Kay qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1985 from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. She worked in the NHS for 14 years gaining experience in a variety of clinical settings, including Musculo-skeletal utpatients, Orthopaedics, Adult and Paediatric Neurology. In 1991 she became Clinical Tutor for Physiotherapy in one of Belfast’s leading teaching hospitals responsible for organising and evaluating the clinical education for Physiotherapy students. She was also involved in research in the Gait Analysis Laboratory, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast and became a recognised teacher at the University of Ulster for some part-time hours on the undergraduate Physiotherapy course.
Kay opened Blackstone Physiotherapy in 1999 and from that time it has continued to grow to one of the largest physiotherapy clinics in Northern Ireland with a second clinic being opened in Carrickfergus in 2009.
Kay developed her interest in Pilates many years ago understanding the importance of maintaining and improving muscle tone and spinal mobility to create a more functional body. She found that Pilates was undoubtedly the best way of doing this; encouraging good posture, minimising pain, dysfunction and potential problems. Kay says “Pilates is like the icing on the cake!”, she incorporates Pilates exercises in all her treatments and believes fitness and well being is utmost to a healthy life! Kay completed courses in Body Control Pilates in 2001 and is now a fully certified matwork instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) a worldwide recognised establishment for Pilates training. She also has completed training on Pilates equipment (reformer, cadillac etc), small equipment and Ante and Post-natal Pilates.
She is also an international presenter for APPI delivering the APPI method training to other healthcare professionals as it leads the world in Pilates rehabilitation. Blackstone is now the recognised APPI regional centre for training pilates in Ireland.