Meet the team

TOPS prides itself on being a team of highly experienced, professional and friendly clinical staff. The clinical staff are well supported by Jess and Angela on reception.

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Physiotherapists

Nicola Graham MSc MMACP
Nicola Graham MSc MMACPPhysiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Since graduation, Nicola has worked in the NHS, abroad in New Zealand and privately in both London and Oxford. Having specialised in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, Nicola went on to complete a MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy, leading to accreditation with the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Nicola has also worked with elite athletes and is a member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Nicola practices acupuncture as part of her management and is one of our Pilates trained instructors.
Gabi MacIntyre MSc MMACP
Gabi MacIntyre MSc MMACPPhysiotherapist
Within her 30 year physiotherapy career, Gabi has completed a MSc In Advanced Physiotherapy leading to accreditation with the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and is also a clinical mentor for MSc students at TOPS. She uses her advanced knowledge to undertake diagnostic assessments and treatment to provide effective management of musculoskeletal conditions. Gabi has also completed post-graduate training with APPI and utilises Pilates within both management and rehabiliation on a 1:1 setting.
Catherine Huck MSc
Catherine Huck MScPhysiotherapist & Clinical Yoga Instructor
Catherine graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1985 and has also completed a MSc in Exercise and Nutrition. Catherine worked in the NHS and then overseas for 16 years specialising in the related fields of neurology and musculoskeletal therapy. She has an excellent understanding of the complexities of human movement and how postural imbalances can occur and contribute to short-term or chronic injuries. Catherine also teaches yoga and is passionate about helping others live an active and functional life.
Annina Schmid PhD, MManipTher, MMACP
Annina Schmid PhD, MManipTher, MMACPConsultant Physiotherapist
Annina is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and an Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at The University of Oxford. She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland and completed her specialisation in Musculoskeletal Therapy with a Masters degree from Curtin University in Australia.
Annina has extensive clinical experience in the area of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, having worked in University Hospitals and private practices in the UK, Switzerland and Australia.
Annina’s practice is guided by a strong patient centred approach and an extensive scientific knowledge base, to which she also contributes during her work as a Neuroscientist at Oxford University (PhD in Neuroscience in 2011). Her main interest both clinically and scientifically concerns the diagnosis and management of patients with nerve related pain.
Gemma Queralt BSc (Hons) ACPSEM
Gemma Queralt BSc (Hons) ACPSEMPhysiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Gemma moved straight into private practice from graduation, specialising in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. She has undertaken Advanced PitchSide Management training which has allowed her to provide physiotherapy for Oxford Greyhounds, Oxford Rugby League, Oxford County Rugby and assist at the famous Oxford Varsity Rugby games. Gemma is a member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine and has undertaken additional training in Pilates, which she uses within her practice as well as teaching our classes throughout the week.
Clare MacGinnis MCSP
Clare MacGinnis MCSPPhysiotherapist, Pilates & Class Instructor
Clare is a specialist physiotherapist in older people and long-term neurological conditions. She has worked extensively in rehabilitation and community services for older people including in a Falls Clinic. Clare strongly believes in the importance of evidence-based exercise in maintaining independence in older people. She runs the weekly Functional Fitness Class, and provides both clinic and domiciliary physiotherapy sessions. Clare has specialized training in teaching exercise to older people and is a registered Tai Chi for Health and Postural Stability Instructor.
Clare Scott-Dempster MRes
Clare Scott-Dempster MResPhysiotherapist
Our other Clare is a specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is passionate about public health, having completed a MSc in Clinical Research and is currently undertaking further research. Clare currently shares her time with TOPS and the NHS, where she works as an advanced specialist physiotherapist. She uses her extensive experience, knowledge and acupuncture training to optimise an individual’s wellbeing and implements effective exercise rehabilitation programmes.
Jenny Quested BSc (Hons)
Jenny Quested BSc (Hons)Physiotherapist
Jenny has worked in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy since graduation and has gained specialist knowledge in treating lower limb alignment and biomechanical issues, especially related to repetitive sporting injuries. Jenny is a qualified rowing coach, has provided physiotherapy cover for Oxford Harlequins RFC and has recently started working with a local shooting club. Jenny is an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner and is able to use her sports experience to help an individual achieve their desired goals.
