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The Team

RIVKA GOLDBLATT BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy        

Member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

http://oakleyphysio.co.uk/site/files/1.jpgAfter qualifying in 1999 from Salford University, Rivka started working at Hope Hospital where she continued to work up till 2013. In 2002, she specialised and took up a post in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and has gained extensive experience in this area.

Rivka has a keen interest in orthopaedics and has strong links with many of the orthopaedic surgeons in the Greater Manchester area. She has worked both in the NHS and privately, treating patients after joint replacement surgery, arthroscopies and sporting injuries. Rivka has studied for a post-graduate diploma in orthopaedic medicine. Rivka has also spent time training under a top London osteopath, specialising in spinal manupulation, which she can now offer to patients in the clinic.

Rivka has worked in private practice since 2003 and together with Lisa Miller set up the Whitefield Physio Clinic in 2006. In 2011, they relocated to the new, more modern site in Prestwich.


LISA MILLER BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy Team
Member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Lisa qualified in 2001 from Glasgow Caledonian University with a degree in physiotherapy. After graduating she moved to Manchester and started working at Fairfield General Hospital, Pennine Acute NHS Trust.

In 2003, Lisa took up a post in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and developed a special interest in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has extensive experience in treating female incontinence problems, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).

Lisa has been working in private practice alongside her NHS job since establishing the Whitefield Physio Clinic in 2006. In 2011 Rivka and Lisa moved to Prestwich and established Oakley Physio. In 2012 Lisa left the NHS to take up a position in Heathlands Village, a large establishment encompassing a residential and nursing home, palliative care and warden-controlled flats. During the spring and summer of 2013 Lisa completed a course recognised across Europe and became qualified as a Postural Stability Instructor. This qualification has given her more in depth knowledge on the subject of falls prevention in the elderly which she uses in her domicilliary treatments within the community as well as in the care home setting.

She has always had a keen interest in exercise and in 2008 she completed herAPPI training as a pilates instructor. She teaches classes in the community and individuals at the clinic. Lisa has also trained to use acupuncture to treat pain associated with musculo-skeletal conditions.




DEBORAH O'CONNOR BSc (Hons) PhysiotherapyTeam
Member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Deborah qualified in 1996 at the Manchester school of Physiotherapy and started her career at Tameside General Hospital where she gained a range of clinical experience in many different aspects of physiotherapy but particularly in treating medically unwell adults and children.  In 2001, Deborah took up a post at Hope hospital in Salford as the specialist Physiotherapist in Stroke services where she developed her knowledge and skills in the field of neurological rehabilitation, treating both stroke patients and a wide range of other neurological disorders.  In 2007, Deborah moved into the academic field, combining her work in stroke services with lecturing at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Deborah is currently working towards an Msc in Physiotherapy and a Post graduate teaching certificate, and has a keen interest in developing the evidence base for neurological treatments.  Deborah continues to work at MMU training student physiotherapists as well as working in the private sector to treat clients with neurological conditions.  Deborah is a member of acpin and has completed a wide range of specific neurological courses including the Basic Bobath course. 

Deborah is happy to be joining the Oakley team in Prestwich. 



CLAIRE ZATZ  BSc PhysiotherapyPhysio

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

After qualifying from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1993, Claire moved to the Bury area and started her career working at Fairfield General Hospital, gaining experience in a variety of clinical settings. In 1996, she specialised in Paediatrics, working on the children’s wards and in specialist schools.

Claire then took up a senior position with Central Manchester University Trust, based in the community where she still works today.

Claire has a special interest in children with Cerebral Palsy and is an accredited Bobath trained physiotherapist. She has also gained extensive experience working with children with a large variety of conditions , including developmental delay, dyspraxia, gait abnormalities, Down’s Syndrome and a wide range of disabilities.

As Claire is working within the Manchester community, she sees children in a variety of settings, such as clinics, nursery and education settings, specialist support schools and patients’ homes.

Claire is experienced in swimming therapy for children and is fully trained in the Halliwick Swimming Therapy approach. She is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) and the British Association of Bobath Therapists (BABT).

Claire is looking forward to working with the Oakley Therapy team.