Meet the team


 Furness Physio

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We pride ourselves on our team of professional physiotherapists who believe in a hands on, evidence based approach to treating musculoskeletal injuries.

All our therapists have a background in sport or exercise and understand your needs  to stay active and get back doing what you enjoy as quickly as possible. 

Our physiotherapists believe in giving you as much treatment as is necessary to reach your goals whilst giving you the tools to understand and manage any complaints you may have.



Mark Coulson, Principal Physiotherapist/ Sports Therapist.

BSC (HONS) Physiotherapy. MCSP.  HCPC. AACP.

Mark graduated initially with a degree in sports therapy in 1998. Mark gained extensive experience as a sports therapist working as the lead clinician for a professional rugby league team and treating  local athletes.

To further his professional development and expertise Mark then underwent a degree in physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University where he graduated in 2009. This experience allowed Mark to provide expert assessment and treatment of complex,  musculoskeletal conditions in his chosen field of private, physiotherapy practice.

Since qualifying as a physiotherapist Mark has undertaken extensive post graduate training in order to keep his knowledge and skills up to date of the most effective, evidence based treatments. This training has included obtaining the highly regarded diploma in musculoskeletal medicine, acupuncture qualifications and numerous short courses with top orthopaedic consultants and musculoskeletal experts in their field.

Mark shares this knowledge with the rest of the team where he leads the in-house in-service training programme.

Mark himself has been a top sports man within rugby league and now can be seen enjoying spinning and yoga sessions in Ulverston.















Lizzie Browne

BSC (HONS) Physiotherapy. MCSP.  HCPC. AACP. ACPOHE. 

Lizzie qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 and spent the first three years of her career at York District Hospital Foundation Trust working in all core areas of physiotherapy including: musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, respiratory care, stroke rehabilitation, neuro- degenerative outpatients, intermediate care  and elderly medicine, developing her skills amongst some of the best mentors the area had to offer. 

With a passion for the outdoors Lizzie then moved to the Lake- District in 2011 and accepted the position of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust  gaining valuable experience treating musculoskeletal injuries from GP and orthopaedic referrals. Alongside her NHS job Lizzie did an evening clinic at the Nuffield Gym rehabilitating sports injuries and insurance cases. 

In 2014  Lizzie  took up the position of Clinical Lead Physiotherapist in an occupational health setting. This has allowed her to further develop her assessment and treatment skills in a completely new environment and by her own admission has improved her success in patients meeting their goals. Alongside this Lizzie works part time here at Physio Furness First. 

Lizzie has completed extensive post graduate training including a diploma in musculoskeletal medicine, acupuncture certification, pilates, manual therapy, kinesiotaping and  occupational health courses.

Being very modest it will take some digging to get Lizzie to admit that she has been an elite athlete, competing at national and international level in many different running disciplines.  This experience has allowed her to gain valuable knowledge of the varying stresses that are placed on our bodies  and therefore what is required to rehabilitate the injury to achieve optimal performance. She compliments this with excellent hands on skills, is an experienced acupuncturist and has exemplary exercise prescription. 


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Martin Grundy. 

BSC (Hons) Physiotherapy. MCSP. HCPC.

Martin qualified in 2012 from Salford University via the Professional Footballers Association. He has worked in the NHS since he qualified, working in Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal. Within this time he has gained experience as a Junior Physiotherapist and Specialist Children's Physiotherapist in both acute and community settings covering the following areas; Orthopaedics, Respiratory Care, Surgical Care and Musculoskeletal Outpatients. He currently works as a Specialist Physiotherapist within Musculoskeletal Outpatients for Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust. 

Along side this, he also works part-time here at Furness Physiofirst. He joined the team in September 2015 because he has a keen interest in sports related injuries and rehabilitation. This varied experience has provided Martin with the knowledge to offer expert advice and management of complex musculoskeletal conditions.   

Outside of work, Martin plays football at a semi-professional level for Kendal Town FC. His experience of playing football has given him more awareness of the how important strength and conditioning is to prevent injuries and the hard work required when returning from injury. 



 Cheryl Cairns.

Practice Manager.

Cheryl joined Physio Furness First in August 2016 as Practice Manager and partner of Mark Coulson. As the Practice Manager the main responsibilities are the day to day operational management of the practice as well as making sure everything is running smoothly on behalf of the director and physiotherapists.

From gaining extensive experience working in an Business Administration background for over 15 years in various companies, her knowledge has gone from strength to strength and excels in customer service.

'I really enjoy the interaction with the patients and knowing that they are in safe hands with the Physiotherapists at the practice. '

The excellent care provided to the patients at the practice is something she is very proud of.