Core Physio Specialists

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    John McMenemy

    Clinical Director

    Our Clinical Director, Team lead and specialist consultant MSK physiotherapist, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organisation. His previous experience as an extended scope practitioner and lecturer within orthopaedics gives John a great overview of all MSK injuries, conditions and the effect they have on mental health and wellbeing.

    John has many specialist areas of expertise and in particular spinal pathology, degenerative and neurological conditions to which he has had many research papers published on. Outwith this John is consultant physiotherapist of choice to many leading sports people and athletes and is regularly called upon as a consultant to national sports bodies and governmental organisations.

    In addition to this, he works in conjunction with numerous orthopaedic surgeons as consultant physiotherapist in spinal conditions where referral pathways are implemented through Core Physio rehabilitation centres.

    Mr McMenemy is registered as a member with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and regulated by the independent AHP body of Health & Care Professionals Council.  His professional Physiotherapy and registration details can be found at HCPC

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    Prof Gordon MacKay

    Orthopaedic Consultant

    Gordon MacKay qualified from Glasgow University in 1987. As a newly qualified doctor, Gordon took the unusual route of pursuing a career in professional football and enjoyed a brief spell as a reserve player for Rangers Football Club. It was during his playing career that he experienced at first hand the insecurity of injury and the casual attitude to sports medicine at that time.

    Gordon returned to medicine a year later and spent the next decade undertaking extensive training and research in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at London University followed by international training and Sports Surgery fellowships at some of the world’s leading sports surgery clinics, including Sydney, Adelaide and Sweden. It was during his international surgical fellowships that Gordon embraced the potential of sports medicine with an emphasis on early detection of injuries and fast-track rehabilitation, not only for professional sports people but for the active population too.

    On his return to Scotland, Gordon was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Stirling Royal Infirmary. His research interests allowed him to complete an MD in the Mechanism and Prevention of Injuries in Sports at Glasgow University, strengthening his resolve to work full time on sports injuries.

    Gordon continued to draw upon his experience in sports surgery before setting up independently and is now a full-time sports surgeon in the private sector. He has now been Scotland’s only full-time sports surgeon for over 10 years. He continues to lead the way in sports surgery care. His main interests include knee (ACL repair), shoulder (Instability) and ankle surgery (Instability and Achilles rupture).

    He has experience in treating a variety of athletes from the Institute of Sport, including Olympians and Commonwealth athletes, as well as international rugby players and professional footballers. In 2009 he was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Sport at Stirling University. Current research is in collaboration with top North American and European centres focusing on ligament repair and accelerated recovery. He is the inventor of the internal brace.

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    Mr Imran Liaquat

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Mr Imran Liaquat graduated from the University of Glasgow Medical School in 2002 and undertook his basic surgical training in the West of Scotland. He then worked as a registrar for a year in London at Kings College Hospital and St Georges Hospital.

    Following this, he would return to Scotland in order to complete his speciality training in neurosurgery in Scotland. Later in his career, Mr Liaquat would undertake a sub-specialist fellowship in neurosurgery at St Georges Hospital, where he gained experience in all aspects of General Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology, including Awake Craniotomy, Fluorescence guided tumour resection and management of Low Grade Gliomas. He is currently a consultant at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

    Mr Liaquat deals with a wide range of spinal pathologies, such as degenerative spine, general neurosurgery and neuro-oncology. He is also involved in research in these fields, having published over 15 research paper/abstract publications and presented at national and international conferences.

    Mr Liaquat has a keen interest in the education and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students and has completed a Masters in Surgical Education, in an attempt to help him improve his educational skills.  He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at the University of Edinburgh and has recently been accredited as a Member of the Academy of Medical Educators.

    Mr Liaquat will be available for consultation at our clinic in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire and Bothwell, North Lanarkshire.

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    Dr Martin Simpson

    General Practitioner

    In addition to his role as consultant GP at Core Physio, Dr Simpson is also senior partner at Low Waters Medical Centre, also delivering the once monthly GP led Blantyre pain clinic since its inception in 2003.

    With his special interest he see patients with a wide variety of chronic/persistant pain such as post surgical, low back, post fracture, chronic arthritic, fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome and post radiotherapy pain.

    Working as a full time NHS GP partner at Low Waters Medical Centre Hamilton for the past 14years. he has also had the privilege of been senior partner for the past 8years

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    Mr Jonathon Dearing

    Consultant Orthopaedic Knee & Sports Injuries Surgeon

    Jon is one of only two Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons in Scotland to hold a specialist qualification in Sports and Exercise Medicine. He is Fellowship trained in knee and shoulder surgery and provides the complex knee ligament reconstruction service.

