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TOTAL THERAPY STUDIOS

Horsham’s wellness, therapy and corrective exercise centre
OUR TEAM

It's all about the people

At Total Therapy we believe that finding the right therapist or teacher for each individual is the most important element towards your optimum health and wellbeing. Someone you trust, someone you connect with and someone whose specialism’s and experiences spark that motivation within you to be the best you can be.

We are so proud of our outstanding team who are not only experts in their field, but have been handpicked for their warm, engaging and friendly manner. We are all committed to working together to find you the right path, the right therapy and the right person to help you physically, mentally and emotionally.

They all have a story as to how they came to work at Total Therapy Studios and what they personally bring to the studio. So have a read, have a laugh and find your person.

Sarah Dover-McCarthy offers free consultations to anyone who is unsure of the path they need to take - We call her the oracle, so if you don’t know, she will!
Sarah Dover-McCarthy

Founder and Clinical Director
I'm Sarah, and I own and run Total Therapy Studios. I first qualified nearly 25 years ago now as a Clinical Sports Therapist, and over the years my clinical knowledge and interest in all things anatomical has led me through a very unique journey into what I do now, for which there is no real title!

I believe that the body works in a way that's so complex and so integrated that it’s very rare for one type of treatment or exercise to rid us of all the aches and pains that impair our daily function. I wanted be the sort of therapist that could deliver whatever was needed to feel well, move well and be well, which is why my studies have taken me through various disciplines at diploma level to MSc in manual and manipulative therapy, movement and exercise therapy, rehabilitation, nutrition, somatics, Clinical Pilates, neurodynamics, and as a Kinetic Control Movement therapist. I was getting so busy that I quickly realised I couldn’t do everything, so in 2012 Total Therapy Studios was born - a place to bridge the gap between exercise and medicine and put a little bit of what we all need under one roof. Today we have so many choices around therapy and exercise and it can be expensive and confusing to find a solution that works with long term results, and in my experience a combined approach is normally the most successful. I wanted to create a warm, welcoming environment where specialists genuinely work together to create an affordable and effective journey to full physical and mental wellbeing. I am passionate about education and have taught all over the country to other medical and movement professionals on post graduate training courses, and have been lucky enough to have invited to be a guest lecturer on Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy and Osteopathy BSc and MSc courses. However my real passion is in educating the public and giving people the knowledge and motivation to make informed choices towards their physical and mental health.

I have recently taken a step back from treatment in order to dedicate more time to the team, the business and to our clients to explore new ideas. But above all, continue to provide a place in the community that will support people’s journey to optimum health and wellbeing.

And what else could I tell you? Well, I used to be a gymnast (a long time ago), but probably explains why I'm so bendy! I have been a county netball, squash and badminton player, competed nationally in athletics, but now prefer to hack about on the golf course and relax in other ways. I love music (except jazz - don't get me started about jazz). I sing in two bands (called Singfield and The Awesome Covers Band if you're interested) and when I am not doing that I am either annoying my cats or drinking wine.


Jack Boatwright

Clinical Sports Therapist, Running Biomechanics
Jack is the really tall one and is the only other boy at the studio. I was at the point of looking into human cloning after 6 months of interviewing for a Sport Therapist when a letter popped into my inbox. Jack looked mildly terrifying in the photo he sent, but how wrong I was! Jack is undoubtedly one of the kindest people I have ever met and boy he knows his stuff. I knew he was right for the studio when he said “ My view is to have all patients leave the clinic with less pain and more knowledge” Boom he was hired.

After completing his degree in Sports Therapy in 2014, he worked in a clinical practice in South London. He made the move down to Horsham in 2016 and has been a full time member of the team ever since and I am privileged to have him by my side.

Jacks main passions are around functional movement of the body and postural dysfunction, and is particularly knowledgeable on the knees and shoulders. Education plays a huge part in every treatment he delivers and he takes the time to explain and help you understand why you are experiencing pain or mobility issues as he knows that this is greatest tool you can have towards a long term recovery. Since qualifying in 2014, he has undergone post graduate training in Myofascial therapy, functional movement, advanced manual therapy and running biomechanics. His hands on skills are intuitive and vast and his combined approach to manual therapy and movement health always gets results.

Jack has a long sporting history of rugby, football and boxing – oh and how can we forget that he nearly got the part of young Voldemort in the Harry Potter Films. Jack entered the world of parenthood in May 2019 and these days enjoys running and football. His favourite food is Vegan, and is often found in the clinic sharing his recipes and vegan cakes!

You can read more about Jack on his website here www.runningwithbeard.co.uk


Sarah Campbell

Chartered Physiotherapist, Medical Acupuncturist, KLT
Sarah joined us in February 2020 and worked in the clinic for about 2 months when lockdown happened! But boy did she make an impact in those 2 months and very quickly was fully booked each week.

Sarah graduated from Coventry University in 2004 with a BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy and after completing her basic rotations quickly focused her interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She worked for 5 years in the NHS predominantly in the Plymouth University Hospitals Trust, after which she worked privately in the UK before moving to the UAE. Based in Dubai, she worked in a well respected clinic where she had the opportunity to work with the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Physiotherapy team and for the International Rugby Sevens tournament.

Sarah’s passion is working with people with chronic pain and has a huge toolbox to draw upon from Massage, soft tissue mobilization, manipulation, medical acupuncture, Clinical Pilates, and Kinetic Link Training (an exercise approach to biomechanically balanced, full-body resistance training) and uses all of these approaches in her assessment and treatment sessions to uncover and treat underlying causes for pain and problems, which is what Total Therapy is all about.

She also uses CBT techniques to help patients see things from a different perspective, which can be invaluable with pain management and performance.

