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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.

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.

Lynnsay Gammie

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

APPI trained Pilates Instructor

Lynnsay is a highly experienced neurological physiotherapist with over twenty years experience. Lynnsay has always been passionate about neurology and in particular stroke rehabilitation. She has training in the Bobath Concept and Motor Relearning Theory and can utilise the different approaches to suit the individual. She is highly motivated to help those with a neurological condition and through her understanding of neuroplasticity Lynnsay recognises that rehabilitation is an ongoing process. Having qualified to teach Pilates Lynnsay recognised how this approach could be of benefit to the neurological client and so pursued her Neuro Pilates qualification.

Rebecca Adam

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

APPI trained Pilates Instructor

Rebecca graduated in 2009 from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy with first class honours. She started her career in the NHS as a rotational physiotherapist gaining experience in a broad range of specialities. During this time she realised that her interest lay in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions which led her to specialise in Musculoskeletal Outpatients. At this time Rebecca started her Pilates training which ultimately led on to her becoming an APPI certified instructor.

Rebecca moved to private practice in 2015 and in this environment got the opportunity to take regular Pilates classes. She enjoys watching her classes’ progress as their body awareness improves and confidence increases. Rebecca finds Pilates a beneficial adjunct to her physiotherapy practice.

Leisa Poole

Massage Therapist

Before training in Massage Therapy, Leisa studied Physiology & Sports Science at University and went on to become a Personal Trainer whilst living in Australia for a year after University. She finally found her passion in Soft Tissue Therapy and qualified as a Sport & Remedial Massage Therapist from the London School of Sports Massage in 2012. Since then she has worked both as a mobile therapist and within a Physiotherapy clinic setting, joining the ProMOTION team in September 2017.

For the past 4 years, Leisa has been passing on her knowledge and skills to aspiring Sports Therapy students at Edinburgh College where she lectures full time. In her spare time, she enjoys running and enjoys the challenge of training for Marathons!

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!

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