Meet Team TAP

Tom Astley – Lead Physiotherapist

Tom 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, Baku 2015 European Games and London 2017 IAAF world championships. Tom has also worked internationally with elite level athletes within GB Parasnowsport, GB Bobsleigh, and currently with England Touch Rugby. At junior level, Tom works with Norwich City FC academy players covering pitch side when the academy play in London.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys staying fit and healthy by attending the gym, partaking in football tournaments, completing road cycling challenges and playing golf with friends. The interests he holds outside of work drive him to help other achieve their goals.

 

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.

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