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 head 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 experience especially in orthopaedics and outpatients enabling her to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Hannah treats patients from all sporting backgrounds with a holistic approach to pain and injury management using a combination of hands on techniques learnt through training in soft tissue therapy, and movement re-training using Pilates exercises learned through her Mat Work Level I qualification with Balanced Body.
Hannah has previously spent time with Chiswick RFC providing pitch side physiotherapy and first aid, which has broadened her knowledge of complex sporting injuries.
Tanya Selby – Running Coach & Sports Massage Therapist
Tanya is a Sports Massage Therapist, qualified at the London School of Sports Massage and a member of The Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage. Her love for running inspired her to help others share in the benefits running brings. For this she set up running clubs in London and continued her training, qualified as an official England Athletics Running Coach.
Tanya enjoys working with people with a wide range of abilities and experiences, from athletes to beginners or those simply looking to de-stress. She has developed a treatment based on her belief that mind and body work in unison. You will receive personalised treatment that will help you to not only return to full function, but gain a deeper understanding of your body, helping you to develop strategies to remain injury free for the long term.
From a young age health and fitness has played a big part in her life. After moving to Paris, where she found herself without a gym, she discovered running and finally understood the true benefits that exercise can offer. This changed her life as she went onto competing in both running and cycling events. Pilates- based exercises also play an important role in compliment her training and day-to-day health. Along with many personal successes Tanya has experienced her own setbacks, linked to overtraining and poor biomechanics. She is now more passionate than ever to help others avoid common pitfalls and can empathise fully with the many frustrations that come from injury.
Whether you are in pain or looking to retain or improve your fitness, Tanya will help you to reach your full potential in sports performance and your daily life.
Laura Fornoni – Dance & Sports Therapist
Laura is a former gymnast, cheerleader and the sports and dance therapist of the team.The interest for these disciplines introduced her to the sports medicine field, with a particular interest in the prevention and rehabilitation of acrobatic and dance injuries.
In 2018, she graduated with first class honours in Sports and Dance Therapy from London Metropolitan University. The passion for sports rehabilitation and gymnastics resulted in the development of an intervention study on the effects of a specific gymnastics proprioceptive training on the balance of netball players as final project.
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. She took part to the dance showcase 2017 and 2018 organised by the LMU competitive dance team as host, dancer and choreographer. 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. She addresses the issue and adapts the treatment to the patient needs. Manual therapy, massage, electrotherapy, taping and rehabilitation are within the treatment modalities adopted. She is also attentive in sports performance improvements and injury prevention.
Aran Pemberton – Physiotherapist & Soft Tissue Therapist
Aran qualified as a Physiotherapist graduating from the University of Worcester in 2017. He has since been working within the NHS, rotating into different specialities such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care and Orthopaedics. He has worked with people of all ages and different levels of health and fitness, encouraging exercise as an essential part of health and wellbeing and providing the best care for his patients.
Aran has a keen interest in soft tissue mobilisation and movement re-education as part of the rehabilitation process. He has an interest in sports injuries and has experience treating players and working with the strength and conditioning coaches under the physio in Worcester County Cricket Club.
Additional Skills include sports massage and dry needling.