Meet Our Team

Our Therapists

Samantha Whiteson
Clinic Co- Director, Physiotherapist PGDip, BSc (Hons), MCSP, MMACP
Sam is a physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in both Private Practice and professional sport.
Samantha Whiteson is a Physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in both private practice and professional sport. She specialises in expert diagnosis, hands-on treatment and tailored rehabilitation.

As a truly enthusiastic and self-motivated individual, she aims to achieve the highest standards of evidence-based practice in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of every patient.
Samantha thrives on freeing people from pain and discomfort in the shortest time frame possible. She is expertly placed to advise on returning to full fitness and preventing injury.

Experience
Samantha has worked for many years in professional sport with some of the world’s top Physiotherapists and Performance departments. She will give you the same standard of care as the elite sporting celebrities she has successfully treated. Working in elite sport over the last 6 years, Samantha has been the 1st team Physiotherapist for the likes of:

  • Northampton Saints Rugby Club
  • Widnes Vikings Rugby League
  • Sale Sharks Rugby League
  • Arsenal Ladies Football Club

 

Samantha has been a Senior Clinical Lead Physiotherapist at one of the largest and most prestigious Musculoskeletal Clinics in the country, where she worked with the top Sports Medicine doctors in the country. She was in charge of teaching and leading a development program for a large team of Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors.  She also previously worked at the Ministry of Defence providing top quality Physiotherapy to our honourable servicemen.

Qualifications
Samantha is very highly qualified having recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She has achieved membership to an elite group of less than 1000 Physiotherapists who have undergone extensive training in the most evidence based and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain (MACP). She has extended training in Manipulation, Acupuncture, Core Stability and Tissue Healing. She also has qualifications in Acupuncture.
Samantha is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice- PhysioFirst; The Health and Care Professions Council and the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

With her experience and qualifications, you will receive the highest standard of appropriate treatment and an accurate diagnosis that you can be confident in.

Book an appointment with Sam today.

Richard Evans
Clinic Co- Director, Physiotherapist, Injection Therapist, Independent Prescriber, Guest Lecturer. MSc, MSc, BSc (Hons), MCSP, AACP, MMACP
Richard is a highly qualified and skilled extended scope Physiotherapist.
Richard Evans is the Co-Clinical Lead Practitioner and Director of The Back and Body Clinic. He has three Degrees, including two Master of Science Degrees. His extensive study of the human body combined with his clinical experience ensures that he offers clients an expert standard of care whether they are the most sedentary patient or a top international athlete.

He is a member of The Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). This is a group of only 1000 elite Physiotherapists nationwide who have undertaken extensive postgraduate study and reached a recognised standard of excellence in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

Richard also offers the option of injections to his clients. He injects all peripheral joints and is one of only very few physiotherapists in the country able to offer Cortisone (steroid), Hyaluronic Acid and Autologous Blood injections. He has a portfolio of over 500 injections and lectures on Injection Therapy Masters modules. He is also at the final stages of his independent prescribing course and will be one of the first prescribing physiotherapists nationwide.

In his most recent Masters Degree, Richard specialised in the most effective and evidence based assessment and treatment methods for musculoskeletal pain. For example:

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back and mid back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Ankle/foot pain
  • Nerve/referred pain

 

Richard’s treatment specialties include:

  • Joint manipulation (with an audible pop)
  • Acupuncture
  • Peripheral joint corticosteroid injections
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Muscle relaxation/massage/release techniques
  • High quality home exercises to supplement treatment
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Base level through to elite level sports/orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • Biomechanical assessment

 

Richard has great knowledge and understanding of bio-mechanical movement and rehabilitation, which he has utilised to treat many top international athletes. He has a particularly strong expertise in running/athletics, football, rugby, hockey, cricket, triathlon and golf injuries, but also has a special interest in posture and work ergonomics. He combines this extensive knowledge of injury with a passion for physical activity and sport, and has played many years of National League hockey and represented the county or region in eight different sports. He enjoys the never-ending challenge of balancing work, continued education, playing high level sport and having a young family.

Richard is very passionate about what he does and strives to offer the highest quality of service, with an honest and personable approach to every client.

Loren McCrystal
Physiotherapist, Clinic CPD Coordinator. MSc, BSc (Hons), MCSP, AACP, MACP
With a First Class Honours Degrees in Physiotherapy from Coventry University, Loren has over 5 years experience working both in Private Practice and within the NHS.

