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Specialist Nurses Practioners


Meet our highly experienced and dedicated Specialist Nurse Practitioners - Karen Curran and Chris Rigozzi.

Our specialist nurses provide diagnostic testing and a comprehensive Pelvic Floor Retraining Program. They deal with all aspects of pelvic floor disorders and give advice on diet, medication and pelvic floor exercises.


Chris Rigozzi, BA

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senior specialist nurse

As a Senior Specialist Nurse in pelvic floor dysfunction, Christine Rigozzi is qualified to provide a variety of diagnostic investigations. She is experienced in a wide scope of non-
surgical treatment options, including pelvic floor retraining, rectal irrigation, sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) and is available to
provide excellent pre- and post-operative advice.

She qualified as a State Registered Nurse in London in 1981 and went on to complete a BA
as a specialist practitioner. After many years working in the community developing a strong
interest in continence services, she not only played a leading role within the development of
the Oxfordshire and Berkshire Continence Service but also developed an evidence-based
educational programme on bladder and bowel dysfunction for nursing students at Brookes
University.

Chris cares passionately about quality of life and has extensive experience in her field. She
says:

"I love keeping fit and I take part in a variety of fitness activities most days. Currently I
am working with a personal trainer to achieve my lifetime goals. I am part of a team that
promotes healthy living and positive wellbeing and I believe this reflects positively at work
and at home."

Karen Curran

Senior Specialist Nurse

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As a Colorectal Pelvic Floor Senior Specialist Nurse since 2010, Karen Curran has wide experience of the treatment of pelvic floor problems. She has been instrumental in the development of a Pelvic Floor Service within Oxfordshire, now recognised both nationally and internationally as a Centre of Excellence. She has a special interest in sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) and is a member of the Medtronic Nurse Advisory Board for SNS. She has taught at several local and national conferences.

She says:

“I have a particular interest in Pelvic Floor Disorders and my special interest lies in
Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS). I have received a Staff Recognition Award from the Trust for Innovation for my work in this speciality. In 2014 I was very fortunate to attend an SNS
International Training event in Germany with other leading clinicians worldwide. I have an on-going role in co-ordinating the SNS service within Oxfordshire. On a personal note I have faced my fears and taken part in a charitable event raising money for the Pelvic Floor
Service by abseiling from the roof of The John Radcliffe Hospital.”