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We are the main private centre for Physiotherapy in the Portsmouth area.  Based south of Waterlooville, we specialise in the treatment and recovery from; injury, medical conditions and surgery as well as working to prevent further injury and promote health and well-being in the workplace and life.

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Our philosophy

Our philosophy has grown from the experience of successfully working with thousands of clients and developing a unique method focussed on creating permanent transformations in people’s health.
The De Vos Method, a unique 3 step Results Focussed System (RFS), was initially specifically designed to help women with long term hip pain and has been successful to resolve pain in thousands of clients creating results well beyond what they believed possible.

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Yves De Vos

Managing Director & Lead Practitioner

Yves, Managing Director and Clinical Lead, deals with all aspects of business development and educates/leads a team of clinicians to excel in their capabilities.

Yves has been part of the company since 1999, initially as a self employed contractor and in 2008 took over ownership together with his wife, Ruth. Prior to working for the company he worked in the NHS and other smaller private clinics in the Portsmouth area for 5 years.

He founded Solent Shockwave Therapy Ltd in 2018, a company dedicated to the delivery of shockwave therapy treatment.  He has founded together with 5 other experts, in 2020, ‘edclinics’, a specialist company who specialises in Men’s Health.

Yves completed his Physiotherapy qualifications in Belgium in 1994. He also acquired a Diploma in Cardiac Rehabilitation at the same time. He was one of the first clinicians in the Portsmouth area to use acupuncture, completed a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM) and a Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy to gain full membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), an organisation of 1200 physiotherapists who have reached a recognised standard of excellence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

He has in recent years joined a team, following training in Switzerland, of UK Educators who teach professionals the science and application of shockwave therapy through live events, webinars and on-line courses.

He became an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author in November 2020.

He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (PH48182) and Chartered
Society of Physiotherapy.

Yves specialises in complex long term pain of the lower back, pelvis and hips in women
between 40 and 60 years old. He has also a special interest in Men’s Health.

Yves’s passion is skiing. He also enjoys cycling, walking his dog and spending time with his wife and 3 children.

Yves’ s inspiration and motivation comes from the admiration of human capability. Helping people to overcome challenges in their life both physically and mentally to create a more fulfilled life is one of the biggest rewards for him.

He therefore strives to maximise the client’s experience and works relentlessly to improve
the service he provides through innovation, investment and education.

Yves’ favourite quote is by an unknown author “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are.” When people present with chronic pain they have often been told nothing can be done about it or they have to learn to live with it.

Yves has seen thousands of clients over his 26 years career who decided they were not
going to accept this and with Yves’ guidance and treatment successfully achieved the result they were after.

Patrick sanford

Practice Manager

Patrick handles all the organising of the practice … well, when Christine isn’t running it.  He has been with the company for eight years now. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as marketing manager at a bakery in Brighton – not putting the holes in the doughnuts! 

To his great surprise Patrick graduated from Luton University with a B.A. in Business & Marketing. He also serves as a trustee of a local veterans charity.  In his spare time, Patrick is a keen mountain biker and enjoys watching his daughter playing netball and basketball all round the country … and listening to some great tunes (well he thinks they are).  He believes that challenges make life interesting, but overcoming those challenges makes life meaningful.

As a final word, Patrick is obsessed with ensuring that all our awesome clients receive the highest level of service and care and safest possible environment.

Jo Hounsome

Associate Practitioner

Jo is one of the physiotherapists at The Physiotherapy Centre and works with clients to solve their injury problems and meet their individual recovery goals.  She has worked at TPC for 5 years, since moving back to her home town of Petersfield after spending nearly 20 years in Staffordshire where she studied Physiotherapy at Keele University.

Jo has spent the majority of her career helping people with injuries, or conditions that impact on their physical abilities, find a way through or around their problem.  But as well as treating injured joints and muscles, she also has a special interest in helping people who suffer with dizziness (vestibular conditions). Something that she finds very rewarding as it can be life changing for the sufferer.

Jo takes pleasure in problem solving, which is why she loves physiotherapy so much.  This is something that is mirrored in her hobbies, as she has a keen interest in upcycling furniture – breathing new life into items that need a bit of TLC. That’s when she’s not enjoying the great outdoors, baking sourdough bread or watching hockey (she may have retired from the sport but she still loves the game!).