Dom Vaughan BSc (Hons)
Dom Vaughan BSc (Hons)Physiotherapist
Dominic has worked within the NHS specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and within the sporting world for both football and rugby teams including Oxford Harlequins RFC. He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of conditions from back and neck pain to sports injuries. He is a highly motivated practitioner who believes exercise is crucial for the human body in maintaining good health and promoting recovery from injury. He is experienced in treating a variety of athletes from weightlifters to gymnasts. Dominic has also recently been using his knowledge of movement and postural imbalances to integrate yoga as a modality of treatment and rehabilitation.
Anne Alexander MSc MMACP
Anne Alexander MSc MMACPPhysiotherapist
Anne graduated from The University of the West of England with a 2:1 BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 2001 and an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy from UCL, London in 2007. Since 2003 Anne has worked in MSK outpatients, with a special interest in hand therapy and is now a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Hand and Plastic Surgery Therapies in the NHS. Anne is an expert in the management of complex upper limb injuries, including but not restricted to brachial plexus injuries, complex thoracic outlet syndrome, shoulder dislocations and associated nerve injuries, complex elbow reconstruction, hand and digit replants, revascularization and associated tendon and nerve injuries. Anne manages our private hand clinic at Oxford Brookes on a Wednesday afternoon as well as works in Summertown on a Saturday morning.
Nicole Tudor-Williams BSc (Hons) ACPWH
Nicole Tudor-Williams BSc (Hons) ACPWHPhysiotherapist
Nicole is our specialist Women’s Health physiotherapist and has completed post-graduate training leading to full membership with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health. She shares her time between private pratice in Poole and at TOPS treating ante and post-natal conditions, including pelvic girdle pain, coccygeal dysfunction and pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as uro-gynaecological conditions, including stress incontinence, prolapses and complex pelvic pain. Nicole can also see women post breast surgery for massage, release and stretching of scar tissue and cording.
Katie Knights BSc (Hons)
Katie Knights BSc (Hons)Physiotherapist
Katie has 20 years experience working within both the NHS and the Private Sector. She has advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in sporting injuries and their rehabilitation, having recently completed a diploma in Sports Physiotherapy with Bath University. She has worked with both rugby and football teams, and gained further experience in dealing with acute injuries through coordinating an acute injury clinic within the Emergency Department of a major London hospital. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine, and The Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice.
Jenny Cullom MSc MMACP
Jenny Cullom MSc MMACP Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Jenny specialised in Musculoskeletal and Sports physio after gaining experience in the NHS and moving to elite sport. Alongside her Saturday clinics at TOPs, Jenny works with the GB Olympic and England hockey teams at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre as well as the Oxford University Boat Clubs. Previously, Jenny has worked with GB Women’s Rowing and has experience working with a variety of elite to amateur athletes in numerous sports. Jenny gained a distinction in a Masters in Manual Therapy in 2018 with accreditation to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Jenny has also trained in pilates with the APPI and enjoys using a variety of techniques to effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, with a specialist interest in sports rehabilitation.
Melissa Williams BSc (Hons)
Melissa Williams BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Millie is a Chartered Physiotherapist currently working as a Senior Rotational Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for OUH. Since graduating from King’s College London in 2012 Millie has worked in a variety Physiotherapy settings including first team Rugby for 3 seasons; the NHS; and is currently part of the medical team for her local football club to continue her experience within Sports Physiotherapy. During over 4 years of NHS experience Millie has developed skills in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions ranging from pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and low back pain, to rehabilitation of post orthopaedic surgery patients. Clinical experience is not limited to upper or lower limb problems but her clinical interest is lower limb rehabilitation.
