Physiotherapy at PhysioCentral, located in Mosta, Malta
Samantha Bonnici is the owner of the clinic, and a registered physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience. She trained in Malta and the UK. Samantha completed her MSc degree in Sports Medicine. Her final dissertation was a research study on the treatment of Achilles tendinopathies. Her sports physiotherapy experience is extensively working with numerous committees and entities; particularly with the Scarlets Rugby team in Wales, the London Marathon, the Malta Olympic Committee and the Maltese athletes at the GSSE games in Malta and Andorra, the Malta National Female Basketball team, and at the Athletes Olympic Village during the London 2012 Olympics. She continuously conducts workshops, lectures and training with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Samantha spent 10 years studying and working in the UK in private practice clinics in Harley Street and Sloane Square in London. She treated a wide variety of conditions, ranging from post-surgery physiotherapy, repetitive strain injuries and sports injuries. She also worked with world-renowned dance companies such as the Matthew Bourne dance company during their London tour of ‘Swan Lake’. Another company was the dance crew on the set of the popular film ‘Streetdance’ whilst filming in London.
Samantha is also a qualified Pilates instructor. She uses acupuncture and trigger point dry-needling therapy in conjunction with her treatment. A very hands-on approach person combined with specific exercise programmes for each client. Samantha specialises in sports injuries for elite and amateur athletes. Nonetheless, she enjoys treating musculoskeletal injuries specialising in headache treatment, shoulder pain, jaw pain (TMJ) and tendinopathy rehabilitation.
Samantha has also followed various courses on pain education and treatment of persistent pain patients. She works in liaison with specialist psychotherapists in the management of chronic and persistent pain.
Nicole graduated from the University of Malta 5 years ago, and has been working in the public sector ever since. She has worked both on an in-patient level, and an out-patient level, dealing with different conditions and injuries on the hospital wards or via referral.
Nicole is highly interested in neurological conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. Since graduating, she has become qualified in dry needling and medical acupuncture, and also has further studies in Pilates training which she incorporates in her physiotherapy treatment. In addition with treating the patient using manual techniques, she believes in helping them understand how to treat and manage the condition independently, and preventing it from repeating itself, so patient education is key to her treatment approach.
Jake completed his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2016 at the University of Malta. Following his graduation, Jake was employed in a local private rehabilitation hospital. Within the field of orthopaedics, he focused on the rehabilitation of post surgery and traumatic injuries. Another area was neurology, dealing mainly with stroke and Parkinson’s disease patients and within the field of sports injuries.
The fields of sports biomechanics and sports injuries have always been an area of major interest. As part of his studies, Jake was given the opportunity to travel abroad to Holland. There he garnered his knowledge within the field of orthopaedics and sports rehabilitation. Following his graduation, Jake has worked with a number of teams within the sector of football, handball and athletics. The latter is of major interest as he is a competitor within the local athletics association focusing on long-distance running.
Following his graduation, Jake part-took in a number of postgraduate courses. He currently processes certification of an APPI pilates matwork level 1, certificates in dry needling, Chinese medicine and manual therapy from Sheffield Hallam University.
Sara completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013 and her Masters’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 2015 at the University of Aveiro. She worked until March 2021 in Aveiro, Portugal at a private practice in several fields of Physiotherapy.
Sara has experience in manual therapy and rehabilitation and she plenty of experience working in private practice. She is able to work with all patients and treat all musculoskeletal injuries. She is also qualified as a Women’s health physiotherapist and her specialisation is in the treatment of all pelvic problems, urinary issues and pain associated with the pelvic girdle and post-pregnancy and birth.