Jenny, our clinic director and physiotherapist, qualified in 2004 with a first class honours degree in physiotherapy. Since then she has completed a post graduate diploma and certificate in Women's Health and is currently working her way through the Maitland Concept of Manual Therapy and training which she started in 2012. This special concept combines individual and specific treatment with the therapist’s clinical experience and the latest scientific findings. In addition to joint mobilisation and manipulation of the extremities and spine, the concept makes use of neurodynamic techniques, muscle stretching, stabilising exercises and specifically adapted exercises the patient can do at home.Jenny's background in International triathlon and athletics clearly draws like minded sports enthusiasts to come and see her. As well as treating injuries, Jenny likes working with longer term clients to improve their overall function and reduce injury risk factors. A client's potential for attaining good health and aiming for sporting goals beyond what they feel currently capable of, is often limited to their own poor perception of what can actually be achieved with a little bit of help and guidance.
Caroline qualified from Nottingham University last century meaning she has many years of experience in Physiotherapy. She has a passion for clinical excellence, the pursuit of which has seen her study the Maitland Concept both at home and abroad. She feels privileged to be in a profession where she can have a positive influence on people’s lives and thrives on the mental agility required to be a physiotherapist, or as she prefers to call it…a human engineer.
Matthew qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Sheffield in 1988. Since then he has gained experience in various places around the UK and in North America.
From 1999-2017 he also worked in an Extended Scope role of Physiotherapy as an Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner. In this role he worked as a first contact practitioner and gained experience in requesting medical investigations such as blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound scans, MRI scans and nerve conduction studies. He is also qualified in the administration of steroid injections. This role demanded an efficient and effective approach to differentiating sinister pathology and non-neuromusculoskeletal pathologies from mechanical problems. He has presented some aspects of his work at the Extended Scope Practitioner Conference in London in 2005.
He gained a post graduate certificate in manual therapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 1996 and then went onto the International Maitland Teachers’ Association (IMTA) course programme which he completed in 2001. He gained his Orthopaedic Manual Therapy qualification in 2005 and became a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).
In 2013 Matthew qualified as a member of IMTA, which teaches a programme of courses in spinal and joint manual therapy. He frequently teaches post graduate Physiotherapists throughout Europe, Russia, Mexico and in the UK.
Recently he was the Consultant Editor for the latest editions of both the Maitland’s Peripheral and Vertebral Manipulation textbooks and contributed to the writing of Maitland’s Peripheral Manipulation.
Matthew remains a clinician and has worked in the private sector since 1999. He is an advocate of manual therapy applied appropriately on the basis of sound clinical reasoning and individual patient need and is committed to promoting evidence based, quality care for all patients.
Kate qualified in 2004 with a BSc(hons) in physiotherapy and has worked at Blizard Physiotherapy since 2013. Since graduating Kate has worked predominantly within the NHS specialising in musculoskeletal injuries and Women’s Health.
Kate combines her wealth of experience to treat patients holistically using a range of treatment approaches including manual therapy, neurodynamic techniques, exercise, acupuncture and tailored advice to help clients get the most out of their treatment sessions. She believes that as well as treating the physical dysfunction it is important to empower clients, educating them on injury prevention and self-management techniques. Kate’s Womens Health experience includes treating women for pregnancy related conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, post-natal ‘MOT’s’ and a range of gynaecological and pelvic dysfunctions.
When Kate is not at work she busy looking after her young twins.
Originally a Sports Therapist, Matty graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Sports Therapy. Since, he has returned to university to obtain a degree in Physiotherapy graduating in the Summer of 2018. Matty’s background is primarily in football where he worked in the professional game before returning to university. His roles included providing soft tissue therapy, athlete screening, athlete monitoring, implementing injury risk reduction strategies and treating and rehabilitating players back to sport. Matty enjoys working with clients that require long term rehabilitation and enjoys helping those that aspire to improve their athletic/ sporting performance.
Dave is the other clinic director. He works doing Sports testing and coaching at the clinic. Having qualified as a coach after a successful career as an International Athlete, he now spends his time helping others to reach their true potential.
Dave's background has been greatly influenced by some World Class Mentors which he feels coupled with his own style allow him to be successful within his profession. The most satisfying aspect of his job is seeing individuals reach targets they never thought possible with the structure and guidance that the testing and coaching allows.
