Our Associates

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Our Associates

We have the aim to provide you with expert clinical care and advice and select our associates accordingly. Our associates are highly skilled practitioners with specialist knowledge in their chosen fields.

Gary has over 40 years’ experience in Olympic and professional sport, as an athlete, coach, scientist, sports medicine professional and performance director. He has lead teams at four Olympic Games and worked extensively in professional sports including eight years in professional football where he was a recipient of the FIFA Fair Play Award. Gary has presented at conferences worldwide on the subject of performance planning and is a guest lecturer at leading UK Universities on training philosophy. He has led sporting teams in competition and training camps throughout the world and his model of integration of multi-disciplinary teams into the high-performance process has been adopted widely.

He was consultant author on the book “Training to Succeed” published by Franklin-Watts. Gary has appeared on several TV shows including the recent reality TV show “Beat the Star” where he was the coach to the celebrity athletes.

Optima’s lead Sports Therapist and Clinic Manager. Laura has studied sports therapy to Post-Graduate level and has worked at leading sports medicine centres and with a variety of sports.
She has specific interests in biomechanical analysis and use of acupuncture for musculo-skeletal pain.
Holly is a senior physiotherapist with a wide variety of experience working in the NHS, BUPA Health System and with leading sports teams. For the last four years she has worked closely with the military including tri-service personnel, including working as clinical lead with the Special Forces Support Group and Special Forces. Holly is experienced in treating all types of injuries from significant operational injuries to post-operative rehabilitation. Her interests include injury prevention and injuries of the hip and groin. She believes in educating clients to help themselves and preventing those aches and pains from returning.

Caroline’s expertise lies in the area of the psychological aspects of sports injury. Psychological factors play an important role in the rehabilitation from sports injury and sports injury rehabilitation professionals. Caroline offers consultations and delivery of programmes for performance enhancement, coping strategies, pre-competition and in competition nervousness, career transition and recovery from injury.

One of Optima’s team of Sports Therapists, Lucy is passionate about support with a particular love of long distance running. She is a firm believer that whether you’re a weekend fun runner or elite competitor your body should be treated like that of a pro athlete. Lucy loves helping her clients, through sports massage therapy to maintain high performance and remain injury free.

Chloe is a Sports Therapist with experience of working in professional football an in a clinical environment. She has a particular interest in joint hypermobility and dance injuries. Chloe believes that joint hypermobility is frequently overlooked, but treatment to improve joint stability can help reduce associated symptoms.

A graduate from St Mary’s University Twickenham, Harry is a Sport Rehabilitator who uses the most up to date treatment techniques. Harry specialises in performance therapy and uses sports massage extensively. He has gained experience working in a variety of sporting environments including tennis, football, rugby and within leading sports injury clinics. Harry is fascinated by the way the body moves, believing everyone is unique and takes pride in tailoring his treatment plans specific to the individual and their sport.
A graduate with honours in Sport Rehabilitation from St Mary’s University Twickenham. Sam is a firm believer in that every patient is different and that no one should live with pain or injury. To combat this, Sam uses the latest and most up to date treatment methods to tailor each session to his patients for their specific needs. Previous experience includes; working in injury clinics and different sporting environments including; rugby, hockey and professional football. The way the body moves and how you can improve this has always been a fascination to Sam and is one of the reasons for perusing his career in sports rehabilitation.


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