Jo believes that physiotherapy is a great tool for recovery, but ‘you have to be in it to win it’. She says that anyone who invests in their health will never regret it, and she’ll be there to make them feel supported through their recovery.

Angela Goldstein

Associate Practitioner

Angela is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has worked at The Physiotherapy Centre since 2014. Born and raised in South Africa, she qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town in 2004. After working for the South African Military Health Service for a year, Angela relocated to the United Kingdom in 2006. She has since had experience working within a variety of settings including private practice, the NHS and military.

Angela’s postgraduate education includes training in dry needling and acupuncture, manual therapy, musculoskeletal medicine and Pilates. She is a member of the following professional groups: Chartered
Society of Physiotherapy (77456), Health Care Professions Council (PH75452) and Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (17052).

Outside of work, Angela is a keen runner and archer (although not at the same time for safety reasons!) and enjoys spending time in nature and with her friends and family. One of her goals over the next year is to complete a charity half marathon in memory of her father who she lost to cancer 3 years ago.

Having personally experienced the frustration of injury and resulting setbacks, Angela is passionate about helping her clients to either recover from injury or manage their long-term conditions better, so that they can get back to doing the things that define them and that they love to do.

Although a little cliche given her heritage, Angela takes inspiration in the words of Nelson Mandela ‘A winner is a dreamer who never gives up’ and ‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.’

Ruth De Vos

Specialist Respiratory Practitioner & Co-Owner

Ruth De Vos qualified with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Brunel University in 1994 and began her career working in the large teaching hospital of Southampton University Hospital on the challenging respiratory rotations. Here she consolidated her skills and knowledge of respiratory medicine and respiratory physiotherapy in the areas of Chronic Obsructive Pulmonary Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, bronchiectasis and hyperventilation syndrome.

Since moving to work in the Respiratory Centre at the Queen Alexandra Hospital 15 years ago, Ruth has run the pulmonary rehabilitation programme and the respiratory physiotherapy outpatient clinics. She has an excellent working relationship with the Consultant Respiratory Physicians and Respiratory Nurse Specialists. Ruth is also a regular contributor to the local ‘Breathe Easy’ group- the support group for sufferers of chronic respiratory conditions, where she provides expert physiotherapy advice.

Ruth has developed a special interest in the treatment of asthma and hyperventilation syndrome and to further consolidate her extensive skill base she successfully completed the Buteyko breathing retraining course and is now a qualified Buteyko practitioner.

Ruth also has a special interest in the importance of exercise in the management of COPD, and of sputum clearance techniques in bronchiectasis.

Ruth is a partner at The Physiotherapy Centre, is married to Yves De Vos and has three young children.

Kirsty Harrision

Associate Practitioner

Kirsty has been working at the practice as an MSK Physiotherapist for over a year. After graduating from Brighton University in 2017, she spent time working at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, QA in the Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic wards and worked at the Victory Reablement Unit in Portsmouth. She is also a volunteer for AgeUK.

Kirsty believes that a healthy and balanced lifestyle is key to success. When she is not chasing after her 2 year old girl , you will find Kirsty out running or joining in on online Zumba sessions.

She is a strong believer that you should do something today that your future self will thank you for and that her role is not just to help get someone better but to provide them with the means to stay well and active in the long term.

Amy Dickinson

Sports Therapist

Amy, is a Graduate Sport Therapist (MSST), who assesses a wide range of conditions and injuries utilising all treatment modalities available at the clinic. She specialises in musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation.

Amy became part of the team in 2019 bringing with her a diverse set of skills learnt from her experience within several clinics, as well as working with elite athletes and in premiership rugby and football clubs including Harlequins RFC and Portsmouth FC.

Having graduated from Portsmouth University with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, Amy then undertook an MSc Sport Therapy at Buckinghamshire New University,

She has further expanded her knowledge and expertise qualifying as a Personal Trainer (Level 4) including Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist, Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), Olympic Weight Lifting Coach (BWL), Health Coach (Level 4 IAPC&M) and NLP Practitioner.

When not helping to fix other people, Amy is lifting heavy weights above her head, strolling through country lanes, getting battered as she grabs the next wave, or curling up with a good book.

