Our Staff

If you are looking for the best physio in Oxford or south Oxfordshire, then you need look no further! We believe that patients should feel confident that they are in safe hands, getting the highest quality treatment and most up-to-date expertise. That’s why all our staff are highly qualified and pride themselves in their friendliness and professionalism.

Darren Holmes

BSc; MSCP; HCPC; - Senior Physiotherapist

Darren graduated from St George's University of London and has worked with a wide variety of patients in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal settings developing his diagnostic and rehabilitation skills. He has 10 years' experience of working as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

His main aim is to get more people more active and achieving their personal goals. He has an adaptable approach and combines the latest evidence with his experience and knowledge to work in partnership to problem solve and design individualised rehabilitation plans.

Darren enjoys cycling, running and swimming, completing numerous endurance events including the London Classics Trio. He enjoys living an active lifestyle
consisting of gym workouts and playing a variety of sports in particular football and golf.

Ed Brown

Senior Physiotherapist

Ed has a huge breadth of expertise from his time spent as a senior physiotherapist in local teaching hospitals and private clinics.

Currently Ed works both as an Extended Scope Practitioner in a busy trauma department and works as a specialist physio for Flex. He also manages to juggle his schedule with workout in the gym and quality time with family. Ed is particularly skilled with hands-on soft tissue techniques and rehabilitation programmes required in orthopaedic recovery. His knowledge is a huge asset to the team!

Ed is a passionate gym-goer and loves to workout. He also is devoted to his wife and dogs and loves taking them to the coast or other remote escapses!

Tom Jacobs

BSc; MCSP; - Senior Physiotherapist

Having completed his training in London (St George’s), 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 and with independent athletes at grassroots and elite level at athlete development centres in Abingdon and Bisham Abbey.

He has worked as a consultant to local independent schools now for the past 5 years and has pioneered an injury triage service to diagnose and treat sports injuries early. He has also since become involved in a new diagnostic capacity on a weekly basis seeing GP patient lists for 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 3 little ones!

Pippa Bassett

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.

Michaela Sawyer

Sports Massage Therapist

Michaela is a highly gifted massage therapist who started her career as a Personal Trainer in 1991. A number of 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 over 25 years and is a 4th Dan Black Belt Instructor fully affiliated to the World United Martial Arts Association.

Melinda Hudson

BSc; MCSP; HCPC; - Chartered Physiotherapist & Sports Massage Therapist

Melinda developed an interest in health after studying Human Biology as her first degree at Loughborough University. She since went on to gain a first class honours Physiotherapy degree at King's College London. At Flex she sees patients for physiotherapy assessments and treatment, as well as routine massage therapy appointments.

Outside work Melinda completes in endurance events, including triathlons and ultramarathons! Her first-hand knowledge of competing and training makes every day more rewarding when interacting with and advising her patients. Her sporting sponsorships have raised over £5000 for charity.

HelEna Coleman

Sports Massage Therapist

A fully-trained Soft Tissue Therapist and member of the Institute for Sports and Remedial Massage, Helena is an experienced massage therapist. She has worked closely with TriSwimCoaching athletes and other teams at sporting events, in her capacity as the proprietor of her own massage clinic. Heelna is dedicated to helping her patients hasten recovery from injuries, alleviate pain and achieve their personal goals.

Helena holds a Level 5 Diploma from the Oxford School of Sports Massage, which remains the highest possible qualification in Sports and Remedial Massage.

Hannah Wilkins

After graduating with 1st-Class Honours from the University of Birmingham, Hannah has since accrued a fantastic record working in physiotherapy in several capacities, both in the UK and abroad.

With skills reinforced in multiple high-pressure environments, Hannah has deepened her treatment expertise both by her work and through a plethora of clinical development courses. A strong affinity for rehabilitation has led her to oversee the healing process of many severe MSK complaints, working closely with military patients in her former capacity as NHS Rotational Physiotherapist. More recently she has managed on-the-job injury-related strains in law enforcement, serving as senior physiotherapist at a Police Rehabilitation Centre in Oxfordshire. Hannah also regularly assesses and treats womens’ health problems including antenatal and postnatal problems, continence issues, and pelvic girdle pain.

Outside of work, Hannah keeps herself busy with ultra-distance trail running, open-water swimming and yoga (having recently trained as an instructor) - all the while bringing up two young and active little boys!

Anna Tipton

With over 10 years of experience working in the musculo-skeletal field, working in the NHS and competing in elite sport, Anna has acquired a broad and extensive treatment knowledge.

Amongst other things Anna specialises in the treatment of back pain & chronic pain. She combines skills in hands-on treatment to relieve pain with exercise regimes designed to improve back health long-term. Anna is also enthusiastic about helping those who want to excel & win on court or field.

A former competitive athlete and London 2012 Goalball Paralympian, Anna is still involved on a recreational basis with sport, even while she now has the attentions of a young son to contend with.

Catherine Hooper

Catherine is a highly skilled physiotherapist, with a huge breadth of experience and knowledge. As well as gaining a masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences, she's also spent time at The Oxford Gait Lab, analysing people's walking and running patterns, premiership hockey, junior motorsport and in different hospitals within the NHS.

Her areas of expertise include paediatric & adolescent pains/injury, sports injuries and pain related to walking or running.

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