Glenn studied Physiotherapy in Melbourne, Australia, graduating over 10 years ago. He gained a post-graduate scholarship to further enhance his skills and completed a further year of direct clinical tuition under one of Australia’s leading clinicians. Glenn then gained a further scholarship to study the clinical effectiveness of the Pilates Method. Following this, Glenn co-foundered the world renowned “Modified Pilates Rehabilitation Program” and now lectures worldwide on its effectiveness.
Over the last 10 years Glenn has lectured internationally, worked extensively in private practice, Sports Physiotherapy and Orthopaedics in both Australia and the UK. Glenn currently consults to a number of premier league football clubs, the British Bobsleigh Association, local Athletics clubs and travelling sporting teams from Australia. Furthermore, Glenn is now considered one of London’s premier physiotherapists in the rehabilitation of acute and chronic spinal pain, working very closely with many leading surgeons on both pre and post operative rehabilitation programs.
Glenn is now the vice-chair of the Assoc. of Chartered Physiotherapists in Exercise therapy (ACPET) involved in setting standards for exercise therapy in the physiotherapy industry. Glenn was nominated for the ‘Physiotherapist of the year’ award in 2007. In 2002, Glenn opened the first Pilates and Physiotherapy Centre in Hampstead. Glenn is currently the residing Clinical Director of the three APPI Centres in Hampstead, Wimbledon and Kensal Rise. He currently consults out of Hampstead.
Spinal Injuries – acute and chronic
Pelvis, Hip and Knee injuries
In his spare time, Glenn most loves spending time with his family, Elisa and their children. Glenn has always enjoyed participating at a high level in sports including basketball, triathlon and marathon running. Glenn’s main goal – a sub 3 hour marathon!
Elisa graduated, with honors, from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. While studying Physiotherapy, Elisa also trained as a classical ballerina. During this time, she developed a keen interest in the dance medicine and Pilates rehabilitation. Soon after graduation, and with the backing of an international scholarship, Elisa travelled to the UK where she underwent intensive training into the Pilates method. Recognizing the potential role of Pilates rehabilitation in the clinical setting, Elisa, along with Glenn Withers, developed the Modified Pilates program and co-founded the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). The APPI is now internationally recognized as a leader in Pilates teacher training for health professionals. Over the past ten years, Elisa has developed her clinical skills in the fields of dance medicine, having worked with both the Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet. Elisa, along with her colleague Glenn Withers, have also answered the call for unique Physiotherapy and Pilates centres by opening centres in Hampstead, Kilburn and Wimbledon.
Elisa has broad experience in all areas of Dance medicine, including dance assessments, pointe assessments, acute dance and longer term rehabilitation of dance injuries and ‘side stage’ Physiotherapy.
Elisa very much treasures spending time with her expanding family of 4! She also loves the ballet, theatre, long distance running and travelling and swimming in the sea whenever she has the opportunity.
Chartered Physiotherapist, MCSP, MHPC
“Training the elite population is an absolute privilege as both a trainer and a physiotherapist. To witness elite athletes take a backward step from injury and then have them rise up over adversity to dominate at the top of their sport once again really is fulfilling”
David is a unique specialist in the fact he works both as a strength and conditioner and a physiotherapist. He has had over 8 years within the sporting industry and initially graduated from the University of Wollongong with an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise and Science. David has worked both with individuals and elite sporting teams within the industry including basketball, hockey, cricket, track and field, rugby, football, gymnastics and surfing.
After training many elite individuals at this level, injury can occur as a result of high training loads and David decided to further his knowledge in this area. He went on to study his postgraduate qualification completing his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2007. His physiotherapy experience stems from rehabilitation with the general population and with National level athletes of which he finds his greatest passion.
Post surgical injuries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
Strength and Conditioning Programs including (strength, power, agility, flexibility, fitness)
David enjoys a variety of different sports including surfing, football, snowboarding, rockclimbing, resistance training, olympic lifting.
He also finds enjoyment from rehabilitating individuals ranging from Olympic level athletes to your average office worker as everyone has a special story to tell. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if the patient is working full time or training full time, their schedule is fundamentally based on their lifestyle and aimed at seeing them return to their true passion.
