The Team

Chris Beach

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Chris initially trained as a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Air Force, which led to training as a physiotherapist, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Greenwich. Chris has specialised in orthopaedics, sport injuries and the management of musculoskeletal injuries, with an MSc in Sports and Training Injuries from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2004.  He is also a member of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.

Chris has developed skills in managing acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, post-surgical joint reconstruction, joint replacement and chronic tendon disease with shockwave therapy. He is trained and skilled in the following areas: manual therapy, corrective body control and muscle re-patterning, aquatic physiotherapy, kinesiotaping, biomechanical evaluation, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, acupuncture, postural correction and exercise therapy.

Chris is a keen walker, enjoys time with his family and pottering in the garden.

Professional Registration:
Health and Care Professions Council PH35680
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 44330

 

Anitha Jacob

Senior Physiotherapist

Anitha completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from India in 2002 and completed her rotations in all areas of Physiotherapy. She has specialised in neurology and neuro-rehabilitation since 2009 and has worked as a senior physiotherapist in various settings across UK, including The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital. She is currently a clinical lead physiotherapist at the Chilterns MS Centre.

Her particular interests are in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis. She is one of three clinicians in Europe who have been trained in the Indego-Exo skeleton .

Anitha is a member of the Health Professional Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Association of Physiotherapists in Neurology. Her strengths lie in assessment, goal setting, treatment planning and rehabilitation, based on her extensive clinical experience, problem solving approach, clinical reasoning and knowledge.

Anitha has developed exercise classes and a Falls Clinic based on the patient needs, potential and ability. She is also trained in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) foot drop stimulator and runs a clinic for this at the MS Centre.

Claire Almond

Senior Physiotherapist

Claire has worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist in the NHS for 16 years, specialising in neurology for 13 years.

Claire began her career in Manchester working in two large teaching hospitals – South Manchester University Hospitals and Manchester Royal Infirmary. Here she worked in acute stroke care and stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson’s disease clinics, a Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and in the community. This was followed by a move to Warrington to lead a new early supported discharge for stroke team.

Claire moved to Buckinghamshire in 2011, where has worked on the stroke units, and outreached to the wards to treat other neurological conditions. She is now joint team lead for Stroke Early Supported Discharge team for Buckinghamshire NHS Trust

She believes that it is her job as a therapist to support and assist patients to achieve their maximum physical potential to allow them to participate in activities that are important to them. She therefore takes different approaches to treatment to suit the individual. Her strengths lie in movement analysis and adapting treatments to suit the individual and the impairments they present with.

Personally she enjoys country walks, Pilates and spending time with her family.

Hannah Shaw

Exercise Instructor / Exercise Referral Specialist

Hannah is a BSc (Hons) Sport Studies graduate from the University of Southampton. Since leaving University in 2010 she followed her passion for health and fitness and started working at her local gym. For 2 years, alongside delivering fitness programs and teaching a variety of classes she continued to study gaining qualifications in personal training and exercise referral, specializing in cardiac rehabilitation.

Hannah has been a freelance personal trainer for almost 5 years now gaining invaluable experience with a diverse range of clients. Alongside her work as a personal trainer she delivers a variety of fitness classes and works for the charity Hearts and Souls as an exercise specialist.

Hannah is a sports enthusiast having competed at a national level in swimming when she was younger. She loves exercise and spends a lot of her free time training in the gym. Hannah also has a passion for skiing and recently got engaged in the Alps. Alongside planning her wedding, she loves spending time with friends and family and walking her dog Rodney.

Rashma Byrne

Yoga Teacher

Rashma has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and after attending a retreat in 2015 decided to take her practice one step further enrolling in a teacher training programme with Feel Hot Yoga in St. Albans.

She completed her 500 hours Registered Yoga Teacher Training this year and is now a Level One Associate Member of the Yoga Alliance Professionals. Rashma currently teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Hot yoga classes across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Rashma is a friendly and welcoming teacher, bringing humour and warmth into her classes which include breathing and mindfulness techniques, relaxation and a mixture of traditional poses and flow sequences in order to achieve the combined benefits and enjoyment of the most popular styles of yoga.

She believes that yoga should be enjoyable and accessible to everyone. It does not matter how flexible you are or whether you can touch your toes, she will modify poses to allow every student in the class to benefit.

She lives with her husband and two children in Berkhamsted and when she’s not on her mat she loves travelling, reading and going for long walks with her dog Baxter.

Aaron Cox

Healthcare Services Manager

Aaron has worked in Sport, Exercise and Healthcare Management for  over 15 years.

Aaron has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from the University of Hertfordshire and went on to complete an MSc in Sports Physiology at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. Since then he has held positions as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Fitness and Leisure Manager.

For the last four years he has worked as the Business Manager for the Chilterns MS Centre as part of the Senior Leadership team. A cause very close to his heart as his mother suffered from multiple sclerosis and his father has another neurological condition.

Apart from his keen interest in the human body, health and performance, he has strong beliefs in client/patient focused care and excellence in customer service.

In his spare time he manages and plays for Great Missenden FC.  He likes all sport and keeping active, especially running, open water swimming and cycling (yet strangely has not yet managed a triathlon!) He also enjoys nothing more than spending time with his friends and family.