Meet The Team

Rob Barker, Physiotherapist

Rob Barker (MCSP) Clinical Director.

Special Interests:

  • Sports injury
  • Movement screening
  • Athletic performance

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.

In January 2015 while still working within the NHS I started RGB Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic based in The Centre @ Halton, which, by 2016, became Fairway Physio, moving into larger premises within Lancaster Golf Club. Previously working across multiple sports within physiotherapy and the fitness industry gave 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 like to treat patients with a combination of hands on therapy skills and progressive exercise rehabilitation that allows patients to move better and perform better than before their injury.

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.

Matt Swales (MCSP) Physiotherapist.

Special Interests:

  • Management of persistent conditions
  • Orthopaedic / post surgical rehab
  • Patient empowerment and education

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 as a specialist Musculo-skeletal physiotherapist in the NHS. 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. 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.


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 in research within the psychology department 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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Call 07493 301568

Orkun Ozen (BASRat) Sports Massage Therapist

Orkun has recently completed a Degree in Sports Rehabilitation from the University of Cumbria. Whilst completing his degree, he gained a wide range of practical and academic experience. He was privileged to work within various therapy clinics, diagnosing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries / conditions and has gained valuable experience working as an assistant physio at the Vale of Lune rugby club, within the clinic and pitch side. He also had the opportunity to work as a sports rehabilitator for one of the Brathay 2019 marathon runners, where he was responsible for treating, diagnosing and preventing injuries throughout the 10 day event.

He has furthered his training with courses in Kinesio taping, Sports Leaders UK (Level 2) Qualification in Community Sports Leadership and Pre-Hospital Immediate Care (Level 2).

He is enthusiastic about fitness, regularly attending the gym and has a keen interest in therapy and clinical development.

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