Meet Our Team

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At The Vale Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic you will find a team of chartered physiotherapists who are all registered with the Health Professions Council.

You will always be seen on a one-to-one basis by one of our experienced physiotherapists who all pride themselves on treating patients with friendly, professional care and believe in the preventative approach to physiotherapy.

Read on to find out more about Liz and her team.

Liz Smith

I trained at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1975. I then practised within the NHS, initially at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and later in Nottingham.  After running a GP referral clinic, I set up my own practice “The Vale Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic” in 1986, where private and NHS patients are equally welcome.

Rapidly increasing patient numbers drove the expansion of the practice and I now lead a team of 8 highly experienced chartered physiotherapists. Patients are seen quickly and good holiday cover is available.  I am now wholly involved with the practice management and administration, leaving the actual physiotherapy treatment in the very experienced hands of my carefully selected team.

This important work has only been made possible by the quality of support given by my superb team of experienced physiotherapists at The Vale Clinic.

 
  The Vale Clinic - Liz Smith

Cathryn Colville

I trained at the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy and qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1979. I first worked within the NHS, where I gained good all-round experience before specialising as a Senior Physiotherapist in musculo-skeletal rehabilitation.

I started work in private practice in 1986, specialising in general physiotherapy and sports injuries.  I have 15 years additional experience in occupational health, where my role involved treating and managing work-related injuries and assessing fitness for work.

I have worked at the Vale Physiotherapy Clinic since 2003 treating both NHS and private patients. I use a variety of treatment approaches including manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, electrotherapy, acupuncture, exercises and rehabilitation advice.

I am the clinic specialist in Occupational Health assessment and treatment.  I spend much of my time treating patients with spinal pain associated with nerve entrapment problems and am an experienced acupuncturist, with particular expertise in the treatment of back and neck pain.

In addition to being a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC), I am a Physio First member, a member of the Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists (AACP) and The Association of Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE).

 
  The Vale Clinic - Cathryn Colville

Becky Overall

After qualifying in 1994 from Coventry University with a BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy, I worked in an NHS hospital in Derby, completing my junior rotations and then specialising in Senior Orthopaedic rotation. During this time, I gained experience in treating a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions including the treatment of hand problems.  I attended both orthopaedic wards and outpatients and undertook patient rehabilitation through gym work.

I was then promoted to a static post working on a GP and External Contracts team during which time I completed a Masters degree in Manipulation Therapy in 2002 from Sheffield University along with an Acupuncture course for pain relief.

Following a career break to bring up my children I returned to work at The Vale Physiotherapy Clinic.  I enjoy treating all musculo-skeletal conditions and use manual therapy, soft tissue mobilisations, correcting muscle imbalance and providing re-education, along with acupuncture, electrotherapy and exercise therapy.

 
  The Vale Clinic - Becky Overall

 

 Jenny Daynes

I studied at Leeds University in 1998 and qualified in 2001 when I began to practise at Queens Medical Centre where I worked in various areas including orthopaedics, paediatrics and spinal departments.  I have also worked abroad in an acute spinal injury unit.

After working at Queens, I worked at a private sports physiotherapy practice in Long Eaton and, whilst there, I also studied for a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College where I achieved a merit.

I have been working at the Vale Physiotherapy Clinic for a number of years and specialise in all musculo-skeletal problems. I treat using soft tissue techniques, manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy and acupuncture.

I completed a course in Loughborough (during 2015) on cycling injuries, causes, treatment and prevention.  Common injuries include: knees, lower back, hand and feet problems.  I am happy to assess patients with cycling problems, looking at muscle length, muscle weakness, and riding posture on your own bike using our turbo machine.  This is not a “Bike Fit” but, by tweaking positions, we can affect muscular and biomechanical problems.

 
  The Vale Clinic - Jenny Daynes

 

Ruth Whyard

After qualifying in 1995 from Coventry University with a BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy, I gained good experience working at a large hospital in Gloucestershire. I then moved to Nottingham City Hospital to take up a senior position working exclusively with patients with musculoskeletal disorders. During my time there I was fortunate to work in the renowned Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow Unit and also gained specialist knowledge working with the Hand Unit team, the Nottingham Chronic Pain Team and the Ergonomics and Back Care Team.