Sport has always been a part of my life and I love seeking new adventures from any walk in life. Whether that be surfing the ideal wave or lifting my personal best weight in the gym, I pride myself on getting results through hard work and discipline. I have found that disciplining yourself through consistent goal setting every day, helps drive one’s journey of successfully attaining what it is you want out of life”
Certified Pilates Instructor
Natalie is a Western Australian trained musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who began her journey with movement at the mere age of 5. Having a natural affiliation with movement, she trained in many forms of dance from a young age going on to continue to train, teach and choreograph dance into her mid 20's. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame in Perth, Western Australia, and soon after began to study the Pilates method. After moving to Melbourne to study dance full time, Natalie became a Certified Rehabilitation Instructor with Polestar Pilates and this is where she began to work extensively with clients experiencing a range of musculoskeletal conditions as well with others looking to enhance performance in their chosen sports both recreationally and professionally.
In 2013 Natalie moved to London where she has joined the APPI team both as a clinician and a presenter and in the past three years, a member of the English National Ballet Dance Medicine team where she is thrilled to work with wonderfully talented athletes and further develop her interests in Dance Medicine . Natalie is a passionate teacher and enjoys seeing her diverse clients gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to see them achieve their personal movement goals.
MCSP MSc MMACP
Senior Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Sarah Lindsey [née Hancock] is an experienced Neuromusculoskeletal
Physiotherapist with specialist interest in Spinal and Sports Injuries, Manual
Therapy and Sport Rehabilitation.
Sarah has been committed to all things musculoskeletal since she was 6 years old and she began her disciplined career as a gymnast. In 1995, her career as a gymnast and gymnastics coach merged seamlessly into a BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation & Sports Science at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham - graduating in 1998. Sarah’s BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy followed swiftly - awarded in 2002 from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Experience in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy was gained in the beautiful Cotswolds and then the green pastures of Devon, both in the NHS and private practice.
In 2009, Sarah travelled to Cape Town to support her husband’s work in a hospital in a poor township area. Their return to the UK was planned in order for Sarah to undertake an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at King’s College London. Meanwhile, Sarah’s love for gymnastics continued;
Sarah managed to coach gymnastics alongside private practice work in the City
Paul comes from a theatre and dance background and is originally from a small town up north called Leigh where he had the classic Billy Elliot upbringing. Paul toured the country in many musicals and spent 7 years in the musical Starlight Express.
Paul has practised Pilates as part of his dance training since he was young. On leaving theatre he began teaching Pilates and discovered that he had a passion for that too! Paul is currently in his 3rd Year at University studying for a Degree in Physiotherapy.
Laura graduated from the University of Birmingham with honours in a physiotherapy degree in 2012. She spent two years gaining a broad range of experience in the hospital setting within the NHS. Alongside this she developed her private practice, teaching extensive modified pilates classes. In 2014, Laura moved to London to pursue a career in paediatric physiotherapy at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust. Having spent this time developing her specialist knowledge and skills, Laura’s passion for working with children and young people has grown tremendously. Laura has a wealth of experience working with little ones; from premature babies through to teenagers, each with their own unique qualities and challenges. She has accompanied this with part time work at APPI teaching pilates and seeing children whenever she gets chance! Laura is undertaking the exciting challenge of setting up a more extensive paediatric service at the clinic at Hampstead APPI.
In her own time Laura enjoys the benefits of pilates and yoga to support her netball, running and swim training. Laura loves the outdoors and squeezes time in to work with Phab Kids supporting young people on their inclusive living experiences.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPHTY), MCSP, MHCPC
Anna graduated from Otago University in New Zealand in 2007. She worked in the public sector in NZ before moving to the UK in 2010. Initially she worked in Orthopaedics within both the NHS and private hospitals. This has given her a wider base of knowledge in complex cases and pre and post-operative management. Since being in the UK she has broadened her skillset further by completing her APPI Pilates training in both mat and reformer. This has been extended further by training in Pre and Post-Natal Pilates.
Anna treats all areas of the body but has a special interest in spinal rehabilitation, back pain, and post-operative rehabilitation. She enjoys working with clients to achieve optimal results and a return to their activities in better form.
Anna enjoys travelling and exploring new places, walking and continuing to challenge her own Pilates practice. Having recently become a mother Anna understands time constrains of busy lifestyles, but also the importance of keeping up your personal health and wellbeing in order to maintain a happy and balanced lifestyle.
