Tony Deakin MCSP
Clinic Principal & Lead Physiotherapist
Tony qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1992 and worked for five years in the NHS in Leicester, developing skills for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. He gained valuable experience as part of the physio team for Leicester Tigers over three seasons, and received specialist training in assessment and rehabilitation of work-related injury in the United States and Canada. He has since worked extensively in Occupational Health settings locally over a seven year period with Caterpillar, Asda, the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and Walkers Midshires Foods. He commenced working in Private Practice in 1998 and established the Leicester Forest East Physiotherapy Clinic in 2001, with relocation to the new clinic in Kirby Muxloe in 2014. He has a special interest in the rehabilitation of spinal conditions, and has been instructing Clinical Pilates classes since 2000. He has also been trained in the use of Acupuncture since 2007, and continues to progress these skills for the treatment of chronic pain, headaches and Women’s Health issues. Tony celebrated 25 years as a physiotherapist in 2017. Tony has recently completed his training to enhance expertise in soft tissue manipulation and mobilisation techniques used in the clinic’s 'Balanced Body Programme'.
On top of being a devoted husband and father of two, Tony continues to play cricket for local club Kirby Muxloe and enjoys cycling, travel and walking the dog!
Liz Lander BSc Hons, HCPC, MCSP
Associate Massage Therapist
Dave's passion for sport inspired his change of career to Sports Therapy. Prior to that he'd spent seven years at local firm, Casepak Recycling, as Production Manager of the facility based in Enderby, and had prevoiously worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland. It was after many years of playing for local clubs including Kirby Muxloe Football Club and Kirby's Cricket Club, along with playing golf and a passion for running (three marathons to date!) that Dave decided to retrain, hoping to pass on his experience in sport to others. After studying in Loughborough, Dave gained a Level 3 qualification in Sports Massage Therapy, from the VTCT in 2018. Dave continues to study sports therapy and develop his career, in a bid to push forward within the Sports Therapy industry. He hopes to provide a valuable service to the local community as a Massage Therapist.
Curent hobbies include running, cycling, golf and spending time with his children. He has recently taken up training for a triathlon, and upcoming races include the Great North Run in September, and a Leicester to Norfolk Bike ride in August.
Joanne Deakin MCSP
Jo qualified in 1992 and has worked in the NHS throughout Leicestershire, developing expertise in care of the elderly and particularly physiotherapy following Stroke. Jo has worked in Coalville Community Hospital since 2001. She has continued to specialize in physiotherapy for sufferers of Stroke, being principally responsible for physiotherapy at the Coalville Hospital Stroke Unit, and having a particular interest in retraining walking and restoring function. Jo also trained to perform acupuncture treatment in 2013.
When time allows from running (and fixing!) the family home, and walking the dog with husband Tony, Jo is a keen artist.
Dr Karen Maher
Karen is a fully qualified Mindfulness Instructor, having completed her training with Mindfulness CIC in Leicestershire. Karen is also a Psychology Lecturer at Coventry University, and is a member of the teaching faculty on the University’s MSc Mindfulness and Compassion programme.
Karen's extensive background within Occupational Health Psychology, and particularly the impact of “well-being at work” on individual and organisational performance make her the perfect addition to the team here. Her PhD project focused on stress, engagement and work-life conflict within the Fire and Rescue Service. Other professional interests involve the promotion of positive psychology in the workplace through the use of psychological resilience training and mindfulness based interventions. Karen has also had the opportunity to lead student field trips to Japan - considered to be the home of Mindfulness.
Spare minutes away from work and family are spent swimming or running, and occasionally indulging in a gin and tonic!