Staff Profiles

Lisa Hayward

GradDip Phys, DipAp Phys Sports, MBBA, MCSP

Lisa Hayward is a Chartered Physiotherapist who graduated from St Mary’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1990. She attained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1995 from The London Hospital. She has most recently trained as a Buteyko Breathing teacher.

Lisa has a broad range of experience. She has been a physio for the Everest marathon and continues to treat elite and club level athletes from a range of sports including kayaking, cricket, gymnastics, triathlon, professional football and boxing.

Within the NHS Lisa has worked on orthopaedic wards, accident and emergency units, as well as research. Lisa has also worked abroad in New Zealand, as well as Nepal and India as a volunteer.

Her wide experience led to her becoming an Extended Scope Practitioner of Physiotherapy within the NHS in 2001.

Lisa is an active athlete and represented GB (age group) at the Triathlon World Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Areas of special interest:

  • Sports injury
  • Screening as an aid to injury avoidance and performance enhancement
  • Functional and Core exercise in spinal rehabilitation
  • Horse and Rider Symmetry
  • Breath optimisation for asthmatics, athletes and anxiety

Cheryl Coutts

GradDip Phys, MCSP

Cheryl graduated from St Thomas’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1980 and has over 35 years of diverse physiotherapy experience.

She was physio for the Italian Athletics squad pre-Los Angeles Olympics and has been Deputy Superintendent of The Harley Street Clinic, London.

Cheryl has worked abroad in a variety of roles including private practitioner in Hong Kong, and a voluntary worker in a Mozambique hospital.

Within the NHS Cheryl has worked in the community and also in GP surgeries.

Cheryl commenced Buteyko teacher training in October 2018

Areas of special interest:

  • Headaches
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Posture re-education
  • Structural integration using ‘Anatomy trains’
  • Myofascial Release
  • Breath mechanics, particularly for singers and performers

Elinor McDowall

BSc (Hons) Phys, BSc (Hons) Eq, MCSP

Elinor McDowall qualified in 2003 from Coventry University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, having also completed a BSc (Hons) in Equine science in 1998.

Elinor currently also works in the NHS as a Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapist in a G.P. clinic. Elinor offers broad experience and has also worked for Norwich Rugby Club. She is a qualified acupuncturist. Elinor has recently completed a course for treating chronic pain related conditions in Milan.

Elinor enjoys swimming, particularly open water.

Areas of special interest

  • The Shoulder
  • Functional movement rehabilitation
  • The Pelvis
  • Headaches
  • Trigger-point therapy
  • Breath mechanics
  • Chronic and complex pain presentations