staff profiles

Darren Wigg (Clinical Lead)

Darren is our founder, director and clinical lead physiotherapist. He is a former international swimmer, representing Great Britain at the World and European Championships on numerous occasions. After retiring from sport Darren studied Physiotherapy at Northumbria University and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2005….

Brooke Cully (Senior Physiotherapist)

Brooke has always had a keen interest in sport both as an athlete and physiotherapist; she played netball at club and international level for Northern Ireland and is one of the first team physiotherapists for Blaydon Rugby Club….

Kristi Bester (Senior Physiotherapist)

Kristi graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2010 from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She initially worked in the public sector, treating patients with chronic pain and neurological conditions which enabled her to gain a sound understanding of chronic pain management. Kristi then joined a successful private practice in Cape Town in 2012….

David Fothergill (Clinical Specialist)

David holds a first class BSc honours degree in physiotherapy in addition to a BSc honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science, both gained from Northumbria University. Since graduating David has developed his knowledge and skills working in the NHS, private practice and the sporting environment….

Daniel Farnell (Clinical Specialist)

Daniel was inspired to become a physiotherapist after seeing the change in his Grandfather after his two strokes; helping the physiotherapists who were caring for him to bring him back to his usual care free self. While at school he worked at Hadrian School in Fenham helping with the rehabilitation of children with various special needs….

Jodie Kendall (Senior Physiotherapist)

As a keen sportswoman, following university, Jodie volunteered at several major sporting events including; The 2012 London Olympic Games, the Kielder Marathon and the Great North Run…..

Rachel Zibe (Dietition)

Rachel has a degree in Pharmacology and Physiology, a distinction in her Dietetics diploma and 11 years of varied experience in the NHS and private consultancy. More recently she qualified as a Sports Nutritionist after completing the International Olympic Committee’s diploma….

Kelly Smith (Clinical Pilates)

Kelly is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a special interest in Clinical Pilates. She works from our Great Park Clinic on Saturday’s and holds pilates classes at St Aidens Church in Brunton Park on Monday evenings….

Zoe Groom (Practice Manager)

Zoe Joined Newcastle Physiotherapy in 2013. She has a BA (Hons) in languages and is also a talented florist.
Zoe is well known for her outstanding customer service and administrative skills….

Linda Wigg (Receptionist)

Linda retired from the Civil Service in 2011 where she worked as a Higher Executive Officer for for 37 years, gaining an NVQ level 3 in Management. She worked in Business Design as a pensions specialist developing new systems to improve delivery of the State Pension….

Along side her part time role with Newcastle Physiotherapy, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, regular holidays in Majorca and Tenerife and keeping fit at the gym.