Our Story

Megan set up Polgreen Physiotherapy after completing her Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2017 originally based in Dorset. Megan then moved and is now based in Stanway, Gloucestershire when she got married, now covering both Gloucestershire and Dorset, and surrounding areas. We have a growing number of physiotherapists working at the practice with Alice currently doing one day a week to aid Megan down in Dorset.

At Polgreen Physiotherapy we are dedicated to providing advanced physiotherapy to our clients. We are passionate about delivering the best scientific based assessments and treatments to ensure you and your animals get the highest level of service and the achieve the best possible outcome with you and your animals at the centre of the care.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the restoration of 'normal movement' whether it be human or animal. Effective and efficient movement patterns are key to successfully achieving goals, no matter how large or small, and allows maximum comfort in the process. Physiotherapy is designed to assess and locate these movement dysfunctions taking into account the whole body.

Holistically approaching each individual and working with all members of the team from vets to trainers, physiotherapy can then use a huge range of treatment techniques, not just isolated to one or two, which is absolutely key to achieving the best for you and your animal.

Why Polgreen Physiotherapy?

The physiotherapists working at Polgreen Physiotherapy all trained to the highest level, starting out as Chartered Physiotherapists (BSc Hons: MCSP) training for three years as human physiotherapists. This has meant having an advanced skills set and ability to clinically reason, making us the leading therapists in the National Health Service.

We then went onto to specialise in animals through post graduate training at Masters (MSc) level/level 7 at Hartpury University Centre, one of only two universities to offer this degree. This route is paramount with animals due to the lack of verbal feedback and usually a complex presenting picture.

We always establish the cause through detailed analysis which allows us to achieve short and long term changes. With six years of university training and continued on going training and development having this level of Veterinary Physiotherapist means you will always get the highest level of care available.

Megan Lane (nee Merrifield)

Megan started her career on leaving school and becoming a working pupil for a year at Huntley School of Equitation near Gloucester completing her BHS exams to become a BHSAI.

Working with show horses and then eventers for a couple of years she became aware of the importance of physiotherapy for horses and decided to go back into education.

Completing her A levels and qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist from The University of Huddersfield in 2011, gaining her BSc (hons) degree, Megan moved to Wiltshire to work in the NHS specialising in Musculoskeletal Outpatients.

During this time she started her Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury University Centre part time, qualifying in 2017 (MSc 2018), and recently publishing her research paper (2019). Originally and still part-time basing herself near Sherborne, she recently moved to Stanway in Gloucestershire to be with her Husband and now solely focuses on her business working full time privately specialising in horses.

Recently Megan has taken a step back from treating people and riders, now focusing solely on horses. Due to no longer needing human insurance or a governing body, and in an effort to save money, she is no longer registered as a Chartered Physiotherapist with the CSP, or the HCPC. However continues her registration with RAMP so cover her and her equine clients.

In her spare time Megan has her own horse, a homebred who she rides in her free time, mainly enjoying hacking out in the beautiful north Cotswold countryside and walking her awesome Vizslas called Twiggy and Poppy.

Human Physiotherapy

Qualifications, Associations & Governing Bodies

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • RAMP
Human Physiotherapy

Qualifications, Associations & Governing Bodies

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Post Grad Dip Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy (currently undertaking)
  • MCSP
  • HCPC
  • RAMP
  • ACPAT Cat A

Alice Parsons

Alice’s interest in Veterinary Physiotherapy was sparked during her teenage years when she had an ACPAT Physiotherapist treat her horses to keep them happy, healthy and sound.

“Veterinary Physiotherapy has enabled me to combine my interests in sport, anatomy, and biomechanics, with my passion for animals. With a background of riding and competing I have a good understanding of requirements for different disciplines.

I studied to become a Chartered Physiotherapist at Cardiff University, graduating with a First class honours in 2019. Two years later I started my Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury University. I qualified in 2023 and am currently involved in a research project looking at the relationship between equine conformation and kissing spines. Alongside this I continue to treat humans part time in private practice”

Interested in our physiotherapy services and want to know how we can help you? Get in touch!