Our Team

Paul Carnell – Head Physiotherapist / Clinic Director

Paul is a Director of Orchard Clinic. He qualified as a Physiotherapist from the Royal London Hospital / University of East London in 1993. After working in the NHS, Canada and in clinics in the USA , returned to the UK and completed full time Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton. He then worked in private practice in Central London and provided Occupational Health Physiotherapy for the then London Weekend Television LWT. He has worked at Orchard Clinic since 1999 as a Physiotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Examiner for Post Graduate Physiotherapy Programmes. Paul’s indepth approach in evaluating how the whole body’s function may have influences in symptoms in a particular body area has led him to specialize in treating patients that have had unsuccessful treatment from other therapists. He treats conditions throughout the body, spinal and sports injuries. He was one of the first clinicians to adopt real time ultrasound scanning in assessment and treatment of Pelvic / Abdominal dysfunction and how this effects pelvic and back pain. Outside of work, Paul is an enthusiastic road cyclist completing sportives such as `the Fred Whitton challenge”, and loves to cycle in the Alps. He is a less enthusiastic runner, and a Saracens Rugby fan.

Matthew Guilliatt – Advanced physiotherapy practitioner

Matthew has been working for the clinic for over 5 years. He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2009 and then completed his Msc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2017. Matthew also works in the NHS as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Hertfordshire and lectures part time at the University of Hertfordshire. He enjoys treating all musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation especially multi-directional instability. Since qualifying Matthew has specialised within MSK physiotherapy working privately, within the NHS and for a semi-professional football team. He will working collaboratively with his patients to achieve their rehabilitation goals with a range of treatment options and most importantly advise and educate you on your condition.

Faith Sutton – Physiotherapist

Faith has over 15 years experience as a qualified Physiotherapist. Before joining our team at the Orchard Clinic in 2015, Faith led an NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy team in North Hertfordshire and also worked abroad as part of a Physiotherapy team in Nepal. Faith undertook Masters level training to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She is also trained to use acupuncture in the management of pain. Outside of work Faith enjoys a busy life with two young children, she is actively involved in her church and she keeps herself fit with regular exercise including Pilates.

Becky Moore – Pilates Instructor

Becky graduated from UCLin 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She worked as an NHS physiotherapist at the Royal London Hospital and then specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has worked at Stanmore, St Albans City Hospital, Harpenden Memorial Hospital and the Orchard Physiotherapy Clinic. Becky has a special interest in clinical Pilates and teaches APPI Pilates (modified Pilates developed by Physiotherapists). She has been teaching Pilates classes at the Orchard Clinic since 2002. Becky runs a Pilates for the Over 60s and Pilates for Osteoporosis in addition to teaching regular Pilates classes. She also teaches 1:1 Pilates for clients who are keen for an individual session to improve their core stability, postural awareness and learn how to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

Anna Anders – Physiotherapist

I am a very experienced Physiotherapist specialising in treating patients with musculoskeletal conditions and I have a particular interest in back pain and lower limb sports injuries. I have been a practising Physiotherapist for thirty years and I have expertise in a broad range of conditions having worked in several large teaching hospitals in this country and abroad. I have an MSc in Physiotherapy and I have undertaken several post graduate courses in areas such as fascial release, sports injury management, running injuries, Pilates and cognitive behavioural therapy. I combine my physiotherapy practice with being a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire where I specialise in teaching musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I am a member of the local running club and regularly take part in half marathon and cross-country events.

Clive Pereira – Physiotherapist

I trained as a physiotherapist in Perth Australia, graduating in 2004. I moved to the UK from Australia, 9 years ago and I now call St Albans home. I have 14 years experience working in private practice for sports medicine clinics in Australia and London, as well as sports clubs including rugby union and Australian rules football. I completed my masters in sports and exercise medicine at UCL London at the end of 2016. The best part about my job is that I have the opportunity to help clients to return to their daily life activities without pain or return to their sporting interests. I have extensive experience treating injuries of the lower back, hip/groin, knee and ankle. I enjoy treating running, rugby, cycling injuries and post op rehabilitation. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and active and you will find me these days either running up and down the Alban way or cycling the quiet country roads surrounding St Albans. Moving to St Albans gives you a great balance between the outdoor and city life and my wife and I are really pleased to have moved here. Travel is what brought me to the UK and I have never stopped doing so. I love to experience new cultures especially in London itself with all the fascinating museums and historical sites but also ensure a lot of my holidays including hiking, surfing and just generally enjoying the outdoors.

Julie Vassiliou – Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Julie is a Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates teacher at Orchard Clinic.

Julie graduated with a first class degree from Brunel University and has previously worked at the Lister Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

As a Pilates teacher Julie qualified with the Body Control Pilates Association (BCPA) and has been teaching Pilates classes for several years around Hertfordshire, including here at the Orchard Clinic.

Beth Williams – Pilates Instructor

Beth is an APPI trained clinical Pilates teacher and was also trained by the Mindfulness in Schools Project, to teach mindfulness in school.   Beth’s style of practice is to include aspects on mind fitness as well as physical fitness for an holistic approach to wellbeing.

