Area of Expertise: Consultant Physio
Qualifications: BScHons Physiotherapy, Specialist Physiotherapist
Natalie qualified from the University of Hertfordshire in 2005, with a 1st class BScHons degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to this she achieved a BScHons in Sports Science from Brunel University.
Initially Natalie started her career in long-term complex neurology and went on to establish and manage a team of therapists in a large specialist neurological nursing home, developing therapy services for people with complex needs, such as those with long-term tracheostomies and needing ventilatory support. Patients were supported by the outreach services from major rehabilitation units, such as the Regional Rehabilitation Unit at Northwick Park Hospital and the Lane Fox Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, London. Working in this field enabled Natalie to gain experience working closely with families, carers, patients, and the wider outreach MDT.
After 7 years, Natalie went on to work in private practice as a self-employed Physiotherapist, which she has done ever since. She worked in the community and within various MSK clinics, treating a wide range of patients. Five years ago, she then met a friend with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (a multi-system, post-viral illness) and realised how much the Physiotherapy profession were unaware of advances in biomedical research in this complex neurological condition. She began to see patients with ME within her private practice and also co-founded ‘Physios For ME’, along with 4 other Physiotherapists. The aim of ‘Physios For ME’ is to educate Physiotherapists about ME and to advance treatment approaches for people with ME by undertaking research. Natalie is also a member of the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative Medical Education Group which aims to educate health professionals about ME.
In the last 6 months, with the over-lap of symptoms between ME and people now struggling with long-covid (both are post-viral illnesses), Natalie has been supporting many people with long-covid in her private practice. Recently, Natalie also started a collaboration with RespiriCare, running long-covid recovery programmes with RespiriCare’s specialist respiratory physiotherapists, helping patients who are struggling with symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath and brain fog. Natalie’s role is to support patients with fatigue/energy management as fatigue is one of the primary symptoms of ‘long-covid’.