Tom Jacobs BSc; MCSP; MAACP – Lead Physiotherapist
Having completed his training in London (SGUL), Tom went on to get a firm grounding in Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal rehab through spending several years at different teaching hospitals in the south, including the RBH and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford. He went on to develop expertise in sports medicine, spending time at Wasps Rugby DPP, Bisham Abbey National Tennis Academy and with independent athletes at grassroots and elite level.
He has worked as a consultant to local independent schools now for the past 4 years and has pioneered an injury triage service to diagnose and treat sports injuries early. He is also now involved in a new diagnostic capacity on a weekly basis seeing GP patient lists for 3 different GP practices in the Vale area.
In the past Tom has himself competed in tennis, football and volleyball, but these days would argue he’s lucky to grab the occasional social match whilst juggling the attentions of two demanding toddlers!
Frankie Chesterton BSc; MCSP; MAACP – Senior Physiotherapist
Frankie completed his Physiotherapy training at Nottingham University in 2008 and began work soon after. He spent his first four years working for two big NHS London Trusts, treating patients across a wide range of departments, before moving to Oxfordshire in 2012. Since then he has spent five years working full-time as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS, and also in the private sector. He has also delivered pitch-side cover for Rugby matches, and spent 4 years providing slope-side physiotherapy to international and elite ski and snowboarders at the ‘Big Freeze Festival’.
During his career, Frankie has worked with a real breadth of patients and conditions. Whilst he enjoys the variety of such a caseload, he shares a particular interest in both running injuries and adolescent sports injuries. His personal interest in all sports, but in particular running, cycling and rugby, give Frankie a valuable insight into the management of many injuries.
Pippa Bassett BSc; MCSP; HCPC – Senior Physiotherapist
Pippa graduated from university with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. With many years of experience she is able to diagnose and offer advice on the management of a wide variety of musculoskeletal complaints.
As well as working in the NHS as a Senior Physiotherapist in outpatients, Pippa has worked in private practice for many years, having been based at The Park Club since 2002. She has excellent working relationships with local GPs and consultants. Her presence at The Park Club has been instrumental in directing her professional development towards the rehabilitation of sporting Injuries. She works with both high level athletes and on a day to day basis with members of the public both inside and outside the gym setting.
Pippa`s philosophy is that sporting physiotherapy is most effectively utilized by people who seek early advice when pursuing their interest in health and wellbeing through exercise and gym attendance. She positively encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation through understanding why their problems arise, how they can be prevented and what can be done to avoid relapse.
Claire Gilson BSc; MCSP; HCPC; MAACP – Senior Physiotherapist
Claire has a huge breadth of expertise from her time as a senior physiotherapist in local teaching hospitals and private clinics.
She has excellent knowledge in treating back pain, shoulder complaints, hand and wrist problems and is currently completing a masters degree in sports injuries.
Michaela Sawyer – Sports Massage Therapist
Michaela is a highly gifted massage therapist who started her career as a Personal Trainer in 1991. Three years ago she moved into the therapy world, gaining the qualification of a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist and is an affiliated member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Since then she has continued to develop her skills and qualifications within the therapy field and she works closely with the physiotherapy team to help patients and massage clients achieve excellent results!
Michaela treats people of all ages and backgrounds, from the sedentary to the elite athlete. The Physiotherapists often send patient to her for her expertise in hands-on soft tissue treatment, and often book in for treatment with her themselves.
Michaela is the source of lots of useful training tips from her years of personal training expertise. She has also studied Kickboxing for 25 years and is a 3rd dan Black Belt Instructor fully affiliated to the World United Martial Arts Association.