Birchwood Physiotherapy has a team of highly skilled Chartered Physiotherapists with many years of experience in a range of specialisms. All Physiotherapists are registered with the Health Care Professions Council and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Between them they are registered and hold memberships with Physio First – Private Physiotherapists Association, The Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists, The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and The Primary Care Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Society.
Our successful team has grown from a sole practitioner, Alison Tarleton-Hodgson, in 1998 to a team of 7 today. Within the team we also provide a musculoskeletal specialist service as First Contact Practitioners for Poole based GP surgeries and thoroughly enjoy our work within an NHS setting.
Helen Legg – Admin Manager
Helen is the lynchpin that holds Birchwood Physiotherapy together and is your first point of contact as a patient at Birchwood Physiotherapy, she will ensure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed when arranging your appointment.
Her job involves booking and liaising with you, as well as dealing directly with our referring insurance companies and ensuring the Physiotherapists know what they’re doing on a day to day basis. She’s particularly excited about our new integrated clinic software which will make her life so much easier.
Helen grew up locally and after leaving school worked in the Civil Service for 10 years, where in the latter years she became a regional staff trainer. She has been working with Alison and the team at Birchwood Physiotherapy for the past 11 years, where her role has evolved as the business has grown from strength to strength.
Her interests include exercising, yoga and walking, particularly along the coast, and spending time with her family – especially going on holiday to Disney!
Alison Tarleton-Hodgson – Grad. Dip. Phys. MCSP
Alison qualified as a Physiotherapist from Kings College Hospital London in 1984 where she quickly developed a passion and gifting in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
In 1998 Alison started her own private practice at Birchwood Medical Centre which continued to grow, becoming the thriving Birchwood Physiotherapy you see today. Alison is a member of Physio First and proud to be awarded Quality Assured Practitioner status in 2018. The NHS side of the practice has also developed to include a direct access service for Poole North and First Contact Practitioner work for Poole Central GP surgeries. This enables a strong working relationship with local GPs and a knowledge of community services available to help and sign post local people to as they seek to improve their health and fitness.
Alison likes to take a holistic approach to her treatments acknowledging the strong connection between the mind and body which has been shown to influence both rate of recovery from injury and episodes of recurrence. Alison takes time to further assess how the body moves, identifying altered movement patterns which can lead to dysfunctions and injury. She will facilitate this by using a variety of skills honed from the wealth of experience she has gained over the years, including using her training in BeActivated Therapy. Patients will benefit from individually tailored exercise and self management programmes and will feel empowered and educated to invest in their own recovery.
When Alison is not at work she loves to holiday with her husband and spend time with her grown up children and grandchildren. She enjoys keeping herself fit and healthy with cycling, HIT exercises and walking as well as ensuring she keeps some quieter reflection times to help her keep perspective in this busy world.
Paul Noble – BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy – BSc (Hons) Sports Science, MCSP
Paul graduated from Brunel University in 2000 and is a skilled Physiotherapist with over 20 years experience. He has worked in private practice for over 15 years and has developed a specialism for running related injuries, running gait analysis and strengthening for runners. He has a solid working relationship with many Dorset Consultants to ensure seamless rehabilitative care following patient surgery. He is regularly referred all manner of musculoskeletal cases including; spinal, hip, shoulder, knee, foot and ankle as well, of course, as all running related injuries.
He has worked for 15 years on site at a large corporate bank in Bournemouth delivering quality Private Physiotherapy enabling a quick resolution of aches and pain for the grateful staff. The West Hants Club also hosted Paul as he worked alongside Tennis coaches, Strength & Conditioning coaches and academy staff providing tailored Physiotherapy to the Elite level youth players as well as the wider gym audience. He has worked in a variety of other settings providing Physiotherapy to QPR Football Club academy players, Poole based military personnel and 4MUK adventure participants.
He has written numerous articles for various media outlets including Men’s Health and he is passionate about helping to restore fitness and health to individuals with injuries to get them back doing what they love quickly. As well as seeing private clients he also works as an FCP in Poole based GP surgeries.
A First Contact Practitioner is a Musculoskeletal (MSK) Specialist Physiotherapist who works along side GPs and other surgery based health professionals to manage MSK cases at the first point of contact to reduce pressure on the GPs.