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The Roundwood Health Clinc team is a group of private physiotherapists based in Barnsley. We provide first class physiotherapy, sports injury treatment, acupuncture, chiropody, pilates and complementary therapies
Chartered Physiotherapist & Director

Claire qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2000 and worked full time in the NHS gaining experience with both adults and children. She has previously been a team leader providing physiotherapy for runners taking part in the London marathon at the finish line. Claire is the clinical lead physiotherapist at Roundwood and has a specialist interest in acupuncture and rheumatological conditions. In her spare time, she is a busy mum to a toddler and enjoys swimming.

Chartered Physiotherapist & Director

Elizabeth qualified in 2000 from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and is currently working towards completing her masters in advancing physiotherapy practice. Elizabeth is also a Director at Roundwood Health Clinic and has a special interest in spinal pain and ergonomics. Elizabeth is also trained in acupuncture and in her spare time enjoys walking with her dog.

Chartered Physiotherapist

Helen Sparks

Helen qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 1997 and gained broad experience at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Ealing Hospital (London) before specialising in musculoskeletal outpatients in 2000.

She has a postgraduate certificate from Sheffield Hallam University in musculoskeletal management and has passed Maitland Level 2b April 2017 (includes spinal manipulation).

She works with an orthopaedic spinal consultant and at GP clinics in Doncaster as well as her private work. Her special interest is spinal problems and she has trained in acupuncture.

Helen has 3 children, enjoys outdoor activities including running and lives in Oxspring.

Chartered Neuro Physiotherapist


I qualified in 1990 and have more than 20 years’ experience in neurology and elderly rehabilitation.

Initially I worked as a junior physiotherapist in Newcastle working in acute neurology, then neurological rehabilitation, which is where i developed my passion for the neurological speciality.

I then came to work in Yorkshire at Pinderfields General Hospital, where I worked in medical-elderly, acute neurology, neurosurgery and most recently in the neurological rehabilitation centre. In this unit I treated patients with a variety of conditions including complex stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and traumatic brain injury.

I am trained in Bobath to an advanced level and in motor relearning ( Carr and Shepherd), but i am not a purist.

Clients do not have to have a neurological condition to benefit from my services. I like to work with patients’ to achieve their goals, and improve their strength and mobility. This may involve:

  • Improving balance,
  • Increasing mobility around the home, or outdoors
  • Improved function e.g. activities within the kitchen, getting in and out of bed, getting up from the floor, etc.

It is never too late to try a course of physiotherapy.

Chartered Physiotherapist

Oliver Bassett

Oliver qualified from the university of Huddersfield in 2002 and gained invaluable experience within both the NHS and private practice. This ranged from working with Huddersfield Town Football Academy to working as a chronic pain specialist for PMS in Barnsley. Oliver’s special interests include acupuncture, spinal pain, foot and ankle problems and he is trained in the kinesio taping method. In his spare time he is a close up magician and a busy dad.

Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in ultrasound scanning & cortisone injections

Chris Creaghan

Chris Creaghan is a charted physiotherapist and specialist in musculoskeletal pathology.  He qualified from Bradford University with a degree in physiotherapy.  Through his extended career in musculoskeletal treatment, Chris has gained advanced practitioner skills in Orthopaedic Medicine and Ultrasound sonography.  He administers hundreds of injections a year to help relieve joint and soft tissue pain, most of which are guided by the latest ultrasound scanners.

With a sporting background, Chris remains focused on the attainment of best health.  As a member of the National British Cycling Team in his early sporting career, Chris used his pedal power to venture into the multi sports world of Triathlon, where again Chris has enjoyed the success of representing his country in both World and European Championships (as a veteran!).  Married with two young children Chris understands how physical problems and an experience of pain can affect work, sport and family life.

