We respect and value the diversity of our team, our patients and our medical partners.
We are regulated by the Health Professions Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the States of Jersey. We are members of the Jersey Employers Network on Disability and The Jersey Occupational Safety and Health Association.
We will combine the best scientific knowledge, innovative technology and clinical experience to achieve improved results and help you achieve your goals.
We will work in partnership with you. You can trust us to empower you to reach your fullest potential.
Lisa Mann and Nigel Mann are the co-founders and directors of The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic. They work full time clinically alongside their colleagues Clare Bourne, David Lemasney and Verity Simon. From the outset in 2007, Lisa and Nigel and the team have strived to raise the profile of physiotherapy in Jersey. Through their work, they have challenged beliefs and have worked hard for their clients. They firmly want each client to have a good experience whilst under the care of the JSSC and to ensure that all clients achieve the best outcome possible. In 2012, The JSSC was awarded the Jersey Enterprise Small Business Award.
Meet the team
Nigel Mann is one of the directors and co-founders of The JSSC. Born in Jersey and educated at Victoria College, he left Jersey to study to become a physiotherapist at Leeds Met University in 1995. That was almost 20 years ago!
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Nigel has had a very varied career working in lots of different hospital settings. HE has worked in office and clinical based occupational health settings offering workstation assessments, return to work advice and moving and handling training. Nigel has taken his skills into Hospice care both in Leeds and locally with Jersey Hospice and has ultimately ended up specialising in musculoskeletal conditions. In particular, Nigel has a special interest in rheumatology after working at the regional rheumatology unit in Leeds, one of Europe’s leading rheumatology research centres. In particular, Nigel helps those people who are hypermobile (stretchy) – helping them to make sense of what that might mean for them.
Nigel is the only local physiotherapist to be a Certified Modified Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute which adapts Pilates exercises to best suit an individual needs and maximise their rehab potential. Over the last 15 years, Nigel has taught several thousand classes. The clinic now offers 26 classes a week in our town based studio with our team of instructors. Whilst he is not teaching as much at the moment, Nigel still oversees all the instructors on the team and the classes we offer.
Nigel is interested in many different areas of medicine in particular what exactly pain is. His interest has grown from exposure to such excellent physios as Louis Gifford, Mick Thacker, Lorimer Moseley and David Butler.
Hands on manual and exercise therapies still play a large role in Nigel’s clinical practice. In 2011, he completed his Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Perth Australia. This led to a Eureka moment as he was introduced to the Dean Watson approach to headaches and migraines. Nigel has developed this effective and gentle approach over the last 6 years and Nigel will launching a headache clinic later this year.
Alongside this, Nigel is a trained to use acupuncture to complement his physio treatments. Outside of work you might find him cooking, watching films, trying to become a DJ or just being mindful!
Throughout her career, Lisa has maintained a keen interest in sports injuries and their rehabilitation. Irish born, UK trained and Jersey resident, Lisa has wide-ranging experience.
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This includes the treatment of professional, and elite Olympic and International sportspersons from the fields of rugby, football and athletics. Lisa was the Head Physiotherapist for Wakefield Rugby Union between 2002 and 2004. Lisa was also Head Physiotherapist for Yorkshire Rugby’s U20 and Senior teams between 1999 and 2004. She was part of the physiotherapy team at the Rugby Union World Cup in 1999 when it was hosted in the UK. Lisa left these posts to become the Clinical Lead in a leading private hospital in Leeds. Always, keen to learn and develop, Lisa completed a Certificate in Spinal and Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and is working towards her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in the University of Bath.
Lisa was appointed Head Physiotherapist for Jersey Rugby in 2008. The team successfully gained promotion four times in five seasons. In 2012, they were promoted to the Championship, the second tier of English Rugby. Due to family and work commitments Lisa then decided to focus on the JSSC, but is still and avid supporter from the side lines!
Lisa works clinically fulltime and really enjoys the varied caseload. She is passionate about helping clients get better, really better! Naturally a positive outgoing person, she really loves getting to know clients so as to be able to prescribe the right exercises for their injuries and lifestyle.
Outside of work, Lisa is kept busy with their two children, an overgrown garden and a quest to bake like Mary Berry! In recent years, thanks to the restoration of the Work Life Balance, Lisa has got back to activity and is regularly seen running (and occasionally singing to herself) on the Railway Walk or at the Park Run on a Saturday morning. Her claim to fame is tha her Uncle Tom McCarthy won the New York Marathon is a time of 2.27. She is ever hopeful that her fast legs will develop soon!
Verity has a holistic approach to treatment and does not believe that one approach suits everyone. She will use her expert experience in MSK to clinically reason which approach will suit your pathology and modify this during your treatment if needed.
