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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.

Sofia Ornellas Pinto, MSc, MCSP

Sofia graduated from Superior Health School of Alcoitao in 2009 with a degree in physiotherapy. She worked within the private sector, in Portugal, specialising mainly in musculoskeletal injury management.

Having danced both ballet and contemporary recreationally and professionally for several years, Sofia gained her MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban in 2012. Sofia has since returned to private physiotherapy practice, but has also worked with dance UK and the Dance Agan Foundation promoting dancer health. Sofia also presented her MSc Thesis at IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science).

Sofia also works in London at the Sayer Clinic.

Michelle Phillips, MSc, MCSP

Michelle graduated from the University of Essex in 2010 with a degree in Physiotherapy. She works as senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist for Central Essex Community Services with a particular interest in lower limb rehabilitation and paediatrics. Prior to her physiotherapy training Michelle completed a degree in contemporary dance and has been able to utilise this experience since joining the Performers Physiotherapy team in 2012.


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

Other Staff

Louise Mathews, LSSM(Dip), CNHC, ISRM, MSMA


Louise graduated from the London School of Sports Massage in July 2010 as a Sports and Remedial Massage therapist. Louise is dedicated to the well being of those she treats in order to provide better muscle function for general everyday life activities and for those who specialise in sports or dance.

Louise is a member of the Complementary Healthcare Institute, Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage and the Sports Massage Association.



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