Here at Marple Physio, you’re in safe hands. All our practitioners are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and our physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). We’re highly experienced and committed to continuing professional development, so you can rest assured you’ll always receive the very highest level of care. In addition to our individual areas of specialism, we’re all extremely skilled when it comes to assessing and treating musculoskeletal problems.

Liz Ebelthite, Chartered Physiotherapist
Bsc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP, AACP

Liz Atherton

Liz is Director of Marple Physio, Lead Physiotherapist and owns the practice. She has a very broad skill set but particular expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, from acute sports injuries to chronic painful conditions and post-operative rehabilitation.

Liz gradated from Salford University in 2007 with a First Class BSc Honours in Physiotherapy. Her early NHS work included rotations at Homerton University Hospital in London and East Lancashire Hospitals Trust. She specialised as a senior respiratory physiotherapist at Homerton (and still visits respiratory patients in the Marple community), then as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist at London’s Northwick Park Hospital, before moving to private practice at Marple Physio in January 2011.

Liz has trained with some of the leading lights in physiotherapy and has a wealth of post-graduate qualifications. These include acupuncture (she’s a member of Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists), Pilates, advanced biomechanical assessment, advanced manual therapy and corrective retraining of movement dysfunctions. The latter is a system of assessment and treatment based on quality evidence ( It looks at people’s movement faults and corrects them, thereby resolving problems in the long term and helping prevent their recurrence.

Liz has considerable experience working with rugby teams and has worked wonders on many a player, with everything from first aid to advanced rehabilitation and return to peak performance. With a specialist interest in treating musicians, she’s also a registered therapist with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.


Julie Bishop, Senior MSK Podiatrist
MSc, Bsc (Hons) MCHS, HCPC

Julie Bishop

Julie is one of the North West’s finest podiatrists, an expert in assessing and treating complex biomechanical problems in both children and adults and a specialist in the prescription of orthotic devices (using our RSscan footscan®). Julie graduated from Salford University with BSc (Hons) in Podiatry in 2006 and gained a postgraduate diploma in Paediatric Podiatry from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007. She became an extended scope practitioner in rheumatology in 2010 and is about to complete her MSc in Professional Practice at Salford University.

Cath Dougherty, Chartered Physiotherapist

Cath Dougherty

Cath graduated from Salford School of Physiotherapy in 1987, and has worked within an NHS setting since then, specialising in musculoskeletal conditions. She joined the team at Stepping Hill hospital in 1992 and, in 2002, became an orthopaedic extended scope practitioner specialising in the foot and ankle. In 2005 she also took on paediatric orthopaedics, assessing children for development issues. She is an expert in children’s musculoskeletal development. She is also a trained acupuncturist. Cath has worked at Marple Physio since 2012.

Nicola Jackson, Chartered Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP


Nicola graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 with first class honours, initially working in a hospital setting before specialising in private practice in 2010. She has a very holistic approach to assessment and treatment, with a specialist interest in occupational health and ergonomics and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics. Her ethos is to ensure optimum comfort and efficiency in the workplace to save energy for playing! She has undertaken numerous post-graduate qualifications including manual therapy, acupuncture (she is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists) and is a qualified Modified Pilates instructor and a Star Plus member of the Australian Pilates & Physiotherapy Institute.

Julie Cash, Chartered Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP

 Julie Cash

Julie has worked in physiotherapy for over 10 years and has extensive orthopaedic and musculoskeletal experience. Her specialist interest is pre- and post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, enabling patients to get the best outcomes from their surgery. She is senior physiotherapist at Stepping Hill and Macclesfield District General hospitals, is trained in acupuncture and in treating chronic and acute respiratory conditions. Julie graduated from the University of Teesside in 2003 with a Bsc Hons in physiotherapy.

Tamla Fox Charter Physiotherapist in Women’s Health

Tamla Fox

Tamla graduated in 2008 from Manchester University with a Bsc Hons in Physiotherapy. Her specialist interests include the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions such as Stress urinary incontinence, Urge incontinence, Bladder urgency & retraining and Prolapse education. She is a Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist within the NHS and has extensive experience in her field.

Kathrine Crompton, Sports Massage Practitioner
MSc, MSMA, OCR (Dip)

Kathrine Crompton

Kathrine has a Master’s degree in sports injury and rehabilitation and a wealth of experience working with sports people of all ages and abilities, as well as those less active. Since 2005, she has worked at The English Institute of Sport, helping GB cycling, squash, taekwondo, swimming, para-swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and track and field athletes. She was a volunteer providing massage to the international athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the Athens Paralympics. She worked with the GB para swim team at London 2012 Paralympics, 2013 and 2010 World Championships. Kathrine completed her SPS sports massage diploma in 2002 and is a Level 4 Gold member of the Sports Massage Association.

Denise Wakefield, Reflexologist

Denise Wakefield

It was Denise’s own very positive experience of reflexology that prompted her to train as a practitioner and pass the benefits on to others. An easy and pleasant treatment to receive, its main benefits are to restore and maintain the body’s equilibrium and encourage healing. It’s widely recognised as a good remedy for stress-related conditions.

Karen Brook A.I.D.T.A

Karen Brook

Karen has trained as a ballet dancer from the age of 3. In later years she decided to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to the younger generation and qualified as an A.I.D.T.A Ballet Teacher in 1997. She has always been interested in exercise, especially Pilates, as this has helped in her own posture and development as a dancer. This has naturally led her train as a fitness instructor in 2007, followed by further training with Active IQ to become a Level 3 qualified Pilates Instructor. Karen is also a (Reps) Registered Exercise Professional and attends regular follow up courses in back, hip and shoulder care.