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At Physio Plus you're in safe hands

We pride ourselves on providing the most experienced Physiotherapists and best Sports Massage therapists around.
Helen Reed - Chartered Physiotherapist

Helen Reed - Chartered Physiotherapist 

Helen has been a physiotherapist for a long time! She qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 1996. She started her physiotherapy career working in the NHS at the Freeman Hospital specialising in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy in 1999. Helen moved into the private sector full time in 2003, and founded Physio+ in 2007. 

She has continued to develop her specialist physiotherapy skills through post graduate training most recently completing JEMS Movement ART level 2 which has taken her skills in movement analysis to the next level.

Helen has particular success in treating patients that may have had treatment elsewhere but symptoms still persist. She's seen a lot of patients in almost 30 years as a physio and with that extensive experience may approach your problem slightly differently.

Her particular areas of interest relate to rehabilitation of shoulder and knee injuries. She wants to help you be able to move with greater ease, confidence and control by treating the source of the problem, not the symptom.

Helen has also been heavily involved in treatment and management of sports injuries. She has worked with patients from grassroots level to high performance. She has helped many athletes return to the sport they love, be it running or triathlon to equestrian or martial arts.

Cathryn Clark - Chartered Physiotherapist

Frances Cerisola – Chartered Physiotherapist

Frances graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy from Manchester University in 1997. She started her career at the Freeman Hospital as a junior physiotherapist rotating around the various departments, gaining valuable experience. 
Frances spent a couple of years travelling in Australia where she was also a part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic volunteer physiotherapy team. On her return to the UK she specialised in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy at University Hospital of North Durham and has also worked in South Tyneside District Hospital. 
Frances’ further study has included a diploma in injection therapy and she has completed her MSc in advanced clinical practice in the musculo-skeletal field. Frances’ particular forte is treatment of spinal problems.
Frances has also worked extensively with sports teams across the North East, including Northumberland representative county rugby teams.
Jonny Connop


Jack Gilmour - Chartered Physiotherapist
Jack qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Northumbria University in 2016 with a BSc(Hons) in physiotherapy. He started his career at Sunderland hospitals and rotated around all aspects of physiotherapy before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2018. and currently works in Sunderland Hospital, gaining a wide variety of physiotherapy experience. He has worked with Sunderland football academy and in a gym environment treating strength and competitive combat athletes.
Jack has continued to develop his physiotherapy skills, taking further courses in Acupuncture, neck pain and shoulder rehabilitation. Jack offers physiotherapy to all at the clinic and has a keen interest in various sporting activities including athletics, rugby, Crossfit and powerlifting.
Prior to qualifying as a physiotherapist, Jack worked at Physio Plus as a Sports Massage Therapist, so for a combined 'hands on' and exercise rehabilitation approach - Jack is the physio for you. 
Olivia Clerey


Julie Phillips - Chartered Physiotherapist
Julie  qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy in 2004, graduating from University of Huddersfield. In 2007 she decided musculoskeletal physiotherapy was the area she wanted to specialise in and has worked with both paediatric and adult musculoskeletal patients ever since. 


In addition to her clinics at Physio Plus, Julie works in the hands burns and plastics team at the Royal Victoria Hospital and has a specialist interest in hand therapy. She is a member of the British Association of Hand therapists. She has continued to develop her specialist physiotherapy skills through a wealth of post graduate training and brings these valuable skills and experience into her private work at Physio Plus. 


Julie treats patients with musculoskeletal injuries in any area of the body, but if it’s your hand you’ve injured – she’s the physio for you!

Sarah Buckton

Kelly Fearon – Chartered Physiotherapist

Kelly qualified with a BSc(Hons) degree in physiotherapy in 1995, graduating from the university of Northumbria. She started her career at North Tyneside Hospital before moving to Freeman Hospital as a Senior Physiotherapist where she rotated around all departments gaining varied physio knowledge. 
She then specialised in Trauma and Orthopaedics for 13 years, treating patients following joint replacement surgery, fractures, major trauma, osteoarthritic and rheumatological conditions. Her keen interest in musculoskeletal conditions led her to move into private practice in 2014 where she has continued to develop her skills. 
Kelly sees all musculoskeletal problems but if you have had a Total Hip or Knee Replacement, she is the physio for you - she has seen hundreds over the years!

Claire Fox - Sports Massage Therapist

Claire is a Level 4 massage therapist with varied experience in helping athletes to recover from injuries or build resilience for achieving new goals – from footballers to bodybuilders, runners to rowers, Claire has worked with a range of clients.
Whether elite athletes, dedicated amateurs, desk jockeys or heating engineers, she knows they all have the same goal of being and feeling better. So as well as looking to ease the pain she attempts to address the root cause and possible underlying issues, taking a holistic approach to treatments.
Claire is also a rowing and strength and conditioning coach. Her wider knowledge base includes complimentary treatments such as dry cupping, taping and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation. With her extensive background in sports she has suffered more than her share of injuries over the years and knows how liberating successful treatment can be. 
 She also represents Tyne United Rowing Club in British Rowing Masters competitions across the country.
Jonny is a longstanding member of our team of Sports Massage Therapists. He gained his BSc(Hons) Sports Therapy in 2008. As you can imagine, he's helped a lot of patients in that time! He is also qualified as a gym instructor and Pilates instructor so brings a wealth of experience in addition to his sports massage skills. 


Jonny treats a variety of people, young, old, sporty and non sporty individuals. He provides high quality treatment, rehabilitation, and advice to aid recovery, helping patients work to achieve their desired level of function and fitness whilst getting them back to what they enjoy in everyday life pain-free.

Jonny is a keen cyclist and has undertaken a number of challenges raising money for the Percy Hedley foundation. In 2014 he completed a 3000-mile cycle across America from Los Angeles to New York in 30 days for The Percy Hedley foundation, raising almost £10,000 in the process. In 2023 he did yet another challenge and cycled to the moon - you'll have to ask him about that!

Jonny Connop – Sports Massage Therapist

Dawn Ridgway
Laura Donaldson

“Just a short note to thank you for the work you performed on my shoulder. After only two consultations, the pain that was causing me sleepless nights had virtually disappeared, and mobility was much improved. I can now concentrate on my day to day activities without the distraction caused by the discomfort I was suffering. Needless to say I was very pleased with my course of treatment.” Mr S. Henderson, Newcastle
Contact Physio Plus on 0191 281 2021 for details about the physical therapy we offer across Newcastle upon Tyne.
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