Gary is a born and bred native & 6ft 6 giant character of Saundersfoot known to all as TAFF and is a fully qualified and insured Advanced Aesthetics Practitioner and qualified Medic.
At the age of 17 Taff joined the Army & spent just under 5 years working as a Tank crewman and weapons gunner including IED and explosive recognition squadron, he then decided to leave the HM Forces to pursue a career in the personal Protection Industry where he has been for the last 26 years providing his medical a personal security skills to some of the worlds most high risk UHNW and A list celebrity Clients globally.
Taff loves every aspect of his new Profession and has undergone an extensive amount of training to the highest standard, learning various needle techniques after training with SATA as it is in keeping with his already medical passion and career, he is a highly driven and somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to any procedures, as he always wants to achieve the best possible natural and realistic expectations results for his clients after leaving the clinic.
He looks forward to seeing you in clinic very soon
Jasmin is qualified in Swedish massage, Oncology Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head massage & Reflexology . She is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) degree in Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle at the University of Wales Trinity saint David. She began working as a spa therapist at the Well Spa, Bluestone after completing her studies at Pembrokeshire College. Her passion is Irish Dancing and competed in the World Open Championships in 2016.
We are delighted to introduce Deserae Walker (Dez) to our Pembroke Clinic as a new member of staff !
Deserae is a Fully Qualified Sports Massage Therapist after obtaining her Level 3 certificate in Cardiff from one of the UK’s leading providers.
Dez is also a full member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA) & has always had a passion for the Health & Fitness industry from a very young age .
At the age of 17 Deserae joined the Royal Navy & spent 5 years working as a Weapons Engineer, but decided to leave to study for a BSc (Hons) degree in Physical Education in 2009. During this time Deserae started her family & in order for her to achieve a work -life balance she decided to put the teaching on hold and instead gained her qualification as a Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer, giving her the freedom to work around her two sons.
Deserae loves every aspect of her job, making her professional and highly driven to achieve the results desired by her clients.She will be with us on Wednesday’s
Sonia is a fully qualified physiotherapist and a registered member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Having perviously started a career in academia with a PhD in the Effect of Diet on Immune Function, Sonia re trained as a physiotherapist at Southampton University by completing a pre-registration Masters.
Sonia moved to Pembrokeshire, having previously worked in private practice in Bristol where she was a partner in a busy multi-disciplinary clinic.
Physiotherapy specialises in helping to maintain and improve mobility and movement and aids in the recovery from injury, whether acute injuries, such as sports injuries or falls, or more chronic, such as long term back pain or osteoarthritis. Sonia enjoys working with and helping a variety of people, from those with sports injuries to those with more postural / life style injuries.
Outside of work, Sonia has competed for the UK in the Age-Group World Triathlon Championship in Canada and Germany and more recently she has also completed in Ironman Wales.
Principal Sports Osteopath & Acupuncturist
John is a fully qualified osteopath in Pembrokeshire and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
John was previously a Head of Physical Education Teacher before re-training as an osteopath in 2009, graduating from Oxford Brookes University. His qualifications include a Masters in Obesity and a Masters in Sport Development, as well as a teaching qualification in Physical Education/Science.
Currently, John is lecturing one day a week at Swansea University on their MSc Osteopath Programme and is a clinic tutor, which he particularly enjoys. John is interested in Ironman competitions and is currently training for the Long Course weekend and Ironman Wales 2017.He has previously completed Ironman France & Spain and Ultramarathon competitions in both Alaska & Jordan.
Katy is our resident holistic & beauty therapist offering aromatherapy, warm bamboo massage and hot stone massage plus pre/postal treatments
‘Holistic’ comes from the Greek word holos, meaning ‘whole’. Rather than just addressing an immediate symptom, a holistic therapist will look for the underlying cause by considering current physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual states of health and wellbeing. They will then work to restore the body’s natural balance, leading to a more sustained and rewarding quality of life.
While it has been effectively used for centuries, the scientific community today is now recognizing the importance holistic therapy plays in maintaining good health and overall wellbeing.
