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Meet the team

Byron Clithero

Byron Clithero

Clinic Director

Byron graduated from Salford University in 1992. He initially became interested in physiotherapy through his involvement in sport and has never lost his passion for either.

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He has gained a vast array of post graduate qualifications including injection therapy, acupuncture and the diploma in Orthopaedic medicine. He was also chair of ACPOMIT (the Association of Chartered Physiotherapist with an interest in Orthopaedic medicine and Injection therapy) for a number of years.

He 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 a large number 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. Not confined to the realms of sport he has also provided treatment to professional entertainers and TV celebrities.

He still continues to teach gymnastics and is directly responsible for producing Great Britain’s first ever European Champion.

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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She started her career as a Physiotherapist in the NHS and was based 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. In 2010 she opened the first Merseyside clinic for Metro Physio which was based in Liverpool, followed by clinics on the Wirral and in Knowsley. She has been a partner within the company since September 2013 and is the Clinical Director overseeing Physiotherapy and Ergonomics in Wirral, Liverpool and Knowsley. Nicola has also worked as a Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist at Clatterbridge Hospital, where she was responsible for rehabilitating patients on the ward following Orthopaedic surgery. She has also worked as a Specialist Physiotherapist at Merseycare NHS Trust where she was also the clinical lead for the Occupational Health Physiotherapy service.

Nicola is a state registered Physiotherapist and a member of the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She is qualified to practice Acupuncture and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ACPOHE). She has undertaken an extensive amount of postgraduate training including; a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine, Pilates, Manipulative Therapy, Kinesio Taping and Sports Massage, which has enabled her to treat elite athletes such as Beth Tweddle. She has also undertaken postgraduate training through the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics. She carries out workplace assessments, DSE assessments, health and safety training and ergonomics training for companies in the Cheshire and Merseyside regions.

In her spare time Nicola enjoys doing hill walking, Pilates and spending time with her family.

Ben Farrelly

Ben Farrelly

South Manchester Area Manager

Whilst studying for his BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, Ben developed an interest for Physiotherapy.

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He pursued this interest, successfully completing his Masters Degree in Physiotherapy at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Throughout his training, Ben has involved himself in numerous extra-curricular activities such as working for local sports teams and volunteering for parent-support groups. He particularly enjoyed his elective placement in Hong Kong where he was fortunate to work with national sports teams and was involved with east vs west concepts of rehabilitation.

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 is always looking to professionally develop himself, completing a variety of postgraduate courses including Orthopaedic Medicine and Acupuncture.

Ben has a special interest in Sports related injuries and acupuncture and has worked with numerous elite athletes and teams . As well as being an avid sports fan, he plays competitive football and is a keen runner.

John Fairclough

John Fairclough

North Manchester Area Manager

John’s interest in physiotherapy developed whilst studying for his BSc Honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

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He went on to gain his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in March 2007.

As a physiotherapist, John has worked within a number of sporting environments, ranging from amateur football to professional rugby clubs. Since working for Metro Physio, John has found treating both sporting and occupational injuries alike to be highly rewarding. His knowledge of assessment, diagnosis and treatment ensures the best patient care for both sporting and non-sporting injuries.

As a proactive clinician, John is constantly seeking to expand his knowledge and treatment base within physiotherapy. In 2008 following extensive study and rigorous examination, John successfully gained accreditation to the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine and also became a certified Acupuncturist. John regularly attends courses and lectures on the best management of musculoskeletal injuries recently including; The Mulligan Concept, Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Trigger Point Release and Mobilisation of The Nervous System.

At Metro Physio John has a special interest within the field of Occupational Health. He is a full member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomic and has attended numerous courses provided by the association. He has used his skills to develop and implement a variety of services at Metro including, Work Capability Assessment and Work Hardening Functional Restoration programmes.

In his spare time, John enjoys playing cricket, football, snooker and golf. He is a 2nd dan black belt in Shukokai Karate and is a keen guitarist.

Briea Denney

Briea Denney

Briea’s interest started from a young age while competing in a variety of sports up to youth GB level in Modern Pentathlon.

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She pursued her interest by graduating in BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation at Bolton University. Throughout her training she involved herself in numerous extra curriculum activities such as, working for local sports teams including coaching swimming at an amateur swimming club.

