Meet the Team
- Musculoskeletal Team
Sarah Stewart MSc MCSP MAACP
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
CoActive Physio is run by Sarah Stewart, an experienced and fully chartered musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Sarah qualified in 2007 from Kings College London with an MSc honours in Physiotherapy and is currently working towards her further Masters degree in Advanced Physiotherapy Practice. She has worked both within the National Health Service and the private sector.
Sarah started her physiotherapy career at the Royal Derby Hospital soon after qualifying and worked in areas of orthopaedics, respiratory medicine, neurological rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal outpatients. Having worked her way up to a senior position, she additionally taught medical students from Nottingham university and supervised student and junior physiotherapists. Sarah has worked in private practice in Chester since 2011 - her passion is musculoskeletal physiotherapy and she has specialised in this area for the last 12 years.
Sarah is a certified Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), incorporating the Pilates method into her treatments as well as teaching both one to one sessions and classes. Acupuncture is a further qualification she has obtained and she finds it complements traditional physiotherapy methods well. Sarah also has a BSc degree in Psychology and finds this is especially applicable when treating patients with chronic pain and sports injuries – she treats her patients holistically and strongly believes in the link between mind and body.
Sarah treats a wide range of conditions (see the treatment page for more detail) and adheres to CoActive Physio’s moto: "Acting together to achieve your health and fitness goals" – recovery is a joint effort between therapist and patient and will only be successful if both parties are on board.
Abi Okell BSc MCSP
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
Abi Graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 with a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy. Her first role after graduating from university was in the NHS, where she worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, and developed her passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Abi is particularly interested in lower limb injuries and exercise rehabilitation.
In 2012, Abi left the NHS and headed to the French Alps for two winters, assessing and treating ski and snowboard injuries. This lead to working alongside the British disabled ski team (British Parasnowsport) and travelling with them to both training and race events. Abi is still a key member of the support staff working with British Parasnowport and loves spending time in the mountains with them and supporting the athletes on their journey to Pyeongchang 2018 winter Paralympics.
Abi also worked as part of the medical team at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, continuing her love of sports physiotherapy.
As well as using traditional physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques, Abi is a great fan of Pilates and enjoys practising it herself as well as teaching Pilates classes and 121 sessions. Abi has been trained by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and has extensive experience in teaching both classes and 121 sessions.
Helen Moore BSc MCSP MAACP
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
After training at Manchester Metropolitan University, Helen graduated in 2007 with a BSc (HONS) in physiotherapy. During her early career in the NHS she gained valuable experience in a variety of areas, including oncology, orthopaedic surgery, out-patient physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She then moved to a private hospital in the Manchester area, specialising in orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal conditions. At the same time, she worked at a semi-professional rugby club, gaining four years' valuable experience of sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
For the past few years, Helen has been working in private practice, gaining further experience in sports injuries, post operative orthopaedic surgery, as well as acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems affecting all age groups.
Helen is trained in acupuncture, Pilates and other sports massage and taping techniques, such as kinesio taping and sports strapping. She is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and has trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates institute (APPI) in Pilates tuition.
Jennifer Taylor MSc MCSP ACPAT ACPSEM
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
Jen graduated from the University of east London in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree. With a strong interest in sports physiotherapy she then worked for Wrexham Football Club whilst completing an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine. During the MSc she worked with both the Football Association of Wales and Welsh Rugby Union with the age grade and Womens squads at training, test matches and UEFA tournaments.
After graduating in 2008 she moved to London where she started working with a Championship Rugby team, Esher, whilst working in a private practice on Harley Street as a Rehabilitation specialist. During this time she also did some part time work at Leicester Tigers Rugby.
In 2012 Jen relocated to Sweden to become Head of Medicine at a professional football team, Ostersunds FK, before moving back to the UK in 2014.
As a keen horse rider and polo player she decided to combine her love of animals with physiotherapy and began an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy whilst continuing to work with rugby with her local club Waterloo.
Jen is Pilates trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates institute (APPI) and in addition she has completed modules in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Cardiff University and in rehabilitation at Edge Hill University.
Serina Jenkin Davis BSc MCSP MAACP
Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
A highly experienced clinician, Serina qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Salford Universty in 207. Prior to this she gained a BSc (HONS) in Sports Science from Bangor University, which was where her interest in rehabilitation and physiotherapy began.
