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
Crystal Rosser Sports Physiotherapist
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 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.


Suzanne Vernazza
Women's health Chartered Physiotherapist for the Performance Clinic

Suzanne is a Chartered Physiotherapist with specialist training in the
treatment of Women's health conditions and over 10 years experience of treating musculoskeletal conditions.

After graduating in 2003, Suzanne worked in London across both NHS and private settings, gaining extensive knowledge of the assessment and treatment of obstetric, gynaecological and musculoskeletal conditions. She moved to the North East in 2013 and has subsequently had two children. Conditions she typically treats include urinary incontinence, prolapse and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of sensitive and personal issues.

Suzanne is a member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy specialist group.

If you have aches and pains during pregnancy book a pregnancy assessment to find out how to manage your symptoms with Suzanne.

If you are worried about your mummy tummy Suzanne can help strengthen your abdominal's and return to pre-baby fitness

Can you sneeze/ cough / jump confidently? If not book a women¹s health check up, Pelvic floor not what it was? Book a women's health appointment. Suzanne can treat pain and weakness of the pelvic floor.

If you are always visiting the toilet or not making it in time  a women's health check-up could help. Get advice from Suzanne our women's health physiotherapist. Call our Low Fell Clinic on 0191 4350560.

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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.