Our clinical director, Team lead and specialist consultant MSK physiotherapist, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organisation. His previous experience as an extended scope practitioner and lecturer within orthopaedics gives John a great overview of all MSK injuries, conditions and the effect they have on mental health and wellbeing.
John has many specialist areas of expertise and in particular spinal pathology, degenerative and neurological conditions to which he has had many research papers published on. Outwith this John is consultant physiotherapist of choice to many leading sports people and athletes and is regularly called upon as a consultant to national sports bodies and governmental organisations.
In addition to this, he works in conjunction with numerous orthopaedic surgeons as consultant physiotherapist in spinal conditions where referral pathways are implemented through Core Physio rehabilitation centres.
Gordon MacKay qualified from Glasgow University in 1987. As a newly qualified doctor, Gordon took the unusual route of pursuing a career in professional football and enjoyed a brief spell as a reserve player for Rangers Football Club. It was during his playing career that he experienced at first hand the insecurity of injury and the casual attitude to sports medicine at that time.
Gordon returned to medicine a year later and spent the next decade undertaking extensive training and research in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at London University followed by international training and Sports Surgery fellowships at some of the world’s leading sports surgery clinics, including Sydney, Adelaide and Sweden. It was during his international surgical fellowships that Gordon embraced the potential of sports medicine with an emphasis on early detection of injuries and fast-track rehabilitation, not only for professional sports people but for the active population too.
On his return to Scotland, Gordon was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Stirling Royal Infirmary. His research interests allowed him to complete an MD in the Mechanism and Prevention of Injuries in Sports at Glasgow University, strengthening his resolve to work full time on sports injuries.
Gordon continued to draw upon his experience in sports surgery before setting up independently and is now a full-time sports surgeon in the private sector. He has now been Scotland’s only full-time sports surgeon for over 10 years. He continues to lead the way in sports surgery care. His main interests include knee (ACL repair), shoulder (Instability) and ankle surgery (Instability and Achilles rupture).
He has experience in treating a variety of athletes from the Institute of Sport, including Olympians and Commonwealth athletes, as well as international rugby players and professional footballers. In 2009 he was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Sport at Stirling University. Current research is in collaboration with top North American and European centres focusing on ligament repair and accelerated recovery. He is the inventor of the internal brace.
In addition to his role as consultant GP at Core Physio, Dr Simpson is also senior partner at Low Waters Medical Centre, also delivering the once monthly GP led Blantyre pain clinic since its inception in 2003.
With his special interest he see patients with a wide variety of chronic/persistant pain such as post surgical, low back, post fracture, chronic arthritic, fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome and post radiotherapy pain.
Working as a full time NHS GP partner at Low Waters Medical Centre Hamilton for the past 14years. he has also had the privilege of been senior partner for the past 8years
Consultant Orthopaedic Knee & Sports Injuries Surgeon
Jon is one of only two Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons in Scotland to hold a specialist qualification in Sports and Exercise Medicine. He is Fellowship trained in knee and shoulder surgery and provides the complex knee ligament reconstruction service.
He has a proven record of successful care for both professional and amateur athletes, with a keen interest in rapid rehabilitation and return to sport.
Jon played representative rugby union for the Royal Air Force and Bedford RFC, and draws on his personal experience of professional sport and sports injuries in providing treatment. He continues to participate regularly in long distance running races and triathlons.
Matthew is a highly specialised and experienced physiotherapist working both within the sporting field and private arena.
Since graduating with BSc Hons’ in physiotherapy Matt has worked in a variety of settings within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy; including private GP practices, sports injury clinics, musculoskeletal departments, A&E, fracture clinics and chronic pain programmes.
As a special interest, Matt is involved as a direct consultant for chronic and persistent pain with a passionate interest in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Matt also has a special interest in ACL rehabilitation.
Recently Matt has achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice including a Mulligans’ Concept Manual Therapy Course.
He is also fully qualified in medical acupuncture bringing a wealth of experience to assist his clients to regain full health.
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Shane has developed his experience, knowledge, and skills to become specialised in the management of Shoulder & Upper-Limb conditions. His thorough understanding of pain mechanisms and specialist training has provided him with the tools to treat conditions such as rotator-cuff conditions, arthritic shoulders and Tennis-Elbow.