Since qualifying, Serina has gained a huge amount of experience both in the NHS and private practice, working in North West Wales, South West London, North East Wales, and most recently in Chester.
Early in her career, she gained valuable knowledge and experience in a variety of specialities including Orthopedics, Oncology, Women's Health, Respiratory, Rehabilitation, and Neurology however her passion has always been in Musculoskeletal medicine. Serina has a vast amount of knowledge in all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessment and management, and uses a variety of techniques including exercise prescription, education and advice, Manual Therapy, electrotherapy including Shockwave therapy and acupuncture. She has a special interest in lower limb rehabilitation, tendinopathy, and running injuries. She has also worked in Pain Management. Serina always takes a holistic approach in the assessment and care of her clients.
Serina is also currently working towards an MSc in Advanced Practice, and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). She enjoys swimming, is a keen runner and runs with Chester Road Rnners.
- The Pilates Clinic Team
Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) Pilates Instructor ad Pilates Clinic consultant
Having danced from an early age, Laura was lucky enough to gain a full scholarship at The Hammond School. Training at one of the most prestigious Ballet Schools in the UK means that she has the extensive experience in the Classical Pilates repertoire.
After graduating in 2007, Laura then went on to perform in world famous cabarets in Paris, to grand casinos in Asia and explored the world dancing on cruise ships. Upon returning to the UK, Laura continued her education into maintaining and developing the physical form, training with the internationally renowned Michael King in Mat Work Pilates.
Laura's Pilates classes reflect flow, grace and precision enhanced by her extensive dancing background.
Laura continues to develop her fitness education attending refresher courses and professional workshops annually to ensure that the content of her class is always to the highest standards.
She has more recently completed her APPI Pilates training and is very much looking forward to joining the CoActive Physio team, delivering both one to one sessions in the Pilates Clinic and small group matwork sessions.
Sophia Storrar BSc (Hons), GradDipEd(Sec)(UWA)
Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) Pilates Instructor and Pilates Clinic Consultant
Sophia graduated with a Bachelor of Science ( Human Movement ) from The University of Western Australia in 2001, majoring in physiology and biomechanics. Having trained and competed at national level in the swimming pool and participated at club level in many other sports, Sophia’s interests remained with physical education and coaching so it was a natural move to gain a teaching qualification through a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) with a major in P.E. and Minor in Science in 2002.
During her university years, she qualified as a sports trainer, lifesaver and swimming teacher, delivered children’s swimming programmes as well as coaching an over 50’s swimming squad at the university pool and umpiring college netball and softball . Sophia continued her passion for training and exercise by joining the Australian Army Reserve and was awarded the Physical
Training Prize .
Her thirst for travelling the world saw Sophia leave Australia in 2003 and find teaching supply jobs in England. Whilst travelling Europe and the UK, Sophia met her husband and settled in Chester in 2008, where they married and started a family. Sophia has 17 years teaching experience in a range of schools in England and Australia and has many other qualifications as part of her role in education, including her Mental Health First Aid Certifícate. She continues to challenge herself physically, particularly in long distance swimming events, crossing the English Channel in 2018 in a three-person relay team and was aiming for a solo
crossing in August 2020, although sadly the COVID19 pandemic put paid to that goal, so this has now been rescheduled for 2022!
As a result of hard training regimes throughout her life, preparation for endurance events and childbirth, Sophia’s passion for Pilates was ignited as she saw the benefits of improved strength, flexibility and stability , together with improved mental well being. She trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and is now a certified Pilates Instructor, providing both one to one instruction and larger group sessions. Sophia has additional specilaist training in antenatal and postnatal Pilates, and work closely with the physiotherapy team at CoActive Physio to provide her clients with a first class Pilates service.
- Pelvic Health Team
Carla Grimshaw BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC
Carla is an experienced chartered physiotherapist specialising in Women’s Health & Breast Care Physiotherapy and has over 18 years post graduate experience predominantly in the NHS.
