BSc (hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC
The newest member of the Physiotherapy team. Aaron trained at the University of Nottingham and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduating Aaron has gained a wealth of experience in injury prevention and accelerated rehabilitation with elite level athletes as well as developing a holistic approach to patient centred care, in a private setting.
Aaron has worked with professional football players at Burton Albion Football Club, as well as Skiers, Mountain-bikers and Triathletes in Queenstown, New Zealand. He also qualified as a yoga teacher in India, granting him the ability to deliver Yoga, Pilates and Meditation classes.
“My philosophy is patient empowerment. Given the correct education, guidance, treatment and self-management plan, even the most complex or chronic conditions can be overcome.”
BSc (hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC MAACP
Lead clinician at Physio Form. Laura trained at The University of Nottingham and graduated in 2005 with a BSc(hons) degree in Physiotherapy.
Laura established Physio Form in December 2009 due to a demand for quality Physiotherapy for athletes in the area and with her extensive experience with sports injuries it was a natural progression . The clinic has enjoyed steady growth with a known reputation for specialising in rapid response in treating sports injuries. Laura has worked with Derbyshire Sports Injury Clinic, now known as the Sporting Joint, at David Lloyd treating an array of sports injuries as well as working as lead Physiotherapist for Burton Rugby Club 1st team for 3 years. Previously Laura worked in the NHS for 7 Years at Queens Hospital Burton as a rotational physiotherapist gaining valuable experience in all areas of physiotherapy including neurology, musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, respiratory, health care of the elderly, rheumatology, and obstetrics and then progressed to working alongside the medical team in the Emergercy department, Musculoskeletal outpatients and the neck clinic.
Other specialist skills also include Acupuncture, Kinesiology Taping, McKenzie assessment and treatment for spinal and neck pain, Myofascial release and trigger points, Ante-Natal & Post-Natal treatment and rehabilitation and Sports Massage. Laura is a qualified instructor for Fit Back and Bumps ante-natal and post-natal pilates based exercise classes.
"My common interests lie in lower limb musculoskeletal biomechanics, and as a runner myself I enjoy seeing progress of other athletes return to their sport; and I can fully appreciate the frustrations and impact an injury has on your sport . In addition, I love helping those with pain and limited mobility, return to their normal daily life pain-free. In my spare time I enjoy running and some of my achievements include running 1:30 half marathon, a 40 minute 10K and I am a mum of two boys which also keeps me very busy!"
Abbey van Dijk
BSc (hons) Physiotherapy HCPC, MCSP, Dip (Advanced Sports Massage), Mathematics Teacher, Level 1 Athletics Coach
Abbey van Dijk has recently joined our Physio Form team as a Physiotherapist and massage Specialist at Physio Form and will be offering tailored massages with advice and recommendations on training/progression if you wish. Abbey has a physiotherapy degree qualifying from Birmingham University in 2002. Abbey is also a Mathematics teacher and is most recently in the process of gaining a diploma in sports massage therapy giving her greater skills and techniques for the hands on rehabilitation of common injuries. Along with this Abbey is able to offer pre event, post event as well as preventative massages combining skills tailored to suit your needs and muscular restrictions. Abbey has a level one athletics coaching qualification and fully understand the demands sport and training places on our bodies.
"I feel very passionately about the prevention and management of injuries whether sustained from a sport or during daily routines and would be committed to helping you reach your rehabilitation goals. I am from a very sporting background competing at county football, hockey, badminton, athletics and cross-country as a youngster. Following this I went into triathlon and competed at European and World Championship at age group level. This gave me a strong background for focusing on pure running where I competed for Burton and Derby AC at many races over the country. During a time of injury I took up road and circuit races raced for Mercia and Lichfield cycling club. After having my little boy last year I still manage some training which now just consists of a pair of running shoes and the least messy top I can find – I enjoy it now more than ever".
BSc (hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC
Nic trained as a physiotherapist at Sheffield Hallam University graduating in 2007. She obtained rotational post at Queens Hospital Burton progressing to senior level in 2009. Throughout this time at Burton, Nicola gained an extensive array of clinical skills by working across a number of areas including respiratory, orthopeadics, rheumatology and amputees, neurology, A&E, obstetrics and gynaecology and musculoskeletal outpatients.
In 2013 Nicola obtained a position at another NHS trust in Derbyshire working in a rehabilitation unit. This involved using highly skilled problem solving and gait analysis skills to assess and treat adult and elderly patients with orthopaedic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. The aim was to improve ability and function, reduce pain and improving quality of life.
"I really enjoy the challenge of assessing and treating someone to enable them to achieve their goal. Whether that is to be able to complete normal daily activities without pain right the way through to someone who has the goal of a sporting achievement. As someone who is a keen sports enthusiast and have been lucky enough to have played hockey at National League level. I understand the impact an injury can have not just on your sport, but on day to day life too."
BSc (hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC. Trained APPI pilates teacher
Karen graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 and worked initially as a rotational
Physiotherapist for Leicester NHS trust. Here she gained experience in a wide range of areas
including respiratory, neurology, outpatients, trauma orthopaedics and women’s health. She then
worked as a senior Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapist for Nottingham PCT gaining further
experience in outpatient care and orthopaedics. More recently Karen has worked for Nuffield Health
where her work involved post-surgical physiotherapy and MSK outpatients at the Fitness and Well-
Being Centre. Alongside this Karen has also worked in sports injury clinics including the Derbyshire
Sporting Joint where she treated both acute and chronic sports injuries.
Karen has a post-graduate qualification in acupuncture and is also skilled in kinesiology taping. In
addition, she is an APPI trained Pilates instructor and has experience running Clinical Pilates classes.
Outside of work Karen’s passion is athletics and prior to her career in Physiotherapy she competed
for Great Britain in both cross-country and track events. Although no longer competing she continues
to be involved with Notts Athletics Club offering advice and treatment on injury management and
“Having been an athlete myself I understand how frustrating pain and injury can be. With my varied
experience, I am able to provide a thorough assessment and treatment plan that meets the individual
needs of my clients”
BSc (first class hons) degree, MCSP, HCPC, Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist
Naomi trained as a Physiotherapist at Keele University and graduated in 2017 with a BSc(first class
hons) degree in Physiotherapy. Naomi is also a qualified level 3 Sports Massage Therapist and is
trained in Myofascial decompression (cupping), kinesiology taping and stability taping.
Since graduating Naomi has gained valuable experience working in numerous NHS locations,
including Dundee, Scotland where she specialised in the rehabilitation of amputees. This involved
utilising specialist gait analysis in the provision of a prosthesis and teaching amputees how to walk
Naomi now works full time in a rotational Physiotherapist position at Queens Hospital Burton, where
she has gained knowledge and experience in a broad range of Physiotherapy services, including;
Intensive care and respiratory care, Frailty services and the prevention of hospital admission in
Accident and Emergency. Naomi’s current post is within the outpatient department of
Rheumatology, where she is developing further skills in assessment and treatment of those with
complex musculoskeletal conditions also affected by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis,
inflammatory joint disease, joint hypermobility, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and connective tissue
Naomi is currently offering Sports Massage services in the clinic and has gained experience working
at running events in Scotland in pre and post-event sports massage.
‘I thrive off the improvements my clients are able to report following a sports massage session.
Knowing I have aided their progression to achieve a goal or complete an event is truly rewarding. I
especially enjoy utilising my skills obtained in myofascial decompression and taping to add further
benefit for my clients’.
‘In my spare time I enjoy participating in Cani-X with my border-collie, which involves cross-country
running with your dog connected to you by a bungee-lead... lots of fun!’