Michael Armstrong (Senior Physiotherapist)
Michael qualified in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Manchester Metropolitan University. His first job was working in semi-professional football in the Northern League. He has worked in private musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy since 2009 and has progressed through his career at the North East Clinic to become one of the senior physiotherapists. Michael is trained in McKenzie Diagnosis & Therapy, sports massage, acupuncture, Kinesio taping, treating myofascial trigger points and has completed the Intermediate First Aid in Sport (IFAS) qualification. He also works part-time at Newcastle United FC’s academy.
Jennifer Sewell (Senior Physiotherapist)
Jennifer qualified in 2012 with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Cumbria. Prior to this Jennifer completed a bachelors degree in Anatomical Science where she specialised in muscle, spine and biomechanics. Jennifer began her physiotherapy career at the North East Clinic in May 2013 and became a senior physiotherapist in February 2016. Her clinical role involves providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment to medico legal, occupational health and private clients. She has a particular interest in temporomandibular (Jaw) disorders, occupational health physiotherapy and clinical research, and is trained in acupuncture and the application of kinesiotaping, as well as being experienced in a number of manual therapies. In her occupational health role, Jennifer leads Manual Handling training sessions, completes office workstation assessments, and assists in the training of other workstation assessors. She also assists in research activities within the clinic, producing articles for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Mic Hutchinson (Senior Physiotherapist)
Mic graduated from Northumbria University in 2013 with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Mic has worked at the North East Clinic since graduation, and in 2016 was promoted to Senior Physiotherapist. His main responsibilities include; the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, predominantly for medico-legal clients, and also undertakes telephone triage assessments.
Mic also works for Newcastle United FC, as a part time Academy Physiotherapist where he assesses, treats and manages academy footballers who suffer sporting injuries. He has an interest in designing, implementing and delivering rehabilitation programmes for injured players when covering evening and weekend rehabilitation clinics. Mic is qualified in Acupuncture, Kinesio Taping Levels 1 and 2 and Emergency Pitch Side First Aid.
Mic regularly enjoys playing football and also maintains his fitness through gym based exercise.
Lucy Porteous (Senior Physiotherapist)
Lucy qualified in 2008 from Teesside University with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She then worked within the NHS for 4 years where she worked in respiratory, medicine, orthopedics and the musculoskeletal outpatients. She joined the North East Clinic in December 2012 as a Senior Physiotherapist. Lucy has a strong interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and enjoys assessing, diagnosing and planning treatments. She continuously strives to keep up to date with new research in physiotherapy and enjoys finding updated techniques helping to provide optimum results for her patients. Lucy has completed courses in ACL rehab, whiplash, Maitland’s concept, acupuncture, joint mobilizations and soft tissue release. She can provide ergonomic assessments and is also a qualified Pilates instructor. She has also previously worked with her local rugby club providing pitch-side management and emergency first aid. Outside of work Lucy enjoys fitness activities including Pilates, swimming and gym based exercise.
Laura Clark (Senior Physiotherapist)
Laura qualified in 2011 from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. During her first year following qualification she worked in a private physiotherapy clinic and completed a graduate training programme before moving to North East Clinic in 2012 where she progressed to senior Physiotherapist in 2013. Laura can assess, diagnose and treat a wide variety of injuries and provide advice on return to sport and exercise. In 2015 Laura completed a course in musculoskeletal medicine and is qualified in acupuncture and Kinesiotaping, experienced in ergonomic assessments and manual therapies, and is also a qualified clinical Pilates instructor. Laura is a keen runner (regularly competing in regional and national events) and skier, and regularly completes functional fitness training. She understands the importance of exercise in maintaining physical and mental wellbeing and has worked as a physiotherapist at running and netball sporting events.
