Staff image

Kate Hesse

Chartered Physiotherapist

When Kate graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne, in 1995 with a four-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy, she headed straight overseas to work with British Forces in Germany for two years, later returning to Australia to further her career in the private sector.  In recent times, 2012 to 2019, she has rekindled her relationship with the MoD by working at various Army and RAF bases across the UK and Germany.  Through the military work, and from previous years in private practice in Fremantle Western Australia, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, Kate has gained extensive experience in treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries.  She is particularly passionate about functional rehabilitation from injury, and lifestyle management with a focus on cardiovascular health and disease prevention.  In 2011 she completed a Certificate of Advanced Study with distinction in Preventive Cardiology at Imperial College London. 

The other half of Kate’s working life is based at the headquarters of horse racing in Newmarket where she specialises in physiotherapy for the Thoroughbred racehorse.  Arriving there in 2002 with the Sydney Olympics fresh on her CV, she has worked tirelessly to establish a reputation at the pinnacle of flat racing.  She is fortunate enough to work for some leading trainers, treating numerous household names of the sport.  In 2009 Kate completed an MSc with distinction in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College where she was awarded two academic prizes.  Her masters’ research was published in the Equine Veterinary Journal.  Kate maintains her academic interests as a clinical educator for the University of Liverpool on their MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy programme, as well as writing editorials for racing magazines and lecturing at conferences in the UK and internationally.

Kate’s ability to transfer a number of skills gleaned from her practice with top equine athletes enhances her work with people.  Horses can’t speak, hence veterinary physiotherapists tend to have sharp observational skills, a honed ability to feel, and a keen sense of intuition.  

Outside of work, Kate is an Army Reserve officer and physiotherapist within the Royal Army Medical Corp.  She enjoys keeping fit, alpine skiing, and travelling to far flung places with her surfboard. 

We are excited to welcome Kate into the PhysiOptima team!

Return to staff listings

Want to discuss your treatment?

We are confident we can help you. Call us today on 01638 660686 or email us.
48 Bury Road, Newmarket, CB8 7BT. Early Morning, Daytime & Evening Appointments Available.
Reception open M-Th 8.30 - 17.30, F 7.30 - 15.30
Contact us