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Jonathon-Ward-PhysiotherapistsmlJonathon Ward BSc (HONS) Phys, MCSP, SRP, Pg Cert Manual Ther, Pg Dip Manip Ther, mSTO, mBMAS
Head Physiotherapist & Massage Specialist


After studying at the University of Ulster for his batchelors degree in physiotherapy, Jonathon gained experience in South Africa, USA and the UK. He began his career working in both the national health services of South Africa and the UK were he began specialising in the field of musculoskeletal. Jonathon has since, worked in the private health sector over the last 9 years.

Throughout his career, Jonathon has worked alongside an assortment of sports teams specialising in a variety of sports injury rehabilitation programmes. He also took a core stability class for 2 years which focused on strengthening the back and providing postural correction.


He has completed various post grad musculoskeletal courses, one of the most notable being a Post Cert certificate in Manual Therapy from Glasgow Caledonian. This is part of the MACP which is an elite organization of physiotherapists that ensures the highest standard of excellence in the treatment of muscle, joint and nerve problems. In fact only a very small percentage of Chartered Physiotherapist in the UK hold this qualification. He most recently has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Manipulative Therapy allowing him to specialise in advanced manipulative techniques across the body.


Jonathon takes a keen interest in manual therapy, dry needling, electrotherapy, core stability, ergonomics, biomechanics and kinesiology testing.Most recently he has undertaken training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and with now having an Ultrasound scanner at the clinic helps making diagnosis of certain conditions even more precise. Throughout the years he has membership with the OCPPP (Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practise), aMACP, STO (Sports Therapy Organisation) ACPOHE (Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health & Ergonomics) and BMAS (Bristish Medical Acupuncture Society). He aims to provide an individualised treatment based on an holistic approach for the optimal results of each patient.




Mattmatthew Sinclair 
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, HCPC, MCSP.


Following his completion of the BSc Physiotherapy degree at the University of Liverpool, Matthew decided to return to his home in Northern Ireland to practise as a Physiotherapist.


During his time at university, Matthew had the opportunity to work with elite athletes at the professional Rugby League club Widnes Vikings. This was in edition to much experience within a range of areas in the NHS. However, musculoskeletal physiotherapy is the area which Matthew has chose to specialise in.


Matthew is also a qualified personal trainer, and since graduating, he has worked in a Belfast-based gym, providing the highest quality training to those of all backgrounds; regardless of their training goals or abilities. He has also provided physiotherapy care at Malone Rugby Club, helping players with pre-match taping, as well as massage and injury advice. Additionally, Matthew is qualified to perform dry needling.


Matt likes to add his advanced knowledge of strength, condition training and nutrition into formulating his physiotherapy rehabilitation programmes and treatment.


Outside of Physiotherapy, Matthew is a keen sportsman himself, having played rugby to a high level in the past. Fishing, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family are also things that Matt enjoys doing in his spare time.



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Mark Penn

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, HCPC, MSCP


Since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2012 Mark has gained over 5 years experience in busy private practices both in England and Northern Ireland.


Throughout his Career Mark has also worked alongside a variety of sports teams, most notably when in Australia he spent time with a professional rugby league team St George Illawaras.  Mark has continued to develop his skills through numerous post graduate training courses. His passion for a hands on approach led him to undertake a Level 5 diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage at the North London School of Sports Massage.



He is able to offer Acupuncture and Dry Needling and is accredited by the AACP. Mark’s skill set enables him to utilize different treatment techniques to aid the assessment, treatment and diagnosis of conditions, irrelevant if they have been caused by a sporting activity or by postural and occupational origins.



Mark’s area of expertise is in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a special interest in Manual Therapy and the treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction.



He is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).




JacinthaJacintha McGahan
BSc (Hons), MCSP, Women’s Health & Pilates Instructor


I achieved my BSc Hons Physiotherapy 2008 from The University of Ulster. I am registered with HCPC and I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.