Kanchan Chugh (Senior Physiotherapist)
Kanchan qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. Kanchan worked in state run and private hospitals in India for four years where she completed clinical rotations and specialised in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She was also involved in the completion of a National research project on the management of ACL injuries. After relocating to Newcastle in 2006 Kanchan worked in private practice for 8 years and continued to specialise in musculoskeletal and sports injuries which included treating professional athletes and dancers. Kanchan began working at the North East Clinic in 2015 as a Senior physiotherapist which involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, predominantly for medico-legal patients. Kanchan is qualified in the use of kinesiotape, and is experienced in manual therapy and the use of structured rehabilitation protocols. Outside of work Kanchan enjoys HIIT classes and gym based exercises.
Amy Errington (Physiotherapist)
Amy qualified in 2016 with a BHSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from York St John University where she completed her dissertation on the prevalence of joint hypermobility syndrome in the North East of England. Amy started working at the North East Clinic in August 2016 as a Junior Physiotherapist which involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries in numerous clinics within the north east including in Newcastle, Sunderland and Cramlington. She has a special interest in lower limb disorders and hopes to further her knowledge and skills with the support of the senior physiotherapists within the team. Outside of her clinical work Amy enjoys climbing.
Robyn Simpson (Physiotherapist)
Robyn qualified in 2013 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Before beginning university she gained a Higher National Diploma in sports therapy. After graduation Robyn worked in the NHS for two years as a rotational physiotherapist, gaining a vast amount of experience in all areas of physiotherapy including, musculoskeletal/orthopaedics, stroke rehabilitation, respiratory and women’s health. In September 2016, Robyn joined the team at On Medical, as she has a great interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and rehabilitation of neurological disorders. Robyn is trained in the application of kinesiotape and massage. Outside of work Robyn is a keen horse rider.
Ross Cairns (Physiotherapist)
Ross qualified in 2012 after completing an MSc in Physiotherapy at Northumbria University. Prior to this, Ross studied for a sports therapy degree at Newcastle College. Ross has worked at the North East Clinic for 4 years and alongside this he has worked part time at a local swimming club on a voluntary basis providing treatment and rehabilitation. In his spare time, Ross likes to keep fit at the gym and play golf. Ross has completed a foundation certificate in Acupuncture and enjoys using this treatment regularly in his practice. He has provided sports massage cover at a range of events in the region including The great North Run, The great north 10k and a national badminton tournament. He has a keen interest in the strength and conditioning aspect of rehabilitation.
Cheryl Scally (Physiotherapist)
Cheryl qualified from Northumbria University in 2017 with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Prior to this she graduated from Sligo (Ireland) where she studied two degrees; Health Science and Physiology and a BSc in Health Promotion. Cheryl started working at the North East Clinic in September 2017 as a Junior Physiotherapist which involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. She has recently completed a sport massage therapy course and hopes to utilise these skills in practice and volunteer in future sporting events. Outside of work she enjoys playing Gaelic football and badminton.
Carolyn Atkinson (Physiotherapist)
Carolyn qualified in 2014 from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Since qualification she has worked for the NHS within community rehabilitation settings and has also worked in private practice, specialising in musculoskeletal/medico-legal physiotherapy with a strong focus on manual therapy. Carolyn started working at the North East Clinic in 2017 as a Physiotherapist which involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, predominantly for medico-legal patients. Carolyn is also trained in Sports Massage and kinesiology taping. Outside of work Carolyn enjoys swimming and dancing.
Craig Morland (Physiotherapist)
Craig gained his MSc in Physiotherapy from Northumbria University in March 2017 and worked in the NHS before joining the North East Clinic. Craig also holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Development (University of Sunderland) and an MSc in Sports Therapy (Leeds Metropolitan University). Craig joined the North East Clinic in February 2018 as a Junior Physiotherapist which involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Additionally, Craig works as a physiotherapist for Sunderland Regional Talent Club which includes diagnosing and rehabilitating a variety of sporting injuries. Craig has a great interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and hopes to widen his knowledge with support from senior colleagues. Craig is trained in the application of Kinesio Tape and holds an emergency pitch side first aid qualification. Outside of work, Craig has a keen interest in football and running.