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The London Orthotic Consultancy has eight fully-qualified clinicians who have a vast amount of experience in the field of orthotics, cranial remoulding therapy, scoliosis, chest deformities, rehabilitation and posture management. This allows the clinic to effectively treat and manage a wide range of conditions.

All of our clinicians are fully-qualified professionals and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our orthotists and prosthetists are all members of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) while our Schroth Best Practice certified physiotherapist is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). All of our clinicians adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics as laid down by their respective professional bodies and the HCPC.

 

Saeed Hamid

Saeed qualified as an Orthotist in 1990. He was Senior Orthotist at Queen Mary's Hospital, London where he was involved in all aspects of Orthotic Management of adults and children. He has undergone extensive training in the orthotic treatment of Plagiocephaly using cranial remoulding orthoses.

Specialised Skills and Interests:

  • Orthotic management of Plagiocephaly
  • Diabetic and Orthopaedic Footwear
  • Foot Orthotics

Sam Walmsley

Sam qualified in 2001 with a degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Salford University. After graduating he took up a post as orthotist at Basingstoke NHS trust where he received post graduate training in paediatric orthotics. He later joined the team at Queen Mary's Hospital, London and developed wider skills which included Adult and Paediatric Neuro rehabilitation and complex foot and ankle orthotics. He is also a fully qualified Vabene posture therapist.

Specialised Skills and Interests:

  • Non-surgical treatment of Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum
  • Complex Foot & Ankle orthotics
  • Paediatric Orthotics
  • Lower Limb Biomechanics
  • Lower Limb Orthotics
  • Bespoke Footwear
  • Posture Therapy

Jo Drake

Jo qualified in 1998 with a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Salford University. After graduating she took up a post as Prosthetist at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. She later joined the Rehabilitation team at Queen Mary's Hospital as Senior Prosthetist and was heavily involved with clinical governance and establishment of best practice prescription guidelines.

Specialised Skills and Interests: 

  • Management of Plagiocephaly
  • Repositioning Techniques
  • Establishing clinical protocols for LOCband treatment

Sally Hews

Sally qualified as an Orthotist and Prosthetist in 2003. She has worked both in the private sector and for the NHS. She has extensive experience in cranial remoulding therapy for the treatment of Positional Plagiocephaly. She is also a specialist in Lower Limb Biomechanics and in the design of custom made Orthoses using the Parotec CADCAM system .In 2017 Sally was certificated in Schroth Best Practice for the bracing treatment of scoliosis.

Specialised Skills and Interests:

  • Management of Positional Plagiocephaly
  • Scoliosis
  • Specialist knee bracing
  • Custom made foot Orthosis
  • Lower limb biomechanics
  • The diabetic foot

Alan Hews

Alan qualified in 2003 with an honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Salford University. From 2003-2013 worked within the South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust and ended up running three clinics: Paediatric, Orthopaedic and Diabetic Feet.

Specialised skills and interests:

  • Post SDR rehabilitation working closely with The Portland Hospital
  • Lower limb bio-mechanics and bespoke foot orthotics
  • Providing orthotic services to patients at the Cromwell and New Victoria Hospitals
  • Trained in Parotec and Captivia 3D scanners

David Williams

David was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2004. Prior to joining LOC he was an orthotic clinical specialist at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. Worked with renowned rehabilitation consultants, Dr Luff and Dr Souri, Professor Mike Edmonds (diabetic foot consultant) and Mr Rashid (vascular consultant). While at Guy's David established and managed both inpatient and community specialist MDT paediatric / diabetes and orthopaedic clinics.

