Greater Manchester

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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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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

Senior 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

Senior 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.

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.

Catriona Monkhouse

Catriona Monkhouse

Chartered Physiotherapist

Catriona studied Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 where she qualified with a First-Class BSc Honours Degree. It was through her interest in sports, being a keen hockey and netball player throughout her school years that lead her to study Physiotherapy.

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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 a qualified Acupuncturist and is registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapy (AACP). 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.

Catriona is a state registered Physiotherapist and member of the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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 has been involved in both playing and coaching hockey and netball.

David Grabe

David Grabe

Chartered Physiotherapist

David has a keen interest in sport especially football, which led him to apply for a Physiotherapy degree. He graduated from Brunel University of West London with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy.

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During his time at university he developed his skills on placement at some of London’s busiest hospital and upon graduating started working at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust as a rotational Junior Physiotherapist, followed by hospitals in St Helens and Whiston. He quickly developed a passion for Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and secured a job as a Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist alongside working as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Metro Physio.

David keeps his treatment skills and knowledge of injury up-to-date by attending regular postgraduate courses and he has an additional qualification in massage therapy.

He is a state registered physiotherapist, a member of the health professions council and the chartered society of physiotherapy.

In his spare time David enjoys playing football and squash regularly as well as attending the gym to maintain a high level of fitness.

Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh

Chartered Physiotherapist

Ed initially became interested in physiotherapy on a trip to Wales from his local gymnastics club in Ireland.  He saw a gymnast being treated for an injury and was very interested to find out what the physio was doing and how it would help. He originally graduated from Salford University in 2003 with a degree in Sports Rehabilitation and then qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of Huddersfield in 2011.

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He started work in a private sports injury clinic as this was the area that he wanted to specialise in.  He also worked as a rehabilitation therapist at the Y Club in Manchester between 2003-2005 and then moved into private practise before joining Metro Physio in 2012.  He also worked with the Manchester Magic Basketball Club, Manchester Giants and Manchester Mystics teams in the BBL professional basketball league in the UK.

Since graduating, Ed has attended many training courses and regularly attends lectures around the North West. He completed the Foundation Acupuncture course in 2014 and continues to implement this into his regular clinical practice. He also attended the Know pain course in 2015 which has provided invaluable insight into the management of some of complex pain patients. Ed also attended the BAPAM conference in November 2017 to help his special interest in treating Music Injuries, due to the number of Music related referrals we treat from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Ed has continued his involvement in Basketball through playing in the Manchester Area Basketball League over the past 4-5 years. He regularly attends music concerts plus a variety of stage shows and dance performances which has helped his learning, to assist with treating musicians and dancers.

Hannah Donnelly

Hannah Donnelly

Chartered Physiotherapist

Hannah initially became interested in physiotherapy through her love of horse riding. She graduated from Brunel University of West London with a 2:1 BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy.

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She started her Physiotherapy career in the NHS as a Junior Physiotherapist where she worked in a variety of clinical areas, but found her passion was for musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy.  She now works as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Metro Physio alongside her Senior rotational post in the NHS.

She has undertaken additional training in sports massage, sports and clinical taping, Bobath and various other musculoskeletal and neurological postgraduate courses to keep up to date with current research.

Hannah is a state registered physiotherapist, a member of the health professions council and the chartered society of physiotherapy.

She enjoys working on her own personal fitness at the gym, riding her horse and practicing Pilates.

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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