Lindsey Woolstencroft BSc GSR SCS
Lindsey graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc in Sports Rehabilitation and a PG in Strength and Conditioning. During her degree she gained experience in the USA working with Physical Therapists and Orthopaedic Consultants at the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, along with working as an Athletic Trainer with Division II Collegiate Sports Teams. Lindsey has experience in private clinical practice and working with Northern Ballet Theatre, Macclesfield Rugby Club, Fylde Ice Hockey, Dancers and Olympic GB Swimmers. Lindsey also worked with the Defence Medical Services looking after injured military personnel for two years, as well as work with the Australian Physio and Pilates Institute in Wimbledon.
Lindsey has been a full member and an Officer on the Executive Committee for the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). BASRaT hold an accredited voluntary register through the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for health and social care, set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. Sports Rehabilitation is formally recognised as a health care occupation.
Lindsey is a highly experienced Pilates teacher having practiced for over 15 years in Balanced Body, Classical and APPI styles. Lindsey completed both her Matwork and Equipment training to Level 4 with APPI.
Lindsey’s sporting history involves being a former Team GB member, National and International Medalist in Ice Dance. Lindsey has had the privilege to work alongside Olympic Champions performing in many shows across the globe including ‘Dancing on ice’ in Holland and Belgium. Through her experience as a figure skater Lindsey has always had a huge interest in the body and health, fitness and movement.
Lindsey’s specialist areas are in antenatal and postnatal care and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Susanna Elias BSc GSR
Senior Sport Rehabilitator and Pilates Teacher
Trained in both Matwork and Reformer Pilates through POWMAK Pilates, Susanna also graduated from the University of Salford with a 1st Class BSc in Sports Rehabilitation. Specialising in musculoskeletal injury, Susanna is passionate about getting her clients back to a stronger and fitter place than they were before injury and discovering the root cause of an injury, not just treating the symptoms. She suffered a herniated disc at 18, which was her incentive to become qualified in injury rehabilitation and Pilates.
Susanna’s previous experience was working in a busy GP practice in Hindley, The Royal Liverpool Hospital and Salford University Sports Injury Clinic.
As well as being a busy mum, physical activity together with a healthy diet are very important to Susanna. She enjoys cooking, running and gym work, together with weekly netball with her daughter and Pilates.
Susanna’s specialist areas are injury rehabilitation (in particular neck and shoulder injuries) and improving sporting performance through strength and conditioning. Through her work at Elite and Equilibrium she has had experience working with clients with long term conditions, such as Parkinsons, Stroke,MS and long standing pain conditions as well as clients recovering from major operations such as hip and knee replacements.
Ailsa Witherington, HCPC, CSP
Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist
Ailsa trained as a physiotherapist at King’s College London in 2009 with a First-Class Honours Degree. During her career Ailsa has had experience of treating both NHS and private clients and has progressed within the NHS to lead physiotherapy teams both in London and more recently in the North West. She has worked with many areas of physiotherapy including, chronic pain, sports injuries, neurological impairments, long term health conditions and post- op patients.
Ailsa is passionate about helping women stay healthy and active during pregnancy and treats a wide range of pregnancy related complaints including back pain, pelvic girdle pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. She also supports women to return to normal activity and sport post-natally.
Ailsa is currently available for post-natal assessments for all women who have had a baby, from 6 weeks upto 6 years post-partum!
Sport Rehabilitator, Pilates Teacher in Training and Client Care Administrator
The newest member to the Elite team, Lucy graduated with a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation from the University of Salford. Lucy has experience treating a range of patients and MSK injuries as well as Stroke rehab. Lucy has previously worked with Sedgley Rugby club, private practice in Bolton and the Salford Sports Injury clinic. Lucy is also trained in IASTM massage as well as medical acupuncture and currently completing her comprehensive matwork and equipment Pilates training with Equilibrium through 2019. Lucy is currently available for sports massage, sports injuries consultation and is working as our client care administrator.
Josie is a physiotherapist and pilates instructor from Australia. Having danced extensively while she was young, she grew a strong interest in the way bodies work and how to optimise this for any goal. She moved straight in to private practice after graduating with a strong focus on sporting injuries and has practiced in a number of clinics around Australia. In this time she has gained experience in a variety of treatment techniques including dry needling (acupuncture) along with Clinical Pilates experience.
Soft Tissue Therapist
Sandra has been a soft tissue specialist for 10 years and has experience in private practice working in her own clininc, busy GP outpatients department and has treated sports people and non sports people alike. She has run her own clinic whilst working full time as a police officer. She has gained qualifications as an Athletic Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Strength and Conditioning , Advance Personal Training, Sports Rehabilitation to name a few and is currently a 3rd year Physiotherapy student at Salford University.
Sandra has completed 26 years as a Police Officer and in the early years combined this with an international athletic career. As an officer she has gained an immense amount of communication skills and on sitting on her promotion exams came in the top 6% in the country in Customer and Community Focus. This has been attributed by her skills gained from travelling around the world competing as an elite athlete.
Sandra is a Olympic Bronze Medalist from Barcelona Olympics 1992 and has competed for GB and England in the 400m on numerous occasion and in 1992 won the UK National Championships.
She currently attends Crossfit Training 5 xs per week and is aiming to compete in the Crossfit Masters in 2018.
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Pilates Teacher, Mummy MOT practitioner
Claire has been working as a musculoskeletal and sports injury physiotherapist for the past 17 years and has experience of treating both NHS and private patients. Claire has a very holistic hands on approach to assessment and treatment and uses a lot of Pilates/ yoga rehabilitation, acupuncture and manual therapy (joint mobilisation and soft tissue release techniques). She also treats pregnancy related and post-natal conditions and also offers the Mummy MOT post-natal checks. Claire is APPI Pilates trained and HCPC registered and member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). Claire is passionate about encouraging exercise and an active lifestyle, which she believes helps to promote happiness and wellbeing. She uses a wide variety of treatment techniques and incorporates many aspects of Pilates and Yoga into her patient care.