Holistic therapy is being used increasingly by individuals wanting to find more balance and harmony within themselves. Holistic therapy has gained in popularity especially among those looking to manage chronic stress. Studies show that ‘taking time out’ for holistic therapy treatment can help individuals to manage stress; aiding relaxation and improving longevity.
Holistic therapy is effective in addressing countless other physical and psychological concerns, from muscular aches and pains to hormonal imbalances, to improved sleep and mental clarity.
As well as being deeply relaxing and providing relief from the everyday stresses, holistic therapy treatments can also be a treat for individuals who enjoy pampering themselves.
Foot Health Practitioner
Tanya Rice is a new addition to the Rothery Health team and is a Foot Health Practitioner based at our new clinic in Pembroke .
Foot Health Practitioners attend to all of the common conditions that affect the leg and foot, from routine care of nails, treatment of verrucae, corns, callus, right through to functional problems of the leg and foot. … They are trained to recognise foot and leg conditions, treat appropriately and refer when necessary.
Tanya is an Accredited Member of the Register of Foot Health Practitioners. This Professional Standards Authority provides assurance that all registers have a high standard of personal behaviour, technical competence and business practice.
Michael is an experienced Sports Massage Therapist who started practising in 2008 after obtaining his certificate in Sports massage therapy from Pembrokeshire college. Over the years he has treated many clients & has worked at various sporting events, including the tour of Pembrokeshire, long course weekend, Carten & Tour de Shane
He will be working with us on Saturdays
Partially sighted sports therapist Lloyd Davies joins Rothery Health .
In late November 2013, at the age of just 20, Lloyd Davies complained of suffering from slightly blurred vision in his left eye. He put up with it for a short while and when it showed no signs of improvement he went to the local optician.
By Christmas 2013, he had lost his vision in his left eye. Barely a month had passed from the time that he first complained of blurred eyesight to losing it almost completely.
In January 2014, he was given the devastating news that they had found the cause of his blindness and he was diagnosed as suffering from Lebers Hereditary Optical Neuritis (LHON) which is a genetic mutation of the eye.
Sure enough, shortly after the diagnosis, the sight in his right eye started to deteriorate. He stopped driving in April 2014 and in May 2014, he was issued a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI). He is now classed as being Legally Blind.
He has had many of his life choices taken away from him, yet he remains hopeful for the future. His dream of a Military career has been ripped from him and that has proved to be one of the most difficult things for him to come to terms with. However he is enjoying the challenge of sports therapy and despite losing his Vision he is utilising his sensation of touch to his advantage.What an inspirational character .Call him to book an appointment
We’d like to welcome Karen Bayliss to the team at Rothery Health Karen is a qualified Level 1 British Hand therapist with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.She is able to treat hand injuries and hand conditions with a range of splints and exercise rehab to include –
-Carpal Tunnel syndrome
– Cubital Tunnel syndrome
-Trigger finger/Mallet finger
-Fractures of the wrist/hand
-Swan neck deformity
-Stroke & Neurological disorders
Karen is an Experienced NHS worker and Registered HCPC professional
Dave Francis is an accomplished local triathlete who achieved an amazing time of 9 hours and 44 minutes at Ironman Austria.
In 2013 he was the second Welshman home at Ironman Wales based here in Tenby UK. Which granted him qualification for the World Ironman Championships in Kona Hawaii in 2014. Since competing at the World Championships he has won the World Vets sprints and competed for Great Britain as an age qualifier at the half Ironman distance.
He is interest in bike fits started when the concepts of “medium gains” started to be passed down to the club rider from the elite professional circles.
With the importance of comfort and aerodynamic positioning as a basic starting point becoming essential for anyone serious about cycling events or triathlon Dave was keen to widen his knowledge.
Dave is passionate about how bike profiling can make a huge difference to the athlete and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge at Rothery Health clinic.
He is also looking forward to performing bike fits to help the local athlete or Professional rider in order for them to achieve their goals. Not only this he is also offering 1-1 professional coaching sessions for any athlete should they require it. We are pleased such a distinguished athlete is on our team at Rothery Health.