Please find below a brief bio prepared for you, by each of our staff members.

All of our Physio and Sports Therapists have degree level qualifications and partake in continuous training to treat any injury you may be suffering from. All are acupuncture/dry needling qualified, all are trained in shockwave therapy and all are able to ensure you receive the best treatment available.

Mike Varney

Director & Founder
MCSP HCPC DIP Rg & RT AACP

Mike qualified as a Remedial Gymnast in 1972 whilst serving in the Army. He subsequently became a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Healthcare Professions Council.

Since qualifying, Mike has enjoyed an illustrious career as a Physiotherapist for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 1975-1986. He also became consultant Physiotherapist to Queens Park Rangers Football Club in 1988-1990.

In addition, he has founded several physiotherapy clinics, worked in the corporate world and the film industry.

Having had a clinic in the original sports centre, Mike took the suite of rooms in the Harlow Leisurezone when it first opened, and it is now known as the Mike Varney Therapy Suite. The clinic is now recognised as one of the finest in Essex.

Sarah Varney

Director
MFHT

Sarah works behind the scenes to ensure that all areas of administration continue to run smoothly. She works closely with Louise Pask, Practice Manager to enable the Harlow practice to continue to develop. Her previous experience of administration within a private hospital gave her the knowledge to introduce ‘best practice’ to the clinic. She is qualified as a Massage Therapist and a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Sarah also runs the expanding Puckeridge Clinic.

Tom Green

Physiotherapy Manager
BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC

Tom joined the practice after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and is a full member of both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Healthcare Professions Council. Tom is our Physiotherapy Manager at the clinic and oversees our team of Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists, as well as managing his own busy caseload of patients.

Having chosen to specialise in musculoskeletal injuries, Tom has undertaken various postgraduate courses based in this field including acupuncture and sports trauma. He has also developed a special interest in headache and migraine and has led our treatment in this with the clinic becoming a specialist headache and migraine centre in 2016.

He is now in the middle of completing his Masters degree based in Diagnostic Ultrasound scanning and Ultrasound-guided injections, with a view to becoming an Extended Scope Physiotherapist.

Louise Pask

Practice Manager

Louise worked in the city for many years until joining the practice in 2013.

She has been a vital component in the growth and success of the business and enjoys a close working relationship with Sarah Varney.

Louise has been responsible for introducing new ideas following a period of study with Australian physiotherapy guru, Paul Wright. He has developed a business involving eight practices in Sydney, Australia.

Louise is very driven and has similar ambitions for Mike Varney Physiotherapy!

Aby Tobin

Senior Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) HCPC MCSP

Aby qualified as a Physiotherapist from University of Birmingham in 2015. She has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, starting in the NHS and then moving into private practice. She is a full member of the Health Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. Her particular area of interest is Sports Medicine. She qualified in Advanced Sports Trauma Medicine, whilst working with Bishops Stortford Rugby Club. She has also worked with young talented athletes at Herts Phoenix Athletic Club, where she is also Chair of the Club. She trained in long sprints and triple jump for twelve years, competing at National level.

Lauren Parsons

Senior Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) HCPC MSCP

Lauren qualified as a Physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015. She is a full member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Lauren completed her junior rotations in the NHS in areas of community rehab, musculoskeletal and inpatient elderly rehab before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has also organised and lead separate osteoarthritis lower limb and shoulder rehabilitation groups alongside clinics.

She has experience working with pre and post-operative patients with facilitating discharge from a hospital setting, neurological conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. She has a keen interest in fitness and enjoys running, snowboarding, surfing and equestrian sports.

She is keen to further her professional development with Mike Varney Physiotherapy and will be completing her acupuncture course within upcoming months.

Kyrah Fraser

Senior Sports Therapist
MSc Sports Therapy, BSc (Med)(Hons) Exercise Science (Biokinetics), BA (Human Movement Science), BASI Pilates Instructor, MSST

Born and raised in South Africa, Kyrah spent most of her childhood on the sports field or in the swimming pool so it was only natural for her to pursue a career in the sports industry. Kyrah completed a human movement sciences undergraduate degree and went on to specialise in exercise science and biokinetics at the University of Cape Town and well-known Sport Science Institute.

