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, Adventure racing, 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, Senior 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.
Arran O’Mahony – Senior Physiotherapist
Arran was born in Dublin and moved to Northumberland age 5. Here she developed a love for the outdoors and sport. She completed a number of different qualifications and worked in local schools coaching hockey. In 2004 Arran completed a BSc (hons) in Sports Science and Physiology at the University of Leeds. Following this she travelled to South Africa and Botswana Completing a wildlife Voluntary program. On her return she Began her career in Physiotherapy at The University of Northumbria completing a BSc (Hons) degree.
As a newly qualified physiotherapist Arran Worked for a time at Woodlawn School, a school for children with special needs. She then travelled to New Zealand and Australia where she spent some time Skiing, learning to dive and perusing her physiotherapy career.
In 2011 Arran returned to work in the UK Joining Northumbria Health Care trust to complete her junior rotations. She remains an employee of Northumbria where she works as a senior physiotherapist at Hexham General Hospital. Arrans professional interest lies in MSK and Orthopaedic rehabilitation.
Away from work Arran continues to pursue many sports and challenges. She enjoys Skiing, plays Hockey for Morpeth Ladies and attends regular sessions at F.I.T. In Oct 2018 Arran Trekked Kilimanjaro with her husband for their honeymoon. They look forward to planning their next adventure.
David Rusby – Senior Physiotherapist
Dave has joined Achilles Physio from professional sport (Rugby), and in total has over 15 years experience working as a physiotherapist. His 15 year experience has predominately been as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist (13 years), which has included 2 1/2 years in professional, elite level rugby, 11 years working as a senior NHS musculoskeletal physiotherapist, which included: Physio outpatient clinics; GP practices; orthopaedic (upper limb & lower limb) consultant led inpatient and outpatient clinics, A&E/fracture clinic, rheumatology, pain management; 4 years in sport physio prior to going into professional sport; as well as private practice.
On a personal level Dave has previously played rugby, which included representing England at Junior international level, and playing at the top of the English league (now the Gallagher Premiership), prior to injury forcing him to retire early from the game at 22. Post injury Dave coached his local rugby club for 4 years, while retraining as a physiotherapist.
Dave has extensive diagnostic experience of potential musculoskeletal conditions, and has developed over the years extensive hands on experience, in conjunction to writing and taking players and patients through individualised rehabilitation programmes, in preventative as well as the journey through the clients/players rehabilitation programmes.
Ellie Eitani – Sports Therapist .
Ellie Eitani qualified in Newcastle as a Sports Massage Therapist Level 4, has CPD training in Pregnancy Massage, Traditional Chinese Cupping, Kinesio taping and Medical Acupuncture. Always looking to enhance her knowledge base, she attended John Gibbons (bodymaster) sports Osteopath classes in advanced soft tissue therapies and is looking to train with Eyal Lederman on his “Harmonic Technique” later on in the year.
Ellie really enjoys getting to know her clients and seeing how they benefit from her treatments. Each session is treated on an individual basis depending on the diagnosis. She will use a range of techniques to improve mobility of joint, muscle and bone to enhance levels of function, performance and sport specific fitness.
Since graduating Ellie has been providing on-site corporate massage in the office, in the last three years she has been massaging at GNR and at the annual badminton Tournament in Tynemouth. She works in Tynemouth part time and at Achilles Physio Gosforth.
Juggling her work life balance, Ellie enjoys spending time with her two boys and partner and cares for her elderly mother. She keeps fit by practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, swimming, running and yoga.