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Physiotherapists – Private Clinic

Charlie Akiens – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Swimming


Charlie is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, sports masseuse and acupuncturist, qualifying in 2004 from Southampton with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She is now due to complete her MSc in Sports Medicine in August 2018. Charlie is currently a consultant physiotherapist to Basketball England and British Athletics.

She has worked for many years in the NHS, British military, private sports injury practices, GP surgeries and private hospitals.

She has a wealth of experience across many sporting disciplines, including rugby, volleyball, American football, sitting volleyball, hockey and football. This has involved travelling abroad to provide support.

She has worked as a volunteer physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was lead physiotherapist for hockey at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Charlie has also been Team GB HQ physiotherapist for the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival in Austria and Lichtenstein in 2015.

Charlie is a qualified triathlon coach, scuba diver and mountain climber, she has trekked up Mt Kilimanjaro and Machu Pichu as well as travelling around the world with her backpack.

Charlie joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in March 2018 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Swimming.


Simon Evans – Clinical Lead


BSc. (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation, MSc. Physiotherapy

Simon is the Clinical Lead for the private arm of the clinic.

Simon is a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist based in Solihull, with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Southampton. He is also a Level 4 Elite Trainer, holding a BSc (Hons) in Sports Rehabilitation.


Tom Gibson – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

BSc.(Hons) Physiotherapy, AACP

Tom is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as well as the Health Care Professionals Council. He qualified from Leicester University in 2012 and began his career working with Leicester City Football Club Academy. Tom worked with the club for five years, treating a wide range of players from the U9 squad up to the U23 squad.

Tom joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2017.


Clare Lickess – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Following graduation from university as a chartered physiotherapist in 2000, Clare completed core rotations around the university hospitals in Birmingham. This gave her essential experience in many disciplines; including respiratory care, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, trauma and outpatients.

In 2002, Clare decided to pursue her interest in sports, and secured a specialist post in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. Her key responsibilities included the efficient assessment, triaging and rehabilitation of patients with acute, chronic and overuse injuries, assisting them back to high level of function and sport. This was coordinated through close team work with doctors, nursing staff, strength and conditioning coaches and occupational health nurses.

In addition to the above, Clare has also pursued further post graduate qualifications including a diploma in injection therapy, a post graduate certificate in musculoskeletal studies, and she has also become a sports massage practitioner.

Clare has completed her accreditation within the Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Sports Medicine and has achieved her silver award. Clare continues to work towards achieving her gold.

Clare joined the Physiotherapy Clinic here at Loughborough University in February 2015, further developing her skills in the management of sporting injuries in a multi-sport environment.


Tony Woolerton-Hales – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Tony studied at Sheffield Hallam University. After graduating, he worked in the NHS and the private sector, treating athletes and the general public for 3 amazing years.

Following this, Tony worked for an occupational health company and part-time as part of the physiotherapy team for a professional football team in Nottingham.

Tony joined the Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in April 2017.

Tony’s experience of working with professional sports teams, the NHS and the private sector enable him to deliver an optimal service to a wide range of clients.