hempstead valley therapy centre

Our Team

Stuart Unthank
Stuart Unthank
Consultant Physiotherapist
Director HTC Ltd

Stuart has been a Physiotherapist since 1998. He has practised within the UK and abroad within both state-funded (e.g. NHS), private healthcare and within professional sporting environments. His range of clinical experience includes:

  • Spinal specialism
  • MSK Diagnostic imaging techniques
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy
  • Professional sports physiotherapy

Specialising in Manual therapy techniques he has attained Post Graduate qualifications in Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal (N-MSK) Physiotherapy as also being certified in modern advancing treatment techniques such as Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

A registered member of the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), Stuart has over the past 17 years led various Multi-Disciplnary (MDT) clinical teams including Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Health Screening and Diagnostic Imaging  (MRI / CT / Ultra-sound / X-Ray).

Stuart has been a fitness instructor for over 30 years and previously served with HMF

HTC - Our Team - David Penman
David Penman Consultant Gynaecologist
Fetal medicine specialist

Dr. Penman studied medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital (now part of King’s College London) and qualified in 1984. 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital is a world-class institution renowned for the quality of medical teaching it provides and the medical professionals it trains. After graduating from Guy’s and St Thomas’, Dr. Penman went on to work there as a Research Registrar. 

Dr. Penman also worked at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and at St Michael’s Hospital Bristol where he completed his Senior Registrar Training. 

Dr. Penman was appointed a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Specialist in Fetal Medicine at the Medway Maritime Hospital in 1997. He was also appointed an Honorary Consultant in Fetal Medicine at the Harris Birthright Centre, King’s College Hospital in London.

Dr. Penman resigned from his NHS position in 2006 due to NHS cuts and has worked full-time in private practice ever since. 

Areas in which Dr. Penman specialises include prenatal screening and diagnosis of fetal abnormalities and invasive prenatal diagnostic procedures including amniocentesis and CVS. Dr. Penman’s specialism in fetal medicine means he is highly trained in diagnosing and planning treatment for numerous fetal abnormalities. 

Clarissa McManus
Clarissa McManus
MSc. Osteopathy
BSc. Bio.Med.Science
Registered Senior Osteopath

Clarissa graduated with a Master of Science degree in Osteopathy in 2007. 

Prior to completion of her degree in Osteopathy Clarissa had already completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science at Kings University College, London. 

During her career, Clarissa has worked within varied multi-disciplinary practices and has also worked as a Lecturer Assistant and examiner with Osteopathy students.

Clarissa employs a wide variety of osteopathic techniques including structural, functional, and cranial techniques, which, are tailored to the individual patient and their symptoms. 

Clarissa treats most musculoskeletal conditions also associated systemic and visceral dysfunctions. 

However, in particular, she has a passion and specialises within Women’s Health and Paediatrics (children) care, including the treatment of women during pregnancy and infants presenting various conditions as well as treating patients with migraines and visceral complaints.

Marcella Thorp
Marcella Thorp
Assistant Manager

Marcella has over 30 years business experience ranging from the insurance industry to private healthcare. 

During this time she attained Diploma level qualifications in Management, Customer Service, Business Administration, and Team Leading.

Previously for a period of 10 years, Marcella acted as part of the leadership team responsible for the organisation, legislative compliance, and customer service standards involved with managing Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmaceutical, and Health Screening teams within a private hospital setting. 

Please feel free to speak to Marcella if you have any queries regarding general administrative logistics and provision of our services as also customer satisfaction and billing enquiries, including private medical insurer or medico-legal referral processes.


Julie Morley
Julie Morley Business Development Manager

Julie has over 12 years experience within the business and financial market. During her varied career, her roles have included financial viability analysis, consumer engagement, process refinement, and business initiative promotion.

Julie’s directive with HTC is to promote service spectrum development, client engagement, key stakeholder relationships, and also service satisfaction. Julie is happy to discuss all inquiries relating to HTC’s existing services, enhancement potential, and development opportunities. She is regularly on-site at the centre but may also be contacted via the following email address:

Tom Austen
Tom Austen
BSc. Podiatry
MSc Podiatry Surg.
Registered Senior Podiatrist

Tom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Podiatry from the University of Brighton in 2001. He has also completed a Masters of Science in the Principles of Podiatric Surgery.
During his career, he has gained a number of years experience within the National Health Service assessing and treating high-risk patients as well as people with musculoskeletal injuries.

Now practicing as an independent Podiatrist Tom also acts as a Clinical Educator for The University of Brighton teaching on the Undergraduate Podiatry program.

Tom works with members of the general public as well as Elite and Professional Sports people to help them be more comfortable, reduce pain, and improve performance in their chosen activities. 

He also currently acts as the Kent County Cricket Team Podiatrist.