Todd, a recent London transplant, has been teaching Pilates in San Francisco since 2007. His comprehensive Pilates course training was with BASI and the Ron Fletcher program of study.
Todd’s background in movement includes ongoing experience as a Mysore Ashtanga practitioner and teacher. In addition, Todd has expertise in soft tissue release using the A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques) methodology. Todd found this combined body of work through his own personal imbalance and rehabilitation from his days of skiing fast, crashing hard and riding an office chair as a desk jockey. Todd had to focus on proper posture, learn to avoid unhealthy movement patterns and uneven engagement or continue down a path of physical pain and suffering.
Through Todd’s own healing, the guidance of many world class teachers, and hard work he has developed the ability to give to others the gifts that have helped him remove physical blockages and approach his body’s ability to thrive in balance.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPHTY), MCSP, Certified Pilates Instructor
Women's Health Physiotherapist
Emily is a Stott-certified Pilates instructor and yoga teacher. With extensive professional experience in counseling and yoga, Emily has specialized in Pilates since 2011, having studied prenatal Pilates with Lynne Robinson, postnatal Pilates with Rachael Rafier, and Pilates for Scoliosis with Karena Thek.
Emily trained as a yoga instructor in 1994 at the Integral Yoga Institute in Yogaville, Virginia and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. She then embarked on a 9-year career as a clinical social worker in New York City, where she taught and practiced yoga in addition to working as a counselor. Since moving to London in 2009 and raising two young children she has focused on teaching and exploring the effects physical and behavioral practices have on emotional health and wellbeing. Emily has also completed Triyoga’s Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training and Hypnobirthing Training with Katharine Graves.
Alison graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2009. Her first 3 years of practice as a physiotherapist were spent working in hospitals doing rotations. Alison has a passion for women’s health and in 2013 completed her postgraduate studies in exercise for women and made the switch to Private physiotherapy work. Her areas of specialty are antenatal and postnatal musculoskeletal disorders, including spinal pain, pelvic pain and diastasis of rectus abdominus and pelvic floor management.
Her passion is helping women throughout the lifespan continue to stay fit and active. Pilates is a big part of Alison’s management and she has studied the Pilates method in Melbourne, New York and now here in London. A passionate traveller, runner and yogi she practices what she preaches and is very motivated to help people live and move with ease.
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2009. Upon graduating Erin moved to Sydney where she worked in a private musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice specialising mainly in the assessment and treatment of dancers. Obtaining her Mat Pilates qualifications while at University Erin has taught clinical pilates classes for over 9 years.
Erin uses a variety of manual therapy techniques to achieve great results with clients from dry needling to fascial releases and mobilisations. Having trained in the LJ Lee Thoracic Ring approach Erin has a particular interest in treating necks and backs. From her extensive work with dancers she also has interest in the foot, ankle, and hip. Erin is fascinated with the biomechanics of the human body and regularly attends courses to ensure she is up to date with the latest Physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques.
In her spare time Erin loves getting out and about on her bike and discovering all London has to offer. She enjoys baking and traveling and has recently qualified as a marriage celebrant to officiate the weddings of her close friends and family.
Gemma graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2009. Gemma has gained vast experience of working in the U.K in the NHS and private sector, in a variety of settings including multidisciplinary rehabilitation units, musculoskeletal clinics, and sports settings working with several Rugby union and Rugby sevens teams. Gemma recently has also spent a year working abroad in New Zealand to gain further overseas experience working for a Private Physiotherapy and Pilates clinic. Gemma has gained a broad spectrum of Physiotherapy skills across the three core areas of Physiotherapy (musculoskeletal, neurology and respiratory), which enables her to have a very holistic approach. Gemma’s particular areas of interest are sports injuries, rehabilitation, and cancer rehabilitation.
Gemma’s passion for sport and exercise lead her into a career of Physiotherapy and it is this keen interest in exercise therapy that has led her to Pilates. Gemma has completed many of the APPI courses and continues to build upon her skills. She recently has trained to be an APPI presenter. She is also trained in Acupuncture and Myofascial Release therapy which she uses to complement her manual Physiotherapy skills and exercise therapy. Gemma additionally is a PINC cancer rehabilitation provider.