    He has a proven record of successful care for both professional and amateur athletes, with a keen interest in rapid rehabilitation and return to sport.

    Jon played representative rugby union for the Royal Air Force and Bedford RFC, and draws on his personal experience of professional sport and sports injuries in providing treatment. He continues to participate regularly in long distance running races and triathlons.

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    Matthew Stevenson


    Matthew is a highly specialised and experienced physiotherapist working both within the sporting field and private arena.

    Since graduating with his Hons degree in physiotherapy Matthew has worked in a variety of settings within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy; including private GP practices, sports injury clinics, musculoskeletal departments, A&E, fracture clinics and chronic pain programmes.

    As a special interest, Matt is involved as a direct consultant for many sports and medical organisations for lower limb rehabilitation.  As a previous professional sportsman he recognises the importance of functional rehabilitation of lower limb injuries.  Cruciate ligament injuries of the knee and achillies tendon injuries are his passion and speciality.

    Matthew has achieved many Postgraduate Certificates in Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice including Mulligans’ Concept.

    He is also fully qualified in medical acupuncture bringing a wealth of experience to assist his clients to regain full health.

    Matthew is registered as a member with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and regulated by the independent AHP body of Health & Care Professionals Council.  His professional Physiotherapy and registration details can be found at HCPC

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    Victoria Day


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    Dayna Dale

    Rehabilitation Manager

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    Shane Ryan


    Shane has developed his experience, knowledge, and skills to become specialised in the management of Shoulder & Upper-Limb conditions. His thorough understanding of pain mechanisms and specialist training has provided him with the tools to treat conditions such as rotator-cuff conditions, arthritic shoulders and Tennis-Elbow.

    Shane holds the position of Team Lead Occupational Health Physiotherapist in Glasgow East, providing experience in dealing with work-related conditions and writing health evaluation reports. Health promotion on a wider scale forms a part of his role addressing the bigger picture of encouraging patients to engage in health and wellbeing initiatives.

    Shane has experience in dealing with a wide range of paediatric and adult conditions. Experience gained working within dynamic A&E and trauma clinics allowed him to develop skills in the diagnostics and treatment of acute injuries. He has vast experience also in the management of chronic conditions.

    Through his hobbies and academics, he has developed an interest in strength and conditioning providing him with the skills to rehabilitate patients back to their sport or job. Shane also has experience in writing physiotherapy reports for patients who have been involved in workplace and road traffic accidents.

    Shane is registered as a member with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and regulated by the independent AHP body of Health & Care Professionals Council.  His professional Physiotherapy and registration details can be found at HCPC

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    Ronnie Smith


    Ronnaug(Ronnie) qualified as a Physiotherapist from Oslo University College in 2000,and as a Pilates(APPI) Instructor in 2011.

    She has worked in a variety of hospitals in Norway,Iceland and Scotland, with experience within Neurology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Oncology,Paediatrics and Musckuloskeletal Medicine.
    She has also taught a variety of Mensendieck and Pilates classes, and has worked in private practice since 2010.

    Post graduate training courses:
    APPI Matwork Pilates ( level 1-3), Cognitive Physiotherapy, Body Awareness Therapy and Body Awareness Rating Scales, Empathic Communication and Trigger Point Pilates™( level 1,2).

    Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
    Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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    Martine Lowes


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    Fraser McIntosh


    Fraser graduated with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.  Since qualifying, he’s progressed through the NHS working in Glasgow and Lanarkshire before building a regular client base within the private sector.

    As an exceptional hockey player, Fraser has always been involved in elite sport and built a keen interest in sports injuries, especially injuries of the lower limb.

    Based at our head office and main rehabilitation clinic in Hamilton, Fraser has assisted implement one of the most comprehensive lower limb injury programmes in Scotland assisting many clients through post-surgical rehabilitation.

    Fraser is registered as a member with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and regulated by the independent AHP body of Health & Care Professionals Council.  His professional Physiotherapy and registration details can be found at HCPC

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    Pat Cremin

    Sports Rehabilitator

    Pat graduated with BSc in Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy.   Originally from Kerry in Ireland, Pat took an interest in sports injury rehabilitation & conditioning as a promising Gaelic football player with several junior medals and awards.  As a result of this he has had the honour to be trained by S&C coaches of the highest calibre and exposure to elite coaching has moulded his own coaching philosophies and developed his ability to successfully communicate with a variety of clients & athletes.

    At University he was the head of Sports Rehabilitation for the sports clubs, worked with international athletes, planned rehabilitation and performance programmes and when needed individualised programmes.

    Alongside his work here at Core Physio, Pat also is studying towards his masters degree in physiotherapy to enhance his skills and allover knowledge.


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    Ross Eaglesham

    Rehabilitation Therapist

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