charlie palmer portrait ashdown clinic potters bar

Charlie Palmer

Senior Physiotherapist

I am a Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal Problems (MSK) and Sports Injuries.  I have over 15 years experience working within the private sector, which includes providing treatment for self-funding patients as well as those coming through insurance companies.  I also have over 15 years experience working with NHS patients – this includes not only many years of MSK Physio but also rotations within the fields of Elderly Care, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Post-Surgery/ITU, Respiratory and Paediatrics.  I therefore have a wide base of medical knowledge underpinning my current knowledge and treatment skills.
My masters degree led to a membership with the MACP, which is a specialist group of Physiotherpists that have undergone extensive training to enhance their handling skills and treatment techniques.  We also deeply explored the latest research and evidence around the problems we see and the effectiveness of different management.   For
the past few years I have been a clinical examiner for the MACP; which involves mentoring and examining other Physios while they are on clinical placement for their Masters degree.
My more recent roles have included team management, provision of training, auditing and quality assurance of Physiotherapy within a corporate setting, where our company provides front line treatment advice, as well as managing cases that we refer to associate network clinics.  This covers insurance, private medical insurance and occupational health. My most recent position includes acting as the MSK Corporate Complaints Lead and I am now the MSK Corporate Clinical Lead, overseeing our Corporate Clinical Governance Team.
I also have a keen interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation having spent several years working with elite athletes at Arsenal Ladies and Chelsea Ladies FC.  I still enjoy working alonside patients who are active and rehabilitating them back to their pre-injury fitness level and back playing their specific sport.  I also focus highly on the prevention or reoccurance of injuries (prehabilitation); as prevention is always better than cure.  Having completed a specialist module in Strength and Conditioning within my Masters degree, I can also provide advice for exercise within a gym and sporting setting to enhance performance.
In my free time I normally enjoy keeping fit, cooking tasty healthy food and I have a keen interest in music and photography.   I used to play hockey, tennis and badminton to a pretty good level, but gave these up when i dedicated my free time to being a sports physio.  I also love to travel and try to enjoy regular holidays. I particularly love all things American especially their sports teams, sports clothing and some food treats that you can't get in the UK!
MSc in Advanced Neuro-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at University of Hertfordshire
BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at University of Brighton
Member of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

Member of the Health Professions Council

Zac Chandler Physiothereapist Ashdown Clinic

Zac Chandler


Zac has over 10 years working in clinics and league football clubs as a physiotherapist / sports injury therapist. His scope extends to the NHS, as a community physiotherapist, treating mainly elderly and house bound patients, and also in an occupational health clinic.

A late entry training as a physiotherapist, and after a diagnosis with dyslexia as a child, a degree level education did not look optimistic at the time. It was not until his thirties, and with the support of his current wife and family, that he re-joined education as a mature student, and gained his degree at St Georges University Hospital 5 years ago.

Zac has been working at Ashdown Clinic for a number of years now, and is able to assess and treat a variety of conditions with his diverse knowledge and skill set.

Patients covered by health insurance policies including BUPA and AXA PPP are also very welcome.


Jonathan Wride

Specialist Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
MSK Sonographer and injection therapist
Independent prescriber PH 99586

Jonathan Wride BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC PGCert Injection Therapy, MSK Sonographer and Independent Prescriber studied at Cardiff University, graduating with 1st class honours.

After completing his rotations in the NHS, Jonathan moved into private practice to focus on treating musculoskeletal conditions. Since then, he has worked extensively with professional and amateur athletes, alongside working with the general public in a variety of clinics across London.

Jonathan now brings his extensive expertise back to his home town of Cheltenham and joins the prestigious multi-award winning Skelian Clinic in May 2019.

Jonathan is a specialist physiotherapist, having undergone extensive post-graduate training in diagnostic ultrasound and injection therapy. He has continued his speciality training to become an independent prescriber – which is one of the highest qualifications a Physiotherapist can attain!

One of Jonathan’s many passions about his job, is offering his patients instant access to the best diagnostics and specialist treatments. Providing reduced waiting times for patients who may have to go through using the NHS.

Jonathan’s specialist treatments include Ostenil injections, Corticosteroid injections and PRP injections, as well as treatments such as Shockwave Therapy.  He is one of the few physiotherapist practitioners nationwide that offer IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) treatment for spinal pain (back pain).

Corticosteroid injections are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat a range of conditions. These injections are used primarily to treat joint pain and arthritis. When injected into a joint or muscle, steroids reduce redness and swelling (inflammation) locally. By reducing the swelling this can help relieve pain and stiffness.


Along with being a specialist physio, Jonathan lectures nationally as well as internationally in the field of Shockwave Therapy.The mechanisms behind the treatment success of shockwave therapy, in particular, tendinopathies are still being researched. However, the most recent evidence base suggests a relation between mechanical, biochemical and pain relief functions. The mechanical effects are most likely created through the cavitation phenomenon, (rapid changes of pressure within a liquid). The involved cell(s) membrane vibrations that ensue are a result of mechanotransduction (this is how cells sense forces and generate the force into biochemical and biological responses).

Shockwave therapy has been shown to be a lot more effective when combined with exercise in the management of chronic tendinopathies. As a general rule, an exercise based rehab programme should be started as soon as the patient is capable. It is recommended that patients have rest from the activity for 24 hours post-treatment. Other complementary treatments such as acupuncture and electrotherapy are not recommended or necessary as the pain relieving effects could inhibit Shockwave therapy mechanisms of action.


Jonathan also provides diagnostic ultrasound education sessions alongside the world-renowned Mr John Leddy. Mr Leddy is an expert musculoskeletal sonographer and physiotherapist specialising in the integration of diagnostic ultrasound into clinical assessment and injection therapy.

Jonathan Wride Performing Diagnostic Ultrasound

Alongside the speciality treatments, Jonathan also provides physio treatments that include:

  • Massage
  • Soft Tissue work
  • Stretches
  • Strength Exercises
  • Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Instrument-assisted Myofascial Release
  • Dry Needling
  • Sports Taping

Away from the clinical life, Jonathan likes to lead by example to his patients, living a healthy and active lifestyle. When relaxing Jonathan enjoys spending time in the countryside and travelling with his fiancée.

If you are interested in Jonathan Wride’s treatments please contact for further information.

the college of podiatry logo
health and care professionals council
federation of small businesses logo
feet for life LOGO