Carla graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia in 2001 and, after working through a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community specialties within the NHS setting, developed a keen interest to specialise in Women's Health and Breast Care Physiotherapy. Carla is experienced in assessing and treating conditions such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, antenatal pelvic girdle pain, postnatal perineal trauma and also provides pre-operative preparation for gynaecological surgery and post-operative rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in connective tissue therapy and has trained at the Christie Hospital in Manchester to treat patients who may experience difficulties following breast cancer surgery. She has also trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) in Pilates tuition and she is a registered Mummy MOT practitioner providing post-natal health checks.
Aside from her physiotherapy career, Carla is married with 2 children. She enjoys keeping active with a local fitness and running club and has completed numerous 5 and 10km runs and has recently taken up the new sport of stand-up paddle boarding.
Beth Hobson BSc MCSP
Senior Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist
Beth graduated in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at Salford University. Her first job for Shropshire NHS focussed on musculoskeletal and sports injuries. She used this experience to also work locally for Wrexham Rugby Club and nationally for British Athletics.
Beth later progressed to a Senior Rotational job at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Here she gained a broad range of physiotherapy experience. Following this, Beth spent a year specialising in Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at a Private Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Treating members of the public as well as professional sports athletes.
On returning from Sydney, Beth split her time between the NHS and private practice in Liverpool. Whilst working in private practice she became a Level… Pilates Instructor, completing APPI matwork and equipment courses. The clinic was a specialist Pilates centre and she taught beginner to advanced classes until she left for maternity leave in 2014.
After maternity leave, Beth dedicated her professional time to the field of Pelvic, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Physiotherapy. She gained a role at the Countess of Chester Hospital working in Pelvic Health, where she treats a wide range of patients and conditions including antenatal, post-natal, and bladder and bowel issues. Beth also organises national pelvic health courses through her work with the Countess.
After having two daughters Beth took a renewed interest in her own fitness and competing. She is a highly active member of Chester Road Runners & Chester Triathlon club and competes regularly for both clubs.
Beth’s professional experience has given her insight into managing a wide range of pelvic conditions in women.
Beth understands that being happy with your mind and body is an essential part to success in pelvic health. Whether it’s an interest in walking or high level competition, Beth’s passion for helping all women achieve their exercise goals is at the heart of her professional practise.
Debbie Simm Grad dip phys. MCSP
Senior Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist
Debbie completed her Physiotherapy training at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and has over 23 years experience as a Specialist Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapist. In her current NHS role she is Clinical Lead for the Women`s Health Physiotherapy team at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
Debbie has worked at a highly specialist level in all aspects of pelvic health including Perinatal education and rehabilitation, urogynaecology, bowel dysfunction men`s health. She has a special interest in female sexual dysfunction.
Debbie is also a certified APPI Pilates Matwork Instructor and ran her own successful Pilates business for 8 years. She has completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Continence and is trained as a Mummy MOT Practitioner. Debbie is currently working towards a diploma n psychosexual medicine which will enhance the mind and body skills approach to helping those patients experiencing sexual dysfunction.
Outside work Debbie enjoys keeping fit and active, and attempts Salsa dancing classes. She is involved in her local community through various church activities including Traidcraft promotion and volunteering at a homeless drop in centre.
- Nutrition Team
Claire Glazzard MSc RNutr (Public Health)
Public Health Nutritionist
Claire studied Nutrition, Health and Lifestyles at Sheffield Hallam University and following graduation in 2003 went on to complete a Masters in Human Nutrition, specialising in Public Health, at the University of Glasgow.
Claire started her career in the NHS in Nottinghamshire setting up and delivering a number of nutrition related activities for families with children under the age of 5 and workshop sessions in nursery provision. The following 10 years saw Claire’s career in public health progress from local to national level, in nutrition and obesity, including exciting work in early year’s nutrition and Change4Life programmes as Food and Health Manager in the East Midlands and work as nutrition expert in the Childhood Obesity National Support Team for the Department of Health. Claire’s more recent nutrition career has been in academia, as Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at University of Chester and Liverpool John Moores University.
Claire enjoys working with a variety of people in an exciting, diverse and challenging food environment. She is keen to make a positive difference through sharing her own knowledge and experiences, with those who look to improve their own health, family, friends, communities and public as a whole. Claire hopes to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of food and activity in our everyday lives.
Claire is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists and a Teaching Fellow with Higher Education Academy. Claire specialises in maternal and early year’s nutrition, weight management and workplace health.