Say hello to the Optimal Physios

At Optimal Physio we provide only the highest level of treatment designed specifically for you. Our approach combines physiotherapy, sport science, prevention and cure to help you get healthy and stay healthy. We help you understand why you have your pain and will explain your diagnosis and treatment plan fully. Any questions just ask!

We strive to develop our skills everyday and undertake ongoing training and development modules to allow us to do so. That’s why we’re specialists in sports injuries and spinal pain. Physio treatments may include a variety of techniques ranging from advice, exercise, mobilisation, manipulation, massage, soft tissue release or acupuncture.  All our physiotherapists have specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Find out more about our Physio’s areas of expertise below.

Andrew Cunningham

Physiotherapist Newton Mearns Clinic

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP.

Andy works evenings and weekends at our Newton Mearns Clinic while continuing to work as a paediatric physiotherapist in the NHS.

Experience

Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with a 1st class honors degree, Andrew initially worked within private practice and professional sport before joining the NHS to fulfill his ambition of working with neurological paediatric patients in 2016.

He continues to maintain his skills within elite sport working with Scottish Hockey’s Seniors Women Squad; having previously supported elite youth squads in both football and hockey and is passionate that the same care is taken with the rehabilitation of both elite and amateur athletes.

Area of Expertise

Andrew’s work with children has developed a special interest in the effects of age on healing. Whether you are a child, mild-aged or elderly your age plays a role in your body’s ability to repair and recover. Within the practice he utilises the latest scientific evidence to ensure all treatment and rehabilitation techniques provide the optimal outcome for you in both the short and long term.

Fun Fact

Andrew enjoys competing in amateur football and road cycling.

Grant Muir

Physiotherapist

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. MCSP

Experience

Grant works on Saturdays at our Largs clinic.  Grant graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2015 and has worked privately and within the NHS since this time.  He has significant experience in professional sporting environments, such as football, hockey and running at international level, providing both pitch-side treatment and longer term injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Expertise

Grant has a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries and emerging treatments.  He creates personalised treatment programmes that take into account the psychological aspects of recovering from injury. Programmes are personalised and flexible; allowing you as a patient to gain maximum benefit without compromising your lifestyle.

Fun fact

Grant is an international level runner

Claire Balloch

Physiotherapist

Qualifications

Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy and MCSP. Level 3 Diploma Sports Massage

Experience

Claire qualified with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2015. Since, she has been working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with AXA PPP Healthcare. This has developed her clinical reasoning, by subjectively assessing multiple musculoskeletal conditions and providing treatment plans.  At the same time, she has been working with Partick Thistle FC youth academy working with all age groups. This has allowed her to gather extensive knowledge in treating acute injuries and taking athletes through their rehab allowing return to play.

Expertise

With a sporting background herself, Claire is passionate about an optimum recovery from sporting injuries, ultimately rehabbing any individual back to full fitness. Claire is building a wealth of experience on musculoskeletal conditions by attending courses including sports massage, sports injury taping, explain pain and has completed the first part of the society of musculoskeletal medicine course – cervical spine and upper limb. She is currently undertaking a diploma in football medicine.

Fun Fact

Claire has represented Great Britain as a gymnast in Europe

Andrew Brown – Specialist Podiatrist

Biomechanics and Podiatry Specialist

Qualifications

MSc Podiatry, BSc Podiatry, MChS

Additionally Andrew is qualified in the use of local anaesthetics, steroid injection therapy and acupuncture.

Experience

Andrew qualified as a podiatrist in 2002 and has worked within the NHS as a biomechanics specialist since 2004 and more recently in an Extended Scope role in Orthopaedics.  Andrew has worked in Private Practice for a number of years and was recently one of the Podiatrists at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Area of Expertise

With over 10 years experience working in biomechanics, Andrew is passionate about helping people return to activity following injury or surgery. Podiatry provides a crucial role rehabilitation of injury and improving lower limb function using a variety of methods such as exercises, footwear and orthotics.

