The Leyland Physiotherapist Team

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Every physiotherapist at Leyland Physiotherapy is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, an independent, UK-wide health regulator.

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Michelle Kinney is the director and Senior Physiotherapist at Leyland Physiotherapy. We have a further nine experienced physiotherapists working diligently to provide the friendly, professional care we pride ourselves on.

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Michelle qualified in 1990 from Withington School of Physiotherapy. She was lucky enough to be mentored by Mr Dennis Wright who was a highly respected District Physiotherapist at Rochdale. It was under his charge that she learnt the crucial ‘hands-on’ approach to physiotherapy.
Over the years, she has gained valuable experience in the sporting arena through work with rugby tournaments, Liverpool Ladies hockey club and the Under 16s English Ladies Golfers.

In 1994, Michelle had the opportunity to work in Wrightington Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Hospital, a world renowned Centre of Excellence. She gained further valuable experience in all aspects of musculo-skeletal injury and treatments.

Since joining Lynn and Jenny at Leyland Physiotherapy in 1997, Michelle has actively embraced change and helped to develop the business further by implementing a computerised administration system, as well as therapist mentoring in order to enhance our customer care.

At a post graduate level Michelle has undertaken a diploma in Orthopaedic medicine and injection therapy. Advanced myofascial release and Acupuncture are also offered.

Caitlin Rigby
Caitlin joined the physiotherapy practice as office manager in 2012. Her keen friendly approach has enabled the practice to grow in many ways from ultimate customer care to data and financial managment. Caitlin has lead the team to complete the IG Toolkit which is a highly recognised Data Protection achievement which ensures Leyland Physiotherapy works tirelessly towards protecting patient data. To ensure high levels of standards are maintained post graduate management and leadership training has been undertaken and is ongoing.

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Sam qualified as a physiotherapist with a First Class Honours in 2003 and joined Leyland Physiotherapy in 2006. Sam has 12 years musculo-skeletal experience and has developed a special interest in post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder and knee along with a strong background in spinal rehabilitation including core stability and pilates.

At a post-graduate level, Sam has a diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and is also a practising injection therapist, as a member of the specialist interest group ACPOMIT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection Therapy).

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Mary Griffiths
Mary graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the Oswestry and North Staffordshire School of Physiotherapy in 1976. Following this she worked in specialist NHS units for 7 years, gaining a broad base of experience in orthopaedics, ICU, neurology and musculo-skeletal care.

Mary then underwent management training and gained a promotion to Superintendent Physiotherapist at Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust.

In 1982, Mary moved into the private sector, running her own practice and sports injury clinic. A Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine was completed which led to clinical lecturing. Extensive post-graduate training in areas such as acupuncture and neurology added to the specialist treatments she provided.

Over the past 3 years, Mary has gained valuable experience as an Extended Scope Practitioner working alongside leading Spinal Consultants with Spinecare.

Having nearly 40 years of clinical practice, Mary finds that every day is still an opportunity to learn more and provide patients with the ultimate level of care.

Liz Haylock
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Liz qualified in 2007 and started her career in orthopaedics and musculo-skeletal injury. Working alongside eminent upper limb surgeons, Liz gained valuable experience treating elite athletes and post-operative shoulder rehabilitation.

Liz has attended numerous post-graduate courses to further her knowledge base in myofascial release and has completed part A of the Orthopaedic Medicine M Level Course. Intense mentoring working with very experienced therapists at Leyland Physiotherapy has enabled Liz to gain a wealth of knowledge to deliver the exemplary standards of care that the practice demands. Most recently experience has been gained in acute illness management, hand splinting and advanced manual techniques.

Tom Smith
Tom graduated from The University of Liverpool with BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 2003 and joined Leyland Physiotherapy in 2008. He has 1 years experience of musculo-skeletal experience and has developed a special interest in post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder and knee during his time treating academy Wigan Warriors RLFC between 2006-2010.

At a post-graduate level, Tom has completed training in myofascial release, kinetic control, acupuncture, RFL emergency medical treatment, NSCA strength training and conditioning and BTE/IPRS primus training.

Samantha Wall

Samantha is a physiotherapist with just over 20 years of experience . She studied at the University College of Salford and obtained her degree, Physiotherapy BSc(Hons), in 1996 . In 2016 she won ‘Therapist of the year’ at the Blackpool Gazette’s Healthcare Awards. She has worked in both the NHS and the private sector. Sam loves using her skills and experience to help people deal with their particular physical problems. Sam really enjoys her job as no two clients are the same. As well as using her manual therapy skills Sam is also trained in acupuncture and modified Pilates.

Simon Atherton

Simon qualified in 2017 as a Chartered Physiotherapist alongside his BSc in sports and exercise psychology. He works predominantly in the NHS as a specialist MSK physiotherapist . An interest in physiotherapy has been harnessed over many  years, whilst playing semi professional rugby .



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