keen interest in Sport Physiotherapy, particularly lower limb injuries. Kate’s passion in coaching and physiotherapy has led to her delivering our strength & conditioning (S&C) classes. The primary goal is for everyone to reach their potential, even if that means getting better after an injury or achieving their fitness goals. The S&C class has a structure of both elements, delivering effective and safe training methods, accustomed to your needs and goals. Kate looks forward to building your confidence alongside your strength.  In her free time, she enjoys going for outdoor running, indoor climbing and water sports during the summer in Greece. 

Qualifications

  • BSc Sports Science and Physical Education
  • BSc Physiotherapy

Other Qualifications

  • IASTM Certified
  • Qualified Lifeguard
  • Swimming Instructor
  • Acupuncture

Areas of Interest

  • Sport Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Lower limb Injuries

Ryan Wesson – Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Ryan completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science at Strathclyde University, graduating and achieving a 2:1 in 2017 before going on to complete his MSc in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating in early 2021. During his MSc he gained a wide range of experience working within paediatrics, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and elderly rehabilitation. Ryan has a keen interest in strength and conditioning, having been involved with CrossFit for the last 8 years and gained his Level 1 Coaching certificate in 2016. Since then he has worked in various gyms across Glasgow and Ayrshire, ensuring his clients move efficiently and maximise their fitness capabilities. With Ryan’s expertises in this field he was the leader in developing the strength and conditioning classes we run here at Physioflexx. His background throughout youth was in tennis, playing at a high level all over the UK. This took him into the gym at an early age and that is where the love for strength & conditioning began. With being introduced to the world of CrossFit and seeing the attraction of varied workouts, he quickly improved his performance on the court. Ryan really enjoys working with people in a small group environment. He feels it is more personable, and can really focus on efficient movement and technique. Combined with his Physiotherapy skills, consistently being patient-centred and evidence-based, he loves to see people work from an injury back to what they love doing. If Ryan is not on the tennis court, he is in the gym or more recently out running our streets. 

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science
  • MSc Physiotherapy

Other qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Coaching
  • LTA Level 1 Tennis Coaching
  • Strapping and taping

Skill base

  • Sports Massage
  • Manual Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release Techniques
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Injury Rehab
  • Strength and Conditioning

Areas of Interest

  • Sports Injury and Rehab
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Limb Injuries
  • Running-related Injuries
  • Strength and Conditioning

 

 

 

 

Carla Mills

Carla has completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science at Strathclyde University, graduating in 2018, prior to achieving an MSc with distinction in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University in early 2021. Carla has more than 5 years of experience practicing as a massage therapist, developing a variety of manual therapy techniques which she continues to implement in her physiotherapy treatment where appropriate. Working within a private hospital setting has allowed Carla to gain a wide range of experience in orthopaedic, cardiac, respiratory, musculoskeletal and elderly rehabilitation. She will continue to enhance her skills and knowledge being part of the Physioflexx team. Carla has a keen interest in sports injury rehab, having been involved in competitive trampolining from a young age she has experienced first hand the importance of person-centred, evidence-based care. Combining her passion for health & fitness with her abilities as a physiotherapist, she is motivated to provide the highest level of care in order to help you feel empowered, take control and be able to lead a better quality of life. 

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • MSc Physiotherapy 
  • Level 3 Diploma Sports Massage

Skill Base:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Soft Tissue Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilisations
  • Tailored Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Injury Rehab

Areas of Interest:

  • Sports Injury and Rehab
  • Orthopaedic Post-Operative Rehab
  • Lower Limb Injuries
  • Low Back Pain

Craig Kennedy

Craig completed a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from Glasgow Caledonian University achieving a 2:1, graduating in 2022.  During his Physiotherapy degree, Craig carried out several placements including Medical Rehab, Orthopaedics, Care of the Elderly and Virtual Musculoskeletal.  Additionally, Craig completed his Undergraduate Dissertation in the area of sports medicine where he investigated “How effective is relative rest on reducing pain in athletes with a lower limb tendinopathy.”  While at University he completed a variety of CPD courses including sports massage, sports taping, fundamentals of kinesiology taping, pitchside first aid, FA concussion guidance and sudden cardiac arrest.  Craig is also set to complete the SportPromote Advanced Pitchside First aid and Trauma Management course later on this year.  As well as completing these CPD courses he worked at Erskine Hospital as a care assistant providing patient centred care for ex-army veterans.  Craig has an active interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and has worked with Stirling University Football Club with the Men’s First team in the Scottish Football Lowland league and the Women’s First team in SWPL2.  Alongside the clinic Craig continues to work within Football.  Craig is also a distance runner for Kilbarchan Amateur Athletic Club where he has previously participated in 800m, 1500m, 3000m and cross country running.  Craig is delighted to be joining the Physiotherapy team at Physioflexx and is looking forward to providing evidence based, patient centred care.   

Reception & Administration

 
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Craig Hyland

Craig Hyland- Practice Manager

Craig joined Physioflexx at the beginning of 2022 to embark on his role as Practice Manager. Craig oversees the running of our two Ayrshire clinics and ensures that the business continues to thrive with a focus on growth of services, managing all accounts, processes and procedures.

Craig has a background in international retail operations and management spending a lot of his career abroad with WHSmith, most notably in Qatar and Singapore. Most recently, Craig returned to his Scottish roots which brought him home to Inverclyde where he lead a team of over 23 employees of well established global supermarket Lidl. An avid interest in Business Management, Craig continues to study two separate degrees with the Open University.

Craig unifies his team around common goals and principles through integrity and continuous professional development. Therefore, communication is a key strength which he uses concisely and coherently.

A new chapter for him as he looks forward to welcoming all current and new patients into the clinic as well as greeting you over the telephone.

 
 
 

Laura McLellan – Senior Administrator

Laura joined Physioflexx as an Administrator in November 2016 and enjoys meeting and greeting all our Patients between our Stewarton and Prestwick clinics. Laura has previously studied HNC Counselling at Ayrshire College and worked as a Healthcare Assistant in a variety of settings before finding her passion in Administration. Laura also deals with leading Insurance Providers that we collaborate with and supports all of our administration tasks.

Devon McPherson

Devon McPherson- Administrator

Devon joined Physioflexx as an administrator alongside Craig in January 2022 and is enjoying meeting all our friendly patients in both Stewarton and Prestwick Clinic. Devon has previous experience as an admin assistant as she worked at Buckreddan Care Centre for just under 2 years, while being there completing her SVQF Level 5 in Business and Administration. 

Devon has been playing football on a competitive level since a young age, starting off locally in Irvine. As she has progressed, she has looked for a new challenge and has recently signed with Giffnock Women. After securing promotion last season she is looking forward to competing in the new League 1. Being in a team environment suits Devon due to her experience working with others in football, so she has settled in well with the Physioflexx team.

Devon is keen to see where her journey at Physioflexx takes her, whilst making new relationships with patients and her team members.