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OUR TEAM

MEET OUR THERAPISTS

Kirsty Pemberton-Pigott

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist BSc MCSP HCPC

Kirsty graduated in 1991 from GCU (BSc Physiotherapy). She 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.

Andy Devine

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.

Lesley McIlwraith

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 spent 6 months in 2023 being the physio for the SRU womans team supporting them on their succesful tour to South Africa in October.

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.

 

Andrew Travers

Chartered Physiotherapist, MSc BSc(hons) MCSP HCPC

Andrew graduated from GCU (MSc Physiotherapy) in 2022. He started his education in Dundee, graduating from Abertay University with a Degree in sports and exercise science. During his dissertation, Andrew carried out research and learned about the psychosocial barriers that can impact the quality of an individual’s rehabilitation.

Andrew has spent the last year working with a variety of sports teams, from Basketball (Scotland U18s), rugby (Cartha Rugby club) and Badminton (National Seniors). In his work treating and rehabilitating athletes with acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. In addition to returning them to sport, Andrew takes pride in keeping them there by educating them on preventive measures to lower the risk of reinjury. Andrew has a special interest in ankle injuries coming from his back ground as a basket ball player.

Andrew practices Acupuncture and finds it a useful add on where clinically indicated especially with pain relief.

Andrew partakes in many activities’ basketball, gym, bouldering, skiing, hiking and camping, wild swimming. In his free time, he loves traveling and exploring Scotland. He also likes spending time with friends and family and will happily talk to anyone about anything they are passionate about.

Ian Stevens

Senior Physiotherapist, BSc MCSP HCPC

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.

 

Paulina Borucka

Chartered Physiotherapist, 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.
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.

Philip Bateman

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist MSc BSc (Hons) BA MCSP HCPC

Phil Bateman has worked as a Physiotherapist since qualifying with a BSc (Hon) Degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 1996. He completed his MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam in 2007.

Phil was an Extended Scope Practitioner with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until August 2023. He held this specialist physiotherapy role from 2004, focussing on treating patients with complex spinal conditions including neck related headaches and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). His extended role involved working with dental consultants, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, pain consultants and paediatricians within the Royal Hallamshire, the Dental and Children’s Hospitals. As a TMD specialist Phil was receiving patient referrals from across South Yorkshire and beyond.

In addition to his clinical role, Phil worked as a lecturer to physiotherapy and dental students at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and at the University of Liverpool. He has been involved in a number of research studies, has presented at and attended a number of national and international conferences, and teaches around the UK on TMD. He is an active committee member for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders (ACPTMD).

Phil has moved to the area recently with his partner and young kids to be closer to family.

Kellie Macmillan

Pilates Instructor

Kellie is well known to Physiofocus having worked with us when we were at Brucefields Golf Centre. Kelly originally trained as a contemporary dancer but due to a hip injury returned home to Scotland. 

In 2000 she apprenticed under Chris Blagdon at Scotland’s first Pilates studio in Edinburgh. It was there she rehabilitated her hip injury and trained to teach others on the Pilates studio equipment. She then went on to teach body conditioning/pilates at The Space in Dundee. Looking to further her knowledge she decided to continue her studies with Stott pilates at the London studios and she continues to train and teach with Stott Pilates today. 

She has dedicated the past 23 years of her life to specialising in Pilates & dance modalities.

MEET OUR ADMIN TEAM

Hazel Christie

Practice Manager

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. Hazel enjoys the challenging role of Practice Manager but can still be found on reception at times as she loves 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

Receptionist

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 enjoys her role in the busy reception area building relationships with patients. She is never happier than when she is chatting with patients and putting them at their ease. Ali loves spending time with family and friends.  In her spare time she enjoys exploring new walks with the family dog.

Cara Davidson

Receptionist

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.

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