• Meet The Team

Meet the Team at Physiotherapy Matters

Below you will find profiles for each member of our valued staff.

Neeraj Nayyar| Managing Director |Occupational Health Physiotherapist| Physiotherapy Matters

Neeraj Nayyar

Managing Director and Occupational Health Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered, member of ACPOHE, OCPPP, MIMDTP, AACP, SOM, and ACPSM

Neeraj is the Director and a Specialist Occupational Health Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy Matters who graduated in 2001 and now has over 9 year post graduate musculoskeletal experience. Since that time Neeraj has worked at Hartlepool and North Tees NHS Trust, Newcastle Nuffield Hospital and Newcastle Football Club before setting up Physiotherapy Matters in 2006. Over the past 5 years he has worked in various Occupational Health units with Physiotherapy Matters, most recently/presently at Newcastle International Airport, Virgin Money and North Tyneside Council.

Neeraj has certificates in numerous post graduate courses/qualifications, such as; Applied Ergonomics, Occupational Health training, McKenzie accreditations, Acupuncture and Kinetic control concepts, which is enhanced with an immaculate CPD and further training programs for continual improvement of service.

Outside of physiotherapy, Neeraj has taken part in a number of charity fund raising activities including sky-diving, coast-to-coast (147 miles) bike ride and more recently the Great North Run half marathon. He is a keen football fan (don’t forget to ask him who he supports when you meet him!), and has a passion for cars.

Nick Livadas | Clinical Manager | Physiotherapy Matters

Nick Livadas

Clinical Manager & Extended Scope Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC- Registered

Nick achieved his BSc in Physiotherapy from Northumbria University in 2004. After working in City Hospitals Sunderland for 2 years he focused his musculoskeletal skills and began working for a private physiotherapy company offering care within GP surgeries and in the workplace. He has fulfilled roles more recently in clinical governance, project implementation and clinic management.

In 2011 he completed his MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. This has since enabled him to work in the NHS as a Clinical Specialist in Physiotherapy which involves offering specialist treatments such as joint and soft tissue injections. He is also trained in the use of acupuncture and uses a variety of manual therapy skills to assist patients in achieving their goals.

Nick believes in offering patients a choice of treatments that have been demonstrated to be evidence based and effective. He regularly updates his training and has lectured to various audiences on his special clinical interests. He has fulfilled the role of research officer and chairman for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Orthopaedic Medicine & Injection Therapy.

He’s a keen sportsman and values the importance of exercise in maintaining both physical and mental wellbeing.  He has worked with a number of athletes from varying sports and spent 5 years working with Newcastle United academy players. Whether your aspiration is to dig the garden without pain or complete an iron man, Nick aims to ensure that you meet your goal and overcome the hurdles to your success.

Chris Barrett | Business Manager & Senior Physiotherapist | Physiotherapy Matters

Chris Barrett

Business Manager & Senior Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC- Registered

Chris graduated in physiotherapy from the University of Teesside in 2001, since then he has worked in both NHS and private physiotherapy settings.  Chris has been involved in elite sport for the last 25 years, he represented Great Britain in white-water canoe slalom for a number of years  and also went on to coach the team.  As a result of his personal experience in sport, Chris understands the challenges that the elite athlete faces.  This relates to both the injury management aspect and the importance of clear communication throughout the athletes support network.

In addition to his work in private hospitals, Chris has worked in the private clinic setting for the last 9 years.  Throughout this time, he treated a mixture of elite athletes, occupational health clients and the general public.  Patients would range from those with acute to chronic injuries, to also those who have recently undergone orthopaedic operations.  In addition to manual therapy on private clients, Chris also provided ergonomic advice and work station assessments.

Chris remains a keen sports person, he enjoys running and can be often seen road cycling around the Tyne valley.  He is passionate that everyone, regardless of age or ability, should where possible, continue to enjoy their chosen sport.

Summer Cusack | Senior Physiotherapist| Physiotherapy Matters

Summer Cusack

Senior Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered, AACP Acupuncture Foundation

Summer graduated with a 1st class Physiotherapy Hons degree in 2012 and worked for East Sussex Healthcare Trust for 2.5 years completing her junior rotations, alongside this she worked as a  Physiotherapist for an amateur rugby club and also with the university of Brighton netball team. She moved to the French Alps to work for a private physiotherapy company on a ski resort treating acute skiing/ longstanding injuries, whilst making time to ski every day.

Prior to moving up to the North East, Summer worked as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for Virgin Healthcare. Summer is trained in acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy.

