Our Physio Team


emsworth physio team

Karen Laurie MCSP Dip Phys established Emsworth Physio Clinic in 2003.  She is a Chartered Physiotherapists www.csp.org.uka member of the Health & Care Professions Council www.hpc-uk.org and also a member of Physio First.  Karen has 30 years of experience in treating a wide range of conditions and works full time.

We also have part time HPC registered and Chartered Physiotherapists working in the clinic and on Home Visits

Susan Rutter BSc MCSP Dip Phys HCP, specialises in pre and post-operative rehabilitation and treatment.  Susan has a close working relationship with local orthopaedic consultants.

Sarah Waters BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, specialises in a wide variety of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries. Sarah is trained in APPI Matwork Pilates, Standing Pilates and ante/postnatal Pilates, which has enabled her to teach classes and 1:1. She is also qualified in acupuncture with AACP to provide further treatment options for her clients.

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Hands on Treatment

Emsworth Physio Clinic is run from home, which helps solidify the personal, one to one experience.  We specialise in diagnosis and hands on treatment, after which we will give you a personal, tailor made exercise regime to help you control and manage your problem.
Karen Laurie

Karen Laurie


Emsworth Physiotherapy Clinic was established by the owner Karen Laurie in 2003 following a wide and varied career in Physiotherapy:-

  • Trained at King’s College Hospital, London, 1982 – 1985
  • Worked in London hospitals for two years, The Royal Marsden, Mayday Hospital, Croydon
  • Marks & Spencer’s Head Office physio clinic
  • Worked in South Africa for two years in black hospitals as well as Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town
  • St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
  • Portsmouth hospitals Senior 1 Orthopaedic/Outpatients/Hydrotherapy
  • Worked for 8 years in a private practice in Portsmouth in musculoskeletal work, sports injuries and hydrotherapy
  • Worked with the Army for three years specialising in sports injuries, rehabilitation & manipulation
Susan Rutter

Susan Rutter


Sue trained at Cambridge School of physiotherapy qualifying in 1991. She worked in Charing Cross Hospital London, before spending  10 years in  New Zealand doing mainly musculoskeletal work and sports injuries including the All Blacks!

Since being back in the UK she has been working at BUPA, now Spire Portsmouth Hospital, where she has developed her interest in pre- and post- operative rehabilitation and treatment, and has a close working relationship with the orthopaedic consultants. She combines this with her work at Emsworth Physio Clinic which also includes home visits and re-enablement residential care home consultancy.

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy

Sarah graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.  Her junior rotations were completed in Ipswich, she then moved to Hampshire, after meeting her husband Robbie, where she specialised in Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy.

Sarah worked for Southern Health NHS Trust, where she became a senior MSK outpatient physiotherapist, treating a wide range of conditions. During this time, Sarah also ran back rehabilitation classes and treated patients with acute and on-going pain. She did an apprenticeship in pain management to help treat those with more complicated pain issues.

Sarah has also trained in APPI Matwork Pilates, Standing Pilates (great for those wanting to work on balance or with bone density diagnoses) and ante/postnatal Pilates, which has enabled her to teach classes and 1:1 and enhanced her physio rehabilitation skills. She has also qualified in acupuncture with AACP to provide further treatment options for her clients.

Sarah has worked in local private practise and at Spire Portsmouth, seeing a wide variety of orthopaedic and MSK injuries. She receives referrals from Consultants, particularly those with spinal pain and liaises where required with other healthcare professionals to ensure people receive the tailored care they need. 

Sarah believes the key to really helping people is listening, and working together towards achieving client centred goals. 

My consultant told me, if Karen had not sent me to him when she did, I would have ended up paralysed in a wheelchair.
Mr W