Achilles Heal • Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

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Happy Anniversary Achilles Heal.

10 years ago Achilles Heal Physiotherapy opened their doors in Stafford.

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Welcome back, Ali Glover.

Ali Glover returns to Achilles Heal Physiotherapy.

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British Wheelchair Basketball History!!

GB Womens Wheelchair Basketball team finish better than ever before.

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Alison Glover • Director & Co-Founder


Chartered Physiotherapist

Sports Massage Therapist


Alison Glover graduated from the Manchester University BSc (Hons) programme in Physiotherapy in 1991 and attained her MSc in Science of Sport Injury in 2006. Alison is a member of the MCSP (Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), HPC (Health Profession Council) and the SMA (Sports Massage Association) as well as having achieved the Gold Standard for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine.


Throughout her physiotherapy career she has gained a wide range of experience and skills in the NHS, the Royal Air Force and within private practice. Alison has a wealth of international experience, including working 2 years in Australia, and selected as one of the physiotherapists with the Great Britain team at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, the 2006 Turin Paralympics Games, the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games as well as with team England at the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010.


Since the company’s inception, Alison has been the lead physiotherapist for badminton at the Scottish Institute of Sport, as well as the Lead Physiotherapist for Paralympic UK Athletics, GB Para-Swimming and most recently as head of medical with British Wheelchair Basketball. She has also worked with England hockey, rugby, badminton cycling and athletics at Birmingham's English Institute of Sport.


Alison trained with Stott Pilates in Canada in 2002 as a Pilates instructor. Since her recent return to the clinic after a 3 year period with the English Institute of Sport as Head of Medical for the British Wheelchair Basketball programme Ali is back treating patients and teaching '1 to 1' Pilates from the clinic as well as running group Pilates in Hyde Lea.



Brett Nagata • Director & Co-Founder

MSc • MCSP • MHPC • C.A.T.(C)

Chartered Physiotherapist

Certified Athletic Therapist


A native of Toronto, Canada, Brett is a graduate of George Brown College, Mt. Allison University, Sheridan College and the MSc Rehabilitation Science programme in Glasgow. Brett has a wealth of knowledge in orthotics, athletic therapy and physiotherapy, having been involved in the medical field since 1987. He has worked with various sports teams and clinics at both the university and national levels.


Since 1998, he has been the athletic therapist/physiotherapist for the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball team, travelling with them to tournaments in North America, South America, Great Britain, Europe, Australia and the Orient. From 2010 to 2014, Brett was the lead therapist for the Mens’ Canadian Wheelchair Basketball team. He was a member of the Core Medical Team at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, 1998 Ontario Winter Games and the 2014 Invictus Games, as well as, one of a select group chosen from across Canada to be part of the Canadian Medical Team at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and 2012 London Paralympic Games. Since moving to the UK he has been lead physiotherapist for judo with the Scottish Institute of Sport and GB Boccia as well as involvement with GB Disability Archery.




Rachel Upton • Physiotherapist

BSc • PGDip • MCSP •

Chartered Physiotherapist


Rachel Upton graduated from the University of Surrey (Roehampton) with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science and went on to complete a post graduate diploma at Teesside University to become a physiotherapist in 2008. Rachel is a member of the MCSP (Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), as well as, the HPC (Health Profession Council).


She has worked in various settings, including work-based settings for the treatment and prevention of work related disorders.  Due to her keen interest in rugby, she is involved as a physiotherapist with the Rugby Football Union (Women), working with the West Midlands Divisional Squads and National Elite Squads at all age groups; the Scottish Exiles under 20’s Midland’s development squad; the Lichfield Ladies Rugby Team, as well as, the Veseyans Rugby Cub. Rachel also has ties to the English Institute of Sport, providing physiotherapy service for a variety of multi-sport disciplines. 


With such a wide range of experience, Rachel brings a variety of skills in the area of musculoskeletal conditions and sports related injuries to patients of all ages and all levels of activity. 



What our clients say...

"Whenever I have needed treatment from Alison it has always been top rate. Her competance, skill and passion in physiotheraapy have helped me on my road to achieving my sporting ambitions."

Sally Walton
GB Hockey Bronze medalists - London 2012


Movement is the breath of life
Inactivity is the kiss of death

...J.H. Cyriax