Gemma loves to travel and live an active lifestyle. She enjoys taking part in many sports such as horse riding, running, and skiing. Since returning from Overseas she is now an Advanced open water PADI diver. This year she hopes to compete in several triathlons, and keep up with all of her other activities.
Hayley is a qualified massage therapist, acupuncturist, reflexologist and Wellbeing Coach. She is a naturalist, a self-care strategist and a passionate advocate of all things good; people, health, food and wellbeing. Hayley has developed an excellent understanding of the complementary health and wellbeing industry over the years, working as a practitioner and trainer in destination spas in the UK, US and India respectively.
Since returning from India, Hayley graduated from the University of Westminster - London in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture and continues her exploration into the effective practice of classical Chinese medicine, developing her learning of tangible acupuncture whereby sensations of achiness, heaviness, pulsating, warmth, tingling or spreading are all normal and can be felt through the needle locally or travel distally to other areas of the body according to the channels.
It was a reoccurring injury from her gymnastic days that was often exacerbated by some long periods of sitting at University that lead Hayley to focus on musculoskeletal disorders and specifically lower back pain, hip health and pain management. Hayley uses a combined skill set of deep tissue massage, acupuncture and functional movement and stretches to support the development of a more agile, less achy body.
Hayley also offers a gentler more relaxing therapeutic massage too focusing on deep relaxation, using the time to work on pressure points and stretch out any tightness.
Hayley believes that regular massage, movement, and other self-care practices pays off; physically, mentally and emotionally. She is invested in wellness and is committed to her own self-care practices, subsequently providing a supportive hand to assist her clients and their wellbeing.
Helen Feeney BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Clinic Manager, Wimbledon
APPI Certified Pilates Instructor
Since graduation in 2007, Helen has enjoyed seven years specialist experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Her career highlight has been working at the London 2012 Olympics where she was based at the Polyclinic in the Athlete’s Village. Her sporting experience extends from working a few seasons with semi-professional rugby club, Rossyln Park, to Charlton Athletics Ladies Football Club.
Helen has an excellent record treating conservatively and surgically managed back, shoulder, knee and ankle pain. Using a variety of treatment techniques such as manual therapy and acupuncture, Helen takes great pride in the facilitation of your return to the activities and lifestyle you enjoy. Treatments are complimented by bespoke home exercise prescriptions which empower you to manage your symptoms independently; or if Pilates is your thing, Matwork or Reformer sessions can be equally as effective at long term symptom management and injury prevention.
Helen is a member of local triathlon club ‘Ful on Tri’ and is a keen tennis player. Having recovered from previous injuries, she has a special interest in getting running and sporting related injuries back on track. She is a passionate advocate of all things exercise and wellbeing related. Her preferred management approach is client-centred and she will listen to your needs and goals every step of the way. Helen enjoys activity holidays and spending time with friends and family.
Bsc (Physiotherapy) Hons
Rachael graduated from Keele University in 2006 with a degree in physiotherapy. Since then she has worked within numerous NHS Trusts including a number of large teaching hospitals in London. Throughout this time she has gained experience in a variety of clinical areas including musculoskeletal, neurology, burns and rehabilitation. By experiencing many different areas she has developed a keen interest in providing a truly holistic approach to assessment and treatment.
Throughout her career Rachael has seen the benefits of exercise and how it can help people recover from and prevent injury, as well as improving strength, flexibility and a feeling of well-being. This is what led her to become trained in APPI Pilates and she believes the connection with being a physiotherapist enhances the benefit to the client due to having the specialist knowledge of the body and rehabilitation.
Outside of work her interests are yoga, horse riding, skiing, travelling and walking her dog!
APPI Certified Pilates Instructor
Monica is a dedicated children’s physiotherapist who has vast experience of working with children of all ages with a huge variety of conditions. She has worked as an effective team member in many multidisciplinary teams in acute and community settings. In her 12 years at GOSH, Monica’s work included Rheumatology, Neurology, Orthopaedics and Respiratory. She took up a specialised role in Chronic fatigue/ME and Mental Health in 2006. Monica then worked in Rheumatology for a year and this led to specialising in Chronic Pain. Since 2015 Monica has been working in the community setting based at a Children’s Therapy Clinic in her local NHS Trust. She’s thriving on working closely with families with complex conditions and providing specialist therapy in clinic, their homes and in their educational setting. In 2015, Monica embarked on her Pilates journey, after years of attending classes, and has now completed APPI Matwork 1, 2 and 3. She has been teaching classes to young people in her NHS role - combining her Pilates teaching with her knowledge of complex disabilities. Monica has a busy life, outside of work, with two young children. She and her family enjoy time on their allotment, going camping and cycling in the park. Monica also enjoys running and completed two marathons in Dublin.
