Brightwell Physiotherapy has four extremely experienced physios. The practice was established in 2012 by Felicity Peach and she was joined in 2019 by Abigail Chambers, in early 2023 by Muna Gulay and most recently in 2023 by Ankita Gupta.
Felicity has more than 20 years’ experience as a physiotherapist. After qualifying, seven years in London’s prestigious teaching hospitals were followed by a postgraduate Master’s degree in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy at UCL and MACP, after which she was snapped up by a specialist Harley Street private practice. She subsequently moved to Oxfordshire to raise her family, treated at St. Luke’s Hospital, Oxford, in Henley-on Thames and Abingdon, and ultimately set up her own private practice.
Felicity takes a broad, holistic approach to treatment, learned during her postgraduate course. She has honed these skills over her career, working with patients such as West End dancers, professional footballers or musicians while in Harley Street. She has developed an instinctive feel for muscle, joint and spinal motion, meaning that she can see beyond the symptoms to the bio-mechanical source of the problems – and to treat them.
Abigail qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 and initially worked at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals before continuing her career in the NHS in Berkshire, where she was recruited into a private clinic in Maidenhead part-time. More recently she has worked at a sports injury clinic in Cambridge, as well as providing physiotherapy for the Cambridge University Boat Race Squad. Relocation brought her back to Oxfordshire and she joined Felicity on her return in 2019.
Abigail’s ethos in physiotherapy is to treat every client as individual, using manual treatments (where beneficial) to restore range of movement and efficient muscular recruitment. Her special interest is in women’s and men’s health, which was sparked during her time at the John Radcliffe Hospital – an interest she has pursued with further training and experience.
Muna gained her qualification as a physical therapist in 2007, and started her career in a special educational needs and disabilities school for children. Soon after she joined the Saudi German Hospital (Jeddah- Saudi Arabia) as an outpatient physiotherapist in 2009. Muna worked mainly in rehabilitating adult and paediatric patients, dealing with orthopaedic, MSK and neurological conditions.
Ankita qualified as a physiotherapist in 2020 and has since completed Master’s degrees in both Neurology and Public Health. She started her career in a large private clinic, where she treated adults and children with special needs. Most recently she has treated as a physio at a large Reading gym.
Ankita brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the practice. Her interests lie in neurological and paediatric physiotherapy although she has a broad expertise. She stays up-to-date with the latest advances in the field to offer the most effective evidence-based care she can, including acupuncture/dry needling.
“My mission is to create a supportive and empowering environment where you can achieve your health goals. My approach is centred on understanding the specific needs of each individual, developing personalised treatment plans that address not only the physical aspects of the conditions but also the emotional and cognitive dimensions. I believe in fostering a collaborative relationship with my patients, working together to set realistic goals and celebrate victories.
We are lucky to have Tilly James joining us as a lead associate physiotherapist.