Physioflexx provide a professional and experienced physiotherapy service in Ayrshire. 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.
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.
We provide 60 minutes for all initial assessments and 45 minutes for routine return treatments. This longer appointment time ensures that your injury/symptoms are discussed in detail and a full holistic treatment plan is implemented and executed to aid recovery.
- MSc Rehabilitation Science (Pre-registration Physiotherapy)
- BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science
Kate Alexander, 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, orthopaedic conditions, chronic 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. 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.
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
- BSc (Hons) Anatomy
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
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.
Massage, Taping & Strapping, Acupuncture, APPI Pilates, Joint Mobilisations, Exercise Prescription, Sports Injuries Rehab and Prevention.
Areas of Interest
Pilates, Runners Analysis
- MSc Physiotherapy
- BSc Sports Biomedicine
Marianne Alexander, Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered
Marianne gained her first degree at Dundee University achieving a 2.1 in Sports Biomedicine. She then went on to complete her Physiotherapy training at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where she graduated with a Masters degree with Merit. Since then she has spent time working within the NHS in a various settings which has expanded her skills in a variety of areas. Additionally Marianne has worked with some sports teams such as Falkirk Rugby Club and Edinburgh University Sports. In doing so, she has learned to base her physiotherapy treatment around hands-on techniques as well as exercise prescription and advice. She enjoys the challenge of diagnosing injuries or conditions and using her knowledge and clinical evidence to facilitate optimal recovery. Marianne is a keen sports woman herself, having completed two marathons to date. Therefore, she can understand the importance of returning to sport and normal activities of daily life as quickly and smoothly as possible. The idea that she can work along-side her patients to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life is what motivates her.
Exercise Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Massage, Core Stability, Education, Taping & Strapping Techniques
Areas of Interest
Orthopaedics, Low Back Pain, Sporting Injuries, Lower Limb Injuries
- BSc (Hons)Physiotherapy
Ahmed Habib, Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered
Ahmed graduated from the Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSc (HONS) in Physiotherapy in 2007. Ahmed worked with a charity organisation (Africa victims of landmines) which first made him interested in physiotherapy. Ahmed has specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has had a role as Head Physio with two Scottish Premiership Football teams before working in the Private Sector. He also has experience working within the NHS in different settings and is currently working part-time within the community. Ahmed joined our team in September 2018 and works within our Milngavie clinic on a Wednesday evening and Saturdays. Interests include sports injuries, whiplash and injection therapy. Ahmed wishes to further his learning in Diagnostic Ultrasound. Ahmed enjoys meeting people from different aspects of life, the challenges involved with dealing with various health related issues and finding the best treatments for his patients. Ahmed has a strong interest working with sporting individuals and understands the demands this can place on us. He utilises advanced manual therapy skills alongside exercise prescription to ensure the patient makes a full recovery and is ready for a return to sport. Out with work Ahmed enjoys spending time with his family enjoying both walks and dining. Ahmed’s fun fact is that he is a qualified Vet.
Advanced Massage Therapy, Spinal Manipulation & Joint Mobilisation, Muscle Energy Techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Kinesiology Taping, Core Stability Training, Acupuncture
Areas of Interest
Sports Injuries, Whiplash, Neck & Shoulder pain
- BSc Physiotherapy
Rachel McFarlane, Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered
Rachel qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University with a 2.1 in Bsc Physiotherapy. Throughout her degree she gained experience in paediatrics, respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal settings. These diverse experiences highlighted Rachel’s interest in the musculoskeletal specialism and private practice. In her final year at university, Rachel provided physiotherapy support to Port Glasgow Junior F.C and is continuing to work with the club, alongside being part of the Physioflexx team. She will continue to enhance her skills and knowledge by continually taking part in professional development. Due to her personal interest in football and fitness, Rachel is particularly interested in injuries which can occur as a result of taking part in these activities and enjoys treating and providing rehabilitation to these clients. Rachel strives to provide the highest level of client-centred care for all her patients and aims to work with every patient to determine the most effective interventions and goals for them.
