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Beyond health is a Central London Clinic owned, staffed and run by expert clinicians. They are not just good at what they do; they are fantastic experts you can rely on. The wealth of knowledge they have as individuals and as a team will ensure that they get you
Back to Work, Back to Sport and Beyond !!
I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, where I was regarded as a mediocre student and a talentless sportsman. At least nobody ever questioned my determination and commitment.
As a freshly qualified Physiotherapist I could not understand why none of my patients got better, so in the 1980's I took my postgraduate training in Australia. This was the turning point in my career. I spent valuable time in the company of Jenny McConnell, the famous Sydney Physiotherapist. Her functional approach to assessment and treatment underpin my clinical ethos today. For the last three decades I have helped in the management and treatment of some of the worlds top sportsmen and women (not to name drop, but my favourite has to be Tim Henman, on and off the court a class act). That level of experience takes a while to gain, and is never easy, but that's what helps me get results other clinicians dream about.
It was May 2nd 2007 that I underwent spinal surgery on a dodgy disc after spending the previous 2 months with severe low back pain and sciatica. This experience has given me a different level of understanding and has spurred on my desire for plain-speaking diagnosis while reinforcing my commitment to functional rehabilitation. I have lived and worked in London since 1991. That's 20 years!! The first 18 were spent as the Founder and Clinical Director of Fulham Physio - the group of clinics that is now Six Physio. When the company grew to a staff of 78, and I didn't know every single colleague personally, I realised that bespoke was more my style and it was time to stop. I took a break and have spent the last 2 winters working (and skiing) in the French Alps.Right now I am proud to be back in London as part of the team at Beyondhealth. At Swan Mews where it all began...
An international sprinter from the age of 16, my interest in sports healthcare began after numerous injuries. I started by training at the London School of Sports Massage in 1989 while studying for a degree in law. For me, the writing was on the wall. I embarked on a second degree at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in 1997 and competing for England at the Commonwealth Games along the way.
I have a wealth of experience in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems and I am dedicated to providing high quality and innovative treatment. Colleagues frequently refer patients with complex musculoskeletal problems to me. My passion for learning and the desire to be at the cutting edge of my chosen field, as well as my special interest in elite sport, has led to me consulting for UK Athletics, West Ham FC, Saracens RFC as well as working on the ATP tennis tour and at the Paralympic Games. I regularly lecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students on a variety of subjects including, myofascial release, osteopathic manipulation and soft tissue techniques. I still train, compete and coach, evaluating new ideas and approaches, which inform my practice.
I always enjoyed sport and was in every team at school and a great team player. I was naturally interested in how the body worked efficiently to create maximum effect, thus Physiotherapy it was.
I did the NHS thing for a couple of years but found it limiting and so moved over to private practice very quickly. Finding the work more interesting I went on every weekend course I possibly could, to learn as much as possible. During one particular course I was spotted and head hunted to run a sixphysio clinic in the city. Loving the dynamic nature that the city of London environment offered, I excelled at management and continued to refine my clinical skills. I then decided a change of scenery was needed and went from one extreme to the other. From the city to the slopes. I went on to own and run PhysioVal in Valdisere. Skiing and boarding by day, treating the snow warriors in the evening. I now specialise in rehabilitation, making you, the client do very specific exercises to improve how you move so that you are not over loading your body. I love making a difference and working in such a dynamic team at Beyondhealth we make a difference.
From day dot in the deep south of New Zealand Joe has been mad on sport and adventure, from the mountains to the beaches. So for Joe a career in Physiotherapy was a natural choice to fit in with his passion for general health and performance aspects of sport.
Joe's extensive experience as a Sports Physiotherapist consists of treating individual elite sporting athletes to those who just like to stay fit. Joe has worked for the last 5 years in Parsons Green seeing individuals having pregnancy issues to just the odd niggle that doesn’t feel right, relating to them with the same drive as he would an elite athlete, to ensure a maximum result.
when not at work its all about good coffee, food, music, mountain sports and trip planning. game on!
Matt has 25 years experience in the fitness industry and has been a freelance Personal Trainer since 1997. He worked with the Team GB Sailing Team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, including gold & silver medal winners Shirley Robertson & Mark Covell. Matt also guided the fitness program for Round the World Yachtswoman Dame Ellen Macarthur. Having worked alongside leading physiotherapists during the Olympics, Matt set out to recreate this holistic approach to training his London client base. To this end he sort out the help of Mark Bender and established his first personal training studio in Fulham in 2003. Matt's new functional fitness Studio opened at Beyond Health in 2010 and has been great success.
In 2002 I graduated as a Physiotherapist from Otago University in New Zealand.
