Meet Our Team

An 11 Strong Team Of Outstanding Physiotherapists

Clinic Directors

Gill Davy (Nee Cannon)

Clinic Director

Gill qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992 and after working in the NHS she returned to Australia to continue her post-graduate education. 

By completing the Australian Sports Diploma and studying with the Australian Pilates Institute Gill was fortunate enough to secure a job at North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre with several of Australia’s leading surgeons whilst also travelling with Australian sports teams in Rugby, AFL, Softball, Tennis and Netball. At the Sydney Olympics, working with Australian Gymnastics, Gill met the British Team and on returning to the UK has worked with them ever since.

In 2001, Gill and Rachel formed Physio Action starting with their first clinic at the David Lloyd Club in Leeds. Having worked in Private Practice for over 16 years, Gill specialises in Sports Medicine and particularly in the management of adolescent and gymnastic injuries.

She has represented Australia and Great Britain as Physiotherapist at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level and was the National Lead Physiotherapist for British Gymnastics and trampolining.

Gill has worked with many other National teams too including UK Athletics and British Orienteering.

As the personal physio to one of our Olympians, she understands the challenges both physically and mentally that sport presents to our athletes and transfers these skills into the daily running of her patient caseload.

Throughout her life as a physio, Gill has worked hard to attain a good reputation for quality treatment. She considers herself very lucky to work at the top end of sport but always recalls that day-to-day work with patients who struggle with back/neck pain through inappropriate postures or daily repetitive loading can be just as rewarding, making small changes can make a huge difference to someone’s life. 

Personally, she is a busy mum of three very active children who love what she does, apparently “It’s quite cool to have a mum who can fix it”!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gill-cannon-davy-15101033/  

Rachel Galley

Clinic Director

Rachel has been qualified for over 20 years, spending the first 5 years working in the NHS learning and gaining invaluable experience on general medical conditions and musculo-skeletal medicine.

Rachel set up a private sports Injury clinic combining her knowledge as a Physio and ex-County and Regional tennis player, to specialise in the treatment & management of racket sports injuries.

In 2001, Rachel joined forces with business partner and friend Gill Davy (Nee Cannon) opening the first of their Physio Action clinics in the Leeds David Lloyd Leisure Club before expanding into Harrogate in 2002 and then Ilkley in 2014.

Since qualifying, Rachel has worked in Rugby Union with all levels and age groups in Yorkshire and the North of England. She is currently the physio for Wharfedale Rugby Union Club and the Senior Yorkshire team.

In 2007, Rachel was appointed by the RFU as team Physiotherapist for the England Counties team and currently provides medical cover for their summer tour travelling to USA/Canada, Japan/Korea, Uganda/Kenya as well as Belgium, Spain, Romania and Georgia with the Senior England Counties team.

In 2015, Rachel was one of the Physiotherapists for the referees at the Rugby World Cup and is a physiotherapy advisor for a leading Independent school in Yorkshire. ​

She is a valuable member of the teaching faculty on the England Rugby Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport course and in 2019 she started providing medical cover for the England Girls U18 TDG squad.

Rachel’s aim is to return to the play competitive tennis again in the future and currently spends any spare time in the Yorkshire Dales and acting as a taxi for her 10-year-old twins sporting fixtures!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-galley-75636638/  

Physiotherapists

Jane Aspin

Senior Physiotherapist

Jane is one of our senior Musculo-skeletal physiotherapists, with a particular expertise in treating back and neck pain.

She qualified in 2004 and started her career at York Hospital. In 2007, Jane moved into private practice which is when her interest in spinal problems began.

Jane is a valuable member of our team, joining Physio Action in 2009.She has developed great working relationships with some of the region’s leading spinal specialists. She continues to progress her knowledge through self-study, attends regular spinal courses by clinical and surgical observation allowing her to perfect the assessment and treatment of all spinal conditions.

