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Rise Physiotherapy

Meet The Team

Our physiotherapists are all highly skilled clinicians with years of experience working in NHS, Private and Sports Physiotherapy settings. We are proud to say they have all worked with elite, world-level athletes and form a team with clinical skills and knowledge unmatched across Bristol.

 

Simon Carley-Smith

Specialist Climbing and Sports Physiotherapist | Extended Scope Practitioner | BSc Hons MSOMM MAACP MACPSEM MCSP HCPC PGDip

Simon is a highly experienced specialist physiotherapist, practicing at the highest clinical levels in both sports and NHS Physiotherapy. He is a founder and Director of RISE and leads the clinical team. Having a special interest in finger, elbow and shoulder injuries, his passion and knowledge around diagnosis and treatment of all climbing related injuries is unrivalled in the South West of England or South Wales, and he regularly treats and advises climbers operating and competing at the very highest levels; IFSC competitors, GB Squad members and World Cup Gold Medalists.

He is also a keen Surfer and can be found regularly migrating to get in the water at his old home in North Cornwall, the Gower and when able, Hossegor for sunnier climes. More locally you'll bump into surfing him at The Wave. Simon also has a special interest in treating surfers for neck, spine, shoulder and knee issues related to surfing.

Simon is also a diehard skier, having lived a seasonal life in the Alps prior to settling in Bristol. He lends his passion and understanding of performance, backcountry and free-ride skiing to ski-specific rehabilitation.

Furthermore Simon is extremely proud to have worked with the English Institute of Sport, supporting Womens Artistic Gymnasts on the British Gymnastics team with weekly prehab, rehabilitation and performance focussed therapy in the run up to the 2021 Olympics.
He has a broad experience of top level sport, from working in Premiership Football to supporting athletes at the World Half Marathon Championships and Olympic training camps.

In the NHS he has worked as an Extended Scope Practitioner and FCP, providing advanced diagnosis and second opinions on complex cases, delivering injection therapy and making decisions on appropriateness for surgical intervention.
With his diverse clinical background Simon has the assessment skills to get you an accurate diagnosis, and the hands on therapy and rehabilitation expertise to keep you in your chosen sport and return you to form in the minimum of time. His practice involves a combination of exercise therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, acupuncture, joint mobilisation and manipulation.

For more complex or serious injuries his in depth knowledge of NHS and private healthcare processes ensure you get a thorough and honest opinion of your appropriateness for rehabilitation and other options open to you for management of your condition.

George Williams

Specialist Climbing, MSK and Sports Physiotherapist | BSC (HONS) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC Registered

George has 8 years of MSK experience working within a variety of settings. He works as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist within the NHS treating patients with acute and chronic conditions as well as post-operative rehabilitation. Within this role he utilises his experience and knowledge to train and develop junior and student physiotherapists. Alongside his work within the NHS, George has several years’ experience working as a sport physiotherapist with Welsh Premiership and academy Rugby sides working pitch side managing acute injuries and utilising up to date rehabilitation in return to play.

This wide range of experience allows George to provide accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate rehab program taking you from the acute stage of an injury all the way to returning to sport and activity. He uses taping, manual therapy, sports massage, and exercise therapy techniques to accelerate your recovery and support you in achieving your goals.

A sports fanatic, when not helping sports people, George can be found climbing, surfing, mountain biking and generally enjoying the outdoors. Not only has this led to plenty of experience managing his own sports injuries but also an understanding of the demands climbing and outdoor sports on the body and how to best support you in reaching your potential and prevent injury.

Kate

Specialist Musculoskeletal And Sports Physiotherapist, Yoga Instructor BSC (HONS) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC Registered

Kate Brandon is a highly experienced specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist, who has worked privately,
and for the NHS, for 15 years. She is a qualified yoga teacher and a lecturer for yoga training programs.
She is also trained in acupuncture and sports massage.
Kate brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to managing all musculoskeletal conditions and postnatal
rehab. She also has a specialist interest in breathing mechanics and teaching people skills in relaxation.
She often utilises hands-on treatment, strength training, tailored therapeutic yoga and breathwork in her
rehab programs.

Kate is a lover of mountains and the outdoors, is a mum of twin toddlers, a keen hiker and skier and a fan
of all things yoga. She is here to help you get back to doing all the things you love.

Anthony Withington

Specialist MSK and Sports Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, BSC (HONS) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC Registered

Tony has dedicated 8 years to developing his expertise as an MSK Specialist Physiotherapist. He has an array of experience across the board, working within both sports, private and NHS physiotherapy settings, including mentoring and training Student and Junior Physiotherapists. Over the last three years he has supported the Bristol City Football Club as their Academy Physiotherapist as well as maintaining a Senior MSKP role in the NHS. His breadth of experience means he is fully capable to treat any body region and is as comfortable managing acute traumas as over-use issues in all age groups.

He brings critical diagnostic skills together with expert strength and conditioning knowledge to create rehabilitation programmes that get his clients back to their chosen activity as fast as possible.

He also works as a personal trainer and holds additional training and courses in manual therapy, sports massage and taping, so whatever your injury and needs, you are in safe and experienced hands.

Jack

Sports massage therapist 

Jack Farmer is our resident sports massage practitioner. We are proud to have him on board for his expert manual skills in deep tissue, sports massage, swedish massage and muscle energy techniques.

He has been working with, treating and studying the human body for the last 6 years and alongside his accomplished soft-tissue work he continues study to become a chiropractor.Like our whole team, Jack has a passion for activity; running, rock climbing, jiu-jitsu and rugby. His key aim is helping his clients function at their highest level; aiding recovery, relieving pain and tension, and improving mobility from head to toe.

Stefani Carley-Smith

Stott Pilates Advanced Matwork Instructor

Pilates Equipment Reformer and Cadillac Instructor

Stefani directs our Pilates offering at RISE. A highly experienced instructor she gained her skills working in a variety of clinics, studios and private settings, and has now realised her dream of leading her own studio as a Pilates Reformer and Equipment instructor.Stefani has experience working with a diverse range of clientele including high level athletes focussed on performance, the general public looking for improvements in flexibility, poise, posture and body confidence, low back pain sufferers needing core conditioning and strength, and specialist groups such as pre-natal and post-natal pilates classes.Stefani is an athlete herself; a former international gymnast, skier, surfer and recent convert to triathlon. She has used Pilates to help support her own return to fitness from injuries and bounce back to form, recently completing a Half Ironman just 10 months after the birth of her third child.Her Pilates teaching emphasises quality movement, posture and flow, with a focus on building strength and fitness no matter what level you start from.

Chloe

Yoga Instructor

Chloe’s classes are a fusion of understanding our need for mobility, strength and flexibility for a functional body, alongside the vast philosophical teachings of Yoga encouraging a feeling of spiritual well-being to bring about holistic health and happiness. She brings energy, joy and a thoughtful approach to each class with the goal of sending you away feeling lighter and lifted. She has over 10years of teaching experience which includes teaching yoga and meditation to the Women’s GB hockey squad, supporting the NHS with meditation classes during lockdown, hosting retreats and wellness events in the UK and Europe, and she is trained in sound meditation and TCM as well as hatha, vinyasa, yin, yoga therapy and children’s yoga.

Nicky Fry

Advanced Mat Pilates Instructor and Physiotherapist

Nicky is a Physiotherapist by background and trained in Pilates after experiencing the positive impact it had for her clients. Completing her training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, Nicky is able to adapt her classes to suit all individuals, whether rehabbing from injury or looking to supplement their sports. Nicky enjoys running and believes Pilates is a key ingredient to her own marathon training. Nicky’s classes focus on building strength and mobility, and she aims for everyone to leave feeling calm, refreshed and a little taller.

TESTIMONIALS

“I started seeing Simon due to a finger injury a few years ago. He was very quick to diagnose what wrong and gave me a great rehab plan! Since then I have seen him for pretty much any niggle I have- finger, knee, you name it! It’s great because Simon understands how important climbing and moving is to me- being in the GB Climbing Team being able to train is pretty important! So all his rehab and recovery still involved some form of training so I could get back to full strength ASAP! Could not recommend highly enough!

– Rhoslyn Frugtniet

“His unlimited psych for sport, exercise and rehab always spurred me on to complete all my exercises which was a key part of my recovery. All injured climbers should just book in with him now as you’ll be climbing hard again sooner if you do!

– Ponder Stibbons