Meet The Team

Rob Barker, Physiotherapist

Rob Barker (MCSP) Clinical director.

Before life as a physiotherapist I studied a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. This provided me with opportunities to work with talented college athletes, testing physiological limitations and providing training data to improve athletic performance. I completed a dissertation on blood lactate threshold and its relationship to distance running.

After completing my Sports Science degree I moved to the Northwest and worked within the fitness industry for a few years gaining register of exercise professionals level 3 status. I provided a personal training service to athletes, tailoring exercise programmes to golfers, runners and cyclists. However, I soon felt limited by the work I was doing within the fitness industry and naturally progressed by studying Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time I developed my learning outside of University by taking a pro-active approach, volunteering and shadowing at Wasps Rugby Club and the British Transplant Games as well as shadowing within several private practices in the region. I completed my dissertation on soft tissue release techniques and their role within muscle imbalance.

Since graduating in 2009 I have worked in several private practices, a private orthopaedic hospital and within the NHS, gaining knowledge, skills and qualifications including Pilates. During this time I have completed rotational posts within neurological and orthopaedic wards as well as musculoskeletal outpatient departments. I continue to work within the NHS as a musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist in an outpatient setting.

In January 2015 I started RGB Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic based in The Centre @ Halton where I rehabilitate patients using a combination of manual and exercise based therapy. I have lectured in a series of seminars on common sports and musculoskeletal injuries that will continue into 2016 and beyond.

Working across multiple sports within physiotherapy and the fitness industry has given me the skills and experience to train and rehabilitate athletes who require mobility, stability and rotational power. I am Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified, allowing me to deliver the highest quality golf specific screening to my clients. I am therefore delighted that in April 2016 Fairway.Physio opened its doors within Lancaster Golf Performance Centre.

Outside of work, I met my wife Daphne in 2001 and have been married since 2011. We travelled Asia for a year on our honeymoon. We have two gorgeous little girls who keep us on our toes. I play golf as much as I can and like to keep fit by cycling and heading to the gym. As a family we love to walk and head into the Lakes as often as possible.

I look forward to meeting you in due course at the Golf club.

Daphne Barker

Daphne Barker Administrator

Hello, I am the voice that you are likely to hear when you make a booking by phone with fairway.physio. I am responsible for many of the admin duties and making the business run smoothly ‘behind the scenes’. I have a PhD in auditory neuroscience and work as a project manager for an environmental consultancy company at Lancaster University. I spend the rest of my days bringing up our two beautiful girls. In my spare time, I enjoy taking family trips to the lakes, running and baking. I look forward to taking your call.

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Matt Swales (MCSP) Physiotherapist

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, I studied and ascertained a BSc with honours in Sports and Exercise Science. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it provided me with fantastic opportunities with elite athletes and severely impaired populations alike. In my final year, I performed some research into hamstring injuries which led to an invitation to present my research at the British Association of Exercise and Sports Science student conference. Whilst studying my BSc, I was also involved with Cumbria Cricket Ltd looking to provide cricket services to their disabled population. I volunteered with Bay Aqua Hydrotherapy where I met Rob and provided hydrotherapy for individuals with varied physical needs. Upon finishing my studies and awaiting to start my MSc in physiotherapy I completed a sports massage diploma and worked alongside a strength and condition coach to provide soft tissue techniques for previous GB triathletes and elite runners. My previous degree in Sports and exercise science gave me an innovative edge to physiotherapy as I have an advanced knowledge of human physiology and biomechanics which facilitates innovative, individualised and evidence-based physiotherapy assessment and treatments.

Within the physiotherapy sphere of practice, I currently work in an intensive care unit at a specialist hospital in the north west specialising in respiratory issues, post major surgical interventions. Previously I have worked within community and acute trusts, covering the core specialities of Physiotherapy; Neurological, respiratory and musculoskeletal. I have also provided physiotherapy to the first team and academies at Barnsley FC. This has helped to provide me with knowledge which is largely transferrable across the sporting setting to assist with increasing/maintaining high sports performance.

Personally, I enjoy football and cricket as my main sports but generally enjoy anything physical and athletic. I enjoy going to the gym and maintaining my own fitness and have a long-term girlfriend who keeps me on my toes. I love being a physiotherapist as I find nothing as rewarding as to help people achieve their own health and fitness goals. I look forward to meeting and working with you in clinic.

Scott McKenzie (BASRat) Sports Massage Therapist

Originally from Northern Ireland, I moved to England in pursuit of my undergraduate degree. In 2019 I ascertained my BSc in Sports Rehabilitation from the University of Cumbria, graduating with first class honours. Throughout my degree I had many great experiences, with the greatest academically being when I was given the opportunity to present my final year thesis at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science student conference in Dundee.  However, there were also many great practical opportunities to work with patients across Northern Ireland and England, ranging from your weekend warriors, to elite Le Mans series racing drivers. During this time, when back home, I acted as an assistant physiotherapist to the Irish Premiership and Championship football clubs Ballymena United and Ballyclare Comrades, as well as acting as lead physio at an amateur club. Outside of sports clubs, I have also spent many hours of placement working out of different clinics in Lancaster and Ambleside, however, my greatest practical experience came during the Brathay 10 in 10. An event where athletes completed 10 marathons in 10 days, during which, I acted as a mechanic and a therapist, stitching my athlete back together day after day, both physically and mentally, helping him complete this gruelling event.

As well as placement hours, I also gained many additional qualifications, such as first aid, RFU pitch side prehospital immediate trauma care and kinesiology taping to name a few. However, the area in which I have the most experience is in manual therapy techniques, such as sports massage, hence my new position with Fairway Physio.

I am a very active person with a passion for many sports and activities. I am a keen footballer and enjoy running. I am currently in training to run a marathon.

Whether you are looking to reduce pain, maintaining pain free movement, or improve performance, I am looking forward to working with you, and showing you the benefits sports massage can have on your body.