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 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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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.