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 13 High Street,  Highworth,  Swindon.  SN6 7AG
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MEET THE TEAM

Sonya Nightingale physiotherapistSonya Nightingale MCSP. Qualified 1985.
Speciality: Hands, Animals, Backs, Necks, Head Aches, Knee Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Mobilisations and Manipulations, Soft Tissue Massage, Electrotherapy.
Sonya graduated from Coventry University with graduate diploma in Physiotherapy. She is the principle physiotherapist at Highworth Physiotherapy Clinic, which she launched in 1989. She started her physiotherapy career working in NHS hospitals and running clinics in GP surgeries before starting her private clinic. She lectures to GP's on physiotherapy procedures and is a Physio First member. Her special interest is the spine and she spends a lot of time treating backs and necks.
Sonya also treats animals and was the chair person for ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) from 2009-2013. She runs regular weekly clinics at local venues, including Wickstead Farm Equestrian Center and Rectory Farm. As well as this, she also treats small animals in the clinic. She runs hands on training days for category "B" ACPAT members and lectures at Hartpury College and Liverpool. In addition, she lectures to vets and physiotherapists at international conferences. Sonya was a veterinary physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympics, where she helped to treat the horses of some of the equestrian teams from all over the world.
Sonya has also written research articles on the effectiveness of topical cooling agents of the equine limb.



Emma Overson PhysiotherapistEmma Overson MCSP. Qualified 1994.
Speciality: Acupuncture, Pilates, Backs, Necks, Head Aches, Knee Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Mobilisations and Manipulations, Soft Tissue Massage, Electrotherapy.
Emma graduated from Coventry University with a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Physiotherapy. She spent 7 years working in the NHS before moving into private practice. She specialises in musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries with a particular interest in core stability. Emma gained a qualification in teaching pilates in 2003 from the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute which she now teaches to patients on a 1:1 basis and also runs group classes in and around Highworth. Emma is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and is also a Physio First member.



Fiona Hemmings PhysiotherapistFiona Hemmings MCSP. Qualified 1995.
Speciality: Acupuncture, Animals, Backs, Necks, Head Aches, Knee Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Mobilisations and Manipulations, Soft Tissue Massage, Electrotherapy.
Fiona graduated with BSc(Hons) from the University of the West of England, Bristol as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1995. She worked in the NHS for 8 years specialising in treating musculoskeletal conditions, with a keen interest in sports injuries. Fiona has been practicing acupuncture since 2000 and has worked with the Military for a number of years treating tri-service personnel. She is a member of Physio First and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Fiona left the NHS in 2003 to commence work as a private practitioner and develop her career in veeterinary physiotherapy. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London having obtained a Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2005 and is a "Category A" member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy).
Within the clinic Fiona treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, with a keen interest in sports related injuries and also treats canine clients.Outsite the clinic setting Fiona treats a mix of equine and canine clients.



Diane Turner PhysiotherapstDiane Turner MCSP. Qualified 1987.
Speciality: Shoulders, Backs, Necks, Head Aches, Knee Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Mobilisations and Manipulations, Soft Tissue Massage, Electrotherapy and qualified to administer injections.
Diane graduated from The Royal London Hospital in 1987. She has a MSC in advanced practice and a diploma in sports medicine. She is an extended scope practitioner and a clinical specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries. Diane is a qualified prescriber, and is highly experienced in administering injections: both in the NHS and in private practice at Highworth Physiotherapy Clinic. She is also involved in the teaching of physiotherapists and has published many articles in the physiotherapy press.



Leanne Williams PhysiotherapistLeanne Baker (née Williams) MCSP. Qualified 2012.
Speciality: Backs, Necks, Head Aches, Knee Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Mobilisations and Manipulations, Soft Tissue Massage, Electrotherapy.
Leanne first became interested in Physiotherapy when she was working as a groom for Paul Tapner at Wickstead Farm. Having observed Sonya Nightingale treting Paul's horses, she was encouraged to train as a Physiotherapist herself. She qualified as a human Physiotherapist in 2012 with a 1st Class honours Degree from The University of the West of England. She also works at GWH and in GP practices in Swindon.
Leanne has compled a masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy and is a "Category A" member of ACPAT (Association of Chertered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) and is therefore also qualified to treat animals.
Leanne also enjoys horse riding, working out in the gym and swimming in her spare time and is a active member of the Local Chartered Physiotherapy branch.



Shani Prosser PhysiotherapistShani Prosser MCSP. Qualified 1997.
Speciality: Backs, Necks, Head Aches, Knee Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Mobilisations and Manipulations, Soft Tissue Massage, Electrotherapy, Hands.
Shani graduated from Sheffield University with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy and has developed a wealth of experience from working in both the NHS and private practice. She has worked as a Physiotherapist for St. Peters Welsh Rugby Club and for the Amature Welsh Rugby Squad. She has returned to work for us after moving away from the area for a couple of years. In her free time she enjoys swimming, cycling, squash and walking.





Joe Baker MCSP. Qualified 2012.
Speciality: Domiciliary visits and care of the elderly.
Joe graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2012. He specialises in treating elderly patients and does domiciliary visits for patients that are unable to travel to the clinic. Joe visits us on a consultancy basis on request.



Steve Martin Practice managerSteve Martin
Steve is the Practice manager, general dogs body and web designer. He manages the everyday running of the clinic, from purchasing stock, to cleaning up after the physios.


Debbie Davies
Debbie is one of our receptionists and also helps with general administration.





Daniel Martin
Daniel maintains and updates the website, as well as managing our social media pages. When he is back home from university, he also sometimes helps out on reception.