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

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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Abigail Reilly

Abigail Reilly – Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Abigail qualified from Robert Gordon university with a 1st class BSc Physiotherapy. Throughout university she gained experience within Musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, community, orthopaedics and spinal injury Physiotherapy. Alongside university Abigail worked with a sports massage company, local football team and Scottish hockey providing first aid, massage and taping. Her interests are within sports rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning. Her treatment approach is to remain patient centred, whilst providing the highest quality of care.

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • NSFA Sports First Aid
  • Kinesio UK Taping
  • Sports Taping
  • Sports Therapy

Skill Base

  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Joint Mobilisations

Areas of Interest

  • Sports Injuries
  • Lower Limb Pathology
  • Low Back Pain

Alastair Callander – Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered

Alastair completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2014 with a 2:1. During his dissertation he led several workshops in sports psychology at Kilmarnock FC. He then studied MSc Physiotherapy (pre-reg) at Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating in 2018. During his studies he gained experience in numerous fields including respiratory, elderly rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and musculoskeletal practice. He also gained experience with Bournemouth AFC U23s as part of an elective placement. Following graduation, he worked full time with Hamilton Academical FC whereby he gained invaluable experience working in Scotland and abroad, through academy age-groups to the first team. Alastair is passionate about exercise and general fitness, aiming to make this specific to each client for them to achieve their goals. Having gained experience in a range of environments, he also appreciates the psychological impact of injuries and looks to encompass these factors within treatment plans to align with goals for the client. Alastair’s personal interests include football, trail running, general gym work and music.

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Physiology and Sports Science
  • MSC Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

Other Qualifications

  • Sports Massage Diploma
  • Sports First Aid

Areas of Interest

  • Lower-Limb Sports Injuries
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Injury Risk Reduction
  • Shoulder Injuries
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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 recently graduated as a Physiotherapist from the Technological Education Institute of Western Greece. 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 gained experience doing her Physiotherapy traineeship in Glasgow for 6 months in a private clinic before she graduated, practicing mostly on patients with MSK injuries and chronic pain. She will continue 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. 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. Alongside this, he is a former national junior tennis player and loves to combine his interest in sport, health & fitness with his abilities as a physiotherapist to provide patient-centred, evidence-based care at the highest quality.

Reception & Administration

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Andreina O’Neil

Andreina O’Neil – Practice Manager

Andreina joined Physioflexx at the beginning of 2019 to embark on her role as Practice Manager. Andriena oversees the running of the 2 clinical sites and ensures that the business continues to thrive through team development, growth of services and managing all accounts, processes and procedures. Andriena has a background in Management and spent a long period of her career to date working within Salon Services. Latterly, Andreina was a Healthcare Assistant within the NHS working in Glasgow and therefore has a true appreciation of the clinical environment and sensitive nature of working and dealing with patient files. Her communication skills are one of her many strengths and she looks forward to welcoming you 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.

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Michelle Swan

Michelle Swan – Receptionist

Michelle joined Physioflexx as a Part-Time Administration Assistant in March 2021 and enjoys liaising with patients by telephone and email, arranging bookings and dealing with a variety of other administrative tasks in our Prestwick clinic. Michelle’s career as an Administrator spans over 30 years in various sectors, including Finance & Accounting, Recruitment, the Motor Trade and most recently Financial Services.