About us


Dorothy Smith MCSP – Director

Graduated at Addenbrookes' School of Physiotherapy in 1988. She then gained experience working in NHS hospitals in East Anglia and spent a year working in Sydney, Australia specialising in the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders.

Dorothy established the clinic in 2001 and has over 30 years experience as a Physiotherapist.

Since qualifying, Dorothy has continued to regularly update and further her skills by attending courses, seminars and conferences. Her special interest is the treatment of spinal conditions where she also uses her qualifications gained at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Insitiute (APPI) in modified Pilates exercise.

Dorothy is a member of Physiofirst - the organisation that sets high standards of care amongst private Physiotherapists.

Joanne Loveday MCSP – Associate

Joanne graduated from the University of East London as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1996.

Joanne started her career at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and then specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working as a Senior Physiotherapist in several NHS Hospitals and in Private Practice across Essex. During this period Joanne has managed a team of physiotherapists and has supervised and mentored a number of qualified physiotherapy staff and undergraduate physiotherapy students. She regularly leads training sessions for both qualified and undergraduate physiotherapists.

Joanne has completed numerous post graduate courses throughout this time to develop her knowledge and skills further. This has included a Masters module in Acupuncture. She continues to attend courses and conferences on a regular basis to keep up to date with all the latest research and evidenced based treatments.

Joanne joined the practice in 2014 and also works in the NHS in Cambridge as well as Saffron Walden Physiotherapy Practice where she enjoys treating patients with a variety of problems including neck and back pain, shoulder pain and sports injuries.


Testimonials

Saffron Walden Physiotherapy Practice approaches every appointment with a friendly and reassuringly positive manner. Diagnosis is always thorough and treatment informed by excellent professional skills and clear communication. Advice following a treatment is always instructive – explanations of ‘why’ and ‘what’ are clear, so that I understand what I’m told and believe the rationale behind it.

I have been enabled by this approach to work independently, at home, towards greater pain relief and increased mobility. I have complete faith in the ability of staff at the practice to help me, and my experience tells me that they will. Their approach instils confidence.

I would not hesitate to recommend the practice to anyone in need of physiotherapy help. I don’t believe anyone could do better.

Linda Macfarlane, Patient

Dorothy Smith has brought about a huge improvement in a number of different conditions which I have experienced over several years. She always explains what she is doing and why, and has also provided helpful advice on how to prevent conditions recurring, and to reduce the risk of future problems. I have no hesitation in recommending her Physiotherapy Clinic.

LH, Patient

As a local GP I have been referring patients to Dorothy's clinic for many years.I have been delighted with the service we have received from her and her associates, and my patients have done very well indeed. I have also myself been treated in her clinic for several different problems, and have been extremely pleased with the treatment that I have received on every occasion.

Dr Ridley

My wife and I have no hesitation in recommending Dorothy Smith for her attention to detail in diagnosing the cause of the problem, her thoroughness, her considerable experience and her professionalism. We have visited her over a number of years for on the one hand a long standing back and neck problem which from time to time needs relief from pain and discomfort and on the other hand to rectify self inflicted injuries to a knee and back.

Cordelia and David Hill

To make an appointment call:

01799 525409

Address:
Saffron Walden Physiotherapy Practice
8 Beeches Close
Saffron Walden
Essex CB11 4BT

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