She also loves horses! Well that is an understatement - since returning to the UK in 2019 after 5 years away, she has been enjoying spending time outside in the “green” with her children and her horse, and has recently developed a unique service which greatly benefits horse riders and horses which you can read all about here www.thecenteredrider.com

She loves the great outdoors and played rugby for many years and has done a few marathons in her time, but now loves nothing better than a cycle ride or yomp through the countryside with her children.  


Nicola Williams

Chartered Physiotherapist, Medical Acupuncture
, Clinical Pilates
Nicola joined the team in 2017 and was with us for 14 months until she was offered an amazing opportunity to manage and clinically lead a large physiotherapy practice in Brighton (where she was moving to at the time).

We always stayed in touch as Nicola was such an insightful and brilliant Physio and we had formed a great bond in the short time we had known each other not only through our professions, but through our ridiculous sense of humour.

Sadly, due to the pandemic her Brighton clinic was forced to close in the summer of 2020, so we logged into zoom (obviously), sat in our respective gardens with a beer and had a good old natter and decided that our journey together was not over.

Nicola is an experienced Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and utlises the latest evidence and research to constantly update her practice. Nicola is passionate about facilitating movement health to help you to achieve your movement’s goals big or small, whether that is simply being able to sit at your desk pain free, or to be at your personal best.

She specialises in acute muscle and joint pain, movement analysis, sports performance and is a skilled hands on therapist, Clinical acupuncturist and Clinical Pilates teacher.

She has previously worked in NHS hospitals, sports clinic’s and running schools and uses movement retraining and kinetic control principles to find the reason behind pain and discomfort for long term resolution.

Nicola has a keen interest in her own fitness, which stemmed from her spell in the Royal Air Force, in particular adventure sports such as kayaking, surfing and climbing. What is important to note is that she is not particularly good at any of these things but understands the significance of giving it a go anyway!

When she’s not working she is usually found watching Formula 1, concocting terrible cocktails and trailing around the Surrey and Sussex countryside with her new puppy Pheobe.  


Marina Romans Baucells

Clinical Sports Massage Therapist
, Clinical Pilates / Equipment Pilates
For anyone that has met Marina it is probably pretty obvious why I wanted her as part of the team at Total Therapy. She has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for what she does, and I am so glad she approached the studio when she moved to Horsham in 2018.

Originally from Barcelona, Marina qualified with a Degree in Physiotherapy, which she furthered with a Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy. She worked in Barcelona as a Physiotherapist and then made the brave move to Los Angeles where she trained as a Classical Pilates instructor under Jill Cassady, one of the world’s leading authorities’ on Pilates and only one removed from Joseph Pilates himself!

In her 4 years as a full time matwork and equipment instructor the states, Marina developed an hugely enthusiastic and energetic style which, combined with her clinical understanding of how the skeleton and muscles interact, allowed her to remedy a wide range of weaknesses and impediments suffered by people in all walks of life, from intensive sport to the every day wear and tear.

For the last four years she has been in the UK combining all of her knowledge and experiences in Physiotherapy, Soft Tissue and Massage therapy, Pilates and dry needling into three key areas for her treatments and classes; rehabilitation from existing injury, overcoming weakness to prevent future injury plus improve posture, and finally, helping sports people to build core strength to enhance their performance in their specific discipline.

She always makes us smile and puts all the team’s muscle flexibility to shame! When she is not teaching and doing her own Pilates (which is most of the time), she will be outdoors walking and enjoys a good traditional Spanish beer, and more recently in December 2020 became a mum for the first time.


Jackie Evans

Clinical Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapist
, Personal Trainer
Jackie came to see me for treatment many years ago to help her through chronic injury and pain from a lifetime of sport in county hockey, athletics, volleyball, football, badminton, running to name but a few, so in essence very sporty!

At the time I met her she was working full time in London in an office, but was studying with the London School of Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy to become a Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist. I didn’t see her for while (I am hoping because I fixed her), and in 2019 I approached her to see if she wanted to come and work for us as we had sadly lost our existing therapist. She said yes!

Jackie has always had a passion for sport and gained a Sport Science degree in 2000. She has had a varied office based career until taking the plunge into full time therapy in 2018. Her experience working in an office environment for a number of years, sitting at a desk all day and exercising in her spare time means that she can completely relate and sympathise with the need for remedial massage for office workers!

Jackie is now also a qualified Personal Trainer and uses this knowledge along with her exceptional hands on skills to help her clients move better, feel better and train better.

She works with a full spectrum of clients ranging from GB athletes to those suffering with degenerative conditions or those with sedentary lifestyles suffering with muscular imbalances and workplace stress.

When not working Jackie can be found playing netball, on the track, in the gym and being a mum. She loves to ski, travel and listen to live music (those were the days). Her favourite snack is salted cashew nuts!


Pia Gronroos

Acupuncture
I met Pia on an Myotherapy diploma course for dogs (I know right!), I was teaching on the course, and I soon learned that she was the Acupuncturist based down the road from me that my clients were raving about. Acupuncture was always something that I wanted to offer at Total Therapy Studios, so I called and asked if she wanted to expand her acupuncture provision in Horsham, and since 2015 she has been doing just that.

Pia completed her four year training in Acupuncture in 2003 from the International College of Oriental Medicine where she had already qualified in Swedish massage in 2001. This is one of the oldest training schools in the country and delivers the most comprehensive acupuncture and Chinese medicine training program available in the UK.

In 2005 she also qualified as Yoga teacher, and uses all her knowledge in Chinese Medicine, pulse diagnosis, nutrition, massage, and Yoga in her treatments, and is truly like no other Acupuncturist I've ever met. She is also a qualified crystal healer and Toltec energy healer, which gives her a deeper understanding of how the body, mind and emotions are intertwined and allows her to provide a truly individual treatment. The fusion of her knowledge and training allows her to relieve and improve postural imbalances, tune into the energy centres of the body, and empowers you to understand what your body needs and how to heal yourself. This enables healing on the inside and out and help you better understand yourself and your body.

