After completing her training in Edinburgh in 2001, Joanna commenced her physiotherapy career working for the NHS in Oxford. She gained a broad foundation by working in neurological rehabilitation, mental health and oncology before then moving to Australia for 10 years.
Joanna Carp has been working as a physiotherapist for more than 17 years and is committed to continuing to learn and develop her skills to get the best possible results. She loves helping people to move better and feel better, through hands-on treatment, advice and education on how to manage injuries or musculoskeletal issues and by providing exercises and other techniques for long-term recovery.
Meet The Team
Catherine Salter - Physiotherapist
Catherine qualified as a physiotherapist from Brunel University, London in 1999, and initially completed her rotations at Stoke Mandeville hospital including the national spinal injuries unit and regional burns and plastics unit.
Since 2002 she has worked solely in the musculoskeletal field, initially within the NHS, but for the last 16 years in private practice in Central and West London. Catherine moved to Wiltshire in 2019, joining the Physiojo team in September 2020.
She has completed post graduate studies in Perth, Australia, with the MACP in the UK and has been teaching clinical Pilates (APPI) for the last five years, both for small groups and 1:1.
With her history as a gymnast and her keen interest in many sports (with a PE teaching husband and two sports mad boys), she enjoys the challenge of rehabilitating people to reach their full potential, with a combination of manual therapy and tailored exercise programmes. She is also currently completing a strength and conditioning course to enhance her rehabilitation skills and is looking forward to the future of physio and Pilates at Physiojo.
Jessica Craven-Francis - Physiotherapist
Jessica is a Chartered Physiotherapist, Western Medical Acupuncturist and Pilates Instructor.
She has always loved sport and through her own injuries as a teen, became interested in sports injuries. At college gained her first qualification in sports massage then left Bath for Cheltenham to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire.
After completing this, she moved to London and pursued a career in events and marketing in professional sports, working at Harlequins and Lords Cricket Ground.
After a few years in London, then working as a Pilates instructor for a few years, she moved to Eastbourne and studied to be a Physiotherapist at the University of Brighton.
After graduating, Jessica came home to Bath and went straight into the NHS working across many disciplines including rheumatology, community, various wards and MSK. From Bath she moved to Swindon in MSK and orthopaedics at BMI Wroughton, before coming back to the NHS and working with Somerset Partnership and then Wiltshire Health and Care in the MSK departments.
Jessica has always tried to keep her ties within sport and still occasionally works with Southampton FC Academy in Bath.
Jessica has a broad knowledge and skill set but her special interests are in teaching Pilates, sports injuries in the young and helping new mums get back into fitness following birth. She understands the frustration of injury after suffering a serious spinal injury herself a few years ago and having to rehab over nine months.
Katie Campbell - Sports Therapist
Katie is a Sports Therapist, having graduated with a First-Class Honours degree from The University of Bath. Katie has had several years of experience in treating a range of sporting injuries, offering pitch-side assistance and event support for a variety of sports in and around Wiltshire, including Chippenham, Westbury and Bath.
Treating and supporting GB athletes and premier rugby players has been very rewarding, whether the aim has been to get through the last game of the season or training towards the pinnacle of their career.
Through her time in private practice, Katie developed an interest in chronic pain, this led to the completion of a post graduate certificate in Strength and Conditioning, with the University of Gloucestershire. Katie particularly enjoys assessing and improving movement patterns to benefit the client, which has been seen to reduce chronic pain and irritability to the tissues. She has a particular interest in treating Tri-athletes, swimmers and strong wo/man competitors, breaking down the movement biomechanics can increase skill, strength and performance.
Along with massage and other hands-on therapeutic techniques, Katie uses her knowledge in gait analysis, advanced stretching, dry cupping and needling to treat her patients. As a past sufferer of migraines and chronic back pain, Katie also offers craniosacral therapy which has been of benefit to clients who prefer a gentler approach to treatment for back pain and headaches.
Lesley Parsons - Massage Therapist, Reflexologist and Aromatherapist
Lesley Parsons has worked as a complementary therapist for 30 years, first qualifying as a Level 3 Beauty and Massage Therapist in 1991. Over the next 5 years she qualified in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage, all of which at that time were little known therapies.
Lesley set about educating people in these therapies by introducing self help short courses in and around Wiltshire. In time Lesley took on more qualifications:
Advanced Massage Techniques for deep and connective tissue conditions
Touch for Health
Aromacosmetology for skin care and essential oil chemical formulations
She has also studied Nutrition and many other topics to support her work.
Lesley started her own clinic at Total Toning in Trowbridge and was the first Reflexologist to work at Center Parcs. In 1996 she also started teaching part time Diploma courses and topics on the full time Beauty courses at the local colleges in Trowbridge, Bath and Norton Radstock. She also worked for an essential oil company and for them, taught Aromatherapy in Taiwan. She now runs her own School – Mendip School of Mind and Body Work which is a continuation of the School she taught from in Midsomer Norton, which closed in 2018.
Lesley joined Physiojo in 2017, connecting again with many of her original clients and enjoys helping people on their healing journey.
“For me complementary therapy is about educating people in Holistic care, choosing the right therapy to activate body systems, release tension, stimulate the mind and support spiritual outlook – informing, mentoring and caring to bring about positive change”.
Experience & Training
Whilst in Australia, Joanna worked in a private hospital overlooking Sydney Harbour for 6 years, culminating in the post of Physiotherapist-in-Charge; managing the Physiotherapy and Allied Health department. Joanna then moved out of Sydney and spent the remaining 4 years working as a musculoskeletal and rehabilitation physiotherapist in private practice. This is where Jo really found the type of work she loved, helping people with a variety of musculoskeletal issues to get better. At this stage, Jo worked closely with orthopaedic surgeons, treating lots of patients following spinal (neck and lower back), hip, knee and shoulder surgery.
Joanna joined Total Rehab Solutions in early 2013, before setting up in her own private practice in October 2017. Joanna has a passion for helping people to feel better, function better and to enable them to achieve the things that are important to them and their lifestyle.
Joanna is qualified in Clinical Pilates and has extensive experience in the management of sport injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, lower back pain and persistent pain issues. She has a particular interest in treating runners and supports Dorothy House and the Lewis Moody Foundation each year at the Bath Half Marathon, providing post-race massage for charity runners.
For 2 years, Joanna provided pitch side First Aid for the first team at Bradford on Avon Rugby Club, followed by one year at Trowbridge Rugby Club. Joanna is now a keen member of Avon Valley Runners. In her spare time, Joanna is a supporter of Bath Rugby Club, enjoys Strength & Conditioning training, running and spending time with her two dogs.
BA (Sports Science)