Loren also has experience in Sport for the likes of Northampton Town Ladies Football Club. She was also the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for an Olympic cycling event.

Loren is currently completing a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, specialising in Manual / Manipulative Therapy. She also has Post-Graduate training in Acupuncture and Pilates, and teaches both one to one and in group settings. She has trained with the highly reputable Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).

Loren has experience of assessing and treating a large variety of musculoskeletal conditions including acute and chronic low back and neck pain, long term conditions such as arthritis, occupational related problems, sports injuries, tendinopathies, nerve pain and post surgical rehabilitation. She also has experience treating paediatrics, cervicogenic headaches, TMJ (jaw) pain and has a special interest in dysfunctions of the shoulder.

In her spare time Loren enjoys keeping fit with Pilates and running and is in training for half marathons. She looks forward to welcoming you to the Clinic and prides herself on her expert levels of assessment and treatment.

Stuart Barker
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP, AACP
Stuart is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in elite sport having worked at Northampton Town football club for 14 years, the last 8 of which were as head physiotherapist.

Stuart is a physiotherapist with extensive experience working in elite sport. He has 2 degrees in sports therapy and physiotherapy.

Stuart has spent the last 14 years working at Northampton Town football club with 8 of those years as the head physiotherapist. He has a vast knowledge of sports medicine through post graduate courses and meeting some of the country’s top sports medicine experts.

Stuart has developed excellent diagnostic skills, he is a very hands on physiotherapist who can utilise a variety of treatment techniques through experience and post graduate courses. He uses;

  • Soft tissue massage including trigger point release
  • Mobilisations for spinal and peripheral joints
  • Mobilisations with movement (Mulligan concept)
  • Home exercise program
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Kinesiology taping

Stuart has extensive experience rehabilitating professional athletes from all types of injuries and has an excellent repertoire of rehabilitation exercises. This enables him to set you a tailored individual rehabilitation program in order for you to reach your goals and improve function.

He is currently interested in an American concept to treatment and rehabilitation called the Gray institute, which has added to Stuart’s repertoire of treatment and rehabilitation techniques. Stuart is always keen on expanding his knowledge within the field of physiotherapy enabling him to give you expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Stuart utilises his friendly manner and sometimes quick wit to keep you entertained and focused on reaching your goals.

Stuart has always been a keen sportsman and still plays cricket and football. He played minor counties cricket for Cambridgeshire in his younger sporting days.

Katie Barnetson
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP, AACP
Katie is a Chartered Physiotherapist with post-graduate qualifications in acupuncture and orthopaedic medicine
Katie Barnetson is a Chartered Physiotherapist, a member of the health professionals council and Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with post-graduate qualifications in acupuncture and orthopaedic medicine.

Qualified in 2001 she has worked for the NHS, predominantly full time, with extensive private practice experience in private hospitals, clinics, sports teams and on-site occupational health. She has extensive experience of working with many common musculoskeletal conditions, such as chronic and acute back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, upper and lower limb disorders and post operative rehabilitation, to name a few.

Mike Mansfield
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP
Mike is a physiotherapist passionate about offering superb hands on treatment skills

Mike is a physiotherapist passionate about offering superb hands on treatment skills.

He has an eagerness to continue to learn about the human body and has broad experience across a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions. He has developed a comprehensive range of assessment and treatment skills, which helps him to successfully treat patients from all ages and backgrounds.

Mike’s key areas of interest are the shoulder, knee and back, and he is fascinated with human mechanics and optimal movement across all areas of the body. He has a particular special interest in sports injury and rehabilitation but he also enjoys helping the more sedentary population also.

A keen CrossFit athlete, Mike is working closely with local athletes and competitors to minimise injury and maximise their sporting potential.

Sara Vicente
Physiotherapist MSc, BSc (Hons), MCSP
With a Masters Degree in Manual Therapy and Post Graduate qualifications in Neurology, Acupuncture and Pilates, Sara is a highly qualified Physiotherapist

With a Masters Degree in Manual Therapy and Post Graduate qualifications in Neurology, Acupuncture and Pilates, Sara is a highly qualified Physiotherapist. She combines these advanced qualifications with vast experience gained from both Hospital and Private Clinic settings.

Sara is extremely passionate about offering only the very highest standards of care. She aims to provide all her patients with expert hands on treatment, inform them about their accurate diagnosis and tailor a rehabilitation program to help both promote recovery, but also to prevent relapse.