Her work with the body pulses is truly amazing as she can feel up to 28 different qualities of each pulse which tell her how you are in the present moment. She treated me when I was suffering with my asthma. Not only did I see immediate improvements, but my asthma has been noticeably different since.

Pia loves to study, research, and constantly updates her knowledge to understand how to find the perfect balance to thrive, be happy and healthy. She really is an encyclopedia of alternative medicine, and loves nature, animals and enjoys making her own natural skin products. She is one of the most deeply spiritual people I know, has a wonderful sense of humour and on special occasions has been known to wear a unicorn onesie to work. No, really.


Jackie Williams

Nutritional Therapist
Jackie was introduced to me by Sarah Campbell one of our resident Physiotherapists. Sarah felt that nutritional therapy would be a great complement to both our clinical and holistic repertoire, and Jackie was the right person for the job. Nutritional therapy has in the past been a very successful therapy at Total Therapy, and we were infact looking for someone who able to offer this service on a regular basis. So I met Jackie, and I whole heartedly agreed that she was indeed the right person for the job!

Jackie’s passion for her therapy and the way she offers her treatments was music to my ears. She spoke about nutrition sensibly, knowledgeably and simply in a way that we all need to hear and know. After a lifetime of battling her weight she saw food only as calories, carbs, and fat, and ate more for comfort than nourishment. It wasn’t until after the birth of her three daughters that this disordered eating and poor relationship with food was replaced with the desire to properly nourish both her daughters and herself. This drive led her to three years of study and clinical experience at the respected College of Naturopathic Medicine and she continues to expand her knowledge through reviewing the latest nutritional research.

Now armed with her holistic understanding of the interconnectedness between nutrition, environment, lifestyle and genetics she is motivated and inspired to share her knowledge of nutrition and how it can promote your health and wellbeing.

Jackie takes on a functional medicine approach to support the whole person through reviewing all of your body systems, lifestyle and diet to develop an individualised and manageable nutritional and lifestyle plan based on your goals. She aims to support the underlying causes of imbalances which may be contributing to symptoms and conditions.

Jackie truly believes that ‘knowledge is power’ and this underpins her passion to empower you with the right tools, education and understanding to support your health and wellness long term. Jackie is new to TTS Holistic, but her passion for what she does is infectious and I know will be a valuable addition to the Total Therapy provision and team.


Jo Ball

Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor
Jo was introduced to the studio during lockdown by Sarah C our Physio, as she has attended one of her Yoga workshops, and felt she would be a great fit for the studio. So I was on the blower in no time! Jo trained as an executive coach in 2012 with the Academy of Executive Coaches and more recently trained as a Hypnotherapist. She absolutely loves working with people to support them to realise their self potential and fulfillment in all areas of life, career, health, relationships, self discovery and balance.

Jo is also an experienced Yoga teacher and brings all of her training and skills into everything she offers. She strongly believes that yoga is for everyone and is all about discovering what is right for your body and mind in a given moment. She loves to explore the power of Yoga to help have positive relationships with ourselves and others, to gain both physical and mental strength, flexibility and balance both on the mat and in all aspects of life.

She is also passionate about teaching yoga to children brought about by the birth of her twins.

After her twins were born (through IVF), she went back to work in a senior demanding role, determined to prove that she could be successful in her career and as a new mother. In her own words she was 'managing'. She had fulfilled her beliefs that she was successful as she juggled a busy career and family commitments, but in reality was suffering from exhaustion.

She realised something had to change, and as a qualified coach, she embarked on a coaching journey, with herself as the client, and formed a vision of what a new success would look like for her and her family: the dream.

A vision was created of all the very important things to her such as picking the children up from school, continuing to help others to find their way through coaching and yoga; even the desire to bake her own bread; a small, seemingly insignificant desire, but one that was tangible and turned out to be a significant factor in making the big change.In the following two years, she left her job and found part-time work from home which allowed her the time and energy to undertake her own yoga teacher training.. Having practiced yoga for over 20 years (nearly 40 years if you include the yoga she did with her mum as a child), she was now able to teach!

And the rest is history. We are so excited to have Jo as part of both the yoga and therapy team, and we cannot wait to see her fly at TTS. Jo also is passionate about horses (maybe that’s why Sarah really liked her!) and competed in Dressage until her twins were born in 2015. She now jut rides for fun and loves walking her energetic dog Hugo and playing with her new puppy, Herbert - never a dull moment apparently!


Anne Davies

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Anne has always been intrigued by how we are all so different and is passionate about helping people identify what they really want and need, regardless of the messages they have received through childhood, relationships or society about how they 'should' be.

She did not know what she wanted to do when she left school and found her thirst for education and knowledge much later in life gaining an MA at 41. She has had a varied career as a seamstress, retail security management and investigations as well as hospitality work.

It was a particular difficult time in her personal life that opened a doorway into the world of talking therapy. She realised that part of the solution was to find a career that would allow her to have full autonomy, and from here she decided to re-train in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Transactional Analysis (TA) which, through her own admission, changed her life. The principles of this sort of therapy resonated with Anne as its philosophy is that everyone is OK, and everyone has the capacity to think and influence their life by the decisions they make and any decision can be changed. All of us construct and decide our own destiny and the beautiful part is we can change those decisions and problems are solvable.

She is incredibly passionate about breaking down the barriers to talking therapy. Seeking help on life’s journey through therapy shows incredible strength, not an admission of weakness, and it’s never too late to embark on a new journey.

In her spare time, she loves being outside walking with her dog and gardening but still spends a lot of time feeding her thirst for knowledge and development in her therapy. We are delighted to have Anne on board as part of our new mental health and wellbeing provision at Total Therapy Studios.

