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Helen Preston

Chartered Physiotherapist,
Clinical Director, HCPC Registered
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Put simply, my job is to help people in pain get back doing what they love. I take time to listen to your story and take time to explain how we can use a host of physical activity and lifestyle strategies to get you going again. I have an awesome job!

I have always been someone who thinks outside the box and passionately believe in treating patients holistically. I particularly enjoy treating more challenging cases that make me use my whole toolbox of physio skills. I find nothing as rewarding as helping people make real life change.

I was literally born into this practice. My father, William, worked from the then clinic next door when we were based in Alexandra Road. My Grandfather, Albert, was also a physio and he worked for Peterborough United for 25 years and in his latter years worked from his home in Audley Gate, Peterborough. From my early years, I observed my father and grandfather working and most of all learnt how important the therapist-patient relationship is in establishing healing. I will always be grateful to them in showing me how important it is to listen.

I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1996 from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours Degree (having won the Research Prize for my year) and have worked in a variety of settings (both in and out of the NHS) before taking over the business from William Preston, my father, in 2000.

I have recently been part of a working group of my professional body (the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) developing a Backmyths campaign to help educate society around what we now know about back pain (see here for the campaign: https://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/public-information-leaflets/back-pain-myth-busters ). I have been active in disseminating these locally by meeting the public and organising a recent education evening with GPs and other physiotherapists to help improve understanding of how new scientific evidence is changing how we manage back pain more successfully. Contact me if you wish to know more! Promoting evidence based public health messages is a passion of mine! And so is walking the talk!

MY TOOLBOX:
I prioritise the patient-therapist relationship at the heart of any therapeutic intervention and my key treatment tool with every patient is always advice and education alongside any physical treatments.

I passionately believe in treating patients holistically: getting to the root of the problem to help prevent recurrence, not just treating the symptoms.

I incorporate a broad array of physiotherapeutic treatment techniques individualised to the patient’s particular problem and story. These can include manual therapy (mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue techniques), therapeutic exercise and movement training. I specialise in building confidence in mind and body to move!

EXTRA-CURRICULAR
My other job is being a Mum to my 2 young children who inspire and make me smile everyday. I enjoy keeping active with my husband and the children, I make time to run my black Labrador, Frankie, around Ferry Meadows as often and I can and I also enjoy watching all aspects of human performance including sport, music and theatre. I am a 100 club parkrunner and recently successfully completed my first ever half marathon at the Great Eastern Run, raising over £1200 with my husband for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall #TeamIncredible. I am a member of the Core Team for the Central Park junior parkrun in Peterborough and have just started as a regular run director for this event. I also enjoy finding “green space” in mindfulness meditation and sunshine. I quite like chocolate too.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
I am a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

I am also a Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM), Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health (ACPOHE), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP: Physiofirst).

I am also a Professional Member of EUSSER (European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation).

In 2017, I started on the year long Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Leadership Programme #CSPLDP

LINDA DENNIS

Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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Like Helen, I grew up with physiotherapy. My Mum is a physio, and still has great passion for the profession after nearly 50 years of practice – a passion that has definitely rubbed off on me.

I did not train to be a Physiotherapist straight from school; I did a degree in Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge University beforehand. I then went on to do a degree in Physiotherapy at King’s College London, graduating in 2000.

During my Junior Physiotherapist rotations at Charing Cross Hospital, I specialised in Musculoskeletal outpatients fairly early on. I then worked in various settings, following my husband around as he trained to be a surgeon, ending up in Cambridge in 2004.

In Cambridge, I landed the job of Physiotherapist for the Cambridge Boat Race team (CUBC). Perfect for me being a Cambridge Blue in rowing myself! This was an amazing job. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team and organising injury prevention programmes as well as treating injuries. I also worked with other elite athletes in the Cambridge area with my role as the Cambridge Physiotherapist for the English Institute of Sport. Alongside all of this, I ran a private practice at the University Boat Club premises and completed an MSc in the Science of Sports Injury at Manchester Metropolitan University (long-distance learning).

