Our Team

Sarah Joice became Clinical Director of PEAK Physiotherapy Limited in November 2005. All of the physiotherapists here at Yorkshire Children's Physiotherapy are personally recruited and carefully selected based upon their knowledge, experience and personal attributes.

Here is our team...

Sarah Joice, MCSP

Clinical Director & Specialist Physiotherapist

Sarah graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998 with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy. After qualifying, she worked within the NHS at Leeds General Infirmary, specialising in musculoskeletal disorders with a particular interest in dance injuries.

Sarah has developed a renowned, Specialist Physiotherapy Service for dancers within the Yorkshire region. More than 35 years of practical dance experience (to RAD Solo Seal standard) has enabled her to combine her love of dance with her physiotherapy career. She specialises in all manner of dance-related conditions, working with all ages and levels from recreational dancers to dance Scholars and Company Dancers. She has provided a screening service for musculoskeletal disorders at dance auditions previously involving the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre in York, and Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.

Previous clients have included the Phoenix Dance Theatre (Leeds), and full-time dance students from regional schools, such as Hammond (Chester), The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds), Elmhurst (Birmingham), Tring Park (Hertfordshire) and Northern Ballet School (Manchester). Sarah also works with young dancers on the Associate programme at Northern Ballet Theatre (Leeds) and regularly treats professional performers when touring to The Grand Theatre, including cast members from Ghost, Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Dance til Dawn. Sarah is also listed on the Dance UK Dance Practitioner Register.

Sarah became Clinical Director at PEAK Physiotherapy Limited, Yorkshire Neuro Physiotherapy and Yorkshire Children’s Physiotherapy in 2005 and combines her clinical caseload with business management and development. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys all forms of dancing, and is an active member of local theatre company Brassneck. She also enjoys walking, travelling to far off lands and trips to the theatre.

Kate Parsonage, MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Kate graduated from Bradford University in 1998 with a second class honours degree in Physiotherapy. Having spent over ten years within the NHS, specialising in musculoskeletal disorders, Kate has an in-depth understanding of medical and neurological conditions, and is therefore confident when treating clients with pre-existing and chronic problems.

Kate joined PEAK in January 2009 where she now works full time as a Specialist Physiotherapist. Post-graduate courses have included manual therapy, McKenzie techniques, kinetic control/muscle imbalance and the management of chronic pain conditions. Kate is also one of our qualified ante/post-natal therapists, dealing with musculoskeletal problems arising from pregnancy and labour.

Kate is a keen runner who completed the London Marathon in 2009, and as such has a special interest in sports/running-related injuries.

Outside of work, when she isn't pounding the streets in her running shoes, Kate loves to spend time with her family, and she tells us that she is an avid member of a book club – though we recently found out that this involves more eating cake and drinking tea than discussing the contents of a book.

In 2016, Kate completed her acupuncture training and she is really enjoying this addition to her clinical practice, getting great results with her clients.

Ishita Newton, MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Ishita (Isha) graduated from MS University in India in 2002, with a first class Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She has since specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings in the private, charity, and national health sectors in India, before moving to the UK in 2004.

Whilst in the UK, she has had the opportunity to work in both the NHS and private sectors, furthering her experience and adapting to work within the English healthcare system. She initially worked at the North Warwickshire Trust as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and then relocated to the Yorkshire area, where she worked for the Airedale NHS Trust, before moving into private practice.

Isha has more than 10 years specialist experience in the musculoskeletal field, and has developed a special interest in treating shoulder and neck conditions, attending a number of post-graduate courses to enhance her skills in this area.

Outside of work, she loves walking, cooking, and baking cakes and cookies with her kids. Isha says if it's not her three lovely kids keeping her busy, then it is the work she does with the local church kid’s group, but she enjoys and considers both a privilege.

Lee Ormerod, MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Lee graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2008 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy and initially worked in the NHS, specialising as a Senior Musculoskeletal / Orthopaedic Physiotherapist.  He then decided to make the transition into private practice, and spent 4 years working in Sydney, Australia, gaining some fantastic experience as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.  During this time, Lee obtained exposure to a wide range of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

Prior to qualifying as a Physiotherapist, Lee completed a BSc Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University.  This provided him with an opportunity to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies, which has enhanced his approach to management of these injuries.  Lee has a passion for all musculoskeletal injuries, especially sports injuries and, being a keen footballer, this allows a greater understanding of the sports environment and the management of sports injuries.

Lee has undertaken a number of post-graduate courses including the McKenzie approach, the Mulligan concept, Pilates, and various sports-specific courses.  This knowledge and experience allows him to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to his physiotherapy clients.

In his spare time, Lee likes to play football and generally keeps fit through running and using the gym.  Lee also has the travelling bug, and loves to experience different cultures and experiences.  Although we are glad that he has decided to return back to the UK from Australia and join the Peak Physiotherapy team!

