About Us

Joanne Houlbrook MCSP
Joanne Houlbrook
Clinical Director

My profession helps people achieve

their goals and at times makes what seems impossible a reality. Sometimes all a person needs is a guiding hand to take the first step.

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Nathan Cartwright
Sports Rehabilitator/ Technical instructor

Your Health In Our Hands

I qualified in 2004 from St Georges Hospital Medical School in London with a BSC Hons in physiotherapy. I began my career at the Lothian United Hospital trust in the New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, which is a large teaching hospital. I gained invaluable experience in a range of specialities such as medicine of the elderly, cardiothoracic, acute stroke, department of clinical neuroscience and respiratory medicine as a junior physiotherapist. I progressed to be a senior by 2006 on a medical specialist rotation and consolidated my skills in medicine of the elderly, acute stroke, A&E, general medicine, neurosurgery and neuro medicine. Treating a wide range of complex conditions both for general rehab and chest care. 

In 2009 I moved back to Cheshire where I have worked in a range of hospitals in the area and gained more experience in my core area of specialty and gained skills in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I have worked both in the community and acute settings and hope that the wealth of skills in rehab and respiratory physiotherapy that I have learned will allow me to help my patients achieve their very best.

I have supervised students and junior members of staff throughout my career which has been extremely rewarding and often thought provoking to hear new ideas come through the profession. I’m a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, CSP and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Councils, HCPC.

I set up Houlbrook Physiotherapy in 2015 and since then have worked in the community to provide rehab to a range of patients in their own home, nursing or residential home. I work along side other professionals and the patients families to achieve the best outcome for my patients. 

Physiotherapy is an unsung hero with some areas being relatively unknown outside of the medical world. Over my 18-year career I can honestly say I’ve helped to improve thousands of patients lives, which is an absolute joy. My profession helps people achieve their goals and at times makes what seems impossible a reality. Sometimes all a person needs is a guiding hand to take the first step.

I graduated from The University of Salford in 2020 with a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation.  


During my years of study and since I have graduated I have gained experience, both sporting and clinical, in multiple settings.


I am highly passionate about my work and strive to achieve the best results for my patients.  I take great pleasure in providing a first class rehabilitation and recovery service as well as accurate diagnostics.


Additional to the work I have undertaken with Houlbrook Physiotherapy I maintain the role of Head of Medical for UDA Soccer, a position I began in September 2020 after a successful placement, this is a programme based in Chester where overseas Soccer players arrive from the United States and Canada to coincide their Football whilst studying a degree.


Furthermore I currently work as part of a fast flowing Physiotherapy clinic based in Liverpool, I have been working here part time since October 2020 diagnosing and treating a variety of injuries from all backgrounds. 


Prior to this I have been lucky to be involved working with Wigan Warriors, a Professional Rugby League team when I attended sessions to assist with their Recovery. Additionally I have been involved in Basketball at Manchester Magic where I gained placement hours during my Degree. 

Across my experiences so far I have attained priceless knowledge on how to assess, diagnose and treat a vast array of injuries and conditions in the upper and lower body extremities.