33 Sun Street, London, EC2M 2PY
Mon - Fri: 9AM - 6PM
Meet Our Team
From our clinical team to our admin staff, we’re delighted that most of the passionate and dedicated people in the industry choose to work at Victory.
Clinical Director and Consultant Physiotherapist
BSc Physiotherapy, PG Dip Sports & Exercise Medicine, HCPC, MCSP, APSKM, L/RAMC
Nell originally joined the British Army on her gap year. After completing her physiotherapy degree, she rejoined as a physiotherapy officer in 2000. During her ten-year service, Nell spent time at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre and Headley Court, and was a part of the incredible treatment and support provided to injured military personnel staying there.
When Nell retired from the Army, she discovered that the physiotherapy offered to civilians was often lacking and varied hugely in quality. In 2010, she founded Victory Health & Performance, to enable civilians to access the cutting-edge rehabilitation and treatment processes previously only available to the military.
Nell is the only physiotherapist in the world to have completed full training in both the Integrated Systems Model (developed by Diane Lee and LJ Lee in Canada) and the Sarah Key Method (developed by Sarah Key, physiotherapist to the Queen). This training allowed her to develop the Health & Performance Pyramid which underpins all of the work done at Victory. Nell has a reputation for being the therapist to see when no-one else can fix you. Her expertise is sought out by patients worldwide, and in 2014 Zesty named her “best physiotherapist in London for serious injuries and rehabilitation”.
In her spare time, Nell is a keen tennis player and rugby enthusiast, having worked with Army teams and former international rugby players.–
MSc Sports Medicine, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC
Nikki qualified in 1995. She has had experience of working in the NHS, corporate settings, private sector and sports as well as an extended time working at The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court (where she met Nell!). She has been involved in numerous sporting disciplines over the years namely Rugby Union (17 years), Lawn Tennis Association, Ballet with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, golf and sailing.
She has always continued to strive to extend her knowledge further and after many long courses went on to undertake and complete an MSc in Sports Medicine from Trinity College Dublin. She has continued to study further seeking out ways to further help her clients from all angles and has completed the Integrated Systems model (developed by Diane Lee and LJ Lee) and Connect Therapy Series. These courses sent her searching for more understanding of the body and she has gone on to study Visceral, Neural and Vascular manipulation under the Barral Institute.
With the knowledge she has accrued and her mileage of patients, Nikki certainly takes a holistic view of the individual. She loves ‘those patients who just do not seem to get better’ or have complex stories.
She is also qualified in Pilates and Acupuncture.
When she is not working she loves to be outside or by the coast and yacht sailing, although her partner and 6 year old daughter keep her on her toes, along with school PTA and girl guiding duties!
Jonathan is from New Zealand originally where he worked in government and corporate roles for the NZ Treasury, Shell Oil and other organisations. Coming to London in 1999, he studied Osteopathy a few years later at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been practicing musculoskeletal medicine since 2010.
In his profession of osteopathy, he considers himself an eclectic practitioner, influenced by classical osteopathic approaches, but utilising functional and cranial techniques and straight spinal manipulation. If he saw convincing evidence applying fried eggs to lesions helped make people better, he would do a course on becoming a grill cook.
In 2017 Jonathan started studying with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (http://www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk/) to work toward a diploma of medical acupuncture.
He’s worked in his own practice until he met Nell. Despite this he believes deeply in working with colleagues and prefers working in a team. He is a Director of the Institute of Osteopathy. He used to climb mountains before a serious fracture from a fall a few years ago threatened his career and he decided to retire from alpinism. He can bore people about mountaineering, Antarctic exploration, wine, European travel, literature, demography- well any subject really. He has been with his partner Jacquie for more than 28 years and has no children.
Movement & Balance Specialist
BSc (Hons) Sports Science, FAFS, Z-Health Practitioner
Passionate about health and fitness from as soon as she could run, Elizabeth doesn’t feel she could have possibly chosen any other career. Working in the fitness realm for over 15 years, she has been on a ceaseless quest to understand human movement in great depth. This gives her a unique approach to help her patients improve their neuromuscular capacity, balance, and confidence in pain-free movement.
