Meet Our Team
An 11 Strong Team Of Outstanding Physiotherapists
Gill Davy (Nee Cannon)
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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”!
Find Out More About Rachel
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!
Find Out More About Jane
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!
Find Out More About Gemma
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!
Find Out More About Charlie
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.
Find Out More About Hannah
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.
Find Out More About Stephen
Stephen Kirk qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Liverpool in 2000. Since then he has worked extensively in the NHS in a variety of roles. He was the Lower Limb Lead at Harrogate Hospital for 8 years where he worked closely with orthopaedics and radiology on the management of complex conditions. In this role he developed a special interest in hip conditions which led him to become a guest lecturer at the University of Bradford. For the last 2 years Stephen has been working in GP surgeries in Leeds and Harrogate as a FCP. This is a new and exciting role for physiotherapist’s which allows them be at the forefront of managing patients care.
Stephen has completed several post graduate masters modules including injection therapy, lifestyle medicine and rehabilitation. He really enjoys building a rapport with all of his patients and helping them to achieve their goals, no matter what they are.
Stephen has also worked extensively in private practice and elite sport. Recently he worked for one season with a top European Tour player. This allowed him to travel to several golf tournaments overseeing all aspects of the patient’s fitness and wellbeing. Outside of work, Stephen himself is an avid golfer and has been a member of Moortown Golf Club for 25 years. He also enjoys the great outdoors and doing activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling.
Physiotherapist (Ilkley ONLY)
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Diane Qualified with a First Class Honours Degree from Manchester University in 2002 & started her career as a Junior Physiotherapist working in Chapel Allerton & Leeds General Infirmary. She specialised in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2004. After working in the NHS for 5 years, she has had a variety of roles for the Ministry of Defence, Private hospitals and running her own business for 4 years.
A move to Yorkshire during covid provided the opportunity to work once again for the MOD; but this time at the Army Foundation College (Harrogate). A caseload of male & female 16-18year olds undergoing their Junior Soldier training, as well as the permanent staff members at the college have given Diane a unique opportunity to develop knowledge & skills to work with the adolescent population.
Pilates has always been a passionate of hers and in early 2020, she became an APPI Certified Matwork Instructor. She has been teaching pilates since her initial training in 2009 and applies the principles of movement to lots of her clinical practice. Further training in ante & post natal, shoulder rehabilitation & pilates for cycling & running ensure she has been able to teach a wide variety of clients in both 1:1 and class settings.
She is passionate about Physiotherapy and providing a patient centred approach to care, ensuring an understanding of why clients are experiencing their symptoms, how they can be treated and what to do to prevent them reoccurring in the future. Hands on techniques such as massage, trigger point release, dry needling or taping are utilised, whilst guiding clients to take control of their body, through an understanding of strength & conditioning principles, to speed up recovery.
Playing county level badminton as a teenager has given her a great understanding of the mechanics of racket sports. Her main hobbies now are road cycling & Zumba, but she also loves to bake. Through participation in long distance cycling events, she knows the importance of a correctly fitting bike & and has trained in bike fitting to ensure a comfortable fit for her cyclist clients. It has been a joy for her to get back to the slopes this Winter as she has skied from a young age.
Find Out More About Su
Su qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Bradford in 2012. Since then she has worked within the NHS and in the private sector. Su works as the Advanced Upper Limb Physiotherapist at Harrogate District Hospital and is also working as a First Contact Physiotherapist in GP practices within the region. Both these roles require a close working relationship with the orthopaedic, radiology and physiotherapy teams to help manage complex injuries/conditions.
Su gained a PG (Cert) in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Bradford in 2016 and has also completed Injection Therapy training. She has also attended many courses focussing on upper and lower limb injuries and rehab throughout her career. This enables her to keep up to date with the most current evidence and help guide her patients accordingly.
Outside of work, Su loves the great outdoors and will be found mountain biking, running, walking or having a cup of tea in her campervan whilst planning the next adventure.
Sports & Soft Tissue Massage Therapists
Sports & Soft Tissue Massage Therapist
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Zoe graduated in 2020 having studied Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University where she gained a BSc with first-class honours. Having always loved all things sport related, her time at Loughborough allowed her the flexibility to play sport and study to a high level. Over the three-year course, it became clear that a job incorporating Sports Injury and Rehabilitation was the route she wanted to take.
Over the last year, during the pandemic, Zoe completed a Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy while the world of work for her was on hold. This has provided her opportunity to start working as a Sports and Soft Tissue Massage Therapist with Physio Action. She is looking forward to the opportunities her job will bring and plans to further her qualifications in Sports Massage to ensure clients are receiving the best quality treatment!
Having been a keen tennis player since the age of four, Zoe has gone on to play for Yorkshire and captain the Women’s second team at University. As a Junior Athlete she also spent several years playing Hockey and going to regular Athletics and Cross County competitions, as well as playing rounders for England in 2013.
Since finishing University her focus has been enjoying training in the gym which prompted me to complete her qualification as a Gym Instructor and continue to study for her Personal Training qualification.
We are delighted to welcome her to our team using her skills to help clients reach their full potential in sport, work, and everyday life!
Sports & Soft Tissue Massage Therapist
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Josh studied at York St John University from 2015-2018 and gained a Degree in Sports Science and Injury Rehabilitation.
During this time, he also studied for a Diploma in Sports Massage and was able to put these skills to good use working as the Injury Rehabilitator for York City Futsal Team. A keen footballer himself , he ran the Men’s University Football Club and has since gone on to study for the FA Emergency First Aid Level 1.
Once qualified, Josh worked in a private Sports Therapy Clinic as their Massage Therapist , working as part of a team and was able to assess and treat a wide range of conditions tailoring specific treatment plans and techniques for each individual.
In the winter of 2019, Josh travelled to the French Alp’s to study advanced massage techniques .He worked over the 2019/2020 ski season providing both sports massage and recovery massage to skiers from all around the world.
Joining Physio Action, Josh brings to the clinic a fresh and motivated disposition and a great sense of humour ! He plans to continue to extend his qualifications over the next year whilst using this experience to help clients achieve their individual goals through soft tissue massage therapy.
In his spare time, Josh enjoys weight training, running, skiing, golf and pool. He is also a massive stand-up comedy fan!
Find Out More About Jaime
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!
Find Out More About Lauren
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.
Find Out More About Julie
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.
Find Out More About Charlie
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.
Find Out More About Emma
Emma has recently joined Physio Action as part of the reception team. She has over 30 years business experience in the Financial Services industry in both internal and external customer facing roles.
She has spent most of her career to date in learning and development roles, supporting and developing people through their careers.
Emma is looking forward to supporting patients with their queries and ensuring the service they receive is second to none.