PERSONAL PROFILE

Dimitrios was raised in Greece and has lived in the UK for the last 10 years. He is married with two young children who keep him happy and joyful. He seeks to spend time with his family and friends and therefore his social life is always very busy.

Dimitrios believes that a balance between personal and professional life is the key to a happy life. Dimitrios enjoys running in parks and going to the gym. He has currently run three marathons including Athens and Paris marathons.

He is a strong advocate for helping people become better, achieve their goals and succeed in life. Dimitrios is humbled to see his clients improving and using the opportunity to gain back their independence to their best potential.

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Dimitrios is a Principal Lecturer and Director of the Physiotherapy MSc pre-registration programme at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London since June 2019. Prior to that Dimitrios worked as a Head of Physiotherapy in a Private Neurorehabilitation Unit. As the Head of Physiotherapy, he took the lead role in projects with accreditation from international organisations such as CARF and CHKs. He also achieved outstanding physiotherapy practice and neurorehabilitation as approved by CQC (Care Quality Commission). He was leading the projects of rehab pathways for stroke, spinal cord injury and amputee patients. Dimitrios also works with private clients with moderate to severe neurological disabilities which includes working in intensive care and neurosurgery units across London. Dimitrios is qualified to take up case management and expert witness work. Dimitrios graduated from the University of Athens, School of Physiotherapy with distinction in 2004 and has since worked in National Health Service and private neurorehabilitation settings including St George’s NHS Trust, The Wellington Hospital and Ascot Rehab.

During his career, Dimitrios has worked extensively with inpatients, outpatients and outreach clients. Dimitrios has over 15 years of experience working as a physiotherapist with patients with:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Neuropathies, Dystrophies
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Amputees
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness
  • Tracheostomy

Dimitrios has been actively involved in developing interdisciplinary teamwork throughout his career. He has a deep understanding of the importance of the roles and communication of different members of the rehabilitation team. During the last 4 years in his post as Head of Physiotherapy Dimitrios has developed a spasticity clinic treating neurologically impaired patients with orthotics, functional electrical stimulation, cutting edge robotic equipment, Botulinum Toxin Injections, 24-hour fatigue and postural management, wheelchair clinic, hydrotherapy and splinting on top of his hands on approach under the Bobath Concept. During the last ten years, Dimitrios has worked closely with health professionals such as Neurologists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Nurses, Carers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Neuropsychologists.

Dimitrios is passionate about his work with his patients. He understands each patient’s needs and personally manages their rehabilitation journey towards successful rehabilitation. Dimitrios’ strength is his caring personality. He creates close relationships with the patient and their family and all the members of the rehab team.

Dimitrios’ main priority is to maintain and keep up to date on his knowledge in physiotherapy and technology in rehabilitation to ensure his patients will receive the best quality physiotherapy to enable them to reach their maximum potential. Dimitrios also embodies excellent management and leadership skills.

Dimitrios has a keen interest in the latest stroke rehabilitation including gait training and especially upper limb rehabilitation which was part of his PhD research. Before he returned to clinical practice, he also managed to successfully finish a postdoctoral research project of one year from the prestigious Oxford University which reveals his passion for research and cutting-edge technology.