HTC Lucy Bryant
Lucy Bryant
BSc Hons Physiotherapy
Registered Physiotherapist

Lucy graduated with a 1st class Honours degree  from the University of Hertfordshire and has since also qualified as a level 3 Exercise Referral Practitioner.

Post-graduation Lucy spent 2 years working as a rotational physiotherapist.  This brought experience relating to acute illnesses, neurological conditions and orthopaedic injuries as also within an intensive care unit during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lucy states that she thrives on interpreting the body’s biomechanics and skeletal system and emphasises strength and conditioning within her treatment plans.

She is familiar in  supporting massage, taping techniques and Extra-corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)  and believes education and patient empowerment are key elements in facilitating success in recovery.

Outside of physio (and the gym!), Lucy enjoys playing netball, skiing and family time.

Stephanie Unthank
Stephanie Unthank
Level 4 Dipl. IMBDP MBSR
Registered Mindfulness & Wellbeing Consultant

Stephanie received all of her training with Mindfulness UK of which she is now a senior member. She is recognised and registered with The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) -.GOV and also The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPAB).

Stephanie offers teaching and support for all types of individual clients presenting therapy requirements including, stress management, anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues. However, Stephanie’s service is just as well suited to clients without direct therapeutic needs including self-awareness teaching, objective support such as weight loss or sporting target achievement as also wellness guidance. As well as private individual clients Stephanie also regularly provides Wellbeing training for large corporations and concerns throughout the UK.  She also regularly provides Wellness articles for a leading magazine. 

In addition, Stephanie has been a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 7 years. 

Megan Hutchinson
Megan Hutchinson
MSc Osteopathy
Registered Osteopath

Megan graduated with an MSc. from the European School of Osteopathy after 4 years of training on the Integrated Masters program. She has since been active within private practice in a number of multidisciplinary clinics in Kent and Surrey.

Megan treats a wide range of patients from babies through to patients with general musculoskeletal conditions. 

She uses a range of Osteopathic techniques including structural, functional, and cranial techniques allowing her to form an appropriate and effective treatment plan for each patient.

Megan’s clinical specialty interests include babies, pregnant and postpartum women as well as sports injuries. 

In her spare time, Megan enjoys long muddy walks with her dogs, is a keen gym attendee, jogging, and swimming.

HTC - Team - Sabine Gransden
Sabine Gransden
Registered Nutritionist

Sabine graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London in 2014 after 3 years of training to complete a diploma in Nutritional Therapy. 

She then completed her Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner certification in 2016 to add coaching techniques to her skill set.  

She specialises in thyroid health. Sabine assesses and identifies potential imbalances in the body and understands how these may contribute to a client’s symptoms and health concerns. 

Sabine recommends personalised nutrition and lifestyle programs and typically helps her clients improve their energy levels, sleep, mood, and digestion. After working with Sabine, they are more resilient to stress, lose weight, and feel more balanced and happy. Overall, she helps her clients become the healthiest version of themselves.

Karen Mansell
Karen Mansell
BSc Podiatry
Registered Senior Podiatrist / Chiropodist

Karen graduated from the University of Brighton in 2003 completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatry.
She has until 2019 practiced extensively within the National Health Service accruing a number of years gaining experience within multi-disciplinary teams treating a wide spectrum of conditions including high-risk patients.

Karen has also been actively practicing within the private sector. During her professional timeline, Karen has orientated towards specialising in wound care and nail surgery in particular. 

Karen would be your first port of call for all Chiropody type conditions

HTC - Our Team - Debbie Marden
Debbie Marden
Reflexologist & Midwife/Nurse

Debbie qualified as a midwife in 2007 and practiced at Medway Hospital until 2019. She worked mainly in the community supporting women and their families through pregnancy, birth, and postnatally. Throughout her career, she developed an interest in holistic therapy and eventually trained in reflexology.

After retiring from midwifery, she made reflexology her focus but remains registered with the NMC. She is also registered with Professional Reflexology Association.

Debbie mainly performs reflexology on the feet but can also use the hands and ears. She is studying in pregnancy, women’s health and menopause this year in order to expand her knowledge and be able to offer women extra support in these areas with reflexology.

In her practice, she has seen reflexology improve mental and physical well-being in her clients and is eager to share the relaxing and healing benefits it offers.

Debbie would love you to give reflexology a try so you can see for yourself how amazing it really is.

HTC - Our Team - Lauren Russell
Lauren Russell
B.Sc. Sports Therapy
Exercise & Massage Therapist

Lauren, since a young age, has had a passion for sports, especially competitive swimming, and competed from the age of 12 up to 18 for her swimming club.

This interest eventually led to her qualifying with a degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Kent in 2016.

In addition, Lauren is also a qualified Level 2 ASA Swimming Instructor.

