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We provide a broad range of high quality diagnostic and treatment skills for an extensive array of musculoskeletal problems, including sports and work related injuries. All Chartered Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are governed by strict rules and a professional code of conduct. Perhaps most importantly for our clients, all members of the Scorpio team regularly attend postgraduate courses in order to introduce new and up to date treatment techniques to our patients.
Chartered Physiotherapist & Registered Osteopath
Sophie qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1988 and then as a Registered Osteopath ten years later.
Her main interest has always been in sports injuries - particularly since she has been so afflicted herself. She has been forced into premature retirement from squash, badminton, marathon running and tennis: and therefore feels well qualified to treat injuries related to these sports!
Sophie brought the Graston Technique from the USA to Scorpio in 2004-5. Scorpio was only the second UK practice to offer GT: however, instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) has since become much more widespread in the UK and can now be found in a number of practices.
In 2009 Sophie trained in both Gunn IMS and the Nielsen Technique of medical acupuncture and says this modern form of deep needling has transformed her work with chronic pain. In 2009 she also introduced the Dorn Method to Scorpio.
She completed her Part 1 training in the Sarah Key method of treating back pain in 2010. In 2011-12 she trained in the PIM method of joint mobilisation and the Robbie Goodrum method of peripheral joint mobilisation and of sacroiliac joint manipulation.
Most recently she completed Modules 1 and 2 of a course in Fascial Manipulation, an Italian technique which she says has completely changed her approach to treatment.
After graduating from the University of East London, Karl initially worked in Cape Town before settling locally to work in the NHS. He entered private practice in the year 2000
With a sporting background in rugby & martial arts, his main clinical interests are sports injuries (particularly golf-related), knee problems and spinal dysfunction. He has a very 'hands-on' approach in treating his patients and uses a wide variety of specialised techniques including the Graston Technique & dry needling to help achieve his goal of longterm functional improvement for his patients.
Viv qualified as a Chartered physio at St Mary's hospital, Paddington in 1988. She has been working in private practice for nearly 30 years and worked for the NHS for 4 yrs at the beginning of her career.
Her main interests are neck and back pain, including whiplash, and lower limb problems. She has a strong interest in biomechanical sports injuries and post operative rehabilitation. Viv regularly visits the operating theatre to keep up to date with surgical procedures and consequently works closely with the Orthopaedic Consultants. As a fully qualified Pilates instructor Viv likes to use the Pilates Reformer for post operative knee rehabilitation.
Viv prefers the hands on approach to treatment using traditional deep tissue massage and spinal mobilisation techniques, plus the Graston technique for additional myofascial release. In 2014 Viv studied Western Acupuncture, which she now uses alongside manual therapy.
In 2004 Viv started her training in Pilates and is a fully qualified APPI Pilates instructor (matwork and reformer). She uses this with patients for their rehabilitation - frequently giving her patients their own personalised Pilates program to do at home.
Viv has done the FA pitch side/sports first aid certificate as she works regularly with "Sellebrity Soccer" - a charity football association. She has worked with Celebrity Charity football teams since 1995.
Jane qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist at the University of East London in 1998 and worked in the NHS for 3 years. She has been working in private practice for 12 years and has also worked alongside personal trainers in Holmes Place gym.
Jane has several main areas of special interest: Women's Health (treating urinary and bladder problems as well as injuries and discomforts associated with pregnancy); ergonomics (assessment of work station to minimise stresses on the body and the prescription of appropriate exercises); knee rehabilitation particularly following injury in sport; and lower back and sacroiliac joint pain caused by prolapsed disc or muscle spasm.
She favours a hands on approach. Her qualifications include acupuncture, deep needling, and Robbie Goodrum manipulation; and she is a keen proponent of the Graston Technique, the Sarah Key method and pilates.
Vikas holds a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. After finishing his Masters Vikas went on to gain extensive experience working with the NHS achieving the post of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist/Team leader. He later worked as lead practitioner for a Royal Air Force rehab clinic where the case load included both simple and complex trauma, sports injuries and chronic pain, and which involved high-end rehabilitation in readiness for armed action.
Currently Vikas divides his time between Scorpio Clinics and his role in the NHS which he rejoined in May 2012 as an Extended Scope Practitioner. Vikas adopts a biomechanical assessment approach to identify the root causes of injuries. He believes in hands on techniques to reduce pain in the acute stage, together with a strong emphasis on treating the underlying cause with preventative and self help exercises so that positive outcomes are maintained in the long term.