Shane holds the position of Team Lead Occupational Health Physiotherapist in Glasgow East, providing experience in dealing with work-related conditions and writing health evaluation reports. Health promotion on a wider scale forms a part of his role addressing the bigger picture of encouraging patients to engage in health and wellbeing initiatives.
Shane has experience in dealing with a wide range of paediatric and adult conditions. Experience gained working within dynamic A&E and trauma clinics allowed him to develop skills in the diagnostics and treatment of acute injuries. He has vast experience also in the management of chronic conditions.
Through his hobbies and academics, he has developed an interest in strength and conditioning providing him with the skills to rehabilitate patients back to their sport or job. Shane also has experience in writing physiotherapy reports for patients who have been involved in road traffic accidents.
Performance & Personal Trainer
Rocco is a certified trainer with a professional background in football. Having spent the best part of 16 years in professional football with Glasgow Celtic, Ross County and St Mirren he brings a wealth of experience in fitness, performance and nutrition.
Specialising in personal fitness, rehabilitation and injury prevention techniques, Rocco focuses on functional movement and bodyweight exercise. Developing his own method combining full body workouts to transform your body from the inside out.
Rocco’s training takes you on a journey of movement, aligning your mental focus with your physical control to maximise your individual results. His in-depth knowledge and detailed demonstrations will give you valuable tools to take your training to the next level.
Fraser graduated with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Since qualifying, he’s progressed through the NHS working in Glasgow and Lanarkshire before building a regular client base within the private sector.
As an exceptional hockey player, Fraser has always been involved in elite sport and built a keen interest in sports injuries, especially injuries of the lower limb.
Based at our head office and main rehabilitation clinic in Hamilton, Fraser has assisted implement one of the most comprehensive lower limb injury programmes in Scotland assisting many clients through post-surgical rehabilitation.
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Scott graduated in Glasgow with a BSc in physiotherapy. Since graduating his desire was to specialise in a musculoskeletal setting after seeing the positive impact that musculoskeletal physiotherapy can make on recovery from serious sporting injury.
A lover of outdoor activities, Scott is experienced in managing conditions affecting both upper and lower limbs as well as spinal problems and utilises a variety of treatment modalities.
He is extremely passionate about helping patient’s reach their full potential and believes in working closely with each patient is the key to gaining optimal improvement.
Scott believes all aspects of Physiotherapy should have the patient at the forefront and likes to get patients working hard but also ensuring there is a high level of enjoyment. Scott wants patients to leave Physiotherapy with their problem resolved and having reached all their goals; whether this is something small or more sports specific.
Ryan is our Marketing Assistant, holding various digital marketing qualifications from Moz, HubSpot, Google and other various courses. He is also qualified to HND level in business and marketing from South Lanarkshire College.
Ryan has worked all around the country from top to bottom in freelance roles and other various positions. In 2015, he was invited over to Seattle in the United States to spearhead the marketing for mentio.ca who were involved in one of the worlds biggest technology accelerators, TechStars. During this time, he was involved in many aspects of the business but focusing on creating their brand identity and marketing strategy which ultimately was used in their pitch to investors resulting in an acquisition by Lendified in 2016.
After being offered the opportunity to live in Vancouver, Canada by the Mentio team, he turned this down and headed home where he eventually ended up working as a content marketer for process.st and created various types of content that went on to be featured on reputable blogs. After this, he was the Marketing Lead for the mental health app Paralign.me – taking charge of everything marketing and business, eventually increasing the apps downloads organically by 5,000 users in 3 months.
Ryan started out wanting to be a physiotherapist when he was in school, he has eventually come the full circle but just in a different role in which he is even more passionate about. When he was younger, he was a pro-youth footballer for Queens Park and keen athlete participating in long-jump and high-jump winning many school competitions.
Kayla is a qualified Sports Therapist holding a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy and an MSc in Sports Medicine. She is also qualified in medical acupuncture.
She has recently returned to the UK from Australia where she was working in sports injury clinics providing sports massage and rehabilitation programmes. Kayla has worked overseas previously as a musculoskeletal rehabilitation specialist in a private hospital in Turkey.
Kayla’s aim is to return you to full functional fitness in the shortest and safest time. She achieves this by combining her knowledge, expertise and skills, developed over the last 10 years.
Her main areas of expertise include injury prevention, lower limb rehabilitation and proprioception work.
Having previously competed internationally in Judo, Kayla hold’s a passion for martial arts. She has also recently taken uphill walking and is enjoying the challenges Scotland has to offer hill walkers.