Meet the team

Leora Penkar

Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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They say, if you know, you know. Fitness and helping people have always been a huge part of my life, so becoming a physiotherapist was a beautiful confluence of merging my passion with profession. I did my Bachelors in Physiotherapy, and then specialised in Musculoskeletal sport science with my MSc from Loughborough University, which is consistently ranked #1 for sports-related subjects. I also hold an online diploma in Football medicine by the FIFA association, and have an Internationally Certified Diploma in Nutrition.

I specialise in, but do not limit myself to Musculoskeletal and sports injuries. I believe in patient-centric, comprehensive treatments that put the needs of the patient at the forefront of all my treatment endeavors.

My clinical decisions are driven by medical research and I always strive for evidence- based practice. I have also published a research article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and I am an HCPC registered and Chartered physiotherapist. I employ a spectrum of treatment strategies focused on rehabilitative exercises, with a combination of manual therapy and mobilisations, taping and other manoeuvre as required by the current condition.

I am a firm believer in treatment of the individual as a whole and never just a disjoint body part. I also hold a certificate in Psychological First Aid, by Public Health England and was involved in the mental health support for students across Loughborough and Nottingham Universities.

Apart from all of these, I am a trained dancer with more than 14 years of experience so fitness and activity come as a way of life. I particularly enjoy being out and about, hiking and biking and especially meeting new people from all walks of life.


Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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Participating in competitive sport from a young age and with an interest in science, I have pursued a career in Physiotherapy that has now spanned over two decades.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from University College Dublin in 1999, and have worked in a variety of settings including NHS, Police Rehabilitation, Private Practice and Professional Sport.

Specialising in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Women’s Health, I have enjoyed the challenge and diversity of working with different cultures and nationalities in Ireland, UK, New Zealand, Switzerland and UAE.

Following my husband around the world, I relished my previous job working in a busy clinic in Dubai. This post involved a varied caseload of clinical practice, ergonomic assessments and presentations for multinational companies in their workplaces, home visits and working with professional sports teams at prestigious international events such as the ‘Dubai Rugby 7’s’ Tournament. It was in Dubai that I gained my Pilates Instructor Certification in 2019, and am currently training towards the Pilates Reformer (machine) Certification.

I enjoy making a connection with each and every patient; actively listening to their beliefs and expectations of treatment, and tailoring an individualised physiotherapy plan based on their in-depth assessment. Offering a wide skill base of techniques including patient education, exercise prescription, manual therapy techniques, Pilates rehabilitation, acupuncture, taping and electrotherapy, I assist patients towards their long term goals of treatment.

My proudest personal achievement to date must be completing an Ironman70.3 (triathlon). I am also an avid open water swimmer, and mother to three children who have chosen their own sports and activities which I take great interest in following.

Professional Bodies
I am a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I am also a Member of the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).


Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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Like Helen, I grew up with physiotherapy. My Mum is a physio, and still has great passion for the profession after nearly 50 years of practice – a passion that has definitely rubbed off on me.

I did not train to be a Physiotherapist straight from school; I did a degree in Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge University beforehand. I then went on to do a degree in Physiotherapy at King’s College London, graduating in 2000.

During my Junior Physiotherapist rotations at Charing Cross Hospital, I specialised in Musculoskeletal outpatients fairly early on. I then worked in various settings, following my husband around as he trained to be a surgeon, ending up in Cambridge in 2004.

In Cambridge, I landed the job of Physiotherapist for the Cambridge Boat Race team (CUBC). Perfect for me being a Cambridge Blue in rowing myself! This was an amazing job. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team and organising injury prevention programmes as well as treating injuries. I also worked with other elite athletes in the Cambridge area with my role as the Cambridge Physiotherapist for the English Institute of Sport. Alongside all of this, I ran a private practice at the University Boat Club premises and completed an MSc in the Science of Sports Injury at Manchester Metropolitan University (long-distance learning).

After six incredible years with CUBC, in 2011 I moved to Peterborough – again with my husband’s job. With two young children, I decided to take life a little bit more slowly and worked from home for three years, before starting work at Preston’s. During this time, I enjoyed seeing a wider variety of patients once more, although I still love treating sports injuries.

