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Our Story

In the beginning…

The practice was started by Principal Physiotherapist Paul Hattam who converted some space at home into a treatment room and started seeing patients in early 1993. Whilst the start was humble, the practice enjoyed a growing reputation among patients and GPs which, in turn, led to the growth of the team and expansion of the services we were able to offer. The working environment also needed to evolve – culminating in the restoration of the Grade II listed building the practice now occupies. Paul explains, “I think in the early days of the practice we had a good idea of what we wanted it to look like and, bit by bit, we have managed to piece together what we have now.

After Paul and his wife Alison had taken the plunge to set up the practice from their family home in Ecclesall, steady growth required them to find additional space and the practice moved into a shared building 3 years later. The move to Taptonville House in Broomhill, in which the space was shared with a busy dental practice, doubled the capacity of the practice and allowed us to start developing a team of clinicians that could meet the increasing demand for services and, ultimately, enable the practice to help more people.


Coming home…

After 10 years of sharing a building, it was time to find our own space. Despite the best efforts of professional agents to locate a suitable site, it was one of our patients (aged 84) who dropped the details off during an appointment about her painful knee – we’ll always be thankful to Jessie! Since moving to 1 Beech Hill Road in 2008, we have been patiently restoring the building which (let’s be honest) was in a bit of state when we moved in! We have now completed the transformation, both inside and out, into the welcoming space we now enjoy and are proud to have assembled a team of people who are enthusiastic about delivering ‘gold standard’ care for every patient.​


Taking it forwards…

There is only so much you can do, right? Our continued growth in recent years is in no small part due to the arrival of Johnny Cassidy who became Clinical Director in 2015. Johnny has been responsible for developing the services and clinical expertise within the practice and has an integral role in strategic development and implementation. Paul & Johnny work hard behind the scenes to continually develop the practice and ensure we are providing the excellent care we set out to do all those years ago.