After six incredible years with CUBC, in 2011 I moved to Peterborough – again with my husband’s job. With two young children, I decided to take life a little bit more slowly and worked from home for three years, before starting work at Preston’s. During this time, I enjoyed seeing a wider variety of patients once more, although I still love treating sports injuries.

My skills

Every patient and every injury is different; physiotherapy treatment needs to be carefully tailored to each patient, with a holistic view to recovery. I enjoy using my analytical mind to work out the cause of the problem and the best treatment strategy for each individual patient. I firmly believe that the role of a physiotherapist includes not only treating the current problem, but preventing recurrence too. I use a wide variety of techniques including joint mobilisations and manipulations, soft-tissue work, exercises, acupuncture, taping, electrotherapy, education and advice.

Extra-curricular

Having spent most of my teenage years and my twenties training for competitive sport (swimming then rowing), I do my best to keep fit. I enjoy getting out on my road bike and pounding out a few kilometres in the pool. I also thoroughly enjoy being a Mum to my two young children.

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and registered on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a member of the Acupuncture association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), and the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP, Physiofirst).

BENJAMIN MUIR

Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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Ben qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008. He prides himself on his clinical knowledge of sports injuries, orthopaedic surgical rehabilitation and the mechanisms of back and neck pain.

Ben was based in Singapore for seven years and in this time gained a vast amount of sporting experience. He has had the opportunity to work as a pitch side physiotherapist with professional rugby clubs and top-flight rugby tournaments, such as the HSBC 7s, The World Club 10s and the Singapore Cricket Club 7s as well as being the lead physiotherapist for the Singapore Wanderers. He has also worked along side a professional tennis player as their main physiotherapist. This has honed his assessment skills and diagnostics in pressure situations, making his assessments clear and efficient.

Ben has a personal interest in running, cycling, basketball, football, golf, weight lifting, and anything that he can turn his hand to. He has competed in boxing and mountain bike racing in the past and is sometimes even found in the yoga studio.

Ben makes sure he gets to know each of his patients and understands their needs and goals; from pain relief, regaining function to getting back into sport and competing.

Ben has a clinical interest in back and neck pain; and shoulder, knee and ankle rehabilitation. Having seen many of these injuries from acute assessment on the pitch, he has guided them through the rehab phase and back to full function and competition. He has a background in clinical Pilates (STOTT Pilates), which he uses in his rehab programmes. He uses hands on techniques to help relieve stress and pain and he has also trained in medical acupuncture and dry needling in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, which he uses to accompany other modalities of treatment.

Ben takes great pride in his treatments and makes sure he approaches each case to fore fill the individual’s needs and achieve their goals.

FRANCISCO MARTINEZ

Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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From a very young age I knew that I wanted to be a physiotherapist. I am passionate about my job and I feel very lucky to practice my profession surrounded by colleagues who share my passion and my hope to improve people´s health.

I was born in the north of Spain and I moved to Madrid to study the degree in Physiotherapy and after that I spent a year with the professionals of the Real Madrid Football Club to be an expert in sport physiotherapy.

In my 20 years of working life I have worked in France, I have had my own clinic, I have been the director of the pelvic floor unit of a hospital, the coordinator of the physiotherapy services of a geriatric center and I have never stopped studying.

For 6 years I trained as an osteopath, I have taken courses with some of the most outstanding international physiotherapists such as Paul Hodges, Diane Lee or Jenny McConnell, especially in the areas of pain and movement.

My passion for physiotherapy and my desire to share my knowledge have led me to become a specialist professor in lumbopelvic motor control. I have also created the Pelvic K-Stretch method to work the pelvic floor musculature through exercise, posture and breathing.

I firmly believe that prevention is as important as treatment, that is why I believe it is fundamental to listen and communicate well with my patients, give advice and examples of how to introduce small changes and gestures in their lives to improve their quality of life.

In my free time I like to practice sports, cook, travel and enjoy with my family outdoors.”

TESSA NEIL

Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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I decided I was going to be a Chartered Physiotherapist at the tender age of twelve and can truthfully say I have never regretted that decision.

I firmly believe it is important to give time for my patients to ‘tell all’ and enjoy helping them on their journey of positive change.

