Meet the team

Neurological Physiotherapy is a team of highly specialised physiotherapists who will ensure that you receive the best possible treatment and support for your condition. Please view our team profiles below.

Claire Laverty: Clinical Lead




Claire qualified in 1986 from Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge and has been specialising in Neurology since 1989.

Although she has limited treatment time, she concentrates on developing the services provided by NP.

Claire strives to create a physiotherapy service that meets the needs of all patients and to enable physiotherapists to provide their best.

Providing clinical support for her team she also completes medico legal reports for the court.




Carla Horricks: Lead in Outpatient and Community Services






Carla joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2006. She has worked in both the NHS and private sectors. Carla works with complex Neurological and musculo-skeletal conditions and leads the Paediatric service within the clinic. She is qualified in the treatment of acupuncture and  provides Pilates classes for neck and lower back pain.

She is the Expert Practitioner for the Headaches and Migraine and is the lead in clinic and community services.

Megan Knowles-Eade: Lead in Inpatient Services







Megan qualified from Keele University in 2007 and  joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2008.  She has completed Bobath, Myofascial and soft tissue courses. She has a special interest in Brain Injury and works in extended rehabilitation units in Liverpool. She is the Expert Practitioner for brain injury.

Megan is the lead in Liverpool community services.

Anna Handley Potts: Practice Manager




Anna joined Neurological Physiotherapy in October 2019 as our practice manager.

Prior to joining NP Anna worked clinically within the Stroke Association and previously mental health services.

Please do not hesitate to contact Anna with any queries you have either by telephone on 0161 491 4151 or email

Jordan Barnett: Administrator




Jordan joined Neurological Physiotherapy in January 2018 as our receptionist and has since taken on a number of other administration duties.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jordan with any queries you have either by telephone on 0161 491 4151 or email

Sandra Bailey: Receptionist

Sandra joined Neurological Physiotherapy in January 2019 to support with reception.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sandra with any queries you have either by telephone on 0161 491 4151 or email

Ross Bailey




Ross qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 and joined Neurological Physiotherapy shortly after. Ross has completed Bobath and soft tissue courses. Ross has a particular interest in the roll of balance and vestibular rehabilitation in neurological treatment. Ross assists the expert practitioner in Parkinson’s Disease and supports the clinic’s weekly Parkinson’s exercise class.


Karen Belfield




Karen qualified as a physiotherapist in 1999 and specialised within the field of Neurological Physiotherapy in 2001.

Initially this was in a stroke rehabilitation setting before moving to work with neuro-outpatients both privately and within the NHS.

She has completed numerous post graduate courses including basic and advanced Bobath courses, myofascial release courses and more recently the PD warrior course.

She has since developed a special interest in treating people with Parkinson’s Disease but also enjoys treating people with complex neurological disorders.

Tina Betts




Tina qualified from Salford School of Physiotherapy in 1989 and has worked with adults and children with neurological conditions since 1991. Tina has completed an Advanced Adult Bobath course and in recent years has developed a special interest in Myofascial Release. Tina has experience in Physiotherapy treatment post cancer rehabilitation and chronic fatigue.


Ryan Davies



Ryan joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2018 as a Physiotherapy Assistant.

Prior to working at NP Ryan has worked in a rehab setting with a variety of clients with complex neurological conditions.



Joe Edwards




Joe joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2015 to work as a therapy assistant for our Liverpool services. He qualified from Salford University in 2017 and has continued to work for NP as a Physiotherapist.  Joe has a special interest in brain injury and learning difficulties and sports massage.

Lynda Eveson



Lynda qualified in 2011 from the University of Birmingham, working predominantly in the NHS until joining Neurological Physiotherapy in 2015. Lynda has completed several Bobath courses, yoga for beginners, kinesiology taping and is qualified in acupuncture.

Lynda is particularly interested in paediatrics and young adults with neurological conditions as well as complex musculoskeletal conditions.

Dom Gandy



Dom joined Neurological Physiotherapy in September 2016 as our receptionist. He then decided to change career and train to become a Physiotherapist. He is currently studying at Salford University and works part time as our Physiotherapy Assistant.


Dawn Herron



Dawn joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2018 as a Physiotherapy Assistant.

Dawn has returned to Physiotherapy after a career break, prior to which  she worked in various specialties including Orthopaedics and Neurology.

Stephanie Ingham




Stephanie qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 and joined Neurological Physiotherapy shortly after. Stephanie has completed Bobath courses, has gained a qualification in taping and strapping, including Kinesiology taping and a Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma.

Stephanie has a particular interest in health and fitness and uses this knowledge by leading the balance exercise class and assisting with the Parkinson’s and seated exercise classes ran by the clinic.

Stephanie is the assistant to the Expert Practitioner in Stroke.

Lesley Jones



Lesley joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2014.

Lesley worked in Glan Clwyd from 1983 as a physiotherapy assistant within the arthrosplasty team and has a wealth of experience as a therapy assistant.

Lesley has basic and advanced qualifications in Swedish massage and especially enjoys treating complex pain presentations and myofascial dysfunction.

Joseph Laverty




Joseph graduated from Salford University in 2014. Joseph went on to complete a Masters degree in ‘Advanced Physiotherapy’ in 2016 which; included research into the effects of myofascial release on headache and migraine symptoms. Additionally, Joseph has completed the introduction to the Bobath concept and a Level 4 Sports Massage qualification.

Joseph assists the expert practitioner for headache and migraine at the clinic.  He also retains a key interest into neck and low back pain in patients with and without neurological conditions.

