About Us

Jenny Baker – Clinical Director and Lead Neurological Physiotherapist

PHYSIO TRAINING AND CLINICAL BACKGROUND

Jenny qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1998 from the University of Wales College of Medicine. She has worked in all areas of the NHS covering outpatients, respiratory, care of older people, trauma and orthopaedics and neurology. Jenny specialised in Neurological physio in 2003 has since built up expert knowledge working with neurological inpatients, outpatients and out in the community.

Jenny worked as the physio lead for the Dorset Brain Injury service and later went on to set up the physiotherapy service for the Dorset spasticity clinic.

SPECIALIST SKILLS

Jenny has completed advanced Bobath training and Masters level neurology modules.

Jenny is trained in vestibular management and acupuncture for pain relief. Jenny has also completed a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has trained to class instructor level in Pilates with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute.

Jenny has authored three systematic reviews on the effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin for spasticity and function, which have been published in the International journal Clinical Rehabilitation. (See links below)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26150020

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25352614

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23864518

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Since moving to Devon two years ago with her husband and two children, Jenny has been working as an independent physiotherapist in the community and has set up Sense Ability Therapy as a rehabilitation company to help supplement the care available on the NHS by offering a variety of treatment options to suit different peoples needs.

In her spare time Jenny likes to do yoga, pilates and walk her two dogs in the gorgeous Devon countryside.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Member of APPI, AACP, ACPIN, CSP and HCPC Registered.

Zoe Aspinall – Musculoskeletal/Women’s Health Physio 

Zoe qualified as a physiotherapist from Hertfordshire University in 2007. Over the last 10 years, Zoe has worked in a variety of settings ranging from high level athletes to elderly care, private to NHS and from the UK to Australia to Africa (and back again!) Her clinical background is primarily in treating musculoskeletal conditions, including elite athlete rehabilitation. However, through her extensive and varied professional experience she is able to provide a truly holistic assessment and treatment approach. Zoe works with you as the client, to ensure effective treatment and management of the condition. Zoe also has a specialist interest in women’s health which treats conditions arising from the pelvis and pelvic floor muscle, including antenatal and post-natal conditions, incontinence and constipation. Zoe is an instructor in Pilates, qualifying in 2009 through the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI). She is currently living in Devon and is a keen sports (having previously captained a ladies cricket team) and outdoors fan!

Claire Schnetler – Neuro Physiotherapist

 TRAINING AND CLINICAL BACKGROUND

Claire qualified in 2007 with a Bsc Honours in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology. Claire specialises in neurological physiotherapy. After completing her junior and senior rotations in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire she began to specialise in Community Rehabilitation.

SPECIALIST SKILLS

Since moving to Devon in 2013, Claire has specialised in Community Neurological Rehabilitation and has been working for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. Claire is experienced in treating people with problems relating to Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and many other neurological conditions. Claire has completed various levels of the Bobath Course and uses these skills and other neurological treatment approaches to bring a holistic method to her rehabilitation. Her particularly specialist areas are Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease and stroke rehabilitation.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

In her spare time Claire likes to make the most of the beautiful county that we live in, getting out and about in the countryside by rock climbing, hiking, sailing and surfing. When the Devon weather comes in- she enjoys singing and doing textile crafts.

Tess Irons – Associate Physiotherapy Technician

Tess works with sense ability as a physiotherapy technician to continue pre-assessed clients with exercise programmes that have been set up by one our physiotherapists.

TRAINING AND BACKGROUND

Tess worked for 17 years at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre. She is a trained fitness instructor and personal trainer.

She has been running her personal trainer business TessFit for the last few years as she wanted to offer a more personal service that focussed on each individual and their health & fitness needs.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Tess is due to get her level 3 REPS qualification as a fitness instructor in December.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Tess says: I am 50 years young with three children who are no longer happy to be called that!  As the youngest is 19 years old I can understand why.  I have lived in South Devon all my life and usually get described as a very positive and happy person, and I believe all my greatest achievements have been because I am a great listener! I feel honoured to be a part of Sense Ability Therapy working with clients to help regain or improve functional fitness and/or a healthy diet.  There is no better job satisfaction than helping to improve the quality of someone’s life.