The Team

Functional Physiotherapy was established in 2009 by Jo Pereira, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 25 years' experience. Along with Jo, the Practice has two Associate Physiotherapists, Catherine Hopping and Kirsty Harris and our philosophy is to provide professional, friendly and patient-focussed treatment in order to gain fast and effective results. We are all Chartered Physiotherapists, governed by the codes of conduct and professional standards of The Health Professions Council (HPC) www.hpc-uk.org

Jo, Catherine and Kirsty have BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. This qualifications means that they practice under the protected title of Chartered Physiotherapist which is governed by the codes of conduct and professional standards set out by The Health Professions Council (HPC).
This Practice has registration as a recognised provider to Axa PPP and Bupa along with all other major insurance companies.

Jo Pereira MCSP


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Jo qualified in 1994 from The University of The West of England, Bristol and started her career as a Physiotherapist working in a number of hospitals within the NHS, rotating in departments as varied as Intensive Care, Trauma and Orthopaedic wards and Out-Patients Departments. During this time Jo, a member of The Organisation of Physiotherapists in Private Practice www.physiofirst.org.uk developed a keen interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries enabling her to move away from the NHS to pursue a career in the world of private practice.

Jo's interest in sports' injuries led her to work with two local rugby teams as lead physiotherapist providing pitch side medical care, training advice and rehabilitation. Jo's desire to travel and work led her to use her qualification in New Zealand where she gained a valuable eighteen months' experience as a locum in various hospitals and private practices.
On her return she continued to work part-time in the NHS whilst building her own successful private practice in a small Oxfordshire market town. The prospect of a new challenge took Jo to Bristol to join a busy sports' injury clinic along with jointly setting up a new respiratory service; CLEAR (Community Lung Education and Rehabilitation) programme.

Jo took over the Practice back in 2009 and has been delighted to be able to build the team to three highly experienced physiotherapists. She continues to enhance her skills and professional development by taking ongoing post graduate courses, including acupuncture, spinal manipulation and most recently, Kinesiology Taping.

Jo now manages the day to day running of the Practice alongside offering appointments and teaching five of our Pilates classes every week.


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Catherine Hopping MCSP

Catherine qualified from Brighton University as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2003. Catherine has worked within the NHS progressing to a Senior Clinician in musculoskeletal out-patients. Whilst within the NHS Catherine worked in a variety of settings including working in A+E and fracture clinic alongside Consultants and has also been the lead clinician in the Physiotherapy department at a GP surgery. Working within these varying teams has enabled Catherine to develop a broad experience of both chronic and acute conditions in both spinal and peripheral problems. In 2007, Catherine undertook an MSc Module in musculoskeletal triage which enabled her to enhance her diagnostic skills in order to provide her patients with the best possible assessment and treatment.

Catherine has also worked in the Private Sector within a Sports Injury Clinic and Sports Centre, where she gained experience in providing rehabilitative care for varying levels of athletes. Catherine has always been interested in enhancing sports performance in patient's and has undertaken courses by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), Kinesiology Taping and manual therapy skills which she has found to compliment those patients who come from both a sporting and non- sporting background. Catherine is also particularly interested in pre and post- natal problems.

Catherine joined Functional Physiotherapy in Sept 2010 shortly after moving back to the area with her family. Alongside her clinic hours, Catherine runs six of our Pilates classes every week.


Kirsty Harris MCSP

Kirsty-Harris-Functional-Physio-01aKirsty qualified from The University of Huddersfield in 2005 from where she moved to South Wales to start her Physiotherapist career working within NHS hospitals, rotating between working on wards and within out-patients departments. 

With a strong bias towards musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Kirsty specialised and progressed in this area through senior musculoskeletal physiotherapy posts before moving back over the border to join Royal Berkshire NHS Trust as an Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner. In this post, she worked closely with orthopaedic surgeons with a special interest in the upper limb to assess, treat and rehabilitate patients.

Kirsty continued to specialise into musculoskeletal physiotherapy and worked as a senior physiotherapist in the Ministry of Defence including residential rehabilitation, outpatient departments and multidisciplinary assessment clinics.

In addition to her NHS and MOD roles, Kirsty has also maintained a strong interest in acute sports injuries. She was the lead physiotherapist for her local rugby team and the under 16s regional academy squad providing pitch-side cover and injury management to both teams in addition to working closely with coaching staff to recognise injury trends and alter training practices to prevent injuries. These roles developed both her interest and expertise in managing sports injuries.

Kirsty also offers post graduate skills in acupuncture and Kinesiology Taping and Pilates.

Having travelled extensively throughout Asia, Australia and more recently Europe Kirsty relocated back to the area to further her career in private practice here at Functional Physio and Pilates. She joined the team in 2019 and is pleased to be working alongside Jo and Catherine to offer her expertise in musculoskeletal management together with teaching seven of our Pilates classes.

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