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Meet Our Team at Newlands Physiotherapy

Meet Our Team at Newlands Physiotherapy in Glasgow

Blair Muir


Blair qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2001. He then went on to complete some post graduate training in Hand and Upper Limb Therapy at the Auckland University of Technology and has recently completed a certificate in Spinal Manipulation. He developed his musculoskeletal physiotherapy experience in whilst working in a busy public hospital outpatient centre in Dunedin before moving to London in 2010. In London he worked for a prestigious private hospital group before moving to Glasgow with his wife at the start of 2014. Blair has a keen interest in spinal pain, where he incorporates a hands-on approach to therapy with individual rehabilitation programmes. He is happy to treat anyone, sports injuries to arthritic conditions, to help maximise function. With a keen interest in mountain biking and the outdoors, Blair enjoys experiencing all that Scotland has to offer.

Julie Gray

Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Julie qualified in 1990 from Queen Margaret College , Edinburgh with a BSc. in Physiotherapy. She started her career in the NHS in Ayrshire and Glasgow developing her skills in a variety of medical specialties. From there she worked for The Bon Secours and Rosshall Hospitals before starting her own private Physiotherapy and Pilates practice in East Kilbride in 1995. She grew this business until 2008 when she and her family moved to York. Julie relaunched her business and worked there until Christmas 2016 when she and her children returned to live in Glasgow. Over the years Julie has enjoyed the challenges of treating patients with a variety of conditions however her main specialty is in Orthopaedics, Muskulo-skeletal conditions and Injuries.She has completed a variety of courses in Orthopaedic Medicine, Acupuncture, Osteopathic Techniques, Pilates and Movement Systems Rehabilitation - to name but a few. Julie's expertise lies in the management and rehabilitation of chronic conditions and pain, allowing her patients the knowledge and confidence to resume independent lifestyles without fear of pain preventing this. She engages patients to trust in their own abilities to overcome fear that prevents normal movements and activities. By giving control back to the patients, they can overcome their fears and move on to lead fuller lives. She does this by first treating conditions with a hands on approach and / or acupuncture for pain relief. She simultaneously educates patients to self-manage their pain with simple but tailormade exercises. Faulty movement patterns and muscle weaknesses are inevitable in chronic conditions and pain. This is because our bodies cleverly compensate using different muscles to avoid pain and stress on the injured structures. Resuming normal movement patterns is essential to regain strength, co-ordination, balance and timing. This is achieved in the clinic with one to one rehabilitation (part of treatment) followed by pilates classes where small groups of students further develop core and overall strength, stamina and flexibility. Pilates is also excellent for breathing control which can aid relaxation and improve wellbeing. Julie qualified in APPI Pilates (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) in 2003 and has been teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced classes ever since. Scotland has always been Julie's home and after being away for 9 years , she is delighted to be back amongst her family, friends, patients and students. No where beats Glasgow! Julie is passionate about the great outdoors and is desperate to explore her homeland - hillwalking, climbing, absailing, canoeing and gorge walking.

Linsey Spence

BSc Physiotherapy

Linsey works part time at Newlands Physiotherapy and is an experienced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She qualified as a Physiotherapist from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2008 and initially completed rotations in the NHS. Linsey specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2011 and has gained experience in many different environments and had the opportunity to work with elite gymnasts during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She uses a broad range of skills to treat her clients, evaluating their individual needs and working together to achieve their goals. She believes the combination of manual therapy, followed by exercise prescription and education optimises a quick return to function and long term prevention of injuries. Linsey is passionate about Physiotherapy and continually strives to be the best therapist she can be. Continuous professional development is very important and she has completed many Post-Graduate courses including electrotherapy, kinesiology taping, Pilates, acupuncture, soft tissue skills, pelvic girdle pain and running and shoulder injuries. With Linsey, you'll receive the high quality patient-centred care, learn how to self-manage your condition and have the peace of mind that you're in the best hands.

Alison McKinnon

Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Specialist
Alison McKinnon

Alison qualified in 1985 from Queen's College, Glasgow , with a Bsc in Physiotherapy. She has extensive experience in Musculoskeletal, Sports, and Industrial injuries, and has worked in the UK and Canada. In the last 8 years she has specialised in Vestibular Physiotherapy, and is Clinical Specialist in Vestibular Rehabilitation. This is Physiotherapy for balance and dizziness conditions, and can be very effective and life changing for patients. Alison works regularly with ENT Consultants, Neurologists, and GP's, and would be happy to see you at Newlands Physiotherapy Clinic. please see - for more info

Kirsten Lyons

BSc Chartered Physiotherapist, HPC Registered

Kirsten Lyons DipPhys Chartered Physiotherapist HPC Registered Kirsten qualified in 1989 from the Grampian School of physiotherapy and has specialised in Paediatrics, both in acute and community settings, since 1992. She currently is employed within both NHS (New Children's Hospital, Glasgow) and private sectors as a Highly Specialised Physiotherapist. Kirsten works with children and young adults with neurodevelopmental, muscular and orthopaedic conditions with her particular interest in early year's development. She lectures both nationally and internationally in this area. Kirsten has also gained her post graduate qualification in Hippotherapy (physiotherapy using the movement of the horse) and is one of the few practitioners in the country who is able to offer this as an intervention. for Paediatric enquiries, please contact Kirsten directly on 07906 570 633

Mandy Belch

MCSP BSc Physiotherapy, Dip Massage Therapy

Mandy qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1986 from The Queen's College Glasgow. She established the practice originally in 1995. She completed a BOA recognised diploma in Sports Massage Therapy in 2001. Sports injuries are her area of expertise and she was Physiotherapist to the GB Curling Team at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010. She was Team Scotland's Head Physiotherapist at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006 having been part of the Scottish Commonwealth Games medical team in 1998 and 2002. Mandy was once again part of the medical team for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014 where she looked after the Boxers & Rhythmic Gymnasts. Mandy is a senior physiotherapist at the SportScotland Institute of Sport, and after looking after the Curling programme for 10 years, she is currently responsible for the Boxing & Tennis programmes. She works with these athletes and their personal coaches, along with the strength coaches, to provide a comprehensive physiotherapy service that ensures Final Rehabilitation is tailored to that individual. A concept she instils in the ethos of the clinic.