Anja Mallinson



Anja has a wealth of experience treating patients with complex neurological presentations. She joined Neurological Physiotherapy in July 2018 and works within the clinic and the Rehabilitation units in Liverpool and Southport. Anja qualified in 1992 and specialised in Neurology in 1995. She has worked in both the NHS and the private  sector. She has completed many post graduate courses including advanced Bobath courses. Anja enjoys working with complex neurological conditions and she is the Expert Practitioner for Head Injury.

Ceri-Lynne Morton




Ceri-Lynne qualified from Sheffield University in 1994. She worked for 20 years in Salford Royal NHS trust specialising in neurological rehabilitation in both the acute and community setting. Ceri-lynne has completed many post graduate courses including advanced Bobath courses, motor control (masters module), vestibular rehabilitation and soft tissue courses. She enjoys treating a wide range of neurological conditions and patients with complex presentations.

Ceri-Lynne joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2016.

Ceri-Lynne is the Expert Practitioner in Multiple Sclerosis.

Nikki Owen



Nikki qualified in 2007 and gained a wealth of experience in both the
NHS and private sector before joining NP in 2017 as our specialist
Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Nikki provides one to one physiotherapy treatment sessions, assessments
and reports for children and young adults. She likes to make therapy
engaging and fun for children of all ages and works closely with family

Nikki has completed courses in paediatric CIMT, paediatric myofascial
release, Peadiatric therapeutic taping, FES and Elaine Owen orthotics
and gait management.

Nikki’s areas of speciality include CP, Developmental delay, newborn
conditions, pre/post SDR rehabilitation and Intensive Constraint Induced
Movement Therapy (CIMT).

Kellie Pike





Kellie qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of East London in 1997.  She worked in the NHS in London and Manchester for 17 years specialising in Neurological Physiotherapy.

Kellie started work at Neurological Physiotherapy in 2014.

Kellie is Bobath trained but uses a variety of treatment techniques and methods to suit each individual patient.  She is particularly interested in a holistic approach to patient care.

Kellie is experienced in treating different neurological conditions, although her specialist interest lies in treating patients following Stroke.

Kellie is the Expert Practitioner for Stroke at the clinic.  She leads a weekly Seated Exercise Class with emphasis on increasing confidence to exercise independently and to promote regular activity.

Rachel Rutley




Rachel qualified from the University of East London in 1991. She worked in both the NHS and private sectors before joining Neurological Physiotherapy in 2010.

Rachel is Bobath trained and uses this approach in conjunction with other approaches she has studied including kinetic control and myofascial release. Rachel has a particular interest in the management of progressive conditions and works to enable her clients to function optimally with difficult and challenging presentations.

Rachel is the Expert Practitioner for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders and trained as a PD Warrior instructor in 2015, with the first group trained in the UK. She also trained as a PWR Moves instructor in September 2017, which is a total exercise and treatment programme for Parkinson’s using a simple and highly effective approach. It is based in the US and was developed by eminent physiotherapists in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Rachel is a strong advocate of the benefits of exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease and leads our PD Power exercise class in Cheadle.

Rebecca Salt




Rebecca Qualified in 1990 from Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Physiotherapy.

She began specialising in Neurology in 1993 working in both the NHS and independent sectors.

Rebecca completed her Basic and advanced Bobath courses and has continued to develop her skills based on the Bobath concept.  She has a clinical interest in Stroke but also treats all other Neurological conditions. She also has a particular interest in treatment of the upper limb post Stroke and has completed her CIMT training in relation to this.

She joined the team at Neurological Physiotherapy in 2012 and assists the Expert Practitioner for Stroke.

Shirley Steele



Shirley qualified in 1986 from Newcastle and has specialised in Neurology since 1990.

Shirley qualified as a craniosacral therapist in 1997 and has a particular interest in treating the pelvis and sacrum.
She is a Bobath trained therapist and has completed many post graduate courses relating to the Bobath approach, Neurology and myofascial release.
She enjoys treating patients with complex neurological conditions, with a keen interest in treating post stroke, particularly upper limb recovery and MS patients.



Kimberley Toulson



Kim joined Neurological Physiotherapy in 2017 initially working on reception before taking over as Practice Manager.

She made the decision in 2019 to train to become a physiotherapist and has been accepted onto a degree course at Salford University starting in 2020. Kim is taking the opportunity this year to gain clinical experience; providing clinic and community sessions as a therapy assistant.

Bram Tynan




Bram has worked at Neurological Physiotherapy since 2010 as a physiotherapy assistant and qualified member of staff since his graduation from Salford in 2012.

He has a keen interest in treating patients following brain injury. Bram has completed his introductory Bobath modules and a number of professional development courses focusing on myofascial release and functional rehabilitation in neurology.

Wendy Walker




Wendy qualified in Manchester in 1982. Wendy treats a variety of complex presentations, specialising in facial palsy, women’s heath, vestibular rehabilitation, post stroke and brain injury including difficulties with cognition.

Wendy delivers lectures and workshops around the UK on various aspects of Neurological Physiotherapy, including treatment of facial palsy, vestibular rehabilitation, Trophic Electrical Stimulation and EMG biofeedback.

Wendy is a member of the administration team for Physiopedia; this is a
wiki for physiotherapists.
She is Physiopedia Category Manager for the Neurology content, and is
Topic Expert for Facial Palsy.
Here is a link to her Physiopedia profile page:

Maria Whitehall



Maria joined Neurological Physiotherapy after completing her elective placement with us in the summer of 2018.

She graduated from Salford University after completing the course as a mature student following a career change from Optometry. Maria worked as an Optometrist for 14 years and developed an interest in neurological conditions from this. She has an interest in treating brain injury, Stroke and is enjoying assisting in a weekly paediatric hydrotherapy class.


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