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Verity is the Clinical Lead at the JSSC. Verity is a Jersey bean who moved back to the Island in 2015 to work at the JSSC. Verity has a holistic approach to treatment and does not believe that one approach suits everyone. She will use her expert experience in MSK to clinically reason which approach will suit your pathology and modify this during your treatment if needed.
She graduated from Cardiff University in 2006 and then returned to Jersey to work in the General Hospital carrying out her junior rotations. She moved to London in 2009 and started specialising in MSK at this time. While in London, she worked in many of the teaching hospitals alongside some of the big names in the physio world. She has a depth of varied experience treating most common pathologies she has also worked in working in sports clinics, pain clinics, rheumatology, OA knee and worked extensively with patients post operatively.
She has carried out a post graduate course in spinal manual therapy, is a trained acupuncturist, has a post graduate diploma from the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine and is working towards an MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. Verity has a specialist interest in the Upper Limb injuries and high level rehab including Strength and Conditioning, however treats all pathologies over the body. Verity believes that’s being up to date with the current research is the best way to ensure that patients receive high quality of care and she has also completed two research based MSc modules at Kings College London. She has also taught on the University of East London physio program for shoulder assessment and treatment. Before moving back to Jersey Verity was given a grant by the National Institute of Healthcare Research in London for 6 months.
Verity also works with the Jersey Reds Athletic Rugby team as the head physio and also has worked with the Jersey Red professional team. She is part of the support team for Team Jets physio and has gone to the Gotland Island Games as one of the Jersey Team physios.
When Verity is not working, studying or looking after Jersey Reds Athletic Rugby Team she loves to keep fit, she has a few marathons under her belt -including the Jersey marathon, a cycling sportive and she also plays netball regularly and has represented the Jersey Over 30’s.
Clare Bourne is a South African trained physiotherapist with a special interest inthe treatment and management of back and neck problems including headaches. In addition she also has extensive experience in the treatment of any joint related problems.
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Prior to moving to Jersey in 2007 Clare gained valuable international experience working in the US and in private practice in South Africa.
Clare obtained a post graduate diploma in Manual Therapy in 1990 and, with a firm belief that the best way to learn is to teach, has been training fellow physiotherapists on the course since 1992. Her teaching credits also include a course on posture and biomechanics of the lower quarter, encompassing a comprehensive assessment which addresses all predisposing factors linked to lumbar, pelvic, hip and knee problems.
Clare regularly accesses the wealth of knowledge disseminated online, seeking out trends and techniques applicable to her work. In 2014, she became the only physiotherapist in Jersey to train under the world renowned Dr LJ Lee. This innovative approach to the management of musculoskeletal pain aims to find the driver of the pain. Combining her considerable experience with ongoing education creates a pragmatic approach that is achieving great results.
David graduated from Cardiff University in 2013. During his studies he worked for a pitch side medical trauma company covering the Wales football academy teams.
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Upon graduating he came back to Jersey to volunteer as an assistant physiotherapist for the JRFC 1st XV. He then made a move over to the popular French ski resort of Val D'Isere, to work as a sports masseur, where he was able to focus on his hands on skills.
On his return to the UK he was able to continue following his passion for sports and injury rehabilitation by starting his musculoskeletal rotations with the Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He quickly progressed here to develop his role into a senior physiotherapist. He was fortunate enough to attend many courses, including Pilates, manual therapy cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and spinal manipulation. He is also a trained in acupuncture. He can apply these additional skills as adjuncts to his treatment modalities, where he feels appropriate.
His last role in the UK involved working for a private hospital, where he split his time between his clinic work and with improving their spinal service. Through these roles he was able to work alongside some of the UK's most renowned orthopaedic and spinal surgeons. The majority of his clients were post-operative orthopaedic or high level sports rehabilitation. This allowed him to develop in an area he holds a special interest.
Through gaining these experiences, David has managed to reach his working dream. To return to Jersey! He thoroughly looks forward to his arrival at The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic in 2017.
Outside of work David is a keen rugby man, having grown up playing for the Jersey island youth teams, before a knee injury focused his attention onto the rehabilitation side of sports. He enjoys an array of sports, including skiing, watersports, climbing and golf.
Emma Balderson qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1991 and worked for the next 10 years in a variety of specialities in many different London hospitals.
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Her last job prior to moving to Jersey in 2006 was as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Chronic Pain Management at St Thomas Hospital.
Emma took a career break when she had her family and in 2012 Emma started her lengthy Pilates Teacher Training with the APPI. Since Emma joined the JSSC Pilates Team, she has completed the Matwork Certification Series level 1, 2 and 3, and gained full exam certification in 2014. In the last 2 years, she has taken a special interest in Pilates for Runners, Skiiers and Standing classes, and attended further courses with the APPI to learn more about this. This has directly contributed to her devising the snowfit classes which we run through the winter months.
