Senior Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
About Laura Hewitt
I’m a Senior Physiotherapist in the Women’s Health Team, and Certified APPI Pilates Instructor. I have worked as a Physiotherapist for over 14 years and have worked within a variety of settings, and clinical areas including Women’s Health, Paediatrics, Neurology, Amputee rehab and Community. I have worked both in the NHS and in Private healthcare, as well as in a variety of locations including Scotland, New Zealand and around South Yorkshire. My love for Pilates has developed throughout my career but I commenced my formal training with the APPI in 2014 and gained my certification as a Pilates instructor in 2017.
I am carrying out further training to become a Mummy MOT qualified Practitioner as well as upskilling in the area on Women’s health Physiotherapy, including Pelvic floor assessment. I am also currently working towards completing the barre control Pilates method through the APPI.
I love being a Physiotherapist. It is a privilege to work with people to facilitate their own recovery or improve their self-management. I love seeing people being able to perform, achieve or improve their function and ability to a greater level. Educating my clients and helping people to be informed about their bodies and individual conditions is how I feel we can see better progress and results. It’s a wonderful, rewarding job.
Over my 4 years of working within the KB team I have always felt inspired by the energy, motivation, and determination the team share. To work with like minded people who are as committed and passionate about their role is special thing. I love that this energy and drive flows into community events out with the clinic also, and a few events I have been a small part of include: a Charity fundraiser Ball; local event support (Sheffield ½ marathon), and their own fun run in Millhouses park. As well as the great staff team trainings and fun social events.
Qualifications, Achievements & Relevant Experience
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2007 – First Class Honours degree, Glasgow Caledonian University
- L3 Certified APPI Pilates Matwork Instructor 2017
- APPI Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates course 2018
- APPI Pilates for Scoliosis 2018
- The Schroth Best Practice Practitioner course, Dubai 2017
Hobbies, Hidden Talents & More Info
I have 3 young children and enjoy spending time with my family and husband Steve. We love the outdoors and visiting our extended families in both Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as our Church family in Sheffield. Prior to having children I played hockey, netball and badminton competitively, but now I prefer to use my free time to run, and am currently training towards my first ½ marathon event later this year. I love to travel and my husband and I spent two years living and working in New Zealand prior to moving to Sheffield in 2011. In New Zealand we loved exploring and adventuring through activities including snowboarding, hiking, scuba diving and running – we also did a sky dive and bungee jump!
Believe it or not, at primary school age I said I wanted to be a Physiotherapist (even before I could spell it!), apart from a brief season of wanting to be a home economics teacher! As I felt confident this was my career trajectory I chose my subjects through school appropriately and carried out the relevant work experience. I left my small village in the Scottish Borders at the age of 17 to start my 4 year university degree in the big city of Glasgow! I have never looked back. My career choice has allowed me to travel and work abroad, and has, and continues to, open up opportunities to learn and grow in my chosen profession. I am committed to continued professional development and there are always new things to learn and upskill with.
My hidden talent is less of a talent but a small flaw: I often forget to count down reps during teaching classes as I get too carried away with all the chat! This means you might find that you’ll be doing a few more reps than I originally said – but that’s all extra work that will help you see the improvements you’re after!