Meet The Team

Carla Sutherland

Graduated from Glasgow University 1998 with a BSc Hons in Sports Medicine and Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003 with an MSC in Physiotherapy (Pre-reg). Worked in the NHS 2003-2013 gaining invaluable experience and knowledge in: Musculoskeletal outpatients, Orthopaedics, Stroke Rehabilitation, Medicine for the Elderly (specializing in falls prevention and Parkinson clinic) and Paediatrics.

She established ‘Blairgowrie Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic’ in 2009 with Carla being the sole clinician, and she resigned from NHS in 2013 to concentrate on the business.

2020 Carla started ‘Revive Online Physio’ to reach out to those people in pain but unable to attend face to face appointments within a clinical setting… this may be due to ill health, child care or work issues, or those living in a rural environment.

Since returning to work after the pandemic temporarily closed ‘Blairgowrie Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic Ltd’, the business has been rebranded and ‘Revive Physiotherapy and Wellbeing’ has been born.

Carla is a highly experienced reputable Physiotherapist, her breadth of knowledge enables her to offer a huge range of specialist treatments to treat a variety of problems in most areas of the body, and to people of all ages.  

She has a keen interest in working in sport. She worked with multi-national elite shooters within the athletes village at the Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games. She has worked with the national Scottish hockey team at under 16 level accompanying them on their tours to Northern Europe, but reluctantly had to decline the offer of a permanent post with them. She spent some of the summer in 2013 working with the senior Scottish Ladies Hockey team to help prepare them for their European matches. This involved pre- and post-match physiotherapy and pitchside first aid.

She has gained work experience working alongside Physiotherapists treating national and international athletes within the Edinburgh Rugby club and the Tayside Institute of Sport. This has undoubtedly enriched her knowledge of treating sports injuries and recognising the demands of sport on the body and sports profiling (golf, swimming, hockey and rugby) and sports specific rehabilitation.

Despite a busy Professional Career, Carla has raised and supported the upbringing of 3 wonderful children.  She has also achieved personal success winning Road running and Hill running races, Biathlons, 3rd place in Mountain Marathons.  She is a qualified Ski Patroller and this has taken her to work in Scotland and also New Zealand. Over the years she has tried to help her local community by volunteering as: a Parent helper in Primary School, she has had active roles on committees such as Junior Rugby Clubs and as Chair of the local Community Council.

Career Snapshot

  • 2021 rebranded Blairgowrie Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic to ‘Revive Physiotherapy and Wellbeing’.
  • 2020- Created new company ‘Revive Online Physio’
  • 2017- 2020 Promoted to Physiotherapy Manager and Clinic Director, within this time grew the Physiotherapy business to employ other Health professional services: Audiology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Expanded to two new locations in Aberfeldy and Dunkeld.
  • 2017- Gained qualification in accredited Advanced Sport Trauma Course- LUBAS
  • 2016 – Running Gait Analysis Course· 2015- Road Bike Fit for Physiotherapists Course
  • 2015- Bought commercial premises, renovated and created a custom-built Physiotherapy Clinic to accommodate not only Physiotherapy but also Sports Massage Therapy, Pilates and Yoga, Cycling analysis/bike fit, Podiatry
  • 2014 – Physiotherapist for elite shooters at Commonwealth games.
  • 2014- Certificate in Spinal manual therapy through Manual concepts. 8 day course for a variety of conditions for the spine including arthritis and disc problems.
  • 2013 – Work with the national Scottish hockey teams
  • 2013 – Received prestigious invite to Queens Garden Party at Holyrood- anonymous patient nomination.
  • 2012 – 2014 – work experience and mentorship with Edinburgh Rugby and Sports Institute Scotland
  • 2010 – Completed the 4 McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and therapy courses. This specializes on logical assessment and treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. It works particularly well for disc related pathology and dysfunctions.
  • 2009 – 2019 – Strathmore Rugby Club Lead Physiotherapist and Physio Manager
  • 2009- Started Blairgowrie Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic Ltd
  • 2009 – Postgraduate diploma Orthopaedic Medicine (Middlesex uni) – qualified to assess and treat cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and sacroiliac (pelvic) conditions as well as the peripheral joints (knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles etc).
  • 2009 – Post grad diploma Injection therapy (Middlesex uni)- Qualified to treat musculoskeletal complaints with the use of cortico-steroid injection
  • 2006 -Post graduate qualification to practice Acupuncture. A useful tool in the management of pain and there is robust scientific evidence to support the use of acupuncture in a variety of conditions.
  • 2005 -2012 -Sports taping
  • 2003-2014 – Post- graduate courses/conferences and in services for hips/groin, shoulders, knees etc.
  • 2003 – Qualified with an MSc Physiotherapy (pre-reg) from Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • 1998 – BSc Hons in Sports Medicine from Glasgow University

