The Neurological Practice was formed by Nikki Penny to provide specialist physiotherapy rehabilitation to people who suffer from a neurological condition. Nikki graduated in 1990 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and has worked as a chartered state registered physiotherapist for the last 25 years.
She quickly developed a passion for neurology and has worked in many neurological rehabilitation units within her NHS career such as Stoke Mandiville Sussex Rehabilitation Centre and lastly became the specialist at the Wolfson Neurological Unit, London.
Nikki has spent many years studying movement. She took an extensive interest in exploring the Bobath Concept of Treatment. She became Advance Bobath trained and enjoyed 7 years involved with the British Bobath Tutor Training Programme.
She also realised the need for a balanced view and studied other concepts such as the gym ball, progressive resistance training, use of orthotics neurology and more recently use of the treadmill for neurological gait training. Nikki is also actively involved in the teaching and performs lecture and workshops teaching therapists about movement and the treatment of movement problems.
Nikki believes in a shared partnership with her patients and strives to help them identify and reach their goals.
Elise qualified from the University of Brighton in 2011 with an MSc in Rehabilitation Science. Previous to this degree she completed a Bachelors degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chichester.
Since qualifying she has worked in acute neuro, community stroke rehabilitation as well as completing her junior rotations and became a senior rotational physiotherapist.
She then went on to work in paediatrics at Chailey Heritage school working with children and young adults with complex neurological disorders. During this time she also worked part time in a private clinic treating adults with musculoskeletal pathologies.
Elise adopts a holistic approach to each patient and enjoys a very ‘hands on’ method of physiotherapy, incorporating facilitation to enhance normal movement patterns and manual therapy. As well as this Elise believes in an emphasis on exercise prescription and educating her clients about their condition.
Anna-Marie graduated from Brunnel University in 1993 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. Since then she has gained varied neurological experience in both acute and rehabilitation settings specialising in treating patients with neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and ABI.
She first worked with Nikki Penny in 1997 at Southlands Rehabilitation Centre. In 1999, as the lead physiotherapist, she went on to establish and develop physiotherapy services within the Community Rehabilitation Team at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust.
Anna-Marie is advanced Bobath trained and is a qualified acupuncturist with a particular interest in treating trigger points and headaches. She has a keen interest in fitness, functional training and Pilates having completed various courses at the Australian Physiotherapist and Pilates Institute in London.
Anna-Marie draws on all of her skills and experience to deliver a holistic and dynamic approach to her treatment programs
Olly graduated from Chichester University in 2003 with a BSC honours in sport and exercise science, focussing on sports injuries. Since then, he has had a number of sport and exercise roles – developing a particular interest in extreme sports and boxing, having coached and competed at various levels.
Having taught PE in both private and state schools, Olly is actively involved in trying to engage children and young people in sport – bringing a fresh approach to the national curriculum.
If you think you’re fit, Olly will find a way to push you to the next level, incorporating his knowledge of the anatomy, military fitness, his marathon experience and various training programmes he has taken part in. Having just completed four years training in gymnastic energy and movement, Olly can now incorporate this knowledge to enhance health, movement, and rehabilitation whilst increasing potential.
Olly lives in Brighton with his three boys and crazy dog and can usually be found out on his surfboard or on his bike for his 27 mile commute to work.
I always knew I wanted to be a physiotherapist, so as soon as I left school I went to University in Coventry. Once I qualified, I moved to London and worked in various large teaching hospitals to gain my basic, junior experience. I became interested in neurology quite early on in my career and worked at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery for four years, both as a senior and an advanced specialist physiotherapist. This gave me invaluable experience treating rare, complex neurological disorders, from acute through rehabilitation. I then moved to Brighton in 2002 and worked as a clinical team leader for physiotherapy at Sussex Rehab Centre for 11 years. During this time, I also had experience being the therapy lead for the unit, managing the whole multidisciplinary team.
I have experience in treating all Neurological disorders, but I have a keen interest in stroke care.
I started at Nikki's Clinic in August 2013. I had briefly worked with Nikki before in her Clinic, when I first moved down to Brighton, so it was good to become reacquainted after such a long time. Her practice has gone from strength to strength and it is exciting to be a part of the clinics development.
I now have two young crazy boys which keeps me fit, and whenever I can we visit our holiday home in Sri Lanka.
Rachel Wykes is a State Registered Occupational Therapist. She obtained a BA Hons in OT from the University of East Anglia in 1999.
She quickly developed an interest in Neurogical Rehabilitation working at Sussex Rehab Centre for a few years and has been with the award winning Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team in Brighton for the last 12 years. She works with people after stroke, brain injury or with MS. Rachel is a member of the British Assosciation of OT’s Specialist Section in Neurological Practice.
Rachel works with clients to create individualized home based rehab programmes particularly taking into consideration motivation, cognition and fatigue management.
Jenny Graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1997 with a BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy. She developed a passion for neurology early in her career and has experience in acute, rehabilitation and community setting in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Since 2004 Jenny has worked as a Senior Physiotherapist at the Sussex Rehabilitation Unit in Haywards Heath, where she works part time with adults diagnosed with neurological conditions. Previous experience includes working with children with conditions such as developmental delay and cerebral palsy.
Jenny has completed many professional courses including the 3 week Bobath course and is an active member of the local ACPIN group.
- Sports, spinal and orthopaedic rehabilitation
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Bio-mechanical assessment
- Specialist in juvenile orthopaedic conditions
Bob also specialises in endurance athlete support.
- Running video analysis
- Cycling video analysis
- Video coaching and feedback training sessions
- Injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement
Bob is recognised by all major medical insurers, and has a close working relationship with orthopaedic consultants, dieticians and sports scientists.
- Functional Training programmes
- Functional performance assessment
- Movement screening and corrective exercise programmes
- Postural assessment
We have two admin teams; Elaine and Sue at Hurst and Rebecca and Georgie at Hove.
Nikki says "These are the guys that run The Clinic, for any queries on diary, accounts and events talk to the team"
Hove team 01273 911212
Hurst team 01273 835338