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.

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!

Tom Green

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist & Musculoskeletal Sonographer
BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC

Tom joined the practice in 2014 after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire 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 Clinical Lead at the practice and oversees our team of Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists whilst also being part of the management team and 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. In 2019, he also completed his Postgraduate Certificate, a Masters-level qualification, in Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound scanning and is now dual-qualified as a Sonographer as well as a Physiotherapist. He now leads our diagnostic services within the clinic.

He plans on completing his Advanced Practitioner training within the next couple of years by adding non-medical prescribing and guided injections to his skillset.

Aby Tobin

Senior Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) HCPC MCSP

Aby qualified as a Physiotherapist from University of Birmingham in 2015. She is a Women’s Health specialist, treating pain and dysfunction relating to the pelvic area. She is a qualified Mummy MOT practitioner, giving support to women throughout their pre/post natal journey. With her background in sports medicine, and a keen athlete herself, she is passionate about enabling all women to achieve a full and active life. She is currently expecting her 2nd baby and is on maternity leave, but will be back in the new year.

Aimee Katerzis

Physiotherapist
BSc HCPC MCSP

After gaining a Sports and Exercise Science degree at Chester University in 2016, Aimee then continued her studies at Manchester Metropolitan achieving a masters in Physiotherapy in 2019.  Soon after qualifying, she worked at her local NHS trust with orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation teams for a year before starting at the MV clinic! Since joining the clinic, she has participated in various training sessions with Tom (our clinical lead) and Mike.

If she’s not planning her next holiday with her family and friends, she’s binge watching TV series with her dog, Nala!

Harriet Austin

Physiotherapist
BSc HCPC MCSP

Harriet completed her Physiotherapy undergraduate degree from Brunel University in 2019. She started her career in the NHS completing her junior rotations as well as Covid-19 rehabilitation before joining the team in July 2021. She is a full member of the Health Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Harriet has a background as a sportswoman herself playing rugby for Saracens Women in the premiership and representing England Under-20s as well as playing netball to a regional standard. This has led her to pursue interests in paediatric and adolescent sports injuries and plans on taking relevant postgraduate courses in this area.

Samuel Siequien

Physiotherapist
BSc(Hons) MCSP HCPC

Sam completed his Physiotherapy Masters from University of Brighton in 2020, having previously completed an undergraduate degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2016. During his undergraduate degree Sam spent a year completing an internship with a professional rugby club in Perth, Australia, working with their medical team, gaining experience in a wide range of sports injuries.

Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist he specialised in musculoskeletal conditions, working with a mixture of NHS and private patients. He is a full member of the Health Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

His area of interest is in Sports injury and rehabilitation. Prior to completing his masters, Sam worked for Barnet Football Club with their youth academy and has also worked with age group representative rugby teams whilst in Australia.

Sam has an active background, having previously played cricket, tennis, rugby and completed various long distance bike rides in Europe. He is also a keen skier and enjoys both winter and summer sports.

Ausrine Dapnyte

Sports Therapist
BSc (Hons)

Ausrine has completed her BSc Sports Therapy degree at the University of Essex in 2019 graduating with a First-class Honours degree. During her studies she has also qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and gained experience in personalised exercise prescription, with special interest in resistance and strength training programmes for overall wellbeing.

After graduating, she continued her professional development as a fully insured member of Society of Sports Therapists while working with a semi-professional rugby team treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries in a challenging and high paced environment before joining the team at Mike Varney Physiotherapy.

Ausrine is passionate about helping people effectively recover from injuries and return to sport and valued physical activities stronger and happier than before. She continues to develop further knowledge in personal interest areas such as Sports Nutrition and Pregnancy Care, learning from industry experts to offer professional advice and help improve quality of life.

Reception & Admin Team

Lauren Deards

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.

Cheryl works alongside Lauren and Karen on our busy reception desk, assisting patients, therapists, and management. Cheryl also is a busy mum and wife, and during her spare time enjoys eating out, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

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.

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


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