Jess Dukes BSc (Hons)
Jess Dukes BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Jess is a highly motivated physiotherapist in regards to her patients rehabilitation and her own learning. She current works in the NHS as a spinal clinical specialist and extended scope practitioner but also has a strong background in sport. Jess worked for Fulham Football Club for three seasons working with young players aged between 8-21 years old. Alongside this she has experience working with international hockey players at Holcombe Hockey Club, including 3 gold medal winners from Rio 2016. Jess previously played hockey to a regional level and is currently dedicating her spare time to studying for a Masters in Advanced Neuromuscular Physiotherapy.
Sarah Church BSc (Hons)
Sarah Church BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Since graduation from the University of Hertfordshire, Sarah has worked primarily for the NHS in the South of England. From teaching hospitals to GP surgeries she has gained significant experience in all aspects of patient care from sporting injuries to complex pain states. Prior to going on maternity leave and moving to Oxfordshire, Sarah worked in her favoured field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and was the Physiotherapist for the Pain Management team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. Sarah is keen to make a return to work in the private sector this time where she feels her skills can be used more effectively. Sarah is an enthusiastic tennis player, loves all things outdoors and has a real passion for helping her patients to lead a full and active life again.
Jane Cunningham BSc (Hons)
Jane Cunningham BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Jane is currently working as a Rotational Physiotherapist for Oxford Health NHS Trust. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 and has worked in various areas throughout the course of her rotations such as Stroke Rehabilitation, Older Adults and Falls Prevention and Community Therapy Services. Jane completed her APPI Matwork Level 3 qualification in 2016 and has been actively teaching around Oxford over the last 3 years. In her spare time, she is also a fitness and exercise class instructor teaching around the West Oxfordshire area.
Olivia Prince BSc (Hons)
Olivia Prince BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Olivia is currently working as a senior physiotherapist within Women’s Health at the OUH. Olivia graduated from Oxford Brookes in 2015 with a first class honours degree and since then has worked in the NHS and for a National 2 level rugby team. Olivia has completed her APPI level 1 qualification and teaches matwork pilates classes on a weekly bases. During her time in the NHS, Olivia has developed skills in assessing a wide range of musculoskeletal and pregnancy related conditions, including pelvic girdle pain and lower back pain, recti divarication, carpel tunnel syndrome and coccydynia. With her pilates knowledge, Olivia is able to educate patients and treat their symptoms effectively.
Bethan Harris BSc (Hons)
Bethan Harris BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Beth graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2015 with First Class Honours and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She worked within a variety of physiotherapy areas before specialising as a senior physiotherapist within musculoskeletal health. Beth has worked within both the NHS and sporting settings, including trauma, paediatrics and semi and professional level rugby. This experience has seen Beth develop a keen interest in injury management and prevention, using her knowledge and clinical skills to provide effective treatment alongside education, to prevent injury recurrence. Beth has also completed post-graduate training in acupuncture as well as qualifying as an APPI pilates instructor, skills that she uses as part of her treatments to maximise patient improvements.
Frankie Snare BSc (Hons)
Frankie Snare BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Frankie graduated in 2015 from Oxford Brookes University with a First class degree, having already completed a BSc in Sports Science from Loughborough University. Since graduation, Frankie has worked in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, gaining further postgraduate qualifications in sports massage, taping and Pilates. Frankie is also currently undertaking her MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University. Frankie is extremely passionate about sport as both an athlete herself and as a physiotherapist, and has particular expertise in tennis, volleyball, triathlons and marathons. Frankie has completed 5 ironmans, a sub 3 hour marathon as well as played tennis to a county level.
Sara Fernandez Palacio
Sara Fernandez PalacioPhysiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
In 2005 Sara graduated as a physiotherapist in Barcelona. She worked in Spain for 2 years and specialised in postural rehabilitation. In 2008 Sara moved to France where she become interested in women’s health and trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation and hypopressive gymnastics with Marcel Caufriez. It was by coincident that Sara discovered Pilates in 2014 during a three-day workshop for physiotherapists. After this course Sara decided to go through her Polestar Pilates training. When she teaches Pilates her aim is to transmit her passion of movement to the clients and show them that life is much easier when you are able to move freely.
