Meet the team
The Circle Physiotherapy team consists of an multidisciplinary team of experienced physiotherapists and specialised therapists.
Serena Clarke MCSP, Senior Physiotherapist
Nick Cleverton, Senior Physiotherapist
Nick is an ex-professional ballet dancer, graduating from the Royal Ballet School. During his professional career he performed both nationally and internationally with The Birmingham Royal Ballet, London City Ballet and Scottish Ballet, finally succumbing to chronic knee injury and retiring late 2004.
Prior to retraining as a physiotherapist, Nick undertook qualifications in sports and remedial massage, personal training and clinical referral exercise. He initially worked in the health and fitness industry training clients with wide ranging abilities and spent two years managing a lifestyle team and exercise referral scheme for a sports centre in the South West.
Nick has gained elite sports experience working six seasons as the sports masseur for the England 16 Rugby Team, working closely with the team doctor and physiotherapist, alongside which he also worked in private practice.
Nick has an interest in dance and sports physiotherapy gaining pre-season experience with premiership rugby side Bath rugby prior to joining CircleBath in 2012, and is the physiotherapist for the sports and dance injury clinic at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
Heather Foster, Senior Physiotherapist
Heather’s first career was as an Army Officer where she represented the army in running, squash and riding. Her love of Sport led her to train as a physiotherapist and to graduate from Southampton University in 1998.
Having completed her clinical rotations in the NHS she re-joined the Army and was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps where she travelled extensively providing Physiotherapy support to service personnel including elite sportsmen and women. She also deployed to various locations in the World in support of UK, UN and NATO forces. She had the honour of serving at the Defence Services Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Headley Court, which aims to return all those Service personnel who have been injured to full fitness.
Leaving the Army on the birth of her son, Heather then owned and managed her own Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic before joining Circle Bath in 2010. Heather also works as a Clinical Specialist providing Outpatient Orthopaedic support to the Circle Bath Orthopaedic Consultants.
Heather has also completed specialised training in the assessment and treatment of sporting children and adolescents. She is passionate about providing quality treatment for this specialised group of patients and is on the UK Musculoskeletal Committee of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.
Jo Gotley, Physiotherapy Lead
Jo graduated in physiotherapy from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge 1985. She has had a continuous career in physiotherapy ever since and has specialised in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries since 1988. She started her career at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton in London before moving to the South West where she worked at the RUH in Bath and then Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
Jo moved into the private sector working at the BUPA hospital in Bristol before starting her own private practice in Keynsham in1994. She ran a successful practice for 18 years enjoying the mix of clinical work and business management. She joined the team at Circle Bath in early 2012.
Throughout her career Jo has continued with regular training and has enjoyed the consistently developing world of physiotherapy. In that time she has developed an interest in treating spinal problems, whiplash injuries and headaches. Her approach is mainly hands-on manual therapy and she enjoys dealing with the complex issues that are often involved with long-term injuries such as headaches, tennis elbow, back pain and whiplash and enjoys the challenge of trying to help people who have not been helped with other treatment approaches.
Jo became Physiotherapy Lead at Circle Bath in September 2013 and is thoroughly enjoying using her mix of clinical and business skills to continue to with the development of a dynamic and skilled team.
Rafal Gryglas, Physiotherapy Assistant
Claire Hall, Hand Physiotherapist
Claire is a Clinical Specialist Hand Physiotherapist at Circle Bath. After completing a BSc in Physiotherapy in Cardiff in 1993, Claire worked for 3 years at Salisbury District Hospital gaining experience in Burns, Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedics and Hand Rehabilitation.
She then travelled to Georgetown, Guyana where she worked for VSO for two years, working in a busy public hospital treating a variety of conditions, including many traumatic hand injuries. While in Guyana Claire also had the opportunity to work with the Guyanese and West Indies Cricket teams.
On her return to the UK in 1998, Claire took up a position as Senior Physiotherapist at Frenchay Hand Centre in Bristol, treating acute and chronic hand conditions, post- operative hands - both trauma and elective surgery and paediatrics, including congenital hands. While at Frenchay Claire gained experience in management as Deputy Superintendent Physiotherapist as well as completing a leadership and management course.
Claire joined the Circle Bath team in early 2012 and has since also become part of the Inpatient Physiotherapy team.
Dave Hepburn, Senior Physiotherapist
Dave Graduated from the Bath School of Physiotherapy in 1993. After working for three years in the NHS he fulfilled his ambition of joining the Army and served in the Royal Army medical Corps as a physiotherapist; specialising in musculo-skeletal rehabilitation and helping to deliver the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Plan. His time in the Army saw him provide first line physiotherapy services in Aldershot, Hereford, Germany and at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.
His experiences serving as a physiotherapy officer in a variety of operational settings such Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan have further developed his hands on and rehabilitation skills. His last four years in the Army were spent serving as a Medical Support Officer, in a healthcare management role.
Dave’s special interests lie in spinal and lower limb rehabilitation and his time dealing with injured service personnel who, at times, present with multiple complex injuries have helped to hone his clinical abilities.
After 18 years of service he joined the in-patient and out-patient teams at CircleBath in March 2015, and is also assisting Mr Burwell in his post-op hip arthroplasty clinics.
Darren James, Deputy Physiotherapy Lead
Darren is the Deputy Lead for the Circle Bath Physiotherapy Department. He specializes in musculoskeletal outpatients and sports physiotherapy, and has been with Circle Bath since its opening in 2010.
Darren qualified from the University of the West of England in 2005 and began his physiotherapy career working with Torquay United Football Club as the first team physiotherapist where he spent two very busy seasons managing all the medical needs of the players.
He then spent a further two years in a busy private hospital physiotherapy department, primarily treating musculoskeletal outpatient and orthopaedics inpatients in Salisbury. Alongside which he continued to work with semi-professional football clubs in the South-West and running musculoskeletal outpatient clinics in several leisure centres.
During London 2012 Paralympic Games, Darren provided physiotherapy to the athletes and coaches.
Darren is working alongside Mr Andrew Chambler, in the Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Clinics and coming to the end of his MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University.
Gemma Prior-Reeves, Physiotherapy Assistant
Gemma is a qualified Sports Therapist and Physiotherapy Assistant.
She has worked for the Australian Institute of Sports as a Sports Massage Therapist at a Ski Resort while travelling around Australia in 2007. She has massaged at the Race for Life 2009, Bath half marathon 2010, the Tour of Wessex 2010 and the Ride for Precious Lives 2010.
Sue Ross, Physiotherapy Administrator
Following graduation from York University more years ago than she cares to remember, Sue has followed a varied and eclectic career, beginning as a graduate trainee with S E Thames Regional Health Authority. Episodes in midwifery and general administration at Royal United Hospital strengthened her roots within the healthcare workplace, before she branched out into commerce. Working first for a blue chip multi-national company, and then later for a small business enterprise, Sue has honed her skills in administration, business and financial management over a number of years.
2015 marks her return to the healthcare environment, where she attempts to organise the physiotherapy team to the very best of her ability. It’s a challenge, but someone has to try …
Matt Shepherd, Senior Physiotherapist
Matt is a senior physiotherapist who specializes in musculoskeletal outpatients and sports physiotherapy.
Having graduated from Huddersfield University in 2002 he worked for a number of years within local NHS Hospitals before specialising into sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. With extensive post graduate training in Manual therapy, acupuncture, taping and rehabilitation he has acquired the skills to manage complex presentations with expertise.
Sharon Viol MCSP, Senior Physiotherapist