Team

Meet some of the team.

Rest assured while you are being treated by us or one of our professionals you will find our lovely team very approachable and personable - it's what we are known for and proud of. Explaining simply how and why your treatment is important and what time frame you may expect to aim for recovery.

Liz Gardner

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Liz’s physiotherapy career started in 2001 within Poole NHS Trust after graduating from Coventry University with a 1st class honours degree. She worked in the NHS as a senior member of the Musculoskeletal team, progressing to Orthopaedic team leader specialising in trauma and rehabilitation. Working closely with a range of consultants she became heavily involved in the development of various evidence based musculoskeletal and orthopaedic protocols. In addition, she worked for both the Nuffield and Harbour private hospitals and spent time outside of work setting up and providing a physiotherapy service for the Under 18s Dorset County Rugby teams. She ran an injury prevention screening programme and has developed this for several other sporting teams and clubs over the years.

Liz gained further musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and paediatric experience working both in the private sector and for various NHS trusts including Kent, Southampton and the Isle of Man as a senior 1 physiotherapist before moving to Somerset where she established Central Somerset Physiotherapy. Liz enjoys treating a wide range of conditions and has a special interest in muscle and joint pathologies and soft tissue therapy. She works with a wide range of clients treating elite sporting athletes, paediatric patients, various neurological conditions and the elderly. She is involved with several local sporting teams providing injury screening, physiotherapy assessment and treatment and sport massage.

Due to her expertise and popular demand Liz now works for Central Somerset Physiotherapy on a full time basis. In addition, Liz is also an experienced sports massage practitioner having worked with national sporting competitors and she is also a qualified personal trainer enabling her to rehabilitate her clients to the highest level within the sporting and gym environment.

Between juggling family life and practicing in the Burnham-on-Sea clinic Liz is most often found training and competing in the sport of triathlon.

Andy and Liz have ensured that Central Somerset Physiotherapy, having treatment facilities in the Blackbrook Leisure Centre, Yeovil Personal Fitness Gym, Riverside Fitness and the Burnham Swim & Sports Academy has become an integral part of local athlete’s preparation, injury prevention and rehabilitation regimes.

Both Liz and Andy are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) allowing them to use acupuncture as an adjunct to treatment and both have a keen interest in occupational physiotherapy and work related injuries and are members of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE).

 

Andy Gardner

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Andy graduated from Southampton University with a 1st class honours degree in Physiotherapy three years after achieving a 1st class honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education. Prior to gaining qualifications at a degree level Andy pursued a career in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor, RSA Exercise to Music instructor, ASA Swimming instructor and GP referral coordinator. It is from this background that he developed a keen interest in sport injuries which led him down the career path of physiotherapy.

Andy started his physiotherapy career within Poole NHS Trust where he quickly progressed to a senior level. He later left Poole, moving back to his home county in Somerset to develop a private practice which later became Central Somerset Physiotherapy.

He has completed a diploma in Orthopaedic medicine and has a wealth of experience in Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic physiotherapy. His previous role as a personal trainer coupled with representing Great Britain as a youth and junior in the sport of triathlon naturally led to him becoming a physiotherapy sport injury specialist. He has worked with several sporting teams and schools and provides regular running gait analysis and rehabilitation for various sporting competitors ranging from a recreational to elite level. He is also qualified and offers treatment for BPPV.

Andy’s spare time is largely taken up by his young family and sport. He continues to participate in sport concentrating on triathlon and cycle sportive events. It is through this interest that Central Somerset Physiotherapy maintains a close link with local sporting clubs.

 

Some of our associates that also provide excellent Central Somerset Physiotherapy services


Christopher Weis

 Physiotherapist & MCSP

Chris graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. He gained extensive experience of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions working as a Senior Physiotherapist in the NHS in Somerset and is now a full time private physiotherapist. He has undertaken postgraduate training in acupuncture, becoming a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, and has gained a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys jogging & hillwalking, with a particular interest in rugby and rowing.

 

Anthony Lloyd-Bostock

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Anthony has been qualified as a physiotherapist for 13 years after graduating from Cardiff University in 2005. Prior to this he also achieved a degree in sport’s science at Southampton University in 2002 in which he gained excellent diagnostic and rehabilitation skills. As a physiotherapist, he has worked in both the private sector and the NHS and has a wealth of musculoskeletal, sport injury rehab and generalised physiotherapy experience. He has also completed his Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Diploma and is a qualified injection therapist. He is currently working for Central Somerset Physiotherapy alongside his Extended Scope Practitioner position within the NHS.

Outside of Central Somerset Physiotherapy, Anthony is a regular runner and a keen squash and tennis player.

 

Ed Davis

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Ed graduated from the University of the West of England and is currently working both as a private physiotherapist and for the NHS Trust in Taunton where he has gained a wealth of musculoskeletal experience. Ed has also time working with Exeter City Football Clubs’ first team.

Outside of his career, Ed enjoys spending time with his young family and watching football and motor racing!

 

Samatha Jenkins

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Sam graduated from Brunel University in 2009 with a BSc (hons) physiotherapy degree. She has gained a wide range of physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills working in the NHS, private sector and various sporting environments including both football and netball.

She has under taken a variety of postgraduate training including level 2 APPI Pilates and acupuncture. Away from work she enjoys running and playing netball.

 

Jolene Burkinshaw

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Jo graduated from the University of the West of England in 2010. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Jo spent 3-4 years working as a fully qualified personal trainer and sports therapist. She has a keen interest in working with special groups such as pre and post-natal clients and also in nutrition.

Since qualifying, Jo has worked in the NHS and gained a wide variety of experience in Musculoskeletal conditions. She is a qualified acupuncturist, sports masseur and has a diploma in orthopaedic medicine.

Outside of work Jo enjoys keeping fit and is the physiotherapist for her local rugby team.

 

Lauren Webley

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Lauren graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2008 with a Bsc in Physiotherapy. During her final year at university, she completed a module in acupuncture and an elective placement with Notts County Cricket Club

Since graduating, she completed her rotations as a junior physiotherapist in the NHS until 2010 where she followed her passion in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and later the same year became a Senior MSK physio.

Whilst also working within the NHS Lauren sought to develop her skills in sports and paediatric physiotherapy and worked for 5 years with the local mens rugby team and Watford Football Academy.

From 2013, in addition to her NHS work, Lauren set up a private practice at Merchants Taylor's School Northwood, mostly treating the children and some staff. She also worked closely with the schools sports department to help develop the senior athletes in Rugby, Cricket and Hockey by performing pre season injury prevention screening as well as pitch side cover. Furthermore she was able to spend some time shadowing the physio at Middlesex CCC who's first team regularly trained at the school.

Alongside many MSK postgraduate courses, Lauren has completed paediatric orthopaedic workshops and attended a young athletes conference put together by the association of physiotherapists in sports and exercise medicine. She therefore likes to specialise in paediatrics and young athletes, but still enjoys and has a vast experience in working with a huge range of adult injuries and conditions.

Outside of Physiotherapy Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young girls and is excited to explore what Somerset and the southwest has to offer since their move from Hertfordshire.

 

Birgitte Hoff

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Birgitte is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 12 years’ experience, she is also a comprehensively trained Polestar Pilates teacher. Birgitte’s particular area of interest is using the Pilates method as a rehabilitation tool to restore optimal movement control and efficiency.

Birgitte offers a unique blend of Physiotherapy & Pilates ideal if you are recovering from an injury or surgery. Birgitte found the Pilates exercises crucial during her own rehabilitation journey following a prolapsed disc. This process further fueled her passion for rehabilitation-focused Pilates.

Birgitte offers private sessions & group studio equipment sessions at the CSP Wells clinic in association with Pilates Body Aligned.

 

Jeanne Burnett

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Jeanne is an experienced, highly qualified, professional Chartered Physiotherapist registered with the Health Care Professions Council. She has gained over 40 years of experience across all areas of physiotherapy within the NHS, Private Practice, Elite Sports Medicine, Occupational Health, Oncology and Palliative care. She trained at Manchester Royal Infirmary and has worked predominantly in Lancashire, Somerset and Wiltshire throughout her continuous career.

Further qualifications include an MSc in Acupuncture from Coventry University, a Diploma in Oncology and Cancer Care from the University of Liverpool , and a City and Guilds qualification in teaching adults from Bath College. She is also an advanced member and CPD tutor for the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

During the course of her career she has covered all bases- general physiotherapy outpatients, elderly rehabilitation, private contracts with nursing homes, contracts with many sports clubs and elite athletes (including Lancashire County Cricket Club), and a wide experience of treating patients with oncology or palliative care needs. She was a rehabilitation team manager for twelve years in Wiltshire, before she decided she wanted more clinical interaction. She is also an advocate for Hypervibe Whole Body Vibration Therapy.

Josh Higgs

Sports Massage Therapist

Joshua started his interest in sports through gaining coaching qualifications with the PGA and England Hockey. He has always shown a love for all sports and activities. Whilst, more recently coaching local Hockey Clubs and supporting and promoting sports in many local schools.

Joshua joined CSP to enhance and specify his career within the sporting world and to learn and develop rehabilitation skills.

Joshua is a Soft Tissue Therapist and believes that soft tissue therapy is an excellent way to support maintenance of health and sporting or everyday performance.

When not within clinic or coaching, Joshua thoroughly enjoys hiking, fitness, sports and travel.

 

Olly Morris

Sports Massage Therapist

Olly qualified in sports massage alongside studying at University of Bath. He also works as a personal trainer and has a particular interest in the area of corrective exercise.

Through both his studies and playing football at a semi-professional level he understands the importance of both exercise and soft tissue work for preparation, maintenance and recovery in sport as well as for everyday functional movement and health.

Away from the clinic he enjoys fitness, playing football and skiing.

 

Dr. Niels Hak

MD Antwerp 1992

Niels has had a passion for sports from early age onwards.

A former NHS Doctor, now a self-employed Personal Trainer and Nordic Walking instructor with exercise referral qualification and a special interest in running form analysis and remedial coaching.

He provides 1:1 Personal Training sessions, low intensity indoor exercise classes, free local Wellness walks and he organises Nordic Walking Courses and walks in the Mendip area.

Contact Niels directly on 07771533386

niels@avatarpersonaltrainer.co.uk

For more information:

www.avatarpersonaltrainer.co.uk

www.somersetnordicwalking.co.uk

 

Albert N K Balachandar

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Albert completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in India in 2005. After his Bachelor degree he worked in various MSK out-patient settings within India. During his work in India he also pursued his career as a sports physiotherapist, working in sports centres and mainly managing case loads from national and local cricket clubs. In 2008 he moved to the UK to pursue his Master’s in Neuromusculoskeletal Healthcare at Keele University. Following his successful completion of his Master’s,  he started to work as a senior physiotherapist and later as an out-patient team lead in a leading MSK clinic in Abu-Dhabi, UAE. Currently he works as a senior MSK out-patient physiotherapist in a Dorset University Hospital. He also holds a certificate in dry needling, a certificate in spinal manual therapy and certificate in vestibular rehabilitation.

Outside of his career Albert enjoys his time with his wife, two children, music and motorcycles.

 

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