From left to right, Niamh, Tim, Kay, Amy, Peter and Richard are all members of either the Health Care Professions Council or the General Osteopathic Council, with which we must be registered to call ourselves physiotherapists or osteopaths. We are also registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and PhysioFirst. We are also members of the Institute of Osteopathy, ACPSEM, ACPOHE, OSCA and a few other regulatory bodies. Basically, you're in safe hands from a well-trained team.
Tim has spent seven years training as an osteopath and physiotherapist and in February 2005 he set up Addington Palace Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Clinic. He specialises in treating elite athletes and currently his clientele includes Olympians, Football Internationals, and World Champions. He has a reputation for developing good athletes into elite athletes, and also works with European Tour Golfers. During his spare time (which isn't very much), he enjoys competitive sailing.
Niamh graduated from the British school of Osteopathy after successfully completing a 4 year degree course. She is an excellent structural osteopath who has experience treating a range of people including expectant mothers, sports people and children. Niamh has a special interest in health and fitness related injuries, and has a background in competitive sports including swimming and tennis. She also enjoys coaching young children to swim. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor.
Niamh is almost always fully booked, and is an experienced and competent therapist.
Peter is an established member of the Croydon Physio team, and has made a huge impression on so many patients over the last few years. He is a chartered physiotherapist who graduated in 2009. He worked for over 3 years in a highly specialist military condition centre treating back pains. Most of his patients were elite Air Force. Treating back pain has become his main interest and now he uses numerous ways like massage, exercise and physiotherapy to help patients in recovery.
Peter has also been a qualified massage therapist since 2006 specialising in many types of massage treatments: segmentary, deep tissue, sports, Swedish, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, acupressure, remedial. He has previously worked with a National sailing team as their physio.
As a physiotherapist Peter has experience in using electrotherapy equipment, light therapy, ultrasound, hydrotherapy and manual techniques. He also enjoys developing and reviewing treatment programmes, tailored to individual patient’s needs.
Kay has been an Osteopath since 2005 and trained at The British College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also qualified in modern acupuncture/ dry needling, which is used for some musculo skeletal problems. Kay will use cranial osteopathy in some treatments, especially when treating infants and babies. Kay is also a qualified Pilates instructor. Kay will do a thorough assessment initially, looking at posture, flexibility and spinal range of motion. Specific exercises are then prescribed helping to strengthen and mobilise according to your individual body needs.
Classes are either on a one to one basis or small groups of 3-4. This is to allow Kay to observe and correct technique throughout the whole session, reducing the risk of inaccurate and potentially injurious performance, which so many patients have reported in large group exercise classes.
Helen graduated as a Physiotherapist from York St John University in 2010.
She has since worked in the rehabilitation and medico-legal industry for 5 years; initially in a clinical governance role developing an audit and quality framework within a private healthcare company, and later moving into a management position with operational responsibility, focussing on the development of her clinical team and service delivery. During this time she also did part-time sports Physiotherapy with sports teams and charity events across the UK. She has now returned to clinical practice full time at Surrey Physio and looks forward to continuing to develop within the team.
She is a keen sportsperson and has played badminton at a competitive level for over 15 years, representing Northumberland county and, more recently, Yorkshire and local Surrey leagues.
Outside of work she enjoys photography and loves the outdoors; spending as much time as she can camping, walking and travelling the country. Although now working and living in Surrey she remains a true northerner at heart!
Jackson qualified from St Georges University in London in 2011, and since then he worked in the NHS treating both adults and children. He has also worked with semi-professional men’s football teams, as well as for Professional Championship Club Millwall FC's youth Academy. Jackson has also trained and received qualifications in the instruction of Pilates for Low back Pain and Scoliosis. He also has a special interest in paediatric and adolescent musculoskeletal conditions, and Sports Injuries. Jackson is a fantastic member of the team, and we are really pleased to have him at Croydon Physio.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Donnelly
Lizzy Donnelly is one of our newest physiotherapists and has previously worked in the NHS. Her first physiotherapy job was working for St Georges mental health trust. Her role was to work in the community and in the outpatient department. She has experience treating a variety of patients including patients in the community and in the outpatient setting. Lizzy decided to gain more experience working in the MSK outpatient department and was fortunate enough to work for Queen Mary’s hospital in Sidcup She took hydrotherapy classes in the local pool and covered other classes including Pilates. Lizzy has also worked for Hammersmith and Fulham Ruby club delivering pitch side assistance and treating acute sport injuries.
Outside of the clinical setting Lizzy is passionate about sport and plays football for AFC Phoenix and competes in athletics for Herne Hill Harriers. Lizzy is passionate about health promotion and the benefits they can have to physical and mental health.
Nico Kirschstein Smith
Nico is a great physio with a keen interest in sports injuries. He qualified from Brunel with a BSc (Hons) in 2015, and was trained by Tim and is doing extremely well. Nico has plenty of hands-on experience, running his own sports massage business and doing plenty of work experience. He has also provided sport massage for the GB Kayak Squad and assisted the GB Athletics Squad on national and international competitions. In addition, Nico has also worked with Red Bull at the Student Cricket World Championships in 2014. Nico also represented Great Britain at World and European Championships as a Junior Athlete competing in Flatwater Kayaking.