Anne is registered with the UKATA, you can find more about them on their website. www.uka4ta.co.uk


Linda Jewell

Reflexology
Linda was with me from day one at the birth of Total Therapy Studios as our sole receptionist. She was there that first Monday when we opened the doors and said "Right, what now?". I've treated Linda for many years and once I knew I was opening a studio, I never doubted that she would be a perfect fit for the studio in whatever role she had; I only hoped that she would want to work with me!

Linda qualified as a Reflexologist in 2015, and has been providing treatments at the clinic ever since. She has a loyal client base and now offers foot, hand and facial Reflexology and provides a calm quiet space for you to relax and for your body to be nurtured and restored through the principles of this ancient energy medicine.

Linda has a natural affinity with people and has a warmth and friendliness which allows her to engage with everyone she meets. She is deeply compassionate and worries about me constantly, and I can honestly say the place would not be the same without her.

She is also a full time mum to two wonderful girls and shares my passion for good wine and laughing (these two passions are quite often connected).


Katherine May

Beauty Therapist
Kat is our resident beauty therapist, but her journey with Total Therapy Studios did not start there. In 2012 Katherine actually worked a summer for us as a receptionist whilst she was studying to become a beauty therapist, and I am sure back then we both didn't realise our journey together was not over! Kat developed an interest in beauty at a young age, and in 2012 after studying at Crawley College she attained an NVQ Level 2 and 3 which cemented her passion and career. Since qualifying she has gained many specialised qualifications working in large salons and spas across Sussex. She has a great experience of working with premium world-renowned brands such as Temple Spa, Sienna X, Jessica, OPI, Caci, Guinot and Espa and brings these products into her treatments.

For Kat it is paramount to offer clients a completely personalised treatment experience that is enjoyed and leaves you feeling totally relaxed, refreshed, nurtured and well looked after. This is something that I can personally testify to as I was booked in to see her in the salon where I live (unbeknownst to me that it was her) and I have never looked back.

In 2019 Kat became a mum to the lovely Jaxon and during her maternity leave felt it was the right time to go alone. And at this point, KM Beauty Therapy was born. I feel so privileged that she wanted to make Total Therapy Holistic her new permanent home, even if lockdown restrictions meant that it was a little later than planned!

Kat also loves doing Yoga, spending time in the great outdoors, and playing with her cat Luna. It goes without saying that with Kat here, we're all loving our new nails!


Nalini (Michelle) Deane

Womens Wellbeing Coach, Scarwork, Yoga and Meditation
I met Nalini in a past life when we used to be government aid buyers (yes, you heard that right). We weirdly met on an Aromatherapy diploma course in 1994 and realised that we actually worked in the same building as each other. We started a slightly secret friendship away from the eyes of our bosses where we'd sneak out for coffee (or beer after work) in order to discuss our grand life plans and how we'd leave that place one day.

And leave she did, she sold up and packed her bags and went off to the Umbrian Hills in Italy to live and work in the Ananda spiritual community and yoga retreat centre, which reshaped her whole life. Living as part of a yoga community deepened her experience in yoga and meditation.

She stayed in Italy for 14 years and in 2014 came back to good old Blightly. Her time and experience in the hills in Umbria led her to become a highly qualified and deeply holistic therapist, healer and teacher with a deep intuition, compassion, and connection with nature.

Nalini suffered for many years with intense pain and PMT, which led her to discover Alexandra Pope's work on Menstrual Cycle Awareness. Apart from drastically reducing her symptoms, this work transformed the way she lived her life and she went on to study with Alexandra to qualify as a menstrual and menopause coach. She continued her training, qualifying in womb Yoga and Yoga Nidra, which fully integrates her holistic approach to women's wellness.

Nalini blends all of her skills and qualifications in women's wellbeing, coaching, aromatherapy, reiki, Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Bach Flower Remedies and body psychology into unique and bespoke sessions. Her approach is authentic and deeply rooted in her own experience and life journey. She creates a safe space for support, empathy and guidance in your journey into healing and empowerment, and promotes physical and emotional healing through body, mind and soul. She offers unique Yoga and women's wellness classes and workshops, and facilitates regular women's circles.

Since Nalini has been back in the UK, she has also qualified as a Scarwork practitioner. This therapy is still pretty unique in the UK and can be read about more in the therapies section of the website.

Nalini is mad about animals (cats specifically), reads everything, loves wildlife, and is normally responsible for the freshly brewed coffee and cake provision in the studio. She has a passion for herbs, grows loads herself, and teaches fabulous herb workshops.


Sophie Lewis

Clinical Sports Therapist , Clinical Pilates and Yoga
I met Sophie by chance in 2012 on the recommendation of a patient. Sophie had just finished her Sports Therapy Degree at Chichester University as soon as we met I knew I wanted her to come and work at Total Therapy Studios before someone else snapped her up. Her roots into the profession followed a similar path to my own with her passion for sport and exercise, and at the time I met her I was the only therapist or instructor at the studio as I had not long opened!

In her time as a therapist at the studio, Sophie developed a passion towards group exercise and loves working with the “platinum” population. She is one the finest most effective clinical exercise teachers I know. She effortlessly brings her knowledge and infectious personality into her classes and makes me and her classes laugh every day. She is a ray of sunshine, and a loud one at that.

Sophie has a huge thirst for knowledge and has a wide skill set including (deep breath now) GP referrals, cardiac rehab, pre- and post-natal, post- and pre-operative rehabilitation, back care and pain management, postural correction and optimum performance, yoga therapy and clinical pilates. So whether you're an elite or injured athlete or a stiff couch potato, she'll find a way to make sure your exercise is effective.

Sophie took a break from the studio to enter the world of motherhood, and now has 2 beautiful girls. We are so glad to have her back and look forward to seeing her more over the course of 2021. Sophie is super fit and a CrossFit officiando, she loves running, and taking her chocolate Labrador for long walks (as in - the dog is chocolate in colour; it is not, of course, made of chocolate). She also bakes a cracking cupcake which she often makes for us and her classes!