Physiotherapist, MCSP MHCPC
APPI Pilates Instructor
Will studied Physiotherapy at Bournemouth University. Following which he worked within the NHS across a variety of specialist clinical areas. These include: musculoskeletal physiotherapy, oncology, respiratory and orthopaedics. These experiences have allowed Will to develop a rounded approach to physiotherapy and treat a wide variety of clinical presentations.
Alongside his hospital work, he has also enjoyed work athletes and teams, Chelsea Academy FC where he gained experience in the acute assessment and management of sports specific injuries.
Throughout Will’s sporting and physiotherapy career, he has gained a unique perspective on rehabilitation as he has suffered and effectively recovered from a wide variety of nasty injuries. This is what led him to become trained in the APPI Pilates method as he has personally witnessed the benefits of incorporating this into his rehabilitation programme. He enjoys setting collaborative goals with patients in order to help them successfully achieve their own specific rehabilitation or sporting goals and optimise their individual performance.
Will is constantly updating his knowledge and evidence based treatment options by regularly attending extra curricular courses in order for him to be able to utilise these new skills within his treatment sessions.
Outside of work, Will loves spending time with his family and friends. He keeps fit by going to the gym regularly, playing rugby union, 7s and football. He also enjoys playing any sport he can manage to convince his friends to get outdoors and play.
ITEC level 4. MSMA.
Specialises in pregnancy massage
Steve has lived in Wimbledon for nearly 20 years. He is a qualified food scientist, running coach and sports masseur.
He studied at St Mary’s in Twickenham and was fortunate to practice on the elite athletes who train there. A keen sportsman himself he has tried (and injured himself) playing most sports and uses this experience, combined with his studies to determine the best course of action for optimizing the recovery of his clients.
Steve understands the frustration that injuries bring and his main aim is to return people to their favourite activities, be that walking the dog to running marathons in as fast a time as possible. More importantly he works with his clients to ensure that the injury is a one off rather than a repetitive one by providing them with stretches and strengthening exercises to not only aid recovery, but
Adv. Dip. Sport, Remedial & Pregancy Massage, IRSM
Cristina has provided sports massage therapy at Harlequins Rugby Club for 2 years, working alongside the Clubs physiotherapist in providing treatment to the players.
Cristina is specialised in deep tissue, neuromuscular and Active Release Techniques.
Since undertaking her diploma in pregnancy massage Cristina has enjoyed working in the treatment of pre and post natal clients.
Cristina enjoys many sports and has played rugby for the Ladies Wimbledon Rugby Club. She believes exercising and keeping active benefit physical and mental wellbeing.
APPI Certified Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Osteopath
BSc (Clin.Sci) MHSc (Osteo)
Melissa has completed a 5-year double degree of Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Masters in Health Science (Osteopathy) at Victoria University in Melbourne.
Along with helping others she has always had a strong interest in the functioning of the human body, which led her to pursue her osteopathic career. Her enthusiasm for Osteopathy stems from the holistic approach to treatment, and the way it addresses all areas of the body to create balance and alleviate discomfort.
Melissa has had additional training in dry needling techniques and is a certified APPI Pilates instructor and yoga teacher. While striving to tailor her treatment and management to each individual, she aims to ensure clear and concise education to actively involve her patients in their road to recovery.
Melissa treats all areas of the body, but has particular interest in low back pain and sacral dysfunctions, along with neck pain and headaches.
Melissa recently moved to London to pursue her passion for paediatric osteopathy and the care of pre-and post-natal women; and is currently undergoing her post graduate certification in specialised paediatric osteopathy at the BSO.
In her spare time, you will find Melissa maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. If she is not out for run or behind the boat on water skies she will most definitely be in a yoga/pilates studio.