Meet the Team

Uschi Grounds MCSP, ONC  Musculo-skeletal, Orthopaedic                                                         

Image4Former founder partner in 2002 of Sudbury Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic (now Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre), Uschi became owner of Clare Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic in 2010. In 2014, she was able to leave a well-established clinic and partnership with Leon Stephens MCSP, to focus her professional attention on providing a quality physiotherapy service and source of injury advice for the villages of Clare and surrounding rural communities. Also, following a long-term desire to have time with family after a long career establishing both physiotherapy expertise and two practices, Uschi is now pleased to combine these two.

Qualifying in 1988 and specialising 3 years later, Uschi has over 20 years experience in the field of musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and Orthopaedic rehabilitation, with a number of research based post-graduate courses and conferences attended during this time.

Training      – Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy 1988 – 3 years based at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, a spinal injury unit and leading centre for Orthopaedic surgery and development of bone, joint & soft tissue medicine.                         – Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate 1985 – former Black Notley Orthopaedic Hospital, nr Braintree.

Former posts – 2 years at Broomfield General Hospital all wards & ITU; Walnuttree Hospital Elderly Care & Outpatients; South Tyneside District Hospital, Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist; Springfield Medical Centre, Chelmsford; Oaks Hospital Senior Outpatient physiotherapist 1993-2010.

Interests: Guitar, violin, local bands, horse-riding, badminton, orchestra, dog, travel, historical novels, radio, reading, current affairs, motorbike.


 Halcyon Mandelstam  – Neurology & Orthopaedic rehabilitation, Home Visits

IMG_20150720_133633657_HDRHalcyon joined us in August this year as our dedicated domicillary physiotherapist and specialist physiotherapist for neurological conditions.

Qualifying in 1986, Halcyon developed an interest in physiotherapy treatments and rehabilitation for conditions and mobility problems effecting the older person. During her career, Halcyon has worked in London and Suffolk acute hospital settings and in the community. This has encompassed treating many combinations of physical and mental illnesses and accidents which commonly occur in later life. An optimistic and practical approach helps Halcyon find ways to give her patients real improvements in their joint and muscle function within their own home. Experience in this field has shown that often very small improvements in physical performance can make a large difference in regaining or maintaining independence in mobility or individual needs. Spending time to teach movements carefully with repetition and appropriate progression, gains full rewards for patients’ effort.

Halcyon left the NHS in 2013 and has since enjoyed providing tailored rehabilitation and treatment programmes that are individual to each patient’s needs. A member of ACPIN and ACPIVR, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology & Vestibular Rehabilitation provides Halcyon with up to date developments in clinical practise.

Additional: Post-graduate Diploma in Research Methods for Remedial Therapists – Kings College, London, Physiotherapist to charitable group Success After Stroke, Sudbury.

Halcyon also adds that if the evidence base is there, she is open to using therapeutic technologies to support patient care that are already available or recently developed.

Treatments available: see Neuro-physiotherapy & Home Visit pages

Interests: Music, canoeing/events, foreign travel, flute.