Helen Goodson MCSP HPC
Helen Goodson is the owner and clinical director of Harpenden Physiotherapy. She qualified in 1983 at St Thomas’ Hospital and has worked both within the NHS and private sector. Helen originally specialised in elderly care but has worked exclusively as a musculoskeletal specialist since 1992. Her speciality is the cervical spine and sports injuries. A particular interest in rugby has resulted in her treating and rehabilitating international rugby players. Helen delivers orthopaedic and sports injury educational programmes to GP’s and has lectured at the BMA on the diagnosis of common musculoskeletal conditions and rugby injury prevention. She is a keen supporter of Harpenden and OA rugby clubs and has treated many of their players. Helen is a retired county tennis player and county golfer and is experienced in treating injuries relating to the specific demands of all sports. Helen is recognised by all major insurance companies.
Appointments with Helen are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Emily Firmin MCSP HPC
Emily Firmin qualified in 2005 from the University of Brighton. She initially worked at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals completing various rotations including musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, respiratory and neuro-rehab .
Emily then moved to the community in North London where she gained extensive knowledge of falls prevention, balance and vestibular problems. Emily attends forums and community groups giving talks on Falls Prevention and runs an NHS Falls Prevention programme. Emily is able to provide holistic treatment at home to help you maximise your independence and reach your full potential following a range of setbacks such as hospital admission, post operatively and following a deterioration in all long term Neuro-disability conditions such as strokes, Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis. Emily is a member of AGILE (Physiotherapists working with Older People). She enjoys road cycling and has completed a number of charity rides.
Alongside her home visits, Emily is also available now in Harpenden Physiotherapy clinic on Wednesdays and Fridays as a Musculo Skeletal and Neurology Physiotherapist. Emily is recognised by all major insurance companies.
Karen Osborn Grad Dip Phys, HCPC, MCSP
Karen Osborn qualified in 1990 as a Chartered Physiotherapist, she worked for the NHS at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. She was also the team physiotherapist for Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club. Following a period working in Chicago, USA Karen returned to the NHS providing physiotherapy at three GP surgeries in Norfolk. Karen left the NHS to work for the RAF at the Officer Training College, Cranwell, treating members of all three armed services in their Regional Rehabilitation Unit.
In 2005 she started working at Spire (formerly BUPA) in Harpenden where she still works as a physiotherapist, specialising in back, necks, knees and shoulders.
Karen has a keen interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation and has attended several courses including The Leicester Balance Course, an intensive course attended by consultants, physiotherapists and GP’s. She is a member of the specialist CSP group; Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPIVR). Karen regularly presents to local GP’s on their Orthopaedic study days. Karen is recognised by all major insurance companies.
In her spare time she is a keen runner and annually takes part in the Great North Run. She recently completed her first London Marathon. Her involvement in running gives her an excellent insight into the physical demands that an athlete or recreational runner experiences. This has Karen developing a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of running injuries.
Karen is available in clinic on Mondays and Fridays.
Jo Parrot MSCP HPC AACP
Jo Parrott qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987. Initially she worked at Addenbrooks Hospital and then joined Spire Harpenden hospital as an outpatient physiotherapist in 1991. More recently Jo has been working in private practice and runs a busy GP clinic in St Albans. Jo is recognised by all major insurance companies.
Jo is our resident specialist acupuncturist. She qualified as an acupuncturist in 1991 and runs acupuncture clinics both privately and in the NHS. She treats all musculoskeletal conditions, IBS, migraines, stress related illnesses, addictions, menopause and chronic pain.
Jo is available in clinic on Wednesdays and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Russell Stocker MCSP SRP
Russell’s enthusiasm to study Physiotherapy began with personal injury sustained through trampolining in which he represented Great Britain. After qualifying from Brunel University in 1997 Russell continued to develop knowledge and skills specifically in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy working alongside and mentored by expert clinicians at London teaching hospitals (Charing Cross, UCLH and St. Mary’s). These experiences instilled what Russell feels are the most important qualities for a physiotherapist; listening to the needs and perspectives of clients, being ‘hands on’ during assessment/treatment while applying clinical reasoning and the application of scientific evidence to their problems.
