Say hello to the Optimal Team

Our aim is to improve the health and well being of our clients. We are passionate about healthy living and getting people active, keeping their independence, and helping them get back to following their passion and doing the sport and activities they love with the people they love without medication or the need for surgery. We understand the frustration of being injured, or in pain and how that niggle/injury impacts on your quality of life by making you worried and fearful about different activities.

At Optimal Physio we provide only the highest level of treatment designed specifically for you. Our approach helps you to stop taking pain relief, stop worrying about your pain and get you back to the activities you love.  We then focus on injury prevention and show you how to get healthy and stay healthy. We spend time with you to help you understand why you have your pain, why it’s not resolved with rest and we will explain your diagnosis and treatment plan fully in a way that is easy to understand. 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. Treatments may include a variety of techniques ranging from advice, exercise, mobilisation, manipulation, massage, soft tissue release or acupuncture.

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

Kartikee Shiradker

Physiotherapist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPTh), MCSP, HCPC. 

Experience

After graduating in 2013, Kartikee has worked as a physiotherapist in private clinical set-up before joining MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She has also worked with amateur gymnastics clubs, football teams and within a tennis academy to pursue her passion towards working in sports injuries.

Area of expertise

Kartikee has a keen interest in helping individuals to overcome their pain and injuries to live their active lifestyle by using evidence based treatments and exercise protocols. She has been treating various injuries related to recreational or professional athletes of all ages. She also has a keen interest in the field of injury prevention, to allow people to minimise the time away from activity and prevent reoccurrence.

Fun Fact

Kartikee has represented India in Aerobic Gymnastics at World and Asian levels. She also loves assisting in gymnastics coaching.

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.

Pamela Couper

Head Physiotherapist - Largs

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP.

Experience

I worked initially in the NHS in Edinburgh after graduating in 2002 from Queen Margaret University. I soon specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Pamela has worked in Private Practice and Sports Physiotherapy since 2008 in clinics in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  I am now our Lead Physiotherapist at Optimal Physio, Largs.

Area of expertise

The best part of my job is assisting your return to activity after pain or injury.  I use manual therapy and tailored exercises to ensure you achieve this. I have worked with clients from many backgrounds including sports, orthopaedic conditions, long-term conditions and spinal pain.  Steven and I worked together in Edinburgh very early in our careers and we share a passion for physiotherapy and providing quality evidence-based treatment.

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. Steven has a keen interest in nutrition to support recovery and has completed Sports nutrition modules as part of his undergraduate degree as well as a post graduate diploma. In 2018 he was recognised as ‘Quality Approved Practitioner” by Physio First (the association of private practice physiotherapists in the UK),

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.