The Team

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Anna Johnson

MCSP.SRP. Grad Dip Phys.
Category ‘A’ ACPAT
Official Physiotherapist to British Equestrian Team 1998 - 2006

Anna was keen to set up a practice in her ‘home’ area having grown up in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, attending Beaconsfield High School and was a member of the Old Berkeley Hunt South Pony Club.

Following ‘A’ levels, Anna took a year off, keen to improve her equine skills and knowledge. She was a working pupil for Leslie Law (3 day event rider), spent 6 weeks in Virginia U.S.A. in a show-jumping yard and groomed at the Ascot Park Polo Club. During university holidays she also continued her equine theme grooming (and nannying) for Mark Todd (3 day event rider) and Mark Barry (3 day event rider). She was also a member of the Birmingham University Riding Team.

Anna qualified from Birmingham University in 1993 and spent post graduate NHS placements in Reading and Birmingham, also specialising in sports injuries working with Mosely RFC (2nd Division) and Warwickshire County Cricket Team. Other ’human’ work includes a period working in The Cavendish Clinic (Harley Street, London), and Bisham Abby Clinic (National Sports Centre, Marlow, Buckinghamshire).

Following an 18 month training through ACPAT based with Amanda Sutton (MCSP SRP), Anna set up her own practice in May 1997. From 1998 - 2006 Anna was the official physiotherapist to the British Equestrian Team and attended the World Equestrian Games at Rome 1998, Jerez 2002 and Aachan 2006, the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics and all the Europeans for Dressage and Three Day Eventing in 1999, 2003 and 2005.

Anna was one of the 3 Veterinary Physiotherapists who attended the 2011 Olympics Test Event in Greenwich. She was part of a large team of Veterinary Surgeons and Farriers, providing an on call service to any of the equine athletes that required attention.

Anna Johnson co-ordinated and headed a team of fourteen veterinary physiotherapists as part of the host nation’s veterinary services for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. This involved organizing training days, accommodation, equipment, logistics, rostering and helping set up the vet clinic in Greenwich Park, as well as treating horses from all over the world during the games. Anna thoroughly enjoyed the role and experiencing the buzz of London during this fabulous Olympics.

Anna has competed in British Eventing up to Novice level and British Show- Jumping to Discovery level. Recently she has been given the amazing opportunity to ride and compete Joy Dawe’s Schoolmaster, ‘Deal Clover’ at advanced medium level in Dressage. Anna is married to Grant Chanter ( A BEVA accredited Equine Dental Technician – Tel: 07768 094850). Anna has 2 children and through them is discovering the delight of being a pony club mother.

Despite all this horsey background, Anna also is passionate about theatre and dance having done ballet and dance as a child and played piano and violin. This musical side was possibly due to her father who was a professional musician (percussion).

Anna often says she is ‘wasted’ as a physio…………….“after all I could have been Kylie!!!”.

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Valerie Reddall

MCSP.SRP.BSC (hons) Phys.
Category ‘A’ ACPAT

Val qualified in 1993 from Leeds Metropolitan University. She worked in the Oxford Radcliffe Trust during her Post Graduate Placement, specialising in Orthopaedics and Trauma and Musculoskeletal outpatients. She then spent a short time working in Cape Town as part of her travels round Africa.

Val went on to work with Club and University level Rugby prior to taking up a training post in animal physiotherapy, completing her training through ACPAT in 2001 and joining Anna's Practice in 2002.

Val has since enjoyed working at all British International 3-Day Events, and still works as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the NHS. Since 2012 Val has been working alongside Joss Gray (event rider and trainer), who is training the Qatar Event Team aiming for the 2014 Asian Games. She has been treating the horses and riders at their base in Oxfordshire and was also invited in December 2012 to Doha by the Qatar Equestrian Federation, to treat their first team showjumpers.

She has her own horse, a retired eventer, which she competes locally at
unaffiliated events.

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Bridget Bazell

MCSP.SRP. BSC (hons) Physiotherapist
Category 'A' ACPAT
MSC Veterinary Physiotherapist

Bridget was born in the local area and grew up in the small village of Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire. She was a member of OBH (Hughenden) pony club and attended Wycombe High School (the arch rivals of Beaconsfield High!). Bridget went on to complete her physiotherapy training at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. During her time at university, she was heavily involved with the university equestrian club, being club captain in her final year.

Following graduation in 2005, Bridget went on the work in the NHS, initially in Hertfordshire, before moving on to work as a senior physiotherapist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the country's first academic health science centres. Along with working for the trust in the areas of haematology, trauma and orthopaedics, women's health and musculoskeletal outpatients, she also completed a 6 month research secondment during which she successfully published research on the use of kinesio tape in achilles pain.

In order to finish her Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College, she moved into the private sector in 2010, in particular working with Tring Rugby FC and also at the prestigious King Edward VII Sister Agnes hospital near Harley Street, London.

Bridget recently joined the practice in 2011 following the completion of her Veterinary Physiotherapy training (with Merit), having been in regular contact with the practice since 2001 when she first began her physiotherapy career.

In her spare time Bridget enjoys riding her semi retired heavyweight cob and is a member of the Naphill riding club. Additionally she enjoys looking after her 30 year old pony 'Huggy' whom she enjoyed many happy pony club memories with.