Stella Stein, MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Stella graduated as a Physiotherapist from Hochschule Fresenius in Germany in 2011. During her time at University, she completed two Polestar Pilates courses and her Dissertation research focused on whether pelvic floor dysfunction can be effectively treated with Pilates. After graduating, Stella worked as a Physiotherapist in Germany until 2014 where she specialised in manual therapy and oedema treatment (manual lymphatic drainage).

Stella then relocated to the UK, where she commenced an MSc in Sports Therapy in September 2014 at Leeds Beckett University, shortly after moving to Leeds. She graduated with a distinction in September 2015. This programme expanded her knowledge of the treatment of sports injuries and rehabilitation, and she offers evidence-based and holistic approaches to the assessment and treatment of all musculoskeletal disorders.

Not content to rest on her laurels for long, Stella completed further exams in April 2016 in Germany. This completed an additional qualification as a Manual Therapist, which has further developed her practical skills. A main focus of the course was the link between visceral (organ) problems and musculoskeletal symptoms, which she feels has enhanced her approach to assessment and treatment. She also completed a course in November 2016 specialising in Ante and Post-Natal Pilates, which further supports her work with PGP (pelvic girdle pain) and pregnancy-related issues.

Outside of work, Stella enjoys yoga, baking and travelling. She loves being outdoors and has spent many happy holidays in a campervan!

Michelle Thersby, MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Michelle qualified from The University of Nottingham in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. After graduating, she worked for several years within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, before travelling to New Zealand for a year where she worked in private practice. Upon her return to the UK, she joined the team at Peak Physiotherapy, where she worked for a number of years, before taking on a Clinical Lead role in the Physiotherapy Department at Spire Leeds Hospital.

We are all delighted that Michelle has now returned to the team at PEAK, starting back in September 2016.

In addition to numerous post-graduate physiotherapy courses, Michelle attained her Pilates qualification in 2005, and has been teaching classes and 1:1 sessions ever since. She has recently started teaching a regular class in Ilkley, specifically for people with medical conditions. She has also undergone training in Clinical Yoga, which she also incorporates into her clinical practice.

Michelle believes in a holistic approach to treatment and acknowledges that true health can only be achieved with balance of body and mind.  She is also qualified in acupuncture through The British Medical Acupuncture Society, and uses this to enhance and complement her treatment approach.

Outside of work, Michelle is busy with family life. She has two small children, so spends a lot of time at toddler groups, soft play centres or at Ilkley Park! Should she find herself with any free time, she enjoys running and does yoga in an effort to restore strength and fitness post-pregnancy. Just in case she wasn't busy enough, in January 2017, Michelle completed her Diploma with The Ayurveda Institute in London, which additionally qualifies her as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition Consultant.

Samantha Kelly, MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

Sam graduated from the University of Bradford in 2009 with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy, and has worked both within the NHS and private practice since qualifying. Over the years, Sam has gained a wealth of experience in many different areas of physiotherapy. Before she specialised into the musculoskeletal field, Sam worked extensively with patients with complex respiratory conditions.  She has experience in orthopaedics including pre and post-operative care and has also worked in the community/GP practices delivering clinics and group sessions. Sam assesses and treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders, including complex persistent pain syndromes and complex spinal pathologies.

She is currently working towards her Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University, which she is due to complete in May 2017. This course covers the Management of Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions and modules have included the use of Manual Therapy for the Upper and Lower Quadrants, Pain Management and Advanced Clinical Reasoning.

Sam has also completed a number of other post-graduate courses including APPI Pilates Matwork Level 1, and various manual therapy courses - Mulligan Concept, NAGs and SNAGs and Lumbar/ Thoracic manipulation.

Outside of work, Sam enjoys keeping active. Her favourite classes are spinning and hot yoga. She also enjoys travelling, going to the races/equestrian events and attending glamorous balls! We are delighted to welcome her to the PEAK team.

(Gillian) Kay Webb, MCSP

Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

Kay graduated from the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy in 1987 with a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, and soon discovered a passion for the specialist field of neurology and for treating children.  Initially she worked in special care baby units and on acute children’s wards in the UK and in Australia, but then discovered children’s community physiotherapy and has worked in this area since 1992.  This has involved working in schools, nurseries, children’s own homes and child development centres in London, South Shields and twice in Leeds.

For the last 18 years, she has worked for the Leeds Community Healthcare Trust as a Senior Physiotherapist and then as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatrics, until being made redundant in 2014.  Her work concentrated on treating pre-school children with long term neurological disabilities and on developing a multidisciplinary postural care pathway for children and young adults with more severe problems.  She has done a lot of further study into the area of postural care, but also in hydrotherapy and rebound therapy.

