The Pro Health Physiotherapy Origin Story
Darren and SJ set up and opened Pro Health Physio in the midst of COVID 19 in November 2020 on the eve of another lockdown.
This physio partnership began many years ago in 2008/2009 when Darren reached out to SJ, who was working with Blaydon Rugby club, for some shadowing/mentoring during his BSc Physiotherapy degree. SJ took Darren under his wing for 2 seasons at the rugby club, teaching him the key physio skills and management principles behind working with athletes and non-athletes.
This mentorship opportunity fizzled out as SJ moved onto a full-time role as 1st team physio with Newcastle Falcons in 2009. Darren completed his degree and focused on his early professional development working within the NHS/Connect Health subsequently working with Great Britain Basketball and within private physio practice utilising the skills SJ taught him.
They drifted apart until their mutual love of anatomy, movement and rehabilitation brought them back into contact in 2019/2020. SJ and Darren realised some of their mutual interests aligned and resulted in further discussion about health, fitness and the physio profession.
Both individuals who demonstrate empathy, passion and a relentless work ethic originate from different cultural backgrounds, coming from Ireland and Hong Kong respectively.
Despite the cultural differences, they share a similar past having lost their fathers at a young age. This provided a fuel for post traumatic growth and a lifelong dedication to help others overcome their adversities when in pain and through physical performance.
Now, we are proud to provide the highest quality healthcare to the people of the North East, which we call home.
We guide you in a safe space focusing on what’s important to you as individual. At Pro Health Physio, we ensure we listen to your motives and barriers to successful rehabilitation.
We apply a holistic approach to your health- addressing habits, exploring challenging rehabilitation exercises and ensuring the environment is conducive to your growth.
seeking out difficult conversations and communicating in an honest, open and empathic manner, with each other and with clients.
‘We have no specific talents, we are only passionately curious’
We own and accept our faults, our mistakes and strive to hold each client and ourselves to high standards of accountability to a shared plan.
Darren is a great physio. From sporting accidents to chronic pain he’s able to breakdown what’s going on and offer an approach to fixing it that’s easy to use and understand. As a PT it’s rare to come across someone so regularly highly spoken of by so many in the industry.
I came to Pro Health fearing that I wouldn’t be able to run for months because of the pain in my achilles. After a couple of sessions I was given the tools to strengthen my legs and get back running within weeks. Highly recommend!
Darren is excellent at his job and easily the best physio I’ve seen. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, he takes the time to really explain things and puts you totally at ease. I would recommend him to anyone!
Just outstanding. Been seeing a therapist for a while, and whilst I was getting results. I knew I needed a more in depth look at, so found these guys, cannot thank them enough, simply brilliant and the after care phone call and training plans where unexpected, but a great touch. Thanks