Meet the iQ Therapies team

iQ Therapies highly skilled team of professional therapists includes physiotherapists, sports masseurs and fitness experts, all of which are passionate about their clients’ health and wellbeing.

Clinical Director & Owner

Sally Allbrighton

With over 20 years experience in physiotherapy, Sally has a broad range of knowledge and clinical expertise.

Sally is Clinical Director and Owner of iQ Therapies Ltd. With over 20 years experience in Physiotherapy she has a broad range of knowledge and clinical expertise.

Sally worked in the NHS for 7 years, transferring to Private Practice in 2007. She prides herself on really listening to each client and fully understanding what each person wants to achieve, believing that this understanding is the key to successful rehabilitation. Sally works from a whole person perspective - realising that the experience of pain and success of rehabilitation is not just about the injury but also about the impact that this injury has on every aspect of life.

Having taught for the Neuro Othopaedic Institute for a number of years across Europe, she tries to bridge the gap between science and recovery. By helping people to understand the body and the process of healing and recovery, there is less fear and worry and people get better faster.

Sally is proud to be an active part of the Physiotherapy team at iQ Therapies and is skilled in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all muscle and joint problems. She uses acupuncture regularly within her practice and also treats those struggling with persistent pain and Women’s Health concerns.

If you have any concerns about your health and wellbeing, no matter how small, Sally will be delighted to see how she can help.

Lead Receptionist

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah is the first person you will meet when you enter the building and is on hand to help deal with any queries you have.

Sarah has been with iQ for a number of years and is our Head Receptionist. She works Monday to Friday 9-3 and is the first person you will meet when you enter the building.

We deal with all major Insurance and Private Medical Schemes at iQ and it will be Sarah that can help you register your details with us and help with any queries you may have.

Basically, what Sarah doesn’t know about the running of iQ Therapies isn’t worth knowing!

Receptionist

Lucy Pearce

Lucy offers a warm, friendly face for all clients who visit iQ Therapies and is on hand to deal with any enquiries.

Lucy is the other happy face you might see on the reception desk at iQ Therapies. Lucy covers when Sarah is on holiday and will welcome you into the clinic.

She also makes cakes as her other job so if you’re lucky enough to come on a day when she’s made cakes you won’t be able to resist trying one!

Physiotherapist

Serena

Serena is a Musculoskeletal therapist with over 10 years experience in clinical practice across all areas of Physiotherapy.

Serena is a Musculoskeletal therapist with over 10 years experience in clinical practice across all areas of Physiotherapy. She also runs the Mummy MOT programme at iQ Therapies, which is a detailed postnatal physiotherapy assessment of the abdominal and pelvic area, recommended for all women following delivery - whether six weeks or many years after.
Sports Rehabilitation Practitioner

Jake Mart

Experiencing a serious injury made Jake realise the importance of sports rehabilitation, and since then rehabilitating clients has become his passion.

A University of Derby graduate in BSc Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Jake is passionate about the human anatomy and skeletal system, particularly how sustaining an injury can affect them.

Jake’s passion for Sports Rehabilitation began after he suffered a severe injury when he was younger, rupturing his ACL, MCL and suffering a Grade 3 tear in his PCL while playing for Stoke City Academy U16s. The injury put paid to his time in the academy, but gave him a unique insight into the mechanisms of injury and allowed him to experience first-hand the importance of injury rehabilitation.

A year later, thanks to the medical team at Stoke City, Jake was able to return to the sport he loves. Now he dedicates his professional life to helping others get back to full fitness while giving them the confidence to continue doing what they enjoy.

Sports Massage Therapist

Kerry

Kerry qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2013 and specialises in a range of massage techniques.

Kerry qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2013. Over the course of her career she has worked with professional athletes of all backgrounds as well as those suffering with pain due to desk-based working and everyone in between.

Kerry specialises in sports massage, Swedish massage and hot stones massage. So whatever your level of sport, or if you’re just in need of some relaxation, Kerry is more than happy to see how she can help achieve your personal goals.

Complementary Practitioner

Catherine Jaroszek

Catherine has been practicing complementary medicine for 20 years, working in different settings. Also offers Qigong sessions for health and relaxation.

Catherine has been practicing complementary medicine for 20 years, working in different settings. During her years working in the NHS as a support worker she became interested in how preventative and supportive intervention such as CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) could be beneficial alongside conventional medicine. This led her to undertake training in CAM at Stoke-on-Trent College and Staffordshire University.

Catherine is passionate about promoting CAM and self care. As a therapist she acknowledges the importance of receiving ongoing complementary therapies, supervision and body work herself. She believes that with the right modality, guidance and willingness to accept change, our bodies with the innate knowing can allow mental, physical and spiritual healing to take place. Catherine looks forward to offering new and existing clients a holistic, confidential and tailor-made treatment plan that is unique to their needs.

Catherine also offers Qigong sessions at iQ for health and relaxation.

Qualifications include:
Body massage (VCTC)
Advanced Aromatherapy
Advanced Reflexology
Indian head massage
Reiki master
Foundation degree in Complementary medicine
Infant massage instructor
Certified Advanced Qigong session leader for health and relaxation

Counsellor

Ruth Jackon

Most of us go through times in our life when we need a little, or a lot of, support. That is where Ruth comes in as a person-centred counsellor.

