Team

Meet some of the team.

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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).

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

Anna Readman

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Anna graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 with a first-class honour’s degree and a keen interest in musculoskeletal related conditions, as well as complex sporting rehab. At uni, she constructed a rehab class for the university ice hockey team and was ice-side twice a week during her years in Wales. Since then, she has worked within outpatient’s physiotherapy exclusively, broadening her interests in that ever-changing field. Her personal professional curiosities include the complications of hyper-mobility syndrome; sporting shoulder issues and the more complicated neck complaints her patients present to her. She has trained in Pilates qualifications (APPI Mat-work I and II); has undertaken courses on Whiplash disorder, and advanced her interest in a variety of different manual therapy techniques including mobilisations, k-taping and other pain-relieving hands-on therapies. Before her studies in 2011, she travelled extensively and was a keen surfer and snowboarder, completely filing her passport with global stamps.

Now, with a fresh move to Somerset with her husband and two Labradors; she greatly enjoys the outdoors including hiking, trail running, sprint triathlons and lake swimming.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tia Cohen

Sports 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.

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

 

Hannah Sinoia

Physiotherapist & MCSP

Hannah graduated from UWE in Bristol in 2004. She has worked in different counties across the south west, in hospitals, care homes and patients own homes. She has a range of experience in different areas, including rehabilitation, neurology, respiratory, musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, as well as falls prevention and mental health.

She specialises in working with older people, and is passionate about promoting meaningful exercise, that brings both physical and mental health benefits.

 

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.

 

Martha 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.

 

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