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About Us

Sara Jeffs

Sara Jeffs began running competitively in the USA at the age of nine. A year later, she competed in the Junior Olympics in California and continued to run competitively for the next seven years. During this time, she sustained various injuries and was introduced to the world of physiotherapy. By the time she was thirteen, she knew with certainty that physiotherapy was the career for her.

Sara graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1999 with a first class honours degree (BSc) in Physiotherapy. During this time she also won the EMS Student of the Year award for her dissertation/research on wheelchair rugby players. After gaining a variety of experience in the NHS, Sara decided to specialise in musculo-skeletal conditions, with a special interest in sports injuries. Over the past twelve years she has treated a wide variety of athletes, from recreational to elite levels, in sports such as short and long distance running, tennis, mixed martial arts, Tai Chi, golf, body building, cricket, football, rugby, American football, squash, bowls, basketball, cycling, triathlon, swimming, badminton, and scuba diving. Sara also has extensive experience treating whiplash associated disorders, repetitive strain injuries acquired through both manual and sedentary jobs, and pre and post-surgical orthopaedic conditions such as rotator cuff injuries, fractures, and ligament strains and tears.

Sara has attended numerous post-graduate courses which further her theoretical and practical knowledge on topics such as core stability, Pilates, ergonomics, muscle imbalance, sports massage and many other manual therapy techniques.

Sara also has a special interest in laser, or low level laser therapy (LLLT), as she has achieved excellent clinical results combining this treatment with physiotherapy techniques. In 2010, she was the first physiotherapist in the UK to be approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to use laser therapy to help people stop smoking, and for stress management and weight management. She is a fully accredited member of the Health Professions Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Physiofirst (the Organisation of Physiotherapists in Private Practice), and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine.

 

Hannah Oakley

Hannah Oakley qualified from the University of Nottingham in 1999 and is registered with the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  She specializes in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions in adults.  Other special interests include Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Vestibular Rehabilitation, Hydrotherapy, Back Pain, Arthritic Conditions, and thermoplastic splinting for tonal problems.

She has extensive post graduate training and undergoes regular training and continuing professional development.  Hannah completed her Bobath Adult Hemiplegia Course in March 2003 and has attended several Advanced Bobath workshops and specialist neurological rehabilitation courses.

Hannah gained vast experience working in the NHS over many years.  She was involved in setting up and leading a multidisciplinary community stroke rehabilitation team from 2009 to 2012.  Throughout her career she has been involved in undergraduate clinical education and has taught within a community and hospital multidisciplinary team setting.  

She is a committee member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology and is an associate member of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care.  Hannah has an ongoing commitment to participating in clinical research to develop effective methods of neurological rehabilitation.  Recent research collaborations she has been involved in have included mapping and analyzing the efficacy of Early Supported Discharge Teams for stroke rehabilitation and ‘Getting Out and of the House’; a study aimed at maximizing stroke survivors’ ability to return to venturing outside their home. 

Hannah has a commitment delivering excellent person-centred rehabilitation with the aim of achieving goals jointly set with the individual.  Her varied and extensive experience enables her to provide a holistic approach tailored to the individual, to help maximise their full potential.