Amy believes that there are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.

She is passionate about empowering clients to work towards achieving their goals, overcoming their limitations to allow them to enjoy their life to the full.

Gemma Brown

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

She graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy in 2005 and worked within the NHS for 10 years.  She has worked within the private sector since the beginning of 2014. Gemma’s passion has always been within the specialism of neurology gaining a broad range of experience in inpatient, outpatient and community settings.

Gemma is Bobath trained and a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology (ACPIN).  She treats a wide range of patients with neurological conditions and believes in a thorough assessment and understanding of her patients’ needs to ensure the best outcome. Gemma has a particular interest in Vestibular issues (dizziness) and the associated balance impairments involved.

In 2011 Gemma became the Team Leader of the Community Stroke Team in Southampton striving to deliver quality care.  The Team won an award for Outstanding Contribution to Patient Care in 2012 emphasising the importance and need for care in the community. Gemma is also a guest lecturer for the Physiotherapy Course at the University of Southampton.

She is an Accredited PD Warrior instructor and can also measure, assess for and prescribe Lycra garments.

Gemma works closely with her patients to reintegrate them into the local society and has close links with local gyms and groups

Patient testimonials:

“Gemma has been amazing helping our son recover from serious brain surgery. Under her guidance we have seen real progress and improvements in his physical abilities. She has built up a lovely rapport with him and he now refuses to get into the hydrotherapy pool without her! She is always kind and professional and constantly includes new exercises to keep it interesting for our son whilst ensuring he gets the most possible benefit from his sessions.”
Ally B.

“Gemma by name and a gem by nature. Her enthusiasm just makes you determined to do your very best. That is why my sit-stand and my walking have improved a great deal.”
Jill W.

Tim Quickenden

Sports Therapist

Tim qualified in 1996 with a BSc.(Hons) Sport and Exercise science degree majoring in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. This academic background has been backed with numerous vocational qualifications including a diploma in sports therapy, sports & remedial massage and personal training. Tim is also an A.P.P.I qualified Pilates instructor.

Having spent the early years of his career working for health and fitness operators in London including David Lloyd Leisure and Dragons health clubs, in 2002 Tim went freelance establishing himself as a personal fitness trainer & sports therapist offering a varied array of services.

Tim started working at The Physiotherapy Centre in 2005 and continues to enjoy working with an array of different clients and patients. This could be offering appropriate and beneficial fitness sessions and programmes for everybody from weight loss clients to elite level runners and trialthetes, or maybe providing the weekly Spinal Fitness, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Pilates classes the centre offers.

As a sports massage therapist, Tim again sees a wide range of clients whether it be for remedial massage for postural issues and stress relief all the way through to specific sports massage for all levels of sports person suffering with soft tissue issues, always backed up with appropriate strengthening and flexibility exercise advice.

Tim is motivated, hugely enthusiastic in all things sports, health and fitness and when not working hard will probably be found windsurfing, running, cycling or spending time with his wife and young family.

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Christine Ellam

Administrator

Christine has worked part-time at the Physiotherapy Centre since January 2009, on the reception desk as well as doing administrative duties (it’s true about when Patrick is not at the office!), where Christine tries to keep a ‘tidy’ organised ship, keeping the mundane hum drum administrate duties running smoothly (ha!)

Christine previously worked for thirty years in the Banking industry mainly in the International departments in Portsmouth, Chichester and Southampton before having a career change.  When she became a ’mature’ student to train as a florist at Brinsbury Agricultural College before the college merged with Chichester College, where she progressed during training to achieve the relevant qualifications to become a floristry tutor and assessor. Christine taught floristry to the full time students to achieve their NVQ Level 2 qualification at Chichester College as well as part-time evening classes at both campuses. Christine had the wonderful opportunity of demonstrating at various Agricultural shows such as Ardingley with the main event demonstrating at the Chelsea Flower show for several years as well as taking the students in the years she was a tutor for them to also have the experience of ‘Chelsea’.

Her main interest outside of work is gardening, working usually on her own, but also designing and working in family and friends gardens. Over the years Christine has made pictures of ‘names’ using a variety of techniques such as embroidery, ribbon work and beads, which has now developed into drawing designs with coloured pencils.