Sarah Littleford

Clinical Pilates, Equipment Pilates, Corrective Exercise
Sarah moved to Horsham from London and was looking for a studio within which she could continue her Pilates Therapy business that she'd built up so successfully in London. Her knowledge and passion for therapeutic Pilates was evident immediately, however it was her warm and gentle personality and gliding posture that won me over.

I soon learned that her interest in Pilates came from her time studying for a classical ballet diploma. After suffering a back injury, Pilates became a valuable tool during her recovery process. A couple of years later in 2004, she became a fully certified Pilates instructor with Pilates International in Australia, one of the best qualifications in the world. She continued to take courses in Gyrotonics (ask her what this is - it's very clever stuff), structural anatomy, The Franklin Method and also has a VTCT level three diploma in Swedish massage. She's worked at various studios with Physiotherapists in clinics in London and uses her clinical experience and knowledge to personalise her group sessions to keep them relevant to each individual.

Sarah’s classes have a lovely flow and sound and look gentle in nature (she can rarely be heard downstairs when she's teaching) but don’t be fooled, I don’t know how she does it but you'll jolly well know you've done it a few hours later. Sarah has two young children which keep her pretty busy, and I know she is looking forward to being able to do more at the studio, which I would love as she always makes me smile.

She also has two adorable white kittens that she often sends us pictures of and is a mum to two girls, but we think she prefers the kittens!


Tammy Freeman

Movement Coach,
Corrective Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer
Tammy was a client for many years and was in the process of a career change into the fitness industry when we first met. Her thirst for knowledge and learning was so vast that I thought it may drown her, but she didn’t stop because she had clearly found what she was looking for (the other U2 song).

She rather nervously approached me one treatment and asked if I would ever consider taking her on at the studio, and I had to break the news that I was only currently looking for a Pilates teacher. Well that was that, back she was a year later with her Pilates qualification and a whole host of other diploma’s and qualifications.

Well I simply couldn’t turn that sort of enthusiasm down. Since joining us in 2016 she has found her passion in the more technical aspects of Pilates, movement therapy and strength and Conditioning, something which is often lacking within the fitness industry. She has identified that many people want to push themselves harder but lack the technical instruction to do so safely.

2021 will see Tammy offering a new kind of class to the studio which is for those who want to go to the next level by adding complexity, speed and resistance to their workouts safely and effectively, and inspire people to be the best version of themselves.

Tammy has a bespoke set of skills in a wide range of disciplines from advance personal training, to Pilates, pole fitness and kettlebells, to a master practitioner in NLP. She uses all of these tools to help people explore a variety of ways and environments to get moving, and uses a unique holistic approach to exercise which takes into account the interconnection between movement, mind-set, health and wellbeing, fun and play.

As a little girl she rarely sat still, moving, jumping, climbing trees and, most of all, dancing and we can tell you - not much has changed! She believes that movement should be fun, creative and imaginative and give you a sense of freedom and joy.

She is constantly challenging her own knowledge, perceptions and comfort zones, and has taken part in the number of events and challenges including walking the Great Wall of China for the NSPCC, Trekking Madagascar National park for St Catherine’s Hospice, Cotswold 100k Challenge, and Medal winner at the European & World Ultimate Fitness Championships in London & Canada in 2019.

She also has a hilarious Cat called Bandit.


Beth Suart

Clinical Pilates
I can remember my interview with Beth as she was so passionate about Pilates, especially around making it accessible for all ages and abilities and removing the fear around movement by really listening and responding to how people feel within their body.

She had a particular interest in the flexibility and mobility elements of Pilates and understood that more attention to these basic movement principles would truly allow the body to properly position, soften and respond better to the higher level strength components of Pilates. These were music to my ears as a clinician, as quite often people want exercise to provide fast results and pain relief without actually addressing the more basic underlying issues of limited range of movement and deep routed instabilities.

Beth’s journey into movement health started at 3 years old when she was “encouraged” by her parents to start dancing lessons in order to stop her jigging about constantly at home driving them insane! Little did they know that many years later this “encouragement” would see their daughter as a professional dancer in the west end as Dance Captain for Cats in London (and later the movie btw).

After Cats, she went on to do her exercise to music qualification followed by body combat, body balance, step, spin and body pump (of which she was a national assessor), and fully embraced the world of fitness and exercise instruction, before she took a break to have her children. This break from her punishing teaching schedule is what lead her to Pilates, as whilst she loved teaching high energy, high impact classes, her body was craving something different. In 2013 she gained her Clinical Pilates and Pure Stretch Pilates qualifications and joined the studio in 2015.

Beth is an inspirational teacher and loves to experiment with props, big balls, little balls, trigger point balls (well any ball really) to allow her clients to get the most from every class, and always feel better than when they arrived. She has developed a unique myofascial approach to her Pilates which focuses on releasing the connective tissues that hold our muscles and organs together, which is often a source of chronic pain. She recently qualified in Trigger Point Pilates and is now looking to further her understanding around Pilates and women’s health. So watch out for these new classes very soon.

She also told me not to mention that she once fell off a trapeze in-front of an audience of 1200, and her obsession with her cocker spaniel (which is why I have).


Wendy Watson

Clinical Pilates Instructor
Wendy has been coming to our classes for a few years, and one day she asked me if we were looking for any more Pilates teachers as she had recently completed her Pilates Teacher Training. What I didn’t know is that Wendy was also an experienced chiropractor with clinics in both London and Worthing, had a degree in Biological Sciences and many years ago also qualified in Beauty therapy and exercise to music! Well it was a natural fit. Not only was she very familiar with the nature of our classes at Total Therapy, but she also had a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience to bring to her passion for Pilates.

