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Our team of highly skilled, chartered and registered physios provide Cornwall’s premier physiotherapy service, across the county. The Neuro team boasting over 50 years of combined, Specialist Neuro experience and the regular physio team offering experience, expertise and a wide range of treatments to help movement and ease pain.

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Becky Duncan

Becky Duncan

Practice Partner & Neurological Specialist

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Becky worked at St James’s University Teaching Hospital becoming a senior Neuro-Physiotherapist, developing services for neurological patients. She has worked in Cornwall for over 17 years both in the NHS, as the Clinical Specialist for Stroke and Neurology and privately, as the Principal Physiotherapist at Helston and Neurological Physiotherapy Practice. Becky, along with her husband Rodger, set up Helston and Neurological Physiotherapy Practice in 2007 to provide specialist physiotherapy locally for Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinsons, MS, and Spinal Cord Injury.

She has developed the Cornwall Functional Electrical Stimulation Outreach Clinic from The National FES Centre based in Salisbury Hospital, in partnership with the NHS and is a Saebo trained practitioner. Her extensive experience enables Becky to provide highly skilled assessment and treatments to both neuro and musculoskeletal conditions.

Becky continues to work in partnership with national providers of rehabilitation, injury management specialists and charities such as Parkinsons UK and the Stroke Association to support people locally in Cornwall. She values the opportunity to share her knowledge teaching the Neurological Rocktape course nationwide and has been a regular guest speaker at Therapy Expo. She enjoys working closely with all members of the Physio team and supports their forward thinking approaches and initiatives with CPD opportunities and supervision.

Becky is a member of Physiofirst, Association of Physios in Neurology, Association of Physios on Vestibular Rehabilitation and Facial Therapy Specialists UK

In her spare time she enjoys holidaying with Rodger and their two teenagers, especially anywhere where the water is warmer than Cornwall ! She loves live music and walking their dog Danny on the coastal paths

RODGER DUNCAN

RODGER DUNCAN

Practice Partner & BUSINESS MANAGER

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Following his Business degree in Leeds, Rodger worked in the insurance industry and small businesses for 6 years before embarking on a career as a PE teacher. He has worked in secondary schools in Leeds and West Cornwall for 18 years, striving to promote sports and activity in young people. In 2007 he set up Helston and Neurological Physiotherapy Practice with his wife Becky and in 2017 opened the sister practice in Newquay, Prow Park Physiotherapy Practice.
Rodger left teaching in 2018 to work full time at the Physio Practices to develop the business and ensure effective and sustainable relationships with all our business partners and intermediaries. He co-ordinates our expanding team of Associate Physio’s and supports the office staff to ensure a happy working environment.
Rodger enjoys coaching youth football in Helston and plays football and tennis. He is also a food enthusiast who loves to cook and a music fan who tries to see live music whenever possible.

Sarah Dugan

Sarah Dugan

Practice Manager

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Following four years working as a gym manager in Penryn Sarah joined Helston and Neurological Physiotherapy Practice as the practice administrator. She has been an integral part of the Practice since its conception in 2009. Now as Practice Manager she effectively co-ordinates patients appointments and the smooth running of the Practice. She works closely with both charitable and NHS providers to secure funding for patient treatment and provides patient support for case managers and other intermediaries.
Working with so many physio’s has rubbed off on Sarah as she does Pilates classes twice a week and enjoys walking her two crazy dogs across the Cornish countryside. She’s passionate about food and loves meeting up with friends.

Vicky Chamberlain

Vicky Chamberlain

Practice Administrator

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Vicky joined Helston and Neurological Physiotherapy Practice in September 2011. Prior to this she worked for a local charity who provide support to the elderly in their communities. She has over 20 years administration experience, 14 of which were spent serving in the Royal Navy both in the UK and overseas. Here at the practice Vicky manages the FES Outreach Clinic and assists Sarah with the day today running of the practice.

Vicky loves seeing live music and theatre, meeting up with friends and Navy Wrens. She’s a (fair weather!) walker/runner who is also a Volunteer Assessor for the Royal British Legion.

MEL BENYON

MEL BENYON

Associate Neurological Specialist

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Mel works with patients with a variety of neurological conditions before specialising in spinal cord injuries. She worked for 16 years at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury, the regional specialist unit for patients with spinal cord injuries, where she shared the post of clinical lead and Superintendent Physiotherapist. Mel has experience of treating patients with all levels and severity of spinal cord injury, including those with respiratory needs, and has used FES with patients for upper and lower limb dysfunction due to a variety of neurological conditions. Since 2010 Mel has used acupuncture and electro-acupuncture for the treatment of pain and conditions associated with neurological and musculoskeletal damage and is also a Stecco fascial release therapist. 