Gemma North BSc (Hons)
Gemma North BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Gemma graduated from King’s College London in 2015 with a Pre-registration MSc, having previously completed a BSc Honours in Sports Therapy from Kent University. Since graduating Gemma has worked within the NHS, initially rotating through orthopaedics, trauma, neurology before specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in both GP and Outpatient settings. More recently Gemma has worked in Paediatric Pain Management, Rheumatology and Sports Injury rehabilitation. Gemma has previous experience within the Sporting field, both in Rugby and Judo and is passionate about evidence-based rehabilitation, injury prevention and empowering people with knowledge to enable successful management of musculoskeletal conditions and prevention of injury reoccurrence.
Joanna Zylkiewicz BSc (Hons)
Joanna Zylkiewicz BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Joanna graduated in 2010 with a MSc in Physiotherapy in Poland. She moved to Oxford and 2012 and since has been working in the private sector. In 2015, Joanna undertook two years Cranio-Sacral Therapy training at the College of Cranio-Sacral. Joanna has experience treating a wide range of patients and alongside her work at TOPS, she is currently working in the Physiotherapy Department at St Luke’s Hospital. At St. Luke’s, Joanna treats adults with complex needs, including, but not limited to neurological, orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and age related conditions. Joanna is passionate about a holistic approach towards health and believes that our bodies and minds have great potential that can be discovered and enhanced in everyone; regardless of age or condition.
Tom Kelly BSc (Hons)
Tom Kelly BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Tom has gained experience in both public and private sectors, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He currently shares his time between TOPS and the NHS, where he works as an advanced spinal and pain physiotherapist. Tom has gained experience in treating a vast array of conditions in a variety of settings through his career and has previously lectured at King’s College London as a visiting lecturer. He is also currently completing his master’s degree which he is due to complete in 2020. Tom has a passion for integrating activity in to physiotherapy management and is keen to provide a holistic package of treatments tailored to the individual and helping them to achieve their goals.
Jessica Gasper BSc (Hons)
Jessica Gasper BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Jess has worked in the NHS for 15 years. She now works at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre with a background of treating patients following elective orthopaedic surgery such as total hip or knee replacements.
For the last 7 years Jess has specialized in rheumatology physiotherapy with a specialist interest in ankylosing spondylitis. She enjoys treating patients with long term conditions and educating them on their condition in order to best manage it.
Jess works closely with the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) and is passionate about encouraging exercise and stretches to ensure her patients stay strong and active.
Louisa Laleye BSc (Hons)
Louisa Laleye BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist
Louisa holds both a diploma in Sports Therapy as well as a degree in Physiotherapy. Louisa has worked in the NHS for 11 years and now works as a Senior Physiotherapist at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. She has extensive experience in Musculoskeletal and Hydrotherapy Physiotherapy. More recently Louisa has been working in the Hand Therapy Department and looks forward to bringing these specialist skills to her work at TOPS. Louisa takes an active approach to her practice and enjoys keeping active walking and swimming.

Pilates, Yoga Instructors & Massage Therapists

Kate Layton
Kate LaytonPilates Instructor
Kate is a certified Stott pilates teacher and first qualified as an Exercise to Music teacher and Personal Trainer over 20 years ago at the YMCA in Central London and has vast experience of teaching in all of Oxfords leading health clubs.  She is trained to teach Matwork and Reformer Pilates to Advanced level and has also trained in Pre/Post natal and Special Populations and Injuries. Kate is also a fully qualified Sports Therapist who has worked with a diverse range of clientele and has trained with leading Yoga teacher Jax Lyxcia and blends elements of this into her classes when relevant.
Vanessa Geremias
Vanessa GeremiasPilates Instructor
Vanessa graduated as a physiotherapist and is also a Level 3 Personal trainer. She worked overseas for 10 years and has now settled in Oxford where she has recently completed her Comprehensive Equipment Pilates training. She sees Pilates as a vital tool to make exercise enjoyable and physically challenging experience for all ages and abilities. She is always looking to help people learn that they can ultimately calibrate their movements for optimal health and well-being, achieving a physical and mental balance.
