LD Sports Therapy - "sports injury specialists"
About Us

Laura Dent - Sports Therapist

Laura Dent established LD Sports Therapy in 2010. She has a BSc Hons in Sports Therapy from the University of Kent and has taken courses in musculoskeletal dry needling for Sports Therapists. She has extensive experience with athletes ranging from amateur to the elite. She takes this sporting attitude into her clinical work and works with her clients to reach their goals whether this is to relieve stress or return to full fitness to compete again in their sport. Laura has experience with patients from aged 8 to 90 and understands how people react differently to treatments. Laura is a keen sports woman playing netball and lacrosse to a high standard. She uses her own experiences to help understand and treat clients. Laura spent three seasons as the Hemel Storm Basketball Sports Therapist, providing treatment and rehabilitation at training and matches. Laura has worked previously with Tring Rugby, Thanet Wanderers Rugby Union, Kent County Rugby Union, Whitstable Town Football Club, Club and Elite Men's Lacrosse Players at the 2010 World Cup as a tournament therapist. In 2017, Laura was asked to run the Sports Injury Clinic at the Women's Lacrosse World Cup at Surrey Sports Park. In her clinic work, Laura has a particular interest in the use of massage to treat the symptoms of migraines.

Katie Watts - Sports Therapist

Katie Watts joined LD Sports Therapy in 2018. Katie graduated from St Mary’s University, Twickenham with a BSc Hons degree in Sports Rehabilitation. She has experience with all standards of athletes both amateur and elite. Alongside her sports work, Katie enjoys working in the clinic setting with non-athletes, helping those with back issues and work-related problems. She is looking forward to working with a wide range of patients in Berkhamsted. Her previous experience includes London Welsh RFU, Aldershot Football Club and Tring Rugby where she spent her placement year. When not working at LD Sports Therapy, Katie will spend the rest of her week looking after the squad at Walton Casuals FC who play in the Isthmian League. Katie has a particular interest in the use of strength training during pre and rehabilitation programmes. In her spare time Katie enjoys being active and has a passion for football and rugby.

Shane Gore - Physiotherapist
* Shane is currently away travelling *

Shane joined the team in 2017. He qualified with first class honours in BSc Hons Physiotherapy from the University of Nottingham. Shane has both HCPC and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy membership, meaning he is covered by most health insurers. With a particular interest in sports physiotherapy; Shane has taken courses in sports massage, kinesiology taping and protective sports taping. Having played rugby all his life, he has great interest in the sport and currently works with the Ealing Trailfinders Academy. Here he provides both mid-week and match day assessment and treatment for young athletes with advice on clearance to play. Shane has a particular interest in athletic performance and injury prevention, working with the Ealing strength and conditioning team to help minimise the likelihood of sustaining injuries. He carries this understanding of the demands placed on a physically active body to his clinic work, delivering treatment and advice to clients who aim to maintain an active lifestyle. Shane enjoys utilising a combination of exercise-based and soft tissue techniques for clients and believes in the benefits of a hands-on approach. In his spare time Shane is an avid rugby and squash player, and enjoys developing strength and fitness programmes.

Chris Phillips - Physiotherapist and Sports Therapist

Chris joined LD Sports Therapy in 2013. He has a BSc Hons degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire. In 2017, Chris became dual qualified receiving a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy from the University of Brunel. Chris is registered with the HCPC and is covered by most insurance companies. He has gained a wide range of clinical experiences with amateur, academy and professional athletes. He has previously worked for Stevenage FC and London Irish RFC, as well as the University of Hertfordshire Sports Injury Clinic. These experiences have provided Chris with the skills to effectively assist people to return to their pre-injury level of fitness so that they can achieve their desired goal and continue their participation in sport, work and activities of daily life, without pain or functional limitations. Alongside his work at LD Sports Therapy, Chris is working at Luton Town FC in professional football as Head of Academy Medical. Chris enjoys most sports, but has a particular interest in football, rugby, athletics and cricket.

Charlotte Stowell - Sports Therapist

Charlotte joined LD Sports Therapy in 2016. She graduated from the University of Coventry with a BSc Hons degree in Sports Therapy in 2013. Charlotte has previously worked in professional football with Leicester City, Coventry City Ladies, and Bristol City Academy. Alongside her work at LD Sports Therapy, Charlotte also currently works for Fulham FC. Her excellent experience means Charlotte is able to provide high quality treatments for various types of injuries; is able to devise and promote rehabilitation plans to enhance the promotion of recovery, and uses preventative techniques to avoid the reoccurrence of injury. Charlotte spends her spare time being active; she enjoys many sports which include football, athletics, rugby, tennis and golf. Charlotte is currently studying physiotherapy as she looks to become dual qualified. She will reduce her hours at LD Sports Therapy to fit around her studies.

"At LD Sports Therapy we take a calm approach to clinical work. We like to provide clients with knowledge about their injuries and pain so they can feel confident in their treatment and rehabilitation plans. We always explain injury prevention as we want clients to have the tools to prevent a reoccurence. Our pragmatic approach to rehab does not ask unrealistic tasks from clients, together we establish a reasonable amount of time to dedicate to home exercises making the goals achievable. We're very proud of our sport specific knowledge and creativity, this allows us to create programmes that produce the best results. The ultimate goal for us is to see a quick but safe, full recovery. This establishes a trust in us that means clients want to return if they encounter new injuries." Laura Dent.