Clinical Associates | Health & Sports Physiotherapy

Meet our Clinical Associates

Dr Daniel Vaughan
Specialist Sports Physician

Dr Daniel Vaughan Sports Doctor CardiffDr Vaughan is first team doctor for Newport County Football Club, Cardiff Blues Rugby and Medical Officer to the British Boxing Board of Control. Having completed undergraduate training in Exeter, he has worked within the UK and Australia where he has developed his sport and exercise interests with the Newcastle Knights & Manley Sea Eagles NRL teams.

He has post-graduate qualifications in sport and exercise medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound and has been awarded membership to the faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Ireland. Dr. Vaughan has a special interest in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of joint and soft tissue problems in elite athletes and the non-sporting population alike. He believes strongly in the use of sports medicine as a way to develop a strong and robust individual to achieve their aspirations – whether this be in sport, life or both.

He prides himself on providing bespoke, evidence based care, centred on the individual. He is proficient in diagnostic ultrasound examinations as well as using this to guide a variety of joint and soft tissue injections including steroids (cortisone), platelet rich plasma (PRP) and visco-supplementation like hyaluronic acid (Ostinil). Dr Vaughan is a director of our sister company Pro Sports Medicine and can request blood tests, imaging (like x-rays and MRI) and perform onward referral to his close network of specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons.

Dr. Vaughan has a background as a semi-professional rugby and cricket player, gaining schoolboy honours for Wales in both sports. His current sporting and clinical interests include rugby, football, cricket, weightlifting, athletics and golf.


Dr Geoff Davies
Consultant Sports Physician

Dr Geoff Davies is a full time Consultant Sports Physician dividing his time between professional rugby, the NHS and the Ministry of Defense. Dr Davies is the Welsh Rugby Union national team doctor and is the only Cardiff based consultant Sports Physician, one of only 2 such specialists in Wales. 

Dr Davies provides private services at the Vale Healthcare Clinic in Cardiff Bay. He is also director of his own sports medicine company, Cardiff Sports Medicine Services Ltd - 

Mr Chris Wilson
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon 

Mr Chris Wilson is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon. Mr Wilson is innovative and is experienced in the newer techniques of stem cell grafting for articular cartilage defects, meniscal repair and transplantation, athroscopic ligament reconstruction, computer-guided knee replacement, partial knee replacement and re-alignment osteotomy.

He has developed several novel techniques and has published these in specialist medical journals, along with other related research. He is active in teaching , training and assessing junior doctors and trainee surgeons and teaches on courses locally, and at the Royal College of Surgeons. He has lectured at national and international meetings. He teaches and examines on the MSc in Sports Medicine at UWIC -

Mr Richard Evans
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon 

As the lead specialist and founder of Cardiff Shoulder Clinic, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Richard Evans has 20 years of experience in shoulder care and understands the impact shoulder pain, stiffness and weakness can have on your daily life.

Mr Evans' extensive experience in keyhole surgery (known as arthroscopic surgery) ensures patients benefit from quicker recovery times and a better healthcare experience. Richard is an Honorary Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues, and a member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society. He is trustworthy, friendly and approachable, providing a personal service to all patients -

Mr Rhys Thomas
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon 

Mr Rhys Thomas is a specialist in adult foot and ankle surgery.  He has extensive experience in this field, having been a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon for over 12 years.

Mr Thomas regularly treats sporting injuries and this is recognised by being a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.  He is Honorary Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Blues Rugby and Cardiff City Football Club.  He also treats players from across the Welsh rugby regions and other sporting disciplines.

Mr Thomas has a keen interest in research and teaching.  He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University and has published in several peer-reviewed journals.  He teaches and lectures on the MSc in Sports Medicine at Cardiff Met and the MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering at Cardiff University.  He also teaches on the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society clinical course and is co-organiser of the Royal College of Surgery Core Skills in Orthopaedics course. 

Mr Phil Thomas
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon 

Mr Phil Thomas, a recognised hip specialist, is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Honorary University Lecturer at the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff. Alongside his private orthopaedic practice at Vale Healthcare, Mr Thomas specialises in paediatric and adult hip disorders. This ranges from babies born with hip problems through to the elderly with hip arthritis.

As a result of his paediatric hip interest, he specialises in young adult hip disorders, many of which are a consequence of childhood hip problems. Mr Thomas is trained to offer the vast majority of hip surgery procedures including hip arthroscopy, hip osteotomy, minimally invasive hip replacements and traditional hip replacements. 

Mr Thomas also has expertise in treating elite and professionals athletes with hip problems and is the orthopaedic surgeon for the Llanelli Scarlets rugby team. He is also orthopaedic surgeon to the senior Wales national rugby team. 

Mr David Pemberton
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon 

Mr David Pemberton is a private Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Vale Healthcare, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, South Wales. Mr Pemberton practices from both the Vale Hospital and Cardiff Bay Clinic, and has a special interest in lower limb surgery particularly knee surgery. He is Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union, and Pontypridd RFC. Mr Pemberton is also honorary surgeon to professional welsh ice hockey side the Cardiff Devils.

Sports injuries however are only a small part of Mr Pemberton's clinical practice, with the majority of patients requiring intervention for degenerative conditions, in particular knee cartilage tears and arthritis. Despite specialising in knee surgery, Mr Pemberton still performs a lot of hip replacement surgery's and indeed is one of the pioneers of ceramic bearing hip implants in Wales. He is now pioneering the utilisation of inter-positional implants for early knee arthritis in young, active patients and dual compartment replacements for knee arthritis preserving the patient’s own cruciate ligaments.

Mr Stuart Roy
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Stuart Roy is a consultant in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, with a sub-speciality interest in lower limb surgery. He is the lead clinician of the orthopaedic department for the Cwm Taff Trust. In addition to this Mr Roy also holds the role of honorary senior lecturer at the Cardiff University School of Medicine.

Mr Roy has broad experience in most aspects of trauma and has expertise in lower limb surgery including total hip replacement and all aspects of knee surgery, and surgery of the foot and ankle. Mr Roy is very active in rugby and represented Wales from a schoolboy level up to senior international level. He played for Cardiff RFC, Cambridge University and Pontypridd RFC as well as gaining full Wales International honours. 



Mark Evans
Podiatrist & Chiropodist

Mark graduated from the University Wales Institute Cardiff in 2000, with an honours degree in Podiatric Medicine. He works as a specialist Podiatrist within the NHS and part-time running a successful private practice.

Mark began his career working in general podiatry practice providing him with a good base of knowledge. In 2004 he advanced to an extended scope position as a Musculo-Skeletal Specialist treating more complex foot and lower limb problems. In 2008 he undertook the new role of Podo-Paediatric Specialist establishing dedicated clinics that focus on children’s foot and lower limb problems.