Meet the team.
All our Physiotherapists are registered members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council. Collectively they have over 100 years of experience treating a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. They work closely together alongside our wider therapy team to ensure our clients get the best care and outcomes by using their combined knowledge and skill sets.
Pete Tang - Director and Chartered Physiotherapist
Pete qualified from Keele University in 1999 with First class honors in Physiotherapy. His career began working for the North Bristol NHS Trust where he specialized in the treatment of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries. In late 2001 he took up a post at the BUPA Hospital Bristol where he was employed as a Senior Physiotherapist, later progressing to Physio Team Leader and ultimately Physiotherapy Manager.
In June 2004 Pete began working as a Private Physiotherapist. He worked in a variety of settings including continued work for BUPA Hospitals (now Spire Hospital Bristol), The Jonathan Webb Clinic and other Private Clinics. In 2007 Pete opened The Physio Clinic Bristol at Riverside Leisure Club. His success as a Private Therapist had given him the confidence to think bigger and take his treatment principles to a bigger audience. His goal is to provide a team of therapists to provide expert assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to the local community and to meet the ever increasing demand for fast access, high quality Physiotherapy.
The Physio Clinic Bristol is now a multi practitioner Physiotherapy and Sports Performance practice including Physiotherapists, Sports Massage Therapists, Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Sports Therapists. Pete continues to have a clinical case load specialising in Lower Limb disorders (especially running related problems), Shoulder problems and Lower Back Pain. He is currently working towards his POCUS qualification (Point of Care Ultrasound). This will enhance diagnositc skills by adding Ultrasound imaging to the assessment of certain injuries to help better identify the underlying injury and cause for patients pain. He retains close working relationships with prominent orthopaedic consultants and local GP’s.
In addition to his clinical case load he is mentoring and training the team, building the range and quality of services that the clinic provides, as well as running the practice to build on its reputation and success as the Clinic of choice for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
Outside of work Pete enjoys keeping fit through cycling and running having completed several Sportives on the bike, multiple half marathons and his biggest success the Newport Marathon in 2018.
Alex Parford BSc Chartered Physiotherapist
Alex qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2012 from Manchester Metropolitan University. Alex spent the first years of his career working for Sale Sharks rugby team before moving to London to work in a number of roles within private practice. Here Alex continued to work with high level athletes including GB level runners and triathletes, professional Golfers, and national level Muay Thai fighters.
Specialising in sport injuries and post-operative care, Alex is a qualified and experienced running coach. Through this he has developed a strong understanding of running biomechanics and the tools needed to return from injury and improve performance.
Alex has a passion for helping his clients to make themselves better. He believes that educating a patient is the best form of Physiotherapy, whether guiding them through mobility work, strengthening, Pilates or running coaching. Alex enjoys helping his clients to achieve their goals, whether that is to be pain free, have a more active lifestyle or to achieve a new PB in an upcoming race.
Outside of work Alex has always been a keen sportsman. Having grown up playing lots of Rugby, in his mid-twenties he transitioned to distance running. This started with half marathons building to marathons and an ultra-marathon in North Devon, which he completed in June 2021.
Anh Waite BSc Chartered Physiotherapist
Anh qualified in 2000 as a Physiotherapist and has worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, industry and Private Practice. She has worked internationally having lived in Dubai for the last 5 years. She has a vast amount of experience in sport. She is a qualified pitchside specialist Physiotherapist and has worked for several teams including the UAE girls under 18 rugby 7’s team and physio for Sydney based rugby 7’s team who won their division in the Dubai Rugby 7’s tournament.
Anh is a qualified acupuncturist in addition to her more traditional hands on treatment techniques and exercise prescription.
When shes not at work Anh likes spending time with here family and enjoys cycling and keeping fit. She hase even done a few 5 k races and more recently got into lifting weights.
David Lee BSc Chartered Physiotherapist
David qualified as a physiotherapist from Cardiff University in 2009. He has a second bachelors degree in sport science. David’s full time physiotherapy career developed in the NHS where he completed junior and senior rotations before specialising in musculoskeletal disorders. His NHS experience includes head of student MSK placements at Llandough hospital, and occupational health clinic. Alongside his NHS experience David worked part time in both sport and private clinics. He has worked as an academy physiotherapist for Cardiff City FC and South Wales Scorpions Rugby League team.
In recent years David has been working in South East Asia for UFIT – the biggest health and fitness company in Singapore. As well as seeing patients, David has been head of the junior mentoring program, manager of one of the health clinics, and providing multiple in-person and online presentations to corporate companies pre and post COVID.
