Meet the Team
We pride ourselves on our team of professional individuals whose knowledge, experience and skills complement each other perfectly. We’ve been working together for over ten years now which goes to show what a success the investment in finding the right people has been.
Dr Graham Theobald, BSc (Hons), MPhil, MSST, PhD
Clinical Director, Lead Clinician and Clinical Educator
Musculoskeletal/Knee Specialist, Special Area of Clinical Interest – knee pain and associated dysfunction
Graham graduated initially with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Central Lancashire. He has lived in the Lakes since the late 1980’s and has a rich local history working with athletes over the past 15 years. He has completed 10 Ironman triathlons and is a self confessed compulsive obsessive cyclist.
Graham completed his Doctorate (PhD) in 2015 which looked at various treatment protocols for cycling specific knee pain in elite and experienced cyclists. Using the latest 3D biomechanical technology he has pushed the boundaries of current knowledge. This means he sees a lot of cyclists and runners with knee pain in clinic and is known for his specialist work in this area. He combines his clinical work with unique bike fitting skills (see Bikefit section).
Graham has published papers with various well respected scientific journals (link to Researchgate), has presented at the 2014-17 pre Tour de France scientific conference, the Cycling Science conference in Colorado Springs, The Science of Cycling conference in Varese, Italy, and is a contributor on the Patello-femoral pain Consensus group which meets bi-annually to produce a BJSM consensus statement. He is also a reviewer for two prominent scientific journals. Consequently, his work in this specialist area is recognised both locally, nationally and now internationally. He is also a regular contributor to Cycling Weekly and MBR magazines on a variety of topics.
Academia: Graham lectures at Uclan on the MSc in Sports Medicine programme and has recently accepted a 3 year honorary lecturer post at the University of Salford where he teaches and examines both Masters and Doctorate level students.
Roxy Berkeley, BSc (Hons), MSc (Sports Medicine) MSST
Sports and Musculoskeletal Therapist
Special Area of Clinical Interest – The Shoulder
Prior to gaining her degree in Sports Therapy at UClan, Roxy spent placement time here at The Body Rehab as well as helping the physio team at Barrow Raiders Rugby Club. It was during this time that we realised her existing and potential skills, and the rest is history – Roxy has been with us pretty much from the start. Anyone who has been treated by Roxy will know of her high level of knowledge and superb patient interaction.
Alongside her extensive experience across the entire musculoskeletal system, Roxy has a special clinical interest in the shoulder and is actively involved in research of this complicated area of therapy. She regularly attends shoulder workshops across the UK and has plans to progress her specialty. She is actively involved in our clinically based research programmes which include writing and submitting scientific papers for peer review. Roxy has worked with Professor Lennard Funk and retains close links with both him and his specialist services. She was trained by Professor Funk in diagnostic ultrasound of the shoulder.
Roxy completed her Masters (MSc) in Sports Medicine at UcLan which she worked very hard for and achieved a distinction in.
Over the years, Roxy has gained a love of outdoor activities. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the Lakes in the form of running, walking, scrambling and climbing. She has had coaching in climbing, swimming, golf and canoeing to enhance her understanding of each individual activity and apply it to her clinical work. She is also an excellent photographer.
Roxy has two young children who keep her very busy outside of her clinic time. She remains one of our most trusted and experienced clinicians.
Anna Hargreaves, BSc (Hons), MSST
Sports and Musculoskeletal Therapist
Anna graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Sports Therapy in 2013. After graduating she became the Sports Therapist at the semi-professional rugby club at Rossendale. Here she provides first aid, injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all the first Team players. She also works with a triathlon and athletics club, a personal training gym, professional boxers and has gradually built up her own client base in Rossendale where she undertakes home visits when not at The Body Rehab.
Anna joined the team in 2015 as a well-respected clinician. She brings a depth of knowledge to the clinic and a fresh approach that adds to the diverse nature of the existing clinical setup. Her areas of special clinical interest involve neurodynamics and acute/traumatic injury rehab.
Scout Adkin, BSc (Hons), MCSP
After graduating from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scout worked as a rotational physiotherapist at York NHS Teaching Hospital. Here she worked with a number of multidisciplinary teams in a range of clinical areas. These included stroke, care of the elderly and respiratory where she gained a broad range of skills. She then moved to a static post working as a Musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the outpatient department. She independently managed a busy caseload treating a wide range of conditions, injuries and rehabilitating patients post orthopedic surgery. She led a number of gym rehabilitation classes and the osteoarthritis cohort management group and was involved in a number of departmental projects.
Whilst still working for the NHS she also worked in a private physiotherapy practice to further develop and expand her experience and knowledge in this area.
Scout is a keen fell runner and transfers a lot of her personal experience and knowledge of the sport, including learning from injuries and training mistakes, into her practice as a physiotherapist. Planning, goal-setting and regular re-evaluation of her training has allowed her to take a holistic, goal-centred approach to her practice. She is a motivated and enthusiastic physiotherapist, continually striving to improve her practice to deliver a high quality service.