Combining her love of travel and education, Elizabeth has made the effort to learn from genuine experts all over the world. A graduate of the prestigious Gray Institute, known as the gold standard for biomechanics, Elizabeth has combined a solid biomechanical approach with a neurological lens with education from AMN Academy (Applied Movement Neurology) and Z-Health.
Where Victory’s physiotherapists and rehabilitation therapists mainly work with the neuromusculoskeletal system, Elizabeth’s focus is to calibrate the vision, vestibular (balance) systems with the proprioceptive system. These systems can become blurred and/or disrupted with injury and poor movement patterns, which increases the risk of further injury.
Elizabeth’s work with the visual and vestibular systems also adds an extra dimension to our service, helping people to recover from dizziness and balance problems as well as pain.
Sophie graduated from Kings College University in 2010 and after two years of NHS experience, she moved into private practice which allowed her the time to really get to know and treat her sporting patients more thoroughly.
As a triathlete and adventure racer, Sophie is no stranger to injuries herself and the challenges faced by people who train and compete. She has worked in a variety of private gyms, clinics and sports clubs, and particularly enjoys working with “weekend warriors”.
Sophie specialises in treating patients with lower body problems – and has taken postgraduate courses in running and cycling biomechanics, as well as acupuncture and Pilates. Her patients love her positive and thorough approach, which makes her the ideal physio to see with a sporting ankle, knee or hip problem.
When she’s not at Victory, Sophie enjoys baking (her carrot cake is a particular speciality) and digging her allotment with fiancé Lewis.
Dr Victor Thompson
Clinical & Performance Pyschologist
DClinPsy, DipSpPsy, BScPsy, Clinical Sports Psychologist
As a clinical sports psychologist, Victor works with people in clinical and sporting populations to address issues affecting their performance. He has helped many athletes to overcome performance stress and setbacks like injury, review their performance and plan for competitions.
Victor is often consulted by the media for his expert opinion. His credits include national newspapers like the Times and the Independent, radio programmes, Sky News, ITV News and BBC World News.
Victor is also an amateur triathlete who won silver at the British Triathlon Association National Sprint Championships and raced at the European Triathlon Championships and World Championships. His personal experience of training, preparing and dealing with injuries and setbacks gives him a particular insight into the psychological needs of athletes.
Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 Yoga Alliance)
Abi’s yoga classes are focussed on the physical body and work on increasing strength, balance and core stability as well as keeping joints in safe alignment and working to optimise range of motion. These things vary from person to person and it is important to Abi to work with individuals and small groups to ensure that each body gets what it needs – a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not apply in her classes.
Abi is a keen runner and skier and a former martial artist. She works with sportspeople from many disciplines, helping them to offset the physical demands of their sport. Abi is also keen to share the positive mental effects of yoga – through a focus on deep, steady breathing even when the body is being physically challenged, we can help stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the body and cultivating an evenness of mind and a tenacity that we can tap into in stressful situations – at work, or during a race for example.
Abi completed her initial teacher training with YogaLondon and is currently undertaking further training with the same school, working towards her 500 hours advanced qualification.
Rachel is our multi-tasking Practice Manager. After training as a teacher, she worked in sales and administration roles before coming to Victory when we moved to Sun Street. Her main role is to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the clinic – answering queries, looking after our website and newsletter, organising clinic events (we host great parties) and making sure everything runs like clockwork.
When she’s not at Victory, Rachel enjoys going to concerts and brushing up on her photography.
Having experienced the healing hands (and feet) of Nell for herself, Sarah was thrilled to join the team, helping clients access these therapies, and developing the public face of Victory.
With a background in leisure services and the photography industry, Sarah holds the reins of all the day to day administration tasks, firing the engine room for the business’s success.
Sarah is a keen aficionado of musical theatre and European travel, usually enjoying both in the excellent company of her daughter (her son gladly stays at home!).
Surgery is a scary thing to contemplate – which is why, for our patients who need it, we generally recommend LSO. They’re a dedicated team of consultant orthopaedic surgeons and sports physicians. Their team hold academic and clinical positions in some of the top universities and teaching hospitals in the country. They have world class equipment and facilities, and have helped our patients with everything from steroid injections through to extensive spinal surgery.