MY STORY
To fulfil my ambition to become a physiotherapist I trained at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, qualifying 33years ago with distinction. After 3 years working in a variety of specialities, I moved to Canada as a Senior respiratory physio in intensive care and open heart surgery before returning to my first love, Orthopaedics. It is very satisfying seeing ‘broken’ people become ‘whole’ again and return to as near normal function as possible.

The past twenty years have seen me running musculoskeletal clinics, initially NHS and more recently in Occupational Health, both in retail and industry. Whatever the environment, I passionately believe that an essential part of a good working relationship between patient and physio is the allocation of time for the patient’s story to be heard, only then can my physio skills be successfully used to treat the patient holistically.

MY TOOLBOX
I often feel the best ‘tool’ in my toolbox is me! If I can put my patient at ease so that they can comfortably share their story with me I can then use appropriate techniques to start a restorative process. The main techniques I use include mobilisation and soft tissue techniques, exercises, electrotherapy, acupuncture, education and advice. Working in an Occupational Health setting, I particularly focus on the patient’s functional ability and strive to assist people to stay in work or return to work.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR
I believe in practicing what I preach and try to keep as fit as I can. Every week I swim, cycle and attend yoga and Pilates classes. My dog ensures that I walk about 20 miles a week and my equally energetic family (my 2 grown up children have both rowed for GB) keep me active!

SUE ARNOLD

Podiatrist,
HCPC Registered
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rom a very young age I knew that I wanted to be a physiotherapist. I am passionate about my job and I feel very lucky to practice my profession surrounded by colleagues who share my passion and my hope to improve people´s health.

I was born in the north of Spain and I moved to Madrid to study the degree in Physiotherapy and after that I spent a year with the professionals of the Real Madrid Football Club to be an expert in sport physiotherapy.

In my 20 years of working life I have worked in France, I have had my own clinic, I have been the director of the pelvic floor unit of a hospital, the coordinator of the physiotherapy services of a geriatric center and I have never stopped studying.

For 6 years I trained as an osteopath, I have taken courses with some of the most outstanding international physiotherapists such as Paul Hodges, Diane Lee or Jenny McConnell, especially in the areas of pain and movement.

My passion for physiotherapy and my desire to share my knowledge have led me to become a specialist professor in lumbopelvic motor control. I have also created the Pelvic K-Stretch method to work the pelvic floor musculature through exercise, posture and breathing.

I firmly believe that prevention is as important as treatment, that is why I believe it is fundamental to listen and communicate well with my patients, give advice and examples of how to introduce small changes and gestures in their lives to improve their quality of life.

In my free time I like to practice sports, cook, travel and enjoy with my family outdoors.”

testimonials

I’ve been treated twice now at Preston’s for different issues and two different physios. Both times I’ve been listened to, helped, supported and encouraged. Both times I’ve had a really positive benefit for my injuries. If necessary I’ll be back but in the meantime if you’re looking for a very professional physio team Prestons Health is the place to go.

Jane Robinson

Simon Miles

Podiatrist
(specialising in Biomechanics),
HCPC Registered
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I trained in Birmingham where I gained a first class honours in my Podiatry BSc, setting me up nicely for a career as a podiatrist and all things ‘feet’. Whilst in the West Midlands, I gained experience in a variety of different clinical settings from the NHS and private clinics to some world class professional sports clubs.

My passion is in sports injuries of the legs, primarily dealing with muscular and joint pain from the hips to the feet, this is assessed through a combination of physical static and weight bearing video analysis. My role at Prestons is to manage more complex biomechanical issues that cause muscular and joint pain. I am experienced in the prescription of orthoses (custom made inserts for your shoes that assist in the treatment of lower limb problems) being fortunate to have prescribed these for a number of professional and international amateur athletes. During 2012 I was lucky enough to treat some GB hockey women in the build up to the London Olympics. I have also been privileged to gain experience in treating players from Leicester Tigers RFC, Derby County FC and Aston Villa Football Club, the latter allowing me to undertake a clinical study on ankle joint range of motion.

I love working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working with the team at Prestons Health, including the Physiotherapists and Sports Massage Practitioners, really helps us develop holistic treatment solutions for our patients.