Allison Pearlman – Yoga Teacher

Allison has been teaching for over 22 years and trained with the British Wheel of Yoga. Allison specialises in teaching Hatha Yoga classes at Orchard Clinic.  The classes are gentle but effective with the focus on stretching and strengthening muscles, lengthening the spine and returning the back to proper alignment. Clients who have been taking part in these classes comment on how it has helped them physically and is also relaxing on a mental level. Overall, yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility as well as strengthen joints and contribute to better bone health.  Yoga can ease back and neck pain and can enable ligaments and tendons to relax and release. It also strengthens and tones core muscles which are imperative in helping strengthen the back.

stephanie douglas – Sports Masseuse

Stephanie’s aim is to help each client maximise the potential of their body in order that they can perform to their best, in work, in sport or at rest. This can be achieved through regular treatment, education and body awareness.

A former track athlete who has competed at two Olympic Games (1992 and 1996), and World Championships representing Team GB, Stephanie is one of the UK’s all time fastest women over 60 and 100 metres.

Stephanie is a fully qualified therapist with a Level 4 Diploma in Sport & Remedial Massage, and aims to use all her skills acquired in providing a first-class service to clients. She is also registered with the Sports Massage Association (UK governing body) and fully insured. To further her knowledge and skills, she has recently embarked on a Bachelor’s degree in Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation at Middlesex University.

In her spare time, Stephanie is a football enthusiast, especially following her beloved Manchester City up and down the country. She also enjoys listening to all genres of music.

Wendy Burton – Receptionist

Wendy joined the Orchard Clinic in 2009 as a Receptionist and for the last 6 years has been the Practice Manager. Her position requires her to liaise with the patients and also deal with the day to day running of the clinic, including ‘billing’ the numerous insurance companies that we deal with. Wendy previously worked in the Financial Services area and before that with a film location company on TV and film productions. Outside of work, Wendy’s hobbies are walking her daughter’s 2 Irish Setter dogs, practising Yoga, making blinds/curtains/soft furnishings for herself and her family and reading, her favourite author being Agatha Christie.

From Our Patients

" I have been attending Orchard Clinic since the 1980's. I have always received excellent treatment and would highly recommend their physio services. Prompt treatment from highly experienced professional staff. "

- Sue Churchhouse

" Orchard Physiotherapy practitioners provide me with the frequent and vital treatment I need to manage my degenerative chronic health conditions. Without their specialist knowledge and care I would be unable to work and live the full and happy life I enjoy. Their reception staff, Pilates teachers, and physiotherapists provide invaluable support with a smile! "

- Angela Clarke

" As a large family we have been using Orchard Clinic for over twenty years in respect of various injuries from hypermobility, foot injuries and back complaints. We have found all the staff to be friendly, courteous and exceedingly knowledgeable in their advice and treatment. We would not hesitate in recommending them. "

- Carole Borras

" Thank you for such a positive and pain relieving experience! I arrived in a terrible state but with lots of patience and care am now able to cope with daily life! I am grateful for such a patient and understanding approach that has been non-judgemental and positive every step of the way! "

- Jan

" Thank you. I am pain-free since my first appointment (I had two in total). I do not need painkillers and I sleep better too. I have a good range of movement in my arms, and the exercises are really simple. I have been given very good advice about posture too. "

- Ruth Jacobs

" I have been fortunate enough to work with four or five physios at Orchard Clinic over the years. They have been consistently effective and helpful - and always friendly. Good assessment and explanations of pathology; straightforward exercise regimes; persistent attention. I am currently working with Paul. He is exceptional. Very high quality work - of the highest standard. "

- Neil Margerison

" A visit to Orchard clinic always helps. A powerful blend of friendliness and professionalism always makes a difference to the problem. Strongly recommend. "

- A Avebury

" Thoroughly professional service. Honest appraisal of back problem enabling me to carry on life as normally as possible, with appropriate treatment. "

- S.G. Edgell

" I have always found the staff very attentive, very professional, and very friendly. Have been using them over a number of years now. "

- Marilyn Hill

" When I visit the clinic my concerns relating to my condition are listened to. The treatment plan is quickly put in place and implemented. The overall experience is one of progress to help me manage my ongoing problems. My physiotherapist does her best to help me. "

- Claire

" Sarah my physiotherapist has been a star. She has taken me a winging patient with a pinched nerve in my neck in agony and in a few short weeks I am pain free, and taking no meds. I am not keen on needles but Sarah performed acupuncture and I am positive this cured my nerve pain. Thank you so much Sarah I will not hesitate to see you again for any other injuries. "

- Linda Gant

" Paul's diagnosis and treatment are amazingly thorough and accurate. He is seeing me through a hip replacement and allowing me a much higher quality of life than I expected. I am so grateful. "

- Sheila Tidball

" I first came to Orchard Clinic to have physio which sorted out my neck problems - by taking a weekly Pilates class at the Clinic for the four years since I have managed to keep all aches and pains at bay. Great staff and a lovely atmosphere. Well done all! "

- Tess Machling

" After an initial consultation I have taken up Pilates for my back. The classes are fantastic - tailor-made, small group and the loveliest teacher (Julie). I am much more in control of my back pain now and it has really helped. Thank you! "

- Heike