Penny Shelley (Macutkiewicz)
Elite Sports Physiotherapist, Director of The Performance Clinic
Elite Sports Physiotherapist
Senior Osteopath, Strength Coach, Sports Masseur
As an elite sports physio Helen has worked the past 4 years for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Performance Programme delivering an evidence-based physiotherapy service within elite performance equine and human sport. Prior to this she worked for ten years for the British Equestrian Federation World Class Programme.
This has included two Paralympic Games, a World Equestrian Games and two European Championships plus several Asian Games and Championships.
Helen qualified from St Georges Hospital Medical School, London and spent eight years in the NHS with a trauma/A&E bias whilst working weekends for a local RUFC and also the Somerset Vikings who were a Royal Marines League team, predominantly 40 Commando and travelled to both home and away fixtures throughout the UK. In addition she was physio at the Dubai Seven’s in 2006.
She also run a private equine physiotherapy practice as an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist having qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007. I have ridden since the age of four and enjoy producing and competing horses in affiliated dressage and show-jumping, as well as spending time with her family.
Ryan is an osteopath, master personal trainer/ strength and fitness coach, sports massage therapist and serving physical training instructor within the Royal Marines Reserves. Ryan is also a World Record holder for deadlifting over 24 hours demonstrating phenomenal physical and mental strength,
Before graduating from the British College of Osteopathic medicine with a first class masters degree Ryan spent 10 years developing theoretical knowledge and practical experience within the health and fitness industry, both in private and military settings. During this time he has amassed a great deal of information from key influence's from within the rehabilitative, movement based therapy and strength and conditioning fields, whilst working with a diverse patient/client demographic ranging from the elderly and persistent pain patients to royal marine recruits and Olympic athletes.
The combination of academic knowledge and practical experience has created a therapist/trainer perfectly suited to deliver a multi-angled, holistic approach to health and fitness, using a variety of manual therapy techniques and exercise based protocols to meet client expectations wherever they may be in the pain to performance continuum. Ryan works closely with TPC therapists to provide a holistic approach to rehabilitation.
Cranio Sacral Therapist & LOCband Plagiocephaly Therapist
Catherine is a registered Cranio Sacral Therapist and Physiotherapist. 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.
Kim has a lifelong passion for sports, physical activity, yoga, meditation and health.
Working throughout her 20 year Physio career in the NHS, in charity services for a hospice private sports Injuries, Pilates clinics & Yoga. Kim has worked in the UK and in New Zealand.
Her vast experience from General Medicine, Palliative, Paediatrics & Musculoskeletal Outpatients & Orthopaedics, with many years based in Musculoskeletal rehabbing & educating around acute & chronic injuries. Since 2015 Kim has been working within youth & paediatric groups. Rehab based with emphasis on pacing, graded exercise therapy, CBT, functional rehab & education around maximising health, energy, wellbeing & chronic pain management.
This sits very well with Kims passion for pilates, yoga and
teaching how to negate stresses & emotional burnout.
Undertaking 200 hour International Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Modified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (2015) in Thailand.
Adding to a Level 2 Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage (2014), Post Grad Diploma for Physiotherapists in Acupuncture (2005) & Mindfulness based Meditation course (2018).
Kim is happiest getting a balance of being outside in the North sea paddle boarding, swimming, hiking and pracitising what she preaches with yoga and meditation.
Holly comes from a professional dance background where her main focus was teaching which she integrated with high-level performance work. Holly has taught nursery aged children through to professional adult classes. She has also taught in community centres, studios, and schools; and in doing so worked with people from all sorts of different backgrounds and walks of life.
Holly built on her dance experience and knowledge by studying Osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated with distinction in 2017. By combining her knowledge and experience of dance and osteopathy she has a deep understanding of people and how they function. From this standpoint Holly is able to assist people from injury and dysfunction to performing their best in their day to day lives.
The communication skills, ability to empathise and bring the best out of people that Holly has developed over the years is what she brings to her work as an osteopath. Holly understands that performing at our best is completely individual. For some this means putting their socks on pain free in the morning while for others this means finishing their next ultra marathon.
During her treatments with patients Holly has a range of treatment modalities to choose from according to what each patient needs. She is able to use dry needling, manipulation, sports tape, mobilisation, soft tissue treatment, exercise prescription, nutritional and lifestyle advice. Holly is also a registered practitioner with One Dance UK and Arthritis Action.
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.
Feldenkrais Therapist GCFP
Wayne is our Feldenkrais Practitioner, Soft Tissue Therapist and Movement Coach. Wayne's journey through the therapy world has been varied and exciting, spanning nearly 30 years. During this time, he has worked at an elite level in International Athletics, Dancing, Martial Arts, West End Musicals and Professional Football.
In Professional Football Wayne has worked at numerous top Premier League clubs since 1997 and from 2011-2020 at Newcastle United Football Club. Whilst still working as a specialist within professional sport, Wayne now predominantly works privately with members of the public.
Wayne was introduced whilst working at Watford Football Club, to "The Feldenkrais Method". This had a profound effect and he enrolled on the 4-year training program, and since then has transformed the way he thinks about movement.
Wayne is currently the only Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in the North East and continues to expand his knowledge and has just completed an advanced 2-year Feldenkrais course in Switzerland.
During a session of Feldenkrais you will gain greater awareness of how you move, helping you to learn more efficient patterns of movement, which in turn assists in reduction of pain, greater movement and ease. Improvement can often be noticed in a single session.
For more information on Feldenkrais : https://www.smartsomatics.com/
Aidan is our junior Physiotherapy Assistant, Sports Massage therapist and our friendly face behind reception.
As a competitive athlete himself, playing basketball for Sunderland University and Sunderland national squad, he understands the importance of maintaining peak conditioning and being injury free. Aidan joined the team in 2019 and is a fully qualified Level 3 sports massage therapist with a Bsc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise science.
As our assistant he assists with treatment and rehab to further his knowledge and achieve his aspirations of becoming a physiotherapist himself.