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Meet the team

Byron Clithero

Byron Clithero

Clinic Director

Byron initially became interested in physiotherapy through his involvement in the sport of gymnastics and has never lost his passion for either

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He graduated from Salford University in 1992 and immediately gained a position within private practice. He bypassed the NHS as he knew his passion was within musculoskeletal physiotherapy and wanted to immediately specialise in this field.

He became the Director of Metro Physio in 2000 and quickly learnt that there was a much bigger market for high quality physiotherapy than within the sporting world. He has spent a great deal of time promoting the benefits of physiotherapy and his passion for this has established Metro Physio as a leading provider of private physiotherapy in the North West. He has secured contracts with many of the North West’s largest and most prestigious corporate clients. He also gains referrals from the region’s most renowned Specialists.

His continued passion and reputation within sport has earned him referrals of international sports performers. He has also provided treatment to professional entertainers and TV celebrities. He has gained a vast array of post graduate training and is qualified to provide injection therapy and acupuncture. He has also gained the diploma in Orthopaedic medicine which thoroughly trains physiotherapists in clinical reasoning, functional anatomy, clinical examination and treatment techniques.  This enables an accurate diagnosis and provision of the highest quality treatment plan.

He is currently on the Physio First Education committee and is one of the very first Quality Assured Practitioners in Great Britain.  He has also been the Chair of ACPOMIT (the Association of Chartered Physiotherapist with an interest in Orthopaedic medicine and Injection therapy).

He continues to teach gymnastics and is directly responsible for producing Great Britain’s first ever European Champion. He is a keen runner, attends the gym regularly and is recently getting into cycling.

Nicola Lomax

Nicola Lomax

Clinic Director

(Liverpool, Wirral and Merseyside)

Nicola developed her interest in physiotherapy as a teenager whilst competing for Wirral and Merseyside athletics teams as a javelin thrower.  She qualified in 2004 with a First Class BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Salford.

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Nicola started her career as a Physiotherapist in the NHS at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust, where she worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings for 3 years. She joined the team at Metro Physio in 2007 specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and in 2010 she opened the first Merseyside clinic for Metro Physio. She has been a partner within the company since September 2013 and is the Clinical Director overseeing Physiotherapy and Ergonomics services in Merseyside. Nicola has also taken on other part-time NHS roles alongside her private work including; Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist at Clatterbridge Hospital, lead Occupational Health Physiotherapist at Merseycare and Clinical Specialist Triage Physiotherapist at Ellesmere Port Hospital.

Nicola is a member of the Health Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics. She has undertaken an extensive amount of postgraduate training including; a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine, Acupuncture, Pilates, Manipulative Therapy, Kinesio Taping and Sports Massage which has enabled her to treat elite athletes such as Beth Tweddle.

Nicola has also completed postgraduate training in the field of Workplace Ergonomics and Occupational Health Physiotherapy, and is trained to carry out Workplace Assessments, DSE assessments, Health & Safety training and Ergonomics. She is an auditor for SEQOHS (Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Services), and is involved in the accreditation process of Occupational Health organisations to ensure they meet the strict standards that are set by the Royal College of Physicians and Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

In her spare time Nicola enjoys gym based exercise and spending time with her family.

Ben Farrelly

Ben Farrelly

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Whilst studying for his BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, Ben developed an interest in Physiotherapy. He pursued this interest, successfully completing his Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Upon completion of his physiotherapy degree, Ben undertook his first post working in a private hospital in Penang, Malaysia. He found this to be an enlightening experience and thoroughly enjoyed working with people from diverse cultures/backgrounds. Prior to securing his post at Metro Physio, Ben gained further valuable experience working in a musculoskeletal clinic for Wirral PCT.

Ben has worked at our Stockport Clinic since 2008 and been involved in many exciting projects and promotions. Most recently, he has set up a specific runner’s assessment which includes a filmed gait analysis.

Ben is always looking to professionally develop himself, completing a variety of postgraduate courses including Orthopaedic Medicine, Taping, Pilates, Running Injury courses, First Aid in Sport courses and Acupuncture. Ben has a special interest in Sports related injuries, particularly running, boxing and football. He has worked with numerous elite athletes and teams and is currently working part time with a local premiership football club academy.

