Welcome to Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinics.

From our main clinic in Truro and satellite clinic in St Mawes, we offer expert physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Our team comprises a number of different specialists so we can ensure that you are seeing the very best person for your particular needs.

We pride ourselves on delivering the very best health care in our sector and strive to ensure the whole patient experience, from booking the appointment to your treatment, to the after care provided, is as complete as possible. You can arrange an appointment by emailing us or by calling our friendly administration team. You will find all the details you need, including contact information, practitioner profiles and appointment fees, here on our comprehensive website.

     Our specialist services include:

  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries treatment and rehabilitation plans
  • Diagnostic ultrasound scans and injection service
  • Shoulder Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Foot and ankle Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Pelvic Health Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Vestibular rehabilitation and treatment for dizziness and balance disorders, including BPPV
  • Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant appointments

We look forward to helping you back to good health!


Oliver Hughes

Physiotherapist / Clinic Director

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Oliver qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. Having worked initially in the NHS, Oliver moved into Private Practice in 2006 before being recruited in 2008 as a Senior Physiotherapist with Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital. The chance for a more family orientated life led Oliver to relocate to Cornwall in 2010 and he established the business initially in St Mawes before expanding to Truro.

Oliver’s time in the North East of England saw him gain a wealth of experience in Sports Physiotherapy. Having worked with his local rugby club in a player / physio role since being an undergraduate, Oliver swapped the rugby pitch for the netball court as he became Team Physiotherapist to Team Northumbria Netball who compete in the elite level Netball Superleague. During the three seasons with Team Northumbria, Oliver also established the Sports Injury Clinic at Northumbria University and became responsible for the care of all the University’s athletes, including many involved with regional, National and Olympic teams.

Oliver’s rugby background led him to become Team Physiotherapist to the Norwegian National Rugby Team from 2007-2009. His development in the field of Sports Medicine has since been furthered by the completion of a post-graduate certificate in Sports Physiotherapy which forms the first year of a three year Masters Degree course with Bath University.

“I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a special interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation. At various stages in my career I have worked with athletes of all abilities, from recreational and amateur through to elite level and most recently Olympians who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Regardless of their level of ability, I enjoy being surrounded by people who are as enthusiastic about sport as I am.”

“My other clinical interests include the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and I am well experienced in performing the Epley manoeuvre. I am qualified at Masterclass levels 1 and 2 in treating Whiplash Injuries and I regularly see clients referred from the medico-legal system at varying stages of injury.”

Aaron Jones

Specialist Foot and Ankle Physiotherapist

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Aaron qualified from the University of Plymouth in 2009 (1st Hons), prior to this he also attained an honours degree in sport and exercise science from Luton University.

Following his first degree Aaron spent 5 years working within the fitness industry as a personal trainer and duty manager, providing services to clientele ranging from elite athletes, weekend warriors and cardiac rehab patients. It was in this environment that his interest in rehabilitation was forged, working with patients that were recovering from various sporting and orthopaedic injuries.

After graduating from Plymouth Aaron worked in various settings including diverse NHS rotations, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Plymouth Argyle FC (who at the time were in the Championship), Falmouth FC and establishing the Physiotherapy service in A&E at Treliske hospital.

Aaron’s current NHS role is the clinical lead Physiotherapist for foot and ankle services in Cornwall, contributing to the foot and ankle specialist interest group in Cornwall and the international association of foot and ankle Physiotherapists. He manages a varied caseload for the NHS but has a special interest in chronic ankle instability, Achilles tendinopathy and high end sports rehabilitation. Outside of Aaron’s NHS commitments he offers a twice weekly clinic from Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy Clinics.

“I like to practice what I preach and find that I am continuously using my rehabilitation skills on myself to keep enjoying surfing, weightlifting, snowboarding and surf boat rowing.”