Kay has been lucky enough to complete the full Paediatric Bobath Course and the Advanced Early Intervention Bobath Course at the London Bobath Centre, which has given her a great foundation in the assessment and treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions. She is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).

In 2014 she started a Master’s degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, and so now also provides physiotherapy for animals as well as continuing to work with children and young adults as an independent Physiotherapist. She lives in the Ilkley area with her husband, two teenage children and dog.  In her spare time she enjoys dog training and getting out into our beautiful countryside for walks (and scones)!

Brian Wright-Turner, MCSP

Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

Brian graduated from London South Bank University in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy having previously completed a BSc in Sports Science in 2004 from London Metropolitan University. Prior to qualifying as a Physiotherapist, Brian had worked for 6 years as a Physiotherapy Assistant as part of a paediatric multi-disciplinary team in North London, where he was based primarily within special and mainstream schools. Here he gained invaluable hands-on experience working with the physiotherapy team to provide specialist therapy programmes, equipment, orthotics, postural management and both land-based and hydrotherapy treatment. He also worked with the occupational therapy and speech therapy teams, which helped to consolidate his experience and further develop the holistic approach to his clients that he implements today.

After graduating, Brian remained in London working at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he undertook a number of specialist neurological rotations, then decided to move fully into the field of paediatrics. His experience has included acute and chronic conditions within both neurological and musculoskeletal fields, including neurosurgery and PICU (paediatric intensive care). In 2016, Brian relocated to Yorkshire where he initially worked as a locum before joining the team at Yorkshire Children’s Physiotherapy in 2017.

In addition to a number of post-graduate physiotherapy training courses, Brian has completed the Rescue Test for Supervisors of Disabled Swimmers (with the Royal Life Saving Society) and is also competent in using Makaton sign (levels 1-4) and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). He has found this particularly useful when working/communicating with his hearing impaired and autistic clients.

Brian works both within a clinic setting and in the community (including hydrotherapy) seeing a varied paediatric caseload (musculoskeletal and neuro-developmental conditions). Outside of work, he is enjoying discovering the challenges the Yorkshire countryside has to offer, getting out on his bike whenever he can!

Penny Townsend, MCSP

Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist and Moving and Handling Specialist Advisor

Penny graduated from Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1990 with a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy. She specialised into the field of paediatric physiotherapy in 1993 and has since worked both within the NHS (as a Superintendent Paediatric Physiotherapist) and privately, treating children and young adults with a range of disabilities. She is a qualified Paediatric Bobath therapist (achieved 2001) and a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).

She is also a Specialist Moving and Handling Adviser, achieving NBE’s Manual Handling Advanced Member status in 2009. Penny currently presents at National and International Conferences on moving and handling children with neuro-disabilities. She has had a number of articles published on the subject in the journal Column, the moving and handling publication of the National Back Exchange (NBE), SEN magazine and Education for Everybody.

Penny works with the team at Yorkshire Children’s Physiotherapy, providing bespoke moving and handling training packages for families, designed to meet the individual needs of the clients within their own homes. She can also provide comprehensive risk assessment handling plans to reflect the needs of the client and carers, as well as bespoke study days for multi-disciplinary professionals about paediatric manual handling issues and challenging behaviour.

She has an in-depth wealth of knowledge of moving and handling equipment and adaptations which enables her to meet the needs of the clients and to ensure their safety and that of their carers. Penny also looks at how such equipment can be used to facilitate and support the child’s therapy programmes, in order to promote as much independence as possible.

In her spare time she enjoys running and pottering in her greenhouse.

Chris Newbery, MCSP

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Chris graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy, and he joined the team at Yorkshire Neuro Physiotherapy in 2016. In the six years since qualifying, Chris has gained significant experience across a variety of different clinical areas within the NHS and specifically within Neurology and Stroke Physiotherapy. Chris has worked within three different NHS trusts and continues currently with this work in a Senior NHS role, alongside his private work with our team. 

His experience covers a broad range of neurological conditions and presentations. Chris is a proactive therapist who is keen on developing therapy approaches. Most recently, within his current NHS role, he introduced the use of hydrotherapy for stroke patients, a form of rehabilitation that he is passionate about. Whether treating a client in hospital, in clinic or at their own home, Chris feels comfortable to adapt his treatment approach for any setting.

Always ready to expand his knowledge, Chris has undertaken post-graduate training in specialist techniques specific to his area of practice, including the Introductory Bobath course and other courses relating to the management of ataxia, high and low tone, pushing and neglect with stroke clients. Keen to always leave a positive impact, Chris enjoys spending time with the family of his clients and ensuring that he fully understands his client's goals, so that he may tailor his treatment accordingly. 

