Meet the Physiotherapy Clinic Team

Physiotherapists

Sam MacGregor

Clinical Lead (Covering Maternity Leave), Lead Physiotherapist for Badminton and Basketball

BSc. Physiotherapy, MSc, Sports & Exercise Medicine

Sam qualified in physiotherapy from the University of Huddersfield in 2008 and went to work in the NHS in Leeds & Nottingham working across a range of specialities.

In 2010 he moved to work at Derby County Football Club working in the academy, mainly with players aged 9 to 23. Whilst there he headed up the Academy Sports Science & Medicine Department overseeing all aspects of medical and S&C support.

Sam completed his Master's Degree in Sports & Exercise Medicine at the University of Nottingham in 2013. Alongside this he completed a module in lower limb manual therapy at the University of Birmingham in 2016 and has also completed courses in Acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Sam joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in May 2019 and is the Clinical Lead (covering maternity leave) and Lead Physiotherapist for both Badminton and Basketball.

Ashni Desai

Muskuloskeletal Physiotherapist

Ashni qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2016 from the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Upon graduating, Ashni worked for Championship Rugby club, Coventry Rugby, for three seasons. Working closely alongside strength and conditioning coaches has given Ashni an appreciation for the importance of incorporating injury prevention, resilience and mobility exercises into rehab programmes. Ashni continues her work in sports part time at Aston Villa Football Club Academy, as well as volunteering at events such as the 2019 London Marathon.

Alongside working within sports, Ashni completed core rotations within orthopaedics, general medicine and surgery at the major trauma centre University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, before moving to a private Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic. Key skills involved comprehensive assessment and treatment, with specifically tailored rehabilitation, targeted towards the patients personal goals.

Ashni has also completed additional courses such as Dry Needling and has a Diploma in Sports Massage. Outside of hands on physiotherapy, Ashni is co-author of a research article which was published in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (2019).

BSc, MCSP, HCPC

Ashni joined the Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in February 2020.

Clare Lickess

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

BSc. (Hons), MCSP, HCPC, MAACP, MACPSEM

Following graduation from university as a chartered physiotherapist in 2000, Clare completed core rotations around the university hospitals in Birmingham. This gave her essential experience in many disciplines; including respiratory care, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, trauma and outpatients.

In 2002, Clare decided to pursue her interest in sports, and secured a specialist post in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. Her key responsibilities included the efficient assessment, triaging and rehabilitation of patients with acute, chronic and overuse injuries, assisting them back to high level of function and sport. This was coordinated through close team work with doctors, nursing staff, strength and conditioning coaches and occupational health nurses.

In addition to the above, Clare has also pursued further post graduate qualifications including a diploma in injection therapy, a post graduate certificate in musculoskeletal studies, and she has also become a sports massage practitioner.

Clare has completed her accreditation within the Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Sports Medicine and has achieved her silver award. Clare continues to work towards achieving her gold.

Clare joined the Physiotherapy Clinic here at Loughborough University in February 2015, further developing her skills in the management of sporting injuries in a multi-sport environment.

Jack Percival

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Jack is a chartered physiotherapist who qualified in 2016 from Coventry University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. He also holds a Masters in Strength and Conditioning.

Since graduating, Jack has gained a wide range of experience in the NHS and started his career working in a variety of settings including orthopaedics, outpatients, medicine, respiratory and neurology. He then took the opportunity to hone his skills in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in South London. He enjoys working collaboratively with clients to achieve set rehabilitation targets, returning to pre-injury levels of activity.

In addition, Jack has worked in a variety of sports such as Football, Rugby and Skiing. Here he has been able to utilise rehabilitation skills in a diverse range of athletes.

Jack shows an active interest in utilising functional rehabilitation to address problems arising as a result of injury. He is also invested in optimising performance levels in amateur and elite athletes alike.

Jack joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in December 2019.

Sports Massage Therapists

Steve Capewell

Sports Massage Therapist

BTEC Level 5 Sports & Remedial Deep Tissue Massage

Steve completed his BTEC Level 5 Sports & Remedial Deep Tissue Massage at the Gaia Centre in Loughborough in 2010. He has worked with a variety of clients, including professional sports people and the general public. He has massaged at several events, including marathons and triathlons. Steve is a keen distance runner and has also qualified as a coach in running fitness at Loughborough University.

Amy Smith

Sports Massage Therapist

OLY and ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage

Amy completed her ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage with Sports Performance Services in 2015. She has since worked with athletes in a variety of sports, with both able bodied and para athletes, and in a clinic situation with the general public. After graduating from Loughborough University in 2009 with a BSc Hons in Sport & Exercise Science, she continued with her own swimming career up until 2014, giving her an understanding of the effect soft tissue therapy has on training and daily life.

Amy competed for the Great British swimming team in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Podiatrist

Steve Avil

Podiatrist

BSc (Hons), D.Pod.M, Cert. Ed., Post Grad. Diploma In Sports Medicine, FC.Pod.Med, M.Ch.S, HPC Registered.

Steve has 25 years in education and 30 years experience in the assessment and management of sporting injuries, specialising in biomechanics, gait analysis and orthotic management of the foot and lower limb.

Alongside his work within the clinic, Steve also provides specialist podiatry care for the English Institute of Sport and works in private practices and NHS clinics in Northampton and Leicester. Steve has significant and broad experience of treating athletes from a variety of sports, from recreational to elite level.

Apart from lecturing in Sports Medicine and Applied Biomechanics, at the University of Northampton, he has provided keynote lectures in North America, Australia and Ukraine and at many CPD events in the UK for over 25 years on sports medicine, biomechanics, sports injuries and their management.

Clinic Staff

Mel Bell

Clinic Manager

Mel has worked here at the Physiotherapy Clinic since 2013, providing day to day management of the clinic.

Rachel Arkless

Administration Assistant

Rachel has worked here at the Physiotherapy Clinic since 2014, providing administration support to the clinicians and Clinic Manager.

Julie Pears

Administration Assistant

Julie has worked here in the Physiotherapy Clinic since 2016, providing administration support to the clinicians and Clinic Manager.