Nicola Graham MSc MMACPPhysiotherapist & Clinical Director
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 MMACPPhysiotherapist
Within her 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 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 life and achieve their sporting and fitness goals.
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 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 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 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.
Our third Claire(!) has joined our TOPS team to assist in delivering our Pilates exercise classes. Claire shares her time with us, as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS and also assisting with physiotherapy provision for local rugby teams. Having completed her Pilates training, we are pleased that Claire is running both beginner and intermediate Pilates classes.
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.
Beth Thompson BSc (Hons)Physiotherapist
Beth has recently joined TOPS following the birth of her second child. Since graduation she has worked in both the NHS and privately, specialising in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Beth uses her manual therapy skills as well as her additional training in massage therapy to provide effective treatment and rehabilitation to a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
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. 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 is very keen on up-to-date evidence based practice and is able to combine his manual therapy skills with his sporting experience to optimise an individual’s outcome. As well as working at TOPS he has also been the team physiotherapist for Oxford Harlequins RFC.
Anne Alexander MSc MMACPPhysiotherapist
Anne has returned to our Saturday clinics following the birth of her son, Isaac. She currently shares her working week with TOPS and the NHS where she works as an upper limb specialist. Anne has also completed an Advanced Practice MSc and is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
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)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.
Ryan Kelsall BSc (Hons)Physiotherapist
Ryan shares his time with TOPS and the NHS where he works as a Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist and hand therapist. He has a wide range of clinical experience; post operative orthopaedic patients, hand and trauma clinic, sports clinic referrals, hydrotherapy, pain rehabilitation and many other conditions in his NHS work.
He has a passion for cycling and running and recently completed a significant personal achievement after finishing the Coast to Coast race in Scotland.
Hannah Morgan BSc (Hons) Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructror
Hannah works as a Charted Physiotherapist for Oxford University Hospitals Trust, specialising in paediatrics.
Having swam at a regional level as a teenager, Hannah first came across Pilates as part of her land based training. She completed her APPI training last year and now teaches classes on a Wednesday and Friday.
In her spare time she enjoys swimming, running and hiking, and has recently returned from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
Jenny qualified with a First Class Hons Degree in Physiotherapy in 2010. She has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, having worked both in the NHS and in sports. Jenny has spent many years working with rugby players, but also has experience working with clients from a variety of sporting backgrounds. She is highly motivated and is currently studying her Manual Therapy MSc, which will allow membership into the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Jenny enjoys using a variety of techniques to effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, with a specialist interest in sports rehabilitation.
Jenny is a competitive rower at Wallingford Rowing Club and is aiming to compete again at next year’s Henley Women’s Regatta. She is also developing a passion for cycling and has a newly found love for skiing.
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) Physiotherapist
Jess is a highly motivated physiotherapist in regards to her patients rehabilitation and her own learning. She current works within a musculoskeletal setting in the NHS but 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.
Juliette Willman qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1997 and has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years. Juliette was first introduced to Pilates when she was pursuing a career as a dancer. Over the past 21 years, Juliette has taught Pilates at The Edinburgh Pilates Studio, The Dance Exchange in Birmingham, Pilates of Oxford and at Body Balance in Witney as well as in area hospitals. Juliette offers classes and individual sessions in both the Pilates method and the Barre methods as well as individual Physiotherapy sessions incorporating an individual assessment and tailored exercise programmes for those working around injuries or returning to exercise.
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.
Catherine is a qualified podiatrist specialising in biomechanics, musculoskeletal medicine and exercise rehabilitation. She has worked in both NHS and private clinics, and has experience working with clients from a variety of sporting backgrounds. Catherine is studying MSc Musculoskeletal Sciences at Oxford University and has collaborated with Arthritis Research UK in researching exercise rehabilitation for arthritis. With a MA in Philosophy, her academic interests also lie in Evidence Based Healthcare, Implementation Science and Meta-Research. She spends her free time hiking and playing trumpet in local bands.
Andrea Jobbagy MScPilates Instructor
Andrea started teaching Pilates in 2007 and is passionate about teaching her clients better movement through Pilates. She first discovered the benefits of Pilates and became passionate about the method during her Sport Therapy course in 2004. Andrea has been expanding her knowledge in rehabilitative exercise ever since. Andrea prides herself on constantly updating her knowledge of Pilates and fitness. She holds a degree in Exercise and Health Science as well as a MSc in Neurological Rehabilitation.
Lucy WiltshirePilates Instructor
Lucy first discovered Pilates whilst living in Australia and undergoing rehabilitation for a lower back injury. Over the past 10 years Lucy has trained with many experienced and talented Pilates instructors in Australia and the UK. She found that practicing Pilates so improved her life that she recently completed the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio training course with a view to helping others realise similar benefits and develop their own understanding of movement.
Laura LinnegarPilates Instructor
Laura’s enthusiasm for Pilates began in 2010 when she was introduced to Pilates following a knee injury. Soon after, she left the corporate world to have a child, and used the opportunity to pursue a career in Pilates, which she had become so passionate about. Having completed the Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation course in 2016, Laura is currently undergoing teacher training and working towards the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Certification to become a fully qualified practitioner.
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 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 is currently in the process of completing her Comprehensive 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 JessonYoga Instructor
Bertie has been teaching Yoga for 12 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. 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 adapts yoga to her students individual needs.
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 aqualified Thai Yoga Massage therapist.
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.
Brita BensonYoga Instructor
Brita brings 30 years experience to her yoga classes and holistic treatments. Brita is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, a member of the British Wheel of Yoga and has been a student of Yoga since her first class in 1983. She trained as a Yoga Teacher in Maduria, Tamil Nadu, southern India (Sivananda Vedanta Yoga) and continues to develop her knowledge and education with regular professional training courses. Brita studied at the Shiatsu School of Natural Therapy (3 years practitioner level) – currently known as The European School of Shiatsu. She holds an ITEC Diploma – Holistic Massage Metanoia Institute, London (2 years) – Rogerian Person Centred Counselling. Level 1 and level 2 Reiki. Brita has travelled extensively, resident in Boulder, Colorado, USA where she trained in many therapeutic approaches including Hot-stone Massage and Personal Coaching (Byron Katie – The Work), California, USA.
Nick PeelMassage Therapist
Nick qualified as a Level 5 Soft Tissue and Sports Massage Therapist with the Oxford School of Sports Massage in Oxford. He has done a Cervical Spine Masterclass to help clients with neck and shoulder pain as well as classes on back pain. He also recently completed an Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques Workshop on the lower body.
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.