Summer is hard working and takes pride in delivering the best possible care to every patient, she tailors her treatment programme to the individual’s needs in order to get them back to sport, work or their baseline level. She is very active, loves playing sport and keeping fit. She enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures and ways of life.

Sara Mather | Senior Physiotherapist | Physiotherapy Matters

Sara Mather

Senior Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered, AACP Acupuncture Foundation

Sara graduated in 2014 from University of Cumbria.  Upon graduating Sara spent 18 months working within the NHS covering areas including Acute Medicine,  Respiratory, Orthopaedics and Outpatients.  Sara has worked within the private sector from graduation but made the full time move in 2015 working in both Newcastle and the Tyne Valley.  Prior to Physiotherapy Sara Worked as a Recruitment Consultant and worked in America as a Swim instructor.

Since graduating Sara has completed a number of courses including; Acupuncture, International Sports Massage Diploma,  Rocktape Kinesology Taping, Gym Instruction and qualified as a APPI Pilates class instructor in 2017.

Experience working with local rugby clubs and with Scottish premiership football teams she has developed a range of clinical front line skills enhancing her as a practitioner.

Sara currently has a special interest working alongside golfers to improve ball strike and helping these clients with recovery from injury.   Sara uses a variety of manual techniques and acupuncture when treating clients and tailors all of her programmes to individual functional or sporting needs.  Sara does not believe in a one size fits all approach and uses evidence based practices to support her programmes.

Away from physiotherapy Sara is a keen sportswoman and continues to enjoy life in the Tyne Valley she is regularly found either on the golf course or swimming.

Richard Dodd

BSc Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered 

Rosie Lynch | Occupational Health Physiotherapist | Physiotherapy Matters

Rosie Lynch

Occupational Health Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered, AACP Acupuncture Foundation

Rosie is an on-site Occupational Health Physiotherapist. As a specialist Occupational Health Physiotherapist, Rosie works with employees and employers to support health & wellbeing by managing and preventing musculoskeletal disorders (aches and pains that affect the human body).

Rosie qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 and has worked across a wide spectrum of physiotherapy areas including NHS services, private clinics and occupational physiotherapy services. As such Rosie has vast experience of assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating a wide variety of problems that can impact on people within and away from the workplace.

Within Occupational Health, Rosie has experience in working across a wide variety of business sectors including food, manufacturing, transport, pharmaceutical, service industry, education and distribution. This allows Rosie to draw on best practice and current evidence to support the employees and employers she works with.

A particular interest of Rosie’s is workplace assessments and onsite health promotion.

Away from work Rosie enjoys spending time with her family, walking and cycling. She is also a keen photographer.

Edward Shaw | Occupational Health Physiotherapist| Physiotherapy Matters

Edward Shaw

Occupational Health Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered, member of ACPOHE

Edd qualified in 2001 at Teesside University with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy researching his dissertation in the field of scoliosis. Edd progressed through from a junior to senior level rotational physiotherapist at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Edd focused his skills into musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2005 at the University Hospital of Hartlepool  progressing to Senior 1 level and as a locum working nationally before becoming self-employed in 2007, working within GP/NHS clinics and private clinics in the North East. Through this time, Edd became more involved in assessing and treating occupational health related clients and is currently ACPOHE registered.

Edd has a specialist interest in soft tissue therapy since completing a foundation level course in myofascial release in 2008/9 and has deepened his skills and knowledge base through similar courses since.

Edd currently operates as the Senior Occupational Physiotherapist for Northumbria Police alongside additional work within the private practice setting

Diane Matthews | Senior Physiotherapist | Physiotherapy Matters

Diane Matthews

Senior Physiotherapist
BSC (Hons) Sports Therapy, MSc Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered

Diane qualified from the University of Teesside in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy. Diane then went on to study Physiotherapy at a Masters level and graduated in 2009. Diane has worked at Middlesbrough Rugby Club for 3 seasons, providing first aid and therapy treatments on and off the pitch for training and match days.

Diane worked at Sunderland NHS Trust for 4 years working in many different areas and departments, spending a lot of time working in Orthopaedics. Diane now specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and works in a private clinic, occupational health setting, Health Centres and GP surgeries, in various locations across the North East.

Diane has a Diploma in Pregnancy massage and also practices acupuncture and other Physiotherapy techniques. Diane has a special interest in treating tendinopathies, headaches and the spine.

Doireann Twomey | Physiotherapist | Physiotherapy Matters

Doireann Twomey

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, MSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC-Registered

Doireann completed her Biomedical Science undergraduate degree at National University of Ireland, Galway and subsequently went on to qualify with a first class honours Masters in Physiotherapy from Northumbria University. Doireann has developed a broad knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its application to functional movement and rehabilitation.

