Meet The Team
Kate hails from South Africa where she completed her undergraduate degree and then worked for two years in a premier teaching musculoskeletal practice in Johannesburg. Wanting to work and travel more, she moved to Edinburgh where she worked as a locum in the NHS. The move to the East Midlands was to take up the role as Senior Physio for Derbyshire County Cricket, where she worked for almost 4 years, travelling full time with the team, and also looking after the academy cricketers. Wanting to expand her knowledge she embarked upon a Masters in Perth (Australia) in Manual Therapy.
On completion of the Masters she started work as the physio for the New Zealand cricket team, travelling the world with the team for two and a half years before returning to the UK. Kate started working at this clinic in 2011, finally purchasing the clinic in 2014. As well as working in the clinic Kate occasionally lectures on the Nottingham Sports Medicine Masters and the GP training course, as well as some consultancy work for England Cricket and UK Athletics.
Kate was also extremely fortunate to work as a physio at the London 2012 Olympics working in track & field. Kate’s main areas of interests include treatment of fascia , knee injuries and complicated longstanding injuries.
In her free time she likes to train in the gym, ride her bike, ski, feed her loved ones and spend time with her family. She also enjoys travelling and exploring the UK and abroad.
Gemma’s career started in the NHS, working within mental health both in the hospital setting and within the community. In 2010/ 2011 she took some time out to carry out a ski season in Verbier, Switzerland, working as a physiotherapist/ sports masseuse - in addition to having a fabulous time!
She returned to work at this clinic and concentrated on completing her Masters. Gemma has worked at this clinic since 2008, initially doing a few evenings but now here most of her working hours. In addition she works at a clinic in Nottingham and for Derby Rugby Club, looking after their first team.
She enjoys being involved in active pursuits and has previously worked in the Territorial Army as a physiotherapist for which she had to carry out Officer training. Her focus within Physiotherapy is manual therapy and she has a keen interest in biomechanics.
Gemma has extensive experience in sports massage and also uses Western Acupuncture where appropriate. Her recent dissertation for her Masters looked at the effectiveness of mobilising the nervous system using exercise and manual therapy techniques to decrease pain and improve range of movement and function.
Gemma also enjoys diversifying her skills as a “farmer’s” wife and mum to George and Charlotte.
Alison studied physiotherapy in Aberdeen, qualifying in 1984. She has had a varied career working initially in the NHS in Scotland then twice in NZ where she worked in the hospital system and then in Private Practice before returning to the UK and beginning work in the Derbyshire Sports Injuries Clinic and Belper Physiotherapy clinic in 2010.
Alison has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, postural dysfunctions and orthopaedics with a special interest in shoulders and also the elderly patient.
Over the last 18 months Alison has become involved in the Archery GB Talent Identification Programme where she has been part of a team supporting four Derbyshire athletes in their quest to be accepted into the AGB performance academy at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. She also supports the Derbyshire Hotshots Junior Development Programme and East Midlands Archery Society Regional Squad by organising their strength and conditioning programme and regularly presents fit for archery and posture presentations for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire county archery coaching events.
When she has any spare time Alison likes to climb mountains, shoot and coach archery, get on her bike, ski, golf, plays tennis, cook and support her children. She continues to travel the world and attend regular continuing professional development courses for physio and archery!
Guy has worked as a physiotherapist since graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006. The majority of his early career was spent moving up the ranks in the Derby County Football Club where he eventually reached the 1st Team Assistant Physiotherapist position. He then moved on to be Head Physio at Burton Albion Football Club for a time, until family commitments led him to splitting his time between working at our clinic and as part-time lead musculoskeletal physiotherapist within an orthopaedic triage service based in Derby. Clinically, he has interests in acupuncture, manual therapy and myofascial release techniques.
Guy has recently completed his Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and is hoping to begin his Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Medicine in the future.
Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife and three young daughters, all we as helping on on his parents smallholding with amongst other things, a herd of alpacas!
Sally trained 25 years ago in the wonderful city of Newcastle Upon Tyne where she learnt her trade and became fluent in Geordie! She joined the hand therapy unit, taking her level one hand therapist qualification before moving down to St.George’s teaching hospital in London to hone her skills in all things sports and spinal, including working pitch side for a local rugby team.
After the birth of her first son 16 years ago she began to develop an interest in the area of Women’s Health, particularly the postural changes the body goes through in pregnancy, and the associated problems that creates.