Throughout her career Sara has had the privilege of looking after a wonderful mix of patients with a wide variety of conditions. She has developed excellent clinical reasoning skills and specialises in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions including back and neck pain, neural pain, sports related injuries, long term conditions and pre and postsurgical rehabilitation.

The treatment techniques Sara uses include soft tissue and myofascial release, joint mobilisations, acupuncture, dry needling, taping techniques and home exercises. She also has expertise in bio-mechanical movement and she uses her knowledge to improve performance and economy of movement.

Sara has also developed an in-depth understanding of running injuries and loves assessing and treating runners, getting them from pain to performance as soon as possible.

Sara, who is originally from Spain really enjoys keeping fit. Running is one of her real passions and she looks forward to welcoming you to the Clinic.

Rachel Jones
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP
Rachel believes an accurate diagnosis, confident hands on treatment and appropriate self-management advice is key to helping people lead happy, pain free lives

Rachel graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 1st class honors degree and has a breath of experience working as a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in both the NHS and private sector. She is passionate about offering only the highest quality care and believes an accurate diagnosis, confident hands on treatment and appropriate self-management advice is key to helping people lead happy, pain free lives.

She exudes positivity and prides herself on being an enthusiastic and empathetic Physiotherapist. Rachel is there to listen and strives to form strong partnerships with all her clients so they can work together to achieve their rehab goals.

Rachel has a particular interest in sports and fitness. She would describe herself as a ‘gym bunny’ and is always looking for a physical challenge having previously climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, run marathons and completed several endurance cycle rides. She also plays 1st team National League hockey for Northampton Saints Hockey Club. Rachel will be the first to sympathise and encourage if you’re in the middle of training for one of these!!

Emma Timms
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP
Emma graduated from Coventry University with a First Class Honours degree

Emma graduated from Coventry University with a First Class Honours degree. Before joining the Back and Body clinic, she worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS.

Emma has successfully treated a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. She is eager to continue her learning by further developing her hands-on treatment skills, in order to help her patients return to their optimum function.

Most of Emma’s free time is spent training and competing in horse riding sports. She also enjoys badminton, swimming and cycling, and she has a keen interest in the biomechanics of the body when completing these activities.

Emma strives for excellence when assessing and treating her patients. She believes that building a good partnership with patients and educating them on their condition, alongside quality hands-on treatment, is key to a successful rehabilitation.

She looks forward to welcoming you to the clinic!

Aisling Peberdy
Osteopath MOst
Aisling qualified with a masters in Osteopathic Medicine from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London

Aisling qualified with a masters in Osteopathic Medicine from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London and has been working in private practice ever since. Whilst studying, she also worked for Hendon RFC as a sports massage therapist and pitch side first aider, which fed her passion for sports injuries.

As an Osteopath, Aisling believes that for optimum health to be realised, it is important for the structure and function of the WHOLE body to work well together. She is highly competent at treating musculoskeletal pain in all areas of the body. Aisling focuses on taking the time to find an accurate diagnosis and see how the whole body is functioning to provide high quality levels of hands on treatment, education and self care advice. She aims to not only stop your suffering, but also to get you to a better quality of life by addressing the underlying cause of the problem.

In her spare time, Aisling competes at national level powerlifting and is the current British deadlift record holder in her catagory with a lift of 155kg. Since the age of 17, she has also trained in pole fitness and has worked closely with international pole fitness athletes to keep them at their peak condition.

Connor Ratcliffe
Podiatrist / Chiropodist BSc (Hons)
Connor has a special interest in the treatment of lower limb musculoskeletal injuries

Connor has a special interest in the treatment of lower limb musculoskeletal injuries. He uses a number of different treatment techniques to get people pain free and active again.

Connor utilises his broad range of skills to carry out an in depth assessment to produce an individualised treatment plan suited to each patient’s condition. Connor will thoroughly assess and diagnose your condition and provide a clear explanation of the management options necessary to treat the issue. He will combine this with advice on how to prevent recurrence of the condition.

If you require insoles/orthotics, Connor has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the most appropriate product on the market. If required, he will further tailor the orthotic to your exact foot type and help you to go away with the full confidence you need. When required, he will mould and order completely custom made orthotics for you.

Connor specialises in the following:

  • Analysis of biomechanical problems and alignment of the lower limb
  • Gait analysis
  • Provision of insoles and orthotics
  • Children’s foot problems
  • Heel pain/ plantar fasciitis
  • Athletes foot/ nail infections
  • Mortons Neuroma and metatarsalgia
  • Ankle pain
  • Corns and callus
  • Verrucae
  • Care of ingrowing or thickened toe nails
Luke Girvan
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP
Luke graduated from Coventry University with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy

Luke graduated from Coventry University with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy and has gained extensive experience from his training in specialised acute and rehabilitation settings, including the National Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Acute Knee Injury Clinics at University Hospital Coventry.