Wendy is a very dedicated, enthusiastic healthcare professional with a passion for health and well-being, with 17 years of experience working as a chiropractor and many years’ experience prior to that working as a massage therapist in a variety of settings. Throughout her career she has worked alongside a number of health professionals and with clients from all walks of life, which has given her the skills to communicate well as a team member and to work with all clients in a friendly, approachable and understanding manner.

She has become an integral member of the Pilates team and is always keen to progress her knowledge further in Pilates Rehabilitation and more recently hypopressive exercise.

We are hoping that when this current pandemic is over, that she will also be able to offer her clinical chiropractic services at the Studio, so watch this space!

Wendy has a challenging but soothing style due to her smooth Scottish accent, and often brings her new puppies (now dogs) for us to all coo over at the studio. In her spare time she loves to keep active and spend time outdoors with the family and her dogs and early morning bootcamps. She also loves Thai food.  


Vivien Smith

Pilates
Viv was recommended to me by a friend who called me up one day to say that she had just done a class with “a teacher who would be brilliant for Total Therapy”. After a bit more probing (and a frank discussion about why she was going to “other” classes in the first place) I gave Viv a call.

As soon as I met her I knew my friend was absolutely right, so we became friends again, and Viv joined us in 2018. Viv has taught many forms of dance and exercise since she was 18 years old and was introduced to Pilates by her Dance teacher whilst attending Contemporary Dance, Ballet and movement classes at the Laban Studios in Surrey .

She had her own company for 10 years teaching across Sussex and Surrey, but wanted focus her passion for movement on the younger generation so in 1986 qualified as a teacher teaching GSCE and A Level PE and Dance in secondary schools in Sussex. She loved how she could encourage young people to move, to have correct posture and understand the importance of a skill that would not only improve their performance in sport, but also give them the tools for a healthy life

After an amazing career in teaching and teaching consultancy, Viv took early retirement in 2015 and now works solely as a Pilates Movement Specialist. She loves to work with older adults and is an inspiration to them, and has more recently gained her Level 4 qualification in the management of lower back pain.

Viv understands that Pilates is and will always be taught in many ways, but the basic philosophy remains the same, which is if you can find a teacher that you connect with, that you enjoy, you engage with, who encourages you and motivates you, you will have a life changing approach to exercise.

So often we fear change, stick with the same routine or teacher without really questioning “what am I really getting from this” and more importantly “am I enjoying it” and Viv’s aim is and always has been, to help people improve their quality of life by learning how to use their body efficiently and effectively at any age.

When she is not teaching she likes to spend time in South Africa hopefully enjoying all the grapes and wildlife it offers, and spending time with her grandchildren. She always has the right words and encouragement when you most need it and for that I am truly and personally grateful to have her as part of the team.


Paula Baker

Pilates
Paula has been coming to my classes for years and I like to think that I played a little part in her decision to become a Pilates teacher. The only thing Paula ever wanted to be as a child was a PE teacher, but the education system was very different in the 70’s and it wasn’t meant to be! Fast forward 35 years, and after snapping her Achilles playing Stoolball, along with (in her own words) a looming midlife crisis, the menopause and a touch of Empty Nest Syndrome, she took the plunge to train to be an Exercise to Music instructor at the age of 49. Sadly her knees decided they couldn’t cope with all the jumping around so she slid into the world of teaching Spin, which she has done for over five years now and still loves it.

Paula wanted to future proof herself in the exercise industry so with some guidance from myself (I hope), and a promise of a job at the end of it (apparently!), she trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute in 2018.

I am glad I made that promise as since qualifying she has embraced the world of Pilates and is integrating it with her other passions. Since 2018 she has embarked on further training in Pilates for Cyclist (her major passion), Pilates for Healthy Hips, Pilates for Osteoporosis and Back care for seniors.

Paula started our new Platinum Pilates class in 2019 which has been a lifeline for people with balance issues, degenerative conditions and ill health, alongside new beginners Pilates classes.

Her classes were so popular that we had grand plans for new classes with Paula in 2020 in Pilates for Sport, Pilates for cyclists, but you can probably work out what happened to those. But they will return.

Paula is very much an outdoor person, and between 2014 to 2017 did 15 Triathlons (literally exhausted just writing that) but now concentrates more on Cycling, and last year completed the New Forest Sportive and the 312 in Majorca (167k) which she describes as an amazing day. Paula is also a qualified horticulturalist, so when she is not running, cycling, or doing pilates she can be found in her garden or in France enjoying lots of food. She loves food – all food – maybe that’s why she cycles so far!

Her mantra is ‘Live for today, keep half an eye on tomorrow’. Wise words.


Sharron Rushbrook

Pilates
Sharron is the only instructor we have who is yet to teach face to face in the studio. Sharron was recommended to me by a very well known and respected Pilates teacher in Horsham, and her recommendation was good enough for me.

Sharron was due to teach her first lessons with us on Saturday 21st March 2020, and on the Friday night we closed both of our premises, but we are not holding that against her!

Sharron’s path into Pilates is purely through her own practice, passion and a desire to teach others the benefits that she herself had experienced. Before being a Pilates teacher, Sharron spent over 30 years keeping the streets of London safe as a Police Officer (in varied and exciting roles – many of which she cannot talk about unless she kills us first!). This also probably explains her teaching style!

Having always been active through running, rugby, strength training, cycling, gym training and any other physical activity possible, along with many of her working hours spent carrying 10 kilos of police kit –the toll on her body meant that she always felt compressed and constantly in pain, so someone suggested Pilates. Although resistant to start with, she soon found the benefits of Pilates improved not only her posture which complimented her active lifestyle, but enhanced her physical performance and mental wellbeing.

She knew that she wanted to have a second career in a different direction which was still full of passion, so armed with this new body and mind decided to take the leap and trained with Body Control Pilates passing the whole course in under a year (it’s quite intense!)