The Back Shop provide furniture especially designed for back pain sufferers – everything from desk chairs to beds and mattresses. We love their furniture so much that we use it here in clinic for both chairs for our patients, and the incredible Mobiliser in the studio. If you’re a back pain sufferer, we may well recommend a visit to help you sit more comfortably.
Run by Nicky Ellis and Sudhir Daya, we love working with Integrated Health. Nicky is an excellent osteopath and, like us, she believes in getting to the source of the problem and beginning treatment from there – so if you need osteopathy, we’ll send you to Nicky. South African physiotherapist Sudhir is, frankly, an ergonomics genius. If you need a workstation assessment, whether to help relieve or prevent pain, he comes to your office to do the most comprehensive analysis we’ve ever seen – and follows that up with really practical advice and recommendations.
You may have heard of Sarah Key. Physiotherapist to the Royal Family, she’s also written many books on back pain and has created exercises that have helped thousands of back pain sufferers. Nell is an accredited Sarah Key therapist (currently the only therapist qualified to teacher level in London) and will often use her techniques in sessions or recommend her exercises.
Nutritionist to the England Rugby and England Football teams, Amino Man’s Matt Lovell is very practical when it comes to nutrition advice. If you need a special diet for any reason (illness, injury, weight loss etc) then he’s the man for the job, as an expert in food and supplementation.
Globally recognised physiotherapist Diane Lee is one of the leading world experts on the pelvis. With former business partner Dr LJ Lee, she created the Integrated Systems Model from which Victory’s Health & Performance Pyramid takes its roots. When not teaching the ISM round the world, Diane runs an immensely successful clinic in Vancouver.
Dr LJ Lee completed her PhD with world-renowned spinal specialist Professor Paul Hodges, and is herself a leading expert on the thorax. She developed the innovative physiotherapy model the Thoracic Ring Approach, and then worked with Diane Lee to create the Integrated Systems Model.
Sleep is one of the foundation blocks of your health – if you’re sleeping poorly, or not sleeping at all, you will really struggle to recover from injury. For our patients who need the help, we refer to Dr Aditi Desai at Global Sleep Solutions. She’s helped our patients with all sorts of sleep related problems, from insomnia to sleep apnoea.
Nutrition is incredibly important – after all, you can’t out exercise a bad diet! Most people will just take an everyday, over the counter vitamin tablet, but for some people that’s not enough to give their body what it needs. Like us, Usana knows that your body will have different needs. So before taking supplements, they ask you to complete an assessment – and they can then prescribe the right vitamins for you, and deliver them straight to your door.
If you’re a cyclist, you will have had a bike fitting before – but not like this! Swift Cycles do incredibly comprehensive bike fittings, using the same technology used by leading cycling teams Sky, British Cycling and Europcar to make sure that your bike is perfect for your technique. If you’re serious about avoiding injury and having the best kit available, they’re the people for you.
Working in both the NHS and private practice, Rick is an expert dietician. He helps those who need an adapted diet for medical reasons (intolerances, digestive problems, diabetes and so on), as well as those who are looking to improve their sporting performance.
Based in the West End, Schoen provides expert private hospital care for those who need it. Working with spinal and orthopaedic surgeons, as well as radiologists and sports physicians, Schoen can help patients from elite athletes, to people suffering from chronic, long term conditions.
Everyone should have a six-week pelvic floor checkup after giving birth, and Mummy’s Physio are the team we recommend. They work with pregnant and post-natal patients to tackle issues such as pelvic floor rehabilitation, incontinence, back pain, prolapse and pelvic pain.
London International Patient Services is a partnership of top level consultants from teaching hospitals around London and specialising in treating patients from overseas. Whether you have a fracture, need sports surgery, or even spinal surgery, the consultants at LIPS can provide you with expert care.
Used to dealing with complex and unusual cases, the team at LBO are a group of orthopaedic consultants who all work at, or have previously worked at, NHS teaching hospitals. We know all of our patients who are seen by consultants at LBO are in safe hands.
Specialising in orthopaedics and sports medicine, the team at Fortius are well equipped to deal with any emergency. From non-surgical options through to complex surgery, Fortius excel at patient care.