Meet our Physiotherapy Team

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Darren James

MCSP Senior Physiotherapist

Darren specializes in musculoskeletal outpatients and sports physiotherapy, and has been with Circle Bath since its opening in 2010.

Darren qualified from the University of the West of England in 2005 and began his physiotherapy career working with Torquay United Football Club as the first team physiotherapist where he spent two very busy seasons managing all the medical needs of the players.

He then spent a further two years in a busy private hospital physiotherapy department, primarily treating musculoskeletal outpatient and orthopaedics inpatients in Salisbury. Alongside which he continued to work with semi-professional football clubs in the South-West and running musculoskeletal outpatient clinics in several leisure centres.

During London 2012 Paralympic Games, Darren provided physiotherapy to the athletes and coaches.

Darren is working alongside Mr Andrew Chambler, in the Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Clinics and worked hard to gain an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University in 2017.


Matt Shepherd

MCSP Senior Physiotherapist

Matt is a senior physiotherapist who specializes in musculoskeletal outpatients and sports physiotherapy.

Having graduated from Huddersfield University in 2002 he worked for a number of years within local NHS Hospitals before specialising into sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. With extensive post-graduate training in Manual therapy, acupuncture, taping and rehabilitation he has acquired the skills to manage complex presentations with expertise.


Rachael Whitehouse


After qualifying from Keele University in 2006, Rachael gained a wealth of experience at several large teaching hospital in London. She then transferred to the private sector specialising in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and also trained to be a certified pilates instructor. By working in different specialties throughout the course of her career, Rachael is able to provide a truly holistic approach to assessment and treatment. She enjoys working with clients whatever their age or goal, and will work with them to ensure their rehabilitation programme is meaningful to them so they feel empowered and motivated.

After making the move to Bath in 2019, Rachael has joined the team at The Pure Practice alongside Sonja Bass. The clinic prides itself on building strong relationships with every client and helping them return to the sports or hobbies they love.

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