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The Team

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Introducing the WDC Better Health team

You’ll be in good hands with us at W.D.C. Our top priority is to keep you well.

Get to know us better by clicking on the names below to see who will be looking after you, whether it be on the phone, in our reception, treatment rooms or Pilates studio:

bobby-palmer

Bobby

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I started my career working part time in Matalan and quickly grew to love the interaction and pace of retail. I became a manager at the age of 18 and moved around store to store. I was promoted to Deputy Manager in Lakeside and was with Matalan for 13 years.

I found that I enjoyed developing and helping other through out my career and this was cemented when I was head hunted and moved to Disney Store in lakeside. During this time I met my long suffering partner Lillie and had our beautiful cheeky monkey Delilah who both are my world. Sadly after 6 years with Disney the magic ran out and the store was closed. As the saying goes when one door closes another opens and WDC was that door for me. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you have a better quality of life through the work the excellent team here deliver.

Favourite place in the world: Reading bedtime stories with my daughter Delilah

Favourite food: Sausages any kind most varied food in the world in my

Where do you like to go on Holiday?: Anywhere with good food, sun and a pool

Favourite TV show: Mandalorian hands down

Favourite Film: Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films but very closely followed by anything Marvel

Favourite Book: The millennium Trilogy (girl with a dragon tattoo etc…) but enjoy reading anything with a twist

What sports do you like to do?: Football and pub games mainly such as darts

Sports you like to watch: I’m a big Manchester United fan but I enjoy watching all sports except snooker as that is not a game you watch just play

Hobbies: I enjoy bike riding with my daughter, watching TV/Gaming and socialising with friends

What do you like to do in your spare time?: I have a child there is never spare time

Wendy

Wendy

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W.D.C. was founded by Wendy in September 2006. Wendy has worked in both public and private sectors. Within the NHS Wendy worked as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and as an Extended Scope Practitioner Physiotherapist working as part of an Orthopaedic Consultant’s team specialising in Shoulder Pain.

Wendy has treated royalty for Shoulder pain through referrals from her close links with a top Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon. More recently Wendy has been the sole choice physiotherapist for all Essex based referrals from London Shoulder surgeon Mr. Matthew Sala.

Wendy worked within National level Rugby Union as the Head Physiotherapist for Southend Rugby Football Club. Wendy led the medical service at the club for 11 years working with players who achieved county honours and representative honours for various countries such as England, Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. Wendy resigned from her position as Head Physiotherapist at Southend RFC in June 2011 to open WDC.

Favourite place in the world: Home with my family

Favourite Food: Salmon Risotto

Where do you like to go holiday: Anywhere hot

Favourite TV show: Strictly Come Dancing

Favourite film: The Blind Side, The Polar Express

Favourite book: Any Harry Potter

What sports you like to do?: Dancing (I know it’s not a true sport. I used to be a gymnast)

Sports you like to watch: Rugby Union, Athletics, Gymnastics, F1

Hobbies: Doing arts and crafts with my daughter

What you like to do in your spare time: Catching up with friends and family

Qualifications: MSc Physiotherapy, BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy

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Kevin

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Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

I’m Kevin, one of the more experienced members of staff at WDC having had 25 years of working as a physiotherapist mostly within the NHS – my main speciality over the last 15 years has been paediatrics as I love working with children.

I have also had some experience working with various sports teams such as England Hockey, Gillingham football club and Thurrock County Netball team and I was also lucky enough to work as a physiotherapist at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

I am very much looking forward to working with various clients at WDC, this is a big jump out of my comfort zone but I am looking forward to the challenge.

Favourite place in the world- Definitely Cornwall – its the place where I can feel calm and relaxed and enjoy both countryside and the beautiful coastline

Favourite Food- I like homely foods my favourite being a classic stew and dumplings

Where do you like to go on holiday- I tend to holiday in the UK as we have a caravan that I tow – we go to Cornwall each year but want to travel more – we are planning more trips this year including one to South Wales.

Favourite TV show- SAS who dares wins is a favourite of mine I learn so much from it both physically and mentally, not sure I’d like to go on it but never say never.

