Meet Our Physios...


Jason Howard, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Jason qualified from Sheffield in 1987 and worked in London for a number of years at The Royal London Hospital and for some time in the country’s first NHS Sports Medicine Clinic.

Jason has undertaken numerous post graduate courses including MACP (Nottingham University) and Membership of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (MSOM) and has always felt that running a successful private practice has to have a commitment to the local community and to contribute to by way of integrating NHS physiotherapy services to GP’s and consultant-led clinics with the private clinics.

For over fifteen years The White House has provided excellent onsite physiotherapy clinics to GPs, Hospitals and local businesses. In search of ever improving the services run by The White House Jason undertook an MBA at Sheffield Hallam University and has continued to develop both the business and physiotherapy services.

Jason enjoys family life with three young sons, he runs regularly (normally with Daisy their retriever hot on his heels!), enjoys skiing, cycling, climbing and golf. Amongst his hobbies, renovating old properties is always high on their family’s hit list.

Steve Canning MCSP HPC AACP

Steve Canning MCSP HPC AACP, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Steve has been working at the Whitehouse for five years. He qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2002, following in his family’s footsteps.

He carries on the tradition of family physiotherapists into the fourth generation. Steve treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, and his particular interest is in spinal rehabilitation through manual therapy and exercise.

He has recently completed levels one and two(a) of the Maitland concept, which focuses on pain relief and restoration of normal movement through mobilisation and manipulation. Steve is also a qualified and registered musculoskeletal acupuncturist. Recently Steve has taken on a new job at the Whitehouse clinic; he is now the clinical manager. In this role he organises the physiotherapy training, performs general practice management, and is always looking for new ways to move the practice forward.

In his spare time Steve is a keen runner, having done the London Marathon in 2010. He has been competing in Triathlon’s for two years, and is doing an Ironman in Summer 2010. He is also an experienced snowboarder, and will give pretty much any sport a go! You can find him at the Whitehouse in Sheffield and also the Hathersage clinic.

Simon Leonard BSc(hons) MCSP HPC

Simon Leonard, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Simon graduated from Keele University in 2000 with a BSc (hons) Physiotherapy. He initially worked within the NHS and with a football league team prior to joining the Whitehouse in 2003.

Simon has been working within the team at the Whitehouse Physiotherapy Clinic full time since 2003 and currently treats patients within the Sheffield, Doncaster, Dronfield and Worksop clinics. Simon considers himself to be a generalist practitioner, treating a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal conditions across all age groups.

Since Simon graduated, he has completed various post graduate training courses focusing on manual therapy techniques used in the treatment of neck and back pain, as well as advanced spinal therapy techniques. He has also completed courses in orthopaedic medicine and electrotherapy.

Irralee MCSP HPC

Irralee MCSP HPC, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

During her school years, dancing was Irralee’s passion, and so her interest in the human body and the desire to help people led her to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from Sydney University, Australia, in 1990. She spent 16 months rotating through different departments at Gosford Hospital, in New South Wales, before travelling to England.

Initially she did some locum Outpatients work around the country, before travelling in Europe. She then obtained a permanent post working on the Orthopaedic Ward and Outpatients at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital from September 1992 to October 1993, whilst doing some evening work at the White House Clinic.

She started working full time at the White House Physiotherapy clinic in October 1993, which also included working some hours at BMI Thornbury Hospital for a year from November 1996. Between September 1995 and June 1996, she completed a Certificate of Post-Registration Combined Manipulation at Sheffield Hallam University.

In 1998 she went to work in a private practice for one year in Hamilton, New Zealand. Six months after her return to the White House Clinic, she left work to have her first daughter, in 1999. Since then, she has continued to work part-time, and had another daughter in 2001.

Anna Wilkinson MCSP HPC

Anna Wilkinson MCSP HPC, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Anna Wilkinson qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2001. She specialises in the rehabilitation of Neurological and Orthopaedic/ Musculoskeletal injuries.

She has since been working in both Private Practice and the National Health Service. She has worked in a variety of settings both in the hospital and Community.

