Low Fell Clinic

Working at the Performance Clinic Low Fell we also have our therapists from our Sunderland Clinic Click here to read their profiles:

Penny Macutkiewicz Elite Sports Physiotherapist, & Director of the Performance Clinic.
Ryan Myers Osteopath, Strength and Fitness Coach & Sports Masseur
Claire Harrison Performance Nutritionist & Registered Dietician
Dr Paul Catterson Head of Medical Services / Club Doctor Newcastle United FC, Training Programme Director, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Northern Deanery, Consultant in Emergency Medicine.

Click here to read their profiles.


Darren Finnegan
Elite  Chartered Physiotherapist

Darren Finnegan has recently joined The Performance Clinic as a Chartered Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in movement analysis and biomechanics.  Darren has worked with the Great Britain Basketball team as lead physio for the Under 20s since 2013, developing an interest in foot and ankle injuries.  
Darren has worked in the NHS with Connect Physical Health and as a locum physiotherapist since 2011. During this time, Darren completed his Pilates, Anatomy in Motion and Acupuncture certification training. His sporting experience and passion for learning lead to a volunteer role covering gymnastics, weight lifting and wrestling at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Darren has also worked with elite mixed martial artists, runners, rugby and soccer players. He utilised this experience to deliver workshops at the Football and Rugby Innovation Summit 2017 in London.  
After completing a Higher Certificates in Physiology and Health Science and National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness in Carlow IT, Darren graduated from BSc Physiotherapy in Northumbria University,Newcastle  in 2010 with honours. Darren is a keen runner and cyclist himself, having completed several endurance events and half marathons. Darren is currently interested in advanced rehabilitation, bodyweight exercise and mindfulness.
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Catherine Williams
Cranio Sacral Therapist & LOCband Plagiocephaly Therapist

Catherine is the newest member to The Performance Clinic team and works at our Low Fell clinic.

Catherine is a registered Cranio Sacral Therapist and Physiotherapist. She moved back to Newcastle 2 years ago after living in London 13 years. During her time in London she was a tutor at the London College of Cranio Sacral Therapy where she lectured and ran teaching clinics. She is a member of the Cranio Sacral Therapy Association, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Catherine treats adults, children and babies and over the last 13 years has also specialised in assessing and treating Positional Plagiocephaly otherwise known as 'flat head syndrome'.

After graduating in physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 1995, Catherine worked in various specialities both in the NHS and private practices in Sheffield and London.

Catherine enjoys treating adults, children, mothers and babies. She particularly enjoys using her Cranio Sacral work to treat adults and children and has a special interest in treating mother and baby and the effects of our birth experience using Cranio Sacral Therapy.

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Jon Bateman
Bike fitter, Cycling coach
& Sports Massage therapist

Jon is the newest member of The Performance Clinic team and works at our Low Fell Clinic. He is a Bike fitter, Cycling coach and Sports Massage therapist with extensive applied experience within elite and grassroots sports. Before returning to university, Jon worked as a full time coach at British Cycling following a period of both working within the cycling industry and racing in Italy.

Jon currently works with a number of high performing athletes within cycling and triathlon across a number of areas including sports science support, bike fitting, coaching and massage therapy to ensure the athletes perform at their their best.

Jon has an interest in academic research having recently completed a year long research project funded by the ‘European Hydration Institute’ at Northumbria University. ‘The effect of drink temperature on thermoregulation and exercise performance in hot, dry conditions’.

Jon has a first class degree in Sports Science and a Master degree form Northumbria University and a member of BASES. Jon is also a level 4 qualified sports massage therapist, with membership to the Sports Massage Association.

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James Hunter
Shiatsu Sports Masseur

James has been a fully qualified and practising Shiatsu practitioner for over 12 years, with full registration to the Shiatsu Society. He is also qualified to level 4 as a sports massage therapist, with membership to the Sports Massage Association. This is complemented by his work as a qualified climbing coach, where he specialises in movement skills and development. James’ treatments are unique. They are bespoke to the client, combining a range of techniques from shiatsu, sports massage, acupressure and myofascial and muscle energy techniques (MET).

All of James’ treatments are delivered through clothing. Following an initial assessment, James will use his knowledge and expertise to support injury rehabilitation, enhance performance through recovery and mobilisation or simply to provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience to enhance your fitness and well being.


Rob De'Giovanni
Chartered Physiotherapist  and Sports Masseur

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Rob is a Chartered physiotherapist, but joining the team as a Sports Massage Therapist.  With a strong athletic background in long distance running and road cycling, Rob has a passion for competitive sport and with his experience working as a chartered Physiotherapist he understands the importance of a balanced approach to training, rehab and recovery.

Rob  is also a certified kettlebell instructor and level 3 personal trainer. This allows Rob to offer a functional approach to training and reconditioning, allowing for more efficient movement and recovery. He is able to tailor his massage therapy sessions to your recovery needs based on your current activities and training load.

John Papadopolous
Chartered Physiotherapist

John is a Chartered Physiotherapist, who has provided physiotherapy for a multitude of sports, ranging from Swimming, to basketball, including football and rugby working with grass root juniors, weekend warriors and performance athletes.

John is a keen swimmer having been a competitive junior and senior, he recently travelled to New Zealand for the World Masters Games, bringing back 2 silver medals!