Jono, our multisport and cycling performance coach is qualified at the highest level through the British Triathlon Federation, he is also a coach mentor with British Triathlon providing guidance and mentoring for other coaches. Amongst other things Jono has a background in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) as a master practitioner, is a WADA (World anti-doping agency) accredited advisor and runs a sports event business.
Jono’s sporting background started with trekking and expeditions before a brief transition into fell running and taking up Triathlon in 2010. Since 2012 Jono has raced over the world representing GB as an amateur athlete and continues to race on the team in both Triathlon and Duathlon. He earnt a bronze medal from the national sprint championships and among some local race records he holds a world record time in a very unique off road triathlon. His passion for sport and helping others to perform is well known alongside his obsessive analysis and thirst for information.
Chris qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy in 2016 from the Sports Massage Academy in Nottingham, and is also a member of the Sports Therapy Association. He continues to partake in many different CPD courses centered around various aspects of Sports Therapy.
Chris thrives on helping people to improve their general well-being, fitness and motivation, be it from a sports or remedial perspective.
Chris's involvement with sport goes back many years, as part of the British Cycling scene he achieved 97 race wins and also gained selection for the UCI World Championships for Great Britain. In more recent years he has chosen to concentrate on running, especially marathons, and with help from Dave and Lactate Threshold Testing at the clinic, he achieved a Championship qualifying time in the 2017 London Marathon. his sporting experience allows him a great understanding of his clients requirements.
In 2017, Andy decided to combine his love of running and drive for better mental health by completing his diploma at distinction level in sports psychology. This led to the formulation of a sports talking therapy clinic which focuses on mindset, anxiety, self-belief, depression and pressure faced by athletes. Andy enjoys helping people focus and set achievable goals by building psychological pathways and reigniting self-belief and confidence.
Andy has worked for mental health services since 2009 and became a qualified mental health nurse in 2014. Over the past 9 years he has worked for the NHS, covering a wide range of mental health services. During this time he completed a number of talking based therapy modules that have enhanced his therapeutic learning; these include CBT, Mindfulness, self-confidence and negative emotional distress.
Outside of work Andy is a keen runner & also has a young family that keeps him on his toes. Andy is passionate about running and good mental health and feels that the two are a combination for success when wishing to achieve goals.
Mike is our in house nutritionist at Blizard Physiotherapy. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in dietetics and is currently part way through completion of his Masters degree specialising in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. With a special interest in how food can influence performance, Mike enjoys helping people of all abilities to achieve their goals, whatever they might be.
Mike has a background as a sportsman before returning to education and now enjoys endurance sports. Last year Mike competed in his first Ironman and finished 15th overall. This year he is concentrating on his running and duathlon. He has already achieved PB's over 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathon this year and will continue striving to better his own performance as a member of Team Blizard race team.
Angela is qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher with the British School of Yoga, she is recognised and registered with the Independent Yoga Network and with the Register of Exercise Professionals.
Angela has been practicing yoga for 5 years and has been qualified for 3 years.
She has recently taken up Ashtanga Yoga and practices on a daily basis, she is working towards completing the Primary Series. Ashtanga is a physically demanding type of Yoga practice which requires self discipline and dedication.
Angela welcomes everyone to her classes and modifies each pose to suit the individual, from the complete beginner to the more advanced practitioner. Yoga starts with the breath just as life does, and life mirrors yoga in many ways.
Celine multi tasks here at the clinic managing her time between her first passion of teaching Pilates and the need to keep the back office running as smoothly as possible! Celine qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2002 and worked in high profile food manufacturing until the call of her first love became too great to ignore. She began practising Pilates herself back in 2008 following the birth of her daughter and after feeling the benefits for herself she was hooked on this uniquely precise and intelligent approach to exercise and body conditioning. Celine's qualifications are centred around the clinical approach to Pilates having gained a Modern Pilates Matwork Level 3 in March 2016 and currently working towards certifying with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI).
Celine's clients are so diverse; wide ranging both in age and ability. Pilates as an exercise form is beautifully inclusive and this coupled with our small class sizes, and Celine's working knowledge of her clients' needs ensures everyone gets the attention they need.
Our super team of support staff are here to ensure that our busy clinic runs smoothly and are committed to making your experience with us a good one.
You will always find one of the team waiting to greet you with a friendly welcome, a cuppa and a chat if you'd like one!
Behind the scenes they carry out all the essential admin tasks, including managing all the therapists busy diaries.