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 (Kate currently is the only qualified practitioner of this method in the UK), shoulder injuries and complicated longstanding injuries.
In her free time she likes to train in the gym, ride her bike, ski, salsa dance, 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 baby 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!
Since qualifying Karen has worked in a variety of NHS settings throughout Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire gaining experience working in areas that include sports rehabilitation, fracture clinics, spinal units as well as various outpatient departments.
Karen’s passion lies within the sports injuries field. She has experience working in several sports injury clinics where her case load included a wide range of acute and chronic sports injuries. She has also worked with Leicester Ladies Football Club and a number of athletic clubs.
Karen’s enthusiasm for sport came from her experience of elite level competition where she competed for Great Britain at both cross country and track athletics.
Karen also enjoys spending time walking her pet greyhound, “Tilly”.
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!
After qualifying in London with a distinction in her practical she spent the early part of her career focussing on people with neurological injury. During 5 years working in Australia she completed a single Masters module in Neurophysiology at the University of South Australia and upon returning to the UK spent 4 years working with a Senior International Bobath Tutor as well as in local NHS hospitals. She continues to treat people with MS, Parkinson’s disease, Spinal Cord injury and Stroke and firmly believes in access to exercise for all.
Challenging herself in new directions, from 2007 she has used a movement re- education approach to successfully treat those suffering from LBP, Neck pain, Shoulder and knee pain.
In January 2016 she qualified as a JEMS Certified Clinical Rehabilitation Practitioner. This systematic approach to evaluation and treatment is used with elite athletes and uses evidence based biomechanics and neuro-science, as well as specific movement coaching. Those familiar with Feldenkrais and Pilates will recognise some familiar elements. She also uses gentle soft tissue and joint mobilisations and taping as part of her treatment where appropriate.
She enjoys treating and teaching all ages and abilities, so whether your goal is high performance sport, return to exercise post injury or just to enable you to put your socks on in the morning she is happy to help.
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!
I studied physiotherapy in York and qualified in 2012. From university I immediately went to work in MSK outpatients for the NHS in Derbyshire gathering a wealth of information working alongside specialists in Shoulders, Lower Limbs and spines. Working in outpatients I see a variety of conditions on a daily basis which has given me well-rounded knowledge of treatment techniques including Taping, biomechanics, manual therapy and exercise therapy. I have a particular interest in sport rehab and strength & conditioning.
In my spare time i enjoy playing Rugby, Boxing and training in calisthenics.
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.
Dominic hails from beautiful Namibia and is currently registered as an MSc student in Ergonomics and Human Factors at Loughborough University. She has previously been working in private practice doing orthopaedic rehabilitation since 2010. Her passion lies mainly with working with athletes and end stage return to sport. She is not only a qualified Biokineticist (rehabilitation specialist) but she is also a qualified strength and conditioning coach. Dominic is also a specialist in treating fascia as she is a qualified Lynotherapist.
Having been a gymnast for 12 years, she has always been interested in the human body and its function. Taking part in any physical activity is fun for her, from mountain biking , rowing or just fooling around in the gym. She also enjoys most outdoor activities, when the sun is shining! , and travelling when she can.
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.
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 plays first team tennis at Duffield tennis club, 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.
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.
Lucy is part of the administration team at the clinic, mainly covering the Saturday mornings. With three children under 6 at home, life can be quite hectic. But with her occasional spare moments she enjoys dancing (particularly salsa) and running. She is also in charge of keeping the clinic looking spick and span!
Nicola joined The Sporting Joint admin team in April 2015. She works part time in the office making sure everything runs smoothly and keeps the staff happy by sorting the wages each month. She has plenty of admin experience as she spent 20 years working in London as a client service manager for a global investment bank. She moved from her hometown in Essex to Derby after having her first child 10 years ago and now enjoys spending time with her 3 children watching her boys Charlie and Max play football and her daughter Ruby who loves gymnastics and dance.
Harry Pearson is the youngest member of staff at the Derbyshire Sporting Joint and has been working at the clinic since mid 2013. When Harry isn’t doing his admin duties at the clinic he is extremely active in the gym, plays golf, football and American football. He would like to join the Royal Marines as he enjoys the fitness, teamwork and discipline involved, but until then he is keeping us on track in the afternoons/ evenings.