Simon Long – Exercise Practitioner
Simon is passionate and driven to help people move better and improve their overall quality of life through simple structured exercise. ‘I have learnt through my own personal health and fitness journey that a more rounded approach is necessary. This has to include an understanding of good balanced nutrition and stress management’.
Simon has over 10 years of experience helping people reach their fitness and health goals, from weight loss to marathon training programmes. As well as being a personal trainer and qualified kettlebell instructor, Simon is qualified as a GP referral specialist, a Level 4 specialist in Diabetes, and expertly trained in obesity weight management.
Simon’s qualifications in Diabetes management and his passion for preventing chronic disease make him the perfect trainer for clients who want to exercise as part of a wider goal to improve or avoid developing chronic diseases.
Stephen Kirk – Physiotherapist
Stephen Kirk has been qualified as a physio for over 18 years. Having trained at The University of Liverpool Stephen initially worked at The LGI for 5 years where he undertook all of his basic physiotherapy rotations. In 2005 Stephen worked for a season as the Head Physiotherapist at Hull KR RLFC where he oversaw all aspects of the 1st Teams health and wellbeing.
From 2006 until 2017 Stephen then worked at Harrogate District Hospital in a variety of roles. He developed a special interest in complex hip conditions which led to him travelling to Mexico for an international conference. He has also presented on the post graduate physiotherapy programme at the University of Bradford and at Airedale Hospital on the assessment and management of complex hip conditions. His role at Harrogate Hospital enabled him to develop excellent links with all the orthopaedic consultants and GP’s in the area.
In January 2017 Stephen set up OneWellness, Harrogate with One Medical Group. The vision was to create a specialised, friendly rehabilitation and wellness centre where all a patients medical needs could be managed under one roof. The centre has rapidly grown and evolved offering exciting new and innovative services all the time. In the summer of 2018 Stephen became the first UK Physiotherapist to undertake the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine Diploma. He uses the skills and knowledge he gained from this training with his patients on a daily basis.
Sam Blakey – Personal trainer & Pre and Post Natal specialist
Personal trainer and women’s health coach Sam Blakey ran an award- winning fitness company in Singapore before moving back to the UK in the summer of 2017. She was recognised as one of the foremost personal trainers in Singapore, twice earning the accolade of Best Fitness Provider by a national magazine. In May 2017 she featured as a headline trainer at Singapore’s annual fitness event, FitnessFest.
Fostering close working relationships with women’s health physios, Sam was able to draw on their knowledge and her own as a mum of five, to grow her post-natal business into the market leader. “I am passionate about spreading awareness and offering non-invasive solutions like Pilates and Hypopressives (a low-pressure series of breathing and postural exercises) for abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti) and other post-natal complications such as postural, bladder issues and prolapses. I recognise the importance of building programmes designed to protect mums-to-be and to carefully restore fitness from the inside out for our post-natal clients.”
As well as her pre and post-natal specialisms, Sam is also a certified Pilates instructor and currently the only Hypopressives instructor in North Yorkshire. She is also a Kick-Boxing and Strong by Zumba instructor and is proof you are never too late to make a change! Sam came to fitness late, starting with a 10km race just as she turned 40, and since completing seven marathons on three continents.
Aimee Bellwood- Yoga teacher
Aimee is an ultra-runner and keen yogi, who has a strong passion for empowering beginners to yoga. With over 7 years experience, having trained with some of the UK’s most influential yoga teachers, she is an expert at helping people take control of their bodies.
Dr Helen Lawal- GP and Health Coach
BSc (Sport and Exercise Science), MBBS, MRCGP, DFSRH
Nigerian born and Yorkshire bred, Dr Helen is a Portfolio GP and works in the NHS for OneMedical Group as the Lead GP for Lifestyle Medicine. Alongside this she works as a Health Coach at OneWellness centre helping men and women lose weight and create healthy lifestyle habits. She also has 3 years experience of working in a Sexual Health and Contraception clinic.
She co-presented the Channel 4 series How To Stay Well which aired in mid 2017 and is now co-presenter of Channel 4’s successful series, Food Unwrapped. Helen was the in-house medical expert on BBC 2’s quiz series, Britain’s Best Junior Doctor. She co-presents the new series of Channel 4’s How To Lose Weight Well.
Helen holds degrees in both Sport and Exercise Science (University of Leeds) and Medicine (Hull-York Medical School) and undertook her GP training at University College London Hospital.
Away from medicine Helen is a keen health and lifestyle blogger, loves Yoga, gardening, cooking and practices mindfulness and meditation.
Dr Angela Goyal – GP and Dermatology Specialist
Angela is a dermatology specialist with over 10 years dermatology experience. Angela’s dermatology experience includes Postgraduate Dermatology training at the University of London, Speciality Doctor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and holding deramtology clinics in Leeds for 10 years; seeing patients referred by their GP.
She is regularly invited to teach and lecture on dermatology for other doctors locally and nationally and is part of the educational faculty of the Primary Care Dermatology Society.
Angela has trained in Lifestyle Medicine (including nutrition, mindfulness, exercise and sleep) which means she can combine her dermatology expertise with empowering her patients to achieve the best outcome for them.
She is also a Regional Director for the British School of Lifestyle Medicine and an ambassador for a charity, the Public Health Collaboration.
Dr Rahul Lakhera- GP and MSK & Sports Performance Specialist
Rahul has been working in elite sports for the past five years; after a year as Bradford Bulls Rugby League doctor, he is currently the Assistant First Team and Academy Doctor at Leeds United. Rahul specialises in musculoskeletal injuries, rehabilitation, acupuncture and steroid injections, however he also prides himself on being a ‘generalist’; you don’t have to be an elite athlete to benefit from his expertise! Rahul has undergone extensive further training in Lifestyle Medicine which he believes can benefit all of his patients; his aim is to change the pharmaceutical approach often taken for injury and illness and he is passionate that working alongside other professionals with a team dynamic is the best way to treat patients.