The Crawley Team

Mel Bowden Physio

Mel Bowden

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • PGDip Vet Phys
  • AACP – Acupuncture
  • MSCP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
  • ACPAT Category A
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Mel is a Director of Head2Toe Physio Clinic Crawley. She gained a thorough grounding in all aspects of Physiotherapy working in both the NHS and private hospital settings.

She specialised in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2001, working in various NHS organisations, privately at St Anthony’s hospital before moving into a specialist sports injuries clinic headed by former paralympic team doctor, Dr John Reynolds.

She trained in acupuncture in 2001 whilst also completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy 2002.

Mel balanced her Human and Veterinary Physiotherapy for many years but since moving to our new Physiotherapy location in Crawley, she found that rapidly increasing patient numbers and management responsibilities meant that Veterinary Physiotherapy needed to take a back seat.

Mel has worked in Crawley for almost ten years and has a good reputation with local doctors and surgeons. Her weekly caseload comprises back and neck pain as well as sports people. She takes great care to create the right rehabilitation strategies for individual patients, whether they are a pregnant lady, tree surgeon with a bad back, international athlete or weekend warrior!

Her personal interests include horse eventing, show jumping, Pilates and Yoga.

Gareth Florida-James

Gareth Florida-James

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MSCP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
  • Physio First – Private Physiotherapy Association
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Gareth qualified as a physiotherapist from Birmingham University in 1997.

Gareth currently works as a specialist physiotherapist within the NHS working with Dr Stephen Ward, Consultant in Pain Medicine and also as a spinal specialist physiotherapist working alongside Mr Hugh Maurice Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Before moving to Crawley Gareth was the lead physiotherapist at the Princess Royal hospital in Haywards Heath, where he gained a wealth of experience in all musculoskeletal injuries. Gareth also has extended skills in ordering and interpreting MRI tests and blood results, and has been involved in research into Whiplash Disorders.

As well as spinal injuries Gareth has treated a number of sportsmen, with a particular interest in runners, golfers and rugby players.
Gareth is also interested in return to work planning and has gained a lot of experience through his work with Back@Work Group , a company which specialises in early intervention musculoskeletal problems.

As a keen runner Gareth also likes to keep active, and his ethos of patient treatment is to keep people doing the activities they like to do

Georgina Warren

Georgina Warren

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MCSP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
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Georgina qualified as a Physiotherapist from Brunel University in 2011. She completed her core junior rotations in neurology, respiratory, elderly care, stroke rehabilitation, musculoskeletal and orthopaedics in North West London NHS Hospital Trust. She then relocated to Crawley hospital specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy as a senior physiotherapist. During this time she has worked closely with other health care professionals including podiatrists, extended scope practitioners and orthopaedics consultants. She has enjoyed working with local sports teams both on and off pitch. Through this diverse experience Georgina has built up her skills in treating a wide range of problems from acute sporting injuries, post orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation to persistent pain management.

 

In her free time Georgina enjoys exercise classes, playing a variety of sports and running.

Nick Kinsella

Nicholas Kinsella

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • ACPIN – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology
  • MCSP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
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Nick qualified as a Physiotherapist from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2001. He completed his junior rotations within the NHS before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy as a senior physiotherapist. He became a clinical specialist and then lead clinician at Scarborough Hospital in North Yorkshire. During this time he developed an interest in the treatment and management of chronic pain, working alongside professionals from a large variety of disciplines.

Nick also has an interest in physiotherapy treatment following stroke and works regularly at a clinic dealing with this.

He has wide range of experience treating sports injuries, including rugby players, runners and footballers.

He is a keen sportsman and enjoys running and cycling, as well as helping look after his family.

Pippa Graham

Pippa Graham

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • ACPIN – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology
  • MCSP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
  • Physio First – Private Physiotherapy Association
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Pippa has been working as an Independent Neurological Physiotherapist for many years.

She first gained a thorough grounding in all aspects of Physiotherapy within the NHS before specialising in neurological Physiotherapy. Pippa works mainly in rehabilitation centres or patients’ homes. Her case load consists of patients self-referring as well as direct referrals form GP’s, consultants and insurance companies.

When Pippa is not working, or kept busy by her young family, she keeps fit with a mixture of Pilates and horse riding.