Outside of Pilates, Emma has a busy family life to juggle (six children!), but tries to keep fit at the gym in order to enjoy fun on the slopes in the winter and time on the water in the summer.
Kelly joined the Pilates Team in January 2017. She will mainly be teaching on a Monday and Tuesday evening. She brings diversity to the classes with her training and experiences.
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Kelly joined the team in 2017 and has been a committed Pilates enthusiast for nearly 15 years. After gaining her CYQ Level 2 certificate in Fitness Instructing with Fitness Industry Education in 2012, Kelly decided to take her passion for Pilates further. In 2013 Kelly went on to gain her Level 3 Diploma in teaching Pilates (QCF), with teacher training in London. Kelly continues to keep on learning and improving her skills and is a dedicated believer of the corrective movement strategies as introduced to the world by Joseph Pilates himself back in 1926.
Kelly is also extremely passionate about fitness and currently teaches a Fitness and Gentle Pilates classes at The Greenhouse Fitness and Spa. This passion reflects in her personal life with hobbies such as swimming cycling and walking which she shares with her 3 x children. She just loves Roll Downs!
Sarah Le Long
Sarah joined the team in November 2017 as Practice Manager and brings in excess of 15 years business and operations management experience in various areas of business.
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She enjoys new challenges and also the challenges of streamlining businesses to ensure that the client experience is the best it can be. She deals with all staff matters to ensure that we have happy staff and happy customers.
Sarah has worked in health for many years enjoys working with the clients and assisting them on their client journe. Sarah looks forward to welcoming you all to the clinic along with the other members of the administration team.
Working at the practice
The team have been incredibly welcoming and there is an overwhelming atmosphere of commitment, care and professionalism. The physiotherapists do an amazing job and my role will be to enhance the client experience from the moment they first contact us to when they walk out injury-free.”
Jan joined the reception team in 2016 and was promoted to Head Receptionist in 2017. She previouslyworked for Lloyds Banking Group for over 20 years and recently 8 years at Social Security.
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Her excellent customer service skills ensure patients can feel confident in being given the best attention to detail at all times. Jan now also does some work on the accounts side of the business.
In her spare time Jan enjoys walking, holidays and family time.
Working at the practice
A very pleasant office to work in being felt as part of the physio family. All the team help each other willingly to achieve the best at all times.
It is a pleasure to talk with the varied clients and see their progress to better health.
Showing understanding and empathy to their needs, together with knowledge built, helps me to give them the correct bookings and advise.
Tracey joined the team in November 2017 and fitted in straight away. She has a background in office management and HR. Tracey works Wed through to Friday and looks forward to welcoming you to the clinic.
Luke graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010. Upon graduating Luke Volunteered in Kathmandu, Nepal at a Local Cerebral Palsy centre. During his time here he felt he was able to utilise some his newly university acquired knowledge helping children, young adults and their families manage their disabilities.
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Following his Nepal experience he returned to the UK and spent almost 7 years working within the NHS before moving to Jersey with his wife in August 2017.
Luke believes strongly in patient centred care and listening to what clients problems are. Being able to understand a patients expectations and working towards specific goals are fundamental to how Luke works.
Luke has had variety of experience across a number of organisations before his move to Jersey . These include working in both acute and primary care settings in Devon and London. These roles included a variety of senior experience within learning disabilities, neurology, elderly rehab, respiratory and orthopaedics. He has also gained over 2 years senior experience and nearly 2 years as a junior within the musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy setting. This has included; work within GP practices, hydrotherapy and with patients with persistent pain. This also included paediatric musculoskeletal experience.
In addition Luke worked privately whilst in the UK gaining some valuable experience in paediatric neurological conditions including cerebral palsy.
Luke combines his work at Jersey Sports and Spinal with his role at the general hospital. Luke has recently married his wife Samantha (a Jersey bean) who is also a physiotherapist, they met whilst studying together at university.
After three years of the hectic London life being a true West Country lad Luke craved the relaxed, more rural way of life in Jersey. Before moving to Jersey Luke undertook specialist clinical educator courses . He also gained experience within the sporting setting including rugby pitch side experience.
Outside of work Luke loves sport. A keen rugby man having played hooker or openside up until a few years ago and being an avid Gloucester rugby fan, he is happy chatting about anything rugby related. More recently he has taken to cycling in a big way. He has completed a number of sportives and in 2016 he completed Lands End to John O Groats for charity.
Luke has more recently joined the canoe club and is throwing himself into the seaside life that Jersey offers. His New Years resolution is to be able to roll a canoe!
Sarah joined the team in Dec 2017. Scottish born and educated, Sarah has moved to Jersey to work with Jersey Reds. She is a fantastic addition to the team and brings a wealth of experience from her work with elite rugby. Sarah joins the team as Clinical Lead and will work alongside the physio team to drive the clinical standards even higher!