Kirsty Sturgeon

Pelvic Health Specialist Physiotherapist

McKenzie trained Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Kirsty Sturgeon, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Kirsty qualified as a physiotherapist in 2000 from Brunel University in Middlesex. She has undertaken extensive further post-graduate education throughout her career including post graduate training for the management of female and male pelvic health.
Kirsty moved back to Cornwall in 2005 after working in several NHS outpatient settings in Somerset. She started to develop her interest in pelvic health in 2010. Kirsty’s current NHS role is the Clinical Lead Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist for the Community hospitals in Cornwall. She sees a varied caseload of female and male bladder and bowel dysfunction, ante-natal and post-natal conditions and provides training to other specialist physiotherapist and health professionals.
Kirsty feels very passionate about providing clients with the tools they need to look after their own health, and educating them to feel equipped and empowered to improve their quality of life. Kirsty offers bespoke physiotherapy programmes for a range of conditions including:
Pelvic Girdle Pain in pregnancy and post delivery
Rectus diastasis abdominals (tummy gap)
Bladder and bowel incontinence
Pelvic organ prolapse
Pre/post gynaecological surgery
Pre/post prostate surgery
Bowel issues
Sexual Dysfunction/ painful sex
Pelvic pain
Kirsty is one of the few physiotherapists in the county who treats female and male pelvic health issues. She offers a discrete and professional service. Her wealth of knowledge, friendly, reassuring manner enables clients to discuss intimate and embarrassing symptoms with ease and provide a tailor made management programme to each individual.

Michael Pennington

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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After graduating in 2006 from Keele University, Mike gained a wide variety of experience working in various areas of Physiotherapy including Trauma and Orthopaedics and the sporting industry with Plymouth Parkway FC and Plymouth Albion RFC. He has worked in various musculoskeletal outpatient settings for the past decade, including being a Team Lead Physiotherapist for 3 of those years.

Mike divides his working time between Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy Clinics and the NHS, where his role is a Specialist Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapist in Occupational Health, and Ergonomics Advisor. He can also offer workplace assessments and advice for companies or individuals and holds technical membership with ACPOHE.

Mike is currently studying for his Masters Degree in Advanced Professional Practice in Physiotherapy at Plymouth University. He has undertaken advanced level training in the assessment of runners and associated injuries. In April 2022, Mike is part of the medical team for the upcoming ‘Dallaglio Cycle Slam’.

Mike is a qualified acupuncturist and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

Kate Hughes

Practice Manager / Clinic Director

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Kate completed a BSc (Hons) in Urban Property Surveying at Northumbria University in 1999 and spent the next 4 years with Keith Pattinson Estate Agents as a Branch Manager of Residential Sales and Lettings.

In 2003 an opportunity arose with the University to move into a customer liaison role and Kate was recruited as a Reception Manager for the reception and information points across the University’s 3 campuses. Kate remained with the University for the next 7 years enjoying the variety of opportunities for training and career development that the University offered, gaining experience in Customer Services, Website Management and Finance and Purchasing.

Kate’s role as Practice Manager encompasses the mass of administration that goes with running a busy practice and she is the familiar, friendly face to so many of our loyal clientele. Kate and Oliver have three young children and when not in the practice Kate can be found enjoying the beautiful Cornish beaches with the demanding little ones!

Annie Rae

Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Physiotherapist

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Annie Rae MCSP MSOMM AACP Graduate Diploma Physiotherapy, Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice, Diploma Injection Therapy
Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Physiotherapist, Member of British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
Annie qualified in 1991 from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. She has undertaken extensive further post-graduate education throughout her career, including the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine Membership Exam, MSc Modules in both Advanced Clinical Practice and the Theory & Practice of Injection Therapy as well as numerous other specialist out-patient physiotherapy courses. She has been qualified in the use of Acupuncture treatment since 1998.
Annie moved to Truro in 2000. She joined the team at Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy Clinics in April 2016. She remains dedicated to her NHS roles and runs weekly clinics alongside Mr Sean Dixon, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, having secured a position as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in the shoulder surgical team for the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust in 2010. As part of her elective surgical role she also manages the shoulder instability fracture clinic pathway and is currently the local PI for a multi-centre randomised control trial entitled ARTISAN which is looking at rehabilitation following a traumatic shoulder dislocation.
Annie has previously been a lead clinician within the MSK shoulder service for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She left this position in October 2019 to deliver a new service as a First Contact Practitioner within a local GP surgery.
Annie is the founder and chair of the Cornwall Shoulder Specialist Interest Group and continues to lead regularly on county wide training for both her physiotherapy and GP colleagues. Annie has always been passionate and dedicated regarding the quality of physiotherapy care provided and has a highly regarded local reputation for her standard of care.