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  • 2016 – British Weightlifting Level 1 Coaching Assistant
  • 2016 – Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • 2016 – Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • 2017 – Functional Integrated Dry Needling Course
  • 2018 – British Weightlifting Level 2 Licensed Coach
  • 2020 – Bachelor’s Degree Physiotherapy – St George’s University of London
  • 2020 – Football Association Concussion Guidelines Course
  • 2021 – Ran Long COVID rehabilitation classes for NHS
  • 2021 – APPI Matwork Pilates Level 1 and 2
  • 2021 – “Simplifying the Hip” Course with Mehmet Gem
  • 2022 – Mental Health First Aid Introduction – One Day Course
  • 2022 – Radial Shockwave Therapy
  • 2022 – Emergency First Aid Renewal
  • 2022 – Clinical Manager and Lead Physiotherapist in Private Clinic
  • 2022 – Registered with Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)
  • 2022 – Women’s Health work experience – in-house training scheme
  • 2023 – POGP Course in Female Urinary Dysfunction
  • 2023 – Biomechanical Assessment of the foot CPD
  • 2023 – Pelvic Radiation Disease CPD – Dr Mehta


Waj Zafar

Hi, my name is Waj Zafar, I am a Chartered Physiotherapist, and my speciality is in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal care.

I qualified with a Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy in 2020 from Pakistan, after I worked as a Rehabilitation House officer in an Orthopaedic hospital where I developed my interest in working in outpatient MSK and the orthopaedic field. I was then assigned to work as a part of the Orthopaedic team and the outpatient MSK department.

I gained a lot of experience in treating joint replacement patients, sports-related injuries and trauma patients and honed my skills in that field, I also kept myself up to date by attending workshops and conferences. After working there for over a year I decided to further enhance my skill in that field and came here to do a Master’s in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology from the University of Dundee, I finished my master’s in 2023 and joined Revive Physiotherapy and wellbeing as a Junior Physiotherapist in the start of 2024.

This year with team Revive’s support I will qualify with a Level 3 diploma in Sports Massage and also become a qualified Acupuncturist.  I also plan on starting my journey training to become a Mckenzie practitioner and enhance my knowledge and practical skills in Spinal Assessment, diagnosis and treatment.


Gregor

I am a soft tissue therapist, proficient in sport massage, soft tissue and myofascial release and trigger point therapy. These all to help elevate aches, aches, pains and muscle tightness and soreness you may have.  However I also have extensive experience working in sport, I have the organisational skills to assist in planning and delivery of sport and exercise.  

Ever since I was young I have had a keen interest in Sport and exercise which led me to gain a BSC Sport and Exercise from Abertay University.  Since then I have gone from strength to strength wanting to impart my knowledge onto other people and help them develop skills in sport and exercise.  I have done this by qualifying as a Swim coach, UKCC Level 2 – Coaching + Teaching Aquatics and Early Childhood Swim Teacher.  I then went on to study an HND – Sport Coaching and Development.

I am an experienced Fitness Instructor / Level 3 Personal Trainer and have lots of experience with the organisation and running of classes, so you will definitely see me teaching classes and taking PT sessions here at Revive Physiotherapy.  

I am qualified in GP exercise referral and really enjoy working with wellbeing for the local community so I fit right in here with the team at Revive Physio where I can help people with underlying medical conditions into an exercise routine and lifestyle change.

Throughout my time working in health and fitness I have developed an interest in treating injuries and in May 2024 I will qualify with an HND in Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation.  I will be taking this onto degree level and by 2025 I will qualify with a BSc in Sports Therapy. This will enable me to specialise in corrective exercise for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

On a personal level, I enjoy going to the gym,  I enjoy hiking is the highlands, currently working my way through the Munros!


Kirsten Atkinson

Soft Tissue Therapist

Offering  tailored treatments in Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Dry Needling. C-Section Scar Specialist  and  APPI Pilates Instructor.

My aim, through using techniques including massage, soft tissue release and trigger point therapy, is to help clients unwind, maintain positive wellbeing and achieve pain-free movement whenever possible. Whether you are in need of complete relaxation, are a sports person or in pain, we can work together on a treatment plan to get you feeling more ‘You’ again.

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology and Sports Science from Glasgow University, I went on to  complete an MSc (Med Sci) in Human Nutrition and Public Health also from  Glasgow University.  I then began working life in the NHS as a Clinical Physiologist in Respiratory Medicine at The Royal Infirmary in Glasgow. This involved carrying out lung function testing for the assessment and diagnosis of various lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. After 4 years in the NHS I went on to qualify and work as a Biology Teacher working in inner city schools and laterly schools in more rural communities.

