MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
Chartered Physiotherapist BSc MCSP HCPC
Kirsty graduated in 1991 from GCU (BSc Physiotherapy) having initially worked in the NHS before commissioning into the army and becoming an officer in the RAMC. She spent the next six years in the demanding environment of the army aiming to return personnel to peak fitness. Kirsty left the army and moved into private practice joining Physiofocus in 2005. She has a wealth of experience treating a wide range of conditions.
Kirsty specialises in treating patients with dizziness and vestibular disorders. This can often respond very quickly with correct diagnosis and treatment.
As a competitive horse rider she enjoys treating riding related injuries as her knowledge allows her to look at the problem from both sides.
Kirsty took on the role as Clinical Lead in November 2022 and plans to continue supporting staff to provide the excellence in patient care that is the backbone of Physiofocus.
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist BSc MCSP HCPC
Stefan graduated from GCU (MSc Physiotherapy) in 2019 and started working for Physio Focus at the start of 2020. He started his education in Newfoundland, Canada, where he completed an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and was an active member of the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.
During his undergraduate degree, he worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach and an Athletic Therapist at the varsity level, and following graduation started work for the Canadian Armed Forces as a Physical Exercise Specialist rehabilitating the injured and ill. Throughout his Masters degree, he worked with Patrick Thistle FC as a student Physiotherapist and rotated through various NHS clinics in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. During his dissertation, Stefan was involved in research and learned how drastically pain can differ from person to person depending on their physical, psychological and social circumstances.
Although his days of competitive ice hockey are over, he still enjoys staying active with cycling, hiking, camping and weight training. Like most Canadians, he does enjoy maple syrup, baking, and believes in “everything in moderation, including moderation
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist BSc MCSP HCPC
Andy has been working as a chartered physiotherapist for over 35 years having graduated from Glasgow with a BSc degree in physiotherapy in 1985.
For the past 28 years he has specialised in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. He has extensive experience working in a variety of clinical settings. This includes NHS, private practise in Scotland and two years in Colorado USA. He has also spent five years working within professional football in the English Premier League. In addition he has had the opportunity of treating elite athletes at the Scottish institute of sport and also whilst working in a Glasgow physiotherapy and sports injury clinic.
Over the years he has acquired excellent assessment, treatment and handling skills which enables him to be able to address and manage the patients presenting problems in an effective and efficient way.
Andy has a keen interest in sport in particular running. He has taken part in many marathons and achieved his goal of a sub 3 hr in Berlin. He has had his own injury experiences which enables him to empathise and provide sensible achievable goals for rehab.
He has taken part in many charity endurance events and is also a keen golfer, skier and cyclist.
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist MA, BSc, BEd hons
Ian graduated from Glasgow with a Physiotherapy degree in 1992 after a period working outdoors teaching climbing and working in industrial rope access.
After working in teaching hospitals in Glasgow Ian specialised in musculoskeletal pain assessment/rehabilitation- gaining particular experience in specialist upper limb shoulder assessment and pain management with a leading surgeon . The variety of problems encountered ranged from Elite Scottish Rugby ,European boxing to complex trauma rehabilitation.
Ian developed an interest in ongoing musculoskeletal pain management ,has presented at National conferences and has worked in clinics in Glasgow and Forth Valley. Practically, a blend of a ‘hands on focus’ and an individualised holistic approach to understanding people in the context of their life and aspirations is the mainstay of Ian’s continued interest in patient care. Through this interest Ian completed a MA degree in Medical Humanities blending the art and science of medicine.
Ian has a keen interest in all aspects of physical health and well-being particularly in the outdoors where he has climbed , canoed and cycled in many areas of Europe and Scotland .
Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist Ian has developed skills and experience in all aspects of injury assessment and hands on management .Practically, Ian has experienced many of the injuries/problems that commonly occur so he can both empathise and offer a practical experiential based approach!
