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Front Desk Team

Joan Taylor – Practice Manager
Lisa Sharkey – Practice Receptionist
Pat Byrne – Practice Receptionist


Sid's reputation as a clinician and educator with over 30 years of experience speaks for itself.

He is nationally recognised as one of the country’s leading physiotherapists due to his 25 years of dedication to postgraduate teaching, writing and lecturing.

He continues to teach on the undergraduate physiotherapy degree, the postgraduate circuit throughout the U.K. and to present papers at major conferences. This important work ensures that as a clinic we remain at the cutting edge of our profession.

Sid’s own introduction to physiotherapy was rather painful. A promising junior and senior international sprinter his career was cut short by a torn Achilles tendon. His experience of treatment and rehabilitation diverted him from a career in medicine into physiotherapy. His physiotherapy qualification, NHS experience, various consultancy roles and sporting background led him into professional sport and following several team based posts he managed the Manchester City F.C sports injuries clinic for over a decade. During this period he worked with elite athletes, professional footballers and was introduced to paediatric sports injury before moving into private practice.

This combination of experience in the NHS, private sector and professional sport has left Sid ideally suited to private practice which he combines with his passion for education and teaching.

Sid Ahamed
MCSP Practice Principal

Joanne qualified from Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 1998. She worked five years in the NHS for the South Manchester University Trust, progressing to Senior Physiotherapist.

Joanne also worked privately for three years at the Platt Lane Sports Injuries Clinic, which involved working with the England Men’s Lacrosse team. She also worked with the Lancashire and North of England under 16’s Rugby teams.

Joanne joined the Prestwich Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic in 2003. Her background of various sports including Hockey, Netball and Tennis has led to a particular interest in Rehabilitating Sports Injuries, Pilates and Acupuncture.

Joanne has been trained in Pilates by the AACP and provides a one to one Pilates Tuition service in addition to her clinical practice.

Joanne qualified in Acupuncture in 2001 and uses it regularly in treating a variety of painful conditions.

Joanne has received extensive post graduate training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has developed a special interest in the shoulder complex and rehabilitation. She is in regular contact with our local Shoulder Surgeons and attends regular training days and meetings.

Joanne Day
MCSP Senior Physiotherapist

Paul is the newest addition to the practice joining the team in November 2014. Since graduating from the University of Salford he has worked in the NHS & private practice.
He engages in all opportunities to show continued professional development, particularly via the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine’s (SOMM) Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. This course provides post-graduate training for doctors and physiotherapists to examine, diagnose and treat common musculoskeletal disorders.

Paul also has post-graduate training in sports massage and the prescription of custom orthotics and taping techniques to the foot and lower limb to correct suboptimal foot postures which can cause or contribute to pathologies found in the lower limb, pelvis and spine. He is trained in acupuncture by the Accupuncture Asssociation of Physiotherapists (AACP) from which he uses Traditional Chinese Medicine teachings, now evidence based and adapted to Western Medicine, to relieve pain, treat trigger points and compliment the healing process with the careful use of acupuncture needles.

He is inspired by clinicians who investigate how movement is learnt, maintained and restored. This thought process is similar in the way that regular checks to your dentist prevent tooth and gum problems, regular checks with a physiotherapist can help prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders. Paul is keen to educate people that it is not only pain that requires the attention of a physiotherapist, but reduced performance, weakness, poor coordination, numbness, stiffness, pins & needles or unwanted movements are early indications that treatment is required.

My aim is to know my patients well, treat them well and use the latest evidence based research to enhance my skills to ensure everyone I meet sees changes, values my care and recognises the cost effectiveness of every visit to the clinic.

Paul Quine
BSc (Hons) MCSP Senior Physiotherapist

Sam is our lead sports therapist. He graduated with a degree in sports therapy from Edge Hill University.

Sam began his career working in semi-professional football and quickly developed his service into other sports. He combined his sports work with private practice providing services and supporting local Physiotherapy and Chiropractic clinics.

Sam works closely with our physiotherapists providing a range of services. He is heavily involved with our sports rehabilitation and post op rehabilitation programs.

Sam has helped to develop our massage services and is involved in our wellness program where he co-ordinates and manages our personal training program, our exercise classes and is involved in our health testing program.

Sam is also a fully qualified massage therapist and offers both Sports and Swedish massage at the practice.

Sam Gittins
BSc : Sports Therapist