Believing that health is a complete state of physical and psychological well-being combining fitness, mindset, sleep and diet, David has been an avid athlete throughout his life. Starting out in football, he went on to complete multiple half marathons, the London Marathon and several cycling sportives. In recent years this has led to a natural transition into triathlon, qualifying for 2020 New Zealand 70.3 Ironman World Championships and completing Ironman Wales in 2022.
Due to his diverse personal and professional background, David is happy treating multiple pathologies and clients of all abilities looking to return to everyday activities and/or exercise and active hobbies. He has a passion for treating lower limb injuries and post operative clients. While in Singapore he has been part of the UFIT endurance team coaching athletes at a running bootcamp, as well as providing running assessment/gait analysis.
In addition to David’s sports science and physiotherapy degrees, David is a level 2 British Triathlon Coach. He also holds qualifications in sports massage, strength and conditioning, Pilates, dry needling and bike fitting.
Jenny Buckley MSc Chartered Physiotherapist
Jenny completed a BSc Sports Conditioning and Coaching degree before moving to Birmingham to complete an MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree. Since then, she has returned to her home city of Bristol, where she worked within the NHS, before moving into private healthcare, to combine her passion for sport with her physiotherapy knowledge.
In addition to her physiotherapy qualification, Jenny is a qualified Pilates Instructor and Sports Massage Therapist.
Her own sporting experience as a national level badminton player as a teenager, and more recently a triathlete competing at Age Group European and World Championships, leaves her perfectly placed to understand the importance of looking at the body as a whole, treating with a holistic approach that combines hands on therapy with exercise.
When not working in clinic as a therapist, Jenny continues to support the clinic as our reception manager.
Dave Mercy BSc Chartered Physiotherapist
David qualified from Bath School of Physiotherapy in 1990 and has over 25 years of clinical experience. The last 20 years have been dedicated to the treatment of Musculo-Skeletal disorders such as spinal pain, sports injuries and orthopaedic medicine. His post graduate training includes Clinical Pilates, Orthopaedic medicine and spinal manipulation and the study of movement and Kinetic Control Theory.
Now working for the clinic in an occupational health capacity, David is no longer based at our main clinic, but instead at a local engineering company, in addition to travelling to various office and workplaces around Bristol to carry out ergonomic office assessments.
Prior to returning to the West Country, David has travelled the UK and around the world, working as far away as the Australian outback and closer to home in Harley Street in London. He has taken charge of an NHS Physiotherapy department and been a Clinical Educator to Physiotherapy students at local Universities.
When not at work he is back on his bike and also clocking up the running miles with one eye on the Bristol half marathon and his PB. He also has a fine collection of chilli plants thanks to the West Country sun and air.
Our Sports & Massage Therapists
Sports & Massage therapists combine a range of skill sets including deep tissue massage, strengthening exercises, stretches and other hands on techniques to improve the health and wellbeing of an individual. Our therapists work closely alongside the Physiotherapy team to provide additional support to a clients rehabilitation and long term recovery.
Katie Bailiss BSc Sports Therapy
Katie graduated from Hartpury University in 2023 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Therapy. This degree equipped her with a comprehensive skill set that revolves around musculoskeletal assessments and a wide array of injury management techniques such as sports massage, trigger point therapy, PNF stretching, and mobilisations. These skills have allowed her to become a well-rounded sports therapist, proficient in assessing, treating, and rehabilitating various types of injuries.
Katie has a profound understanding of the impacts injuries can have on individuals, therefore her passion lies in working with patients to address their complaints and facilitate the recovery process so that her patients can return to their active lifestyles. Katie has practical experience in providing pre-game taping and first aid pitch-side support for a local rugby club as well as various school sporting events. She also enjoys providing post-event sports massage to runners at events which have included the London Marathon and the Bath Half Marathon.
Beyond her profession, Katie is a keen sportsperson who proudly represents Weston Netball’s first team. Katie also extends her capability as an assistant coach for Weston’s U16 netballers, sharing her knowledge and passion for the sport.
Rhys Cook BSc Sports Therapy
Rhys Graduated from Bournemouth University in 2022 with a first class honours degree in Sports Therapy. This degree allows Rhys to assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries, tailoring treatments to his patient and their activity. This includes various modalities of treatment such as Sports Massage (including myofascial release and trigger point therapy), Mobilisations, Electrotherapy and PNF stretching.
Throughout his degree Rhys gained experience working with a club level rugby team and university hockey team, providing pitch side cover and pre game strapping. He was also lead co-ordinator for his university varsity athlete clinic. Rhys understands the importance that massage plays in the rehabilitation process having completed his final year research paper on the effects and benefits of sports massage. He has continued his work within rugby, working pitchside at a local club.