Ian is keen on the practical aspects of Physiotherapy but also is curious and interested in approaches that are restorative and health promoting such as yoga/tai chi principles and has completed studies in these areas . Outside work/ study Ian enjoys photography, learning music and planning adventures on the bike or in the hills .,
Physiotherapist, MSc BSc(hons) MCSP HCPC
Massage Therapist, MSc Physiotherapist HCPC
Paulina Borucka is a skilled and compassionate physiotherapist with a deep-rooted commitment to improving the lives of her patients. Paulina holds a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy, which she earned in 2017. Paulina is taking on the role of massage therapist at Physiofocus.
Her career has been marked by a diverse range of experiences, both in the public and private sectors, spanning across her native Poland and the United Kingdom. While Paulina’s professional background is well-rounded, her true passion lies in field of Neurology. However, she also boasts significant experience in Musculoskeletal (MSK) therapy.
Her mission is to empower her patients on their journey to recovery, ensuring that they regain mobility, comfort, and confidence in their daily lives.
Pilates Instructor, BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science with Psychology
Andrew is our Pilates Matwork instructor. He graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science with Psychology and has been working in Fitness and Wellbeing for over 12 years. He is a qualified Pilates Matwork Instructor, Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning coach with a background in athletics.
Having previously worked with elite athletes, Andrew has now turned his attention to the importance of using exercise as a tool towards a healthier body and mind. His love of teaching and Pilates really came to the fore during his time managing the Fitness and Wellbeing Programmes at Queen’s University Belfast. This allowed him to work with a wide variety of individuals, ensuring that the staff and students were supported regardless of where they were on their health and wellbeing journey.
Andrew’s passions are the great outdoors and improving the mental and physical health of others. No matter how extensive your exercise experience, you will leave his classes feeling stronger, healthier and with a smile on your face!
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist BSc MCSP HCPC Dip Orthopaedic Medicine
Lesley qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 after working as a rotational physiotherapist for a few years gaining valuable experience in a number of clinical areas. She quickly realised that her passion was in musculoskeletal out patients. She specialised in this area and has been there ever since.
Working in both NHS and private sectors as well as extensive work in sports physiotherapy, particularly rugby, Lesley has a wealth of experience in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Her rugby physiotherapy career began with Stirling County Rugby Club where she was Lead Physiotherapist for over 20 years. This led to working with a variety of district and national teams including travel to the Men’s U20 Rugby World Cup and seeing Scotland Women through two Six nations, as well as attending international competitions with the Scotland Women’s Sevens Team.
Lesley thrives on meeting people and helping them on their journey back to full fitness and achieving their goals, whatever they may be.
She also has a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and practices Acupuncture. Last year saw Lesley become a Medical Educator for World Rugby as well as begin to provide cover for Cricket Scotland.
Outside work, Lesley loves the Scottish hills and can frequently be found running up and down them. She loves a spin class, spending time with friends and family and watching her children play their sport.
Leslie is currently on a 6 month break from Physiofocus covering the SRU Women’s Team.
MEET OUR ADMIN TEAM
Hazel joined Physiofocus in 2019 following a career in administration having spent over 20 years as a Director’s P.A. within the construction/surveying sector. She is excited to take on the role of Practice Manager and is looking forward to the challenges this will bring. She still will be found on reception at times as she enjoys the buzz of our busy reception area and the interaction with our patients; getting to know them and making them feel at ease.
Hazel is involved in a number of children’s clubs and church/community projects.
In her spare time she enjoys hill walking and spending time with the family.
Ali (Alexandra) MacAlpine
Ali joined Physiofocus in August 2022 following a long career in teaching. She spent 27 years passionately teaching primary school children and has a wealth of experience working efficiently in a team.
She is enjoying the new challenge and looks forward to building relationships with the patients and team. Ali loves spending time with family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys exploring new walks with the family dog.
Cara joined the team at Physiofocus in 2022 and now combines working in the clinic with studying International Business at Napier University in Edinburgh.
Cara is a very keen curler and can often be found at ice rinks all over Scotland during the winter. She is currently a member of the Scottish Curling Academy.