Favourite Film- I’m a bit of a petrol head at heart so favourite film would be the Fast and the Furious

Favourite Book- The Fear Bubble by Ant Middleton – this book literally changed my life!

What sports you like to do- Sporting wise I’ve been a keen cyclist for years but a recent wrist injury that has put pay to that for now! I’m getting into the gym and want to try bouldering / climbing

Sports you like to watch- I love watching cycling on the road and the track – I’m fascinated by the tactics of it! For 3 weeks in July all I talk about is the Tour!

Hobbies- I don’t have particular hobbies as such as my little boy takes up much of my time! I love listening to music and have recently got into listening to podcasts too. I do also enjoy a good book at bed time!

What you like to do in your spare time- Most of my spare time is taken up of spending time with my little boy but I do work with my wife teaching and performing various circus skills

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Elisabeth

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Beth is fast becoming a firm favourite with all the clients at clinic so be sure to get in quick if you want to see Beth.

Beth graduated from Brunel University in London with a degree in Physiotherapy. She started her career at Charing Cross Hospital in London, then moved on to specialise in Orthopaedics, Hydrotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at King Edward VII (our very own Queen of England Elizabeth II goes here as her go to hospital, funny how our own Elisabeth (Beth) has the same name as HRH the Queen).

Before joining the WDC family Beth worked as a Senior Physiotherapist at Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford where she added Paediatrics (treating children) to her speciality.

Beth has completed courses in Acupuncture, APPI Pilates (including kids and teens), Taping, Paediatrics and Strength and Conditioning.

Favourite place in the world: The Lake District – one of my favourite memories is there

Favourite food: Thai green curry

Where do you like to go on holiday?: Anywhere and everywhere. I love to travel and try never to go to the same place twice

Favourite TV show: Currently Taskmaster, but I was a die hard Friends fan back in the day

Favourite film: I can’t choose just one, but my favourite chick flick is Clueless, and my favourite ‘serious’ film in Shawshank Redemption

Favourite book: I’m mildly obsessed with Harry Potter

What sports do you like to do?: I love swimming, and occasionally attempt running

Sports you like to watch: I am regularly forced to endure Spurs matches…but I would prefer to watch athletics or gymnastics

Hobbies: Yoga, swimming, house renovations and reading

What do you like to do in your spare time?: Any spare time I get is spent with my great family and friends!

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

 

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Veronica

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Sports Therapist

Since I was in secondary school I was always interested in Biology and Pe. I chose to do Sports Therapy at University because it tied the two together and it also allows me to turn my passion into helping people too, which is something I have always liked to do. I am currently not doing any sports but I would love to continue Athletics and get back into the gym.

I have treated all the joints of the body, but the joint I enjoy treating the most is the back and elbow but I like to keep my mind open with all injuries.

Favourite place in the world: My home country Portugal

Favourite Food: This mostly depends on my mood

Where do you like to go on holiday: Portugal of course but I do want to explore more countries

Favourite TV show: My current favourite is The Walking Dead

Favourite Film: Anything Marvel or Disney films. But I could watch Marley and Me a million times.

Favourite book: The Secret is quite a good book.

What sports you like to do: Triple jump and 100m x 4 Relays

Sports you like to watch: Athletics

Hobbies: I’d like to get back into athletics

What you like to do in your spare time: Watching dog videos on Facebook and spend time with friends and family

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Jack

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Sports Therapist

I love science – always have and always will. I love the investigation, the numbers and the revelations; I was fascinated by the human body as a child and how it functioned from the inside. It was inevitable that I was going to study it in-depth.

From a young age, sport had been a major impact on my life and it’s because of my parents that I’ve learnt how to win humbly and lose gracefully. In my early teens, I wanted to become a professional Badminton player however it wasn’t meant to be so, I had a decision to make – do I choose refereeing, coaching or something slightly different?

My decision was made when my Mum suffered a debilitating injury to her hip and I went along to her second treatment session – there they were again, those numbers, the investigations and revelations – incredibly fortuitous for me, not so much for Mum at the time.