As well as being an avid sports fan, Ben competes for Salford Mets Athletic Club on the road, track and cross country.

John Fairclough

John Fairclough

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

John’s interest in physiotherapy developed whilst studying for his BSc Honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He soon discovered that his passion lied in the management and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries so went on to gain his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in March 2007.

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John knew that he wanted to be in full control of his patient’s treatment and management without constraints on treatment type or number of sessions. As such he immediately gained a position within private practice where he could apply effective evidence based practice and achieve real improvements with his patients.

As well as a full time senior Physiotherapist, John is the companies North West clinic manager in which he currently looks after three of the companies thriving clinics. He is also the companies Occupational Health specialist and full member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomic. He has attended numerous courses and conferences provided by the association and used his skills to develop and deliver a variety of services provided at Metro Physio including; Office Workplace Assessments (DSE), Manual Handling Work Place Assessments, Fitness for Work Assessments and Work Hardening and Return to Work Programmes.

As a proactive clinician, John is constantly seeking to expand his knowledge and treatment base within physiotherapy and has gained many post graduate “certificates and badges” within various areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In 2008 following extensive study and rigorous examination in all elements of musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice, John successfully gained accreditation to the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. He also became a certified Acupuncturist in this year and has been a full member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists since. In 2015 he successfully completed the APPI Pilates Matwork Levels 1-3 courses which enables him to integrate a large range of Pilates exercises into his daily practice and teach Pilates classes. Examples of other courses which he has attended include; The Mulligan Concept, Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Trigger Point Release and Mobilisation of The Nervous System.

Becky Dean

Becky Dean

Chartered Physiotherapist

Becky developed an interest in Physiotherapy whilst completing her undergraduate degree in BSc Sport Science. She qualified in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy.

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She started her career in the NHS and has completed many rotations including; Elderly Inpatient Rehabilitation, Medical and Surgical Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Stroke Rehab and Musculo-Skeletal Outpatients. Alongside working at Metro Physio, she currently works part-time for the NHS at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Outpatient department as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Becky is a state registered Physiotherapist and a member of the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She is a qualified Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist, Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Exercise Referral Specialist.

Becky’s main interest lies in resistance training and she competes in Bodybuilding. She is a regular gym goer at the Total Fitness in Prenton and has a vast array of knowledge and experience training in a gym environment. She is also a Personal Trainer at her local gym in Warrington.

Briea Denney

Briea Denney

Sport Rehabilitator

Briea interest started from a young age while competing in a variety of sports up to youth GB level in Modern Pentathlon. She pursued her interest by graduating in BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport Rehabilitation which was influenced by her passion for sport.

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During her training Briea worked with Bury FC, local amateur football teams and in Private physiotherapy clinics.  She knew her passion was within musculoskeletal treatment and wanted to immediately specialise in this field. Briea Secured her place at Metro Physio after gaining clinical experience with us during her third year of training. She also completed numerous musculoskeletal courses, and completed an Immediate Care in Sport level 2 qualification run by the RFU, alongside various first aid courses. Alongside working for Metro Briea coaches swimming for an amateur swimming club.

Briea has a special interest in sports related injuries especially swimming and equestrian and is keen to work more with occupational injuries. She is continuously developing herself as a clinician by completing a variety of courses, she is keen to further increase her knowledge and techniques so hopes to soon complete a Masters in Physiotherapy as well as other specialist courses.

Alongside continuous development in her spare time Briea enjoys swimming, running, horse riding and going to the gym.

Damien Coyle

Damien Coyle

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

Damien qualified from the University of Ulster in 2002, and since then has worked full-time at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust. In 2012 he was promoted to a Band 7 Senior Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Physiotherapy.

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He is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health Professions Council. He is qualified to practice Acupuncture and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Damien has also completed a variety of postgraduate courses including Taping, Exercise Prescription, Advanced Manual Therapy, Neurodynamics and Myofascial Release.

 

Alongside his experience in the NHS he has also worked in the private setting treating a variety of patients including those with Occupational and Sports injuries.  He has gained valuable experience in treating both elite and casual athletes in this setting. He has worked with various sports teams including Gaelic Football and Hurling.