- Master of Physiotherapy (MSK)
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
- Sports Massage Diploma
- Hatha Raja 200 hour Yoga teacher
Diane Chalmers, Senior Physiotherapist
Diane qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 from Glasgow Caledonian University. She then went on to complete a Masters degree in physiotherapy specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
She initially began working in private practice alongside her further studies before moving to and working in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas for a few years, mostly working within musculoskeletal outpatient clinics. She also gained experience working in medicine of the elderly, neurological outpatients and older adults mental health services. She returned to Glasgow in 2015 gaining a further 3 years NHS experience before making the move to Physioflexx.
Diane’s main passion is practising and teaching Pilates and Yoga. She is enthusiastic to continually learn and develop these areas alongside her physiotherapy practice to help optimise patients’ health on all levels.
APPI Pilates Matwork: beginner – advanced levels, Hatha Yoga, Sports Massage, exercise prescription, sports injuries rehab
Areas of Interest
Pilates, Yoga, Lower Limb Injuries
- Master of Physiotherapy
- BSc (Exercise & Health)
- BSc (Exercise Rehabilitation)
- Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jesse Coad, Senior Physiotherapist
Jesse has completed Bachelor’s degrees in Exercise & Health Science, and Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Western Australia, and achieved a Master of Physiotherapy degree at Curtin University in 2016. Jesse is passionate about musculoskeletal physiotherapy practise, sport, and exercise. He has a specific interest in the management of acute sporting injuries, tendinopathy, biomechanical issues, injury prevention, and the management of adolescent athletes.
Jesse has spent several years working with sporting clubs in Australia, with the majority of his time being spent with football and rugby union teams. Notably, he worked with the Perth Glory National Premier League Youth Academy, assisting with the training and management of elite junior athletes. Since coming to Scotland, Jesse has joined the SPL working within junior football.
Jesse has a keen interest in strength and conditioning for any sport, but he has a personal interest in running, cycling, weightlifting, and powerlifting. As an accredited Australian Strength & Conditioning Association Coach, Jesse is highly passionate about exercise and health, and is always eager to share his passion by providing education, technical advice, and expertise to clients.
Outside of physiotherapy; Jesse enjoys travel, coffee, history & philosophy, and cooking, He is also an Australian Football League tragic.
Jesse is proficient in spinal mobilisation and manipulation, dry needling, rigid & dynamic tape application, acute sports injury treatment & rehabilitation, athletic workload management and periodisation, exercise programming for injury prevention, and thermoplastic splinting – specifically for sporting hand injuries.
Areas of Interest
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy (particularly knee, shoulder, and ankle injuries), upper limb trauma, sporting hand injuries, weightlifting biomechanics, lower back pain, and strength & conditioning for competitive athletes.
- BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics
- MSC Physiotherapy (pre-registration)
John Anderson, Orthotics
John gained his first degree from the University of Glasgow in Psychology and went on to complete a further degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Strathclyde. His specialist interests include orthotic treatment of the lower limb, biomechanics and traumatic spinal injuries. He has gained experience working within the NHS in England and Scotland for several years, treating a complex case load including musculoskeletal, arthritic, neurological and diabetic conditions. He is extensively trained in mechanics, material science, gait analysis along with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This allows him to provide engineering solutions and gait analysis to patients with problems of neuromuscular and skeletal system problems. John is the current Chair of the Prosthetics and Orthotics National Education for Scotland group and member of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists Education committee.
John returned to University to study a Masters in Physiotherapy and has now qualified. He will be joining the team on a Tuesday and Thursday in Stewarton to welcome Physiotherapy patients to his caseload.
Sports injuries, lower limb injuries, Musculoskeletal dysfunction, Spinal Cord injuries, Neurological conditions (Stroke, MS, Charcot-Marie-Tooth).
Areas of Interest
Orthotics, Biomechanics, Diagnostic MSK conditions and Gait Analysis.
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 3 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.