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.
Penny Shelley (Macutkiewicz)
Elite Sports Physiotherapist, Director of The Performance Clinic
Osteopath, Strength and fitness coach, Sports Masseur
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 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.
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.
Chartered Physiotherapist and Sports Masseur
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.
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.