Meet The Team

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!

Click here to read what Tony’s patients say about him. 

Liz Lander BSc Hons, HCPC, MCSP


Qualifying in 2004 from Manchester University, Liz has extensive clinical experience working across different NHS trusts and within Private Practice. Her experience includes complex musculoskeletal upper limb, lower limb and spinal pathologies, trauma and elective orthopaedics, fracture clinic, sports rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, GP Practice and with the Police Force Occupational Health and NHS staff Occupational Health. Liz’s additional role within the NHS as Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) workplace Health and Safety Representative links well with issues faced by patients within their workplace.

Liz is a certificated APPI PiIates instructor and teaches a variety of classes in the studio, including shoulder rehab classes. She has been acupuncture accredited since 2011 utilising the therapeutic benefits of this skill in a number of pathologies including temporomandibular pain (jaw pain) and headache. Being a strong advocate for evidenced based practice, Liz has completed research into Low Back Pain management through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 

A retired gymnast herself, Liz has been a qualified Gymnastics Coach for twenty years, and is now an experienced Level 3 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics coach and Regional Gymnastics Judge. This high-level sport coaching experience along with her vast clinical experience and post-graduate training on sporting injuries in Children and Adolescents, makes her an ideal Physiotherapist for Gymnasts and Dancers. 

Away from work Liz loves activities with her two young children, she coaches and judges gymnastics, wolf runs and skis.

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

Mindfulness Teacher

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!