With my work over the past few years, I’ve become very intrigued and successful at treating injuries to the neck and shoulders not because they’re common but because they are tricky and complex – I do love a challenge!

Outside of work I practice Judo – an Olympic Japanese martial art. I also enjoy finding new recipes to experiment with, exploring different places, and a wide range of music, comedy and film.

Favourite place in the world? To date, Berlin – an amazing city!

Favourite food? Eggs

Where do you like to go on holiday? Just somewhere new and interesting, I like to learn about different areas and societies.

Favourite TV show? Agents of SHIELD

Favourite film? Too many to decide; I Am Legend, The Book of Eli, any MCU film… I could go on!

Favourite book? Anything human body or anatomy (I tend not to read fiction)

What sports do you like to do? Judo, Badminton, Cycling

Sports you like to watch? Judo, Rugby Union, Olympics, Wimbledon

Hobbies? Judo, Cooking and Quizzing

What do you like to do in your spare time? When I’m not working, I’m either sleeping, eating or training; I enjoy watching quiz shows when I get home from work and a quiet drink at the weekends

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Claire

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Physiotherapist

Hi my name is Claire and I’m one of the Physiotherapists at WDC. I was born and raised in Southend on sea. I was a very clumsy child with multiple broken bones and injuries, my family often joke I spent most of my childhood in a&e… maybe that is why I became a Physiotherapist. On that note, I really can empathise and understand what it is like to be in
the patient’s shoes.

I love helping people reach their goals, whether that be an elderly person wanting to function well with daily tasks, or a sedentary person wanting to become more active and moving better, and everything in between. I love driving home at the end of a busy week in the clinic and being able to stop and think about all the people I have helped that week through my job, it is so rewarding. I find learning about the body fascinating and I love that as a Physio, you never stop learning – I will never get bored of Physiotherapy!

Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending quality time with my family & friends. Also attending fitness classes at the gym, playing basketball with my other half and equally we love binge-watching a good series on the sofa! Side note: I love animals and cats are my favourite!

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Yasmine

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Sports Therapist

My commitment to education, health and fitness drove me to choose sports therapy as a career. I get a lot of pleasure in helping people return injury-free to the sport or active lifestyle that they love.

I’m someone who loves to continuously learn and develop; so that I can provide the best advice and rehabilitation treatment to all my clients. The team at WDC Physiotherapy continuously motivates all therapists to progress and develop on a professional level as well as an individual.

I consider the most effective element of a successful treatment programme is the relationship between the therapist and client, as without this progression is much slower. As a therapist at WDC physio, I believe that treating each individual with a client-centered approach, ensures their rehabilitation is specific to their needs and goals which pushes them to develop in all elements of their lifestyle.

I like to keep myself active and trying new things whenever I get the chance to in my spare time. From doing pole fitness to paddleboarding and swimming. Exploring new areas and going out with my friends and family is something I love to do in my downtime.

Favourite place in the world – Miami beach

Favourite Food – lasagna has to have a crispy top

Where do you like to go on holiday – Somewhere that has a sandy beach

Favourite TV show – Stranger things

Favourite Film – Harry Potter

What sports you like to do – pole fitness, swimming and gym

Sports you like to watch – Rugby

Hobbies – paddle boarding, pole fitness

What you like to do in your spare time – love travelling to new places with friends and family My commitment to education, health and fitness drove me to choose sports therapy as a career. I get a lot of pleasure in helping people return injury-free to the sport or active lifestyle that they love.

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Dawn

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Front of House

I am originally from Surrey, I moved to Southend as I have always felt drawn to the sea when I need to relax, and what could be better than living in a place that makes you feel rejuvenated.

I have always been in a customer/client facing role and I saw the opportunity to work with a highly recommended Clinic, I jumped at the chance to apply, everything seemed to fall into place.

In my spare time I love to learn, this is everything from musical instruments, photography, to Sign Language (which is currently on my list to start).

