About Us

Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre, (formerly known as Sudbury Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic), has been based within Sudbury town centre since 2001. The practice is a partnership between Leon and Nicola Stephens.

All of our physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professions Council and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The Partners

LEON - PhysiotherapistLeon Stephens

BSc (hons), MCSP

A qualified physiotherapist since 1996, Leon has an extensive background in sports and dance injuries. As well as working for the armed forces he has dealt with some of the UK’s foremost football, rugby and dance stars. Leon is also a Clinical Pilates trainer, lectures physiotherapy at pre and post-graduate level and has a special interest in hypermobility and growth related problems. Leon also offers acupuncture for pain relief in the treatment of many conditions including chronic pain and headaches.

Nicola-1Nicola Stephens


Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. She initially worked for the NHS in Leeds, West Yorkshire specialising in musculoskeletal and rheumatology physiotherapy, before opening Performers Physiotherapy in 2003, which is based within Performers College, one of the country’s leading performing arts colleges.

Nicola gained her MACP qualification in 2005 & her MSc in 2011 and has developed her role as a dance injury specialist. As well as being an experienced physiotherapist, Nicola is involved in research and is a sought after lecturer on the international performing arts circuit on dancer / musical theatre performer health and around the UK. She presented her own research at the IADMS conference in Singapore in 2012 and has further projects ongoing. She has also maintained her long held interests in Rheumatology, which has been invaluable in her work in private practice

Nicola is also a free-lance lecturer in undergraduate physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates and dance medicine.

Nicola Joined Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre as a managing partner in April 2014

Associate Physiotherapy Practitioners

halcyonHalcyon Mandelstam

Grad Dip Phys, MCSP

As well as being a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Halcyon is our Neurological Rehabilitation Physiotherapist.

Halcyon qualified in 1986. Her long standing interest in rehabilitation for older adults including neurology (stroke, Parkinson’s disease, MS), led to NHS community and hospital based work in London and Suffolk. She completed a postgraduate diploma in Research Methods in 1997 at King’s College London, and has participated in published research concerning older people who have fallen, (Clinical rehabilitation,1995).

Recent experience includes treatment of fall related injuries, chronic muscle and joint problems, dizziness and balance problems from inner ear disorders, assessing and advising on physical fitness for independent living in later life, adapting treatment for patients with dementia, working with carers in keeping older people and those with complex disabilities active.

Associate Therapists

As well as physiotherapy services, Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre also offers a range of Complementary Therapies and a counselling service – please take a look at our Complementary Therapies, Counselling and Pilates pages for more details.

Mugshot - WebsitePaul Donnelly

MChS, BSc(Hons)

Paul Donnelly is a Podiatrist specialising in lower limb biomechanics. He is registered with the Health Professionals Council, the professional regulatory board of all therapists as well as a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2010 Paul is now the clinical manager for the Foot Function Centre in Great Blakenham. This has provided the perfect opportunity to treat a wide variety of patients and has allowed Paul to have the privilege of working alongside many professional bodies in sport including British Athletics, England Rugby and various other elite level professionals in Football and Cricket and in other sports. Paul also works regularly with the British and American Armed Forces providing biomechanical examinations and orthotic and footwear modifications.

Kat Marks 2Kat Marks – Sports Therapy, Pilates & Sports Massage

BSc (hons)

Kat qualified from the University of Central Lancashire in 2010 in BSc Hons Sports Therapy. She has since worked within private clinics and on a self-employed basis treating both sports injuries and posture related pain. She has extensive knowledge of running injuries and has worked closely with the running community in regards to training plans, overuse injuries and marathon preparation & recovery. Kat is very experienced in Sports Massage and Myofascial release techniques in order to treat injuries and pain or maintain form.

In addition Kat is a Mat Pilates instructor, Personal Trainer and GP Referral Instructor, skills which she utilises regularly.

Mark 200 custom (185x200)Dr. Mark E.W. Chambers

MRCGP, GP,GP Trainer, NLP Master Practitioner and Licensed Trainer of the Society of Neuro-linguistic Programming, Diploma in Medical Hypnosis.

Mark has been a GP in Suffolk since 1985. He started to study Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in 1994 when he became involved with training new GPs. Initially he used NLP techniques to teach communication skills and rapport building. Mark quickly realised that an ability to apply the skills of NLP is useful in striving for excellence in any area.

Mark trained with Dr.Richard Bandler, the co-founder of NLP, and several other expert NLP trainers. One of the experts being Paul McKenna, who has had the success of these techniques demonstrated many times on British television. In addition, Mark trained with John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St.Clair in NLP modelling skills. Mark has also successfully studied and applied Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

Emma Jamieson


Emma is a registered nutritional therapist specialising in gut health. She studied for four years at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a member of British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Using the Functional Medicine approach, consultations typically take place over three months, allowing time in between each to implement any agreed changes. Emma adopts a ‘food first’ approach to nutritional therapy, preferring to harness the power of food rather than relying on supplements, and looks to build solid foundations and create a positive attitude towards food and diet that will support your health in the long term.

robirosaDiego Robirosa

Diego Robirosa qualified as a Shiatsu Practitioner in 2007 and is a member of The Shiatsu Society.  He works in London at Whipps Cross Hospital giving Shiatsu to people with cancer, palliative care and end of life. He also runs clinics in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury.

Diego teaches Tai Chi and Qigong in Sudbury and runs regular workshops in Ipswich for people suffering with MS and in Cambridge for people recovering from cancer treatment.

He is a firm believer in Eastern disciplines and  works helping people to become more aware of their energy (Chi) as a path towards a healthier and more enjoyable life.

Elis Merton


After leaving school to study Personal Training and Business Management in London and Essex, Elis went on to start her own business in 2012. With a passion for helping others as well as learning, she furthered her knowledge about the human body and qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2014. Elis now has over two years of experience treating a variety of clients, from a local rugby team, body builders and running teams to those suffering from chronic migraine, as well as many office workers with all manner of aches and pains.