Meet The Team
Meet our Team of Physiotherapists and all of our other Therapists
Our team of physiotherapists covers a far-reaching spectrum of specialist areas and clients can be directed to the most appropriate member of the team if requiring dedicated expert help for their problem.
Maureen Blake is the owner and Director of County Physio which was established in 2008.
She has had many years of experience having qualified from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh School of Physiotherapy and attained the award of top Scottish student by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Her original qualification has been converted to BSc (Physiotherapy) through Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She also has a PG Certificate in Back Care Management from Loughborough University.
Maureen leads a highly qualified and inspiring team of experienced and highly acclaimed therapists who work with integrity, passion and care. Although now retired from clinical practice, Maureen remains actively involved in the running of the clinic and ensuring the highest standards are met.
Physiotherapists – all Chartered and HCPC registered:
Amy Kellagher BSc (Hons), MCSP graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2008 before taking up her first physiotherapy post in New Zealand where she worked and developed her skills for 2 years.
Amy joined the County Physio team in 2010 and had also been the club physiotherapist for Dunbar Rugby Club until as recently as May 2018. She has gained many skills since qualifying and is experienced in the use of Mulligan’s mobilisation techniques, exercise prescription and has completed KT1 and KT2 Kinesiology taping courses. She also has her Pilates class instructor’s qualification. Amy has a keen interest in working with musculo-skeletal problems and sports injuries. Amy offers 1:1 Pilates sessions at the clinic which are especially useful for people with back problems due to posture and muscle weakness. She also runs Pilates classes in our expanded premises at 13 Church Street, Haddington, for groups of up to 4 people to ensure careful supervision and flexibility to suit individual needs.
Peter Dawson BSc, MCSP is very experienced in all aspects of musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and has worked in both the NHS as an advanced practitioner and in private practice in the UK and the USA for over 25 years.
He has a special interest in foot and ankle problems and biomechanics which includes analysis of gait and posture. Peter is also qualified to provide acupuncture as part of his treatment modalities. He has a wide range of skills in manual therapy and soft tissue techniques and also enjoys treating people with headaches, balance and vestibular problems with excellent results.
Louise Wallace LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), MCSP graduated with first class honours in physiotherapy from Coventry University following a previous career as a chartered tax advisor.
She previously worked in Leuchie House with clients with a range of neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and strokes. She also has experience of treating rheumatological conditions in an MSK setting and has a keen interest in rehabilitation and has now broadened her experience in MSK physiotherapy at County Physio with excellent client outcomes.
She is also qualified to use acupuncture as a treatment modality and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). Louise runs very successful and enjoyable classes at our other premises at number 13 to help with balance, co-ordination, strengthening, posture and flexibility. There are 2 classes; an advanced class for over 50s who would like to maintain and improve fitness levels and a chair-based class for older clients or people with a neurological disorder. She is also kept busy with family and pets and has a keen interest in exercise and fitness.
Sarah Neehammer MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) MCSP enjoys working as a physiotherapist and also East Lothian life! Her specific areas of interest in physio are orthopaedics, sports injuries, acute injuries, biomechanical lower limb dysfunction and hypermobility syndrome.
She has worked extensively within the NHS, military, private sector and also works as a veterinary physiotherapist with small animals in Roslin.
Her practice includes myofascial soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, pilates exercises and joint mobilisations for example, alongside specific home exercises to maximise the benefits of physiotherapy treatment.
Libby Hope BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) PgDip
Libby qualified in 2005 and has worked in the private and public health sectors as a Physiotherapist. She specialises in both musculoskeletal and mobility/falls rehabilitation and has an additional interest working with patients with cognitive dysfunction including Dementia. Underpinning her practice is a strong belief that treatments should be adapted and tailored to the individual’s needs.
Amongst other services, in her clinic work, she offers manual therapies; electrotherapies; taping techniques and graded rehabilitation. She also spends her spare time, teaching skills and sharing knowledge of some of the Physiotherapy services she provides to other therapists.
Outside of Physiotherapy practice, Libby enjoys spending time walking her dog, working in the garden and learning new skills.
Heather qualified with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2007. She has gained a wide range of experience in various areas of the profession including community settings, in-patient (orthopaedic rehab), paediatrics, adults, older people and mental health.
Heather is an independent Occupational Therapist and offers home visits to assess and offer advice on specialist equipment provision, home adaptation and independent living skills.
For further information or to arrange a visit, please contact her through the clinic on 01620 825380.
Remedial Massage and Sports Therapist:
Stuart Bertram is a Remedial Massage and Sports Therapist and gained a level 5 advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy and is registered with the STO.
Stuart uses a range of soft tissue and sport therapy techniques including remedial, sports and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, dry needling for trigger point release and joint mobilisations designed to help recovery from muscular complaints and injuries sustained in daily life.
Sports Therapy can also increase performance in your chosen sport.
Stuart has experience in working with a wide variety of people ranging from office workers to professional golfers and dancers. He has a particular interest in golf performance and related injuries. Stuart is a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Therapist.
REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST:
Tara Broadfoot BA, MTI
Tara gained a level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy with MTI and also has a degree in Community Education from the University of Edinburgh. She volunteered with the physiotherapy team as a physiotherapy assistant at Leuchie house for nearly 3 years and is currently their Massage Therapist working with a range of chronic neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s and Stroke as well as clients with ME.
Tara provides treatments for migraines, chronic muscle tension and offers the following types of massage: deep tissue, Swedish, Indian head and natural uplift facial (beneficial for Bell’s Palsy and Facioscapulohumeral (FSHD) muscular dystrophy).
Tara’s interests are in health and well-being. She enjoys running, cycling and bike maintenance and is keen to broaden her massage skills in pregnancy massage, myofascial release (MFR) and 1:1 small group exercise.
Jennifer Powell MA, MSc, MAR holds a Practitioner Diploma (with distinction) in Clinical Reflexology from the Complementary Therapy School, the only Reflexology qualification in the UK to be accredited by a university (Edinburgh Napier University). Prior to retraining as a Reflexology therapist, she had a successful career as a risk and controls manager in the financial services sector.
Reflexology is a holistic complementary therapy that can support people to achieve wellbeing through increased relaxation, better sleep quality, improved mood and, importantly, the release of tension and feelings of stress that can have a detrimental impact on the body both physically and emotionally, helping the body to restore its balance naturally.