Meet the team
BA(Hons) MSc MCSP SRP
Paul is the principal physiotherapist for The Partnership, and has a particular interest in sports injuries, having worked for a number of years with Olympic sportsmen at the Games and at home with their injuries and programmes for prevention. He works closely with governing bodies of athletics, swimming and hockey, both at home and internationally, and has attended numerous Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and world championships with a number of these sports.
As well as a physiotherapist, Paul is also a Pilates instructor, having trained with Body Control Pilates, and now acting as the consultant to the organisation. His Pilates experience has lead him to write a number of books on the practise, working on areas of back care, sports injuries and travel wellbeing.
Paul has received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2000 (Team Award). He lectures worldwide on sports injuries and Pilates and acts as a consultant to national dance companies and British Airways (in-flight wellbeing programme).
I have been teaching for 25 years and teaching Pilates specifically since 2000. After gaining a BA Hons from Surrey University in Dance I went on to study at The Laban Centre and then commenced a career as a Performer, Choreographer and Dance Teacher. Initially I became interested in movement analysis and anatomy through the teaching of the A Level Dance syllabus and after suffering with back pain for a couple of years I decided to stop dancing and retrain as a Pilates Teacher. I wished I had listened sooner to those people who told me ‘You should try doing Pilates to help with your back’ when I was still dancing!
I undertook an 18 month Pilates Foundation apprenticeship training, with Avigail Ben Ari at The Belsize Studio London. On completion I continued to work at the studios as a Teacher and Teacher Trainer for several years. As well as teaching at Triyoga Studios Primrose Hill, Pilates Plus in Twickenham, Pilates for Dancers course at Roehampton University and many mat classes across London.
Since 2007, after starting a family, I have mainly taught Private and Semiprivate classes from home and was very happy to start teaching at The Partnership Pilates Studio at the beginning of 2014. I endeavour to use my experience of working with a wide range of people with a variety of needs to create personalised and relaxed classes, with a little bit of fun thrown in!
Alanna was first introduced to Pilates at an early age through intensive ballet training with the London Junior Ballet School. Feeling that her Pilates lessons improved her ability as a dancer, she went on to perform with many youth ballet companies including the London Children’s Ballet and the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.
After winning a place at the London Studio Centre at the young age of 16, Alanna began to do more remedial work to help her with the various injuries that would eventually put an end to her training. Instead of feeling despondent Alanna enrolled at the Alan Herdman studio in London and discovered that it could benefit people of all disciplines and walks of life and so decided to train as a teacher qualifying in mat work, equipment and remedial exercise in 2012.
Alison graduated in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) degree. She subsequently worked in hospitals and private practice in both South Africa and the UK.Her special interest is in ‘muscle as a source of pain’ and she has spent a number of years lecturing on this subject throughout the UK. She is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council and recognised by a number of private health insurance companies.
Fiona graduated as a physiotherapist in 2000 and is also a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). She has 11 years’ experience working as a specialist physiotherapist for the Royal Air Force and as team physiotherapist for
Icarus FC, the RAF Officers’ football club. Fiona also has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of children with dyspraxia, handwriting difficulties and other coordination problems.
Fiona qualified as a Dru Yoga teacher in 2006 and as a Dru Meditation teacher in 2018. She also teaches Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra and passionately believes in yoga’s therapeutic benefits.
Rob graduated as a physiotherapist in New Zealand in 1982. He has worked in private practice in New Zealand, Australia and the UK for many years. He has post graduate qualifications in manipulation and has taught physiotherapy graduates in this area in the UK. He has also been practicing acupuncture in relation to physiotherapy conditions since 1988. Rob’s main interest is in sports and spinal injuries.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 to 19:00 (last appointment)
Physiotherapy – Women’s Health:
Mon / Wed / Thu: 09:30 to 17:00
Thu / Fri: 09:00 to 17:00
See timetable on ‘Pilates’ page