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.

Aideen Farrell PGdip BSc (Hons) MSCP

Aideen qualified as a Sports Rehabilitation specialist in 2006 and worked in private clinics in Ireland, South Africa and Australia. She then pursued her study further and gained her chartered physiotherapy title from the University of Huddersfield in 2012. Since then she has worked on Orthopaedic wards and Outpatients with private and NHS patients She has a special interest in running injuries and post surgical rehabilitation. She also gives an excellent Sports Massage!

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

Anne Fediw

Anne works as our efficient, friendly Receptionist and Office Manager and has worked at Pennine Physio Clinic for over 5 years. She lives locally and is very fond of the area. She deals with all aspects of your appointment making and finance queries.

Previously she has worked at an acute hospital and then gained her Practice Management Qualification in 2000 after which she started working in physiotherapy admin. She loves her work at Pennine Physio even more than her colleagues!


Alicia is one of the members of our reception team. She began at Pennine Physiotherapy in summer 2013 as a work experience student and following this, was offered a receptionist job. Alicia works part time during the week and on evenings. She is currently studying for a degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Huddersfield, following taking her A-Levels at Greenhead College in 2014.