EXTRA CURRICULAR
As a keen sportsman myself I’ve dedicated most of my spare time to my passion of hockey. I have played for nearly a decade in the English National League which is of the highest levels of hockey in the country. I’ve represented Wales in a number of European Club Championships and proudly won a European gold in Prague 2013, moving further East I currently play for Cambridge City. I have had my share of injuries from a double Achilles rupture to a fractured knee cap amongst other problems. Despite my disappointments, it has allowed me to really empathise with patients whose active lives have become impacted with injury.

 

Phil Young

Sports & Remedial
Massage Practitioner
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Sports massage a second career post RAF service, I graduated from the London School of Sports Massage in Feb 2005.

Working in an ethical and patient focus regime, patients well being is my prime focus. Dedicated to further training, I have enjoyed my learning experience to become a versatile and effective Sports and Remedial Massage Practitioner.

Brought up in Hull, I became a competitive athlete in 1973 aged 14, starting with sprints and graduating up to an endurance runner. I joined the RAF in 1976 as an avionics tech and serve 29 years, retiring in Nov 2005. The highlight of my RAF career was my 16 years, maintaining Search and Rescue Sea King Helicopters at RAF Boulmer, Leconfield and Valley. Post RAF, I retrained at the London School of Sports Massage to my present profession, graduating in Feb 2005.

I joined Prestons in Jan 2006, started a learning experience that has seen me progress to a competent professional Therapist. I still get a buzz from seeing some body shuffle in the treatment room in discomfort and walk out a new person.

I am dedicated to expanding my toolbox of soft tissue techniques and see myself as more than a sports massage therapist, advanced techniques covered include, myofascial release techniques, positional release, active isolated stretching to name a few.

I see myself as patient focused and will not hesitate to refer a patient on to my physiotherapist colleagues when I feel my skills are not the answer, this attribute I am particularly proud if.

Outside of work I still train, but don’t compete much now and in recent years. I am a qualified athletics coach, but time restraints prevent me looking after a group, but assist coaching sprinters at Hunts A.C. I follow football and support Cambridge United and attend home and away matches.

Gemma McGregor

Womens Health
Physiotherapist
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Gemma Graduated from Coventry University with a first class honours degree in physiotherapy. Since then she has spent time working in Africa and the UK, specialising first in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Gemma has worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in various NHS trusts in Essex, North London and now works as a clinical Specialist in Women’s Health at Peterborough City Hospital.

Gemma holds a Masters level postgraduate certificate in continence for physiotherapists from the University of Bradford. She also has a master’s level qualification in acupuncture. Other post graduate courses include Pilates and Breast Cancer soft tissue studies. She currently is actively involved with the national body “Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy”.

Gemma is passionate about women’s health and has a particular interest in treating postnatal women who have pelvic floor problems or abdominal separation following delivery. She is also very experienced with pregnancy related back and pelvic pain.

She sees many ladies to develop individualised personal exercises programs during the antenatal and postnatal periods. She is passionate about promoting safe exercise striving to ensure ladies are able to exercises safely and regularly to ensure a healthy pregnancy and ensure better postnatal outcomes. She treats women and men of any age with bladder or bowel incontinence, constipation, prolapse, vulval pain or sexual discomfort.

In the little spare time Gemma has between balancing two jobs and studying, she enjoys family time with 2 children, and currently enjoying establishing a new exercise regime at the gym and running after a busy year of trying to achieve a work life balance.

Denise Brown

Practice Team

All round legend on reception and generally runs this place!

Jane Burke

Practice Team

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our locations

Our main clinic location is within David Lloyd Club in Thorpe Wood, Peterborough with satellite clinics in Oundle School & Oundle Medical Practice. Please contact us at 01733 565911 for more information on our clinic times & locations.

David Lloyd Club

Thorpe Wood Business Park,
Longthorpe,
Peterborough
PE3 6SR

Oundle School

Church Street,
Oundle,
Peterborough
PE8 4GH

Please contact our main site for appointments and further information on our Tuesday and Thursday afternoon clinics.

Oundle Medical

Glapthorn Road,
Oundle,
Peterborough
PE8 4JA

Please contact our main site for appointments and further information on our hursday afternoon clinics.

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