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Anna graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2002, completed the Royal Veterinary College degree in 2006 and has been part of the practice since 2004.

Anna worked in the NHS for five years, in the musculo-skeletal field in fracture clinics and gym based rehabilitation. She then worked part time at the Abbey Clinic, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre treating sports injuries, particularly those of riders and was also involved in the musculo-skeletal profiling of riders.

In 2009 Anna was physiotherapist to the GB mens dragonboat team at their world championships in Prague and has travelled with the Gold medal winning single carriage driving team to their world championships in Rome in 2006. She regularly provides physiotherapy at major three day events both here and abroad, including Badminton, Burghley, Saumur and Boekelo and was one of the fourteen treating veterinary physiotherapists at the London 2012 Olympic games in Greenwich.

Anna has written articles about physiotherapy for Horse Health Magazine. Horse and Hound, British Dressage magazine and gave interviews for local papers and radio about her role at the Olympics.

Anna has always had canine companions and currently has two working Labradors. She has also had experience in canine hydrotherapy.

Anna has a personal interest in dressage, having competed up to medium level and She currently has two horses, one of which she enjoys eventing when she has time! She is married with a son.

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Debby Bignell

Debby was born into a non-horsey family and started her passion for horses at the age of 9. She began her early riding lessons at Radnage House Riding School in Buckinghamshire under the late Pat Smallwood FBHS.

The family soon bought a house where Debby was able to keep a pony of her own and this led to many ponies coming and going as she grew up and became more competent. She competed in show-jumping very successfully riding her irish pony Bally vally,
better known as 'Bobby'.

After leaving school and a year at secretarial college to fill in time, Debby started her training to become an Riding Instructor at Badgemore Equestrian Centre in Henley-on-Thames. She gained her BHSAI under Kate Hamilton FBHS and went on to train further with Kate to gain her BHSII.

Debby's parents were able to purchase some 30 acres of land adjoining their family home in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and here they built a yard of 10 stables, barn and outdoor manege. Here Debby was able to give lessons and run a successful livery yard.

At the tender age of 21 she married Jeremy, then Captain of Marlow Rugby Club, and they went on to have 2 wonderful children.

The yard was later sold when Jeremy and Debby moved to Princes Risborough. She decided to go freelance with her teaching as she bought up her family.

As years crept on the weather was not always condusive to teaching outside and Debby took on an office role at Hamptons International Estate Agents in Marlow. Here she learnt many office skills and 3 years on with a chance meeting with Anna Johnson decided to stay nearer home and work for Anna as her secretary and book keeper.

Debby has been with Anna since 2006 and thoroughly enjoys the contact with the vets, clients and the Physios that work for Anna. She still owns a horse and currently has a young talented dressage horse which she has high hopes for.

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Donna Westerman

Donna originally trained in Hairdressing and worked in some of London's top salons (such as Jingles International and No.1 The Salon in Berkeley Square) as a specialist colour technician. She then went freelance before getting married and having two children.

Donna then worked as a fundraiser for ChildLine for 5 years and the NSPCC Special Events Committee. Donna chaired Childline's London Ball Committee which culminated in an event held at The Dorchester where she raised over £80,000 in one night.

In 1998, she retrained as an Interior Designer and with qualifications in special paint effects and upholstery to add to her knowledge and experience.

Back in 1995, Donna's daughter joined The Vale of Aylesbury Hunt Pony Club and Donna went on to the committee to help organise their various events. 10 years later, Donna was District Commissioner for 5 very happy years.

After having her own Pony as a child, Donna has now had her own horse again for the last 10 years. He is a 16.2 Irish Draught/Thoroughbred gelding that is an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to own. Donna competes for riding club in Dressage and Dressage to Music competitions having reached the National finals in 2007.

Donna joined Anna Johnson and her team in December 2008 and is jointly (with Debbie Bignell) responsible for the day to day running of the office in Ford.

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Liz Hughes

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy with First Class Honours and EMG Student of the Year award

Liz was born in London but grew up in Oxfordshire where she had her first riding lesson at the age of 2 years old, from then on her interest in horses and riding developed. Liz continued weekly riding school lessons until she was bought her own horse at the age of 12 by her very supportive but non-horsey parents! Liz competed locally at unaffiliated events until 2005 when she started her training at the University of the West of England, Bristol graduating in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy with First Class Honours and EMG Student of the Year award for top marks in her practical placements.

Liz completed her junior rotations before achieving a static position working as a senior Physiotherapist for Oxford Health NHS FT where she has worked for the past 7 years in a variety of clinical settings and departments. In 2012 Liz enrolled on the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire where she completed 2 years training before qualifying with Merit and upgrading to a Category A ACPAT Physiotherapist. Since qualifying Liz has worked privately in human, equine and most recently canine physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Liz spent many of her clinical placements during her veterinary physiotherapy training with AJ&A, including videoing and editing 2 of the advanced skills courses and fully joined the team in October 2015. Liz is part of the ACPAT committee organising the ACPAT annual conference.

In her spare time Liz enjoys riding her semi-retired Connemara x Arab which she has owned for 17years, countryside walks and pub lunches with her husband and singing...alot!

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