I’m always happy to help whenever and wherever I can, so if you ever need someone to help with random requests I am always up for a challenge.

Favourite place in the world: Mexico.

Favourite Food: Mine is Christmas Dinner, I would eat it all year round

Where do you like to go on holiday: I love diversity so somewhere with an interesting history but also a place to relax

Favourite TV show: Supernatural

Favourite Film: Drop dead Fred

Favourite book: Many Lives, Many Masters – Dr Brian Weiss

What sports you like to do: I love Swimming and will be trying Wild Swimming (soon-ish).

Sports you like to watch: I enjoy watching VolleyBall and Diving

Hobbies: Learning Saxophone and Guitar, also Photography.

What you like to do in your spare time: Reading, Art + Crafts, Hiking, spending time with my family.

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Tom

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Front Desk

Hello, my name is Tom! My role at WDC Physiotherapy is front desk which means I’m here to welcome you on arrival and help with any bookings you will have with my fantastic team of therapists you will be seeing.

This position allows me to get to know you all when you come in which is good because I love a chat! I look forward to seeing you all at the clinic.

Favourite place in the world
Anywhere with my wife & kids.

Favourite Food
Spaghetti Bolognese & Steak not necessarily at the same time, but if it was to come together it wouldn’t be refused.

Where do you like to go on holiday
Not been many places but top of my list is Florida & New Zealand.

Favourite TV show
V, The Mandalorian, Clone Wars & Band Of Brothers.

Favourite Film
V for Vendetta & Step Brothers, but the Best Films I’ve ever seen is One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest & 12 Angry Men.

Favourite book
Dark Empire, The Thrawn Trilogy, Hush, Watchmen & V For Vendetta

What sports you like to do
Football, Rugby, Hockey (would prefer to play Ice Hockey, but can’t Ice Skate)

Sports you like to watch
Football, Rugby, Ice Hockey Wrestling

Hobbies
Writing & Drawing, fixing the kids toys

What you like to do in your spare time
Watch films, write stories, Draw & play Xbox

Sarah-seiffert

Sarah

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Booking Agent and Marketing Manager

Hi, I’m Sarah, and I’m the Booking Agent and Marketing Manager here at WDC Physiotherapy. Most of you will recognise me pretty easily, because I’m the one with blue hair.

What you might not know about me, is that I originally came to WDC as a client, during the lockdown. I had injured my ankle badly at ballet class some time before, and decided that I really needed to get it sorted out. My therapy sessions went so well and the staff were so friendly that when I heard of a position opening up, I put in my CV and was lucky enough to get the job.

Outside of work I like to keep busy. I do Yoga, Pilates and Ballet classes, and I’m part of the Players Theatre Company, performing in two shows a year, the most recent of which was “Elf the Musical”at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff. I play the cello, sing and belong to a couple of traditional Irish Folk Music groups.

Favourite place in the world – Ireland

Favourite Food – Anything spicy

Where do you like to go on holiday – Anywhere full of ancient history and archaeology

Favourite TV show – Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Game of Thrones

Favourite Film – Labyrinth

Favourite book – Dracula

What sports you like to do – Does Ballet count as a sport? Badminton

Sports you like to watch – Boxing, Football, Cricket, Darts, Snooker

Hobbies – Ballet, Sewing, Listening to Alternative music, Listening to Classical Music, Playing the Cello, Amateur Dramatics, Open Water Swimming, Pilates, Yoga

What you like to do in your spare time – Meet up with friends, going to Gigs

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Jean

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Favourite place in the world: Anywhere by the sea

Favourite Food: Italian

Where do you like to go holiday: Anywhere in the UK

Favourite TV show: Holby City & Casualty

Favourite film: The Blind Side

Favourite book: Anything by Barbara Erskine

What sports you like to do?: Bowls and the rest I’m too old for haha

Sports you like to watch: Gymnastics, Athletics, Rugby Union, Snooker and Bowls

Hobbies: Gardening, walking (generally any exercise)

What you like to do in your spare time: Gardening, magazine quizzes, knitting, cross-stitch