Specialised Skills and Interests:

  • Stroke
  • Polio – carbon fibre specialist, accredited Fior & Gentz stance phase control KAFO specialist
  • Peripheral Neuromuscular disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Diabetes – care of acute and chronic foot complications including post- surgical debridement and charcot-neuro arthropathy
  • Spinal Correction and Stabilisation – accredited Gensingen Brace for scoliosis specialist, trained by Dr Weiss
  • Cerebral Palsy – orthotist lead in Elaine Owen clinic
  • Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (Club foot)

Deborah Turnbull

Deborah has recently joined our Scoliosis team. She has a BSc both in Physiotherapy and Social Sciences and worked for a decade for the NHS at Ealing Hospital and then in the community rehab team in Ealing,Hammersmith and Fulham community services. Her specialisation is Schroth physiotherapy and she was certified in the Katrina Schroth original method in 2007 and in Best Practice Schroth in 2015. Prior to joining LOC Deborah ran her own company, ScoliosisUK Limited.

Deborah has co-authored with Dr Weiss a number of peer reviewed articles in the area of the conservative treatment for Scoliosis and other spinal deformities.

Specialised Skills and Interests

  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult idiopathic Scoliosis

Anna Courtney

Anna qualified from The University of Strathclyde in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. After graduating, Anna spent some time in Haiti working alongside a Prosthetic & Orthotic Charity where she was heavily involved with both the clinical and practical aspects of patient care. This work was very challenging, especially in the 40 degree heat, but was much needed after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Prior to joining LOC Anna worked for Blatchford at Charing Cross Hospital working both in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Specialised Skills and Interests:

  • Diabetic foot care
  • Lower Limb Biomechanics

Joanne Wyatt

General Manager to LOC Consultancy and Manufacturing responsible for the smooth running of both companies, with a wealth of management experience in the private and public sectors stretching back over a decade. Highly qualified in all aspects of HR, Health & Safety and company policy.

Magdalena Dworakowska

Magda joined us in 2017 previously having worked at Thames River Physiotherapy where she was administrator/receptionist. Magda has an MA in English Philology from Polonia University, Poland and spent a post-graduate year there studying Criminal Science. She is fluent in English and Polish (unsurprisingly) and has a good command of Italian.

Magda is our full time receptionist but has additional administrative duties.

Stacey Hardman

Stacey is a Clinical Administrator and has the unenviable task of ‘looking after’ Alan and David. Stacey joined the team in October 2012 after working in administration for 8 years for her previous employer.

Ana Sanchez

Ana is one of our Clinical Administrators and has the difficult task of organising Sam’s clinical schedule. She joined LOC in early 2012 having worked in the hospitality industry after coming to England from Spain. Fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Diane Shapton

Clinical PA at LOC Consultancy since it was founded after working at Queen Mary's with LOC's company directors as a medical secretary. Extensive knowledge of orthotic treatments after working in medical industry for the past 15 years.

Manchula Sivalogarajah

Account administrator joined LOC Consultancy in 2010 working closely with the General Manager and Directors, dealing with all aspects of accounts and a key member of the team.

Jason Wilkerson

Jason is Workshop Manager at LOC Manufacturing having previously worked in the NHS for 13 years specialising in plastics and plaster work.

Philip Gipps

Philip is Quality Controller at LOC Manufacturing having previously worked in the NHS for over 25 years.

Catherine Hendy

Catherine Hendy BA(Hons) is the latest recruit to LOC Manufacturing working as an orthotic technician. Cat has a diverse art and design background, has run her own jewellery making business and had a stint as a Design and Technology technician at a large secondary school in Middlesex. Most recently she has returned from Japan where she was an English language teacher at four schools in the northern island of Hokkaido.

Joseph Hill

Technician at LOC Manufacturing.Previously served 4 years in the Navy as a weapons engineer. Responsible for insoling, plasterwork and banding.

Ruban Neminathan

CAD/CAM technician, specialising in the modelling of LOCband orthoses, Ruban joined LOC in June 2013. He has a Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics and has previously worked as an Orthotic technician.

Sean O’Connor

Sean joined us in 2016 as senior technician.He has over 40 years experience in orthotics manufacture. He is a specialist in metal work and is affectionately known in the industry as ‘Mr Metal’. Prior to joining LOC Sean worked for Blatchfords.

Simon Studwick

Simon is Senior Technician at LOC Manufacturing, having joined from Blatchford's in September 2014. He has just completed a Foundation Degree in Clinical Technologies at South Bank University.

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