Meet The Team
Kate hails from South Africa where she completed her undergraduate degree and then worked for two years in a premier musculoskeletal practice. Wanting to work and travel more, she moved to Edinburgh where she worked as a locum in the NHS. She then moved to the East Midlands when offered the job as the 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.
Immediately after completing 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 Derbyshire Sports Injuries Clinic in 2011, with a view to taking over the clinic. Unfortunately these things never happen quickly, but good things come to those who wait! As well as working in the clinic Kate does some lecturing on the Nottingham Sports Medicine Masters and on the GP training course, as well as consultancy work for England Cricket and UK Athletics.
She 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 using the Lynotherapy technique, knee injuries and complicated longstanding injuries.
In her free time she likes to train in the gym, ride her bike, ski, cook/bake and feed her nearest and dearest! 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.
She is recently married and is enjoying diversifying her skills as a “farmer’s” wife and mum to George!
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 accepting a lead musculoskeletal physiotherapist post within an orthopaedic triage service based in Derby. He has been involved with Derbyshire Sports Injury Clinic for approaching 4 year now on a part-time basis. Clinically, he has interests in acupuncture, manual therapy and myofascial release techniques.
Guy has recently completed his Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and is about to embark on his Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Medicine
Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife and two 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 is joining the team after relocating to Derby with her husband and 3 children. Together they are starting a social enterprise selling ice-cream and working with survivors of human trafficking. She loves family, fair-trade chocolate and enthusiastic people and intends to get into the peaks as soon as she has unpacked!
After qualifying Sarah worked privately as a physiotherapist with a wide variety of athletic populations and sports teams. She later moved into GP practices where she provided musculoskeletal physiotherapy to a varied caseload of NHS patients. Clinically Sarah specialises in exercise prescription for athletic rehab and performance and for the management of chronic disease. She has a great deal of experience in sports massage and manual therapy and uses Westernised acupuncture methods in practice.
In addition to working clinically Sarah lectures on exercise prescription courses, works in research and is currently completing a PhD in Primary Care. In her spare time, she enjoys working as a studio fitness instructor, participates in Olympic weightlifting, Pilates and high-intensity-interval training. Being a Geordie lass she also has a fierce love for the North East of England and shopping!
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.
Mark is originally from the West Country (Bath) and studied physiotherapy at Brunel University, London graduating in July 2018. Before studying to be a physiotherapist Mark was a sniper in the Royal Marines for 12 years operating in some of the most hostile environments in the world. Mark was unfortunately injured in a blast in Afghanistan which ended his military career and upon leaving the Royal Marines worked as a security consultant in the Indian ocean preventing vessels being hijacked by Somali pirates. After the realisation that this line of work wasn’t conducive to family life he embarked upon a career in physiotherapy. Mark enjoys working with all patient types and isn’t as intimidating as he may look, as long as the patient has a desire to work hard towards a common goal.
Mark enjoys prescribing individually tailored programmes that specifically target your injuries, in conjunction with any current training programme you may be following.
Outside of work Mark is a keen Crossfitter, triathlete and enjoys hill walking in the UK, skiing and road cycling when his bike is not broken! Mark loves spending time with his wife Sarah, his two young sons George and Harry and his dog Spike.
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.
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’s background is varied... she has been a receptionist at Saks at David Lloyd for 8 years before we stole her away to work for us! She also works as a therapist part time using her skills as an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist. Reflex fits in very well with the physiotherapy and massage offered within the clinic.
Jo’s interests are holistic therapies used in everyday life, healthy eating, exercise, rest and relaxation.
She enjoys, walking her dog, cooking, gardening, DIY, swimming and aqua classes, Any form of art work, painting, clothes, jewellery and reading fiction and nonfiction books.
She has three grown up children and a grandchild, so life is very 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.
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.
Ros worked as a physio at the clinic many years ago. She then moved into teaching physio and more recently worked in healthcare regulation. Recently semi-retired, she works part time in reception. Ros' passion is running and in 2014 tackled her first marathon in the Swiss Alps. Despite this involving a climb of 1600m she got the bug and completed three marathons the following year.
Beth is one of the newest members to the Sporting Joint administrative Team, after starting in June 2017. She is currently a student, and when not at uni or work Beth enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes many sports such as football and athletics but is more of an armchair fan than an active one!