It has not been a short route to what Production Physiotherapy is today. Our directors, Barry and Sophie, met when working together as consultants in a prominent Harley Street Sports Medicine Centre in2015. Barry was a Rehabilitation and Conditioning Consultant with a background in elite sports, and Sophie, a Consultant Physiotherapist specialising in Dance Performance athletes and had worked extensively in West End musical theatre and sport.
Despite different educational backgrounds and experience, they discovered that they shared many of the fundamental ethical and practical principles that are the main contributors to health and performance.
In 2016, whilst working on a Disney Production, Barry required someone to rely on to deliver physiotherapy services for another Disney Production and had no hesitation in asking for Sophie's support. This went very well. They started to discuss the formation of a company that could utilise their skillsets across multiple production streams and address their perception of what was lacking within Productions within the sector. After informally working together in this way for 12 months, they decided to commit to the development of this company and Production Physiotherapy was born.
Barry has been providing therapy to film and productions since 2012, having graduated from Hertfordshire University's Sports Therapy program in 2008. He brings vast experience in the film sector and professional football, where he worked with the first teams at Watford FC and West Ham United. As well as this, Barry is a Consultant Performance Coach for Hintsa Performance, and via Hintsa provided the Performance services to Haas Formula One Team and a Red Bull driver competing in Japanese Superformula.
Having also completed a BSc (Hons) Sports Science from St Mary's University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage from NLSSM, where he became a tutor. He completed an MSc Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation and has gained a broad range of knowledge on injury, rehabilitation, training and performance.
Barry has earned strong reviews in Tatler magazine for his services and has given specialist opinion for The Times, The Guardian, Men's Health Magazine and for several articles in The Athletic on training and injury related topics in elite sports.
Sophie is a Specialist Performing Arts and Sport Physiotherapist who has been providing Physiotherapy and Performance management to film, production and the performing arts since 2013. She has worked with professional performers in London's West End, including shows such as; War Horse, Matilda, The Lion King, Come from Away, Wicked and Billy Elliot. She has toured the UK with Dirty Dancing in Switzerland with The Lion King and in China with Cats.
Sophie has been the Physiotherapist for Strictly Come Dancing (TV series). She also spent the beginning of 2017 in Austria with Channel 4's 'The Jump'.
Before her time within the Performing Arts sector, Sophie worked with Saracens Academy and Saracens RFC. She set up a Private Physiotherapy practice in the 'Portes Du Soleil, Switzerland' where she ran and managed a Physiotherapy clinic – working with both recreational and professional skiers/snowboarders.
Having completed her MSc at University College London in 2014, she is now on the faculty as a module lead and lecturer on the Performing Arts Medicine MSc. She has also spent time lecturing with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), Urdang Academy and Italia Conti.
"Barry and Sophie have always been brilliant and crucial physiotherapists for me during my career. Taking the time to really listen and understand everything regarding my injuries from years of being a professional dancer and performer on stage and on screen. From physical treatment to equipping me with the necessary knowledge and exercises for rehabilitating myself in between in-person sessions to speed up recovery. I will always highly recommend Production Physiotherapy to anyone seeking physical help as they have saved me on uncountable occasions!"
“Barry is one of the best in the biz. Over the coarse of a 5 month shoot with around 9 to 10 hours of wire work, dodging explosions and hitting the ground a day, it gets a bit tough on the body. Barry was key in keeping me up to the task. Couldn’t have done it without him.”
“Barry came to me by chance. He helped me, the actors and my stunt team with his expertise. My crew are under high stress situations and end up carrying injuries without proper rest in order to heal. That’s where Barry came in and looked after the performers and gave them the opportunity to keep working. Would be great to have Barry around all the time.”
“When I arrived in January 2013 I was in such pain and discomfort from a long year of training and racing triathlons. Ending with an Ironman in Late November. I was suffering with what I thought was a hip problem. I was REALLY struggling. Through our sessions together not only did Barry help relieve the discomfort , he educated me with body mechanics and exercises to help heal and prevent future problems. I came to the UK barely able to run 100m , and last weekend completed half marathon with a personal best. You saved my Life Mate!”