Our Team has grown steadily over the past 10 years. We all share a passion for providing high quality clinically effective physiotherapy. We are all different and have slightly different areas of interest and expertise but together we have confidence that we have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to help you with your injury or pain.
Our other key team member is Sara, she runs the Practice from our admin room. She can sort out all admin issues with insurers etc, and will be the person you speak to when you call to book your initial session.
- Sarah Duncton
- Konstantinos Nikolaou
- Alan Rowlands
- Reena Vaja
- Kev Tucker
- Kathy Lamb
- Cat Morgans
- Sara Merrell
- Job opportunities
Sarah Duncton BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP
My interest in physiotherapy first started when I was 15 - I sprained my ankle just days before my first England Junior hockey trial. It was a nasty sprain, and I didn't make the team that year, but with physio support I then made the England team every year until I was 21.
That's when my career as a physio started, having graduated from Birmingham University with a First class honours degree in physiotherapy I began slowly working my way around NHS physio departments gaining tonnes of experience in treating people with injury and who are in pain. I carried on playing hockey at National Premier league level and also did lots of travelling working as a physio in Australia and New Zealand.
I always loved learning about how the body works, and found it's workings just fascinating. I've always had an interest in mind-body connections, and love meeting new patients, establishing a strong trusting relationship, finding out what makes them tick and working with them to reach their goals.
It's one of the best feelings in the world when a patients looks at you with a tear in their eye, and says a heartfelt 'thank you, I couldn't have done this without you'. It's incredibly rewarding and I feel very lucky to have a job that brings so much satisfaction.
I am trained in Pilates and Acupuncture and integrate these into my practice every day. I also believe in good hands-on therapy and use soft tissue massage and other techniques on most sessions. I think my biggest asset is my ability to treat patients holistically, to consider their whole story, to create a sound yet lighthearted working relationship, to inspire confidence in their ability to make the changes necessary to reach their goals.
I still love to exercise and when I'm not at work, or ferrying my kids around their various activities you'll find me at the gym or in the pool doing my best to stay as fit as my time and energy levels allow! I love the feeling of pushing my body doing circuit and strength type training, I love the calming and cleansing effect an outdoor run or a swim in the outdoor pool gives me.
I'm interested in mindfulness and mental health and read lots around both subjects. I hope to do further studies in mental health, dreaming that one day I'll be able to qualify as a psychotherapist and be able to blend those skills with my current skills as a physiotherapist.
I also love to ski, bombing down the mountain, with the icy cold snow hitting my face and legs burning is when I am possibly at my most happiest in life!
My interest for physiotherapy started quite early when I was a young athlete and I faced many injuries that directed me to build a career in this field. Always the complexity of the function of the body and the factors that resulted in both the creation and also prevention of an injury triggered my desire to learn more. The way that body works inspired me to become a physiotherapist and motivated me to finish my studies as Physiotherapist in 2007 with a First Honour Degree (Hons) from the Technological Institute of Lamia.
Since my graduation I had the opportunity to work as a lead physiotherapist in a First Category Volleyball Men's Team of Lamia in 2010, participate in a research Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for patients with COPD and work until 2014 as Physiotherapist in the Military Hospital of Athens, Henry Dunant.
In 2014, I decided to make the next step to upgrade my career and moved to the United Kingdom for my MSc in Manual Therapy and became a specialist MSK Physiotherapist and have since started to work in private practice.
In my opinion, the treatment of each patient is customized according to their needs, desires and symptoms. Following an extended history taken based on the routine, what makes each patient clarify their complaints, and which techniques will improve the restrictions, I construct the therapeutic treatment program. From my experience so far in both sport but and hospital environment I use a variety of treatment techniques such as soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisation or/and manipulation, taping, acupuncture as well as individualise exercise strengthening program
One of the main passions that motivates me and fills me with energy is sport and exercise. As a result, in my free time you will surely find me in a gym for intensive circuit training or in a swimming pool. In addition to that, I am always challenging myself into new sports and testing my endurance.
Except sports, the other biggest passion is the travelling around the world. I am always trying to create time to explore new countries, cultures and traditions.
Alan Rowlands BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP
As a Physiotherapist I am passionate about the complexity of human movement. I truly love the opportunity to work with patients' day in and day out, to optimize the efficiency of their movement in the pursuit of pain free motion and long term injury prevention.
I have always relished the opportunity to work with patients who are dealing with complex pain issues, which really challenges me to utilise all my assessment and treatment skills. Whilst I am a keen manual therapist who understands the benefits of a "hands-on approach" to treatment, I am also a true believer that listening to the patients story, helping them to better understand their symptoms and easing some of the fears that naturally come with being in pain, is integral to facilitating a successful recovery.
I believe that treatment should always be individualised to the patients needs and desires, and as a result, I will call upon a variety of treatment techniques such as spinal manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilisations, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, taping, acupuncture, neurodynamic mobilisations, exercise based rehabilitation, and of course an empathetic ear.