Dr Peter Florida-James

Dr Peter Florida-James

  • MBChB
  • MRCGP
  • MFSEM
  • MFPHM
  • Dip Sports Medicine
  • MBA
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Dr Peter Florida-James is Head of Medical Services at Queens Park Rangers FC.

Dr Peter Florida-James qualified from Bristol University and after his basic medical training, trained as a GP in Banbury and Oxford, where he was involved in setting up one of the first cardiac rehabilitation exercise schemes in the country.

He then undertook training as a Public Health Doctor in the West Midlands and worked as a consultant in Health Promotion in Birmingham on the Healthy Birmingham 2000 project.

He returned to General Practice in Birmingham before moving to Slough,to a large General Practice, where he further developed his interest in Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine.

He spent a number of years working as a Musculoskeletal doctor in the Armed Services MIAC clinics, treating injured personnel, in the Midlands. He has also been the attending Doctor to Cirque de Soleil on tour and supported a Premier League Hockey Club

He joined Queens Park Rangers FC in 2005/06 part time andthen full time in 2011 as the club’s Head of Medical Services , where he is responsible for diagnosing injuries and supervising players rehabilitation programmes as well as working pitch side on game days.

He also works as a musculo-skeletal physician diagnosing ,treating and supervising patients with muscle and bone problems in a number of clinics in the South of England
He has undertaken further training in ultrasound diagnosis of musculo-skeletal injuries , injection therapy and acupuncture.

He still finds time to run, having previously played volleyball and orienteering for Ireland. He also enjoys skiing, which he took up a few years ago, with his seven children

 

Gabrielle Bray Psychology

Dr Gabrielle Bray

  • Chartered counselling psychologist
  • C.Psychol & BA (Hons) (Oxon) Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology
  • Member BPS
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Gabrielle Bray is a chartered counselling psychologist. She has a professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, C.Psychol & B.A. (Hons) (Oxon) in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology.

Gabrielle’s training as a Counselling Psychologist began in her early forties after a previous career as an Accounts Technician. At that time, she was volunteering for the Samaritans in Horsham answering the telephone to people in distress. The experience had a profound effect on her. It struck her just how many people with mental health problems felt isolated and desperate and the healing that could be achieved by feeling heard and acknowledged. Concurrently, she studied with the Open University for a Foundation Degree in Social Sciences, which she passed with Honours. Gabrielle found the psychology module fascinating and decided this was her way forward to a career that she would find personally meaningful and a chance to help to make a difference in others’ lives.

Between 2003-2006, she studied Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology at Oxford University, which she passed with honours.  During this time, she volunteered as student counsellor for her college.   Between 2006 and 2007 she gained her first qualification in Counselling Psychology at City University (London) (Certificate in Counselling Psychology). Immediately she registered at Regent’s University (London) where she completed the professional doctorate in Counselling Psychology (British Psychological Society).  Gabrielle has also undertaken courses in Mindfulness, The IAPTs Supervisor Training for mood and anxiety disorders, depression and OCD in adolescents, as well as a certified training in Safeguarding. In addition she has completed BPS courses in supervision skills.

Alongside her studies, and beyond, she has continuously worked in clinical practice. This has involved specialist organizations, such as The Aurora Health Foundation (survivors of childhood abuse) and more general clinical work as a counsellor in the Occupational Health Department at Kingston Hospital and Richmond Borough Mind.  She continues to volunteer at Richmond Mind alongside my private practice.

Gabrielle is registered and approved by the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and with the HCPC.

The BPS sets standards of ethical practice to which she works, based on principles of integrity, respect, trust, autonomy, avoidance of harm and promotion of client’s well being.  Guidelines of good practice include provision of confidentiality, monitoring fitness to practice and accountability.  Further there is a requirement for ongoing supervision, professional indemnity insurance and continuing professional development (CPD).

Rosa Bowley Massage

Rosa Bowley

  • ITEC Massage
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After suffering some sport injuries herself, she developed a keen interest in the area and was able to see the enormous part massage and physiotherapy could help in a persons recovery

Her interest and subsequent career choice stemmed from her personal experience of the effectiveness of sports massage therapy to manage muscular pain, sports injuries and enable optimum training, improving body balance and general well being

Rosa qualified from St Mary’s University-ITEC where she developed skills in advanced massage technique.

She derives great satisfaction ..“ when her clients muscular tension has been reduced to a level where they are feeling relaxed and pain-free enabling them to continue with their demanding lives with renewed energy”..