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….

Andy Shea (Clinical Specialist)

Andy grew up in North Wales until moving to Cardiff in 1998 to begin his degree in Physiotherapy. After qualifying in 2001, he started work at the University Hospital of Wales. In 2005, a move into fulltime professional rugby paved the way for his involvement with the Wales U19 squad and Cardiff Blues 1st team. After gaining his Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy in 2007, Andy continued working with Cardiff Blues through a very successful period in the club’s history where they won the EDF trophy and Amlin European Challenge Cup.

Emma Jardine (Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist)

Emma Jardine qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003, and since 2006 has specialised in Women’s Health both in the NHS and in private practice.  In order to achieve registration with the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Clinical Interest Group, Emma has completed her Masters degree in continence and ante- / post-natal care.  She has also published some of her research on management of menopausal symptoms.

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….

Christina Finlay (Senior Physiotherapist)

Christina graduated with a 1st class honours degrees in physiotherapy in 2012 and has spent the past 6 years working across private practice, sport, occupational health and community NHS settings.  Christina’s proudest sports physiotherapy achievement is working as part of the England Touch Rugby Medical team at the European Championships and hopes to travel to Malaysia with the team for the forthcoming Touch Rugby World Cup. Working in this environment has honed Christina’s skills in the management and treatment of acute sporting injuries which enables her to ensure that clients rehabilitate from injury as quickly as possible.

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,

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