The admin team!

Sarah, Gill and Caroline do a wonderful job to keep answering your queries and fill the week between them. You will always find someone on the desk if you have an appointment, but occasionally there are times when they adjust their hours to accommodate evening clinics, so you’ll be speaking to an answerphone first thing in the morning. Please do leave them a message – they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Charlotte Harris – physiotherapist

charlotteCHARLOTTE HARRIS is Black Pear Physio’s director. She graduated from Keele University in 2009 with a BSc(Hons) in physiotherapy. She started her career working in a local hospital and soon progressed to working with Black Pear Physio and its sister company Sun Rehabilitation. Since graduating from Keele, Charlotte has completed an MSc, an additional masters level module in ‘motor control retraining of movement dysfunction’, completed her acupuncture qualifications and attended many more manual therapy courses.

Charlotte is happy to treat a whole range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries with a variety of manual therapy, acupuncture and exercise techniques.

Charlotte’s background is with horses, having evented to international level herself, and her workload is split between human and veterinary physiotherapy. She particularly enjoys the performance management of horse riders as it combines both passions. Charlotte has a pragmatic approach to assessment and treatment and aims to achieve the best possible outcome for her patients whether the goal is to walk up the stairs or run an ultra marathon.

Charlotte has clinics available on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Kelly Stinton – physiotherapist

KELLY STINTON graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2012. She is currently working in occupational health and works part time with Black Pear Physio.

Although she is capable and experienced in treating a whole range of conditions, Kelly has a special interest in dance, having spent her younger years performing in London including dancing with the National Youth Ballet. She continues to develop her clinical skills through attending various courses.  She uses her experience to help better understand her client’s needs and therefore guiding them back to recovery. Kelly’s focus is very much on functional rehabilitation, matching the client’s rehabilitation to the specific demands of the activities they participate in. She uses a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, soft tissue techniques and taping alongside exercise to accomplish this.

Kelly has clinics on a Monday and Wednesday evening and a Saturday morning.

Lisa Baker – physiotherapist


LISA BAKER qualified in 2005 from University West of England and has worked in the NHS until recently making the change to private practice. She has a wide range of experience and is able to assess and treat any presentation of symptoms to determine the suitability of a range of physiotherapy techniques for each patient.

She is a credentialed McKenzie therapist, fully qualified in acupuncture and has vast experience in treating a broad range of musculoskeletal problems, including post operative anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation as well all other joints.

Lisa has been Gloucestershire’s clinical specialist in facial paralysis and temporomandibular joint disorder for past 4 years, she is ideally placed for assessing and treating a range of facial states and jaw symptoms from trauma, osteoarthritis and habitual jaw postures. She can help people manage both headaches and facial pain.

On a personal note, Lisa is another horsey lady, a former international show-jumper, winning team and individual international medals. She is therefore able to fully understand and appreciate the demands of competitive riding and is happy to see riders of all abilities.

Lisa currently has clinics on a Monday and Wednesday.

James Hossack – physiotherapist


JAMES HOSSACK not only has an MSc in physiotherapy, but has a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 2008 and has worked in a combination of NHS and private settings since then. James is currently an Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner in the NHS, specialising in the spinal service, although he is happy and very experienced in treating all manner of musculoskeletal conditions.

James’ therapy toolbox includes manipulation, acupuncture and a variety of exercise and soft tissue techniques.

James is available for appointments on a Tuesday evening.


Polly Arnold – sports massage therapist


POLLY ARNOLD qualified as a sports massage therapist in 2013 and has been combining this with teaching PE. She took the plunge and went full time into sports massage in July 2017. She has always been interested in sport and I has a BSc (Hons) PE and Sports Science and an MA (Hons) in Sports Development. She is also a level 4 tennis coach and enjoys coaching at all levels of the game as well as playing herself. Other interests include triathlons and horse riding which she spent most of her childhood doing.

Polly has treated a wide variety of people including ironman athletes, marathon runners, couch to 5k new starters as well as golf, tennis and premiership rugby players.  However, you don’t have to be involved in sport to benefit from sports massage. Whether you’re feeling stressed or tired, have chronic aches and pains from an accident or injury, or are suffering from a work related problem, sports massage can alleviate the tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues.

Polly has appointments available on a Monday and Friday.

Stuart Nottingham – physiotherapist

sma-lX-9UFqEKMqK8LkpykjYvrytU4JbGALJb9dGfAcSTUART NOTTINGHAM graduated from the Oswestry and North Staffordshire School of Physiotherapy in 1985. He worked as a Junior Physiotherapist at the Dudley Road Hospital (City Hospital) in Birmingham, before progressing to a senior role working for GP practices in south Birmingham. In 1991 he became Chief Physiotherapist at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, basing his work around this role. During his time at WCCC the team was the most successful in the country, winning two championships and reached eight Lord’s finals. Brian Lara scored his record-breaking 501 run score during this time. Stuart was also the England team’s physiotherapist for a test match against Australia. Stuart took on an additional position from 1992 to 1997, when he became Chief Physiotherapist to Moseley Football Club (Rugby Union). The involvement with Moseley led to work as Physiotherapist for the Midlands Senior Divisional team and the England “A” side. In 2000 Stuart was invited to work with the Benetton Formula One Racing Team.
Since retiring from professional sport Stuart has developed the Private Practice alongside the ever expanding Occupational Health business. He now specialises in chronic pain medicine and work absence issues.

Stuart only does occasional clinics now to help cover holidays. If you specifically would like to see him, please do get in touch and we will let you know if he’s due in in the near future.