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 while training and volunteered at a local amateur football team. Briea has a special interest in sports related injuries and is keen to work more with occupational injuries. She is continuously developing herself as a clinician by completing a variety of postgraduate courses.

In her spare time Briea enjoys swimming, running and horse riding and also teaching children and adults to swim.

Catriona Monkhouse

Catriona Monkhouse

Chartered Physiotherapist

Catriona qualified with a First Class BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy in 2006 from Glasgow Caledonian University.

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She has worked in a variety of clinical settings and countries including Ireland, Australia and most recently Singapore before returning to settle in the UK. She has experience in both hospital and private clinical settings which has enabled her to develop a broad base of knowledge and in 2010 she made the decision to specialise in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. She has been part of the Metro team since August 2015 and is based at the Knowsley clinic.

Catriona has developed her skills through further study in Pilates & Sports Massage and she attends frequent postgraduate courses to keep up-to-date with current research. She is due to undertake a diploma in Acupuncture in 2016 to complement her Physiotherapy skills. She tailors her treatment to each individual patient and believes rehabilitation should be functional and relevant to the patient’s activities both sporting and in daily live.

She is a keen runner and has a special interest in the treatment and management of knee pain and injuries. She has a sporting background and is involved in both playing and coaching hockey and netball. Catriona is a state registered Physiotherapist and member of the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

David Grabe

David Grabe

David graduated from Brunel University of West London with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy.

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During his time at university he initially developed his skills on placement at some of London’s busiest hospitals and has since furthered them by attending various postgraduate courses including an additional qualification in sports massage therapy. David has worked for the NHS both on the Wirral and currently in Whiston and St Helens hospitals in a variety of areas including Orthopaedics and Neurological rehabilitation.

David is a keen sportsman playing both football and squash regularly as well as attending the gym to maintain a high level of fitness. He is a state registered physiotherapist, a member of the health professions council and the chartered society of physiotherapy.

Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh

Physiotherapy

Ed originally qualified with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Rehabilitation from University of Salford in 2003.

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Whilst completing his studies at Salford, Ed played competitive basketball for the University, as well as volunteering with the Manchester Giants and Manchester Magic Basketball Teams. Once completing his studies, Ed took on the role as club therapist for the Manchester Magic, which he continued until 2011. Since September 2012, Ed has worked as the Team Physiotherapist for the Manchester Giants, after they reformed following their 10 year absence.

In 2008, Ed was appointed the Team Therapist for the Manchester Amputee Football team and travelled with the team to Russia for the World Amputee Football Championships. The Following year, Ed travelled to Macedonia with Great Britain U20 Women’s Basketball Team for the European Championships For the past 7 years, Ed has also worked as a private practitioner in Manchester and Bolton, gaining a wealth of experience treating injuries from Racquet Sports, Running, Triathlons and Swimming, at elite and amateur level.

As well as treating a wide range of sports injuries, Ed has gained a wealth of experience in treating Whiplash, Various Spinal Problems and occupational health related injuries.

In 2011, Ed completed his Postgraduate training in Physiotherapy from the University of Huddersfield, allowing him to become a registered Physiotherapist and Member of the Health Professions council.

Hannah Donnelly

Hannah Donnelly

Hannah graduated from Brunel University of West London with a 2:1 BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy.

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During her time at university she developed her skills further by attending a sports massage therapy course and a taping course, as well as various other postgraduate courses to keep up to date with current research. She has since worked for the NHS in a variety of areas including musculoskeletal and neurology, and she is keen to continue broadening her skills by undertaking an acupuncture course in 2017 to complement her physiotherapy skills.

She enjoys working on her own personal fitness at the gym and riding her horse. Hannah is a state registered physiotherapist, a member of the health professions council and the chartered society of physiotherapy.

James Sweeney

James Sweeney

James completed his BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport Rehabilitation which was influenced by his passion for sport.

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Throughout his training James worked with Wigan Athletic FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and in Private physiotherapy clinics. He was very keen to continue working in the private and sport settings so has taken up a role with us at Metro Physio and  continues to work with the Bolton Wanderers FC Academy. He has also successfully completed the Immediate Care in Sport level 2 qualification run by the RFU, alongside various first aid courses.

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 is very keen 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.

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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