The Village Clinic Ltd consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced employees. Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.
Sally Albutt (nee Cook), Podiatrist
Sally qualified as a Podiatrist from The London Foot Hospital in 1991, after qualifying she covered a maternity leave post before working for East Gloucestershire trust. Sally ran clinics in the Cotswolds (Bourton-on- the-water and Stow-on-the-wold) and worked alongside the GPs at the Glebe Farm Surgery in Hatherley.
Sally began to specialise in musculoskeletal problems alongside participating in nail surgery. Sally was a lead figure in the development of the Trust Orthotic laboratory, training several technicians in the art of insole and orthotic manufacture.
In 1995 Sally bought a part-time private practice based at Badhams Chemist in Bishops Cleeve and over the following years Sally developed her practice along side her NHS role.
In 2000 Sally’s sister Lucy, a physiotherapist, joined her in the private practice and together they formed The Village Clinic. The practice became unique in the area offering both Podiatry and Physiotherapy under one roof. Due to this special partnership the practice has grown and now employs 4 Physiotherapists, 6 Podiatrists and 5 reception staff. Sally prides herself on offering quality care and advice to all her patients, whilst keeping abreast of the latest evidence based practice.
Sally’s special interests are: Musculoskeletal foot problems, Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) and nail brace technique for non surgical correction of ingrowing nails
Lucy Donnelly (nee Cook), Physiotherapist
Lucy qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Birmingham in 1995 and then enjoyed working for the NHS at Cheltenham General Hospital, Tewkesbury Hospital and St Pauls Medical Centre. She specialised in Musculoskeletal work from 1997 and has continued to enjoy helping patients to relieve their pain and get back to normal!
Whilst at the NHS, Lucy worked for a Spinal Orthopaedic Consultant, assessing patients in the spinal clinic prior to them seeing the Consultant. This enabled Lucy to gain valuable skills in assessing spinal conditions and knowledge on when they need to be referred on for further investigations. Lucy also worked with chronic pain patients, running the “fitness programme” service for these patients, as well as becoming a Hand Therapist and working in the Hand Therapy Team.
Outside of her NHS work, Lucy worked as a rugby Physiotherapist for Cheltenham Civil Service Rugby team for 5 years.
Lucy and her sister Sally, a Podiatrist, formed The Village Clinic in 2000 and it has gone from strength to strength. Lucy strives to ensure the clinic remains a valuable service to local residents. Most of our patients come to us via recommendation so we hope we have achieved this.
Lucy’s special interests are: Spinal problems using the Mckenzie approach to treatment, hand therapy, chronic pain and office ergonomics.
Emily Payne, Podiatrist
Since Emily qualified as a Podiatrist from Plymouth University in 2012 she has gained experience working in the NHS community team in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean and continues to work for Gloucestershire NHS with Musculoskeletal Specialist Interest.
Emily moved into private practice in 2014 at the Village Clinic working part-time with us at the weekends.
Emily was an amateur dancer for 14 years and has recently returned to Ballet and Tap for Fitness as well as being keen athlete through her school life; this gives her the understanding (from personal experience) of sporting injuries and what can occur in such physically demanding activities.
Emily enjoys working with all ages and conditions from corns and callus, in-growing toe nails and overuse or sporting injuries and provides individual management/treatment plans for everyone.
Georgie Prior, Podiatrist
Georgie qualified as a podiatrist from Southampton University School of Podiatry in 2006 and then went on to work for the NHS in Gwent, South Wales. Georgie was promoted to Specialist Podiatrist within her first six months, which enabled her to specialise in chosen areas involving nail surgery, tissue viability, diabetes, rheumatology and wound care.
In 2014 Georgie chose to move to private practice to enable flexibility with family and childcare. In February 2015 Georgie joined our team at The Village Clinic.
Georgie has a great interest in sport and athletics. Therefore, is currently working on her biomechanics to gain more experience to work with treating some musculoskeletal and sports related problems.
