Meet the team
The Circle Physiotherapy team consists of an multidisciplinary team of experienced physiotherapists and specialised therapists.
Jo Gotley MCSP 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.
Darren James MCSP 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.
Serena Clarke MCSP Senior Physiotherapist
Serena qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2012, and began her professional career working with North Bristol NHS Trust. Over the three years she gained vast experience across physiotherapy in acute care rehabilitation before joining Circle Bath in 2015 to work with the Inpatient team.
Passionate about Inpatient Rehabilitation, Serena has now taken on the senior role on inpatients/daycase and is involved in the on-going development of student physiotherapists within elective orthopaedics.
In addition she also plays an active part in the drive to continually improve patient experience and is currently focused on pre op/post op patient education via our joint schools and hydrotherapy service.
Nick Cleverton MCSP 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 MCSP 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.
Rafal Gryglas Physiotherapy Assistant
Rafal graduated from the Physical Academy Katowice, Poland, in 2011 as a physiotherapist. After qualifying Rafal moved to the UK, working first within the care home sector before joining Circle Bath in 2015 as a physiotherapy assistant.
He is a key part of the Inpatient team, and has an active involvement in the provision of patient care, as well as supporting the Inpatient Physiotherapists to ensure the best possible experience for our patients. Rafal is now currently going through the transition of accreditation with HCPC to become a chartered physiotherapist here in the UK.
In his freetime, Rafal enjoys spending time with his family, playing football, cycling and snowboarding.
Claire Hall MCSP 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.
Gemma Prior-Reeves Physiotherapy Assistant
Gemma graduated from Chichester University in 2006 with a BSC Sports Therapy. Following graduation, she spent a year in Australia during which time she worked for the Australian Institute of Sports as a Sports Massage Therapist.
On her return to the UK, Gemma worked as a Sports Assistant at the University of Bath, and during her time there she provided massage support for Race for Life 2009, Bath half marathon 2010, the Tour of Wessex 2010 and the Ride for Precious Lives 2010.
Gemma has been a key part of the team at Circle Bath since it opened in 2010, joining as a Physiotherapy Assistant and Sports Massage Therapist, and then going on to become the Hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Coach for staff.
In her spare time, Gemma ‘enjoys’ taking part in the infamous ‘Wolf Run’ challenges, and somehow manages to persuade many of her colleagues to join her in getting very wet, very muddy and very out of breath. Long may she continue!
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 MCSP 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.
Anna Pham MCSP Physiotherapist
Upon completing an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in Canada, Anna decided to expand her horizons by undertaking a postgraduate degree in physiotherapy in Australia.
Anna graduated from Macquarie University, Sydney in 2016. Prior to qualifying as a physiotherapist, Anna worked as a physiotherapy assistant in a rehabilitation centre. She gained experience in Orthopaedics, Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation.
Anna qualified as a Chartered physiotherapist in 2016 and joined the Circle Bath Inpatient team at the end of 2016. Since then she has been primarily involved with orthopaedic rehabilitation for patients both on the inpatient ward and in daycase surgery. Whilst working at Circle, Anna has also had opportunities to lead in hydrotherapy sessions and present at joint schools.
Furthermore, Anna has a keen interest in research which incorporates creative and innovative mediums to physiotherapy. She is passionate about her patients and their experiences. Anna maintains a positive and open-minded approach to learning different fields of physiotherapy as she continues to grow in her physiotherapy career.
Jenny Chapman Physiotherapy Assistant
Jenny is an assistant who has arrived at Physiotherapy via English teaching and Pharmacy dispensing. Now that she has finally decided on a career path, she enjoys aiding the department’s smooth running, especially through patient contact when teaching mobilisation after surgery. She loves to run and practice yoga.
Tom Cooper Podiatrist
BSc (hons) SRCh MChS
Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (MChS)
Tom offers podiatry services to patients at Circle Bath hospital through the physiotherapy department.
Tom graduated from the Cardiff School of Podiatry in 2005 and has since established himself as a Clinical Director and Partner at ACE Feet in Motion. He has always had an interest in human movement and since graduating has dedicated his time to learning about the complex movements within the human foot and how these movements effect the ankle and leg above them.
ACE – Feet in Motion was established in 2001 to provide foot/ankle and lower limb injury services using computerised foot pressure plate scanning equipment. The use of such scanners allow Tom to analyse the biomechanics of the foot whilst in motion and identify any irregularities in foot function. Such irregularities may give rise to various common injuries such as shin splints, foot, ankle, knee or hip pain. All types of corrective insoles are manufactured at our Cardiff facility, where they have state of the art CAD CAM equipment for fast effective production.
Tom one of the official Podiatrists to the Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff City F.C., Welsh Athletics, The federation of Disability Sports Wales and more recently Welsh Netball.
Tom been working with Circle Bath to provide their Podiatry service since 2011 and form part of a multi-disciplinary team including Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic specialists and Physicians.
If you are experiencing sports specific pain or are burdened with pain on a daily basis then Tom can help.