Sharron’s interests remain in all kinds of fitness and health, broadening and deepening her knowledge and learning at any opportunity. Outside this, having just moved house, Sharron is busy putting her interior design talent to good use (another skill that would have been useful information to know when building the new studio), and looking forward to the warmer months to be able to work outdoors building her own workshop / studio.

Sharron is a very keen traveller and is often trundling over to France in her campervan where she is fortunate enough to have a base in The Somme, as her partner owns a Guesthouse there. She loves exploring this area and can often be found assisting as a WW1 tour guide! She’s is currently flexing her persuasion skills to convince him to install a pool and spa to turn it into a Pilates Retreat, so obviously we are fully behind her on that one. So look out for the TTS Pilates and Battlefield Retreat 2021, what a natural combination!


Natalie Creasy

Yoga Therapy
I was keen to bring Yoga to Total Therapy Studios as it was something that many of our clients had asked about, but I had some reservations are due to our clinical demographic. Many of our clients had not had positive Yoga experiences due to high pain levels or complex clinical conditions, which meant that a cautious approach was vital. Natalie came highly recommended as a Yoga practitioner of excellence and I loved her as soon as we met. She was down-to-earth, warm, funny, and assertive with a softness - all rolled into one infectiously calming package. She was excited by my vision and couldn't wait to get involved to provide a new type of Yoga specific to Total Therapy Studios.

After practicing Yoga for many years, she obtained her Yoga qualification from the Unity School of Yoga. To complement this, she qualified in stress management, relaxation, meditation, life coaching and Yoga-Nidra with a view of bringing them all together to quieten the mind and explore the body. She describes her biggest learning as the importance of breath being a very powerful tool enabling us to work with body, mind and emotion to bring the balance we need for optimum physical and mental health.

The essence of her classes are to feel your body and learn to connect and recognise it in that moment. You'll lengthen the body, toning and strengthening it, and notice how the body feels, not how you expect it to feel. She also works very much with the breath enabling relaxation, and provides the capacity and confidence for movement that people may be have been previously very nervous or apprehensive about due to physical or emotional pain.

Natalie moved to Barbados in December 2020, but she is still very much with us as an integral part of the team. She will be expanding her online provision from the balconies and beaches of Barbados and will be still offering a full Yoga workshop calendar both online and when she returns to the UK.

We are so pleased to support Natalie in her new venture and together we are looking to rather excitingly expand into retreats, education and courses together both in the UK and, more importantly in the Caribbean! Watch this space...  


Annja Haynes

Yoga Instructor
Annja joined Total Therapy in 2018 as our yoga classes were growing. We were keen to offer a broad spectrum of yoga and Annja’s yoga training style and background was a perfect fit to enable us to expand our yoga provision into the world of Vinyasa, Yin and rather excitingly Teen yoga.

Her background in Sports Coaching and a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology exited me and provided a perfect opportunity to offer a style of yoga to appeal to our non clinical demographic of sports enthusiasts and active clients who wanted to explore yoga in its more active forms.

Yoga is Annja's self-care project and the foundation of all her classes. She focuses on feeling good, staying well, enjoying movement as well as inviting stillness and calm.

Her Hatha classes guide you to move consciously into poses building strength, flexibility and stamina. In her Yin classes, longer held poses work into your deeper connective tissues increasing your range of movement and flexibility, and her Teen yoga classes offer a place of belonging and fun.

During the current health crisis Annja has focused more deeply on respiratory health, diving deeper into breath awareness and management.

Annja has become a fundamental member of the Yoga team, and we love having her around. Her leggings always brighten up the place, in studio, online, on YouTube and in her one-to-one practice.

Annja is a mum to the most adorable little dog (and children too), a great story teller, a keen skier, retired tri-athlete, loves her Vespa scooter and doing a bit of SUP Yoga (we would love to offer that one day!), and goes without saying is rather bendy


Ali McGougan

Yoga
Ali’s TTS journey has not been a smooth one. She joined the team to expand our yoga provision at our new wellbeing site in the Carfax October 2019, however delays with the premises and then COVID meant that she did not deliver her own classes until September 2020 only to be closed down again in November 2021.

Ali’s yoga journey started in her twenties as she wanted to explore purely the physical benefits of Yoga as she found the breathwork and meditation elements made her very impatient – a very common theme in our earlier fitter years!

In her previous as life as a freelance TV production manager in London, she would move all over the city between productions and the first thing she would do is find a yoga studio to fit it into her already busy working life. Yoga was what she would return to between running, aerobics (too much bouncing!) pump and other gym classes.

She found pregnancy yoga a lifesaver through her 3 pregnancies which nurtured her body in the right way, kept her strong and mobile and provided a quick recovery back to full strength after each birth. She has 3 boys, now 17, 15 and 11 and found working full-time much harder the older they got, so when The Yoga Garden in Sussex launched its teacher training program it instigated a turning point in her life and hasn’t looked back. Since completing her 200hr Hatha yoga Teacher training in 2018 she has since gone on to study Yin Yoga and Youth Yoga & Mindfulness last year.

Ali’s philosophy is that any yoga is good yoga and there is a type of yoga out here for everyone. The world of yoga can be quite hard to navigate with so many different terms and styles, but the aim should always be to deepen the connection between the mind and the body using the breath.

She enjoys teaching strong flow to those who want to really challenge their body, but also loves the more restorative yoga and yoga Nidra for those who need the respite and nurture of stillness and support.

She has a natural down to earth way with people which encourages those who have lost that connection with their body to challenge themselves a little bit more each practice. Making people feel better is what drives her each day. More recently she has been learning much more about the power of the breath and its powerful effect on our mental and physical health by controlling and slowing down our stress and fight or flight responses that so many of us live in today. Ali has been exploring this is her current zoom classes she runs at Total Therapy, and we hope will be the focus of some of her new classes when we return to the studio, whenever that will be!

