Zoë Orpwood- Browne MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP
The body has a tremendous capacity to adapt and heal given the right information and stimulus.
I am an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner with a wealth of experience in Sport and Private Practice. I started my career as a fitness instructor before studying Applied Sports Science at Edinburgh University. I then went on to study a Masters degree in Physiotherapy at Birmingham, and later Sports Medicine at Queen Mary’s, University of London.
I currently combine my work as Clinic Director at embrace with contracting in elite sport and working for the NHS Musculoskeletal (MSK) service; here I see more complex presentations, order diagnostic tests and administer steroid injections.
I have significant experience in variety of professional sports and at major sporting events including the Commonwealth Games, Le Mans 24hr Race, The British Open and BUCS national events.
My areas of clinical interest are low limb injuries and endurance sporting performance. I am passionate about empowering patients to make positive health choices and be active in their recovery. As in professional sports I believe access to Physiotherapy should be quick and easy. I love working with young athletes and weekend warriors to help them achieve their personal recovery and movement goals.
I am a keen triathlete and have completed several half ironman distance races. I also enjoy CrossFit, Skiing and Golf. I am married to Estate Manager, Jamie and have a beautiful four-legged (Black Labrador) assistant called Lyra.
Laura Barrett BSc (Hons) MCSP, cert.MST, MMIMDTP
Women's Health Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates
Laura graduated from Kings College London with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2004 and began working in a large London NHS teaching Hospital. In 2008 she moved into the private sector. From 2010 to 2017 Laura was working as Head of Women's Health Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates at a large polyclinic in Dubai. On returning to the UK she set up LB Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates. (https://www.lbphysio.org/)
Laura has a special interest in Women's Health Physiotherapy. She is clinically trained to provide specialised assessment, effective advice and treatment to a population that is often neglected. Her areas of expertise are pelvic floor rehabilitation in the management of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and the treatment of pelvic girdle dysfunction in the pregnant population.
Since April 2019 Laura has been a Mummy MOT® practitioner.
The Mummy MOT® is a specialist postnatal examination for women following both vaginal and caesarean deliveries. Laura will assess how your posture, pelvic floor muscles and stomach muscles are recovering after birth. Laura will then provide you with exercises and treatment to help in your recovery and return to safe exercise.
Having trained with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute from 2006 she has gained expertise in the clinical application of Pilates, providing individualised, symptom specific patient programmes. Laura believes that clinical Pilates can benefit every patient resulting in a stronger core and better posture thus helping in injury prevention and pain management.
Dr Meera Shah BSc (Hons) MPhil ClinPsyD PGDipCAT
Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Analytic Practitioner
Dr Meera Shah is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in a range of different services in the UK and abroad, providing psychological therapies to people with mental health and/or physical health difficulties. Meera is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. HCPC regulates the profession of psychology and other health professionals, and ensures psychologists are properly qualified, meet the standards for the profession and are fit to practice. Meera is also registered with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) as an Accredited CAT Practitioner.
Meera is experienced in delivering a range of evidence-based psychological therapies and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). However, she also draws on other therapeutic models and techniques depending on the individual’s needs such as solution-focused therapy, compassion-focussed therapy and models of loss and adjustment. These psychological therapies use different approaches to help people deal with their difficulties, understand their emotions, thoughts and behaviour, make links between the past and present, develop alternative ways to cope and regain control of their lives.
Meera believes it is important to develop a safe, non-judgemental and compassionate space for people to feel able to open up and discuss the problems they face and the experiences they have been through. She takes a down to earth and dynamic approach rather than just listening, and works integratively. Within her practice, she works collaboratively with each person to help them to understand their difficulties and distress, and work with them towards the change they seek (what to expect- read more)