Anna has extensive post-graduate training and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Advanced Physiotherapy Practice (Neurology). Anna also works at Sheffield Hallam University researching the use of technology in rehabilitation of Neurological conditions.

She has been involved with patients with Pulmonary Hypertension investigating effects of exercise and rehabilitation. She has made a fitness DVD for patients! Anna has presented at national and international conferences on benefits of exercise and rehabilitation.

Christine Antunes MCSP HPC

Christine qualified as a physiotherapist in South Africa in 1995 and started her career in a general hospital, doing mainly respiratory and orthopaedic work. She then spent three years in private practice, before moving over to England.

Christine has been working at the Whitehouse since 2002, and she currently works part time. Christine’s special interests are orthopaedics, musculo-skeletal problems and rehabilitation.

She has also done her Pilates instructor training with APPI in London. She is married, and has two daughters. In her spare time (besides running after little ones!) she keeps fit at the gym and does some swimming. She also enjoys dancing and going to the cinema.

Hayley Mount MCSP HPC AACP

Hayley Mount MCSP HPC AACP, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Hayley graduated from Keele University with a BSc (hons) Physiotherapy in 2005. Since then she has specialised in sports injuries, and has attained a distinction in her MSc Sport Injury Management and Therapy degree at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist.

Hayley has been working at the Whitehouse full time since October 2007, and can be found in the Sheffield, Doncaster and Hathersage clinics. She treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions across all age groups. Prior to joining the Whitehouse she worked for the NHS in Cheshire and was also an assistant physiotherapist at Witton Albion Football Club.

Hayley has also completed numerous post graduate training courses in movement analysis, and orthopaedic medicine. She is qualified in acupuncture and became an accredited member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) in 2008. Hayley is also a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) and an associate member of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine.

Hayley has a professional involvement with transplant patients, and has worked as a physiotherapist at the British Transplant Games since 2008. She was one of two physiotherapists who supported the British Team at the World Transplant Games in Australia in August 2009.

Her personal interests include general fitness and walks in the Peak District.

Sally Fawcett MCSP HPC

Sally graduated with a BSc (hons) Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in June 2008. She has recently completed massage for physiotherapists and Pilates for physiotherapist’s courses.

Prior to gaining her physiotherapy degree she worked as a personal trainer. Fitness is a passion of hers, both teaching and participating! She is an advanced gym instructor, having completed numerous courses including posture assessment and correction, science of torso training, kettlebell instructing and spinning.

Sally has completed Foundation Acupuncture in 2009 and is a member of the AACP. She is also qualified in massage and Pilates and has recently completed a course in Kinesiology taping.

In her spare time Sally represents Great Britain in the Duathlon Age Group World Championships and has recently completed the Edinburgh and Dublin marathons along with numerous half marathons.

Katie Bell MCSP HPC

Katie Bell MCSP HPC, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Katie graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2008 with a first class BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy and secured a job as a Physiotherapy Teaching Assistant at the University for one year which was a role split into clinic, teaching and course administration.

Katie started working at the Whitehouse clinic in June 2009 and has developed and lead a brand new ‘Acute spinal service’ running across 27 GP practices in Sheffield. Katie is APPI Level 2 qualified and runs the Pilates department at the Whitehouse running 1:1 sessions and classes for women, men, post and prenatal and sport, combining both a Physiotherapy and a Pilates approach to enhance a patients recovery.

Katie is the MBT South Yorkshire representative and is a ‘Move for Health’ champion in South Yorkshire.

Katie is the Physio for the local Rugby team in Sheffield which involves lots of cold days and evenings in mud and rain, but offers another aspect to Katie’s professional job.

Katie is a keen sports player and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She has recently qualified as an Acupuncturist and is a member of the AACP and has recently completed a kinesiology taping course and is looking to begin her Masters in the near future.

Julia Baron MCSP HPC

Julia Baron MCSP HPC, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Julia graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 2007, having previously completed a BSc (Hons) degree at Sheffield University in Biomedical Sciences.

After qualifying, she initially worked as a junior physiotherapist at another Sheffield private practice, working with patients with musculoskeletal problems, and also at the South Yorkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. She joined the Whitehouse team in January 2009, working part-time whilst continuing to work at the MS Centre 2 days a week.

