I have worked in the healthcare industry since 2003. My initial training was in Sports Therapy and I worked in two leading Physiotherapy and Sports Injury clinics in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In 2006, while working in Apex Clinic, I travelled to Toronto, Canada and Michigan, USA to complete training in Bruno Chikly’s Lymph Drainage Therapy (1 & 2), and in Postoperative and Post Trauma Scar Massage. This was my introduction to the Lymphatic System and after completing this training, my curiosity of lymphatics had begun.
I set up my own clinic at home in Killinchy, Northern Ireland in 2008, following the completion of my Lymphoedema Certification which I did through Klose Training. However, despite being the only private practitioner in Northern Ireland at that time, I struggled to get referrals from the NHS. So, in 2011 I decided to move to England.
In July 2011, I started working in the Lymphoedema Department in St George’s Hospital in Tooting. I commuted weekly backwards and forwards from Northern Ireland for 7 months, while my mum looked after my (then) 10-year-old daughter. I needed to make sure I was secure in my job before moving lock, stock and barrel to England. However, since the job in St George’s was only part-time, I needed to secure another job to make moving over possible.
In November 2011, I left St Georges and joined the team at Meadow House lymphoedema clinic in Ealing Hospital. I joined LinkedIn and started discussions in plastic surgery groups. One being about the benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage in the postoperative period. Since doing my training in Michigan I was passionate about how MLD postoperatively will help reduce swelling more quickly and speed up the healing process. The outcome to this discussion was my joining London Bridge Plastic Surgery in Wimpole Street in January 2012 where I integrated MLD into the clinic’s postoperative care package. With the two jobs, it meant I could now move myself and my daughter over to England, to Maidenhead where I am based today.
In 2015 I set up Medical Therapies as there was a growing demand for private care for lymphoedema patients locally. From August 2015 to August 2017, I supported The Parapet Breast Clinic, Windsor. Over these 2 years my clinic grew, and I provided treatment to more than 250 patients – mostly those with lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer. However, treatment was and still is, available to those with primary lymphoedema and secondary to other causes.
In September 2017 the service was commissioned elsewhere and so I have gone back to working on my own. I continue with my treatment protocol of providing a holistic approach to treatment. So not only do my patients receive the gold standard care for lymphoedema: MLD, Bandaging, Exercise advice and Skin Care advice, but I also give advice on nutrition and how to maintain a healthy weight. I have a strong network of specialists in: