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, Gym Yeovil, Invictus Gym 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.



Christopher Weiss

 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.


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!

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.


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 two young girls exploring what Somerset and the southwest has to offer since their recent move from Hertfordshire.


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.


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.


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 his mobile, 07771533386 or email him, For more information on Niel and his excellent Personal Training & Nordic Walking groups:



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.


Tia Cohen

Sports & Pregnancy
Massage Therapist

I started my massage journey by qualifying in Swedish massage at Bridgwater College. I then realised how much massage can help with the maintenance and recovery of the human body.

Following that course I went on to qualify in Sports Massage at the University of Bath. As someone who regularly takes part in sport, I understand how much it can help to have a sports massage pre and/or post event, as well as for general maintenance.

As a qualified pregnancy massage therapist I know how important it is for any mum-to-be to look after herself throughout pregnancy. Massage therapy can be a great way to relieve tension, stress and make you feel more comfortable.

During my spare time I enjoy all round fitness, cycling, hiking, surfing & swimming.


Steph Bere

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Steph graduated from The University of the West of England in 2015, with a degree in Physiotherapy (BScHons), and went on to work in elite sports development. She has five years’ experience as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with interests in sports performance and rehabilitation. Steph went on to attend Hartpury University to study a Master’s degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, which she completed in early 2021 with a distinction, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). Steph now combine working at CSP with her animal physiotherapy work. Outside of work Steph is a keen horse woman and competes her own two horses in eventing.


Torquil Tonks

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Torquil graduated from Southampton University in 2000 with a BSC (Hons) in Physiotherapy. He worked for 2 years in the NHS at St peters hospital in Chertsey then went on to work at St Bernard’s hospital in Ealing in the evenings working for London Irish Academy rugby team. From 2003-2005 Torquil worked at ski resorts in the French alps looking after those on holiday and professional ski teams.  In 2006 Torquil moved to New Zealand and after a year in Rotorua hospital moved to Nelson to work for the Tasman Makos Rugby team and the Nelson Giants Basketball team. Whilst in New Zealand Torquil obtained an Master degree in Sports rehabilitation form Auckland university (AUT).

In 2010 Torquil came back to the UK and took up a full-time position as the head physio for the Cornish Pirates rugby team where he stayed for 2 and a half years until moving back to London to work for the London Broncos rugby league team and then The London Irish Rugby team for 3 seasons. Over the past 4 years Torquil has moved into horse racing and is now working for the Professional Jockeys association looking after Jockeys at racetracks around the south of England and continues to do this.


Zoe Blair

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Zoe is a professional physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience throughout the world.

She believes in a holistic patient centered approach to injury management and uses a variety of treatment methods to get the best results possible for her clients.

Her career started in the Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital in 1991 after graduating from Teeside University. Zoe worked in Bristol for 6 years and in that time became a Senior  physiotherapist in Outpatients and a Sports Physio at a local Rugby club. In 1997 Zoe became a New Zealand registered Physiotherapist and set off to work and complete her Post Graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine and Acupuncture. During her years in New Zealand Zoe  worked with musculoskeletal and sport injuries in many settings including Private clinics, NGOs, Gyms and Universities. In 2011 her Career led her to the Kingdom of Cambodia, where she became a mentor and advisor to the Cambodian Physiotherapy Association working beside  the International Committee of the Red Cross to help create and lecture in a Sports Physiotherapy programme.

In the last two years Zoe has worked as Lead Physiotherapist at the British  International School of Phuket, Thailand , where she has treated young Olympic bound athletes from all over the world alongside the local community.

 Zoe has now returned to work in Somerset with her family and is looking forward to working with all CSP clients.


Marta Brachmann

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Marta graduated from Silesia Medical University in Katowice, Poland in 2011 with a Masters Physiotherapy degree.

In 2013, she completed postgraduate studies in Sport and Conditioning Preparation in Team Games in Physical Education Academy in Katowice, Poland.

Since graduating, she has gained knowledge and experience in MSK disorders and sport injuries physiotherapy through working in the private sector. Having a sporting background and education in sports physiotherapy led her to specialised in sport injury prevention and rehabilitation working with professional athletes and young tennis players.

She has a keen interest in functional neurology techniques to facilitate recovery.

Outside of work she enjoys mountain activities and running and writing her travelling blog alongside playing in a local table tennis club. She also volunteers in wildlife rescue centres.


Gregg Roome

Personal Trainer

Greg discovered resistance training during college and it quickly became part of his lifestyle. He qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2017 and soon started working at a gym in Castle Cary.

There he helped oversee a GP referral scheme as well as training a variety of people with differing goals and abilities.

Now Greg has become self employed, offering a mobile service helping people to lose weight and become fitter and stronger.

He’s now part of the Wells Clinic offering Physio Fitness, small group and 1-2-1 sessions.


Nicole Cross

Sports Massage Therapist

Nicole graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2019 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage. In 2019 Nicole did an internship with Newport County FC working with the Men’s first team providing Sports Massage, delivering strength and conditioning sessions and helping players with their rehabilitation programmes following specific injuries. Enabling her to see the positive effects strength and conditioning training has on an athlete, their recovery from an injury and preventing further injury first hand.

Recently Nicole has also achieved a qualification in Kinesiology taping.

Nicole spends a lot of her time in the gym and therefore has experienced for herself, the values that Sports Massage can have on performance, mobility and functional movement and how it can increase muscle recovery.


Jac Goodacre

Personal Trainer

Jac qualified as a Personal Trainer with Lift The Bar in 2019, and has also recently qualified in Level 3 ‘Working With Clients With Long Term Conditions’ (previously GP Exercise Referral). She specialises in strength and resistance training, and coaches clients 1-2-1 and in small groups, both at their homes and online.

Jac’s client base is wide-ranging and includes people with joint replacements, older people and also people who are new to strength-training. She has experience with clients with mobility issues and also those living with obesity.

When she is not coaching, Jac enjoys lifting heavy stuff and swinging kettlebells about! She also loves to bake with her children, and discover the great little unique eateries in Somerset!



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