 

He has a keen interest in music and has experience in managing habitual problems suffered by musicians and those involved with the performing arts.

Greg Mylonas

Greg Mylonas

Chartered Physiotherapist

Greg’s interest in becoming a physiotherapist started at the age of 15, after suffering from an injury that doctors said would prevent him from continuing to play basketball.  After having 4 weeks of physiotherapy,  he was fit to return to competitive playing and inspired to become a physiotherapist.

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He moved from Cyprus to the UK in 2009 and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012.  After graduating he secured a post in Intermediate Care with the NHS and then gradually worked his way up to a senior position which he continues to do alongside his role with Metro Physio.

One of his biggest passions since a young age has been basketball.  He had the privilege to play in competitive leagues in Cyprus until the age of 20 and now provides physiotherapy care for Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics basketball teams, contributing in injury prevention and aiding injured players of all age groups to return back to playing.

His aim for the future is to become an Advanced Practitioner and to gain further qualifications in musculoskeletal medicine.

James Sweeney

James Sweeney

Sport Rehabilitator

James first found his interest in Physical Therapy when studying Biology and Physical Education at College. He then continued to pursue this passion at the University of Bolton, where he graduated with a First-Class Honours in Sport Rehabilitation in 2017.

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James first worked with Wigan Athletic FC and in private Physiotherapy clinics prior to securing his post at Metro Physio. He is very keen to continue working in the private and sport settings so alongside his role with us at Metro Physio he continues to work with the Bolton Wanderers FC Academy.

During James’s time within Championship level football clubs and Private physiotherapy clinics he has seen a multitude of musculoskeletal injuries and had in-depth training into various specialist treatment techniques. He has also successfully completed the Immediate Care in Sport level 2 qualification run by the RFU, alongside various first aid courses. He has a keen interest in treating sport related injuries as well as common problems such as lower back pain. He is very eager to further increase his knowledge and techniques so hopes to soon complete a Masters in Physiotherapy as well as specialist courses.

Alongside continuous development and studying, James likes to keep active by going to the gym and playing football regularly.

Kerri Davenport

Kerri Davenport

Chartered Physiotherapist

Kerri became inspired to be a physiotherapist by her own experience of having physiotherapy following an injury. She graduated from Liverpool University in 2008 and immediately gained a position in the NHS as a rotational physiotherapist.

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She is currently a senior physiotherapist in orthopaedics in the NHS but has always had a passion for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.  She has throughout her career worked in private practice and thoroughly enjoys her role with us at Metro Physio.

Kerri has a keen interest in prehabilitation for injury prevention and is currently training to be a Pilates and yoga instructor.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and regularly practices both yoga and Pilates.

Carrie Antrobus

Carrie Antrobus

Assistant Operations Manager

Main responsibilities

Supporting and assisting the Operations Manager with the day to day running of all clinics

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Ensuring the service to patients is maintained to the highest standards

Supporting the Physiotherapists with their administration

Stock control and ordering

Dealing with customer and patient e-mail/telephone queries

Michelle Walkling

Michelle Walkling

Receptionist

When did you join Metro Health & Wellbeing?

January 2007

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Main responsibilities:

Meeting and greeting patients at Metro Health & Wellbeing physiotherapy head office. The booking in process of patients and ensuring the experience with Metro Health and Wellbeing is of the highest quality from the very beginning.

Completing all bookings in a timely, efficient and effective manner. Guaranteeing convenient appointments always within 48 hours and more often than not within 24 hours Providing thorough explanations throughout the booking process Advising the patient of what to expect at their first appointment

Stuart Ainsworth

Stuart Ainsworth

Operations Manager

To ensure the smooth running of all operations at Metro Physio including:

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Overall responsibility for the standard of facilities at all clinics Overall responsibility for the training and performance of the administrators Ensure the highest standard of service is provided to all of our clients Ensure the highest standard of reporting is provided to all of our clients Ensure that the physiotherapy team has the best possible admin support Liaising with the clinic directors in the development of all internal procedures and processes Recruitment and induction of new staff
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