For the last 15 years, alongside treating sports and spinal injuries, she has lead the Women’s health team at Balance Performance Physiotherapy in London. She has a special interest in Pelvic Girdle Pain, Diastasis Recti (separation in your abdominal muscles) and post natal rehabilitation. She is also a very experienced kettlebell coach with a passion to get mums strong enough to do what they need to do.
Sally became a Jointer after relocating to Derby with her husband and 3 children. Together they have started a social enterprise selling ice-cream and working with survivors of human trafficking. She loves family, fair-trade chocolate and enthusiastic people and loves hitting the Peaks when she gets a chance.
Moving well whether it be for sport, general life or after major trauma has always been a special interest of mine. I qualified and worked in London for 5 years and then Adelaide, Australia for another 5. During this time I developed expertise in complex multi trauma and brain injury movement re- education. Since then I have extended my scope of practice to include treatment of Musculo-skeletal injuries and movement re-education for performance sport and life.
I believe in exercise or activity for all, for life! As I age myself I am developing a keen interest in the over 40’s staying active and healthy but I am happy to treat all ages.
In my treatment sessions you could expect a holistic approach to movement analysis, hands on soft tissue and joint mobilisation techniques, advice and home exercises in line with current evidence based practice. Those familiar with Pilates, Feldenkrais or Alexander technique will recognise some elements.
I am a multi -sport athlete which I find helpful for movement analysis. In the past I have played competitive badminton, tennis, water polo, volleyball, discus and shot put as well as Equine sports. Currently my sport and training is more social to fit around a busy work and home life and includes riding, exercise classes, gardening and skiing. The picture is of me abseiling and canyoning in Spain.
Wilma qualified as a physiotherapist in South Africa in 2007. After a year's internship at a government based clinic, she moved to an internationally known private clinic. The treatment there was focused on chest physiotherapy and post surgical mobilisation.
After 2.5 years she wanted to travel and took on a role as massage therapist on a cruise ship which travelled between USA and the Bahamas.
She met her Derbyshire born husband on board and after getting married in South Africa, decided to make plans to move to England.
During the period of sorting out visas, she worked at an out patient practice which specialised in lymphoedema management. Here she received in house training on lymphoedema management and worked alongside a qualified lymphoedema therapist. Before making the final move to the UK she also worked as a locum at a hospital which specialised in treatment of paediatrics.
She loves travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Zoe completed her honours degree in Sports Therapy at Teesside University. After graduating she worked at Coventry City Football Club for 3 years. During her time there she was able to develop her skills and experience in Sports Massage and rehabilitation of sporting injuries. Zoe’s interest in massage took her to Thailand where she gained the skill of Traditional Thai Massage. As a qualified Personal Trainer she enjoys training in the gym and taking part in fitness classes such as Kettlercise and Body Pump. In her spare time she teaches Aqua Aerobics and Pilates.
After initially doing work experience in the clinic during his A levels Matt went on to study Sports Therapy focusing a lot on exercise as a tool for rehabilitation. After the completion of the course he now works an evening a week in the clinic as a Graduate Sports Therapist providing injury assessment, rehabilitation and sports massage.
Alongside working at the Derby Sporting Joint clinic Matt works at the University College of Birmingham teaching on the Sports Therapy and the Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy degree programmes and level 3 BTEC Sport course, all whilst studying for his PGLTVS (Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Vocational Subjects). He mainly supervises the university’s sports injury clinics, trying to engrain the use of functional movement, functional testing, and exercise prescription for his students. He has worked with elite cyclists during the annual Deloitte Ride Across Britain 3 times as a sports therapist, treating the cyclists after a day of riding, on average 100 miles on the 9 day event cycling the length of the country.
He has also worked with semiprofessional footballers at Belper Town Football Club with his main responsibilities being injury rehabilitation, pre-season screening and pre and post massage treatment for the first team and academy teams.
He also has a passion for the countryside and having grown up on his grandparents’ farm is now fortunate to become a business partner in the family farming enterprise.
Katie qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 from Sheffield Hallam University. She began to work at Chesterfield Royal Hospital working as rotational physiotherapist, and then came to Derby in 2012 and continued her professional development, gaining experience in musculoskeletal out-patients, intensive care, learning disabilities and hand therapy. In 2013 she secured a post in the Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby and began to specialise in hand therapy.
