Meet our Physiotherapists
Daniel graduated from the University Of Wales College Of Medicine in 2003, with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Throughout his career he has developed a broad range of clinical experience, from working with the general public to elite sports athletes.
He has previously worked in New Zealand, Australia and the U.K., with a specialist interest in musculoskeletal and sports medicine and has completed an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Cardiff University.
Daniel has worked with a number of professional sports teams including Worcester Warriors, Gloucester Rugby and the Welsh Rugby Union as Head Physiotherapist to the Wales National Sevens Squad. Daniel is currently Head of Medical Services for Guinness Pro14 rugby team the Cardiff Blues.
Alyson Matheson MCSP AACP
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
Alyson qualified from Cardiff School of Physiotherapy in 1987. She worked for Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust for 22 years. She specialises in Musculoskeletal Medicine and has held a number of positions including Superintendent Physiotherapist at Chepstow Hospital and later in Musculoskeletal Outpatients at St Woolos Hospital, Newport.
Alyson joined Health & Sports Physiotherapy in 2015 and is now our Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, managing our team of therapists, driving the clinical standards across our network. She has completed numerous post graduate courses in acupuncture, occupational healthcare, muscle imbalance, Cyriax & McKenzie concepts. Alyson specialises in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including sports injuries and degenerative conditions.
Gruff Parsons Msc MCSP
Following his undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham in 2010, Gruff worked in private practice in London, before joining Health & Sports Physiotherapy whilst taking up a role as the Lead Academy Physiotherapist at the Cardiff Blues. Following two seasons with the Blues and completing his Sports and Exercise Medicine masters, Gruff worked in an interim role with Wales National Rugby Sevens as the Lead Physiotherapist.
Subsequently, Gruff joined London Scottish Rugby club as the Head of Medical Services for a two-season period before joining England National Rugby Sevens as Head Physiotherapist in 2016. During this period, Gruff worked at numerous tournaments across the globe on the World Sevens Series and was a part of the Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning team on the Gold Coast in 2018. After a successful period at the RFU, Gruff re-joined the Heath & Sports Physiotherapy team in July 2018, alongside his primary role as Senior Team Physiotherapist at the Cardiff Blues.
Carys graduated with a Bsc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from Plymouth University in 2009. She has a specialist interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and started working in private practice treating both general public and semi-professional sports athletes in Wales in 2010, before moving to London in 2014.
In London she worked as a Senior Physiotherapist within a private practice on Harley Street. Here she was specialising in performing arts and dance physiotherapy on multiple west end shows, touring performances and performing arts and drama schools; including Italia Conti and RADA.
Notably Carys worked as the Senior Physiotherapist on Strictly Come Dancing for 3 years and in 2016-2017 she travelled with Coldplay on their recent world tour as their Lead Physiotherapist.
Carys is trained in APPI pilates teaching and acupuncture. She has a particular interest in sports rehabilitation within a variety of sports, alongside experience with pre and post-surgical care. She is also a registered practitioner of the British association of performing arts medicine (BAPAM). Carys retruned to Wales in 2018 to continue her career progression within professional sports physiotherapy and has now joined the Health & Sports Physiotherapy team alongside her role within the Cardiff Blues Rugby Academy.
Joe graduated from The University of Huddersfield with a Bsc Physiotherapy in 2016, having previously achieved a Bsc in Sports Science from Swansea University in 2011. Since graduation, Joe has worked in the NHS and private hospitals in Yorkshire, as well as working in Rugby League as Senior Team Physiotherapist for Keighley Cougars RL.
Joe has previous experience working as a Strength & Conditioning coach in Australia, as well as perfoming at the elite level of sport having represented Great Britain in swimming at the world youth games - finishing 8th overall.
Joe now combines his role as Senior Physiotherapist at our Abercarn clinic, with his role as Lead Academy Physiotherapist at Guiness Pro14 club the Cardiff Blues.
Helen Welch MACP MCSP AACP
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Helen combines the role as a Consultant Physiotherapist to Health & Sports Physiotherapy, with her role as an extended scope practitioner for a local Health Board in South Wales.
Helen is also a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), a group of Physiotherapists recognised for their standard of excellence in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Having previously held a post with the Cardiff & Vale NHS trust as a Spinal orthopaedic practitioner, Helen has a specialist interest in spinal pathology and rehabilitation.
Helen holds a post graduate certificate in musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound. In collaboration with Helen, Health & Sports Physiotherapy provide an MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound service from our Cardiff clinic.
Joanne Wood MCSP
Jo graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2004, with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Throughout her career she has worked in the NHS in all areas of Physiotherapy, including musculoskeletal outpatients.
Jo has since specialised in Paediatrics in the NHS, working with and treating a wide cross section of children age 0-19 with a wide variety of disability or illness including neuro-disability, multi-pathology and complex needs. Jo treats children with various conditions, including musculoskeletal, orthopaedics and neuro-disabilities.
Jo’s journey with Pilates started with independent practice, finding it especially useful post running injuries, during and post pregnancy. Jo completed her APPI Pilates training in 2018 and looks forward to building the Pilates service at Health & Sports Physiotherapy.
Based at our Cardiff office, Lynne is the practice manager for our network of clinics ensuring the highest level of customer care and service. Lynne joined the team at Health & Sports Physiotherapy in 2010, bringing a wealth of experience in accounts and business administration.
If you require any further information Lynne can be contacted directly on: 02920 762000 or firstname.lastname@example.org