Life as a busy working mum of two young  children led me to take a short career break to focus on a more balanced family life. In 2017 my enthusiasm for Anatomy and Physiology combined with a passion for wellbeing led to me furthering my studies and  I qualified with a Diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage Therapy from the University-accredited Western School of Massage. I established Fjӓll Remedial and Sports Massage Therapy in 2017,  offering soft tissue therapy to help ease the symptoms of various muscular aches and pains. The pandemic in 2020/21 forced me to close my business for a number of months. Although this was an extremely  challenging time for self-employed therapists such as myself  I remained focussed and determined to return armed with more knowledge and skills to bring to my clients. I studied Self Myofacial Release and was able to bring this therapy to clients ‘ virtually’ during lockdown.

I have recently qualified as an APPI Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. This allows me to bring movement treatment alongside my soft tissue therapy with the two modalities complimenting each other well to give the best outcomes for clients. Most recently, I have qualified as a  C-Section Scar Specialist.  This has provided me with advanced massage skills for scar tissue and the abdominal area to support clients after caesarean birth.

On a more personal level, I am a busy mum of two active and sporty children! I am often found ‘track side’ with a spanner in my hand supporting my son at various  track and road cycling races across the UK or up to my knees in mud supporting my daughter at her horse riding. When I get a second to myself, I enjoy Pilates, country walks with my fox red labrador and of course, a nice relaxing massage.

Qualifications

  • 2002 BSc (Hons) Physiology and Sports Science – University of Glasgow
  • 2003 MSc (Med Sci) Human Nutrition and Public Health – University of Glasgow
  • 2007 PGCE Secondary Education Biology with Science – Strathclyde University
  • 2016 Diploma Swedish Massage – Western School of Massage, Glasgow
  • 2017 Diploma Remedial and Sports Massage Therapy – Western School of Massage, Glasgow
  • 2018 Medical Acupuncture – OMT
  • 2019 Diploma Pregnancy Massage
  • 2023 C-Section Scar Specialist – Restore Scar Therapy
  • 2024 APPI Pilates Matwork Instructor

Sam

My name is Sam and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I studied a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at Latrobe University, Melbourne. I also have since gained qualifications in Clinical Pilates and Dry Needling to assist in giving patients the best care possible.

I love treating all areas of the body but I have special interests assisting with Sporting Injuries, especially muscle and tendon problems. I also find the knee and shoulder very fascinating to treat and enjoy the challenges that are associated with these joints. I am a huge advocate for Clinical Pilates and have found it very effective for treating chronic issues but perhaps even more importantly is its ability to prevent injuries. I therefore find immense satisfaction in delivering this to patients and encouraging them to get stronger.

I have worked in a private practice like Revive in Melbourne for the last 2 years. In this time, I have treated a wide variety of injuries, delivered Clinical Pilates, and worked as Head Physiotherapist for a Professional AFL (Australian Football) Club. Working there has exposed me to all kinds of patients and problems and given me the confidence to help whoever walks through the door.  

Growing up in Melbourne I played lots of sport, particularly Basketball and Australian Football. It was through this that I developed a passion for the human body and helping people perform at their best. If I was back home I would be watching the footy every weekend with family and friends as well as playing basketball with mates every week. I love going to the gym and taking part in Pilates to help with both my physical and mental health.

I have recently developed the travel bug with my girlfriend and hence our big move to Scotland. I cannot wait to explore the culture and scenery here and hopefully get into the rugby along with exploring what else Europe has to offer.


Mary Macpherson

After completing a Social Sciences degree and spending 10 years following the snow around the globe, I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1996 and have been based in the Perth area ever since. I have mainly worked for NHS Tayside (also NHS Fife & privately), having a variety of roles both within the hospital and out in the community. I have specialised in what was known as Women’s Health for the past 20 years after completing the post graduate education in 2003. This role  expanded over the years to cover not only Obstetric and Gynaecological issues, but also bowel and male pelvic problems. This is an area of health that people often find difficult to seek help for and I am passionate about helping break down some of these barriers. I believe in the importance of a thorough assessment and working with the individual to identify problems and set realistic goals for treatment.

 I am also a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, using acupuncture as a treatment where appropriate. More recently I have completed my  APPI Pilates Certification(2020) and Level 1 LPF Hypopressives (2019). These courses along with Jilly Bond’s Happy Bladder have had an enlightening effect on my practise and helped me look beyond the traditional PF muscle exercises! I am a Diplomate of the IPM (Institue of Psychosexual Medicine)  and find this approach complimentary to both my skills and client group.  I have an interest in integrating healthy lifestyles (especially diet & exercise) into people’s everyday activities and hope to continue to develop this side of my physiotherapy practice.

Away from work I enjoy my wild welsh terrier (Percy), kayaking, getting outdoors (especially in winter!) and keeping tabs on three grown up children. I am also challenging my lung capacity, motor coordination and mental powers by trying to play the bagpipes (although the children think I should stick to physiotherapy!).