Meet the Team

Girija Wagle – Head of Physiotherapy … PhysioMatters founder and lead physiotherapist Girija Wagle notched up more than 4 years experience while training and working in one of the best hospitals in Mumbai before taking on the role of Senior Physiotherapist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s outpatients department for 7 years. While working in the NHS she also achieved an MSc in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation from the University of West of England.

Gafin Morgan – Podiatrist … Since graduating from UWIC in1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry, Gafin has remained committed to his research and development within the podiatry field, completing postgraduate courses in Biomechanics, Podiatric Orthotic Therapy, Muscle Balance Techniques and Acupuncture.

Gafin currently works full-time in Musculoskeletal Podiatry and Biomechanics within the health service in South Wales and holds specialist clinics in Occupational Health (Staff Health) and Orthopaedic triagee. He is also carrying out a research degree (MPHil) at Cardiff University researching the benefits of Foot Orthotic Therapy in patients with foot, ankle and knee problems.

Sharmila Gaitonde – Facial Aesthetics & Cosmetic Dentistry Expert … Since qualifying as a dentist in 1986, Sharmila’s high standards and (conventional and cosmetic) dentistry savvy have earned her a longstanding client-base in the field — and since 2007, has used this same ethos to perfect the art of facial aesthetics.

Sharmila’s expertise incorporates wrinkle reduction treatments, dermal filler solutions, chemical peels and Dermaroller treatments — allowing her to offer clients a complete approach to non-surgical face lift.

An affiliate with the Association of Dental Implantology, the International Academy of Aesthetic Facial Academics, the Enlighten Whitening System, and a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Sharmila’s dedication to innovative developments in both the cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics fields has led to the nickname ‘Mrs Gadget’!

Loretta Daley – Physiotherapist & Sports Massage Therapist … Since qualifying as a sports massage therapist in 2000 – and a chartered physiotherapist in 2007 – Loretta has worked with a wide variety of sportspeople, including runners, rugby players, squash and badminton players, and general fitness enthusiasts.

A keen runner, Loretta has completed around 65 (yes 65!) marathons, and since graduating in physiotherapy, has taken further study in a variety of specialist areas, including core stability training, running biomechanics and functional rehabilitation from chronic pain.

Having learnt from the hard school of personal experience, Loretta is no stranger to rehabilitation procedures, having overcome a slipped disc, a broken leg, a stress fracture and a broken foot!

Loretta does not just work with sporting people; her deep tissue massage techniques and physiotherapy advice has been used on overworked office staff, stressed-out mothers, elderly patients, and individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis – Loretta will only turn you away if you have a cold!

Mark Evans – Podiatrist … With over 15 years’ experience treating foot and ankle problems in patients of all ages, Mark is able to carry out specialist foot assessments and provide gentle chiropody treatment for many foot problems, including corns, callouses, verrucae, painful / unsightly or in growing nails, difficulty cutting nails and athletes foot. Aside from routine foot checks, vascular assessments and neurological testing, Mark is also able to provide specialist advice and treatment regarding occupational problems and assessment and care for patients with diabetes.

Kaithrina Mathema – Pilates Instructor …Since graduating from Middlesex University in 2002 with a BSc Hons Degree in Sport Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention, Kaithrina went on to gain a plethora of experience in the sporting field (most notably a stint at professional football in La Liga, Spain). The talented sportswoman then concentrating her efforts on Pilates, becoming a fully trained mat & equipment-based Pilates instructor under the guidance of Alan Herdman in London.

This led to two years practicing in Notting Hill with an Osteopath — working on a one to one basis with patients — and in The Third Space Medicine gym, where she worked with both small groups and one to ones before setting her sights on Cardiff to bring her celebrated formula to the PhysioMatters clinic! 

Yulia Heaton BSc(Hons) Acupuncture, BSc(Hons) Psychology, LicAc, MBAcC, DipDSY, MIHHT … 

A highly skilled and experienced acupuncturist specialising in fertility and women’s health issues, Yulia  is also one of the UK’s leading Yoga instructors. As well as running courses, workshops and retreats, Yulia works with the BA Acting students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) as part of their Movement Skills module.

Upon completing her first degree in Psychology in 1999, Yulia discovered Yoga and has been teaching for the last 13 years in both the UK and abroad. She was invited to join the Devon School of Yoga teaching faculty in 2003 and continues to actively participate in the evolution of the school by teaching on both the Teacher Training and the Yoga Therapy courses. Yulia has a good understanding of physical injuries and how to address them therapeutically with Yoga and Chinese Medicine. She offers Yoga therapy sessions on one-to-one basis.

Yulia obtained a second degree from the London College of traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (LCTA) in 2008. Having run two acupuncture clinics independently, she joined The Natural Health and Fertility Clinic (NHFC) in Cardiff  as a full-time acupuncturist in 2010. This provided Yulia with solid experience in using acupuncture to aid fertility in couples who are either trying naturally or through assisted methods. She later completed ‘Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine’ course with Jane Littleton.

In September 2014, Yulia and her partner opened a Yoga studio in Exeter – The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop. For more information please visit Yulia’s personal website is currently being updated.

Hazel Rees – Receptionist  … With many years’ experience in office administration and organisation, Hazel’s superb co-ordination skills ensure the smooth running of the PhysioMatters clinic.

Hazel is  the the first point of contact for our clients, and she’s always on hand to advise on our schedules, services and appointments during the clinic’s regular opening hours!

James McCormack Rolfing Structural Integration …  Following a career in legal practice in England, and later in Wales, James trained at the European Rolfing Association in Munich and qualified as a Certified Rolfer in 2010. His interest in manual therapy was sparked by his experiences in long distance cycling events for charity, and later in golf, fitness training, running and country walking. His particular interest is in the realm of the individual’s potential for optimal strength, efficiency of movement and body awareness in physical activity

Sara Davis Neuro Physio Specialist