Sunderland Clinic

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Penny Macutkiewicz
Elite Sports Physiotherapist,
& Director of the Performance Clinic


Penny specialises in sports injuries having worked in elite sport since 2002; with UK Athletics, British Swimming, British Rowing and the English Institute of Sport. Penny regularly travels the world to support the Great Britain Team and has worked at the Summer and Winter Paralympics (Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and London 2012), the Rio 2016 test event, the Youth Olympics (Finland) the World University Games, World Athletics Championships, World Swimming Championships, Grand Prix events and European Championships. Penny has also worked on the World Grand Prix Circuit for World Superbikes, was Lead physiotherapist for Team GB Taekwondo and Lead Physio for British Paratriathlon. Penny was the Lead Physio for the Inaugral Invictus Games in 2014, Chief Physio at the World University Games in 2013. Penny is a Gold accredited member of the Association of Chartered physiotherapists in Sports and exercise medicine - an internationally recognised specialised group of physiotherapists working in sport. Penny is also an internationally certified Kinesio Tape Instructor. Bsc(Hons ) Physiotherapy. MSc (Advanced Clinical Practice) in Physiotherapy

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Crystal Rosser
Sports Physiotherapist


Crystal is a Chartered Physiotherapist with extensive experience in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sports injury management. She has studied in London and internationally with world leading experts in rehabilitation and neuroscience developing a unique approach to resolve pain quickly. Currently Crystal is the only therapist in the NE combining the latest scientific techniques from NeuroKinetic Therapy®, Anatomy in Motion and Z-Health Performance.

Crystal is the Lead Physiotherapist for Redcar Gymnastics and is passionate about optimising performance in her athletes. Crystal has been to the World championships in Gymnastics and In Aerobics and is currently working with GB Taekwondo.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy (2003), a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice-Musculoskeletal Studies (2014) and a Diploma in Injection Therapy.

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Ryan Myers
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.

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.

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Karen Duff
Performance Podiatrist


Karen is a sports specific podiatrist who worked at Edinburgh university sports injury clinic for 17 years treating sports people from amateur enthusiast to professional.

Since 2005 Karen has worked closely with Ali Rose at Leeds Carnegie sports injury clinic. Karen has worked with many national and international athletes and is currently working with the mens GB basketball team.

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Claire Harrison
Performance Nutritionist & Registered Dietician


As an Accredited Sports Dietician, Claire have worked with elite athletes for more than 20 years.

Initially working as a clinical Dietician in the NHS, Claire went on to establish a business in the delivery of performance nutrition throughout the North East. From 2003-2009 Claire was the nutritionist working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes for the English Institute of Sport, refining her expertise in the nutritional assessment of elite athletes and the development of sport specific nutrition strategies within a diverse range of sports including swimming, gymnastics, rowing, athletics and disability athletics, fencing and sailing, male and female rugby union, pentathlon, table tennis and wrestling. Claire also worked as the club Dietitian with Middlesbrough Football Club for 11 seasons.

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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.


The Performance Team can refer you directly and quickly to Dr Paul Catterson who works at NUFC and the Nuffield.

Paul graduated from Medicine at Newcastle University in 1999, becoming a full time Emergency Medicine Consultant in 2008. He received his Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Bath University in 2007 and began working full time in elite sport in 2009. Paul has previously worked for the Football Association as team doctor for England Futsal, England U17, England U16 and at the World University Games with the Great Britain University Football Team in 2005.

He worked at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has been a medical officer at the Great North Run. He is currently the Sports and Exercise Medicine Training Programme Director for the Northern Deanery. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife and 2 boys, and even manages to take part in the occasional triathlon

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David Upton
Sports Masseur


David has an advanced diploma in sports therapy, during his final dissertations David chose to concentrate on lower back pain especially sciatic pain. David then went on to level 3 intermediate treatment of injuries with the football association. David has worked continuously with everyone from friends, family, local sportspeople up to elite athletes and premier league footballers. David worked as 1st team masseur for Newcastle United FC For 8 years before joining the TPC team.

David is available at both the Low Fell and Sunderland Clinic. Call to book an appointment.