About us

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders (ACPTMD) was launched in November 2009 and is a group of Chartered Physiotherapists with a specialist interest in the expert management of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) who work in the NHS or in Private practice.

Our launch was facilitated by the Clinical Lead, Mr Stephen Davies, and Speciality dentist, Ms. Anne Budenburg , both based at the Manchester Dental Hospital Temporomandibular Clinic.

Our key objectives


To promote the highest standards of clinical practice in the management of TMD

Exchange ideas

To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and new developments in the management of TMD.


To promote professional and public awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy in the treatment of TMD

Educational courses

To provide and promote educational courses which cover current clinical practice for physiotherapists and other clinicians

Research and development

To encourage research and development to enhance the overall understanding and management of TMD


To maintain and strengthen a direct relationship between the Association and other relevant organisation. To develop links with universities, educational bodies, and other national and international organisations

The Committee

Cathy Gordon

Cathy Gordon


Cathy qualified in 1994 with a BSc (Hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University, and has specialised in MSK Physiotherapy since 1996. She co-founded ACPTMD in conjunction with Stephen Davies and Anne Budenberg, Clinical Dental Specialists in TMD based at Manchester Dental Hospital TMD Clinic, in 2009, and has worked with patients with temporomandibular disorders since 2008 in the NHS and Private Practice. She has attended conferences in the USA and Europe and has developed links with the Dutch Orofacial Physiotherapists contributing to the development of ACPTMD. She also specialises in Vestibular Rehab and works in a Balance Clinic with ENT and the audiology department in the NHS, and manages the Hydrotherapy Service.

Philip Bateman

Philip Bateman

Course Tutor

Phil Bateman has worked as a Physiotherapist since qualifying with a BSc (Hon) Degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 1996. He completed an MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam in 2007. He currently works as an Extended Scope Practitioner for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust specialising in spinal & temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

Nicola Hodgson

Nicola Hodgson


Nicola Hodgson has been a physiotherapist over 14 years, working in both the NHS and private setting.

Since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2004, Nicola has gained further qualifications in acupuncture and pilates. She attends courses on a regular basis to keep herself up to date with current treatments techniques and evidence base. She is currently studying for her Masters qualification in advanced physiotherapy with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Anna Hogg

Anna Hogg

Website Co-ordinator

Anna Hogg has worked as a Physiotherapist since graduating from Guys Hospital London in1987, and subsequently gained her membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists ( MACP) in 1997. Anna’s current role is a Specialist Physiotherapist in MSK for the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust with a special interest in TMD . She is an original co-founder of the ACPTMD and has had extensive training in this speciality both Nationally and Internationally .


Alex Weden

Alex Weden

Course Tutor, Research and Development

Alex Weden has worked as a physiotherapist since graduating from Coventry University with his BSc in 2004. He subsequently graduated from Nottingham University with an MSc in Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy) in 2012. Alex has worked at Nottingham University Hospitals since 2005. Alex’s current role is as an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist specialising in the management patients with complex pain and the management of patients with Temporomandibular Disorders referred through the Maxillofacial service at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.


Helen Cowgill

Helen Cowgill

Vice Chairperson

Helen Cowgill was one of the original founding members of ACPTMD.  Helen is highly specialised with over 20 years’ experience and has completed extensive training in the management of TMD within the UK and Internationally.  She has studied under and worked with some of the world’s most recognised professionals in this speciality including Mariano Rocabado.  Helen works within the private sector and NHS where Helen assisted setting up the first pioneering and unique TMJ MDT Clinic in 2009 within the UK.  She is the Clinical Director of TMJ Physio which is a private practice Clinic dedicated to patients suffering with TMD and Orofacial Pain.  Helen is passionate about TMJ treatment and is regularly invited to deliver lectures Nationally and Internationally on the subject, presents at professional Conferences regarding TMD and has had numerous publications in highly regarded peer reviewed Journals.   Helen has also authored the TMJ Chapter in the Physiotherapy book Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment.