Meet the Physiotherapy Clinic Team


Sam MacGregor

Clinical Lead, Lead Physiotherapist for Basketball and TASS Physiotherapist

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, Lead Physiotherapist for Basketball and TASS Physiotherapist.

Ryan Lambert

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Ryan is a dual qualified therapist, graduating with First Class Honours as a Sports Rehabilitator from the University of Salford in 2016 and qualifying with First Class Honours as a Physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2019. He has since gained a wealth of experience within the NHS, private sector, and professional sport.

Ryan also has extensive experience working in professional football at both Nottingham Forest and Leicester City football clubs. He also spent a year and a half working in the NHS as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

Ryan is also qualified in emergency pitch side first aid, where he still works in a part-time capacity at Leicester City Football Club.

Ryan has plans in the near future to complete a variety of additional qualifications and courses, including a master’s degree to further complement his current skill set.

Ryan joined the Physiotherapy Clinic here at Loughborough University in March 2021.

Clare Lickess

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


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.

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.

Steve joined the Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in March 2016.

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.


Steve Avil


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.