Lorraine Christine Harkness
Lorraine qualified in 2001 from Riverside College, Bacolod City in the Philippines. She returned to England that year and worked in various hospital settings specialising in Orthopaedics. She soon developed a special interest in sports medicine and sports injuries: specifically in rotational sports such as golf, polo, tennis and squash. Her focus then turned to moto-cross and motor racing (superbikes and cars). She is currently involved with the local F1 Racing team, screening and testing F1 drivers and the young drivers.
Having trained in ballet for 17 years, Lorraine specialises in movement pattern analysis, functional movement assessment and functional exercise prescription. She believes that normalisation of basic movement patterns is fundamental to improving one's ability to perform: improved physical fitness leads to improved sports performance.
She is trained in myofascial release, manipulation, Specific Soft Tissue and Connective Tissue Mobilisation, Muscle Energy Technique and sports taping. She is a certified level 3 Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional and Junior Golf Coach. (one of only two physios in the UK to have achieved both these certifications.)
In her spare time Lorraine contributes a blog to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Jo qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Southampton University in 2008. She immediately joined the NHS where she spent 2 years in acute and elective orthopaedics at Salisbury Hospital. During the following 3 years she gained experience in working across a wide field of medical conditions including ICU and musculoskeletal outpatients.
During 2012 she branched out in out into private practice work and in 2013 moved her full time career into this field. During this time she has trained in medical acupuncture, DMA clinical pilates and remedial pilates. She maintains contact with the NHS doing orthopaedic work on a regular basis to keep abreast of changes in this field.
Her varied experience gives her a holistic view on treating a wide variety of conditions and patient groups. She uses manual therapy to alleviate pain and discomfort, and then works with patients to establish management and exercise techniques.
In Spring 2015 Jo completed Levels I and II of the Sarah Key Method course and is integrating it into her treatments with great success. She is now currently turning her attention to Fascial Manipulation and will be offering this as a treatment at our Ashford clinic
Dana Bregman holds a degree in physiotherapy from Tel Aviv University (1989).
Her special area of interest lies in postural management. She combines Myofascia Release (MFR) plus deep tissue massage and joint mobilization, with education to optimize posture, increase body awareness and re-educate proprioception (the body’s sense of where it is in space).
Over the last five years, Dana has focused on on refining her touch and ‘listening skills’ which enable her to identify fascial restrictions in the body and support the fascia in unwinding. She has attended numerous CPD courses on fascia and Visceral Manipulation .
She has been successful in clearing chronic back, neck and leg pain, old standing injuries and internal scars, headaches and even persistent cramps, bladder and bowel discomfort. An hour-long treatment is gentle and relaxing, and followed by a series of specific stretches and exercises which are taught to enable improvements to be maintained.
Dana is a certified Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI)
Jess qualified as a physio at the University of Nottingham in 2010 and has worked in the NHS for 7 years. She has also worked in private practices and alongside local sports teams.
Jess has a keen interest in neurological conditions which she first developed as a junior physio working within an acute hospital. Since then she has continued her post graduate training and has attended various courses, including the Basic Bobath Assessment and Treatment Concept, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Functional Electrical Stimulation and Saebo® UK Certification Course.
Jess continues to work in the NHS and private practice as a senior neurological physiotherapist. She currently works on a stroke rehab unit, as well as seeing outpatients with various neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, Guillain Barre, motor neuro disease, vestibular problems, cerebral palsy and other non specific neurological conditions.
Lucy originally qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa and worked for many years in industry, until she discovered the power of hands-on manual therapy. She first studied Shiatsu, a Japanese form of acupressure, over a period of 3 yrs at the European School of Shiatsu. She consolidated this knowledge by qualifying as an Osteopath from the British School of Osteopathy.
Lucy favours a structural osteopathic approach using key osteopathic techniques including manipulation, mobilisation, Muscle Energy Techniques and Positional Release.
Katie qualified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (LSATCM) in 1997 and 1998 respectively. She practises from clinics in Chiswick and Virginia Water and although she practises mainly as a 'generalist', she has a special interest in treating infertility, pregnancy and women's health as well as musculo-skeletal problems, digestive and skin problems. She regularly attends post-graduate seminars and has observed in Chinese Medicine hospitals in Hangzhou.
She is a senior lecturer and Clinical supervisor of students on the undergraduate degree program in Acupuncture at Westminster University.
She recently participated in the Department's research project on developing Chinese medicine treatment protocols for menopausal symptoms under Dr Volker Scheid, funded by the department of health.
