Our team

Chris Smith Kids Physio Works

Chris Smith

BSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Chris trained at Keele University and moved straight to London. Working in 4 NHS London Teaching Hospitals, gaining experience in several areas of Paediatric Physiotherapy. Chris also went on to work at NHS North East Essex PCT, Mid Essex PCT and South West Essex PCT giving him a wealth of information on local children’s services within Essex.

Chris provides lectures to Health professional groups including Physiotherapy students at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level at the University of Essex. In 2010 Chris completed his training in Therasuit and Spider Cage Therapy using the Universal Exercise Unit and brought intensive task training to Essex.

Chris is former Chair of the APCP (Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists) Private Practice Committee and has also served on the APCP National Committee as Public Relations Officer. This involved speaking nationally to Physiotherapists at the annual conference and specific presentations on rehabilitation of children post Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

Kathryn Smith

BSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Kathryn trained in Physiotherapy at Manchester University and worked for a year at Ipswich Hospital before taking a year career break to support the Tsunami clear up in Thailand. Kathryn worked at 2 London Teaching Hospitals during which time she worked in Paediatrics & Neurology at the Evelina Childrens Hospital, Guys and St Thomas Hospital. Kathryn’s experience in brain injury is used with great effect at Kids Physio Works.
Neil Webster - Kids Physio Works

Neil Webster

MSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Neil’s first university degree was Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex. Since the early stages of his degree Neil realised his passion for Physiotherapy and consequently studied for his Physiotherapy Masters Degree. Neil has a wealth of experiencing in treating children within clinical and community based environments across the Essex/London and Norfolk areas. This has helped develop his treatment and management whilst working with a variety of children who all presented with different neurological and musculoskeletal problems.

As a Physiotherapist at Kids Physio Works, Neil is passionate to continue progressing his knowledge in all areas of current and future evidence based Physiotherapy.

Kirsty Shepherd

Kirsty Shepherd

BSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Kirsty trained in Physiotherapy at Brunel University. Since qualifying she has worked as a Senior Physiotherapist at an Essex based Hospital where she completed many rotations and gained much knowledge and experience within different specialties. Kirsty went on to specialise in Paediatrics with a focus on Neurodisability at the Brainwave Centre where she further progressed her skills by assessing and treating children of all ages with many different diagnoses.

Kirsty is very keen to attend courses and lectures to keep up to date with new treatment techniques and learn new skills that she can put into practice at Kids Physio Works. Most recently Kirsty completed training in Constraint Induced Movement Therapy.

Melanie Horton

Melanie Horton

BSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Melanie studied her BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire where she qualified with a 1st class Honours degree in 2013. Since qualifying, Melanie has worked within the NHS, completing rotations to gain experience in different fields, before specialising in Adult Neurology. Although Melanie enjoyed working with adults, her passion was to always work with children and so from there then moved onto working at the Brainwave Centre, transferring her skills to Paediatric Neurology.

Melanie is very excited to be working as part of the Kids Physio Works team and is looking forward to providing children with regular intervention in order to help them to reach their full potential. She is keen to develop her skills and knowledge and is keen to carry on with her professional development.

Andy Ringer

Andy Ringer

MSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Andy completed his first degree in Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Hull in 2008. He then worked in the sports and fitness industry, coaching children in a variety of sports in the UK and also in the USA. Having realised he has a passion for physiotherapy he completed his physiotherapy masters degree at the University of Essex, which included a student placement with the Kids Physio Works team. Since graduating Andy has worked at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS trust, gaining experience in intensive care, amputee rehabilitation and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Andy is very excited to continue developing his paediatric physiotherapy knowledge, working alongside Kids Physio Works senior therapists and completing training in the latest treatment techniques.

Mariona Vidal

BSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Mariona completed her BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Barcelona and studied for her Master’s Degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy in Madrid. With large experience with children in public and private centres, Mariona decided to move to the United Kingdom to keep on learning and growing as a paediatric physiotherapist. Mariona joined our team with great desire to bring all her knowledge and experience acquired in Spain.

As one of the most recent members of Kids Physio Works, Mariona is ready to face new challenges and to put all her passion and motivation to provide the most personalised and accurate treatment on every children.

Ruth Champion

BSc PHYT
Physiotherapist

Ruth completed her BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia where she qualified with a first class honours. Ruth has always been passionate about paediatrics, volunteering in nurseries, primary schools and disability sports teams during her studies.

Ruth is always up for a challenge, having been actively involved in raising awareness for disability sports teams and charities, working with the British Wheelchair Basketball Association, This Girl Can, Whizz-Kidz and Headway, as well as getting involved in as many university sports teams and competitions as possible.

Ruth is keen to develop her knowledge, skills and interventions in paediatric physiotherapy and is excited to work with the Kids Physio Works team to help the children progress to their full potential.

Lauren Hannah Kids Physio Works

Lauren Hannah

Physiotherapy
Assistant

Lauren works as a physiotherapy assistant at Kids Physio Works. She is currently doing an Allied Health Profession apprenticeship with us. She became interested in physiotherapy while working at PARC (a play and resource centre for children with additional needs) and seeing first hand the progress children can make with physiotherapy intervention.

She is keen to progress her confidence and handling in the area and learn from the senior members of the team. Lauren would like to one day become a qualified physiotherapist herself. 

Lucy Bolton - Kids Physio Works

Lucy Bolton

Physiotherapy
Assistant

Lucy works as a physiotherapy assistant at Kids Physio Works. She has experience with working with children after spending four years in various early years settings after gaining her Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma. Lucy enjoyed working with all ages of children and watching the children learn and develop through play.
Emma Crudigngton

Emma Crudgington

Physiotherapy
Assistant

Emma works as a physiotherapy assistant at Kids Physio Works. She has experience with working with children after spending five years in various early years settings, and gaining her Health and Education Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma. Emma enjoyed working with all ages of children and watching the children learn and develop through play.