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Shepherds Physiotherapy Services



Jon is a graduate in Physiotherapy from Keele University in 2006 and also a graduate of Visceral Manipulation from the Barral Institute.

He offers advanced level assessment, treatment and management advice for a wide range of conditions, including chronic back pain, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, whiplash, headaches and many more.

Jon Shepherd


As a post-graduate, Jon practiced as a Junior Physiotherapist at The Great Western Hospital in Swindon, developing his skills and working with Senior Physiotherapists on the Orthopaedic Trauma and Elective Surgery wards, the Intensive Care Unit, the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, Musculoskeletal Outpatients and the Outpatient’s Gym.

Since leaving the NHS to focus on his private practice, Jon has worked closely with other senior physiotherapists and orthopaedic consultants in London, particularly at London Bridge Hospital. He spent five years working as a Clinical Lead Physiotherapist at Nuffield Health’s main corporate health clinic in the City of London. During this time he was also a Consultant Physiotherapist for Hogan Lovells Law Firm in London. Before leaving London to bring these high standards of patient care to rural Essex, Jon was regularly teaching and supervising other senior physiotherapists in London.

Jon has also spent time at the Armed Forces Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court which enhanced his assessment and treatment skills, enabling him to deliver a consistently accurate and up-to-date diagnostic and treatment standard. He has worked with Mr Ian McDermott, Mr Paul Jairaj, Mr Livio Di Mascio and Dr Jon Houghton at London Sports Orthopaedics which has enabled him to develop a valid and up-to-date treatment approach to ACL and other sports injury rehabilitation, including tendinopathies.

Over the last 9 years, Jon has attended numerous advanced training courses on Whiplash, Pilates, Shoulder Injuries, Sports Injuries and Joint Manipulation. He is also fully trained in Myofascial Release. In addition to these training programmes, Jon has undertaken Visceral Manipulation training with the Barral Institute UK, World leaders in manual therapy for chronic pain. He has also completed the Integrative Manual Therapy course with the world renowned Haydn Gambling, focusing on craniosacral therapy to resolve chronic limb and spinal pain. He has continued to do a wide range of sports specific courses and the 80 Hour Acupuncture Foundation Course. Consequently, his assessment capability and level of treatment for the whole person have been significantly enhanced; particularly in relation to the treatment of chronic pain.

In recent years Jon has worked closely with Physiotherapist and Feldenkrais Practitioner, Ryan Jansen ( ) to enhance his understanding of the Feldenkrais approach to rehabilitation from complex and chronic injuries. The Feldenkrais Method® is an approach to learning and action through movement. It aims to improve our posture, breathing and movement patterns to make us more flexible, powerful and coordinated. This in turn should improve our comfort and understanding of our body and mind.

To develop his skills further Jon has previously spent time working with Gordon Bosworth, a specialist in Manual Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapy and a Senior Governing Body Physiotherapist for the British Olympic Team. Jon was trained in Bike Fitting and Cycling specific physiotherapy by Dr Michael Callaghan, a former Team GB Cycling Physiotherapist. Furthermore, Jon has enhanced his knowledge and ability to help clients manage and overcome chronic pain through the pain anatomy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach researched and developed by the world famous Professor Lorimer Moseley, Dr David Butler and Professor Peter O’Sullivan.



Jemma is a graduate in Physiotherapy from Keele University in 2006 and recently left the NHS after many years working as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for NHS West Essex.

She offers assessment, treatment and advice for a wide range of conditions.

Jemma Shepherd


As a post-graduate, Jemma progressed quickly to become a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist within the NHS. She worked in a variety of different departments, working closely with various Orthopaedic Specialists on clients with fractures, soft tissue injuries, post-surgical procedures and chronic conditions.

Jemma has undertaken many post-graduate training courses, including specific soft tissue mobilisations, myofascial release, shoulder pathology diagnostics, Acupuncture and Pilates. Jemma is the lead Acupuncture Physiotherapist at Shepherds’ Physiotherapy, treating a wide range of conditions from musculoskeletal back pain, to insomnia and systemic pain from a variety of medical pathologies.

Jemma trained in Pilates with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute in 2009, completing Matwork Level 1 plus further equipment training to incorporate Pilates with Theraband. More recently she has completed Matwork Level 3 Pilates which is aimed at the more advanced exercises for high level performers. Pilates is a core stability training programme aimed at improving support for the lumbar spine to reduce low back pain and restore function.


James is a graduate from Cardiff University in 2009. Having worked in the NHS and privately, he specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is now based solely at Shepherds’ Physiotherapy.

He offers assessment and treatment for a wide range of conditions with a particular interest in shoulder, back and lower limb rehabilitation.

James Taylor


As a post-graduate, James practiced as a junior therapist at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital developing skills in a variety of areas ranging from Cardiothoracic to Trauma Orthopaedic’s and Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

After completing his rotations James’ ventured down under to work in a private clinic called Physio Freedom in Hamilton, Victoria. Here he honed his skills working with sports injuries from football to surfing, helping athletes return to activity. Management of back pain also became an interest and specialty having been particularly prevalent in this farming community.

Whilst in Australia James completed a number of courses including a shoulder course by specialist Craig Allingham, advanced hip rehabilitation by leading Orthopaedic consultant Phong Tran as well as becoming qualified in Dry Needling, trained by expert Jorgen Forsberg. This western alternative to acupuncture is particularly effective in correcting muscle tension, a common cause of pain.

On returning to the UK James had a stint in Respiratory Physiotherapy, before becoming a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Herts and Essex Hospital for a number of years.

He has worked at Shepherds’ Physiotherapy since 2016 and has recently left the NHS to pursue his career as a private practitioner allowing him to focus on sports rehabilitation.

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