In 2018 Ali trained for and completed a 6km sea swim in Wales and has kept up sea swimming ever since. She has been in the sea without a wetsuit once or twice every week since lockdown started (yes over the winter as well), and lake swimming when the sea is too rough. Apparently swimming through a thin layer of ice early Jan 2021 was a first! She has found the breathing techniques used in yoga have been very helpful for getting the breath back after the cold water shock, and that this sort of swimming provides much the benefits as yoga for mental health and physical wellbeing.

Obviously we all think she is mad as the only ice most of us have handled in the last year is in a Gin and Tonic!  


Jo Sherlock

Operations and Front of House
Jo came to the studio as an attendee to one of classes, and when I found myself looking for a new receptionist I knew she would be absolutely perfect. Jo was always so warm and caring towards everyone in her Pilates class, and always helped me tidy up after the class when everyone had left. Essentially this meant she'd already had a year long interview, and I was so happy when she said yes to becoming a member of the Total Therapy team.

Jo has an extensive background in PA and administration work for charities, churches and Gatwick Aiport (among others) and in 1996 took a break in to raise her beautiful family. In 2008 she returned to work as an admin assistant at a large local school where she remained until joining us in 2016.

Jo has a natural compassion and empathy for people, children and animals. She looks after us all, always makes sure that we are all okay, and offers everyone she meets kindness and support. She has a passion for making people feel and look good and since 1997 has been a qualified Swedish Massage Therapist, along with running a spray tanning business with her sister. Sadly she had to give up massage in 2019 to protect her hands, but she still very kindly offers to treat the team when they need it.

Jo loves the countryside and going for long walks with her family and dog, and is a wonderful mum to her children and animal family. She is often seen drinking odd coloured home made smoothies, bakes a cracking cake and will always share her lunch with you if you don't have any.


Dionne Benn

Operations and Front of House
Dionne followed a similar path to many of the team at Total Therapy, in that she was a regular client to the studio and came every week for Pilates and Yoga Nidra. One day after a class I was chatting to Dionne, and she was telling me that she had that very day decided to leave her job as reception manager at a large GP surgery. As it happened, this was on the day I had published an advert for a new receptionist! So a few emails and interviews later, Dionne joined the Total Therapy family in the summer of 2018.

Her previous role meant that she was already pretty clued up on all things reception and took to it like a duck to water. She also couldn't stop telling me how nice our clients were and how happy she was to be working with us. Based on some of the hilarious and sometimes horrendous stories she shares with us about her previous role, I now understand her comments completely and have a new found respect for GP receptionists!

Dionne is naturally caring, has a huge can-do attitude, and is always up for a challenge. She also has a great sense of humour and has been an absolute asset in her adaptability especially during the very challenging summer of 2020

She loves a night out, live music, great food, the odd G&T and is a wealth of information on all the best places to eat and visit in and around Horsham; we call it Dionne's Directory! She also has two lovely children (again not children anymore) and is a huge support to her husband's business in what spare time she has left.


Vicky Radhanauth

Admin champion
Vicky joined the Front of House “Admin Champion” team in October 2020 as the opening of our new site at the Carfax, and the re-opening of Denne Parade after lockdown in August 2020, meant that we needed much more support with what was going the be the start of the great comeback and recovery!

Well that didn’t quite pan out as planned, but Vicky was so perfect for the team that after one month in the job until we locked down again, we literally couldn’t imagine the place without her and was if she had always been there.

Prior to her role at Total Therapy Studios she enjoyed 22 years at Gatwick working for the 'worlds favourite airline” as a Customer Service Agent. She loved her job and her additional voluntary role as a union rep really ignited her passion to protect, care and look after people whose voices and needs may not have been heard. She met some fascinating people and has many many funny stories to tell, along some not so funny, verging on terrifying ones too!

Vicky’s role sadly was a casualty of the Covid 19 crisis, and we were delighted to have her join us. She is currently holding the fort at Denne Parade in what we call it “the immersive training experience”.

Vicky met her husband at 17 yrs old and has two Children now 27 and 24. She loves to travel (at a discount we hope) and is a very social soul and loves a good old natter. She craves the sunshine, gardening, eating and drinking and cannot wait until we can all go out, listen to some live music and generally have a cracking time.


Dominic Dover-McCarthy

Operations Director
Dominic is my husband, and is the chap that's sometimes seen behind the reception desk (which always surprises people). Historically an operations manager in the retail and hospitality industry, which in 2014 he left behind to fulfill his passion in all things design, marketing and business consultancy.

He has built up a great portfolio of clients in the last 6 years and Dom with fascinating divertsity. He works with the church of Ireland, has brought a Thai food brand to market, designs the annual report, website and charity Christmas cards for an artist charity, designed the new kit for the Horsham Ultimate Frisby Team, designed clothing ranges and has helped many small business expand their provision and brand presence. He is also now the strategic director for Galen Myotherapy; a Canine Massage School that he has helped expand around the globe.

Dom has been by my side supporting my vision right back from when I opened my first clinic in Horsham in 1999, but is now an integral part of what makes Total Therapy Studios operate as well as it does. He is constantly adapting and updating all the stuff behind the scenes to make sure that clients have a slick and professional customer experience and works tirelessly to try to get all the right information to the people it should. Total Therapy is now is very much a joint effort and our hearts and souls have been put into every inch of both of our premises. We have knocked down, built, sanded, painted both sites together with some amazing highs and some crushing lows, but we have always done it together and I now couldn't do it without him.

Dom is a true creative. A deep thinker, an artist, photographer, musician, plays the guitar, the bass and the piano. He produces both dance and orchestral music and is in the same band as me when we are allowed to be in it.

I have also more recently convinced him to take up golf, but I still don’t think he's sure about that one yet!