Roz Thomas has lived in Tiverton for the past 8 years. She trained at Southampton University, and qualified in 2001. From there she undertook her junior rotations within the John Radcliffe Trust in Oxford, gaining a lot of experience in many different specialties within physiotherapy, however she became more focused in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and embarked on completing a Masters in this area. After getting married in 2004, she moved to Walsall in north Birmingham and became self-employed within a private clinic, also branching out to work for West Bromwich Albion Youth Academy, lecturing at the University of Wolverhampton Nursing course on assessing different joints in the body, and providing a physiotherapy service at several private gyms locally.
In 2006, Roz completed her MSc in Applied Sports and Exercise Science, and had her first child. Both Roz and her husband are committed Christians and felt called to move to South Africa for 6 months to volunteer at an orphanage for HIV/AIDS children. Six months turned into 4 years, and in that time Roz was able to set up a special needs clinic at a local community centre providing therapy services for those who needed it most. She successfully gained an International grant from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK to equip the room with specific equipment, and this service continues to run today.
In 2010 the family felt their time in South Africa had run its course and they returned to the UK and relocated to Tiverton, Devon. Roz has undertaken bank work at the ‘Firefighter’s Rehab Centre’ in Chudleigh, and at Tiverton Hospital both with the in-patient and out-patient departments. She has undertaken a few lectures at Plymouth University on their undergraduate physiotherapy course.
Roz has purchased her own diagnostic ultrasound machine, and is passionate to improve her skills in diagnosing relevant conditions in more detail, and motivating clients to understand what is wrong and how they can improve their performance.