Kate gained her first degree in English Literature from Edinburgh University in 1994 followed by a PGCE at Aberystwyth University. She worked as a primary school teacher before deciding to follow her long standing interest in complementary health. She trained in therapeutic massage, acupressure and clinical aromatherapy at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, qualifying in 1998. Almost straight away she realised that her main interest was in remedial treatment and began extra training in this area. In 2010 she gained a second diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Level 5 (BTEC) from the highly regarded London School of Sports Massage. In 2003 she was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences and Herbal Medicine from Westminster University, which as well as training her in the use of herbs developed her understanding of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology to a far deeper level than her massage training involved. Kate is currently undertaking CPD in the Joanne Elphinston Movement System which aims to improve movement and performance, developing greater ease, self-awareness, efficiency and balance.
Kate have been based at the The 919 Physiotherapy Clinic for several years where she has experience of treating a wide range of clients including climbers, runners, cyclists, athletes and circus performers. She attends courses every year to keep up to date and to develop new skills and knowledge; she enjoys this ongoing training enormously and return to work with even more enthusiasm than before.
Kate enjoys bringing herbal knowledge to the wider community. As a committee member of Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses in London she helped to develop interest in the walled herb garden there by leading herb talks and walks and by using the produce to make herbal products. Now based in Sheffield, she volunteered at Meersbrook Walled Garden and Heeley City Farm and has lead herb walks and health talks.
Kate moved to Sheffield in 2007 in order to do more climbing. Other sporting interests include running, hiking and sailing; she enjoys rather than excels at these!