Christie Byrne, BSc (Hons), MCSP
Christie graduated in 2014 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Central Lancashire. Following this, she worked as a rotational physiotherapist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where she gained a broad range of skills in areas such as orthopeadics, musculoskeletal outpatients, intensive care, medicine and elderly rehabilitation. She then went on to specialise in musculoskeletal outpatients at Queen Victoria Hospital Blackpool and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Christie is also qualified in providing Pilates based exercises after completing her APPI Matwork Level one and two.
Christie has worked for the past 5 years as the Lead Physiotherapist at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. Here she provides pitch side first aid, injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all the senior teams.
With her passion for working within the sporting environment, she has used her skills working with Sedbergh School to support the Rugby Super Tens Tournament and the Sedbergh School Easter and Summer Courses. As well as providing physiotherapy, sports massage and taping at the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day in the Lake District.
Christie has lived in the Lakes all her life and enjoys spending her free time fell walking. She has recently found a new interest in Crossfit and strives to improve her own functional fitness. Crossfit also enables her to develop a further understanding of how the strength and conditioning can be used within clinical practice. She is a compassionate, hardworking and enthusiastic Physiotherapist and continually dedicates her time to improving her practice to deliver the best quality care for her clients.
Lucy Downham BSc (Hons), MSc (Physio), MCSP
Lucy completed her Masters in Physiotherapy at Cumbria University and prior to this studied her undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds in Sports Science and Physiology. Her degree research was focussed around sport performance and injury, looking at the biomechanical contribution to wear rates of hip prostheses during a golf swing. Alongside this looking at the prevention and injury rate of ankle sprains in fell runners in her Masters degree.
Prior to working at The Body Rehab Lucy worked in a nursing home which involved patients with a variety of neurological conditions, on rotation in the NHS at the RLI, and in private practice in Lancaster with a focus on functional exercise and return to sport rehab.
Lucy’s interests have always been around improving athlete performance and promoting a holistic approach to healthy living. This is something she embodies in day to day life. Her interests lie in outdoor activities. Climbing has taken her all over the UK and to some beautiful places across the world. Since being back in the Lake District, fell running has become her mainstay hobby competing in local and ultra-distance races. Lucy loves to swim in the lakes all year round and you will find her in the mountains most weekends. Other interests include cycling and cross-fit.
Lucy has also completed her level 1-3 APPI Pilates qualifications and enjoys incorporating this into her practice.
Sarah Tunstall, Physiotherapist
Sarah graduated as a Physiotherapist from York St. John University in 2007 and embarked straight away working in a Musculoskeletal setting in Penrith whilst also gaining experience offering Physio support for her local Upper Eden Rugby team. A keen and competitive runner she then started working alongside a Fellrunning specialist Physiotherapist in Lancashire where she gained much experience within private practice and developed her practical skills and understanding of many sports, especially running, related injuries. Having spent recent years based in the French Alps, she has juggled her Physiotherapy career with racing competitively on the World and European Mountain Running circuit and has also been a regular face in the GB team over the past 14 years.
On moving back to her Cumbrian roots, she finds herself in the South Lakes and is excited to join The Body Rehab team. Sarah offers experience and knowledge gained from a wide range of Physiotherapy settings from leading SkiFit classes and Trail Running prehab sessions to working clinically in the home of the UTMB in Chamonix, France. Sarah has worked alongside many athletes and is passionate about injury prevention. She uses a hands-on treatment approach and strives to work with the individual to find a long-term management solution for many Musculoskeletal problems.
With 18yrs in the beauty industry, Linda took her passion for massage a step further to qualify in Sports Massage Level 3 & 4 and is a current member of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO).
Linda works in conjunction with our therapists in the interim rehab of longer term conditions. She also provides pre and post-event massage and maintenance sessions to improve flexibility and mobilisation.
Linda spends her spare time taking advantage of walking in the Lakes and keeping fit and strong with the aid of Crossfit and running around after two children.
Linda also takes part each year at SILVA Great Lakeland 3 day event offering pre and post-sports massage.
Mike retired from the Police after 30 years in service. Loving nothing more than pushing himself to the limits, Mike is an endurance trail runner, cycling enthusiast and skier.
Since starting his running career in 2012, Mike has completed many half and full marathons before embarking on ultra-running distances. Over recent years he has competed in the South Downs Way 50, Lakeland 100, Lakes in a Day, OCC in Chamonix, French Alps as part of the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc series and most recently The Spine Race, Britain’s most brutal foot race taking in all 268 miles of the Pennine Way.
Mike knows all too well how combining a physically and mentally demanding career, with a very active lifestyle – and being a busy dad – can take its toll on the body. Mike has always believed in the power of massage to help his body, and therefore his mental health, to spring back to optimum performance. Having regular bodywork treatment himself over the years, has only given him first-hand experience and understanding of the full benefits and relief gained from it.
