Meet our therapists

All of our therapists are Chartered Physiotherapists and registered with the Health and Social Care Professions Council (the regulatory body for physiotherapy in the UK).

Karen Hellawell MCSP

Karen qualified at Bradford School of Physiotherapy in 1990. She has worked both in the NHS and private practice, including more than ten years experience working with Rugby League players. She was physiotherapist to Huddersfield Giants Rugby Club for nine years and has toured with national squads.


Alan Wood

Alan's biography coming soon


Alison Whiteley MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP 1967-2014

It is with terrible sadness that we must share the news that Alison has passed away, yet it is also a privilege to have shared in her all too short life and to be able to share this brief outline of some of Alison's many achievements. Alison lived and loved life to the maximum. Whether she was treating clients at Pennine Physiotherapy, raising funds for her children's school, or exploring the Colne Valley and beyond on horseback or mountain bike, Alison always had a smile for everyone whose lives she touched.

Alison qualified at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1994. She worked both in the NHS and private practice, including attending the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games as physiotherapist to the Great Britain Cycling Team. Not that you would have heard this from Alison herself - she was as modest as she was talented.

Alison was herself a champion cyclist at the highest level, winning the gruelling 3 Peaks cyclocross race in both 1993 and 1994, as well as being a passionate lifelong equestrian.

Alison passed away peacefully on 19th June 2014 in Kirkwood Hospice.


Hilary Turnbull

Biography coming soon


Kay Bradley Higgins

Kay graduated from Salford School of Physiotherapy in 1991. Her first job was at the Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester, where I undertook a variety of rotations.

In 1995, Kay moved to Huddersfield Royal infirmary to specialise in musculoskeletal problems. In 1998, she took a more senior role, and the majority of my case load was patients with back or neck problems.

Kay has continually complemented her clicnial work with additional formal study. In 2004 Kay graduated from Huddersfield University with an MSc in Advancing Clinical practice in Physiotherapy.

In 2005 Kay was appointed an Advanced Practitioner in Physiotherapy within the NHS, specialising in treating back pain.

Throughout her career Kay has also done private work, both at private practices and private hospitals.

In 2006 Kay attended her first Sarah Key Masterclass, becoming an Accredited practitioner in 2007. Kay is also qualified to to train other physiotherapists in the Sarah Key method.

Kay Bradley-Higgins