Rowena Beckly

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


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Rowena qualified as a Physiotherapist from Addenbrookes’s Hospital, Cambridge in 1992. Her early clinical experience was gained at Charing Cross Hospital in London. She then moved to the Royal Free Hospital in London and specialised in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physio eventually taking a position as a Senior Physiotherapist with an extended scope of practice in Rheumatology. In 2000 she took a post in Oxford managing their outpatient MSK service and during this time also provided MSK physiotherapy to the Oxford Rowing team.

She has maintained an active involvement in postgraduate education and has also delivered undergraduate teaching in the past whilst in Oxford. Having grown up in Cornwall, Rowena moved back with her family in 2009. Since her return to Cornwall, she has worked as an MSK Physio within GP practices. During this time, she has continued to develop her portfolio of skills. In 2012 she qualified as an acupuncturist and then went on to take a Masters module in Joint Injection therapy from Plymouth University in 2021. She has recently worked as a First Contact Practitioner for the Coastal Primary Care Network.

Rowena has a wealth of experience and has developed a diverse skillset over her career which has enabled her to manage a broad variety of MSK problems. She is committed to providing an effective, high quality and holistic Physiotherapy service for her patients.

Dr Nigel Rayner

Sports Medicine Doctor

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Nigel did his medical training in Leicester, qualifying in 1990. He then moved to Cornwall in 1991 where he did his GP post graduate training. Nigel was a GP partner at Newquay Health Centre until April 2016 when he left to pursue a full time career in Sports and Exercise Medicine. He set up the Musculoskeletal Interface Service in Cornwall in 2009 and continues to work in this service. Nigel has a number of roles in the sporting world. He is the Cornish Pirates Team Doctor and has held that role since 2011. He is currently employed by the Welsh Football Association looking after their Women’s teams. Nigel also works with GB Mens Hockey and in the past has spent 12 months working for England Rugby looking after their age group pathway. Nigel also covers the Southwest Regional BMX race series.

Mr Russell Hawkins

Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon

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Mr Russell Hawkins
Consultant Surgeon in Trauma & Orthopaedics
Specialist Interest in Children’s Orthopaedics
BSc, MBBS, MRCS (England), FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)
After qualifying as a doctor at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals, Russell went on to complete his higher surgical training at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore, London. Working in the specialist unit there inspired a keen interest in Children’s Orthopaedics. A subsequent fellowship in young adult hip surgery including many aspects of paediatric orthopaedic surgery such as hip dysplasia, Perthes disease and slipped epiphysis gave further experience. He then secured 2 overseas fellowships in New Zealand; the first was a 12 month trauma fellowship at Auckland City Hospital and the world renowned Starship Children’s Hospital. The second year was spent in Auckland’s North Shore Hospital where the focus was adult hip and knee replacement surgery.
Relevant academic work includes publication of several book chapters including The EFORT Textbook (European Surgical Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Paediatric Pelvic and hip Trauma) and The Stanmore Operative Guide (Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery). He has also presented at international orthopaedic conferences and has published several papers. These experiences prepared him for life as a Consultant with a mixed paediatric and adult practice at The Royal Cornwall NHS Trust where he is the clinical lead for Children’s Orthopaedics since 2012. Russell’s paediatric practice in Cornwall is broad, encompassing assessment of normal variants, childhood hip, knee and foot conditions, deformity, sports injuries and trauma. He has forged good links with similar colleagues at Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol Children’s Hospital and is also part of the wider paediatric orthopaedic community through his membership with BSCOS (The British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Society).
Currently, Russell is involved with optimising Paediatric Orthopaedics in Cornwall through the national GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) Project set out by NHS England. He is also Principle Investigator in Cornwall for several national paediatric and adult research projects (BOSS, WHITE-8, NINJA, SCIENCE) and hopefully more to follow (CRAFFT, WHITE-11).   


“We are pleased to advise you that we are seeing clients face to face and our clinic reception and waiting room has now reopened. We no longer routinely wear face masks and we operate a patient choice approach on this matter. If you wish to wear a facemask and would like your practitioner to wear one as well, we would be very happy to do so. It is important to us that our clients feel comfortable in our clinic environment. We continue to offer virtual consultations via videocalls with Skype or Zoom, or telephone consultations. Virtual consultations remain an effective way to diagnose many problems and we can email you an exercise programme to follow.”


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