staff profiles

Tal Yishay

Tal graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Haifa, Israel in
2016. Tal’s wide experience specialises in a whole body holistic approach to treatment.

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….

Gareth O’Loughlin (Senior Physiotherapist)

As with all of our physiotherapists, you can rest assured that Gareth will bring the same level of care and attention to detail experienced by his professional players.

Ann-Marie Ballantine (Clinical Specialist)

Ann-Marie has previous private practice experience and has worked pitch side for Sunderland Premiership Football Academy. Ann-Marie has a special interest in Basketball rehabilitation, in particular foot and ankle injuries and has spent time working with the GB Women’s Basketball team at their camp at the National Basketball Centre earlier this year in preparation for their European Championship campaign. Ann-Marie is always looking to develop her skills in athletic rehabilitation and has recently spent time with Newcastle Falcons Rugby and Leicester Riders Basketball physio teams and has assisted with the fitness screening at the Newcastle Eagles Basketball team.

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….

Steven Workman (Senior Physiotherapist)

Steven graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy.  He began his career at Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he worked for 3 years, completing his junior rotations in a variety of specialist areas, including musculoskeletal (GP and Consultant referral), Hands, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and he also spent time working in neurology and respiratory.  He subsequently spent 4 years working as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist based out of Sunderland Royal Hospital and working out of GP clinics….

Rachel Zibe (Dietitian)

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….

Claire Law (Practice Manager)

Claire is an integral part of our on-going success at Newcastle Physiotherapy. She has outstanding organisational and customer service skills, which creates a wonderful environment for our staff and clients.  and  graduated HND surface pattern from batley school of art and design but continued to work within customer service industry while studying. Claire relocated to

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Debs Bone (Receptionist)

Debs thrives in her role as part-time receptionist at Newcastle Physiotherapy as she has a particular talent in making clients feel welcome and at home during their time with us.

Outside of her reception work, Debs is a practicing Beauty and Holistic Therapist and Freelance Make-Up Artist, specialising in Skin Camouflage. She is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher and a Registered Karuna Reiki Master Teacher so has a naturally caring nature and genuine interest in healthcare. In-fact, Debs has spent time as a British Red Cross volunteer offering her time and services on weekends.

In her spare time she enjoys yoga, Pilates and meeting friends and family for meals out.