Outside of work, Chris enjoys CrossFit, running, drinking coffee with his wife, and being taken for a walk by his boisterous black labrador. If any of Chris' patients have a dog, he sees that as a bonus!

Victoria Murray, MCSP

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Victoria graduated from York St John’s University in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Following a number of years working in the NHS gaining experience within different physiotherapy disciplines, she specialised in Neurology.  In 2013, she took on the role of sole physiotherapy provider for a Specialist Unit, providing individually tailored treatments and rehabilitation programmes for a range of neurological condition including stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, but primarily Traumatic Head Injury.

This experience has strengthened her passion for neurological rehabilitation and she is an advocate and firm believer in maintaining and optimising an individual’s function.

Post-graduate training has included the Introductory Bobath course (modules 1, 2 and 3) and a variety of equipment and postural management training programmes.

Victoria has a diverse, eclectic outlook when it comes to her treatment approach, and is able to modify her practice to suit individuals, regardless of their condition or disability. Her understanding and accumulated knowledge also allows her to be adaptable and apply her knowledge to other areas of physiotherapy including Elderly Care, gait re-education and general postural/mobility problems.

She currently works for the NHS on a part-time basis providing specialised postural management prescription and advice. This also runs alongside her work with the Motor Neurone Association and Headway Brain Injury Association, Second Chance.

When she is not working, Victoria enjoys spending time with family and friends, and in particular enjoys long walks with her four-legged friend. She professes to enjoy DIY but in fairness will admit to regretting the ideas at a later date!

Lisa Procter

Sports Massage Therapist (Burley in Wharfedale)

Having worked for a number of years in the Personnel department for a large National Company and then latterly her husband’s Company, Lisa decided she wanted to retrain, so enrolled on an Anatomy and Physiology course in February 2012 at the Yorkshire College of Beauty. She gained an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic/Swedish Massage with Merit, and whilst doing the course, realised that sports massage was where she wanted to focus her skills.

She therefore enrolled on the Sports Massage course in March 2014 and gained a further ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, again with Merit. Lisa is able to link her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and nutrition and provide deep tissue and connective tissue massage, soft tissue release, neuro-muscular and muscle-energy techniques, pre-sports massage and remedial (maintenance) massage to her clients.

A keen runner and generally sporty person herself, she has run the London Marathon twice and entered various others running events. However, in 2015, instead of running the Marathon herself, she volunteered to offer her services to the charity Children with Cancer UK, as she had run for them the previous year.  Lisa says, “They have 1400 runners taking part and it’s really good to be on the other side listening to their stories about why they chose this particular charity, and their whole experience. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’ve volunteered again this year!”

Since qualifying, Lisa has worked for herself, providing a mobile service to her clients, seeing them in their own homes. We are now delighted to welcome her as a part of the extended PEAK team where she will be working closely alongside the physiotherapy team at our Burley in Wharfedale clinic, providing important hands-on sports massage therapy in the co-management of mutual clients.

Lisa has two children and still occasionally manages to find time to help her husband at work with his Company.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, watching her son play Rugby Union, and socialising. Welcome to the team Lisa!

Bradley Wilson, MSST

Sports Massage Therapist (Garforth, Leeds & Bradford)

Bradley qualified from Teesside University in 2015, with a 2nd class Honours degree in Sports Therapy. His course covered a wide range of modules including Anatomy, Physiology, Manual Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation, and has equipped him to provide assessment and individually tailored treatment plans for various injuries, particularly through the use of sports massage therapy.

Whilst at University, Bradley worked as a volunteer pitch-side therapist for the Women’s Football team in Teesside.  He also worked part-time at the Sports Injury Clinic at Teesside University and at Middlesbrough RUFC as a Sports Massage Therapist, where he gained valuable practical experience. After graduating, he moved back home to Leeds and has since worked part-time at Roundhegians RUFC as their Sports Therapist, where he will continue for their 2016/2017 season.

In July 2015, Bradley volunteered for the charity event ‘Pedal for Parkinson’s’, where he provided pre and post-event massage to the cyclists.  Speaking to the cyclists and listening to their individual stories inspired him to continue volunteering at other charity events, such as the Darlington 10k the following month. This experience also led to further regular work in the North East, as a Sports Therapist, where he worked until April 2016. 

Bradley has also worked with a variety of sporting individuals and teams during the last 4 years.  He most recently worked with a group of professional boxers in the Leeds area, helping to rehabilitate a range of injuries and aid recovery through the final stages of training, in preparation for a series of title fights.

Bradley has always had a passion for sport. He has played football for as long as he can remember, and trains in the gym most days, so he finds working in this field, helping clients at all levels of sport and activity achieve their goals, very rewarding.  We are delighted to welcome him onto the Sports Massage team at PEAK Physiotherapy Limited!

Bradley is also an active member of The Society of Sports Therapists.

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