Meet The Oaks Physiotherapy Team

Clare Kemp

Clare qualified from Kings College London, and after working at two London teaching hospitals, has worked at various hospitals in England, Northern Ireland and Germany. In 2003, she returned to her home town of Colchester and worked as an Extended Scope Physiotherapy Specialist in Maldon, with the role of Clinical Orthopaedic Specialist Physiotherapist. Clare joined Oaks Hospital in 2012 as Head of Physiotherapy. Although proficient in treating all conditions, she specialises in Men’s and Women’s Health, orthopaedic medicine, spinal triage, acupuncture, Pilates, and sports injuries.

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ridsdale

Charlie qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2006 from the University of East London, and began her career at Oaks Hospital building her knowledge and skills in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy over the years. She has extended her knowledge of through attendance of accredited courses becoming a Clinical Specialist in Upper Limb in 2012, and has a particular interest in the management of frozen shoulders, sub-acromial impingement syndrome, dupuytrens disease, and rehabilitation of the hand and wrist.

Caroline Canham

Caroline studied Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton and graduated in 2003. Initially she worked at Kings College Hospital, rotating through various specialist areas such as neuro medicine, neurosurgery, lower limb amputees, musculoskeletal outpatients, elderly stroke rehabilitation and the Liver Unit. Caroline started working at Oaks Hospital as a Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist in 2005. She treats spinal and musculoskeletal conditions and uses a wide variety of treatment techniques: joint and spinal mobilisations, massage/trigger point release, exercise prescription, taping, ultrasound/electrotherapy, and gym work. She is a qualified Pilates instructor and also learned acupuncture for pain relief as part of her degree which she has used extensively ever since.

Eloise ‘Ellie’ Barnden

Ellie is as a senior Physiotherapist and joined the Oaks physiotherapy team in 2014. She completed rotations in orthopaedics, ITU/surgery, stroke care and care of the elderly with South Essex Partnership Trust, before specialising in Musculoskeletal Therapy in 2011-2012. She then moved on to work at Braintree Community Hospital before joining Oaks Hospital. Her clinical interests are; Musculoskeletal therapy, Lower limb biomechanics and shoulder pain, Acupuncture, Pilates and Tai Chi, vestibular rehabilitation.

Kasha Jazwinska

Kasha qualified in 2006 in Poland. She worked initially in the NHS at Colchester General Hospital, getting experience in treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in a gym, hydrotherapy pool and orthopaedic ward. She joined Oaks Hospital in 2012 as a senior physiotherapist in outpatients. Her clinical interests are; Musculoskeletal conditions using acupuncture, taping and manual therapy along with setting tailored rehabilitation programmes. Hand splinting and hand therapy. Pre-operative assessments and spends time with orthopaedic patients on the ward. Lower limb.

Claire Newson

Claire graduated in 2017 with first class honours in Physiotherapy. Her special interests are; Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, balance and stability, vestibular rehabilitation.

Samantha Close

Samantha qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Essex in 2009. Following completion of two years of junior rotations at Ipswich Hospital, she travelled and worked in New Zealand for a year. Since then she has worked in both the private sector and the NHS, specialising in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal injuries including working as a pitchside physiotherapist at Colchester Rugby Club. She practises a broad base of treatment options including manual therapy, taping, and exercise rehabilitation. She is a fully certified Pilates teacher, accredited in acupuncture and is currently undertaking a masters module for musculoskeletal pathologies.

Louise Brooks

Louise qualified in 1980 from Bristol University. She has worked in Abergavenny, Croydon, Ipswich and Colchester General Hospital specialising in women’s health and pelvic pain. In 2005 she came to Oaks Hospital working as Inpatient Team Lead and leading the Pre-assessment Physiotherapy Clinic.

Tina Brosnan

Tina is a Senior Chartered Physiotherapist who qualified in 2001 with First Class Honours from Kings College London. She initially spent time at Basildon University Hospital, gaining broad experience through staff grade rotations before taking a Senior role. She joined the Oaks in 2005 and is predominantly involved with the rehabilitation of orthopaedic, general surgical and medical inpatients; pre-assessment clinics; and some outpatients. She has specialist clinical interest in respiratory conditions and oncology, being responsible for the physiotherapy input in breast cancer care and for those with respiratory complaints. Tina maintains her professional development with post-graduate courses including myofascial release & soft tissue techniques; acupuncture & reflexology; and exercise prescription - she is a fully certified Pilates instructor (including the Pink Ribbon Programme) and in Yoga for Therapy.

Marcin Dudziewicz

Marcin has a wide range of experience in outpatients and currently is studying for the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapists (IFOMPT). His clinical interests are; Musculoskeletal, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, taping and acupuncture.

Joe Hijazi

Joe graduated from the University of Essex with a Msc in physiotherapy in 2017. Prior to this he studied Sport and Exercise science at bachelor level. He then started junior rotations in elective and trauma orthopaedics, ITU/respiratory and Musculoskeletal outpatients at West Suffolk Hospital. Joe joined Oaks Hospital in 2019 and is currently working towards gaining his acupuncture qualification. Having previously qualified as a personal trainer, Joe has a keen interest in resistance and cardiovascular training and uses this knowledge in his rehabilitation approach. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal therapy with the use of manual techniques, taping and specific rehabilitation programmes.


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