Welcome to Team
Founded by Olivia McAvoy and Lauren Thurley in 2021, Team MT is the perfect blend of personalities and experience. From University qualifications to Senior NHS roles and working in Professional Sport, our team have developed skills that help us provide a service that's second to none.
A stickler for healthy lifestyle and an avid lover of fitness, Olivia was always destined for a career in the health and fitness sector. Olivia started her journey in 2010 when she applied to Glasgow Caledonian University and four years later in 2014 she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy.
As a graduate fresh from uni, Olivia joined the NHS as a rotational physio. Since then, she has developed her knowledge and understanding of Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries and advanced from Senior Physiotherapist, to her current position as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (Band 7) within the NHS. Over the last four years, Olivia has also specialised in Rheumatology working with patients who have a variety of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.
Whilst attending GCU in 2013, Olivia took up the role of Sports First Aider at Hamilton Academical FC. In the years following, she progressed to Head of Youth Academy and was responsible for the delivery of the entire youth physio service at the Club. As of January 2022, MT began our official partnership with HAFC and are delivering the same first class physio service from our state of the art premise. By performing this role Olivia has gained significant experience of acute sporting injuries and sports rehabilitation for many conditions.
Olivia is also the practice's resident expert at acupuncture having completed her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture with the BMAS and continues to explore other evidence based treatments to expand her skillset.
In her spare time Olivia loves to get stuck into a HIIT workout or take her Miniature Dachshund, Ivor (one of our MT Mascots!), on a nice woodland walk.
In her spare time Lauren loves to play Hockey, watch Rugby and get involved with sport in general. Naturally, she brings us a breadth of experience in the sporting physiotherapy arena as a result.
Her career got underway after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree in Sports Science (Sports Injuries). She returned to uni soon after and completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian.
Outside of Academia, Lauren has progressed her career as an NHS Physiotherapist in Musculoskeletal and has recently become a Senior Physiotherapist in Rheumatology. It was during her time with the NHS that Lauren would meet Olivia and this would also lead to her involvement in the youth setup at Hamilton Academical FC as a Physiotherapist.
Lauren's sport physio experience is extensive, having treated Fiji Rugby Internationals, Team Scotland Athletes, Glasgow Rocks Basketball and Hamilton Rugby Club, as well as a multitude of amateur sports. The result is an expert knowledge of acute sport injuries across all sporting backgrounds. Lauren also has considerable knowledge in massage / soft tissue treatment and is the practice's resident expert in this area.
When taking time away from sport and physiotherapy Lauren still stays active, as she loves to scale the Scottish Munros. She has bagged over 70 to date!