Fun Fact

Fun fact: Before qualifying as a podiatrist, Andrew used to be a chef with the Hilton Group.

Rachel Burns

Physiotherapist (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Sports Medicine. MSc Physiotherapy. MCSP.

Experience

Senior physiotherapist with 8 years clinical experience within NHS and over 2 years experience in private practice.  Senior Physiotherapist at Hairmyers Hospital since 2013 and also experienced in providing Occupational Health Physiotherapy services.

Area of Expertise

Rachel joined the team in January 2016 and is an experienced sports injuries physiotherapist and also the Club Physiotherapist for Whitecraigs Rugby Football Club. She is an Accredited Clinical Educator and is also able to offer acupuncture treatment alongside her manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription.

Fun fact

Rachel has competed in several Amateur Boxing competitions and won the Scottish University Boxing Championships!! Knock out!

 

Pamela Couper

Head Physiotherapist - Largs

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP.

Experience

Pamela worked initially in the NHS, after graduating in 2002 in Edinburgh, specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Pamela has worked in Private Practice and Sports Physiotherapy since 2008. Pamela is our Head Physiotherapist in our clinic at Largs Yacht Haven.

Area of expertise

Pamela uses a lot of manual techniques in treatments and has a keen interest in rehabilitation. She is a qualified Pilates instructor and often incorporates Pilates into her treatments. Pamela also teaches modified Pilates classes, including classes for the ante and post natal period. Pamela and Steven worked together in Edinburgh early in their careers and both share a passion for physiotherapy and providing quality evidence-based treatment.

Fun fact

Pamela manages to teach pilates to professional rugby players!

Steven McLean

Head Physiotherapist - Newton Mearns

Qualifications

BSc. (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science & Masters in Physiotherapy. Member of CSP and PhysioFirst.

Experience

Over 7 years in the NHS experience as a senior physio before moving into private practice in 2010. Qualified Fitness instructor. Steven has a keen interest in conditioning and preparation for sport and has has helped elite boxers, footballers, gymnasts, runners and karate professionals to achieve optimal performance levels.

Area of expertise

Steven specialises in sports injuries, end stage rehabilitation, lower limb injuries and low back pain.

Fun fact

Steven is a former FIFA International Referee and refereed the Scottish Cup Final in 2016.

Graeme Lusk

Upper Limb / Shoulder Specialist

Qualifications

Bsc Hons Anatomy & MSc Physiotherapy. MCSP.

Experience

Graeme qualified in 2006 and has since worked in NHS hospitals and health centres throughout Glasgow. He has also been working in private practice since 2011.

Specialisation

Graeme has a broad range of physiotherapy interests encompassing all aspects of musculoskeletal pain and disability. He takes a person-centred approach and believes strongly in creating a treatment program that is unique, and tailored to each individual. He has a special interest in hand and upper limb conditions particularly shoulder pain and previously worked within the upper limb Orthopaedic clinic at the New Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. He currently works at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in Glasgow.

Fun fact

Graeme likes to brew his own beer at home and also designed and built his own shed, but not at the same time!

Russell Parker

Physiotherapist

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and MCSP. Level 3 Diploma Sports Massage.

Experience

Russell qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy and has since started a career in the NHS. Russell’s experience and knowledge of musculoskeletal physiotherapy stems from working within the elite sporting environment at Rangers Football Club treating a wide variety of conditions and sports injuries.  Russell’s experience with young athletes within professional sport ensures we have the right experience on our team to assist any budding athlete.

Area of expertise

Russell specialises in sports injuries and functional movement screening. From working with elite athletes Russell has developed his clinical reasoning skills and gained invaluable knowledge and experience in injury prevention, acute injury management and effective end stage rehabilitation. Russell has a passion for providing quality evidence-based treatment to achieve the best recovery and optimal performance levels with a particular interest in the adolescent athlete. Russell is based at our Newton Mearns clinic on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Fun fact

Russell climbed Kilimanjaro raising £3000 for the charity group CLIC Sargent UK and used to play for Queen of the South FC.