My skills

Every patient and every injury is different; physiotherapy treatment needs to be carefully tailored to each patient, with a holistic view to recovery. I enjoy using my analytical mind to work out the cause of the problem and the best treatment strategy for each individual patient. I firmly believe that the role of a physiotherapist includes not only treating the current problem, but preventing recurrence too. I use a wide variety of techniques including joint mobilisations and manipulations, soft-tissue work, exercises, acupuncture, taping, electrotherapy, education and advice.


Having spent most of my teenage years and my twenties training for competitive sport (swimming then rowing), I do my best to keep fit. I enjoy getting out on my road bike and pounding out a few kilometres in the pool. I also thoroughly enjoy being a Mum to my two young children.

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and registered on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a member of the Acupuncture association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), and the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP, Physiofirst).

Helen Preston

Chartered Physiotherapist,
Clinical Director, HCPC Registered
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Put simply, my job is to help people in pain get back doing what they love. I take time to listen to your story and take time to explain how we can use a host of physical activity and lifestyle strategies to get you going again. I have an awesome job!

I have always been someone who thinks outside the box and passionately believe in treating patients holistically. I particularly enjoy treating more challenging cases that make me use my whole toolbox of physio skills. I find nothing as rewarding as helping people make real life change.

I was literally born into this practice. My father, William, worked from the then clinic next door when we were based in Alexandra Road. My Grandfather, Albert, was also a physio and he worked for Peterborough United for 25 years and in his latter years worked from his home in Audley Gate, Peterborough. From my early years, I observed my father and grandfather working and most of all learnt how important the therapist-patient relationship is in establishing healing. I will always be grateful to them in showing me how important it is to listen.

I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1996 from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours Degree (having won the Research Prize for my year) and have worked in a variety of settings (both in and out of the NHS) before taking over the business from William Preston, my father, in 2000.

I have recently been part of a working group of my professional body (the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) developing a Backmyths campaign to help educate society around what we now know about back pain (see here for the campaign: ). I have been active in disseminating these locally by meeting the public and organising a recent education evening with GPs and other physiotherapists to help improve understanding of how new scientific evidence is changing how we manage back pain more successfully. Contact me if you wish to know more! Promoting evidence based public health messages is a passion of mine! And so is walking the talk!

I prioritise the patient-therapist relationship at the heart of any therapeutic intervention and my key treatment tool with every patient is always advice and education alongside any physical treatments.

I passionately believe in treating patients holistically: getting to the root of the problem to help prevent recurrence, not just treating the symptoms.

I incorporate a broad array of physiotherapeutic treatment techniques individualised to the patient’s particular problem and story. These can include manual therapy (mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue techniques), therapeutic exercise and movement training. I specialise in building confidence in mind and body to move!

My other job is being a Mum to my 2 young children who inspire and make me smile everyday. I enjoy keeping active with my husband and the children, I make time to run my black Labrador, Frankie, around Ferry Meadows as often and I can and I also enjoy watching all aspects of human performance including sport, music and theatre. I am a 100 club parkrunner and recently successfully completed my first ever half marathon at the Great Eastern Run, raising over £1200 with my husband for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall #TeamIncredible. I am a member of the Core Team for the Central Park junior parkrun in Peterborough and have just started as a regular run director for this event. I also enjoy finding “green space” in mindfulness meditation and sunshine. I quite like chocolate too.

I am a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

I am also a Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM), Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health (ACPOHE), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP: Physiofirst).

I am also a Professional Member of EUSSER (European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation).

In 2017, I started on the year long Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Leadership Programme #CSPLDP

Phil Young

Sports & Remedial
Massage Practitioner
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Sports massage a second career post RAF service, I graduated from the London School of Sports Massage in Feb 2005.

Working in an ethical and patient focus regime, patients well being is my prime focus. Dedicated to further training, I have enjoyed my learning experience to become a versatile and effective Sports and Remedial Massage Practitioner.

