Who will I see?

Our team are at the core of Boathouse Physiotherapy, offering the highest level of diagnosis, treatment and care.

Katherine Sanders

BSc(Hons) MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist

Katherine qualified from University West of England, Bristol in 2000. From here she completed her NHS junior rotations in all sectors of physiotherapy before specialising in orthopaedic and out patient physiotherapy.

In 2006 Katherine took up a post at the Spire hospital Bristol where she was employed as a senior physiotherapist, later progressing to Physiotherapy Manager. In this role she worked closely with lead consultants to set up and develop the outpatient department.

Alongside this she worked independently in other private practices and for the South West of England Girls hockey team and a South West division 1 rugby team. At the same time she developed her interest in Pilates and Acupuncture.

Since moving back to Reading in 2011 Katherine has worked at both the Spire Dunedin Healthcare and the Boathouse surgery. Outside of work she has two young girls who occupy the majority of her time.

Katherine and Jessica have now established themselves independently and are full time at the Boathouse Physiotherapy retaining the close relationships with the consultants and the GPs. The clinic is set up to provide expert assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to the local residential and business community and to meet the ever increasing demand for fast access to high quality physiotherapy.

Anthony Bath


Anthony gained his undergraduate degree in physiotherapy from Oxford Brookes University before completing his MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. His MSc thesis examined the management of chronic non-specific low back pain.

Anthony is a member Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). In addition to undergraduate training and clinical experience he has undertaken extensive postgraduate training and, following a robust examination process, reached a recognised level of clinical excellence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Anthony's approach involves hands on treatment to joints, nerves and muscles as well as explaining problems and pathology in a straight forward manner. The majority of his treatments are focused on giving specific advice, education and exercise to address your needs and your goals by avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach.

His main clinical interest is the management of persistent low back pain.

He is an enthusiastic (if not particularly talented) sportsman. He has a degree in Archaeology, completed transatlantic yacht races, several half marathons, the 3 Peaks Challenge in under 24hrs and earned a black belt in Judo. When not training or studying he loves spending time with his wife and son.

Helen Phelps

BSc Hons

Helen graduated in 2003 with Bsc Hons in Physiotherapy from the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff. She has worked in large teaching hospitals in Wales and London where she gained a wealth of experience in a range of physiotherapy before specialising in community and musculoskeletal settings.

Helen moved to the local area to raise a family in 2011 and has continued to work in both private and NHS sectors. Her experience enables her to effectively treat acute and chronic conditions in both spines and peripheral problems. She utilises a range of manual techniques including joint mobilisations, manipulations, soft tissue release, acupuncture, exercise therapy and taping.

Neil Goringe


Neil qualified from the University of East London in 2005, completing his Junior Rotations at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Neil moved into the Private Sector at Bupa Sports Injuries Clinic working closely with Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultants treating patients from elite level through to capable amateur athletes.

Alongside the Boathouse, Neil currently works as a Regional Clinical Lead for Nuffield Health, providing clinical leadership for 11 physiotherapists across 12 sites, providing education and clinical support with complex pathologies and presentations. Neil has experience within sport working at Reading Football Club, Maidenhead Football Club and Henley Rugby Club and medical support at events such as the Great North Run.

Neil's clinical interests are in Hip and Groin related pain and feels exercises, done properly, are the best form of evidence based treatment. Neil has attended courses led by world leaders in the field of hip and groin pain and strength and conditioning. Neil has a strong focus on treating the root cause of symptoms, ensuring his clients gain a good understanding of their pain or injury, whilst providing evidence based treatment for immediate and lasting recovery.

Claire Stevens

Claire is a musculoskeletal and women’s health specialist Physiotherapist who qualified from one of London’s major teaching hospitals St Georges University in 2010. Claire started her Physiotherapy career at Guys and St Thomas NHS trust and then moved into the private sector.

Claire has worked at Circle hospital for the past 6 and a half years specialising in musculoskeletal injuries and post-operative rehabilitation with a special interest in Women’s Health. After the birth of her daughter she noticed a need for Women's Health Physiotherapists in the area and the limited provisions for women who need help and do not know where to turn. Working alongside the local Gynaecological consultants Claire trained in this field. Completing her post graduate certificate in Women’s Health she was welcomed as full member of the POGP (Pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological Physiotherapists).

Claire is one of the founding members of Abbey Nuns rugby team, she enjoys playing for the club and Berkshire county. As well as playing she is also the lead Physiotherapist for Abbey rugby club.

Joseph Badham

Physiotherapy BSc, MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine

Joseph holds a BSc in Physiotherapy and an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine and has a wealth of experience in sports and musculoskeletal physio. He is qualified to deliver acupuncture and dry needling and he is a trained injection therapist.

Joseph started out his career working in professional football where he worked alongside the academy and the first team squad. It is here that he began to develop his passion for sporting related injuries, in particular, lower limb overuse injuries.

Alongside elite sport, Joseph has worked within private city clinics treating a variety of individuals. Joseph treats pain and dysfunction using hands-on manipulative therapy and cutting edge rehabilitation techniques which he has acquired through a number of carefully selected settings throughout his career. Joseph brings these skills to Boathouse Physiotherapy having worked alongside a number of professional sports teams within football, swimming and rugby league.

Joseph’s Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine brings advanced knowledge and clinical skills to his practice. He believes that everybody deserves the highest quality of care regardless of activity or skill ability. Outside of clinical practice, Joseph enjoys boxing and water activities, such as paddle boarding and surfing (although his enthusiasm far outweighs his skill level!)

Alexa Duckworth-Briggs

Alexa qualified in Sports and Remedial Massage at the London School of Sports Massage in 2016. Alexa has worked in Reading based practices alongside the physiotherapy teams since then as well as running her own business from home. She looks after a whole range of people with massage, from those with stiffness and pain or those doing sports through to working alongside the physiotherapy team to help with rehabilitation.

Alexa is also a UK Athletics Running Coach, working with all levels of runner on their training programmes and ongoing coaching as well as technique analysis and face to face coaching sessions. She volunteers as a coach at Reading Roadrunners and is a regular at the parkruns in the area. She loves running, especially trail and longer distance events and is hoping her young dog will join her on the trails soon. She's lived in and around Reading with her husband for 8 years.

Alexa also gives nutrition advice and works as an Outdoor Leader, often alongside Duke of Edinburgh's Award groups in the summer.

Dan Thorne


Dan qualified from Brunel University in West London in 2011 before starting his career with BUPA as a neurological physiotherapist. From there he completed his junior rotations progressing to a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2014. Dan moved into private practice specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries at the Spire Dunedin in Reading where he developed a rapport with the leading local orthopaedic consultants. He was successful in his application to travel and work overseas in New Zealand. During this time he developed his knowledge base in the treatment of sporting related musculoskeletal and occupational based injuries. He developed sound, clinical reasoning, manual therapy and rehabilitation skills ensuring good clinical outcomes whilst minimising the risk of recurrence.


Dan’s clinical interest is in the rehabilitation of the lower limb particularly of the hip and groin from his own experience of a hip arthroscopy and the rehabilitation of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions in the knee. He also has an interest in running injuries which stems from his background as a competitive long distance runner on the track, road and cross country for Reading, Berkshire and the South of England. He hopes to gain national standard and selection on the road in the marathon. This exposure to athletics has meant he has treated recreational to international standard runners.


Dan applies a range of treatment techniques for an individualised approach. He focuses on evidence based exercise therapy with strength and conditioning coupled with manual therapy, including the use of acupuncture and lifestyle adaptions to achieve desired patient goals.    

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