All our Physiotherapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, are Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and linked to the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice. Most have graduated with honours degrees in Physiotherapy (BSc Hons) and those qualified a little longer will have a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Grad Dip Phys). We have two employed Physiotherapists and currently six self-employed Associates
Pramuk Mahanama (Employed)B.Physio (UniMelb) MCSP
We would like to introduce Pramuk as the latest addition to our growing team.
Pramuk is an Australian physiotherapist on an adventure in the UK. While most people would raise an eyebrow about calling settling down in London an adventure, Pramuk would beg to differ. He is very excited about joining the team and looks forward to coming up with quirky answers as to why he would ever leave the sunny warmth of Australia, which is usually the first question asked of him.
Pramuk brings with him a keen interest in sport/musculoskeletal injury management, with extended training in treating shoulder, knee, and ankle injuries, which includes pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation.
His main focus is to work alongside his patients to achieve their goals and, in the process, to empower them with the tools to better understand their bodies and push their limits.
Karen Fergus (Associate)BSc Hons MCSP - BSc Hons MCSP
Karen has been a physiotherapist for 20 years. Trained at Manchester University in the early 90’s, surrounded by Northern hospitality, the compulsory chip barm after a night out on a student budget, having listened to Northern soul and music from Indie legends, she never thought she would return to her home town of London. But after an interview, which in her mind was “just for the experience” a job offer from Whipps Cross Hospital bought her back to her roots and she has never looked back.
Now mum to two young girls she faces the challenges of juggling home life and work like every other working mother. But she says “it’s an exciting time at Atkins Physiotherapy Consultants and I’m looking forward to the years ahead!”
Karen has a special interest in postural, spinal and sacro-iliac joint dysfunctions; Acupuncture and Clinical Pilates.
Dharshan Manickam (Director)PG Dip (HSc) BPT MCSP
Dharshan has been a physiotherapist for 15 years with post-graduate specialist qualifications in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports medicine from Auckland University of Technology. Dharshan was working with the Manukau County rugby team in Auckland as Team Physiotherapist before he moved to London looking for a new challenge and to satisfy his urge to travel around Europe. He joined the NHS as a specialist physiotherapist and started working in the private sector as well. Dharshan has completed his Acupuncture training and is a registered member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine
Dharshan played badminton and cricket at a high level and is not a stranger to being injured. Dharshan has a special interest in sports injuries and relishes the challenge of returning amateur and elite athletes back to their sport following injuries or surgery. Dharshan has worked with a range of athletes including rugby players, marathon runners, tennis players, Olympic and Paralympic competitors, mixed martial arts fighters and dancers, as well as working with non-sport related issues.
Neil Velleman (Director)BSc Hons MCSP - BSc Hons MCSP
Neil probably doesn’t want reminding but it’s been 26 years since he first qualified as a fresh faced whipper snapper of a Physiotherapist from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. The starry eyed Essex boy moving into the bright lights of the big smoke was a dream come true for Neil. He had pursued a goal of becoming a Physio since the age of 14; he even distinctly remembers sticking human anatomy drawings up on his bedroom wall….very odd you may think, when other 14 year olds were sticking Madonna and Kim Wilde pictures up….although he insists he had some very nice Madonna pictures as well. This curious behaviour had its roots in Neil being a very keen all-round sportsman at school, frequently getting injured and his exasperated dad taking him far to regularly to the local private Physiotherapist. From this he developed a love of medicine and the desire to help and treat other people. He particularly liked how Physios worked very one on one with their patients and have very specialist skills that often make a significant difference to patient’s suffering injury and pain.
From there Neil has never looked back, working in the NHS at North Middlesex and Chase Farm hospitals in London plus Leeds General Infirmary in Yorkshire. With post graduate training in McKenzie Therapy, Orthopaedic Medicine and Acupuncture amongst other things he has gained a deep and varied clinical experience over those 26 years that includes work with dancers, athletes, plus of course, you and me, Mr and Mrs General Public with our various aches and pains and endless issues with neck and back soreness.
Neil says ‘The future looks really exciting at Atkins Physiotherapy Consultants’ and is really looking forward to ‘sorting you all out’ when he next sees you in the clinic.
