Claire grew up in Newlyn and qualified in 1983 at Addenbrookes in Cambridge then starting her career in Cardiff. In 1985 she began specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation at the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Unit in Cardiff before moving into Orthopaedics and General Musculoskeletal work in 1990.
Claire has continued her interest in sports medicine, in the early days working to recognise Chartered Physiotherapists as the base line in sport for Injury management and prevention, involved with Rugby Union, Badminton, Athletics and Lacrosse at Welsh National Level.
Her own sport of Badminton enabled her to reach high levels of competition both as a competitor and Physiotherapist, and enjoyed being the lead clinician at the World Masters Games in Brisbane.
1992 saw a change of direction with an opportunity to work in Australia in the health system and Private Practice with both Neurological and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Claire continued with her post graduate training in both fields becoming a credentialled McKenzie Therapist and was lead clinician in the departments she worked in.
Since returning to Cornwall in 2006 apart from establishing the Nerological Rehabilitation service at Harbourside, Claire has been working in Occupational Health. Instrumental in setting up a service for Commercial Fishermen, working towards a return to full working capacity after both acute and long term injuries. The Seafarers's Hospital Society have backed this leading pilot work and is setting up a similar service in other ports in the UK following Harbourside's lead in the project.
'My future aims are to get a preventative management of injuries programme in the fishing industry nationwide and to also provide in Newlyn and West Cornwall a Neurological Rehabilitation service that assists in enabling the person, to achieve the best possible outcomes for a life living with disability'
In sport she has been recently assisting with the injury prevention prgramme at one of the leading swimming clubs in Queensland.
Claire continues to work with the team at Harbourside, to build for the future a best practice clinic, and working closely with the fishing project aiming to advance the programme that already exists for the local fishermen .