Principal Physiotherapist, Director
Bsc(hons)Phyt(UK), MAHPC, MSPA, CFMP
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (USA)
Senior Medical Educator (World Rugby)
Clinical Interests: Head, Neck and Shoulder
Matthew graduated from Nottingham University (UK) and has been working in Singapore for the ten years. Having completed a broad spectrum of hospital experience in acute medical and musculoskeletal care, he moved into the private arena before deciding to pursue his vision for integrative healthcare.
Matthew has a broad range of interests combining his work as a Sports Physiotherapist for the Singapore Rugby Union, dealing with pitchside trauma and sports injuries with his other interests of chronic musculoskeletal pain and Functional Medicine. His work in Rugby has seen him lead pitchside medical teams at Singapore Cricket Club Sevens, World Rugby 10’s competition, the HSBC Sevens and Super Rugby competitions.
As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner he seeks the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction through an in depth history and examination to prescribe a treatment plan that deals with root cause, putting the body in the best position to heal itself.
In addition to rehabilitative exercise and conventional manual therapy, Matthew combines holistic techniques including visceral manipulation and dry needling to form a treatment approach that considers whole body imbalances and restrictions that contribute to acute and persistent or chronic injuries. Matthew initially trained in Chinese TCM needling for pain as part of his Physiotherapy undergraduate before completing further multiple further training in other needling techniques in Australia and Singapore culminating in almost 300 hours of practical training. Now, inspired by the Chann-Gunn approach, his current interest is the relevance of spinal sensitisation and neural drive that contributes to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Of late he had the great privilege of being taught by one of Dry Needling’s founders Dr Jan Dommerholt (Physiotherapist) in the area of pelvic pain.
In order to maximise patient outcome, Matthew regularly draws on the expertise of his team of functional nutritional therapists and physiotherapy colleagues to ensure that the patient is managed from all angles. Matthew has valuable experience treating specialised conditions involving the jaw, neck and shoulder. His interest in the shoulder has been galvanised by the training of Dr Lyn Watson (Physiotherapist) with whom he seeks to align with for optimal management.
Outside of clinical practice Matthew has had his research on hamstring injuries presented at the Singapore Scientific Congress, Matthew is actively involved in clinical research in the field of sports injuries, Matthew has taught Physiotherapists in China on the subject of back and neck pain and has taught across southeast Asia as a Senior Medical Educator (Medical Trainer) for the World Rugby “First Aid in Rugby” and “Immediate Care in Rugby” courses as well as the RFU Pre hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS). He has also sits on the Singapore Rugby Union Medical Committee and pitchside medical education sub committee in helping to direct pitch-side care and education in the region.
In his spare time Matthew is a keen recreational sportsman, actor, guitarist and singer.
Senior Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2000, HCPC UK registered
Continence - Male and female, including urological neurological causes (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and stroke) and pre- and post-operative prostate cancer care
Obstetrics – Ante- and post-natal care
Gynaecology – Gynaecological surgery and menopause issues
Karen graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (UK) in 2000. After completing her junior rotation, covering all areas of physiotherapy in large teaching hospitals in Scotland, she decided to specialise in pelvic health. Her interest and development in this area of practise took her to work in a Urology clinic in Waikato District General Hospital (New Zealand).
Returning to Scotland, Karen then spent the next 3 years working in large teaching hospitals delivering both inpatient and outpatient obstetric and gynaecological care. During this time, new standards of care and physiotherapy guidelines were developed to ensure that women were given access to specialist clinicians throughout their pregnancy and beyond. Karen believes strongly that, by providing timely, specialist physiotherapy care, the musculoskeletal issues around pregnancy can be alleviated and women can stay fit for both pregnancy and motherhood. Continence issues, while common, need not simply be accepted. Karen is a passionate advocate that, with education and rehabilitation, both women and men can regain control of their bladders, and most importantly improve their quality of life.
Alongside improvement in maternal care, the new field of Men’s Health Physiotherapy was emerging. Karen’s next career move was to take up the new Lead Urology Practitioner Physiotherapist post within a large specialist prostate cancer centre in Scotland. This new post aimed to provide Scotland’s first full pre-habilitation and rehabilitation continence service for men. This service, allowed men and their partners to have access to a full multi–disciplinary team (MDT) - Consultant, Physio and Nurse Specialist - prior to surgery and immediately post-operatively. We then continued to fully support these patients to improve their continence and confidence to return to a full and active life.
Karen recently presented her audit of the new service at an NHS conference, showing its benefit for the patient. This approach is starting to become more widely available in the UK and accepted as the gold standard in patient care.
While in this post, Karen lectured regularly in Scotland to both professional and public bodies. In 2011, Karen represented physiotherapy as a member of the on the scientific committee of the International Continence Society. She is also on the Advisory Committee for Prostate Scotland. This charity aims through education, to improve the awareness of Prostate cancer and its treatment, to both the public and other professionals. She also volunteered regularly for Lothian Twins and Multiples ante-natal classes, providing education on the unique concerns of the mums of multiples.
Alongside her NHS post, Karen also continued to develop her obstetric skills by running a private practice. This practice focused on providing both education and exercise classes for ante- and post- natal women and home-based treatment for mums who were struggling to come to a clinic-based appointment. This service met the needs of ladies who were keen to learn more about the changes in their body throughout and after pregnancy and how to best and safely improve their fitness, pelvic floor health and endurance for motherhood. Education and providing patients the tools to manage their own conditions alongside their practitioner is a strong theme within Karen’s practise.
Having had an extensive NHS background, Karen has had extensive exposure to a wide range of patient groups and of working closely with other experts in the area of women’s and men’s health. She is able to provide a holistic service: to provide not only specialist treatment but also to empower the patient to take ownership and control of the situation with individual strategies and plans.
