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Mindy is an experienced clinician, researcher and educator.  She is Senior Research Fellow and Postgraduate Programme Lead MSc Advanced Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Social Work.   Her clinical and research expertise is in the management of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditionals – specifically spinal pain. Her methodological expertise are quantitative methodologies; randomised clinical trials, trial interventions and evaluation, survey and questionnaire design and evaluation of current clinical practice.  She is an experienced external examiner for and successful research supervisor at both PhD and MSc. 


She is actively involved with the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), a sub-group of World Physiotherapy and is Chair of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) for the 2024 IFOMPT Congress and was ISC Chair for the 2016 IFOMPT Congress.  She was UK IFOMPT representative (2012-17).  She has served on numerous Trial Steering Committees and is currently Chair of the ARTISAN Trial TSC.


She is a Fellow of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and continues to work clinically treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions; specialising in spinal pain dysfunction, management of hypermobility and rehabilitation.

Research interests

My resaerch interests include:

  • Managment of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions
  • Spinal dysfunction and management
  • Hypermobility
  • Older adults and aging
  • Indinetification of inflammatory back pain 
  • Current practice and First Contact and Advance Practice

Teaching specialisms

  • Musculoskeletal assessment & management
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Research methods
  • RCTs
  • Systematic reviews

Education/Academic qualification

Physiotherapy, PhD


External positions

Senior Physiotherapist , Physiocare

2011 → …


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