Brought up in Hull, I became a competitive athlete in 1973 aged 14, starting with sprints and graduating up to an endurance runner. I joined the RAF in 1976 as an avionics tech and serve 29 years, retiring in Nov 2005. The highlight of my RAF career was my 16 years, maintaining Search and Rescue Sea King Helicopters at RAF Boulmer, Leconfield and Valley. Post RAF, I retrained at the London School of Sports Massage to my present profession, graduating in Feb 2005.

I joined Prestons in Jan 2006, started a learning experience that has seen me progress to a competent professional Therapist. I still get a buzz from seeing some body shuffle in the treatment room in discomfort and walk out a new person.

I am dedicated to expanding my toolbox of soft tissue techniques and see myself as more than a sports massage therapist, advanced techniques covered include, myofascial release techniques, positional release, active isolated stretching to name a few.

I see myself as patient focused and will not hesitate to refer a patient on to my physiotherapist colleagues when I feel my skills are not the answer, this attribute I am particularly proud if.

Outside of work I still train, but don’t compete much now and in recent years. I am a qualified athletics coach, but time restraints prevent me looking after a group, but assist coaching sprinters at Hunts A.C. I follow football and support Cambridge United and attend home and away matches.


HCPC Registered
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Sue is back from a sabbatical in the Orkney Islands as the Chief Vaccinator for the Islands. Sue is back in the clinic Thursday mornings from November 2021. 


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zak Rudman

Chartered Physiotherapist,
HCPC Registered
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Zak is joining the team providing Physiotherapy to Oundle School students and staff. Watch this space to find out more about Zak soon! 

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 I initially became interested in physiotherapy as I was involved in high level sports when I was younger. Then I started my first role within a physiotherapy department when I was 17 in the NHS, since then I have not looked back. I studied in Leeds and was awarded two Dean prize awards for Excellence in Physiotherapy along with achieving a 1st class honours, now I am working at Prestons Health delivering a physiotherapy service to the pupils and staff at Oundle School on a part time basis alongside currently working within the NHS.

 My interests currently span across all the main disciplines of physiotherapy. Particularly in musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. I enjoy being a ‘detective’ to figure out the puzzle to why an individual may be experiencing pain and discomfort, this naturally leads into the  best part, seeing the same individual improve and get back to what they want to be doing and more.

 My approach is to be the person who empowers their clients to learn, understand and manage their own bodies. Utilising all the relevant areas of physiotherapy to address the patients concern I strongly believe by the time the treatment is coming to an end I have given the client the tools and techniques to manage themselves.

 Having worked in some of the most challenging environments within the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic on overflowing critical care units, I am well exposed to the importance of a patient centred treatment pathway approach which is directly transferable into private practice. By taking the time to listen, discuss, treat, and plan with my clients it is clear to me from positive outcomes that this is effective in getting them back to full function.  

 I am a member of the National New Hospital Programme Expert Reading Register, offering my opinion and thoughts on policies for the government scheme. I am also a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist and registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. 

Gemma McGregor

Womens Health
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Gemma Graduated from Coventry University with a first class honours degree in physiotherapy. Since then she has spent time working in Africa and the UK, specialising first in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Gemma has worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in various NHS trusts in Essex, North London and now works as a clinical Specialist in Women’s Health at Peterborough City Hospital.

Gemma holds a Masters level postgraduate certificate in continence for physiotherapists from the University of Bradford. She also has a master’s level qualification in acupuncture. Other post graduate courses include Pilates and Breast Cancer soft tissue studies. She currently is actively involved with the national body “Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy”.

Gemma is passionate about women’s health and has a particular interest in treating postnatal women who have pelvic floor problems or abdominal separation following delivery. She is also very experienced with pregnancy related back and pelvic pain.

She sees many ladies to develop individualised personal exercises programs during the antenatal and postnatal periods. She is passionate about promoting safe exercise striving to ensure ladies are able to exercises safely and regularly to ensure a healthy pregnancy and ensure better postnatal outcomes. She treats women and men of any age with bladder or bowel incontinence, constipation, prolapse, vulval pain or sexual discomfort.