Jane takes time and gives individual care to her patients whether they have simple aches and pains or the more complex longstanding problems. Listening to each patient’s story and carrying out a detailed examination Jane is able to identifythe underlying cause allowing a treatment plan to be developed and built upon helping both conservative and surgical management approaches.

Using a combination of hands on treatment and with specific exercises prescription, Jane help to guide her patients to a successful outcome. 

When further investigations are indicated Jane can also refer for MRI scans, Ultrasound scans and X-rays using her links with MSK Doctors and spinal and orthopaedic surgeons if specialist opinion is required.

Away from work Jane is a keen horse rider. She enjoys riding her horses Wescoe Showman and Latina everyday as well as competing in Dressage and Show jumping competitions which helps keep her fit!

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-aspin-b0b27a199/ 

Hannah Bottomley

Senior Physiotherapist

Since qualifying from Oxford Brookes University in 2004 Hannah has worked predominantly in the private sector in various locations across the country and in Australia. She has a particular interest in Sports Physiotherapy and has worked with many sporting clubs including Rugby, Football, Cricket, Running, Handball, Diving and Tennis. She was also privileged enough to have been chosen as a volunteer Gamesmaker Physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2015 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Throughout her career Hannah has completed many post graduate qualifications and courses including acupuncture in order to enhance her physio skills. Her approach to patient treatment is very much hands on and she particularly enjoys treating lower back, lower limb and shoulder injuries.

In her spare time Hannah is a budding weekend warrior enjoying cycling, water sports, skiing and travelling.

Kevin Farley

Senior Physiotherapist

Kevin is a musculoskeletal physio with a background that includes the NHS, professional sport, private practice and Senior MSK Physio Specialist and Injection Therapist in the military. When he first joined the Physio Action team, his full time job was as a with the army in North Yorkshire. He also previously worked for over 14 years in professional Rugby League as a Head Physio and conditioner at several clubs.​

As well as general musculoskeletal and orthopaedic physiotherapy, as his background dictates, he has a specific interest in Sports Medicine and particularly tendon injuries.​

He is personal Physiotherapist to a world champion professional boxer and further keeps on top of his acute sports medicine skills by working with various rugby and football teams as well as track & field athletes.

Charlie Steggles

Senior Physiotherapist

Charlie qualified in 2003 and began her career at the West Suffolk Hospital before moving to Yorkshire in 2006. Here she was able to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working in the NHS, private practice and with the Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Academy Teams.

In 2008, Charlie supported the England Women’s Rugby League Team in the preparation for and throughout the World Cup in Australia and subsequent test matches at home and abroad through to 2010.

In 2010, she joined Leeds Carnegie as the Head of Academy Physiotherapy before becoming a Physio with the Great Britain Boxing Team in 2013.

Gaining valuable experience working for the English Institute of Sport supporting the athletes at home and international training camps and competitions Charlie has represented Great Britain at European and World Championship level, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Always looking for a new challenge, Charlie worked at a Premiership Football Club as Head Academy Physio overseeing the management of athletes from 9 years up to the Under 23’s Team.

Throughout her career Charlie has worked extensively with elite athletes. She has a keen interest in the younger, developing athlete, injury prevention and rehabilitation and in 2015 she completed an MSc in Sports Injury Rehabilitation at Salford University.

As well as working with the Physio Action Team she also works as part of the multi-disciplinary team supporting the GB Wheelchair Basketball Team helping athletes prepare for training and competitions.

In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors riding her horse and walking, enjoying the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-steggles-9b446828/  

Jaime Sawiuk

(currently on Maternity Leave)

Senior Physiotherapist

Jaime qualified from Brunel University in 2008, since then she has pursued many opportunities to learn and gain experience both in the NHS, Sport and Women’s Health.

Jaime was an elite British gymnast, coach and has represented Yorkshire in when she was competing. She draws on this experience to aid her treatment methods and rehabilitation plans for all those she treats. In addition, Jaime has an APPI Pilates qualification using the relevant exercises within her physiotherapy sessions to aid recovery.

