Susie Wolstenholme BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc

Associate Neurological Physiotherapist

Susie qualified from the University of Southampton in 2004 and has been working for over 15 years as a Chartered Physiotherapist in a range of neurological and major trauma settings in the South West and central London. Susie joined the Plymouth Neurophysio team as an Associate Physio in 2016.

Susie began specilaising in neurology in 2006 and worked in acute and rehabilitation neurosurgery, neurology and stroke settings in Plymouth for many years. Whilst working full time she completed a Masters Degree in Neurological Rehabilitation in 2010 from the University of Plymouth. Her research project investigated the use of localised cooling in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Spasticity and splinting being a special interest throughout her career, working on research with this patient group was fascinating.

Following completion of her studies, Susie moved to Imperial College NHS Trust, London to further progress her career in neurosurgery and major trauma. She became the Major Trauma Therapy Lead in 2014 in London’s busiest Major Trauma Centre. Her passion for spinal cord injury and brain injury continued, however, broadened to include working with people with complex musculoskeletal and chest injuries. Susie had the opportunity to work closely with a neurologist in post head injury dizziness and balance and has further developed an interest in vestibular impairment.

During this time she completed Bridges training and developed her skills in patient focused, self-management strategies; believing that small steps are the way to proceed and no individuals aims should be discounted.

Susie returned to the South West in 2016 to get married and continues to work in acute neurosurgery. Through this role and previous, she is highly experienced in respiratory and tracheostomy management in those with neurological injury or disease, as well as spinal bracing.

Susie has completed Bobath training and Australian Modified Pilates (APPI) matwork Level 1. and combines these skills to optimise peoples abililty to carry out the activities that they feel are important. Susie aims to push the boundaries in a fun and creative way to enable them to achieve this.

As a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) Susie continues to develop her knowledge in up to date research and treatment options.