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

Zahra Raffique

Zahra Raffique

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MCSP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
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Zahra qualified in 2013 achieving a 1st class honours in BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from the University of BIrmingham.

She started her career at West Sussex Community NHS trust completing her core rotations in Pediatrics, Outpatients and Elderly care. She soon developed a keen interest in treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and went on to specialise in this area in 2015 at Crawly Hospital.

On a day to day basis, Zahra works closely with a range of professionals including advanced practitioners, Podiatrists, radiologists and Orthopaedic Consultants.

She is experienced in treating a wide variety of patients from post Orthopaedic surgery, acute injuries and Chronic pain.

Zahra has a particular interest in lower limb rehabilitation and is a lower limb lead for her department treating with a multitude of pathologies including sporting injuries and persistent knee pain.

In her free time, Zahra enjoys staying active and has a passion for outdoor activities including running and long walks in the countryside! As part of her job role she is keen on keeping fit and having a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Ana Isla Rodriguez

Ana Isla Rodriguez

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MCSP – Chartered Physiotherapist
  • MHPC – Health Professions Council
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Ana Rodriguez is a Physiotherapist with over 10 years experience,

She studied physiotherapy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After graduating in 2007 She worked as a volunteer physiotherapist in Oaxaca, Mexico, with children and young adults with neurological conditions in rural and indigenous communities.

In Madrid, She worked in the private sector for over 4 years where she gained experience with Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries, Neurological and Paediatric patients.

She has worked as a physiotherapist in England for 18 months, and as well as working at Head2Toe Physio she is also currently a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the NHS.

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

Rosa Bowley

  • DipHM (Holistic Massage; Diploma Level 3/ ITEC)
  • DipHM (Sport Massage Therapy; Diploma Level 3/ITEC)
  • CertSMT (Sport Massage Therapy; Certificate Level 4/ ITEC)
  • CertSMT (Sports Massage Therapy; Certificate Level 5/ ITEC)
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After suffering some sport injuries herself, she developed a keen interest in Remedial therapies.  She was able to experience first-hand the enormous impact that Sports Massage Therapy had in her recovery; it was noticeable how much her strength and flexibility were drastically improved..

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”.. 

Physiotherapy

Jay

  • DipHM (Holistic Massage; Diploma Level 3/ ITEC)
  • DipHM (Sport Massage Therapy; Diploma Level 3/ITEC)
  • CertSMT (Sport Massage Therapy; Certificate Level 4/ ITEC)
  • CertSMT (Sports Massage Therapy; Certificate Level 5/ ITEC)
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Jay has developed a strong grounding in Sports Therapy particularly football.  With experience working with a diverse client base from the office worker, to the professional footballer, Jay is keen to continue her varied case load.

Jay choose to become a Sports and Massage therapist due to her interest in human movement and sport. She was keen to take on a career that allowed flexibility, that was not sedentary, and that was varied and sociable. She studied for a BSc in sport Therapy at the University of East London finishing in 2017 with a First class Degree. Jay returned to the Crawley area to begin her career. She initially worked at Crawley Town Football Club covering pitch side first aid, and helping with player rehabilitation, massage and maintenance. She now works at Redhill football club providing soft tissue massage and therapy to the first team players, and pitch side cover. She has recently joined Head 2 Toe to work as part of multidisciplinary team as our massage and sports Therapist. She is best placed to help with general muscle aches and pains, as well as exercise and training advice. Jay takes pride in offering the best care and advice to each individual to enable them to achieve the best outcome.

Tiff

  • DipHM (Holistic Massage; Diploma Level 3/ ITEC)
  • DipHM (Sport Massage Therapy; Diploma Level 3/ITEC)
  • CertSMT (Sport Massage Therapy; Certificate Level 4/ ITEC)
  • CertSMT (Sports Massage Therapy; Certificate Level 5/ ITEC)
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Tiff is one of our Sports massage team.  Experienced working with a variety of clients. She sees many of our Physio patients for hands on soft tissue work to complement their rehab programs

Tiffany initially joined the Head 2 Toe team as part of the admin team covering reception and administration. In the clinic environment she began to develop an interest in human movement and rehabilitation. She has therefore gone on to attain a Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and has also become a valuable part of the rehabilitation team. She works with some regular clients as maintenance for persistent aches and pains from bad postures and stressful work/ life situations. Tiffany also likes to work with rehabilitation clients post injury, or at big sporting event. Tiffany also works with a local semi-professional football team, and when not at work enjoys running round after her two lovely children.

The Crawley Team