Gwen Worthington, Podiatrist
Gwen trained and qualified at Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham before moving to Gloucestershire to work for the NHS. She has worked for over 30 years as a Podiatrist and has been part of the team at the Village Clinic for more than fifteen years.
Gwen enjoys working with patients of all age groups, providing treatment for corns and callous and nail conditions.
Gwen’s interests include walking and cooking, especially cake baking.
Lynne Cawthorne, Physiotherapist
Lynne qualified as a physiotherapist from the Joint Services School of Physiotherapy at RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire in 1985. She gained experience in the first 4 years at The Royal Liverpool Teaching NHS hospital working through the various medical specialities.
She then went to work in Cyprus at the RAF and army bases for 3 years, where she gained valuable experience in treating mainly Forces orthopaedic patients and working under deadlines to get them back on duty and onto the sports fields!
She moved into private practice in 2004 when she joined our Physio team. She also works at the Winfield hospital in Gloucester, where total knee replacements and total hip replacements are among many of the post operative patients she sees. Lynne has a special interest in acupuncture and hands and is happy treating patients of all ages, with their many and varied problems.
Sally Church, Physiotherapist
Sally qualified as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists from Coventry University in 2002. She started working for the local NHS Trust in Gloucestershire, initially specialising in general outpatient problems she quickly developed a special interest in women’s health.
At Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham Hospitals Sally developed both her general physiotherapy skills, and, working closely with midwives and gynaecologists, she helped to promote their antenatal and postnatal service. Sally has recently attended an advance pelvic assessment course. As a result she is able to treat patients with pelvic pain, and conditions including vulvodynia and pudendal nerve irritation.
Since qualifying, Sally’s special interest in women’s health has led her to complete a postgraduate certificate in women’s health at Bradford University. Sally is a member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) professional network and a qualified Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI).
Sally is keen to teach women more about how their bodies work, giving appropriate advice and treatment to help them resolve their symptoms and not just accept the problems that result from pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause.
Isobel Evans, Physiotherapist
Isobel qualified as a physiotherapist from the Royal Orthopaedic School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham in 1992. She gained her junior experience at Birmingham, Warwick and Redditch NHS hospitals before moving to Cheltenham General in 1997 taking on the role as Senior physiotherapist in sports injuries and rehabilitation.
Isobel moved into private practice in 2000, gaining a wide range of experience working in private hospitals, clinics and was the Physiotherapist for Stow on the Wold rugby club for 5 years. Isobel joined our team of Physiotherapists in 2007.
Isobel enjoys treating people of all ages whether it's rehabilitation post hip replacement or after a sports injury.She has a special interest in Acupuncture, biomechanics and headaches.
Isobel treats every patient as an individual using manual treatment, exercise prescription and patient education to provide effective and personalised treatment.
Christina Whittenbury, Physiotherapist
Christina graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Northumbria in 1993. She worked at Hexham general hospital until 1995 when she gained a senior role working on the Regional Spinal Injuries Unit there. At the beginning of 1997 she moved to Sunderland Royal Hospital where, over the next 6 years, she worked in many different senior roles with a variety of neurological conditions including early and late stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis & Parkinson’s disease. She also worked with patients following amputation & falls. A promotion in 2003 led to a role managing and leading the neurological physiotherapy services whilst still seeing some outpatients with neurological problems.
A move to be nearer family in 2007 meant leaving North East England after 17 years to live in Cheltenham, working with patients in the Evesham area in the community as well as neurological outpatients. After the birth of her second son in 2009, she moved to work on the Stroke Rehabilitation Ward at Evesham Community Hospital along with working with outpatients who have neurological problems.
She started working at The Village Clinic on a part time basis in 2015, continuing with her NHS role at the same time.
She continues to be passionate about neurological physiotherapy after 20 years of working in the area and sees patients in their own home with all range of neurological conditions.