About Us-Performers Physiotherapy
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 and dance medicine. She is actively involved in research into injury prevention and health of the musical theatre dancer and has had her work published.
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 23 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 and is the Lead Clinician and owner of our sister clinic, Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre in Sudbury, Suffolk.
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, sports massage and sports taping and has been working within the Performers College healthcare team as a sports massage therapist since 2017.
Amanda qualified with a 1st class honours degree in physiotherapy from Kings College London in July 2018 and was awarded the prize for Best Overall Clinical Placement Performance. After graduation she worked as a rotational physiotherapist at Southend University Hospital NHS Trust. Amanda joined the physiotherapy team at Performers College in December 2018 and is passionate about the biopsychosocial approach to dance health, injury prevention and management.
Nicola and Leon are members of the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice and recognised on One Dance UK’s Practitioners’ Register. Nicola is an active member of IADMS, (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science) and actively involved in various research projects investigating and promoting wellness in the musical theatre dancer.
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