Mary qualified as a Physiotherapist with a 1st class Honours from University of Cumbria in 2008 building on an earlier career as an Exercise Therapist rehabilitating injured and disabled Fire Fighters. Mary worked with the Fire & Rescue Service for over 10 years, gaining a wealth of clinical experience in assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of a wide range of injuries and painful problems.
An accomplished athlete, Mary has an interest in all sports. Her first degree was in Sport & Exercise Science where she graduated in 2002 from St Martin’s College Lancaster; combining studies with competition Judo and going on to win several area and national medals and titles picking up her fair share of injuries along the way. Growing up in South Lakes, Mary has a love for the lakes and fells and she feels her heart will always be in Cumbria. She enjoys fell walking with her husband and dogs, a bit of running including The Great North Run 2014 and The Paris Marathon 2015.
She currently works as a competition Sports Physiotherapist for CrossFit competitions around the county and at the Regional Athletics arena in Manchester. Mary recently took part in her first Powerlifting competition in January 2018 and was fortunate enough to win. From this she qualified for the All England Championships and finished 6th place in the Country back in May 2018. More recently she competed in the NW regional event Powerpalooza and won her category and broke the NW deadlift record with a 193kg deadlift. She finished 2019 ranked 1st in the NW. Her varied sporting interests give her insight into the stresses strains and potential injuries that sports men and women are exposed to.
Mary is committed to continuous professional development and has completed several post-graduate clinical training courses including Orthopaedic Medicine, Clinical Pilates, Whiplash Disorder, Advanced Spinal and Peripheral joint mobilisation, Clinical Gait analysis and Orthotics Prescription.
In addition, and following 4 years of intensive post graduate study, Mary was awarded her MSc in Rehabilitation Studies in 2009 from Lancaster University, gaining a distinction for her clinical research into chronic back pain and functional rehab.
Mary is now in the process of undertaking her PhD with Salford University studying shoulder injuries in Powerlifters.
Mary the Physio describes her passion, in her typically precise way, as:
“Helping people achieve their potential using ‘hands-on’ Physio, exercise, and education to relieve pain, improve confidence and performance.”