During this time I developed a special interest in the field of Ergonomics and for some years now have enjoyed working with many of the 13,000 staff of Nottingham University Hospitals to assess problematic working practices with a view to preventing work-related disorders.

I have been working at The Vale Physiotherapy practice since 2000, working initially in evenings, but now on most Saturdays. I enjoy combining a hands on and hands off approach initially to relieve symptoms, and then to prevent recurrence. Understanding how and why pain has developed is the most important step towards understanding how to stop it happening again.

 
  The Vale Clinic - Ruth Whyard
 


Becky Yates

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 at Coventry University. My first post took me to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where I spent 2 years completing various rotations as a Junior Physio, gaining broad experience in a range of specialities. I then specialised in orthopaedics and musculo-skeletal work, spending time in the fracture clinic, also dealing with Women’s Health issues (eg incontinence etc.), working with trauma patients on the wards, seeing outpatients and helping to run pain management sessions.

In 2004 I moved into private practice, and have worked at The Vale Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic on Tuesdays since June 2013.  Private practice has broadened my experience of working with musculo-skeletal conditions. I enjoy getting to the bottom of a problem through thorough assessment, then using a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, exercises and self management advice help the patient to full recovery.

Over the years, I have continued to develop my skills through various courses and have also undertaken post-graduate training in physiotherapy for continence problems.

 
  


Michael Cumming

I qualified with first class honours and the university award for clinical excellence from Brunel University, London in 2006. I then spent 2 years developing core experience in orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, paediatrics, neurology and respiratory physiotherapy within a large and vibrant London NHS trust.

Relocation from London has brought about specialisation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with progression through numerous NHS roles including Lead Physiotherapist for musculoskeletal outpatients in Peterborough. Most recently I have begun work with a charity to endeavour to maximise quality of life for patients with a life limiting illness/palliative needs.

I have keen interest in sporting injuries, rheumatological problems, complex pain management and long term neurological conditions and take a rounded, holistic approach to symptom management.  I utilise mobilisations, exercises, electrotherapy and patient empowerment to provide solutions to problems and limitation of symptom recurrence.

I  initially joined the team at The Vale Physiotherapy Clinic in 2010 but did, some time afterwards, have some time away with my young family, returning once more during 2014.  

 
  
 


Amanda Hoyle

I trained at Sheffield Hallam University and qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2008.  Since qualifying, I have worked at a private musculoskeletal clinic treating most musculoskeletal problems including sports injuries.  During this time, I have added to my skills by training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute to teach Pilates.  I am also a member of the AACP, having qualified to use acupuncture as a treatment modality.  I can teach Pilates on a one-to-one basis at The Vale Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic if required.

Before becoming a physiotherapist, I had worked in NHS healthcare for many years.  I initially qualified as a biomedical scientist, then took on a nursing support role within GP surgeries, advising patients on diet, exercise and general lifestyle changes to help manage long-term health conditions.  My particular interest is in the treatment of low back pain and sporting injuries, which I can treat with soft tissue techniques, manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy and acupuncture.

I incorporate my Pilates training into my day-to-day physiotherapy as well as doing specific one-to-one sessions. Pilates is a form of exercise that works on core stability, balancing and controlling movement to improve your strength, tone, fitness, flexibility and resilience to injury, in particular low back pain. It creates better body awareness and, hence, improves movement.  I regularly play sport and have a keen interest in the management of sports and musculoskeletal injuries, in particular racquet sports and skiing.

I joined the team at The Vale Clinic in early 2014 and can now offer either morning or afternoon as well as my previous evening appointments.

 
  
 


Chloe Evans

Physiotherapy has been something I have wanted to do since I can remember.  Every decision I made throughout my educational qualifications was based with a career in Sports Physiotherapy in mind.  In 2009 my hard work and focus paid off when I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with upper second class BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.   Since then I went straight into private practice treating a variety of sports injuries to gather as much experience as possible in treating the more serious injuries that occur during contact and non-contact sports.  I have successfully treated many sports athletes including Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers for the Great Britain team and rugby league players for Nottingham Outlaws.