Juliet Anderson (Associate)Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology - (BSc Hons MCSP ACPIN)
Juliet Anderson is a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist with over 20 years experience. She qualified from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1992. She specialised in Neurology in 1994.
Experience includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation following Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury. She also works with people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease and other Neurological conditions such as Guillain Barre and following treatment for Brain Tumour.
Juliet worked in the NHS for 10 years before moving to the private sector. She now splits her time between a clinic in Welwyn Garden City, Elaine Atkins Clinic and working with clients in their own homes. She also runs a satellite clinic for Odstock Medical Limited assessing and treating patients with Functional Electrical Stimulation (for dropped foot and upper limb weakness).
Juliet has an eclectic approach to treatment, utilising appropriate skills according to the presenting need. She is trained in the use of Bobath Techniques, Movement Science, Posture and Seating Management, Splinting, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Saeboflex, Walkaide etc.
Treatments can be accessed through clinics or at home, according to an individuals requirements. She encourages active participation in Home Exercise Programs and Gym Programs to enhance a clients personal independence.
Juliet is a member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology).
Prity Agarwal (Associate)BSc Hons MCSP
Prity is a senior physiotherapist with over 12 years of experience as a physiotherapist. She has experience of working in the NHS as well as the private sector.
Prity holds a Masters’ degree in musculoskeletal and orthopedic rehabilitation. She also has experience and interest in Neurological rehabilitation. She is an AACP qualified acupuncturist and also an APPI qualified Pilates instructor.
She qualified in India in 2004 and since then has been working in hospitals before coming to the UK in 2007. She has since then worked in Condition Management Program run by the DWP, acted as a case manager for people with long term neurological problems and also worked in elderly care and Stroke rehabilitation. She has been working in the private sector since 2013. Prity has interest in research and rehabilitation. She has three international publications as well!!
Prity also carries out home visits for patients in the community. This is mainly if the patient is unable to attend the clinic due to acute nature of the problem or due to limited mobility. If you would like to arrange a home visit, please get in touch with our friendly reception team and they would be glad to help you.
On a personal level, Prity is mum to two young children and loves travelling, reading and spending time with her children and family.
Purvi Raguraman (Employed)MSc MCSP
Purvi has been working as a physiotherapist for the past 14 years. Currently Purvi is a specialist physiotherapist in the NHS with a specific interest in dealing with chronic low back pain and neck pain.
Purvi has specialised manual therapy and manipulation skills that she gained from her advanced Master’s training in Australia. Purvi is an APPI certified Pilates instructor and is able to utilise this additional skill as part of her treatment for chronic low back pain. Purvi has a specialist interest in managing low back pain in pregnant women and post-pregnancy women. She uses a combination of manual therapy and Pilates exercise training to help relieve these symptoms.
Esther Odetunde (Associate)BSc Hons MCSP PPA
Esther has been working at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (part of University College London Hospital trust) since 2006. She completed her undergraduate training at Brunel University and trained at Masters level at University of East London. She works as a senior physiotherapist treating a variety of conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatology conditions and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
She has extensive experience in NHS and private sector treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions both acute and chronic.
Esther is a skilled manual therapist and acupuncturist. She is a qualified graded exercise therapist and an APPI qualified Pilates instructor.
Esther enjoys exercising regularly especially Pilates, running and dancing. She is a member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) and the PPA (Physiotherapy Pain Association)
Becky Adshead (Associate)MCS MMACP MCSP
Becky Adshead is an experienced physiotherapist, specialising in musculoskeletal and rheumatology conditions. She works with consultant rheumatologists in the NHS and has a special interest in soft tissue injuries, spinal and shoulder conditions and spondyloarthropathies. She has a post graduate diploma in Advanced Physiotherapy and reached a recognised standard of excellence in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy being awarded membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) specialist group.
Becky combines her extensive knowledge of injury assessment and rehabilitation to provide the highest standard of care for her patients. She specialises in manual therapy and rehabilitation techniques to address muscular imbalances and patterns of dysfunction leading to injury. Becky is also trained in acupuncture and pilates and uses these skills as an adjunct to other therapies to treat both acute and chronic pain.