Christopher Tack – clinical specialist in private and occupational health/service manager
Chris is the current manager of the private physiotherapy service and resident clinical specialist physiotherapist. He has been qualified for almost 12 years and has extensive experience in the management of neuro-musculoskeletal problems, sports injuries and occupational health injuries.
Chris uses a combined treatment approach to help clients optimise their rehabilitation, including the use of Rehabilitative Conditioning™, a model of exercise prescription specific for injured tissue which he has developed to assist clients to return to sport and full activity. He also has qualifications in soft tissue massage therapies, acupuncture and manual therapy.
Chris has experience in managing varying levels of sports people, but is known for his work on strength and conditioning practices with mixed martial artists and combat sports athletes, for which he was published in the renowned Strength and Conditioning Journal in 2013. Prior to working for Guy's and St Thomas’, Chris worked in research for the National Institute of Clinical Health and Care Excellence where he assisted in the formation of the Low Back Pain Guideline (published in 2009). His other published work includes topics such as shoulder exercise prescription, nutritional supplementation during rehabilitation and occupational health.
Chris is a guest lecturer at King's College London where he has taught on topics such as chronic back pain management, digital interventions, manual therapy, research in physiotherapy and scope of practice for physiotherapists in sport. He is currently the Chairperson of the Physiotherapy Digital Transformation Group at Guy’s and St Thomas’. He presented in April 2018 at the Global Artificial Intelligence Expo and Conference on the impact of artificial intelligence on therapeutic relationship in healthcare.
Clinical areas of interest: digital innovation and emerging technology, low back pain, exercise rehabilitation and return to sport, occupational health, upper limb and spine disorders.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) physiotherapy, MSc Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation
Postgraduate learning: strength and conditioning, mindfulness/ CBT, chronic pain management, aquatic therapy
Rachel Simmons – senior specialist physiotherapist
Rachel is an established member of the private physiotherapy service at Guy's and St Thomas'. She has over 12 years’ clinical experience treating a range of complex neuro-musculoskeletal problems within both the NHS and in private practice.
Rachel currently works within the private occupational health service and has specialist knowledge in managing work related conditions across diverse professions. As a musician (violinist and pianist), Rachel has a particular interest in the performing arts. She is passionate about working holistically with musicians and those in the performing arts to facilitate a speedy recovery and return to performance.
Rachel also has a special interest in managing long-term conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. Further to this, in 2016, Rachel completed a Masters degree in clinical research (MClinRes) investigating digital technologies and exercise for people with arthritis. She has subsequently published her work in several journals, and has presented her findings internationally. Rachel is a guest lecturer at King’s College London where she has taught on topics such as occupational health and ergonomics, manual therapy, management of hypermobility, behaviour change techniques, and research in physiotherapy.
Clinical areas of interest: occupational health including performing arts, rheumatological disorders, hypermobility, trauma and orthopaedics
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MClinRes. MCSP
Postgraduate learning: masters degree in clinical research, manual therapy, soft tissue massage therapies, acupuncture, pilates, taping (including Kinesio-taping), and hydrotherapy
Hannah Bundy – physiotherapist
Hannah is one of our highly specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapists. Since qualifying from Cardiff University with a first-class honours degree, she has worked in the NHS across a number of different hospitals, and also privately, gaining experience in managing a range of different neuro-muscular conditions and injuries, including orthopaedic and post-operative.
She also has experience working with athletes, including the Welsh Men’s Hockey Team, and has an interest in higher level rehabilitation and return to sport, especially lower limb tendon injury and ACL management. Hannah has qualifications in soft tissue massage techniques, acupuncture, manual therapy and pilates; as well as being one our hydrotherapists. She likes to apply the holistic approach to best suit her patients' needs.
Hannah is a guest lecturer at King’s College London, and is passionate about clinical research and has been involved in a number of service improvement projects within Guy’s and St Thomas’, as well as Imperial College London. Outside of work Hannah enjoys travelling, swimming, and keeping active. She has previously competed at an international level for Wales in lacrosse.
Clinical areas of interest: tendinopathies, ACL management (post-operative and conservative), exercise rehabilitation and return to sport, occupational health, pilates
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Colette Pollard – highly specialised private and NHS pelvic health physiotherapist
Colette is currently one of the lead pelvic health physiotherapists, specialising in pregnancy related back and pelvic pain; diastasis of the rectus abdominus; chronic pelvic pain; and bladder, bowel, sexual or prolapse related pelvic floor dysfunction. Colette has been qualified for over nine years and is passionate about improving physiotherapy care for women and men with pelvic health related issues.
Colette ensures she is evidence based in her approach to treatment whilst ensuring the individual patient’s needs are met. She continues to drive projects and research which will enhance the knowledge and skills of pelvic health physiotherapy. Colette has presented research at a national conference focusing on postnatal perineal trauma care and has published research in the physiotherapy management of prolapse. Colette has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Continence Care for Physiotherapists, meaning she is a full member of the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapist (POGP) Specialist interest group.
In order to have an active role in progressing pelvic health physiotherapy, Colette is London area rep for the POGP. This involves both delivering and organising teaching for London Pelvic Health Physiotherapists and supporting the group. Additionally Colette is guest lecturer at Kings College London for both undergraduate students and masters level for pelvic health.
Colette offers a wide range of physiotherapy interventions for pelvic floor dysfunction and pregnancy related pain inclusive but not limited to; pelvic floor muscle training, exercise prescription, manual therapy, biofeedback, neuromuscular stimulation, chronic pelvic pain management and pelvic floor relaxation.
Qualifications: BSc Physiotherapy, PG Certificate Continence for Physiotherapists