Luke has worked with patients to help resolve various musculoskeletal conditions. In addition he has worked with patients recovering from surgery, acute traumatic brain injuries and those living with long-term neurological conditions. His collaborative approach, excellent assessment and treatment skills and consistent delivery of the highest standards of quality care ensure patients reach their goals.

With over 10 years’ experience as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor Luke has worked with a diverse population of clients including adolescents, elderly and both semi-professional and professional sports men and women. With advanced skills including Kettlebell instruction, Olympic Lifting techniques, Suspension training (such as TRX) and Nutrition advice Luke can provide tailored exercise programmes to enhance the recovery, mobility and performance of his patients, helping them to improve their health and well-being.

Luke’s personal interests in sport include Rugby, Athletics and Strength and Conditioning and in his spare time can be found playing guitar in a number of performing bands.

Thea Jackson
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), MCSP
Thea graduated from the University of Brighton with a First Class Honours degree in physiotherapy

More to come about Thea shortly

Thanasis Stavrou
Osteopath MOst
More to come about Thanasis shortly

More to come about Thanasis shortly

Andrew Dickson
Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer
Andrew has a real passion for helping people and enjoys making a real difference to their lives.

More to come from Andrew shortly.

Hannah Foggett
Sports Massage Therapist
Hannah graduated with a first class honors degree in Sports Therapy.

Hannah graduated with a first class honors degree in Sports Therapy.

Whilst at University, Hannah gained hands on clinical experience working through the student clinic provided. In addition, Hannah has been working and volunteering for local amateur Rugby teams providing assessments of injuries and immediate pitch side care, an area she is passionate about. Alongside this, she has gained invaluable experience within professional teams and event work, volunteering at Northampton Saints and Charity events such as RideLondon and Rat Race.

In her spare time, Hannah loves keeping fit and healthy improving her overall well-being, stemming from competing at a high level of swimming through her childhood, which is now reflected through her dedication to rowing and new found love of OCR racing.

With her friendly and outgoing personality, Hannah is passionate about Sports Therapy and is always striving to provide the highest quality of treatments for all. She has aspirations of further education around the world in order to combine her love for travel with studying.

Practice Team

Kelly
Practice Manager
Having spent many years in office management for a large surveying organisation, Kelly really enjoys the people facing aspect of the business with both patients and employees and gets a buzz out of providing excellent satisfaction for the patients and staff!
Heather
Finance Manager and Receptionist
Heather really enjoys her work; particularly the friendly environment made up by both the patients and staff. She thrives on meeting lots of new people through the day and enjoys the variety of different jobs she is responsible for.
When not working at The Back and Body Clinic, Heather enjoys spending time with her family; watching her two boys in action at martial arts classes, football and swimming.
Janet
Receptionist
Janet enjoys being part of a friendly team and takes great pleasure in helping people and putting them at ease.
Nadine
Receptionist
More to come about Nadine shortly

More to come about Nadine shortly

Gemma
Receptionist
After spending the last few years managing international events …

After spending the last few years managing international events Gemma is very used to multi-tasking, a key requirement on reception! Her favourite part of her role is to meet & greet our patients to the clinic and she really enjoys being a part of such a lovely team.

Emma
Receptionist
With a background in residential care management, Emma understands the importance of clear communication and providing a great customer experience.

With a background in residential care management, Emma understands the importance of clear communication and providing a great customer experience.

In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her family and 2 young children.  This often takes the form of something messy…swimming, painting, cooking and baking. 

Nikki
Receptionist
Nikki is an organised person with years of reception, administrative and client contact experience

Nikki is an organised person with years of reception, administrative and client contact experience.  She enjoys being part of the Back and Body team and is happiest when she is busy and meeting people.   Her interests include skiing, tennis and daily dog walks.

Debbie
Receptionist
Debbie loves the whole ethos of The Back and Body Clinic

Debbie loves the whole ethos of The Back and Body Clinic, she is motivated and enthusiastic. She get great pleasure in meeting and greeting patients daily remaining friendly and professional at all times.

Sam
Receptionist
More to come about Sam shortly

More to come about Sam shortly

Our Reception Team look forward to welcoming you at The Back & Body Clinic.