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.

Jess Richards – Sports Massage …

 

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 …

Loretta has been working at Physio Matters for four years. A keen runner with numerous Welsh titles in everything from 1500m to 40 miles, as well as 90 marathons, Loretta provides hands-on therapy, advice, exercise prescription and training tips for sporting and non-sporting people alike.

As well as treating sport related problems, Loretta helps many people with work related injuries stemming from postural and ergonomic problems.

A visually challenged therapist, Loretta believes that her sight deficit greatly enhances her sense of touch, while not making her especially fond of technology; she therefore uses no electrotherapy devices to treat her patients.

2 years ago Loretta was diagnosed with degenerative lower back disks from an old injury, as well as being knocked down by a cyclist while out running – in the same week! Instead of doing the sensible thing and retiring, Loretta set about her own rehabilitation, and has since completed a further 14 marathons!

She is passionate about inspiring her patients to be the best that they can be – no matter what!

 

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 …

Yulia has been practicing Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, since 2008 when she qualified from the London College Of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since then, she has mostly specialised in women’s health and infertility treatment.

Yulia has also trained in Si Yuan Balance Method acupuncture as taught by the late Dr Tan and is expanding her clinical interests in treating acute and chronic pain with instant results.
Since 2014 Yulia has been studying the Functional Medicine approach to health. She incorporates functional testing and functional nutrition whenever necessary, alongside Chinese Medicine.

Yulia’s fascination with the human body and mind has led her to go on the Structural Bodywork journey with James Earls’ and Tom Myers’ Fascial Release for Structural Balance (FRSB) and John Barnes’ Myofascial Release (MFR) trainings, and to explore Mindfulness and Meditation practices through the teachings of Michael Stone. These are ongoing and ever inspiring, feeding into her treatment sessions, Yoga classes, and workshops.

Yulia discovered Yoga whilst studying for her first degree in Psychology in 1998. She completed her first Teacher Training with The Devon School of Yoga (DSY) in 2002. Yulia teaches Yoga as part of the Movement Skills module on the BA Acting course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and offers Yoga therapy sessions here at Physio Matters on one-to-one basis. She has taught on Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy courses from 2003 until 2015 and now owns and runs a Yoga Studio in Exeter – The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop – with her partner; for more information please visit www.exeteryoga.co.uk.

 

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 …

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