My physiotherapy career began working as a rotational Band 5 for the Southland District Health Board in New Zealand from the period March 2009- March 2010. During this time I completed clinical rotations in musculoskeletal outpatients including hydrotherapy, medical and surgical wards including HDU, Paediatric ward including maternity wards, and domiciliary. During my time in New Zealand I acted as a physiotherapist for ‘Marist’ Rugby team.



On my return from New Zealand I obtained a rotational post within the SHSCT 2010. Within this post I completed rotations in Community Adult Learning Disability, domiciliary, Lurgan Day Hospital, Armagh musculoskeletal out-patients, Craigavon Area Hospital medical & surgical wards & ICU, including on-call duties.


In October 2011 I obtained a senior physiotherapy post within SHSCT and have worked in elderly care & stroke rehabilitation, Day Hospital and Community COPD Teams in Armagh & Newry, which included running Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes. Additionally I have worked in Daisy Hill Hospital acute, maternity and rehabilitation wards and MSK outpatients. I have worked Lurgan Hospital Stroke unit and rehabilitation wards.


Maintaining my Professional Development has been vital to allow me to develop and learn new skills, I have attended numerous postgraduate courses including:


  • Mulligan A and B
  • Foundation Hydrotherpy
  • Problem Solving approach to Respiratory Care
  • RoSPA Older People Safety in the Home
  • Injuries of the Ankle, Hip & Groin courses
  • Treatment of Trigger points & Musculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Mulligan Concept course Parts A & B
  • Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Module B
  • Bobath Introductory modules A, B & C
  • Examination and treatment of the Thoracic spine and rib cage.


I am now looking forward to working as part of the Active Therapy Clinic team.




Simon Collins BSc (Hons) Podiatry  HPC Registered Podiatrist/ Chiropodistimage


Simon studied at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and has also worked within the NHS.  His last 4 years have been spent working in the private sector.
Simon loves all area’s of podiatry but has a special interest in bio mechanics (insoles) and nail surgery.


Simon joined the team here at Active Therapy in November 2015.  “They have made me very welcome and I am enjoying my time here as I can work closely along side the Physiotherapists to ensure the best outcome for patients, I strive for clinical excellence in a welcoming friendly atmosphere”





Sharon_Ward_Clinic_ManagersmlSharon Ward BA (HONS) HRM & Marketing, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Practice Manager


Sharon graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a batchelors degree in human resource management and marketing and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Sharon has worked with both large and small public and private sector organisations in the UK as a Human Resources consultant for over five years and has a keen interest in health and wellbeing in the workplace.


As Practice Manager, Sharon will deal with all queries from providing information on treatments available to booking appointments and arranging payment or health insurance. Sharon is also responsible for marketing and advertising, finance and business development, and is the key contact for individuals, businesses and sports clubs.



Staff-Pic-Rachelle-Re-sizedRachelle Giffin

Office Manager


Rachelle deals with the day to day running of the clinic and is key contact for health insurance.  Along with Sharon the practice manager, Rachelle is involved in the marketing and advertising of the clinic which includes social media, offers and promotions and business development.  Rachelle also works closely with staff members to ensure the clinic runs efficiently and effectively.





Deborah Kinkead, Ad.Dip. Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Deborah has been working as an Integrative Counsellor for several years now and has experience in both the voluntary and private sector.  As an Integrative Counsellor she tailors her therapy to each individual’s needs, for example, the Person Centred Approach allows you to decide the pace of counselling and what is most important for you to talk about each week, whereas Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is more structured and focused and is aimed at achieving your goals and addressing the problems that have brought you to therapy. Deborah will decide with you what approach would be best suited to you.


Deborah works with young people and adults and has a wide range of experience
dealing with issues such as abuse, addiction, anger issues, anxiety, bereavement, depression, low self esteem, and many more.
She is also trained in complex trauma and childhood sexual abuse and has a certificate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Training (ASIST).


As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Deborah abides by their code of ethics to
maintain a high professional standard. You will be provided with a safe, confidential, and non judgemental environment to explore your problems and will be supported as you seek to move forward through your current difficulties.