Outside of work
I love being active! For as long as I can remember, rugby has been my biggest passion, however, over the last two years I have begun exploring new sports and enjoyed testing my fitness in new ways! I have been training and competing in Crossfit and recently signed myself up for a half marathon!
Reena Vaja BSc (Hons) MCSP and HCPC
I have always been sporty and I find the human body fascinating. The way it functions and moves is incredible. I experienced a few hockey injuries when I was younger and visited a Physiotherapist on many occasions. It gave me a deeper understanding into the various treatment methods and the speed of recovery was fantastic. This is what inspired me to pursue a career as a Physiotherapist.
I graduated in 2006 from the University Of Central Lancashire with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy.
Since graduating I have worked in both the NHS and private settings.
I have also had the opportunity to work for the National India Women's Cricket Team in 2007 during a quadrangular tournament.
Each day at work is different, each client each different, therefore a holistic view is needed to decide on the best methods for the individual. My preferred methods can include advice and education, manual therapy including mobilisation and manipulation, soft and deep tissue/massage techniques, graded stretching, electrotherapy and movement retraining rehabilitation/exercise.
I also have a particular interest in Pilates. I have completed Matwork Levels 1 and 2 with the APPI.
When I'm not working you can generally find me on a hockey pitch.
I'm also a keen traveller and love visiting new countries and immersing myself in their culture.
Kev Tucker BSc (Hons) MSc (pre-reg) MCSP MAACP
Whilst completing a Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Birmingham, I injured my knee completing an Ultra Distance event. The rehabilitation of this sparked my interest in applying my sport science in a practical environment, subsequently completing an MSc in Physiotherapy. Throughout my time at University I was a member of the Army Reserves and gained a qualification as an Army Physical Training Instructor. This enabled me to work with people from a range of fitness backgrounds and develop my understanding of injury prevention, optimising performance and rehabilitation.
Having completed my Master's degree in Physiotherapy, I gained a job in the NHS, choosing to specialise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Within the NHS I treat a range of patients with a variety of conditions including: acute injuries; postoperative treatment; long term injuries and chronic pain conditions. Alongside working for the NHS and PhysioArt, I am the University of Birmingham Women's Hockey team Physio. Their 1st XI team plays in the top league in the country, and the vast majority of players compete internationally. This job has provided me with the experience of meeting the needs and demands of elite level athletes.
My experience of working within the NHS, elite sport and with the military has helped me develop a variety of treatment skills. Discussing the assessment outcomes with the patient and helping them to gain a full appreciation of their condition is fundamental to the way I work. This allows the patient to participate in the decision making progress regarding their treatment. I am trained in acupuncture, manual therapy (including soft tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, spinal manipulations and joint mobilisations) and exercise prescription. I have also completed strength and conditioning as well as nutrition qualifications and apply this knowledge to assist with my patients' rehabilitation.
From a young age sport and exercise has been the main passion in my life. Starting off with rugby and squash, I now train and compete in triathlons, ultra distance running and more recently Crossfit. On a free weekend I love nothing more than getting out of the city and going to the mountains with friends and pushing myself physically. I have a passion for travelling and have trekked to the Base Camp of Mount Everest and Machu Picchu. My current goals are to complete a 50 mile endurance marathon and summit Mont Blanc.
Alongside my physiotherapy work, I have worked in the fitness industry for the last 8 years, including working for the outdoor fitness provider British Military Fitness helping others to achieve their fitness goals.
Kathy Lamb Specialist Exercise and Pilates Teacher
Kathy's career started in recruitment and sales, where she worked both as a trainer and a manager and during these years she developed many valuable skills in communication and problem solving that she has been able to transfer into her role now as a specialist exercise and Pilates teacher.
After the birth of her first child she decided to have a career direction change. At the time there was very little out there in the way of education and exercise for pregnant and post natal women, and having always had a passion for health and exercise she decided to retrain.
Kathy experienced back problems herself after pregnancy and this is what introduced her to Pilates. Practicing Pilates really help Kathy gain control over her body, and her pain. Feeling frustrated with the large Pilates classes that were run at the big gyms, where personal tuition and supervision was minimal, she decided to train as a Pilates Instructor. She firmly believes in the method, and also believes that one to one and small groups is the only true was a person can go on to feel and see the benefits Pilates can bring.
Over the years Kathy's expertise has expanded, initially specialising in pregnancy and post natal, she has since gone on to work with clients with a variety of issues, from scoliosis to postural issues to sacro-iliac joint problems.
Here's her list of quals: L3 CYQ Ante/postnatal exercise, L3 CYQ Pilates, L3 CYQ Nutrition & Weight Management, L3 CYQ Personal Trainer, L2 OCR Aerobics Instructor. L3 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) .Member of the Guild for Ante/ Postnatal Instuctors. First aid qualified. Fully Insured.
