Expert Physiotherapy

Wilmslow: 01625 530 794

Hale: 0161 9770070


Our Physiotherapists


Our team of very experienced and highly motivated Physiotherapists are our greatest asset. All have done extensive post-graduate training and actively keep up with the latest research and trends in the profession. The clinic is committed to clinical excellence and our Physiotherapists regularly undertake specialist training courses, attend national and international scientific conferences and in-house we have an extensive in-service training programme.

Howard Turner BSc BAppSc MCSP Member of HPC

  • Practice Principal and Clinical Lead, Wilmslow Physio
  • Physiotherapy Consultant, British Cycling
  • Part-time Teaching Fellow Bath University
  • Specialist External Lecturer, Keele University
  • Postgraduate Lecturer in Manual Therapy
  • Reviewer, Physical Therapy in Sport

Howard Turner is well known within the Physiotherapy profession through years of postgraduate training and lecturing. For many years he taught on Masters Physiotherapy programmes at Kings College London and University of Birmingham as an external specialist in spinal pain, and for 20 years a Hip and Groin Pain module on the University of East London Masters in Sports Medicine. Currently he is a Part-time teaching Fellow on spinal pain for the Bath University Masters in Sports Medicine and a Specialist External Lecturer in Lumbar, Hip and Pelvic pain at Keele University.

In addition to these formal teaching roles he regularly runs training programmes for Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths on the treatment of low-back and pelvic pain and has previously taught knee and shoulder courses. He has lectured nationally and internationally on disorders of the Sacroiliac Joint and Pelvis and is published on the Shoulder and the Sacroiliac Joint.

Primarily, however, Howard is a clinician. His particular interests are clinical reasoning and multi-layered diagnosis and the utility of manual therapy in reducing pain and improving function. He is a specialist in low back pain, hip and groin pain and pelvis and SIJ related pain and dysfunction. He has worked in the NHS, in occupational health, in private practice and in elite sport. He has consulted for national sporting bodies and well known sporting teams of many disciplines. He attended the 1996 Paralympic games in Atlanta as Physiotherapist to the GB squad. For many years he worked at the Manchester English Institute of Sport establishment as a clinical troubleshooter, treating the Northwest’s elite, lottery-funded athletes, in particularly Cycling, Swimming, Waterpolo, Wrestling and Squash. Currently he works with the elite runners and swimmers and supports British Cycling's elite team.

Howard trained in Melbourne, Australia. After completing a physics degree at Melbourne University, he studied physiotherapy at Latrobe University. Graduating in 1988, he worked for seven years in public health, in Melbourne, Montreal and London. Moving into private practice in 1995, Howard worked at a number of prominent London practices and for two years provided occupational health services to the London Fire Brigade before moving to Cheshire.

Howard Turner

Joanne Worthington BSc (HONS) MCSP Member of HPC

Jo is co-founder of Wilmslow Physio. She studied physiotherapy at the Royal London Hospital, graduating with honours in 1988. She then worked in the London NHS for 7 years, specializing in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, her final position a senior post in outpatients, orthopaedics and hydrotherapy at a major London district teaching hospital.

Before moving back to the Manchester of her birth Jo worked in the private sector at various practices in and around London. This included 2 years as the occupational health consultant for the Civil Service in London and British Telecom for London and the southeast counties. She has pursued her interest in musculoskeletal medicine through intensive post-graduate education in the UK and Australia. Since 1995 she has also been involved as physiotherapist to Disabled Swimming England and at various Paralympic swimming events throughout the UK


Jack Dixon BSc(HONS) MCSP Member of HPC

Jack qualified in 2006 and, after completing rotations in the NHS in the North West, has spent the majority of his career in private practice.

He has completed post-graduate qualifications in Musculoskeletal Medicine, joint & soft tissue injections, acupuncture, and has medico-legal accreditation for the writing of expert reports in road traffic accidents. He is also a speaker on the Golden Graduate programme, preparing new graduates for a career in private practice. He has a special interest in injection therapy, and whiplash injuries.
As well a being a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, he is a member of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine and a member of the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Outside of clinic time, Jack volunteers his time & skills with a number of charities including the Dallagio CycleSlam, Ian Botham’s Invitational Golf Event, and the GroceryAid Leadership weekend. He regularly turns out for Bury Hockey Club, when family life allows.



Cathy Gordon BSc(HONS) MCSP Member of HPC


Cathy specializes in the treatment and management of TMJ (jaw), facial and neck pain, and vestibular problems causing dizziness. As part of the National TMD Referral Centre, she works with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in this area. She is also co-founder of ACPTMD (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders) and runs courses around the UK. For more information about her work in the area of TMJ and Vestibular problems, see here.


She has vast experience in all aspects of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic work. She qualified in 1994 from Leeds Metropolitan University and has worked for 20 years in the NHS, 18 years of which have been spent in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. In her current role she specialises in vestibular rehabilitation and Paediatrics including an Extended practitioner role in the DDH clinics at Stepping Hill Hospital. She also runs the hydrotherapy service.


In her free time she enjoys cycling, climbing and skiing and plays violin in local orchestras.


Helen Shepherd MSc MCSP Member of HPC

Helen has been a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist for 19 years, completing a postgraduate diploma in continence in 1989 and gaining an MSc by research in 2004. She qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1989 at Withington Hospital and worked in London Edgeware and Stockport before taking her current role: clinical lead in Women’s Health Physiotherapy at Salford Royal Hospital.

Physiotherapy in Women’s Health focuses on the treatment and management of bladder and bowel dysfunction (in men as well as women), and low back and pelvic pain and dysfunction in women during, and as a result of, pregnancy. The bladder and bowel issues that can be helped include the leakage of urine, excessive frequency of urination, mild to moderate prolapse, pelvic pain and chronic constipation amongst other problems and complaints. Helen will work closely with your Gynaecologist, Urologist and Urogynaecolgist, Obstetrician, Midwives and/or Nurse in your care.

Appointments with Helen are arranged as required. More detail about her work can be found here.




Joanne Worthington

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Cathy Gordon Specialist Vestibular and TMJ Physiotherapist


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Samantha Durnian BSc (HONS) MCSP Member of HPC

Sam has worked on and off at Wilmslow Physio since 2004. She is not working here presently but she drops in so frequently we thought we'd leave her bio up!

Sam graduated from the University of Teeside in 1994 and subsequently worked in the NHS before moving to the private sector. She has specialized in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in GP surgeries, private hospitals and private practices around the northwest of England and Australia.

Her interest in sports injuries developed through her own participation in a variety of sports ranging from county netball, national level dressage, club level squash and more recently golf. It is through golf that she has had the good fortune to travel around the UK and Europe practising Physiotherapy on the European Seniors Tour.



Samantha Durnian Physiotherapist

Samantha Durnian