Julia has undertaken postgraduate courses in manual therapy and Pilates, and has been teaching Pilates classes now for 2 years. She is also about to begin her Acupuncture training in January 2010.

Outside of work, Julia enjoys anything involving outdoor adventure sports, being a keen climber, mountain biker and skier. She is also a member of local Adventure racing team "Accelerate", competing all over the UK in multisport endurance events.

David Nicholls

David Nicholls, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

David nicholls is an HPC registered podiatrist specialising in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics and the provision of Orthotics.

He has 10 years extensive experience which includes working with Physiotherapists and Orthopaedic surgeons, armed service contracts, treating a range of conditions from foot and heel pain to acute and chronic spinal conditions.

This service is an ideal complement to the treatment and care from the White house physiotherapy team.

Tom Doran - Bsc (Hons) Sports rehabilitation and Injury Prevention

Tom Doran, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Whilst at University, Tom spent 4 months in Australia at the world renowned Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic (MGIC) under the supervision of Ramsay McMaster, a leading authority in golf specific fitness and rehabilitation.

During this time, Tom worked closely with coaches and players at the Victiorian and Australian institutes for golf. He also spent time working with the number one amateur player in the world to prepare him for professional golf.

After graduating in 2007, Tom was asked to return to Australia to continue working with elite golfers and gain more experience. He initially went to Adelaide to work at the South Australian College for Elite Golf. During this time Tom worked with biomechanics experts who gave him the opportunity to study the golf swing from different aspects physically and biomechanically. This experience has given Tom a great base knowledge to work with when prescribing golf conditioning programmes.

After his stay in Adelaide, Tom went back to MGIC to further his knowledge with Ramsay. Whilst back in Melbourne, Tom worked with players from the European Tour, PGA Tour, Asian Tour, Ladies European and LPGA tours and the smaller EPD tour in Germany. Tom gained valuable experience working with these professional players at the top level and has got a great insight into the golf swing and the areas which need to improved in order to improve performance and shoot lower scores.

During his spare time Tom plays golf on a regular basis along with football and is constantly looking to lower his handicap.

Helen Roebuck - B.W.Y Dip

Helen Roebuck, yoga therapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Helen is a passionate Yoga Instructor and Therapist, she has completed 4 years of training with The British wheel of Yoga who are the governing Body for Yoga in the UK. Her qualification is recognised by Sport England and the Central Council for Physical Recreation.

Helen has practiced yoga for 12 years, she completed her training in Cornwall where she taught regular classes for the public as well as 1-1 therapy in the mental health sector. Helen holds workshops and has worked extensively teaching Yoga at festivals around the UK, her travel and teaching experience extends to India where she taught Yoga on Aum Beach Karnataka to students and travellers.

“ Yoga at TWH has been introduced to primarily integrate with physiotherapy services. Regular practise of yoga will prepare the body and problematic areas for physiotherapy, due to the many benefits of Yoga patients will get the most out of their treatment at TWH”

Helen Dinneen - BSc (Hons) MCSP HPC

Helen Dinneen, physiotherapist at The White House Physiotherapy Clinic

Helen graduated from Kings College London in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.

Since qualifying as a a physiotherapist Helen has worked for several NHS trusts as a Junior and Senior physiotherapist in a variety of settings including Accident and Emergency, orthopaedics, paediatrics and outpatients. Helen also lived in Ireland for nearly two years from 2004 to 2006 mostly working in a private practice and with a rugby team.

Prior to University and until her first son was born in 2007 Helen did charity work with the Catholic Association on eight pilgrimages to Lourdes taking pilgrims who needed assistant to the hospital and grotto in Lourdes. She has also worked on many St John's Handicapped Children's Trust summer camps.

Helen has also completed a number of pilate and musculoskeletal courses. Helen joined the White House in 2009, she then went on Maternity leave in 2010 after the birth of her second son.

Helen is now back at the White House and is teaching ante natal pilates as well as beginner pilates and 1:1 sessions.



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