About Us-Performers Physiotherapy

  Physiotherapy Staff

All of our physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professions Council and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. They are also all trained in the use of Clinical Pilates

Nicola Stephens, MSc, MCSP, MMACP

Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. She initially worked for the NHS in Leeds, West Yorkshire specialising in musculoskeletal and rheumatology physiotherapy, before moving south to join Leon at Performers Physiotherapy, following a move to new premises and expansion of Performers College in 2003.

Nicola is passionate about the health and well being of dancers and has developed a role at Performers College as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Dance Medicine and regularly lectures on the international performing arts circuit on dancer / musical theatre performer health. However, she has also maintained her long held interests in Rheumatology which she finds extremely useful both within her role at the college and with the general public.

Nicola is also a free-lance lecturer in undergraduate physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates and dance medicine.

Leon Stephens, BSc Hons, MCSP

Leon graduated from Brighton University in 1996 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. As well as having worked in Burns, Plastics and Neurology, Leon has been involved with Performers College as their in-house physiotherapist for over 13 years. Leon has since developed a keen interest in dance and sports injury management and has worked with both well known professional dancers and many international athletes.

Leon also teaches Pilates to both student dancers at the college and to the general public. In addition, he is a Clinical Pilates lecturer, running post-graduate training courses for physiotherapists in the UK and Ireland.


Michelle Phillips MSc MCSP MAACP


Michelle has been practising physiotherapy since 2010 in a variety of NHS and private settings. In addition to treating the more common conditions such as back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, Michelle is also skilled in ante and postnatal musculoskeletal recovery, adolescent injuries, chronic pain management and clinical pilates. Michelle’s specialism is with the lower limb and biomechanics.Michelle offers a wide range of treatment modalities including exercise rehabilitation, joint mobilisations, manipulation, soft tissue massage and taping. Michelle is also a qualified acupuncturist and can assess you for its potential use for your condition. A joint decision will be made about which treatment modalities may be most successful for you.


In addition to the above, Michelle has a background in Taekwondo and Dance (both as a dancer and dance physiotherapist) and is well placed to treat people who participate in these activities.  Michelle is passionate about helping people achieve their desired level of function. She will tailor treatment to suit your needs and work with you to achieve your goals.


Amanda Huke-Smith, BSc, MCSP

Amanda graduated from Performers College in 2004 and worked for over 10 years as a professional dancer in musical theatre and commercial dance. She gained qualifications in Pilates and sports massage and has been working within the performers college healthcare team as the onsite sports massage therapist since 2017. Amanda recently qualified with an honours degree in physiotherapy from Kings College London. She will continue to work at Performers College as well as undertaking her rotations as a junior physiotherapist at Southend University Hospital Trust. Amanda is passionate about the biopsychosocial approach to dance health and injury prevention & management.


Nicola and Leon are members of the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice and recognised on One Dance UK’s Practitioners’ Register. Through Performers College they are also members of IADMS, (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science). 




We currently have vacancies for a part-time physiotherapist and also for a part-time sports massage therapist. Please email CV to performersphysio@btopenworld.com if interested

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