On leaving the NHS Russell joined Bupa where he worked in a multi-disciplinary team including Physiotherapists, osteopaths, podiatrists, practise nurses, GPs, orthopaedic physicians and orthopaedic consultants. Working at BUPA’s Sport Injury Clinic and on-site at Goldman Sachs for 18 years he worked with clients with all manner of musculoskeletal problems from work related issues to gym injuries, sports injuries and day to day disorders. He worked with clients both in the treatment room, the gym and alongside personal trainers to deliver Physiotherapy from initial contact with patients right through to developing their gym programmes and return to sport or their usual activities. Working on-site developed Russell’s sense that life is busy for people and physio treatment needs to be specific, ‘hands on’ in conjunction with exercise prescription, appropriate to the problem and fine tuned to meet the needs of the problem without being overtly intrusive.
Russell has always maintained an interest in sport and continued to experience injury himself! He has a passion for road cycling having participated in events in the Alps, one with Carlos Sastre (Tour de France winner 2008) and many sportives in the UK. These days Russell is more into his running. He has a keen interest in the links between bike set up and injury prevention. Russell has a special interest in running injuries (such as tendon problems) using gait analysis and reviewing training programmes in conjunction with his musculoskeletal assessment and treatment skills to give a holistic approach to sports injuries.
Listening to clients and working with them to decipher and hopefully resolve the contributing factors of their presenting symptoms/needs is Russell’s goal. To this end Russell is competent to know when a problem needs onward referral and links directly with GPs and or consultants as required.
Andy Smith MCSP HPC
Andy Smith graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002 and is head physiotherapist at Watford General Hospital where he specialises in musculoskeletal disorders. He is trained in acupuncture, Pilates and manipulation as well as sports massage.
Alongside his NHS work, Andy has accumulated many years of experience working in private practice and is registered with all the major insurers. He remains involved with the University and lectures on clinical practice as well as advising on various committees. Andy is recognised by all major insurance companies.
Andy enjoys educating patients about their condition and empowering them to understand what is needed to put things right and get back to what they enjoy doing. He has a particular interest in sports injuries and is a keen sportsmen himself, enjoying road cycling, running, golf and cricket.
Matthew Guilliatt Bsc (Hons) Msc MSCP HPC
Matthew Guilliatt graduated in 2009 with a first class BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire; he then has completed his Msc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2017.
Matthew currently works in the NHS as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Hertfordshire. He has a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation especially multi-direction instability and Rotator cuff tendinopathies. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Physiotherapy and is a member of the CSP, HCPC and MACP. and lectures part time at the University of Hertfordshire. Matthew is recognised by all major insurance companies.
Since qualifying Matthew has worked specifically within musculoskeletal physiotherapy gaining experience from working within the NHS, private practice and also with a semi-professional football team in North London. Matt is also a qualified Acupuncturist.
Siobhan Reynolds BSc Hons, MCSP
Siobhan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire and as well as being our lead women’s health physiotherapist she is also a Senior Physiotherapist and clinical educator for West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust. She specialises in Women’s Health and Musculoskeletal disorders.
In her Women’s Health role she treats conditions such as pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, bladder and bowel conditions such as urinary incontinence, over active bladder, faecal urgency or incontinence, Diastasis Recti, breast oncology and many more conditions. Siobhan has attended training by the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy society in the management urinary incontinence and pelvic floor assessments. She is also trained in acupuncture.
Siobhan is available for appointments on Wednesdays
Charlotte Talbot Price
Charlotte Talbot Price is a qualified Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist and also has a BA (hons) in dance performance from Middlesex University, which gives her extra insight into the stresses and strains on overworked muscles and joints. She works in conjunction with our physio team, focusing on re-aligning muscle length and reducing muscle stiffness through various different massage techniques including Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Release (STR), Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), amongst others.
When Charlotte is not in our clinic she works as a sports masseur for a dance company. Charlotte has also worked at the London Marathon and works with Riding for the disabled at a local stables. She is now also a fully qualified equine masseur.
Ware lucky to now have Charlotte working on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Harpenden Physiotherapy.
Tania joined us this summer as Practice manager and is a key member of the team. Her background is retail management and she now runs the practice with great efficiency. When you phone for an appointment it will be Tania’s friendly voice that answers and books you in. She also ensures that the clinic follows all the latest Covid protocol and ensures that all measures are in place to make your visit to the clinic as safe as possible.
To arrange an appointment or to speak to one of our registered physiotherapists, call us on 01582 761448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org