Katie can be contacted on email@example.com or 07957 281873.
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist
Mateusz qualified in Sports and Remedial Massage in January 2007 and has been practising massage since 2006. He started work as a therapist in The London Fight Factory (a club with international level competitors) whilst still studying. During that time he was working with athletes (kick, thai-boxers, judo, wrestling and jiu-jitsu fighters) as well as non athletes.
In January 2008 Mateusz started work with Crystal Palace Football Club as the first team massage therapist. This multi-disciplinary professional environment allowed him to experience the latest trends in manual therapy, health and fitness. He has worked in football since then, moving to QPR FC in 2012.
Mateusz constantly strives to get more qualifications by participating in courses and seminars. He has studied fascial manipulation, deep tissue, thai massage as well as a few other different approaches to bodywork.
As a competing martial and extreme sports practitioner he understands many aches and pains which are troubling to anybody who exercises or uses his/her body to the maximum; but he also is very familiar with treating office workers and administrators.
Julia first trained in Exercise to Music with the YMCA in 1997. She went on to qualify as a Pilates Instructor in 2001 with the Pilates Institute, and recently underwent further training with the Pilates Foundation.
Before becoming qualified to teach Pilates, Julia had been attending regular matwork classes. Having come from a fitness background, she quickly realised the benefit of doing Pilates: she found it immensely helpful for balancing the muscles of the body, for flexibility and of course for improving core stability.
Julia joined our team in July 2005, and enjoys seeing clients improving their health and body awareness under her care.
Tanya moved from Edinburgh to London to pursue a dance career which was cut short by knee and lower back injuries. Having loved movement based exercise and particularly teaching it, she became fascinated by the Pilates technique and how wonderful it made her body feel. She realised that this was "the next best thing to dance teaching" and decided to train through the Pilates Foundation to become a machine and matwork teacher.
In 2002 Tanya studied at one of the top London teacher training schools, Pilates Off The Square.
Over the years Tanya has particularly enjoyed working with people with lower back and knee injuries. Having gone through the experience herself, she feels she can empathise with fellow-sufferers and knows instinctively which exercises are most appropriate for them. She loves helping people to recover and relishes the challenges Scorpio throws at her. She says it is a constant learning curve and enjoys the superb results that Pilates has produced in most of our clients.
Monica first came to London from Australia to study classical Ballet. Following her career as a professional ballet dancer, in the late 1980's, she became interested in dance aerobics and body conditioning techniques while working as a Make-up Artist for BBC TV. After 12 years in film and television she returned to Australia to pursue a full-time career in holistic exercise which included working with Precinct Physiotherapy and Therapia Physiotherapy in Adelaide, South Australia - a relationship that has spanned more than 25 years.
An holistic approach to exercise became her primary focus during the mid-nineties when she achieved a Certificate in Shiatsu which then inspired the creation of The ChiBall Method.
During the following years Monica also studied Yoga, Tai Chi, QiGong, Clinical Pilates, Feldenkrais Method, Meditation and Relaxation techniques and Franklin Method. Clinical Pilates with an holistic emphasis was originally inspired by Kylie and Jane Brammy of Therapia Physiotherapy in Adelaide and continues today at Scorpio.
Patient well-being is Monica's number one priority. Her emphasis is helping patients to recover from pain or injury, using a variety of approaches.
Christine joined Scorpio as our Practice Manager in 2004. She is responsible for the daily running and management of our four clinics, including overseeing liaison between accounts, health insurance and patients.
Her background in banking and customer services ensures that everything runs smoothly and efficiently, leaving the therapists to focus their full concentration on treating our patients.
jHours of business
Egham Sports Centre
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 7.00pm
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 8pm
Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday emergencies – please call 01344 845801
Monday - Fordbridge 8am - 6pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - Studholme 1pm - 6pm
Thursday - Fordbridge 8am - 1pm
Friday - Studholme 8am - 1pm
Monday 9am - 1.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 11.30am
Emergencies can usually be seen at Virginia Water. Please call 01344 845801
How much will it cost?
Each session is charged at £47.00, whether it is the initial assessment / treatment session or a follow-up treatment, with pilates by arrangement. Find out more about private medical insurance cover...
The Graston Technique
Ease away knotted tissue and restore natural movement
Activate your body
Gunn (IMS) Technique and traditional Chinese acupuncture
Digital analysis of
Sarah Key Method
Pressure change therapy