Doireann started her career as a Band 5 Physiotherapist working with people who have Long Term Neurological Conditions and learning disabilities. She continues to further develop her skills and learning opportunities within this speciality.

Doireann has recently taken up the opportunity to join the Physiotherapy Matters team to diversify and further develop her skills within the musculoskeletal speciality.  She had a keen interest in this area throughout university and this lead her to carry out a Masters level research dissertation on people’s personal experience of pain which is hoped to gain publication.

In addition Doireann has worked at a number of sporting events such as the Bupa Great North Run and North East Badminton Championships providing acute assessment, treatment and sports massage to the athletes.

Doireann is looking forward to further developing her career and further extending the service she offers to clients.

Doireann prides herself on being a client-centred practitioner who adopts a holistic approach to treatment and she hopes to further develop and extend her knowledge and skills for the benefit of future clients.

Jayne Talintyre | Ergonomist | Physiotherapy Matters

Jayne Talintyre

Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy/Ergonomist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Ergonomics(Human Factors), MCSP, HCPC-Registered

Jayne attended Northumbria University qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2004. She worked as a band 5 rotational physiotherapist at The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. Rotations included acute neuro and neuro rehab, ITU and respiratory wards, orthopaedics (trauma and elective), due to staff shortages she also completed a band 6 rotation in paediatrics where Jayne developed a keen interest in ergonomics and bespoke equipment. In 2008 Jayne headed to the birthplace of ergonomics and completed a MSc in Ergonomics(Human Factors) at Loughborough University. Her dissertation focused on systems ergonomics and job rotations and was supervised by Patrick Waterson.

Jayne then began working for a private physiotherapy company specialising in Occupational Health Physiotherapy. Jayne is passionate about ergonomics and has been fortunate to have had opportunities to complete assessments across a wide range of industries and from small independent companies to multi-national corporations. She has planned individual treatment plans and work-hardening and functional rehabilitation programs to restore, maintain and improve physical functioning and alleviate pain. Jayne has presented training programs to external clients and fellow colleagues to comply with Government Legislation topics including Manual Handling, Display Screen Equipment, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders and Spinal Awareness. She has regularly been required to collaborate with stakeholders to highlight issues and assist in improvements where possible through recommended design changes to tasks, work space or job design.

Juliet Raine | Ergonomic Specialist Physiotherapist | Physiotherapy Matters

Juliet Raine

Ergonomic Specialist Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP SRP, HCPC-Registered, member of IEHF

Juliet qualified from Northumbria University in 2005. She worked for three years for the rehabilitation services of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During this time she gained invaluable experience treating a huge variety of conditions. From paediatrics to plastic surgery, long term respiratory conditions to acute neurological complaints, her experience provides a solid backbone to her knowledge base and current practice.

In 2008 Juliet made the move into private practice. It was here that Juliet discovered a passion and flare for ergonomics and the delivery of training packages. She has, over the last six years become a specialist in the field of musculoskeletal injury. She also has experience in sport, having provided services for Ponteland RFC for four seasons.

Helen Curry

Office Manager

Kirsty Hayes | Receptionist Administrator | Physiotherapy Matters

Kirsty Hayes

Receptionist and Administrator

Kirsty is the receptionist and administration assistant at Physiotherapy Matters.

Kirsty completed a 3 year pre-nursing course at college and has nine years’ experience in customer service, previously working for a large supermarket in administration and office roles.

Kirsty is responsible for the day to day running of the clinic and is the first point of contact for patients to book their appointments and answer any questions they may have. She manages all referrals whether they are private self-referrals, insurance referrals or occupational health patients. Kirsty is always available to speak to insurance companies or referring managers to provide updates on patients treatment and progress.

Kirsty enjoys catering for the elderly in her village, preparing a two course meal once a week and also helping to run a coffee morning. Kirsty also enjoys making special occasion cakes for family and friends.

Kirsty is here to make sure your experience with Physiotherapy Matters is positive, helpful and stress free.

Shannon Welch | Receptionist | Physiotherapy Matters

Shannon Welch

Receptionist and Administrator

Shannon is the receptionist and administration assistant at Physiotherapy Matters.

Shannon is responsible for the day to day running of the clinic and is the first point of contact for patients to book their appointments and answer any questions they may have. She manages all referrals whether they are private self-referrals, insurance referrals or occupational health patients. Shannon is always available to speak to insurance companies or referring managers to provide updates on patients treatment and progress.

Shannon is here to make sure your experience with Physiotherapy Matters is positive, helpful and stress free.