Lauren states that Massage, in its various forms, is a versatile tool in aiding and treating different Musculoskeletal ailments. It can be used at various stages of rehab and can also be utilised to prevent and reduce factors that can lead to injuries happening in the first place.

Rob McDonald
Rob McDonald
Dipl Lv3 SP & Massage
Dipl. Lv3 Sports
Massage & Remedial Exercise Therapist

Rob is Diploma Level 3 qualified in Sports Massage therapy, taping, injury management techniques & exercise therapy. 

He has been a massage & sports injury therapist for 10 years and has worked with a varied spectrum of clients ranging from chronic medical conditions to sports injuries.

Rob states that he has a passion for using sports, exercise and massage to aid and assist clients from all walks of life back to full function. 

As with all therapists at HTC Rob interacts closely with the centre’s clinical practitioners on inter-referral and clinical therapy guidance.

Lucy Dante
Lucy Dante
VTCT Dipl. Lv3
Massage Therapist

Lucy qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy in 2020.

In September 2021 she initiates her undergraduate degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Kent.

As a league football player, Lucy fully understand the importance of massage for muscle recovery and the positive impacts on sports performance, posture, flexibility, blood flow as also i relation to occupational activities and general well-being.

As with all complimentary therapists at HTC Lucy communicates closely with the centres clinical practitioners on inter-referral and treatment guidance


HTC - Our Team - Paul McBride
Paul McBride
BSc First Class Honors Degree in Sports Science (Strength and Conditioning) and MSc First Class Honors Degree in Sport, Exercise and Physical activity for special populations
Health Screening

Paul graduated from Middlesex University with a BSc First Class Honors Degree in Sports Science (Strength and Conditioning) and MSc First Class Honors Degree in Sport, Exercise and Physical activity for special populations

I have worked within the health and fitness industry for the last 7 years, gaining valuable experience in working with the general public focusing on exercise rehabilitation, weight loss, and general lifestyle maintenance.

Over the past 3 years, I have also worked within a private health setting offering health screenings services for companies whose employees are looking to improve or maintain their health and wellbeing. These checks use core tests that can identify any potential future health risks or concerns.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching my football team West Ham, going for long walks and socialising with friends.

Paul is a Health Advisor/ Exercise Rehabilitation specialist who loves helping people get back to full health following an injury/illness or helping those who want to live a healthy balanced lifestyle. Having injuries himself, made Paul want to further develop his knowledge in the health and fitness industry to help those who need assistance with their recovery.

Paul has completed his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) and an MSc in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations, and A Sports massage level 3.

Paul was a lecturer at Middlesex University, lecturing on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This allowed him to offer his knowledge and skills to those studying and looking to join the health industry.

Within the past 3 years, Paul has been fortunate to work in the Private health care industry (Bupa and Spire Healthcare) running health screening clinics, which consist of phlebotomy/venepuncture sampling/blood pressure monitoring/body composition/bowel screening / musculoskeletal tests and more.

He has also gained valuable experience working in multiple private health clinics over the past 5 years developing his knowledge and gaining experience in exercise rehabilitation, Specialist personal training, sports massage, and more.

HTC - Our Team- Female
HTC - Our Team - Male
HTC - Our Team- Female
Sarah Kaufman
Sarah Kaufman

Sarah worked within the finance industry for over 20 years with a career focus on customer service and client relationships. In addition to this, her experience with service delivery, process-driven service organisation as also refinement is expansive.

Julie Hollis
Julie Hollis

Julie retains extensive senior experience within the finance sector stretching over the past 30 years. Her focus/expertise lies within process-driven environments and in ensuring excellent customer service.

Ella-Mai Unthank
Ella-Mai Unthank

Ella-Mai is the junior member of our team. She is currently completing her International Baccalaureate at school and is working together with the HTC Team to gain invaluable work experience. Ella is familiar with the bookings and charging systems here at HTC and is happy to help with all inquiries.

Marion Kenny
Marion Kenny

Marion has worked within the healthcare service industry for over 15 years. Her experience over the years has included employment as a pharmaceutical assistant (clinical support), as a business administrator, and within customer service support teams.

HTC - Our Team - Hayley Magee
Hayley Magee
Administrative assistant

Hello, I am Hayley. Having worked in the finance industry for over 30 years, customer service was always my priority. I enjoy being part of a team, working together, sharing different skills and knowledge. I have also worked in the retail industry for several years, enjoying customer interaction and service. In my spare time, I love to cook, bake, read, travel, and socialise.

Jane Phillips
Jane Phillips

Jane has worked within the sales and consumer service industry for over 30 years. During this time she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to customer care, effective service provision, and organisational skills. Jane considers client satisfaction levels to be a priority within her role(s).