Tom Astley – Lead Physiotherapist
Tom is the lead physiotherapist, owner and clinical director at TA Physiotherapy. Tom graduated UWIC with a degree in Science in Health, Exercise & Sport which lead him into gaining a further degree in Physiotherapy from Coventry University with a specialist interest in Sports Physiotherapy.
Since graduating in 2008, Tom has worked in both the NHS and private setting specialising in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy treating various acute and chronic conditions using a combination of exercise rehabilitation, manual therapy, and soft tissue therapy.
Tom’s has a specialist interest in the field of sports physiotherapy and this has led him to work at international multisport competitions including Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Baku 2015 European Games. Tom was based within the busy and dynamic polyclinic within the Athletes’ Villages during Glasgow 2014 and Baku 2015. Since completing these events, Tom has also supported athletes at London 2017 IAAF World Championships.
Alongside his clinical work, Tom has worked within various sports teams including GB Parasnowsport, GB Bobsleigh, and England Touch Rugby. At present, Tom works for Norwich City Academy and is the U23 physio for England Womens Lacrosse Team.
Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing football at various international tournaments, cycling and playing golf.
Outside of work, Tom enjoys staying fit and healthy by attending the gym, partaking in football tournaments, completing road cycling challenges and playing golf with friends. The interests he holds outside of work drive him to help other achieve their goals.
Paddy Connolly – Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Born in Cork, Ireland, Paddy Connolly, is a specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has a strong passion for treating sporting conditions. After graduating in physiotherapy, from St. George’s University of London in 2012, he went on to start his career as a physiotherapist at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals. Here, he spent over a year as a specialist in orthopaedics before moving into his current specialism. During this time, he paired his NHS role with practicing physiotherapy at several different sports teams. Having worked for the likes of Crystal Palace FC and Harlequins Rugby League, by 2015, Paddy was Head Physiotherapist at London Skolars, a semi-professional rugby league club.
At the end of 2015, he became Head of Academy and First-Team Physiotherapist at professional rugby league team, London Broncos. Eventually, having gained the necessary skills and experience, he took over as the clubs Head Physiotherapist. Daily, he treated and managed the physical welfare of elite athletes at international level; athletes representing countries such as England, Wales, Scotland, France and Unites States.
With experience ranging from ‘weekend warriors’ to professional players, Paddy understands the need and benefits for each of his clients to receive a tailored treatment. Having a strong passion for treating all sporting conditions, he has adopted a special interest in knee injuries, both sporting and post-operative; particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Paddy continues to take measures to develop himself professionally, and ensure he provides the best care for his clients.
Hannah Carmichael – Clinical Specialist & Pilates Trained Physiotherapist
Hannah is passionate about musculoskeletal rehabilitation and specialised in this area after graduating from King’s College London in 2010. She worked within both the NHS and private clinic settings gaining rich and varied experience especially in musculoskeletal outpatients enabling her to treat a range of conditions.
Hannah treats patients from all sporting backgrounds with an evidence based holistic approach to pain and injury management using a combination of hands on techniques learnt through training in soft tissue therapy in combination with movement re-training using a plethora of exercises built up through the Pilates Mat Work Level I qualification with Balanced Body and also through her own experience of taking part in multi event sports such as triathlon.
Hannah has a particular interest in women’s health especially during the pre and post-natal stages and enjoys helping women return to the activities that they enjoy. She is currently researching guidelines to help women (and men) return to the sports that they love.
Laura Fornoni – Dance & Sports Therapist
Laura is a former gymnast, cheerleader and the sports and dance therapist of the team. In 2018, she graduated with first class honours in Sports and Dance Therapy from London Metropolitan University.
Laura has previously worked as artistic, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics coach in Milan and she currently coaches general gymnastics. In 2016, Laura qualified as level 2 gym instructor and has gained ample experience in the field. Furthermore, she has recently been awarded with a certificate in judging level 1 floor and vault and she is currently undertaking Level 1 Women artistic gymnastics coaching qualification with British gymnastics.
During the university career, she took part to different sports events as athlete and therapist: she competed for the cheerleading all star team and the women’s rugby team. In 2017, she qualified as level 1-2 cheerleading coach and lead the LMU cheerleading team as captain and official coach for the season 2017/18. In 2017, she participated as sports and dance therapist at UAL Dancathlon and took part to the yearly dance screening at the London Contemporary Dance School.
Laura has gained experience in the rehabilitation of a wide range of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, latin, vogue, waacking, heels and she looks forward to enrich her knowledge in new disciplines such as burlesque, pole dance and circus arts.
Despite the specialisation in dance, Laura has previous worked with both patients from sedentary lifestyles to high sports performance level (Football, hockey, basketball, rugby, football, netball, badminton, boxing, karate, cheerleading, dance, tennis), different conditions and injury severity.
Nick Mooney – Performance Soft Tissue Therapist
Nick is a Performance Soft Tissue Therapist. He retrained in Sports Massage at the London School of Sports Massage in 2005 and has taught Sports Massage at the North London School of Sports Massage since 2006. He has worked with both members of the public and elite athletes since his graduation. In his early life he competed as a trampolinist and gymnast.
He has subsequently worked at many major sporting events:
- London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (2012) Clinical Lead for Sports Massage
- Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Venue Medical Manage for Gymnastics (2014)
- Baku European Games (2015) Clinical Lead for Sports Massage
- London IAAF World Championships and IPC Para-World Championships (2017) Physical Therapy Team Leader
- Ashgabat Asian Martial Arts & Indoor Games (2017) Sports Massage Service Team Leader
- Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (2018) Athletes’ Village Recovery Centre Manager.