Kyrah has excellent experience working in private practice treating pre- and post-surgical orthopaedic patients, sports injuries, neurological conditions and chronic disease. In 2017, Kyrah relocated to London and most recently completed a Masters degree in Sports Therapy and an international certificate in BASI Pilates instruction.

Kyrah has a personal and professional interest in long-distance running, water sports and hockey.

Lucas Taylor

Graduate Sports Therapist
MSc Sports Therapist, BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Physiology, Level 3 Active IQ Personal Trainer, MSST

Lucas is an MSc Sports Therapist from Manchester. He also holds a BSc in Sports Science and Physiology with additional qualifications in Kinesiology taping, dry needling and trauma in sport. He regularly helps with the England Amputee National football team during their training camps and has previously worked with professional sports teams such as Sheffield United Football Club, Bradford City Football Club and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby. Additionally to his two degrees, Lucas is a qualified Personal Trainer and has a passion for fitness.

His hobbies primarily involve socialising and keeping active with a lot of time spent in the gym. In the clinic he particularly enjoys working with neck and shoulder pain.

Jennifer Wilson

Graduate Sports Therapist
BSc (Hons)(SW), MSST, PRA in Personal and Professional Skills Development LCGI

Jenie joined the practice in 2017 after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a First Class BSc (Hons)(SW) in Sports Therapy. She is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists and has undertaken courses in Kinesio Taping and Dry Needling.

Prior to joining Mike Varney Physiotherapy, Jenie has worked with elite athletes at Bristol City Football Club Academy. She has also furthered her knowledge and skills by spending time working at several private clinics and has provided hands on treatments at various sporting events.

Customer Reviews


  • Right from the beginning, in diagnosing my issue, identifying the problems, the physios played a fantastic role in easing my tennis elbow pain. The recommendations made by Annabel helped me to undergo the right MRI scan and injection, in reducing my forearm and elbow pain. The support, guidance, treatments given by Annabel was tremendous and played a vital role in my pain reduction and was very satisfying.–JC, Harlow

  • After having treatment with Mike for an ACL rupture, he has got me back in to the gym and playing football again! Fantastic treatment, advice and communication whilst I was going back and forth to Uni.–S Hayes


  • I have been a patient at the clinic for many years with various football injuries. The results have been excellent and Mike’s knowledge of medical treatments is very impressive. He has kept me playing!–GP, Harlow


  • I would like to thank you for your excellent care. I saw a Physiotherapist today who was extremely helpful, professional, kind and i already have some relief from pain. I am am very impressed by the practice, the receptionists are welcoming and efficient. I will recommend to all my friends and colleagues.–F.H. -Harlow


  • Mike Varney helped me overcome an acute back problem. My sciatica was so painful I needed a stick to walk. Within six sessions my pain had disappeared. –A.P.


  • I attended Mike’s clinic with a knee problem. He examined me thoroughly and advised me I may have a torn cartilage and physiotherapy would not cure it. He gave me exercises and wrote to my GP. I have since had the cartilage removed and returned to Mike for further treatment and I am now playing sport again.–D.B. ,Harlow


Reception & Admin Team

Lauren Adams

Reception Team Leader

Lauren has been a receptionist at Mike Varney Physiotherapy since August 2016, following working for a leading charity in The City of London. Lauren is a friendly, popular team member, who has taken on more responsibility recently including managing the credit control and charity fundraising at the clinic. In her spare time Lauren enjoys cooking, snorkelling and learning to indoor skydive!

Cheryl Burd

Receptionist

Cheryl has been working as a receptionist at Mike Varney Physiotherapy since January 2018. She has become an essential member of the reception team. Cheryl has a great rapport with patients and has a friendly and approachable demeanour, making her easy to talk to for both patients and staff. She has great attention to detail and a strong work ethic, which makes her such a strong part of our team.

Working on a part-time basis alongside Lauren and Poppy, our reception desk is manned by the team for over 55 hours a week.

Cheryl is a busy mum and wife, and during her spare time enjoys eating out, fitness classes and travelling.

Karen Scudder

Receptionist

Karen is our newest receptionist and she has settled into the team really well. She is a very happy and friendly staff member and is always willing to help out in any way she can.

Karen enjoys baking and decorating celebrations cakes and is brilliant at it! She likes to spend time with her three little girls and enjoys a quiet night on the sofa in front of the TV.