Meet the Team
I founded HJ Health and Sports Therapies back in 2007 starting as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist. It has been an amazing 12 years which have been thoroughly enjoyable. Over this time the business has grown and expanded to offer many more services. In 2010 I went on to study Weight Management and in 2012 Foot health care.
I have been very lucky to be joined by my colleagues Melissa and Dimitri who make up the Sports Therapy team whilst Steve and I take care of the foot clinic. I also manage the day-to-day running of the clinic.
Our key aim here is and will always be, to provide excellent customer care and the best treatment experience.
Qualifications: VTCT, DIP BTEC Level 4 Sports and Remedial Massage
I am a qualified Weight Management Consultant, having trained with the Weight Management Centre in London. The course is NHS accredited.
Qualifications: Weight Management and Obesity Level 4
I am a qualified Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor. Qualifications: Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor. The Health Sciences Academy.
I am a qualified Foot Health Professional having qualified with the SMAE Institute in Maidenhead Berkshire. The SMAE Institute was founded in 1919, and has therefore, nearly 90 years experience in training foot health practitioners. The course is accredited by the Oxford Brookes University. Students of the SMAE are extensively trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Foot Health.
Indeed the institute treats over 14000 patients per year. Considerable emphasis is placed on patient care, aseptic techniques and medical history, together with surgical and medical procedures to ensure that the patient receives the best possible treatment for their feet. The letters MCFHP after my name indicate that I am a Member of the Open College of Foot Health Professionals having undertaken extensive training and a searching examination. The letters MAFHP denote that I am a Member of the Association of Foot Health Practitioners. Every year I update my knowledge by attending CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops and seminars. Qualification: Diploma in Foot Health Care MCFHP MAFHP.
After spending 30 Years in retail management, 12 of those working in community pharmacy, I decided to retrain as a Foot Health Professional, gaining my qualification with the SMAE institute in 2017. The SMAE Institute was founded in 1919, and has therefore, nearly 90 years experience in training foot health practitioners. The course is accredited by the Oxford Brookes University. Students of the SMAE are extensively trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Foot Health. The institute treats over 14000 patients per year.
Considerable emphasis is placed on patient care, aseptic techniques and medical history, together with surgical and medical procedures to ensure that the patient receives the best possible treatment for their feet. The letters MCFHP after my name indicate that I am a Member of the Open College of Foot Health Professionals having undertaken extensive training and a searching examination. The letters MAFHP denote that I am a Member of the Association of Foot Health Practitioners. Every year I update my knowledge by attending CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops and seminars.
I live in the lovely town of Wotton under Edge and have spent the time since qualifying building up a successful domiciliary business in and around the town. It’s great to have the mix of both working in the community and within a clinic. I have been working here with Hayley and the team since November 2018.
Days available in the clinic: Tuesdays 9-5pm, Thursdays 3.30 – 7pm and Fridays 8.30am – 3.30pm
I am fully insured for all treatments carried out.
Qualification: Diploma in Foot Health Care MCFHP MAFHP.
Sports Therapy team
Coming from a competitive swimming background, competing from the age of eight years old, I understand the importance of avoiding and managing injuries correctly to keep competing and training at high level.
I first started my training by completing a sports massage course at UWIC university in Cardiff, and with a passion for sport and helping people, went on to graduate with a first class degree in Bsc (Hons) Sports Therapy from the University of Worcester in 2014. Since qualifying as a sports injury therapist I have gained a wealth of experience working alongside the GB Ultimate Frisbee team for the past four years, Chippenham rugby club and within a clinical setting across Bristol.
During my studies and the years that followed I have advanced my knowledge and skills by working with teams such as Bristol ladies rugby, England basketball and the university’s own teams in football and hockey. However, even though I have worked with both professional athletes and every day sportspeople, I am keen to show that sports therapy isn’t just for sporting people and can help non-sporting injuries, such as lower back pain, posture control and daily aches and pains.
I can provide sports massage, injury assessment and treatment, joint mobilisations, injury rehabilitation and prevention, taping, pregnancy massage and dry needling.
I continue to develop my knowledge by taking extra courses throughout the year to gain further understanding and different techniques. I have recently qualified in dry needling and look forward to adding this to the list of services that I can offer within the clinic.
Clinic hours: Monday 1–7 pm, Wednesdays 2–8 pm & Thursdays 8–3 pm.
As a Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation practitioner, I provide compassionate care in a clinical setting. Always putting patients first, I use my musculoskeletal management skills and evidence-based approaches to help ease aches and niggles, and get you back on your feet. I’m passionate about anatomy and physiology, and consider myself very fortunate for being able to help people feel better.
Since graduating with a first class honours from the University of the West of England, I’ve treated a variety of people with different needs, abilities and injuries. Being a good therapist is a continuous process, so I’m always expanding my expertise by undertaking continuous development training.
Always committed to providing you with the best possible care, I address the whole biopsychosocial spectrum of rehabilitation. I do that with a variety of therapeutic modalities such as sports massage, soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation and dry needling.
I also offer postural assessments and advice, alongside exercise programmes designed and tailored to you – so you can work on any stretching, strengthening or balance issues at home and between sessions.
Outside the clinic I enjoy keeping fit by going to the gym, practising yoga and trekking. I’m also training to become a certified Pilates instructor.
Clinic Hours: Fridays 4-8pm & Saturdays 8-2pm
Strength and Conditioning
I first started my career within the fitness industry as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. From this I have gained a broad range of exercise knowledge regarding different training styles, corrective exercises and program design. I’m a keen gym goer myself, as some would say, live in a gym!
I then went on to study and qualify as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist and have been working here in the clinic with Hayley for the past five years. I studied with The Massage Training School qualifying in a BTEC level 5 Sports and Remedial massage therapy diploma and have a wide range of experience in various musculoskeletal injuries and postural imbalances. I provide recovery, rehabilitation and maintenance using deep tissue massage techniques, myofascial release, Rock tape (kinesiology), mobile and static stretching. I have worked with people in a wide variety of sports and have provided rehabilitation programs to enable them to return to sport pain-free. Not only do I work with sporting people, I also enjoy working with non sporting clients with every day aches, pains and injuries which are just as important to me.
I have since furthered my knowledge and have recently graduated in a BSC Strength and Conditioning course and I’m a fully qualified Strengthening and Conditioning coach. This has provided me with the skills to assess movement specific to support and daily activities to highlight the cause of injury or movement restriction. Whilst this has enhanced my rehabilitation knowledge, I have also gained experience in coaching speed sessions, agility and performance enhancing training through the use of structured and tailored training programs.
I continue to develop my knowledge through taking extra courses to gain further understanding of better treatments.
Alongside the clinic, I am also involved with the Chipping Sodbury Rugby club where I treat the players and provide pitch side first-aid on training and match days. Within my time at the club, I have gained valuable experience treating and rehabilitating a wide range of injuries.