Katie is highly specialised in treating patients with acute injuries such as tendon repairs, fractures, nerve repairs, ligament injuries and soft tissue lacerations. She can also effectively manage chronic conditions such as wrist pain, OA, dequervains and tennis elbow.
She can provide advice regarding off the shelf splints and fabricate custom made thermoplastic splints where necessary. Katie has a special interest in taping techniques and can advise you on the application of kinesiology and dynamic taping for a wide variety of conditions.
Emma qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Brighton in 2006. She began to work as a junior physiotherapist gaining experience in orthopaedics, care of the elderly and general musculoskeletal out-patients.
Emma then specialised in hand therapy whilst working at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on a part-time basis, and then joined the Pulvertaft Hand Centre at Derby in 2008.
Emma has highly specialised skills in the treatment ofhand conditions and injuries. She can provide all aspects of hand therapy including exercise prescription and splint fabrication along with many other treatment modalities to enable you to re-gain the use of the greatest tools we own - our hands.
Emma is also qualified to provide acupuncture alongside other treatment modalities, this can be used help manage conditions such as arthritis, dequervains, tennis elbow.
Alice is our enigmatic podiatrist! She currently divides her time between the Derbyshire Sporting Joint and working as a Biomechanics Specialist Podiatrist for Derbyshire County PCT. She previously worked at South Staffordshire PCT, and has worked in various private practices in Derby.
She specialises in clinical lower limb biomechanics and has a special interest in sports mechanics and paediatric podiatry. Alice is involved in teaching other Allied Health Professionals and presents to running clubs, coaching teams, and other organisations.
At the clinic she provides clinical gait analysis and custom orthotic prescription as well as providing paediatric screening and footwear advice.
In her spare time Alice enjoys playing tennis, and enjoys being a mum to Harry and George. She has developed a knack for creating superhero and football cakes.
Helen studied sports therapy, sports massage, sports nutrition, personal training & aerobics in Bath.
She also completed the Football Association treatment & management of sports injuries course (specialising in football).
She has worked at the Village hotel in Nottingham giving gym instruction & personal training, and at Derbyshire County Cricket and Derby County Football club as a sports massage therapist providing sports massage to players.
When not at work she is a busy mum of three and wife of a professional footballer, but if she does get a bit of spare time, she enjoys running & eating out, as well as baking & then devouring the outcome! Helen is also a big supporter of the charity Donna Louise Children's Hospice and in the last five years has done a 10k race, climbed Tres Picos , run the London Marathon, organised ladies lunches & various small events, and is always up for her next challenge!
Jo has been qualified for over thirteen years as a reflexologist and in aromatherapy massage, she studied Anatomy and Physiology, Reflexology and Aromatherapy and body massage at Mackworth college.
Reflexology is a natural Holistic therapy, practised on the feet and hands.
The Reflexologist uses their fingers, thumbs and hands to gently apply pressure to the feet or hands. This is not ticklish or in any way painful it is relaxing and comforting.
It is a complementary therapy to orthodox medicine, helping to return the patient to good health.
Reflex fits in very well with the physiotherapy and massage offered within the clinic.
This year Jo is beginning to start Reiki at level one to broaden her knowledge of holistic therapy.
She enjoys, Hot Yoga, cooking, gardening, swimming and aqua classes, any form of art work, painting, and reading fiction and nonfiction books.
She has three grown up children and several grandchildren, so life is always busy and full of fun.
Emma joined the Sporting Joint in April 2017 after getting to know Kate well during physio sessions!
Emma works part time in the office making sure everything runs smoothly, and most importantly making sure everyone gets paid!
Emma trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and worked there until leaving to focus on her family. She enjoys reading and socialising in her spare time, and keeps fit by doing kickboxing classes.
Nicky joined the Sporting Joint in November 2017, having spent plenty of time as a patient of Kate’s, was offered a role in the administration team, working on reception three days a week. Nicky has three children and a crazy cockapoo, which she loves to walk in Calke Abbey. In her spare time she likes to play tennis at David Lloyd and plays netball for Allestree and really enjoys watching all her children play numerous sports at the weekends.
Kay has extensive experience in administration, both in the hospitality industry and in the physiotherapy world. She has been working in the clinic for 5 years and hails from Lincolnshire. Kay has two children, two dogs and two horses that keep her very busy when she isn’t at work. She competes along with her daughter at local horse shows, as well as supporting her son who is a Flying Angel Gymnast, touring the UK.