About Us

Becky Schofield

Becky qualified with a BSc (Hons) from University of East Anglia in 2003. Since then she has worked for the NHS and privately in a large variety of areas including musculoskeletal, neurology, respiratory, women’s health and paediatrics amongst many others, before specialising in musculoskeletal injuries. She has built up an extensive portfolio of post graduate education to increase the range of treatments she can offer.

From 2006-2010, Becky worked for the British Canoe/Kayak Team as a Physio on training camps and international events.

In July 2014, Becky was a physio at Glasgow Commonwealth Games. More recently her interests have taken her to tendon rehabilitation and shockwave therapy. She is driven to keep up to date with the latest developments in physiotherapy to advise and provide the best treatment possible.

Becky Schofield Chartered Physiotherapist, Norwich

Peter Penny

Pete has over 20 years of clinical experience working in Norfolk, Wales and New Zealand. He enjoys helping people recover from sporting injuries and has huge experience in post surgery recovery. Pete was the Physio Manager at Spire for 10 years.

He completed his initial BSc in Human Biology in Leeds and completed his Physiotherapy degree in Cardiff. More recently, he achieved his MSc at the UEA.

Pete enjoys most sporting activities, particularly cycling, running and swimming including triathlons at ‘Sprint’ and ‘Olympic’ distance. Pete has been married to his wife for over 20 years who is a cancer specialist nurse working within the acute oncology service at the NNUH. They have 3 rapidly growing children and they all love being outdoors, camping and walking their dog.

Avril Soards

Dr Avril Soards graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in virology and worked as a research scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory before gaining her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2010 from The UEA. Since then she has worked in various NHS and private physio settings including Spire Hospital and as Lead Physio at Norwich Practices Ltd managing a team of 22 physios.

Avril also has experience working with elite athletes from various sports including gymnastics (2012 Olympic gymnast preparation), football (NCFC) and rugby (North Walsham).

Avril’s interest in working in elite sport stemmed from her own experience as a National level gymnast. She was 2012 and 2011 British Veteran Champion and former stunt double working for Richard Curtis in the film ‘Love Actually’ and in series 3 of ‘The Misfits’. She was also the Cambridge/Oxford University Varsity Gymnastics Champion 2003.

More recently Avril has expanded her sporting interests to adventure sports and has become an avid rock climber, snowboarder and mountain biker. She is a qualified climbing instructor and is regularly organising international climbing expeditions. Avril also teaches yoga and Pilates and uses these as a rehabilitation tool and for injury prevention. Avril’s dog Pogo attends these classes. Pogo is also a trail dog, crag dog and enjoys paddle boarding.

Laura Baynes

Laura qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 and completed her junior rotations in all areas of physiotherapy, incorporating women’s health, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. She then specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy; completing rotations in orthopaedics and outpatients and training in western medical acupuncture and clinical Pilates (including ante- and post-natal Pilates).

In 2009, Laura headed to the southern hemisphere and gained experience working in New Zealand and Australia, managing mostly acute sports injuries. Since being back in Norfolk, Laura has worked both in private practice and as clinical lead physiotherapist at Norwich
Practices Ltd, looking after NHS patients. She has also completed a masters module in Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Management at the UEA.

Laura’s pregnancies, births and post-natal recovery reignited an interest in pelvic health physiotherapy which has led her to gain training from the POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaelogical Physiotherapy) and specialise in this field. Laura also works as a musculoskeletal and pelvic health physiotherapist at Spire Norwich Hospital, where she looks after women who have undergone urogynecological surgery such as hysterectomy and prolapse repair.

Laura runs Pilates classes in Norfolk, teaching men and women of all ages. Within these classes, Laura helps those restoring their body postnatally and rehabilitating after surgery as well as women managing symptoms associated with menopause, such as prolapse. Laura is passionate about helping people to recover and achieve their goals as well as empowering people to invest in their health and wellbeing to optimise their quality of life. Outside of work, Laura enjoys being outdoors with her husband, their daughter and twin boys, and Tisa, the cockapoo. Laura is also a keen runner and follows the Canaries.

Laura Baynes