But it was during rehabilitation after ankle surgery early in his running career that Mike experienced the true benefits of sports massage. His ongoing drive to keep fit and active was behind his drive to become a Sports Therapist.
Mike gained a Level 3 and subsequently Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (ITEC) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He has also qualified in sports taping and strapping at St Mary’s and completed his qualification in medical acupuncture at OMT Training, London.
Mike is extremely passionate about working with clients to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. His regular clients are runners, rugby players, footballers, cyclists and triathletes.
Laura works in conjunction with our therapists in the interim rehab of longer term conditions. She also provides pre and post-event massage and maintenance sessions to improve flexibility and mobilisation.
Laura is friendly, energetic, and hardworking with a desire to help others. She has always been an advocate for sport with her biggest passion being hockey.
Whilst currently enjoying her 2nd year of studying Physiotherapy at the University of Cumbria, Laura decided to combine her interests in sports, health, and well-being by qualifying in L3 Sports Massage and L3 Personal Training.
Growing up in the Lake District, Laura spends her spare time walking, climbing, camping, and generally enjoying the mountains. Originally a keen road biker she has discovered a love for gravel and mountain biking.
Jo Rycroft, BSc (Hons), BASES, BACPR
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Jo has extensive experience working with world-renowned cardiologists and oncologists, having delivered exercise prescription in clinics in Harley Street. She is also an Associate Lecturer at UCLan on the Sports Medicine Masters Programme.
As a keen cyclist and fell runner, Jo spends most her free time out in the Lakes and Dales.
- BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) Accredited Exercise Practitioner
- BACPR (British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation) Level 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructor
- Wright Foundation Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor
- BSc Sport Science and Physiology – First Class Honours
Running Technique Coaching and Sports Massage
Paul is a running coach with a wealth of experience in technique coaching, scientific support and provision of training programmes. His one-to-one sessions are designed for all runners from beginner to elite-level athletes who would like to learn the skill of running more naturally and efficiently.
Your first session with Paul would involve the identification of any potential strength and mobility issues, video analysis of your running technique and foot function followed by one-to-one coaching to improve your running skill. A customised training programme is provided.
Paul is also a certified Sports Massage Therapist trained in deep tissue massage and myofascial release as well as pre and post-event treatments. These treatments are designed to relax and condition muscles, improving mobility and circulation while reducing movement-related pain and discomfort.
Paul can be contacted directly on 07960470415, or please feel free to contact Di at Clinic on 01539822746 with any enquiries. Also see his personal website for further information https://www.missinglinkcoaching.co.uk/
Christina is profoundly involved in cycling, both as an athlete and through many years of work in the cycling industry. She has raced for an elite team in various cycling disciplines, including cyclocross, road racing and time trialling, which has afforded her an appreciation of how the correct bike fit can impact performance and comfort. She thoroughly enjoys a long day of riding in the Lake District with multiple café stops and will happily chat for hours about Cumbria’s best climbs! She has a vested interest in working together to find the right bike setup for you, taking into account objectives, cycling history, physiology and previous injuries.
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Christina completed her MSc (Distinction) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Leeds Beckett University before joining the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENR) as a Graduate Registrant. She also holds a BSc (First Class) in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University. Her MSc thesis looked into the Nutritional Practices of Endurance Cyclists, her key interest, and she is currently working on a publication in this area. Christina is also a UK Anti-Doping Advisor.
She has worked with athletes of varying levels and ages, competing in a number of sports, including cyclists, triathletes, ultra-runners, and rugby players.
Steven Vaughan MSc MBPsS
Sport & Exercise Psychology
Steve completed his MSc in Psychology (Distinction) at the University of Stirling before going on to gain an MSc in Sport Psychology (Distinction) from Liverpool John Moores University. He is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at LJMU where his research focuses on thoughts and thought processes of endurance athletes.
Following a career in NHS management, Steve embarked on a career change and has been working with individuals involved in various different sports including cycling, triathlon, snowboarding and martial arts. His practice centres around individual needs by working collaboratively to focus on aligning well-being, exercise and sporting needs.
In his spare time Steve is a keen triathlete, cyclist and skier as well as an explorer of hills and mountains. He lives in Kendal and is in the process of ‘collecting the Wainwrights’. He has been lucky enough to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as well as explore some of the Himalayan foothills in Nepal. In the past Steve was a Great Britain Age-group triathlete and his own goals aim towards doing this again.
Di has been involved with the clinic from its conception and is integral to the smooth running and success of the business. She meets and greets the clients and does all the background work which keeps the clinic on it’s feet.
Di is passionate about customer satisfaction and the provision of a first class clinical experience for all clients. She is the cornerstone of our operations and annoyingly efficient!