Cat Morgans Specialist Exercise and Pilates Teacher
I have always enjoyed moving. When I was young I danced, in my twenties I discovered yoga. By my late twenties I soon discovered that being bendy was OK if you had some stability to go with it. If not, it could be a real pain in the bum...quite literally! Back and shoulder problems led me to search out a Pilates teacher. Slowly that Pilates magic started to make my body feel comfortable again. Then one day I realised I was no longer in pain. Goodness, why aren't more people doing this I thought? We need more teachers.....
As a Pilates teacher, trained in both matwork and studio equipment, I have a curious mind and I love learning more about the amazing human body. Teaching people about the fascinating engineering and architecture they have within them, in fun and engaging ways, is something that gives me great enjoyment. A class can also provide a window of opportunity in a busy and often stressful world to simply breathe, be mindful and relax. Pilates helps you move and feel better in both body and mind.
I am a mad dog lady. You will see me in my wellies with Lola, my miniature schnauzer. We love exploring Clent Hills, Sandwell Valley or going further afield on Group Schnauzer Walks. What could be better than the wind in your hair/fur and your faithful companion at your heels? A little sister for Lola ....who should be joining us shortly!
Sara Merrell BA (Hons) Textiles, Practice Manager
I studied textiles at college & went on to have a career as an Art Director where my job was to organise and produce photo shoots (often in exotic places). I left this career to look after our 2 young children.
Having treated my husband when he was training for his first New York Marathon Sarah became our friend (he couldn't have done it without her & her colleagues & he even went on to do it again!).
When Sarah posted a note on face book saying she was looking for a part time admin person it was fate as far as I was concerned. I'd been working back within a photographic studio full time and was finding it difficult to balance work & family life.
I love being part of the Physio Art Team. I get to use my organisational skills & I get to be part of a Team that really does make a difference to peoples' lives. There's nothing better than hearing our patients talking about how their treatment has improved their quality of life.
In my spare time I still like to be creative often sewing & more recently crochet (it's an age thing!). I also enjoy cooking & especially baking, what can I say? I love eating cakes!
Do you have the right personality with the right qualifications to join our team?
Physio Art are looking to recruit an experienced self-employed part-time physio, to join their team at their busy private practice in Edgbaston. The successful candidate needs to be comfortable with marketing and helping to develop the service as well as keen and able to build and manage their own varied caseload.
The ideal candidate would need to show:
- 3+ years post grad experience;
- great clinical reasoning;
- be prepared to think outside of the box and provide a comprehensive approach to treatment taking into account a wide range of factors affecting that particular patient;
- enthusiasm for developing links and growing the service;
- have excellent manual therapy skills (acupuncture and manipulative qualifications);
- HCPC/CSP registered; and
- Pilates qualifications would be desirable but not essential.
Finding the right person for the role is the most important consideration for us and so if you're the right fit for the team, we can discuss hours/pay/status at the interview. Personality and people skills are just as important to us as qualifications....we need both for the team to be the best it can be. Clinics are available most days and evenings, and Saturdays could be available subject to discussions with our colleagues at Edgbaston Priory and at Aston University.
Physio Art is based at the University Medical Practice in Edgbaston, in a building which we share with a busy GP practice and a private dental centre. We also run clinics at the prestigious Edgbaston Priory Club twice a week where we treat many patients through our links there with the High Performance Centre. We have a further weekly clinic at Aston University, based within the Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre on their city centre campus, treating staff and students.
Feedback from our patients says that what is really unique about us is our positive and integrated approach to treating pain. We give our patients the knowledge to reduce their pain and make a full recovery. Our approach involves looking at all of the factors that we know affect pain and recovery such as health attitudes and beliefs, stress levels, sleep habits, lifestyle issues and levels of physical activity to provide a thorough and comprehensive approach to treatment. We are able to take further clinics in both locations and this role is a great opportunity for someone to develop these opportunities, with the potential for further evening and Saturday morning sessions.
Further information is available on application. Please send your CV and covering letter to our Clinical Director, Sarah Duncton, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
To arrange an appointment or to speak to a physiotherapist, call us on 0121 687 3079 or email email@example.com
- Core Stability
- Kinesio Taping
- Sports Injuries
- Sports Massage
- Corporate Services
- Cognitive Functional Therapy
Edgbaston Priory & Aston University
We now have a clinic at Edgbaston Priory Club all day on Tuesdays and on Wednesday mornings, and at Aston University on a Thursday morning. Please click on the links below for details of these locations.
- Edgbaston Priory
- Aston Sport
"Sarah is a fun, patient and creative teacher. Always encouraging and when I leave her sessions I always feel as if her sparkle has rubbed off on me."
Relationships we've built
Over the years we have built up a relationship and mutual respect with various organisations. We also offer discount rates for some of these clubs.