Head2Toe Team Mel Bowden

Mel Bowden

Clinic Director and Lead Clinician
Head2Toe Team Mel Bowden
Mel Bowden

Clinic Director and Lead Clinician

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 over 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.

James Johnson

James Johnson

Senior Physiotherapist July 2024
James Johnson
James Johnson

Senior Physiotherapist July 2024

James is a specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

James graduated back in 2009 from The University of Salford and is our newest recruit at Head2Toe Physiotherapy.

He has a specialist interest in necks and back and especially in manual therapy / hands on treatment.

James has a wide range of experience, ranging from work related injuries all the way through to elite sports injuries. He is fundamentally passionate about utilising his knowledge and experience, to get his patients pain free and back to what ever it is that they are passionate about, whether it be gardening or marathons.

Seeing his patients progress to where they want to be and regain the quality of life they are familiar with still gives James a massive buzz and long may it continue!!

Laura Moore

Laura Moore

Senior Physiotherapist
Laura Moore
Laura Moore

Senior Physiotherapist

Laura is a Senior Chartered Physiotherapist.

Laura qualified from the University of Brighton in 2008. Initially working for the NHS in all core areas before deciding to move to the Spire Healthcare Group and specialising in MSK conditions. Whilst at Spire she developed a keen interest with breast cancer patients and pre and post operative rehabilitation.

In 2010 she trained in Acupuncture which for some conditions is a popular adjunct to her physiotherapy treatment.

More recently Laura has decided to settle closer to home to work and concentrate on her work/life balance. Laura has a vested interest in her patients, providing quality treatment and education to improve and manage conditions.

Laura has a keen interest in running and is linked with a local running club for her own wellbeing and fitness goals.

Marcin Laska

Marcin Laska

Senior Physiotherapist
Marcin Laska
Marcin Laska

Senior Physiotherapist

Marcin is a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Marcin qualified as a Massage Therapist and later a Physiotherapist in his native Poland before coming to the UK and carrying out the necessary conversion courses to work in this country.

He has worked in the UK since 2011 and gained a thorough grounding in all aspects of Physiotherapy working in both hospital and private clinic settings. In addition to his day job, Marcin has also worked for many years as a Football Physio in West Sussex.

He has carried out countless post graduate training courses in manual therapy, taping, exercise prescription and Sports Therapy.

When Marcin isn't working as a Physio, he has a young family which keeps him extremely busy!

Alex Pembridge

Alex Pembridge

Physiotherapist and Sports Massage Therapist
Alex Pembridge
Alex Pembridge

Physiotherapist and Sports Massage Therapist

Alex is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Sports Massage Therapist.

Alex is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Alex graduated from Sheffield Hallam University and currently works in both the NHS and with us at Head2Toe Physiotherapy.

Alex has an interest in everything gym related. He has been a keen sportsman and played at various levels of football and rugby. It was his sporting background which sparked his interest in pursuing a career in Physiotherapy. He calls on his own personal experience of injuries whilst playing football at academy level, to help him design and implement tailored physiotherapy interventions. His interest in all things gym based and his access to gym rehab facilities, leave him well placed to cater for all levels and stages of patient rehabilitation.

Alex enjoys helping patients to reach their full rehab potential through manual therapy, personalised exercise programmes and educating patients on their condition to improve their quality of life.

Pippa Graham Head2Toe Physio

Pippa Graham

Specialist Neurological Physio
Pippa Graham Head2Toe Physio
Pippa Graham

Specialist Neurological Physio

Pippa graduated from the University of East London with a Bsc. (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2002 and spent the next 5 years working in the NHS. Pippa specialised in Neurology in 2004 and for the past 16 years then gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, working in a variety of settings and with a wide range of conditions.

She has a passion for rehabilitation and regaining functional movement and carries out an in-depth and extensive assessment before deciding on the best approach to treatment. In all cases Pippa adopts a holistic approach which is vital in the treatment of Neurological impairments and in partnership with her patient, will set realistic and achievable goals.

Neurological Physiotherapy is provided in your own home as we believe this is the most appropriate way to assess function, to tailor the rehabilitation programmes to your environment and make it more specific and meaningful to everyday life.

Professionally Pippa is an active member of the clinical interest group, ACPIN and regularly attends courses and lectures in order to keep up to date with the ever changing and developing world of Neurology and Neurological Rehabilitation.

Personally Pippa enjoys playing various sports and is a keen tennis player, whilst maintaining her levels of physical fitness with regular Pilates.

Head2Toe Team Dr. Gabrielle Bray

Dr Gabrielle Bray

Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Head2Toe Team Dr. Gabrielle Bray
Dr Gabrielle Bray

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

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

Paul Milham

Paul Milham

Hypnotherapist
Paul Milham
Paul Milham

Hypnotherapist

I'm Paul Milham, a practising Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist based in Crawley and South East London

In my varied career I have worked in some of the most stressful and pressure rich environments from teaching in Secondary Schools to writing in Television. Although both amazing jobs these, often tricky, environments can take their toll on people and can damage our bodies and our minds.

I have noted that whilst society has focused on our physical health and encouraged people to take ten thousand steps per day on their fitbits we are only just starting to recognise that we need to apply a similar philosophy towards our mental fitness. Every part of our bodies is wired to the next. When we are stress free our posture is good, our digestion efficient, our heart rate controlled and our mind sharp as a computer. But a body in the grip of stress can be as toxic as a body surviving on fast food and sugar.

I found a great solution to this in Hypnotherapy. I first trained out of curiosity and to demystify a brain based therapy that seemed to be magic. Of course it isn’t magic, it is neuroscience and biology and a method of relaxing intrusive thought patterns and trouble making parts of the brain so it can focus on repair and fitness.

For me it was truly remarkable. I noticed change quickly… change in my outlook, change in my sleep patterns and change in my energy levels. The applications for hypnotherapy are almost limitless and the results I have seen have made me love it and feel privileged to meet the range of brave people that I work with.

Contact me for a free consultation to look at the ways in which hypnotherapy could help you also.