Bertie Jesson
Bertie JessonYoga Instructor
Bertie has been teaching Yoga for approximately 15 years. She initially trained with the BWY completing her 500 Diploma course. Now a British Wheel DCT & FCT ( Diploma & Foundation Course Tutor) she is running her own teacher training and foundation courses in Oxford at TOPS as well as yearly yoga retreats in Puglia. Bertie’s yoga practice combines strength in an asana while understanding how to find release through the breath. She relishes teaching the intricacies of anatomy and physiology of a pose while understanding the subtleties of the body and interweaving the philosophy of yoga. Bertie teaches and likes to adapt yoga to her students individual needs.
Sophia Argyris
Sophia ArgyrisYoga Instructor
Sophia started her practice of Iyengar yoga in 2006, and since then yoga has become a central part of her life. She completed two years of teacher training at the Putney Iyengar Yoga Centre in London, and since then has also completed two more advanced teaching assessments, and is now qualified as a Junior Intermediate Level 2 Iyengar Yoga teacher. Her teaching is sympathetic and positive, focusing on the individual needs of her students, encouraging them to gain a deeper understanding of alignment and how to work within each posture. She believes that to be a good teacher you must always be a student, and therefore attends regular workshops with senior teachers to continue her own training. As well as teaching yoga, Sophia has an ITEC level 3 Anatomy and Physiology qualification, and is a qualified Thai Yoga Massage therapist.
Roosa Leimu-Brown
Roosa Leimu-BrownYoga Instructor
Roosa started practicing yoga in 1999 after a career as a professional ballet dancer. The physical challenge of ashtanga yoga appealed to her and she immediately felt at home on a mat. Roosa soon realized that she had encountered a life changing practice that was much more than just physical exercise. Yoga became a part of her everyday life and she started teaching in 2002. In 2011, Roosa commenced a yoga therapy diploma course at the Yogacampus in London in 2013. Roosa is now a BCYT qualified yoga therapist and feel that this training has made her a much better yoga teacher being able to focus better on the individual needs and challenges of my students. Roosa is also a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher and a qualified yoga nidra facilitator.
Nick Peel
Nick PeelMassage Therapist
Nick qualified as a Level 5 Soft Tissue and Massage Therapist in 2015. He has taken a Cervical Spine Masterclass to help clients with neck and shoulder pain as well as a Gluteal masterclass to assist with relieving back pain. He recently completed a Table Thai Massage course and incorporates some of these methods into the treatment along with deep tissue massage.

Nick is a qualified Level 2 Gym Trainer and has worked with Kidlington FC in North Oxford. He holds a Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology qualification and is a First Aider. Nick offers massage therapy in Summertown on Fridays

Ben Weedon BSc (Hons) MSc
Ben Weedon BSc (Hons) MScMassage Therapist
Ben graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2016 and is now studying for his PhD in quality and quantity of movement in children with low motor coordination. His main interests involve musculoskeletal, neurological and paediatric movement difficulties. He holds a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage, which he gained in 2015 and has experience across different musculoskeletal injuries. Ben offers massage therapy at Oxford Brookes on Wednesday mornings.
Krissie Ilsey BSc (Hons)
Krissie Ilsey BSc (Hons)Massage Therapist
Krissie qualified to be a sports massage therapist in 2016. Krissie has a first class qualification in BSc Sport Science, and a Masters in Physiotherapy. Krissie has a keen interest in sports injuries and enjoys netball and gym training herself. Krissie also enjoys Pilates and has been an instructor for over a year having trained with APPI. She works as a rotational physiotherapist within the NHS in the week, and currently offers massage therapy on a Saturday morning in the Summertown clinic.
Sam Pearce
Sam PearceMassage Therapist
Sam graduated with a degree in Sports Rehabilitation in 2014, as well as a diploma in Sports Massage. Since graduation, Sam has been working as a sports massage therapist treating a wide variety of clients. He has obtained extensive client experience and has also completed seasons working with skiers in the French alps. Sam is available on Monday afternoons and evening in Summertown.
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