In the little spare time Gemma has between balancing two jobs and studying, she enjoys family time with 2 children, and currently enjoying establishing a new exercise regime at the gym and running after a busy year of trying to achieve a work life balance.


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Helen takes a thorough history including how the injury impacts my life specifically and then provides clear guidance on how to work towards recovery.  That includes both exercises and general approach to everyday tasks. I have come away with confidence to move forward rather than feeling I have to protect my injury all the time.

Kathryn Gregg 

You are always very helpful, friendly and professional and give sensible, practical advice that, so far, has always worked! 

Annette Lovell

Staff are very friendly, polite & helpful. The physiotherapist, Linda, is helpful to expand the cause of problem. She's patient to listen and understand my issues. I feel she's clear of worries and has given me good guidance to improve my health.

Dorothy Summers

Very thorough initial consultation and excellent programme of exercises given to support my recovery. 

Sarah Lambkin

I’ve been treated twice now at Preston’s for different issues and two different physios. Both times I’ve been listened to, helped, supported and encouraged. Both times I’ve had a really positive benefit for my injuries. If necessary I’ll be back but in the meantime if you’re looking for a very professional physio team Prestons Health is the place to go.

Jane Robinson

our locations

Our main clinic location is within David Lloyd Club in Thorpe Wood, Peterborough with a satellite clinic in Oundle School (students and staff only). Please contact us on 01733 565911 for more information on our clinic times & locations.

David Lloyd Club

Thorpe Wood Business Park,

Oundle School

Church Street,

Please contact our main site for appointments and further information.

get in touch

01733 565911


Opening Hours

Mon - Tues
8am - 8pm
Wed - Fri
8am - 6pm 


Rebecca Ella
Rebecca Ella
Preston’s was recommended to me by my GP as the NHS waiting list is months long! Had my first appointment with Leora Penkar today and she really put me at ease. I have been in pain with my knee for months now and it was amazing to finally have someone examine it, write up a letter and give me a workout to improve it. I have already recommended Leora to a few people who are looking to book in with her as well. Would definitely recommend 😃 Thank you Leora!
Jay Jack
Jay Jack
Superb service. Linda was excellent with consideration for lower back pain and treatment.
Daniela Secan
Daniela Secan
Linda Dennis took a detailed history of my symptoms before she performed a thorough assessment. She is kind and polite with brilliant communication skills. I strongly recommend Linda.
caroline Salmon
caroline Salmon
Great service and very professional. Loved the holistic approach.
Karyn Reidy
Karyn Reidy
Really listen to the issues and focus on the cause rather than just easing the problem. Had 5 sessions and each one was really useful.
Leanne Hilless
Leanne Hilless
Prestons Health (and Helen) were suggested to me by my GP during what has been a very difficult period of my life. I have never had physiotherapy before and was unsure what to expect. Helen made me feel completely at ease and showed me genuine empathy and kindness, taking every aspect of my wellbeing into account - physical and emotional - as well as demonstrating her years worth of skill in her trade. I am making great progress and I couldn't recommend Helen and her Team more. Thank you!
Helen is absolutely wonderful and professional. She helped me to combat my low back pain with full confidence. I highly recommend Helen Prestons. Thanks Helen & team
Joan Mallett
Joan Mallett
Went in doubled up in pain unable to stand or walk. Have had four sessions on my knee and leg muscles and am walking, can straighten my leg and ZERO pain. Can’t thank Caroline enough. I heartily recommend this company for reliability, competence and effectiveness 💕
Pennell Partners
Pennell Partners
i have been using Prestons Health over the years for various reasons and have always found them to be excellent in their dedication to discovering the underlying problems you present to them and their ability to make you feel better going out then you did going in! Helen particularly is excellent.
Nella Butler
Nella Butler
Excellent physiotherapist, would highly recommend. The assessment was very thorough and professional. I felt complete confidence in the treatment and follow up exercises provided. Very pleased with every aspect of my appointments.

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