Steven Southwell


Steve qualified in 2006 from the University of Brighton. As well as co-running StarPhysio, Steve is a specialist paediatric and adult physiotherapist in the NHS. Steve has worked in both paediatric and adult disability services. He also ran a musculoskeletal physiotherapy service and is the physiotherapist at The Bevern Trust since 2006. One of the highlights of Steve’s career so far was being a physiotherapist GamesMaker at the London 2012 Paralympics. Steve is kept fit by his three children and hobby of running 100-mile ultra-marathons. In 2014 Steve ran non-stop 145 miles from Birmingham to London, and only became delusional in the last few miles!

Jo Wilkes


As well as co-running StarPhysio, Jo works as a senior specialist paediatric physiotherapist with the NHS. She has an MSc in Physiotherapy from Brighton University, the first year of which was specialising in Complex Physical Disability and Postural Management at Oxford Brookes University. Her studies have continued and she recently achieved distinction for a Post Graduate Certificate in Practice-Based Education.

Her clinical skills include assessment of complex physical disability, postural assessment and management, aquatic therapy, assessment and treatment of developmental delay and working with babies and young children in the community. Jo also guest lectures at Brighton University to the BSc students on Learning Disabilities and approaching the assessment of complex physical disability. She has 1 little girl, 5 fish and a black belt in Taekwon-Do (now more of an elastic belt since becoming a Mummy!).

Holly Garwell


Holly qualified in 1994 from the University of Brighton and went on to gain a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2005. She has extensive clinical paediatric experience in both the NHS and independent practice. She has worked in London, Brighton, West and East Sussex in children’s hospitals, the community and specialist centres.
She provides hands-on physiotherapy for babies, children and young people with developmental delay and neurodisability, often working with families for many years. Her clinical skills include neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT) postural assessment and management, neuro orthopaedic assessment, post-surgical rehabilitation, strength and balance training, gait assessment and intervention and aquatic therapy. She has three children and is experienced in managing both tantruming toddlers and grumpy teenagers.
In addition, she is a paediatric neuro physiotherapy expert witness with Edwards and Associates.