I also gathered fantastic hands on experience acting as the On-Tour Physiotherapist for the performers during the UK & Ireland tour of ‘SHREK! The Musical’ in 2014/2015.  I helped injury prevention and management and I was given the responsibility of deciding if a dancer was fit to perform, which was a very challenging task.  I have been lucky enough to work closely with Nottingham Trent University as the lead physiotherapist for the men’s Rugby Union team. I also had a high demand for treating other performance teams including football, lacrosse, hockey and rugby league.

Recently I have expanded my rehabilitation knowledge by becoming training in teaching Pilates classes.  Pilates has expanded my knowledge greatly and I have had a huge success rate in helping treat postural related pain as well as weakness in stabilising muscles.  I highly recommend trying it, it isn’t as easy as it seems!

I have also recently joined my husband with his passion for motorbike racing.  He races the bike and I critic his body position, something I never thought I would do but it is paying off with them being second in the championship currently!  This has given me very rounded and thorough experience in treating a great variety of sports injures.  I am extremely passionate about my work and am very proud of my excellent success rate in treating my patients effectively.

 
  
 


Matt Mitchell

I have been a musculoskeletal physiotherapist since graduating from University in 2009.
I am Australian and trained/worked in North Queensland until moving to the UK in early 2014.  In Australia, I gained experience working in private practice (in a musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports injury practice).

Since moving to the UK, I have worked predominantly in the private practice sector but have experience with the NHS.  A brief stint in Surrey then saw me moving to Nottingham, where I have again worked in the private sector as well as within the physiotherapy department at Nottingham Trent University, treating the sports students, TASS athletes and sports scholarship students, as well as being the NTU Men’s Football Team physio.  I really enjoy working with athletes and have worked as team physio for Nottingham Outlaws Rugby League team, University sports teams and also the WSL 1 Notts County Women’s Football Club at team physio prior to the club’s liquidation in early 2017.

I joined The Vale Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic in February 2018 and work on Wednesdays currently and have a keen interest in all sports injuries, especially those of the lower limb.  I am also trained in APPI Clinical Pilates to Level 2 Matwork.  I look forward to continuing to contribute to the physio team at The Vale.

 
  
 

 
Fiona Cameron

I took an Honours Degree in Physiology at Birmingham University before qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987. I worked for 9 years at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, where I specialised in Musculoskeletal problems working closely with Consultants as a Senior Physiotherapist in Orthopaedic, Spinal, Trauma, and Post-Operative Clinics.

I set up an Acute Sports Injury Clinic in A&E and carried out Research into ‘whiplash’ injuries there. Since then I have worked in the Private Sector at Nuffield Hospitals and Physiotherapy Clinics in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

I strongly believe that an empathetic, clear explanation of the nature of your problem, hands on treatment combined with user friendly exercises are the key to recovery, whether from a recent injury, or in improving and managing more long-standing conditions.

I appreciate how important it is for patients to maintain the ability to stay active and continue to enjoy their hobbies and ability to work, particularly in rural communities.  I enjoyed 10 years of half-marathon running before pursuing a passion for rock climbing over 15 years in the Peak District and the Highlands of Scotland. I also enjoy managing a flock of 20 Shetland sheep & 2 heifers with the help of my working Border Collie and Vallhund dogs.

 
  
 

Our Reception Team

The experienced reception team is led by Cathy Hetherington, who understands the detailed administration of the clinic and manages to sort out everyone’s queries. She works very closely with Liz, the Practice Principal.

Cathy is, in turn, supported by Claire Brown, Mel Oldershaw and Ian Brown.

We believe in making all patients feel welcome and at ease, and the reception team aims to ensure that this is achieved at all times.

 
  

Call us today for an appointment

Please Call Us On : 01664 822234 for an appointment or to find out more about the treatments we offer.
We always aim to offer your first appointment within 2 – 3 working days and can often arrange same day appointments for urgent cases.