Meet Our Team

An 11 Strong Team Of Outstanding Physiotherapists

Clinic Directors

Gill 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. She studied with the Australian Pilates Institute whilst 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.

Gill has worked within Private Practice for over 14 years and specialises in Sports Medicine. She has represented Australia and Great Britain as Physiotherapist at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level and she is currently the National Lead Physiotherapist for British Gymnastics. As a personal physio to one of our Olympians, she is so excited for the games in Rio. Gill has worked with many other National teams too including UK Athletics and British Orienteering.

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

Rachel Galley

Clinic Director
Rachel has been qualified for over 20 years. She spent the first 5 years working in the NHS learning and gaining invaluable experience on general medical conditions and musculo-skeletal medicine. Rachel then combined her knowledge as a Physio and ex-County and Regional tennis player, to set up a private Sports Injury clinic specialising in treatment & management of racket sports injuries. Rachel then established Physio Action with Gill Cannon in 2001 opening in David Lloyd Leisure Club first before expanding into Harrogate in 2002 and then Ilkley in 2014.

Since qualifying Rachel has always worked in Rugby Union and has worked 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 England Counties team and currently provides medical cover for their Spring Internationals and Summer tour.

So far Rachel has been lucky enough to travel to USA/Canada, Japan/Korea, Uganda/Kenya as well as Belgium, Spain, Romania and Georgia with the Senior England Counties team. She is also a member of the faculty for the RFU Immediate Care in Sport course and is the physiotherapy advisor for a leading Independent school in Yorkshire.​

In 2015, Rachel was one of the Physiotherapists for the referees at the Rugby World Cup.

Physiotherapists

Jane Aspin

Senior Physiotherapist
Jane qualified from University of Bradford in 2004. She began her career in the NHS at York District. It was here she developed her interest in musculoskeletal and orthopaedics. In 2007 she moved into private practice treating a wide range of sports and musculoskeletal injuries. It was here she soon developed a particular interest in treating lower back and neck pain. Jane has continued to develop her career by attending courses to enhance her knowledge and skills in spinal problems from minor injuries to complex surgical patients.​

She enjoys spending her spare time training and competing her horses. She has had much success in eventing, show jumping and dressage. She is looking forward to a successful year with new horse Wescoe Showman.

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.

Jaime Sawiuk

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 and in Sport.​

Jaime is an ex-elite British gymnast and coach and represented Yorkshire. She uses this experience to aid her treatment methods. Jaime is in the process of training for Pilates teaching and will be starting a physio-based class that both gymnasts and the general public can benefit from.​

Jaime continues to work with various Rugby teams including Hunslet Hawks, Leodensians and Bramley Buffaloes on and off the pitch. She has significant experience of dealing with acute injuries and rehabilitating to a higher 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) and back pain. She can also give sound advice and ideas on how to make your pregnancy a little easier.

Charlie Steggles

Senior Physiotherapist

Charlie qualified in 2003 and began her career at the West Suffolk Hospital before moving to Yorkshire in 2006 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. Then in 2013 she became a Physio with the Great Britain Boxing Team, working for the English Institute of Sport supporting the athletes at home and international training camps and competitions including European and World Championships, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Rio Olympics.​

After the Olympics 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.

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

Darren Pemberton

Sports Masseur

Darren completed his training with Premier Training International in both Sports Massage and Personal Training. He has over 10 years experience in the field in which he has worked with Premier football players and Rugby players. He has also worked within a golf club, which enabled him to expand his skills and knowledge in Sports Therapy.​

Darren has varied and extensive experience in dealing with Sports people such as boxing, football and swimming and he has good knowledge of how to understand individual muscle strengths and weaknesses and apply appropriate massage techniques. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit and is a keen sportsman.

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Reception Team

Lauren Collins

Reception
Lauren graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in Sports and Exercise Therapy. She has gained placement experience in a variety of settings including Professional Rugby League, Private Practice and in the NHS. She has previously worked in an NHS hospital as a clerical and clinical support worker.

Working at Physio Action will give her experience of a private Physiotherapy practice that is relevant to her degree. She hopes to gain an insight into the Physiotherapy industry, with a possibility of studying Physio further down the line.

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.

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