Carmen Luxton, Physiotherapist.

Carmen graduated from Vasile Alecsandri University in 2014 receiving a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree. After graduation she worked at the leading private practice clinic in Bacau specialising in musculoskeletal, and orthopaedic disorders whilst continuing studies for her MSc in Physiotherapy and gaining both Chartered Physiotherapist and HCPC recognition. Additionaly Carmen is a certified Mulligan Concept Practitioner, qualified in  Ostheopathic Articulation Techniques,  Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation, Rapid Neurofascial Reset Technique Medical Taping, Manual Therapy in pregnancy and post natal, Deep Transverse Soft Tissue Massage.

As a former athlete herself and having worked with professional from different sport fields from dancers to boxing, Carmen understands the importance of preventing and treating sport related injuries providing a fast and full recovery.

Recognising the need to continue her personal development in a environment that offers challenge and opportunity Carmen moved to UK early 2017 taking up a position in a clinic in South East of England for 14 months upon moving to Hexham.

In her spare time Carmen likes to travel, play badminton, run recreationally and has an active interest in animal welfare.


Carl Bell, Director.

Carl developed a keen interest in physiotherapy due his experiences playing football having played for Newcastle United from the age of 13 to senior reserve team level and England. Following an injury, Carl completed a degree in Applied Health and Exercise Science and then later obtained a degree in Physiotherapy.

Carl started his career as a Physiotherapist in the NHS before moving to more specialist physiotherapy practice working with the UK’s elite forces, senior athletes and Olympians in sports ranging from bobsleigh, rugby, football and rowing. Carl has developed a keen focus in rehabilitation and exercise progression and believes that understanding the demands of a sport is essential in creating a pathway of care to remain injury free. Carl is passionate about the treatment and rehabilitation process and gains great satisfaction from seeing patients being able to reach their goals. 

Carl describes himself as an adrenaline junky and his spare time enjoys the gym, running, hill walking and is the dad of two great little boys who like to keep him busy! 


Teleri Hamilton, Director.

Teleri’s love of sport started from a young age competing in swimming, running, hockey and tennis to name a few, spending time in America coaching tennis and as a ski instructor. Her career in coaching started in 2005, alongside gaining experience as a coach she followed an educational path to increase her knowledge in Strength and Conditioning, earning a Masters (MSc) degree from Edinburgh University in 2007 following completion of her BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at Northumbria University.

Her career to date has seen her head up Strength and Conditioning at Leeds Met Carnegie for all sports with professional and amateur athletes, for the English Institute of Sport and for Sport England. She has vast experience working with national and international sports men and women and working as a consultant coach for England Golf, British Fencing, the LTA, England Women’s FA, England Women’s RFU, England Badminton amongst others. Athletes Teleri has worked personally with include members of the Women’s Rugby World Cup winners’ squad and members of England Ladies Football team. More recently in her career she worked specifically in Youth Athletic Development, an area which Teleri has huge passion for and continues to enjoy offering the opportunities to train young talent here at F.I.T.

Away from coaching Teleri loves spending time with her two small children, dog and, of course husband, representing Morpeth Ladies 1stXI Hockey at the weekends.


Claire Shroufi, Physiotherapist.

Claire’s passion for sport began at school, where she represented her City and County in netball, hockey and cross country running. Following a gap year where she coached gymnastics in America, worked in a French ski resort, and developed a love of rock climbing in the Italian Dolomites, she completed a Sports Science degree at Liverpool University. She worked in Senior Sports development roles for 10 years until her interest in anatomy and health led her to complete a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at Teesside University in 2008.

Claire started her physiotherapy career in the NHS, completing general rotations then specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She trained in Acupuncture for pain relief and worked at weekends for a local rugby team. Sharing a love of rock climbing with her husband, they embarked on a one year climbing and mountaineering adventure in Europe and Nepal, then moved to Dubai where Claire worked as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in a leading private hospital. She completed training in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy, Deep Dry Needling, and Myofascial Manipulation.

On her return to the UK and the North East, she worked for a private company within the NHS then moved to Wylam, where she started at Achilles in April 2019.

Claire particularly enjoys treating back and neck pain and has an interest in the effects of lifestyle on chronic pain, health and well-being. She uses acupuncture for pain relief , deep dry needling and a range of manual therapies for myofascial pain, sports injuries and chronic pathologies

Away from physiotherapy, Claire enjoys exploring new rock climbing areas, running and being with her young daughter, with whom she hopes to share her passion for the outdoors.