Karen moved to Singapore with her husband and young son to experience life and culture in South East Asia. Alongside family life, Karen enjoys regular exercise, singing, coffee and “blethers”(Scots for chat) with friends.
Lisa Jane McConnell
Nutritional Therapy BSc (Hons), CNHC registered Certified GAPS* Practitioner Member of BANT, IFM, RSM
Realising that her international corporate career was taking its’ toll, Lisa decided to turn near burn-out into an opportunity to reassess and revitalise. In doing so, she discovered the power of nutrition and lifestyle changes to regenerate not just the body, but also the mind. Re-energized, she pursued a BSc (Hons) degree in Nutritional Therapy through the Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM) in collaboration with Middlesex University.
Lisa adopts a highly personalised and evidence-based approach to establishing the root cause of patients varying health concerns. She utilises in-depth pre-consultation questionnaires, comprehensive initial consultations and where appropriate specific laboratory testing which she has handpicked from best-in-class laboratories from the US, UK and Australia including Doctor’s Data International, Great Plain Laboratory, Genova Diagnostics and Labrix. Lisa has experience in working with clients from around the world who reside in different countries and is therefore adept in ensuring that regardless of health condition, location and circumstances her personalised recommendations can be easily implemented. Adhering to an 80/20 approach herself, Lisa is adept working with her clients to find a uniquely tailored approach that is realistic and achievable for each individual.
Training and practicing on the basis of Functional Medicine enables Lisa to work with all types of health conditions though she has a particular interest in adult Attention Deficit Disorder (adult ADD) and mental health. She is keen to promote personalised health care and zealous about keeping abreast of new research/advances in nutrition/natural medicine, particularly in the areas of nutrigenomics, the human microbiome, sports nutrition and cancer care. A strong believer in integrative care, Lisa also works closely with her Physiotherapy colleagues in order to optimally manage patients with physical considerations ranging from chronic pain, through restricted motion to enhancing sports performance.
Lisa is confident that anything is possible when you focus on optimising your health and is passionate about empowering people to embark on their own personal journey towards transforming their lives and achieving their goals.
In her spare time, Lisa loves to dance, dive, travel, read and study, not to forget indulging her inner ‘foodie’.
*GAPS is an abbreviation of Gut and Psychology Syndrome
MSc. Physiotherapy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Kham graduated with a Bachelor (hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2006. He has since completed his Masters in the field. In that time Kham gained a high level of experience in treating a wide variety of conditions ranging from acute sports injuries in professional athletes and performers to chronic spinal pain suffered by the young and elderly.
In Singapore, he has worked in the public and private sector in leading institutions and clinics. These institutions are known for their excellence in teaching, manual therapy and functional rehabilitation. He continues to upgrade his skills by attending courses and workshops. Kham is also trained in Polestar Comprehensive Rehabilitation Pilates to help progress his clients’ rehabilitation.
Kham’s interests lie in outpatient treatment for Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic care. He believes that every client is unique and that each course of treatment must be tailored to address and suit each person’s individual needs. Kham has been treating a variety musculoskeletal pains of the neck, back and knees for more than a decade however, Kham has a special interest in treating shoulders and ankles.
Kham is a firm believer in the saying “prevention is better than cure”; Kham hopes to empower each of his clients and athletes to manage their conditions independently and to empower them with the tools needed to reduce the chance of recurrent injury or pain.
Dr. Lim Xiang Jun
Registered Consultant TCM Physician
PHD. Acupuncture (Beijing) MSc Acupuncture (Beijing) BSc. (Hons) Chinese Med. (Beijing) BSc. (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (SG) Certified Yoga Instructor (SG) Certified Reiki Practitioner (Japan) Certified Ayurveda Practitioner (India)
Having to have spent more than 7 years in Beijing has given Dr Lim Xiang Jun time to explore deeply into the Chinese culture and develop the wisdom to apply the philosophies behind the different artistry to her clinical TCM practice. Trained under masters from both top academic field and those who live incognito, Dr Lim is well versed in administering TCM and acupuncture treatments that bring surprisingly immediate relief to many kinds of conditions.
Having to be also trained in Yoga, Reiki, Ayurveda and other various Chinese metaphysics and Western alternative healing techniques, Dr Lim is very well versed in various energy medicines and healing therapy that does not involve chemicals or pills to help rebalance the body holistically and energetically.
Not only is she apt to traditional forms of healing, her Biomedical Science background has aid her to understand and handle a clinical condition from the modern Western medical point of view. In summary, she likes to explain conditions to her patients using Western medicine theories but treating them with natural, organic, non-invasive and green therapies.
She is constantly upgrading her skills and knowledge in various alternative medicines and is happy to share her knowledge through talks both held locally and overseas. As such, patients gravitate to her from all over the world from as far as Dubai, US, Europe, Australia, China, India, Indonesia.
Despite her busy schedules in serving patients, she is committed in giving time to participate actively in volunteer community work where she puts her skills to full use in helping the poor and needy both locally in Singapore and overseas under the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Her recent mission trips have brought her to serve patients in countries such as Cambodia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Dr Lim is a home grown Singaporean and converses well both in English and Mandarin. She is also a lover of crystals, music, dance and drama of all genres and an innovator in cooking.
Illyana has been the heartbeat of Integrative Physio from the moment we opened our doors. She is passionate about providing friendly, personal service to all our patients and constantly goes out of her way to make the experience a positive one. Among other roles, Illyana has previously worked as a Patient Service Ambassador in the hospital setting and so brings with her a wealth of experience in providing support for patients and their families whom are recovering from injuries and health concerns. Illyana is always on hand, with a smile, to assist you in any administrative process related to your return to well being.
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