Owen Downes

Director

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Owen is from Galway in the west of Ireland and has 15 years of physiotherapy experience. This varies from international rugby, professional football and treating the huge variety of conditions seen in private practice.

Prior to opening ProMOTION Physiotherapy, Owen practiced for 11 years at Taylor Physiotherapy in Edinburgh. In addition to working in the clinic he is Clinical Lead for the Scottish Rugby Union U17 squad and has consultancy physiotherapy roles with the Scottish Football Association and Edinburgh College.

Owen has a Masters in Physiotherapy and a Degree in Sports Rehabilitation. He endeavours to extend his experience with elite athletes to all patients within the custom designed rehabilitation space at ProMOTION Physiotherapy.

Lisa Downes

Director

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

APPI trained Pilates Instructor

Lisa has been working as a Physiotherapist since 2005. Prior to this her background was in Sport, an elite runner she represented Great Britain at Junior World Orienteering Championships and Senior European Orienteering Competitions. She has worked both privately and in the NHS with her most recent role being an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist. In this role she was one of the lead physiotherapists for low back pain in NHS Lothian and worked alongside Consultant Neurosurgeons.

Lisa is passionate about helping people recover from injury and rehabilitating them to their full potential. She has a Degree in Physiology and Sports Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy.

Callum Scott

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

APPI trained Pilates Instructor

Callum qualified from Robert Gordon’s University in 2011. Over the years, he has been involved in many sports teams, which include football, rugby and volleyball. As a skilled coach, as well as physiotherapist, he has experience with senior and youth teams.

His vast knowledge of sports rehabilitation underpins his excellent assessment and patient management skills. He is an adaptable clinician and uses the skills he has developed in manual therapy, exercise prescription, acupuncture and Pilates. He also works as a senior musculoskeletal specialist physiotherapist in NHS Fife.

Claire Dunlop

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

APPI trained Pilates Instructor

Claire has been a qualified physiotherapist for over 20 years and has specialised in musculoskeletal conditions. She works in the NHS and combines some private practice. She has trained in the APPI method of Pilates and recognises the benefits of practising Pilates for a wide range of clients, with a variety of underlying conditions. She acknowledges the importance of the comprehensive approach to Pilates and enjoys teaching a variety of clients of all ages and abilities. Her main interests include running, tennis and more recently Triathlon training.

Kaylan O’Meara

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

APPI trained Pilates Instructor

Kaylan is originally from Toronto, Canada. She ventured across the pond to Edinburgh 3.5 years ago to work as a private practice physiotherapist and explore Europe. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology and Psychology and a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Kaylan has always been passionate about her role in rehabilitation, but it wasn't until her move to Edinburgh that she first tried Pilates and experienced the benefits it provided first-hand. She believes that Pilates targets many common areas of weakness that inevitably lead to injury. This inspired her to complete the APPI training as a Pilates instructor in 2016 and she has been enjoying sharing its positive impact with her classes ever since.

Nicole Palmer

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Nicole graduated in 2015 from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and has qualifications in Sports Massage. She has worked with Scottish Rugby and currently works with the Scottish Football Association Referees. She has worked for the NHS since qualifying, gaining experience in Ortho Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Outpatients. She has a passion for individualised rehabilitation and has skills in behaviour change and motivational interviewing, placing the client at the centre of their care.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys hill walks having taking up ‘bagging Munro’s’ in 2019, running 5 to 10K’s and exploring Edinburgh and the Lothians on her bike!

Vanessa Puzzuoli

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Vanessa graduated in 2018 from Queen Margaret University with a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelors Degree in Athletic Therapy and Training in Dublin City University. Over the years, she has been involved in many sports including Gaelic Football, Rugby and Hockey. She also completed an internship at Stanford University in California where she had the opportunity to work with volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics. She is passionate about helping people recover from injury and has a keen interest in sport specific rehabilitation. Vanessa also works as a Senior Physiotherapist in NHS Lothian.

Marta Roze

Massage Therapist

Marta is a passionate Massage Therapist with 2 years of experience. She is certified in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy and is also finishing YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructing course at Edinburgh College. She is applying her anatomy and soft tissue therapy knowledge to help clients with day to day aches and pains, and helping people go back to sport after injury.

In her free time she loves martial art fitness classes and long walks in the forest.

Cathy Waddell

Massage Therapist

Spending much of her childhood in Germany and her 20s working in the ski industry in Austria amongst professional athletes, Cathy developed a fascination with how bodywork therapies can help with health and wellbeing. This led to her study of clinical massage therapies, initially with The Edinburgh Therapy Academy (Dip ITEC) and LaStone Therapy and latterly with The Jing Institute of Advanced Massage and Training. Cathy has been practising massage therapy since 2001.

Her primary focus is on offering treatments to address clients’ specific requirements. She does this by using an integrated approach, combining her various skills, to create tailor-made massage sessions. These include techniques from Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial release and soft tissue release.

Charlotte Brink

Administrative Assistant

Charlotte started with ProMOTION Physiotherapy in May 2021. She comes from the world of retail and has been the owner of a small independent Scandi/Nordic shop called Spektakular here in Edinburgh for over a decade. She now runs her online shop www.spektakular.co.uk part-time. In addition to this the travels around Scotland and the UK meeting other independent shop owners as part of her roles as a UK sales agent for Scandinavian brands.

With her strong skills of running a small business she has fitted in perfectly to the ProMOTION Team!

In her spare time Charlotte and her family enjoy exploring Scotland and hillwalking, this year they plan to start Munro bagging...

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