Outside of the clinic Rhys spends most of his free time in the boxing gym or weight training as well as surfing at his local beach. He has a keen interest in a variety of other sports such as rugby (having played at academy level), football, wakeboarding, snowboarding and skiing, having participated in all of these and continuing to do so. This sporting experience gives Rhys an in-depth understanding of the specific mechanisms of injury and is able to tailor rehabilitation programmes to that sport.
Our Coaches and Instructors
The clinic works alongside several specialist instructors and coaches including Strength and Conditioning coaches, Triathlon coaches and Pilates instructors.
John Wood - Run/Swim/Triathlon Coach
John has been working with The Physio Clinic Bristol as a Run/Swim/Triathlon Coach since 2012. His swim coaching career started 15 years ago and 5 years ago he added Triathlon & running coaching to his skill set. Having competed at International level in swimming and triathlon John understands the importance of good coaching and the impact it can have on performance. Over the years he has had great results with his clients- from those learning to swim, improving their technique through to outdoor lake/sea events.
He has worked with clubs, groups and individuals of all standards and has extremely good communication skills to get his teaching points across.
“I enjoy teaching people to swim for rehab and overcoming fear of the water, all the way up to fine tuning strokes to swimming quicker”
In addition to his swim coaching he also coaches running technique and supports local triathlon clubs coaching track sessions. As an International level triathlon John also uses his experience to help structure training plans for multi event competitions.
For more information or to request a call back from John contact the main clinic and let us know what help you are looking for.
Katie James MSc Reformer Pilates Instructor
She fell in love with Pilates when she lived in Hong Kong and completed her mat work and equipment training with Polestar Pilates, going on to work with rehabilitation and fitness clients.
On returning to London, Katie furthered her Pilates training with APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and went on to become a teacher trainer with them.
Katie has continued to see the positive effects of Pilates on people’s movement, strength, posture and ultimately quality of life. She thrives on introducing new clients to the joy of Pilates and also exploring variations of exercises to challenge existing Pilates enthusiasts. She has experience in teaching the pregnant and postnatal population and very much enjoys seeing how Pilates can benefit women during this special time.
Although her adventures as an expat have taken her to Asia and the Middle East Katie has always found Pilates to be accessible to anyone and everyone.
Now settled back in her native Bristol Katie looks forward to drawing on all her experiences to help you achieve your goals using the invaluable method of Pilates.
Outside of Pilates Katie is kept happily busy with her two young daughters and enjoy singing in a local choir.
Miriam Roberts Pilates Instructor
Mim found her passion for movement after studying creative writing and performing arts and moved to Bristol following University. In 2016 she completed her Level 3 Mat Based Pilates Certification with Future Fit.
Following her initial qualification, Mim acquired further qualifications in –
-Pilates with Small Equipment
-Pilates for Neurological Conditions
-Pilates for Older Adults
-Pilates for Pre and Post Natal Clients
And she is now studying towards a Level 4 Mat Qualification with Body Control Pilates.
Miriam gained a lot of experience and skills working alongside Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in her previous role as a Neuro Trauma Therapy Assistant at the RUH in Bath. That role involved rehabilitating people with different neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s, brain injury and spinal injury. Her time in this role helped Mim to expand her knowledge and teaching, integrating the Pilates principles within rehabilitation.
“I believe everyone should feel confident to move and to find the movement that makes them feel good!”
In her own time she enjoys music, reading, running and walking. “I love to spend time outside and to be with friends, family and my cat, Sprite!”
Our Administration Team
Our administration team are a vital part of the clinic. They are always on hand to help clients with any queeries or questions and to put them at ease.
Jenny Ritchie - Reception Manager
Jenny joined the team in April 2021 to support the growing team of therapists and services, assisting with the ever increasing administration associated with a busy practice. Jenny decided to focus her career on business development having worked as a private physiotherapist and sports massage therapist for 10 years. However, when not on reception, she does keep up her clinical practice as a Therapist and Pilates Instructor, and can be found covering Pilates classes, as well as offering some physiotherapy appiontments. As a result, Jenny has a great understanding of the conditions we treat and the services we offer, as well as the complexities of running a busy clinic. If you have any questions about the services we offer, Jenny and our team are here to answer them.
Liz Parker - Reception Administrator
Liz has been married for over 30 years and is also a mother and grandmother.
Before Liz started work here at the Physio Clinic in January 2019, Liz worked at Natwest Bank for 21 years.
Her role at The Physio Clinic is reception/admin front of house. Liz love working with our clients in a customer facing role and giving first class service. She work opposite shift patterns to Sarah.
“The staff here are like a big family, they welcomed myself on board and have taught/shown me the different job roles the staff here undertake, as Physiotherapy, Sports Massages, Strength & Conditioning , Pilates , and more…”