Most of us go through times in our life when we need a little, or a lot of, support. And during those times it is often good to talk to someone who is not a friend or family member. We can be more honest and don’t feel that we are putting our problems onto those we love. That is where Ruth comes in as a person-centred counsellor.

Ruth went into counselling after a very hands on and practical career in the stage management of theatre and education. Her life has taken a number of different directions over the years and she has experienced personal loss and serious illness. Ruth believes that this life experience combined with her belief in the goodness of human nature enables her to offer a positive and nonjudgmental relationship with those she counsels.

She is available for face-to-face appointments at iQ Therapies, as well as telephone and online counselling, with appointments available throughout the day and evening.

Counselling is there for young and old, men and women, individuals and couples. It is Ruth’s job to help you to find your way through the minefield of life and make the changes you need, or want, to make. She believes that we all have the answers to our own questions within us and can help you recognise those answers and enable you to work with them. You will be offered a confidential, supportive, understanding and non-judgmental environment in which to achieve this.

Yet while counselling is often about change and development it can also be a place to put things into perspective, find alternative ways of looking at life and come to terms with the things we have no power over. This could include bereavement, loss, a relationship breakdown, serious or life changing illness and many more. Counselling is always a challenge, but Ruth hopes that she offers the kind of support which enables you to feel accepted and ultimately leads most people to feeling more positive about themselves and about their lives, empowering them to make whatever changes they wish, or feel they need, to make.

Some people find that one or two sessions of counselling is all they require to help them think through their issues, while others need longer term support. Ruth is more than happy to work in whatever way suits you best and will do regular informal reviews so that you are always kept in touch with how much progress you are making. This ensures you’ll know and be able to make the decision as to when is the right time to stop counselling.

TRX Instructor

Franca Licata-Smith

France is a fully qualified TRX and TRX for Yoga trainer in Cheshire, well known for injecting a little innovation into her workouts.

A former sports footwear and accessory designer who worked with some world-leading brands, Franca Licata-Smith started her professional fitness journey 6 years ago. From a young age, she always participated in groups sports and stayed active.

Today, she is a fully qualified TRX and TRX for Yoga trainer in Cheshire, well known for injecting a little innovation into her workouts. She prides herself on tailoring each experience to the individuals needs, making sure everyone feels as if they have received some one-on-one quality time.

When it comes to fitness she likes to keeps things varied, interesting, and more importantly fun! She believes in practicing what she preaches, ALWAYS! She loves working with people and helping them with various aspects of their fitness and health.

Please don’t be fooled by her exceptionally warm and welcoming personality, though - she runs the most formidable TRX group classes in the area.

Yoga Teacher

June Buckley

With over 20 years' experience, June's aim is to make yoga accessible for all, no matter your age or health.

June has practiced yoga for over 20 years, qualifying as a Yoga Campus 200 Hour Teacher in 2020. Her aim is to make yoga accessible to everyone, whether you’re a beginner or experienced yogi.

June specialises in yoga for relaxation, and has successfully run workshops for specific health problems, such as Yoga to Improve Digestion, and plans to expand this in the near future, including Yoga for the Menopause and Perimenopause.

Her classes are typically small, with 10 students or less, and she also runs one-on-one sessions. Her goal is to help people come to steadiness; to step off the Hamster Wheel of Life for a short period of time. June’s hope is that her students will be kinder to and more accepting of themselves via the practice of yoga.

June’s yoga business is called Ganesh Yoga, and you can find out more about her on Facebook and Instagram (@Ganeshyogajune).

Namaste.

Yoga Instructor

Abi

Abi owns Unplug Yoga and runs the Hatha yoga classes here at iQ Therapies.

Abi owns Unplug Yoga and runs the Hatha yoga classes here at iQ Therapies.

So what is Hatha Yoga? Well, in yoga, we often think about the positions and the flexibility we might need to get into those famous positions. However yoga is about much, much more. The positions - or 'Asanas', as they are known - are primarily movements that warm the body up for meditation, because yoga is designed to bring together body and mind.

With Hatha yoga, the ‘Ha’ represents the esoteric sun, while the 'tha' is the moon. Therefore the practice of Hatha aims to join or balance these two energies. Why not give one of her classes a try and see the difference it can bring to your overall health and mindset?

Pilates Instructor

Lisa Shirley

Lisa is a BCP Certified Pilates instructor who teaches a variety of classes, workshops and bespoke personal Pilates programmes in person and online.

Lisa’s Pilates journey started 16 years ago when she was advised to join a Body Control Pilates class to help to control back pain after the birth of her first son. From then on she was hooked and couldn't live without it.

Pilates quickly became her passion, which led to her retaining and qualifying as a Body Control Pilates teacher in 2013, after completing two years of training. She now teaches a variety of classes, workshops and bespoke personal pilates programmes in person and online.

Lisa has a keen interest in Pilates for bone and spine health and holds a level 3 qualification to teach clients with osteoporosis and create Pilates programmes that help to maintain bone health and density.

In 2017, Lisa also qualified as a Back4Good practitioner and now teaches small Healthy Back Pilates classes designed to help clients to manage and prevent lower back pain.

Lisa’s passion for Pilates has never wavered, and is stronger than ever. She loves seeing the difference that Body Control Pilates can make to her clients' quality of life and genuinely believes that everyone out there would benefit in some way from the power of Body Control Pilates for both mind and body.

You can see more and follow Lisa by searching for Red Pilates on social media.