Ms Mhairi Friel BSc (Hon), MSc – Biomechanist/Senior Orthotist

Mhairi graduated from Strathclyde University in 2004 with an honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.  She gained a good foundation of knowledge for body alignment from her experience working as a Prosthetist in Oxford, before changing to a career in Orthotics.  She is experienced in all aspects of Orthotics and has treated a large variety of conditions, such as Spinal injuries, Neuromuscular, Diabetics, and Rheumatology and she has always held a keen interest in Sport Orthotics and Biomechanics.

Experience

Mhairi Friel’s well-recognised expertise has led her to hold clinics to provide the Biomechanics and Foot and Ankle Service to the Scottish Institute of Sport and works with many of the country’s top athletes, Olympic and Commonwealth Athletes, The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union and Premier Football Clubs.  Mhairi is also very experienced in treating Military service men and women, and sportsmen and women from a large variety of sporting disciplines, such as sprinting, middle distance running, marathon and ultra-marathon running, racket sports, hill walking, skiing, curling and even bobsleighing!

Mhairi Friel also helps patients suffering from daily aches such as knee pain, foot pain, heel pain, back pain or leg injuries, and patients struggling to maintain standing or walking balance as a result of a neuromuscular condition.

Mhairi performs the gait analysis at the clinic, as this requires a specialist field of expertise and experience.  She prescribes foot orthotics, foot mobilisation therapy, and works on gait retraining and running retraining.

Education, Education, Education

Mhairi Friel strives to maintain an up to date knowledge of modern biomechanical concepts, she has gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Biomechanics as well as MSc Biomechanics. She has an absolute passion to learn and has invested a significant amount of time and finances into further education by regularly attended biomechanics courses and conferences.

Her passion for Biomechanics and Foot Orthotics is obvious when presenting on the subject to her peers and her expertise was called on to discuss foot orthotics on BBC Radio Scotland.

Practice

Mhairi has a good knowledge of biomechanics and understands that foot orthotics are NOT always the solution to back pain, knee pain, foot pain or leg pain.  She is qualified in non-orthotic manual therapy for treating foot and lower leg injuries; this treatment can be carried out as a sole treatment.

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Like the rest of The Foot and Leg Clinic Team, Mhairi loves to exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle. She loves to run most mornings, not often much further than a 10k.  Although cycling is what she most enjoys if she’s not off backpacking around the world, dancing on a beach or climbing a mountain!

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Roisin Friel – Physiotherapist

Education

Roisin Friel qualified in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. This was her second degree following her first from the University of Glasgow in Sport and Exercise Science. Her career choice is guided by her love of exercise and promoting an active lifestyle for people.

Professional experience

During the early years of her career, Roisin completed her band 5 and band 6 NHS rotations in Reading and then in Wishaw. This provided her with an excellent knowledge base in areas such as rheumatology, maternity care and hydrotherapy. Roisin then progressed into an MSK (musculoskeletal) physiotherapy role, initially at Rosshall BMI Hospital. At present Roisin divides her working life between an NHS MSK occupational health setting and her private physiotherapy work.

During her time working as an MSK physiotherapist Roisin has always strived to improve her knowledge in this are in-order to provide the best care possible to her patients. Roisin has undertaken many courses which allow her to provide additional treatments such as acupuncture and Pilates to her patients.

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Outside of work Roisin spends hours and hours practising what she preaches; exercising! She is a 4-time marathon runner and has plans for another 2 in 2017. This level of training comes with the standard injuries she understands well, therefore, she knows how frustrating it can be when you are out injured from your sport and she will do her utmost to get you back asap !!!!

Roisin cycles to work most days and can be found up Munros at the weekend. Her greatest achievement is coaching 3 friends to complete their first half marathon 2 years ago – and watch them subsequently complete another 2.

Roisin has a lovely calm attitude towards patient care and it is clearly appreciated

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Mrs Catriona Bruce BSc (Hon) – Senior Orthotist

Catriona Bruce studied at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics and graduated in 2000 with a 2:1 Honours degree.

She worked as a graduate at Kings College Hospital, London, for 5 years gaining experience as both a prosthetist, designing and fitting artificial limbs including limbs for servicemen injured in Afghanistan, of particular note a running leg for a soldier to complete the London Marathon. Also, as an Orthotist gaining invaluable experience in the renowned Diabetic Foot Service at KCH.

She returned to Scotland in 2005 to work at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics as a lecturer / clinical supervisor to the 4th year undergraduates specialising in orthotics.

From 2007, whilst still employed at the NCPO, Catriona started locuming to keep up her clinical skills up to date and she has worked in a variety of specialist clinics since then including rheumatology, neurology, paediatrics, diabetics and out-patient orthopaedics. She also gained experience in fine tuning AFOs in a gait lab, focussing on young adults with Cerebral Palsy.

Catriona has recently joined The Foot and Leg Clinical team and is keen to use foot mobilisation techniques alongside foot orthotics where clinically necessary. There are casting facilities at the clinic and she can take casts for AFOs and KAFOs plus measure for knee braces, bespoke footwear, helmets, wrist supports, compression wear, hernia supports and lumbar-sacral supports.

She is a keen runner and has completed 6 marathons and 2 ultramarathons, she currently runs with Edinburgh running club HBT. She enjoys reading and her current favourite book is Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. She is a huge fan of sushi and enjoys dancing around the kitchen with her son to Bruno Mars!

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Linsey Cross – Massage Therapist

massage therapistAs a Western School of Massage graduate, with diplomas in both Remedial & Sport and Swedish Massage, I have extensive knowledge of the anatomy of the body alongside various techniques essential to a comprehensive treatment. Looking to expand on those skills, I attended an Iris course and am now also qualified to massage people living with cancer.

I am trained in:

  • Sports Massage
  • Remedial Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Oncology Massage

Massage can be beneficial to everyone, from all walks of life, in relieving stress, muscle pain and tension, aiding muscle recovery, treating and preventing injuries, improving sleep and boosting the immune system. The best way to treat a sporting injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place with regular massage integrated into a training programme. Previous clients range from professional athletes, marathon runners and amateur cyclists to construction workers, journalists and nursery teachers.

In my free time, I am passionate about all sports such as rock climbing, snowboarding, skiing, hill walking and badminton. As an ex-hockey player, I understand the frustrations of injuries all too well and strive to do my best to ease those frustrations for others.

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Ms Leeanne Swan – Workshop Manager

Leeanne is the senior technician at The Foot and Leg Clinic’s workshop.  She is responsible for the entire manufacturing process of our custom foot orthotics.

We are delighted to have Leeanne, a dedicated and efficient worker, she takes great pride in each pair of custom foot orthotics produced at our workshop.  Leeanne is also the most organised person ever!

I really enjoy working at The Foot and Leg Clinics workshop.  As a Mum to two young girls, I am used to a challenge, and this job certainly can be a challenge when we have a constant stream of casts arriving with such quick turn around times.  I know I need to keep my focus and I enjoy the challenge. I also have the flexibility of taking longer to manufacture a tricky pair of orthotics if the prescription is more complicated.

I like the friendly ‘vibe’ of the company.  We work hard but we have fun.