Before having children, Jaime worked with various Rugby teams including Hunslet Hawks, Leodensians and Bramley Buffaloes on and off the pitch. She gained significant experience dealing with acute injuries and rehabilitating to a return to high level. She can also help treat and manage chronic conditions to allow an otherwise ‘injured’ player to get through the season safely.

Jaime has a special interest in Women’s Health, treating pre and post-natal ladies with conditions such as pelvic girdle pain (PGP), urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunctions, tummy gaps and prolapse.

After having her “own Birth story” she went in pursuit of answers for problems that she personally experienced but not just for herself but so that she can help as many women as possible with their “own birth story”.

She is aware that even the perfect birth can still give you issues and believes every woman should be offered a Mummy MOT. It’s an absolute passion of hers to get the message out there. Break the taboo and talk about pelvic health.

No one should leak when they laugh, and everyone should be able to jump on that trampoline!

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaime-sawiuk-2251468a/  

Jenny McLaughlin

Senior Physiotherapist

Jenny qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Bradford University in 2007.  She then moved to the Midlands to work in the NHS, where she gained considerable experience doing both in and outpatient rehabilitation as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.  Whilst gaining experience in the NHS she recognised the increased need for holistic treatment and began to explore those avenues in order to develop her treatment skills.

Being a keen yogi, and knowing its benefits for both body and mind, she decided to integrate yoga into her physiotherapy practise and undertook the teacher training required.  In 2012, she qualified as a Yoga Instructor with Sun Power Yoga, taught classes, and integrated the physical and breathing exercises into her treatments.

In 2013 she started a family.  At that time, she was already treating pregnant ladies in the musculoskeletal setting but felt that she would like to be able to do more.  She wanted to be able to offer these ladies a more comprehensive treatment both during and after pregnancy.  After her second child was born in 2015, she returned to her roots in Yorkshire, and subsequently began working at Harrogate District Hospital as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s Health.  Since that time, she has undertaken specialist courses for the treatment of the pre and post-natal lady, female urinary dysfunction, and pelvic organ prolapse.  In addition, she also performs acupuncture, which she now offers to her patients where appropriate for urge incontinence.

In the Women’s Health role, she treats ladies with pelvic girdle pain, diastase rectus abdominus, pelvic organ prolapses, pelvic floor weakness, and bladder weakness (incontinence and frequency).

Jenny believes that everyone that goes through pregnancy should be given advice on how to look after themselves through this precious time when there is so much physical change.  Following birth, having an assessment of your stomach muscles and pelvic floor, as well as receiving some basic advice on the do’s and don’ts, can make a big difference to your recovery, returning to pre pregnancy activities and prevention of problems further down the road.

Outside of work Jenny enjoys family life, the outdoors, and is a keen yogi.

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Gemma James

Senior Physiotherapist

Gemma qualified from Leeds Metropolitan university in 2006 starting her career in trauma and orthopaedics at the Leeds General Infirmary. She moved to Harrogate hospital for her second job where she had a split role specialising in musculoskeletal and Hand physiotherapy .Here She gained  vast experience in gym rehab, spinal, orthopaedics, amputee rehab and complex GP referrals as well as in the hand service treating a variety of hand injuries and working closely with the Hand Surgeons.

She has spent the last few years working in private practice seeing a range of different injuries and conditions during which she has been able to complete her JEMS training which has led to a specialist interest in functional biomechanics and performance.

Gemma completed her JEMS practitioner exam in 2019 which gives her specialist knowledge in assessing and treating people with sport performance issues helping them to develop more efficiency and and reach a higher level of sport or recreational performance.

Gemma also uses her JEMS expertise alongside her physiotherapy knowledge to treat people with longstanding or persistent pain. She has a personal interest in performance issues in both horse riding and skiing and uses her skills running performance clinics for these sports. She is an Appi Pilates instructor and likes to mix this with JEMS movement principles in classes for long standing postural improvement and movement efficiency.