Mel joined the team in January 2014 and is a valuable member of the Neuro rehab team, assessing and treating neurological conditions as well as developing the Spinal Cord Injury and Vestibular rehab services. In 2017 Mel co-wrote with Becky the Rocktape teaching manual for Neurological Physiotherapists and continues to teach the course nationwide.

Laura Mavor-Hill

Laura Mavor-Hill

Associate Musculoskeletal Specialist

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Laura qualified from the University of the West of England, Bristol and started her career in Physiotherapy at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. After gaining experience in a variety of areas Laura came to specialise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Laura utilises many therapeutic skills throughout her work, including myofascial release and manual therapy to treat painful conditions. She also has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of the hip including impingement and post op rehabilitation. Laura has advanced knowledge of strength and conditioning techniques to improve recovery outcomes for long standing hip and pelvis pain and dysfunction.

Laura is a qualified acupuncture practitioner and Pilates instructor.

Natasha Millar

Natasha Millar

Associate Musculoskeletal Specialist

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Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in Physiotherapy having worked in wide variety of settings, including working within the NHS, MOD and private sector both in England and Australia. She is a Musculoskeletal Specialist and works predominantly with orthopaedic conditions including sports injuries, overuse injuries and occupational problems.

She has gained extensive experience with whilst working at RNAS Culdrose in injury management techniques and rehabilitation helping patients return to physically demanding roles by utilising effective strength and conditioning programmes. Natasha employs a variety of treatment techniques within her practice including clinical pilates and manual therapy. She is also a qualified acupuncture practitioner with a special interest in chronic pain.

Natasha enjoys walking and yoga when she gets some free time. She is also a keen sewer and is learning to spin wool – a different take on a spinning class !

Katy Jackson

Katy Jackson

Associate Musculoskeletal Specialist

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Katy is a Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist who works in private practice and the NHS. She is an APPI level 3 qualified Pilates Instructor and Yoga teacher. Katy has worked extensively with back and neck conditions and has recently developed an interest in upper limb injuries. She uses soft tissue treatments along with strength and conditioning approaches to rehabilitate patients after injury. Katy loves to surf and enjoys exploring the Cornish countryside with her family.

Kate Hassall

Kate Hassall

Associate Musculoskeletal Specialist

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Kate qualified from Plymouth University and has been working in the NHS throughout Cornwall specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, using Acupuncture and manual therapies to help improve recovery. She has also become an advanced Pilates Instructor and teaches classes in North Cornwall. Kate has a special interest in strength and conditioning and is currently undertaking a Masters in Advanced Professional Practice in Physiotherapy to be completed in 2020. In her spare time Kate loves surfing, climbing and being a Mum !

Gemma Berry

Gemma Berry

Associate Neurological Specialist

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Gemma has over 13 years experience of working with a range of Neurological conditions both in the private sector and when she worked in the NHS as the Clinical Specialist for Neurology and Stroke in mid Cornwall. She currently runs the PDActive classes for people with Parkinsons in mid Cornwall and works with patients with complex neurological conditions in Newquay and surrounding areas, often working in peoples homes and work places to provide rehab in the most relevant setting. Gemma combines her knowledge of neuro rehab with techniques to help people regain balance and mobility.

Gemma enjoys horse riding, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, yoga and has a very healthy obsession with collecting plastic off her local beaches.!

Becky Poulding

Becky Poulding

Associate Paediatric Specialist

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Becky has worked in Paediatric Physiotherapy in Cornwall for over 10 years working in both the NHS Children’s Community Therapy Service (CCTS) and currently in the Paediatric Orthopaedic department. She strives to provide highly specialist evidence based neurodevelopmental assessments, treatments and education for children, their families and carers with neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions that result in improved movement and function for children.
Becky is a proper foodie and loves meeting up with friends, coastal walks and running with her Cocker Spaniel, stand up paddle boarding and playing tennis. She’s also a proud Mummy of two little ones and loves exploring Cornwall with them and her Physio husband !

Lisa Skeet

Lisa Skeet

Soft Tissue Therapist

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Lisa is a Massage Therapist with 11 years of experience working in America as a member of the California Massage Therapy Council. She has experience of working in sports therapy, using various techniques for soft tissue recovery and has a special interest in pre and post natal massage. She joined the practice when her husband was deployed to Culdrose and loves walking her dogs on the costal paths and spending time with her little boy.

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If you have any questions you'd like to ask prior to booking an appointment with us please use the contact form, alternatively if you'd prefer to speak to us via telephone or email, our contact details can be found below:

 

01326 561012

enquiries@physiopracticecornwall.co.uk

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