Meet Team TAP

Tom Astley – Lead Physiotherapist

090dde1Tom is the lead physiotherapist, owner and clinical director at Tom Astley physiotherapy. Tom graduated UWIC with a degree in Science in Health, Exercise & Sport which lead him into gaining a further degree in Physiotherapy from Coventry University with a specialist interest in Sports Physiotherapy.

Since graduating in 2008, Tom has worked in both the NHS and private setting specialising the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy treating various acute and chronic conditions using a combination of exercise rehabilitation, manual therapy, and soft tissue therapy.

Tom’s work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine has given him a vast experience in treating a variety of conditions which has lead him to be selected for writing articles in both national and international blog websites including Outside Times Magazine, Sports Tape UK, & Total Women’s Cycling Magazine.

Tom’s has a keen interest in the field of sports physiotherapy and this has led him to work at international multisport competitions including Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Baku 2015 European Games. Tom was based within the busy and dynamic polyclinic within the Athletes’ Villages during Glasgow 2015 and Baku 2015. Since completing these events, Tom has gained his Lubas Medical Sports Trauma Course which he applies to pitch side cover in team sports nationally.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys staying fit and healthy by attending the gym, partaking in football tournaments and road cycling with friends. The interests he holds outside of work drive him to help other achieve their goals. In rehabilitation, setting goals and achieving them is a crucial component to succeeding.

 

Paddy ConnollyPaddy Connolly  -Physiotherapist

Originally from Cork in the South of Ireland, Paddy Connolly studied physiotherapy at St. George’s University of London, graduating in 2012. He then worked at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals, spending over a year in orthopaedics before becoming a Specialist musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Throughout this time, he paired his NHS role with work at several different sports teams such as Crystal Palace FC and Harlequins Rugby League, before becoming Head Physiotherapist at London Skolars, a semi-professional rugby league club.

At the end of 2015, he became Head of Academy and First Team Physiotherapist at London Broncos, a full-time professional rugby league team. There, he treats and manages elite athletes daily, who represent countries such as England, Wales, Scotland and France.

Paddy has a strong passion for all sporting conditions, having worked with a range of different sports. However he has a special interest in knee injuries both sporting and post-operative, particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Having treated and managed those ranging from ‘weekend warriors’ to professional players, he understands the need for a tailored approach for each individual.

 

Hannah Carmichael – Physiotherapist & Pilates Trained [Mat Work Level I]

Hannah graduated from King’s College London in 2010 and worked within both the NHS and private clinic settings gaining experience in treating a range of chronic and acute  musculoskeletal injury. Hannah treats all patients in a holistic approach to pain and injury management with an emphasis on re-training correct movement patterns. Hannah has completed the Mat Work Level I Pilates qualification with Balanced Body and likes to use Pilates as a treatment approach for restoring optimum movement in injury situations. Hanna’s past experience in sport working within rugby & private practice means she is experienced at dealing with complex sports injury rehab in both an acute and chronic scenario.

Hannah has always enjoyed training for multi sport events, most pertinently she enjoyed cycling across France for the Motor Neuron Disease Association in 2015 and completing part of Lands End to John O’Groats for Headway – The Brain Injury Association in 2016.

 

Becs Van De Scheur – Physiotherapist & Pilates Trained [Mat Work Level I]

F rom the East Coast of Australia, Bec graduated with a Degree in Human Movement Science before going on to complete her studies as a Physiotherapist in which she graduated in 2012 from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

With a background in private practice and aged care Bec enjoys working with individuals of all ages and all sporting backgrounds placing a large emphasis on education, with an aim to empower individuals by providing them with the skills they require to take ownership over their own health.

With a keen interest in holistic management and pain science Bec believes in offering a combination of hands on therapy and individualised exercise prescription.  Bec has completed her Level 1 Mat work Pilates training and also offers Dry needling and Western acupuncture techniques when indicated.

 

Michael Hooper – Podiatry & Biomechanical Assessment Lead

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Michael  Qualified from Southampton University with a Podiatry degree in 2006. After qualifying Michael was offered a prestigious position in the local NHS in Southampton where he gained experience in all aspects of podiatry. Michael went on to be the lead clinician in the ‘At risk Foot team’ helping prevent mainly diabetic patients from having amputations associated with the complications that diabetes can bring.

In 2008 Michael then left the NHS to go and work for the one of the worlds leading and UKs largest orthotic manufacturer. Where he was the lead podiatrist for nearly 5 years. In his role there he helped to develop products and an educational programme, which he delivered to thousands of UK and healthcare professionals.

Michael has also delivered this educational programme internationally from Portugal to Saudi Arabia. Michael also carried out a number of clinics at some of the UKs largest employers such as BAE systems and coca cola.

At the start of 2013 Michael left LBG Medical and started working in Full time private practice in a number of clinics across London treating a wide range of lower limb and podiatric conditions. His main focus is on human movement and analysing people’s gait concentrating on musculoskeletal conditions.