In her spare time, she enjoys an active life with her young family, horse riding for fun these days rather than competing, rock climbing, running, and in winter skiing as much as possible!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gemma-james-5a06931a3/  

 

James Francis

Senior Physiotherapist

Having previously completed a degree in Business Studies, James decided to put his lifelong passion for exercise and fitness to positive use and become a physiotherapist. He qualified from University of Bradford in 2010 and spent the early years of his career in a large acute hospital in Suffolk .Here, he developed  an interest in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions before becoming a senior physiotherapist in a busy Emergency Department whilst also working in GP surgeries and musculoskeletal clinics throughout Suffolk.

The challenges of assessing acute and traumatic injuries inspired his progression into the private sector allowing him to successfully use the skills he developed to manage the simple to the more complex injuries across all ages and abilities.

 

James works as a specialist physiotherapist rehabilitating injured police officers and has extensive experience of treating a wide range of sports injuries and post-operative conditions.

 

When not helping his patients reach their full potential, James enjoys strength training, hiking, DIY and spending time with his family.  He is also Physio Actions IT genius, for which we are forever grateful!!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-francis-a9818a47/  

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Reception Team

Lauren Collins

Reception
Lauren joined the reception team in 2013 having graduated the year before in Sports and Exercise Therapy. Throughout her studies she gained placement experience in the NHS, private practice, and with professional Rugby League.  

She decided to focus on clerical work and brought her skills from past experiences in reception, admin and customer service to support the smooth running of reception here at Physio Action.  She became our reception manager in 2019 and manages the other members of the reception team. Lauren has adapted systems and procedures to ensure the administration side of the business is as efficient as it can be in order to provide the best patient experience.

Lauren is committed to delivering a first-class service to patients with a welcoming smile. She can help you with any queries that you may have.  

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, walking, watching rugby league and also attends mixed martial arts classes.

Julie Hall

Practice Manager
Julie joined the practice in 2009 as our Practice Manager. She has over 20 years business experience, predominantly gained in the Banking and Financial Services Industry.

Julie has held various senior roles, both operational & non operational, specialising in corporate business disciplines including Finance, Resource Management, Project Management, Change Management & Process Improvement.

Julie brings her business administration skills to the practice and is responsible for introducing efficient work practices, clinic marketing and business development as well as the smooth running of our reception team.

Charlie Abrams-Hughes

Reception
Charlie graduated from Staffordshire University in 1994 with a degree in Film, Photography and Animation, then went on to do her Masters in Film in 1995. After working for a major bank in the Marketing and Design dept for 4 years she left to have her first child in 2001, while on Maternity leave she moved to Paris.

After living abroad and around the UK she is now settled in Leeds. She had her second child in 2008 and started her own Photography Studio business based at home and loves coming out to work part time at Physio Action to meet interesting people all day.

Viv Stephenson

Reception

Viv joined the Physio Action reception team in 2018 and the part time receptionist role fits perfectly with her lifestyle. Semi – retirement suits Viv down to the ground as it allows her to stay in contact with people using her excellent communications skills to provide the kind , caring service that we pride ourselves on whilst at the same time giving her the opportunity to explore other interests at her leisure.

She has a solid background in Accounts Payable, Admin, Procurement and reception and a wealth of experience of managing and leading teams demonstrating her strong interpersonal ability.

Jane Fox

Reception

Jane joined the practice at the end of 2019 as a part- time receptionist.

Jane graduated from Leeds University with a Degree in Textile Engineering. She has worked with retailers and garment importers for the past 35 years latterly been involved in HR and company compliance for a company with offices in China, India and the UK.

She brings to our practice a wealth of knowledge, an open and welcoming smile and an understanding of how to adapt to any given situation. Jane enjoys the experience of working at Physio Action and meeting new people.

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