Chartered Physiotherapist

Jovan Dragic

Jovan qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2017 and has worked in the NHS gaining a broad spectrum of experience. Since qualifying Jovan has worked closely with semi-professional athletes providing Physiotherapy for rugby players, footballers and strength sports athletes. Jovan has completed many additional post-graduate courses to enhance his physiotherapy practice. Jovan has a specialist interest in the back and spine and is working towards specialising in this area. In his spare time, Jovan is a strength sport athlete and an ex-rugby player, this gives him excellent insight into other people’s injuries and the biomechanics of the body.


kate Butterfield

Kate graduated from the University of Bradford in 1997 and began working as a junior rotational physiotherapist at Pinderfields Hospital, which later became Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, where she worked for 14 years. She worked on general rotations before specialising in musculoskeletal out patients in 2000. She gained a post graduate certificate in manual therapy from the University of Sheffield in 2001 and a year later set up her own physiotherapy and acupuncture practice in Bradford in 2002. She continued to work part time in the NHS and spent the rest of her time working in private practice for over 10 years.

She went on to work at the University of Bradford in 2011, to set up a brand new physiotherapy clinic within the teaching faculty. This was to provide a clinical placement environment to allow the students early exposure to patients, in a supported environment. It was Kate’s role to mentor and teach the students in clinic, and to continue to treat her own patients to provide additional income for the University. Kate successfully ran the clinic for 5 years and left to look for a new challenge in 2017.  The University clinic has since won prestigious national awards for innovation.

Kate went on to become a disability analyst for the department of work and pensions, assessing claimant’s country wide. However, after 2 years, Kate missed her clinical work and happily returned to practice at Roundwood Health Clinic in August 2019 to continue her vocation.

In her spare time Kate enjoys nature and the outdoors, walking, cycling, and holidays abroad. She loves all animals, especially cats, but despises spiders! She is a particularly good cook and enjoys cooking for friends and family when she’s not enjoying motorbike racing and following the MotoGP.

practice staff
holistic therapist

Julie Bullman

I qualified with a Diploma from the International Institute of Reflexology in 2005 and went on to develop my massage skills training with the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training – whereby I gained a diploma with the Massage Training Institute in 2009. I work with a holistic approach taking into account an individual’s whole lifestyle, including mind, body and spirit. I have gained experience in the Private sector and recently with a sensory charitable organisation treating clients with sight and hearing loss. I am an advocate for Reflexology and Massage because I believe both encourage relaxation, helping to relieve stress and tension which can be the underlying causes of many health problems. My spare time is taken up with my two girls, who like baking and creative type hobbies.



Sarah studied Podiatry at Huddersfield University and qualified in 2009. Her special interests are care of the elderly and treating individuals with learning difficulties. She also specialises in biomechanics and wound care of the foot. In her spare time Sarah enjoys ice skating, gaming and city breaks.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Facial Aesthetics

Clare Gonzalez

Clare trained at Pinderfields School Of Nursing 1991-94.  Once qualified she worked as a staff nurse on the orthopaedic ward at the Northern General Hospital.  In 1997 she transferred to A&E for almost 20 years, becoming an Emergency Nurse Specialist in 2001 and a Senior Sister/ENP in 2004.  Trauma management (whether big or small) and patient well-being has always been Clare’s main interest throughout her career.

She has worked alongside specialist surgeons such as orthopaedics/facial maxillary surgeons and plastic surgeons.  As part of her role she taught other members of staff such as doctors and nurses, how to understand an individuals’ anatomy in relation to wound management following injuries.  This has given Clare an excellent understanding as she branched out into facial aesthetics.  Clare now works as an Advanced Practitioner/Lead Nurse in a GP surgery in Sheffield assessing, diagnosing and treating minor illness and injury.  She is the Infection control lead and wound management amongst other roles.  Clare lives in Barnsley with her two children and the family dog!

Sports Masseuse

Sue Williams

Sue has worked at Roundwood since January 2017. She is qualified in Sports Massage (Level 4), Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation, Gym Instructing and Personal Training, Exercise to Music, Step, Yoga, Pilates, Exercise Referral, Nutrition, Children’s Health-Related Fitness and Circuit Training.

Outside of Roundwood, Sue is a course leader/tutor at Barnsley College, tutor at the university College Barnsley and teaches group exercise. She also works with the first team at Barnsley Football Club doing sports massage and football-based pilates.



Jenny Hands is a member of The British Acupuncture Council.  She qualified from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York with a high-quality training degree.  Jenny is able to offer a range of traditional Chinese and holistic acupuncture therapy treatments.  She has a background in healthcare and has worked for the Salvation Army.