Initially I was given the opportunity to join a great private practice in Christchurch that looked after the provincial basketball team, rugby clubs and the New Zealand Cricket Academy. This allowed me to develop my hands on manual therapy and rehabilitation exercise protocols alongside some elite level athletes. It was here I was exposed to a lot of injuries and conditions that resulted in back pain. This stimulated an interest in back pain and I studied to become a credentialed McKenzie therapist in 2004.
In 2006 I moved to Auckland to work at the Auckland University. A brilliant place to work that allowed me to hang out with all the up and coming athletes that the University had to offer. Here I was exposed to a lot of acute and sporting injuries and studied orthopaedic manual therapy along side this at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
In 2008 I decided to take a breath of refreshing mountain air and disappeared into the depths of Canada to enjoy the deep snow their ski resorts had to offer. And after this I arrived in London in 2009. I initially worked in London for a physiotherapy practice and became a clinic director of a central city clinic until 2011.
In 2011 I had the opportunity to join the Beyondhealth team in Parsons Green, Fulham. The concept of being in a team of such experienced clinicians from multiple disciplines in a modern clinic is something I enjoy to be a part of. We have an experienced team here in Swan Mews that helps people get back to their best after an injury and help people overcome their boundaries.
According to her mother, from the age of 4 Nicki always new what she was going to do. Medicine was her obsession and remains so to this day. Having flirted with an Orthopaedic Surgical route, Nicki quickly decided there was a far more intriguing skill and fulfilling role required in understanding, diagnosing and fixing the body when you actually got to spend more time with the patient, and Drs ‘had no further answers’.
Five years working at the top London hospitals of Guys & St Thomas’ and UCH then took her to an MSc in Sports Medicine and Exercise at Bart’s and The London and experience in County Golf and Cricket. However having already completed 4 seasons as Academy Physio to Harlequins RFC, Nicki moved full time to 1st XV Physio at London Irish RFC. This solidified her belief that you really can get better, no matter what, if you have a strong team working for you and invested in your physical potential and well being.
Spending a lot of time either in the dance studio or on the field attempting to play some sport I always was always fascinated about how the body moves. So Physio seemed like a good career for me.
I started off my career in Christchurch doing some hospital and private practice work, before moving across the ditch to Australia where I worked largely in the sporting arena with up and coming and elite athletes.
I traded in the the sunny beaches for the hustle and bustle of London and found my way to Parsons Green where I have been for the past couple of years. I have now joined the kiwi contingent at Beyond Health where I specialise in rehabilitation
Another University of Otago graduate, I spent my first couple of years in New Zealand looking after rugby and netball players. I quickly learned that to get people back on the field takes a team approach and more than just manual physiotherapy. So I went on rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and Pilates courses to develop other physiotherapy skills.
When I’m not in the clinic you may see me pounding the pavements in preparation for my next marathon challenge, otherwise I’ll be at home backing up a storm or planning my next travelling adventure.
Representing the Brits. Having grown up in the north of England, Keith is excited to be part of this largely antipodean super team.
Being a jack of all trades and master of none in the sporting environment he always knew a career in health was on the cards. A degree in Sports Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy followed.
Since then he has worked at a variety of London clinics before moving to Beyond Health. He continues to feed his sporting interest with work for the English Institute of Sport, GB Bob Skeleton, GB Judo, England Lacrosse and a few London cycling teams. However, the daily challenge of “fixing” what walks through the front door is where he excels.
Mark comes from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and has worked in the sports industry in excess of 7 years and participated in many sports including Rugby Union (formally equipment coordinator with Bath and England), Football, Athletics and Tennis.
Mark trained at The Massage Training School Exmouth whose course offers the highest qualification available in the UK in clinical sports and remedial massage a BTEC Professional Diploma (Level 5), he prides himself on his flexible, approachable and friendly service and expertise in relieving muscular pain and dysfunction in the soft tissues of the body.
Anna always enjoyed sport and it has played a great role in her life to date. At school she was in every team and during her time at university she captained the University of Exeter Lacrosse team for 2 years.
Having left university with a Human Bioscience degree, she decided she wanted to pursue a career where she could work closely with different people and most importantly improve their health. As a result she is currently training at the British School of Osteopathy and thoroughly enjoying it. To help broaden her skill set she undertook the LSSM course in Sport and Remedial Massage. This provided her with a fantastic insight into the endless benefits individuals can experience through the range of techniques available.
Before Hazel qualified as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist at the London School of Sports Massage she had a successful 10 year career as a professional dancer, working in many musical theatre shows all over the world, which she loved! Due to her demanding training and dance schedules and consequent pressures on her body over this time, Hazel has had lots of experience of receiving different forms of complementary therapies. This sparked her passion to want to help others keep in the best physical shape possible and maintain a healthy body by applying massage and remedial techniques. Hazel’s knowledge of body awareness, stemming from her dance training, helps her to understand her clients’ biomechanics, enabling successful treatment and remedial advice.
Hazel is really happy to be joining such an amazing team of passionate therapists at Beyond Heath.