The team

All our podiatrists and physiotherapists have at least a BSc (Hons) degree qualification and all have taken some form of post graduated training. We all have plenty of experience in many different areas in which we work. We are covered by most of the insurance companies although this is dependent on who you are seeing and for what service.

Our other staff are very highly qualified in their field and have plenty of experience with treating many different conditions. We are a holistic team and as part of your treatment we may suggest you see someone in our team who we feel may be more suited to see you. We have a great admin team to support the clinicians and they will do their best to make sure you see the right person with the right appointment. 

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Colin Papworth

BSc (Hons), MRCPOD

Areas of work interest – running / walking gait analysis and gait retraining, custom orthoses, manual therapy and sports injury.

Colin qualified from Durham in 1999, after first working in outdoor sports retail since leaving school, and spent 4 years in London working in the NHS. After working in various areas of podiatry he was appointed the clinical lead for Biomechanics and gained experience by providing biomechanics support to Physios, diabetes, rheumatology, surgical and community teams. 

In 2003 he moved to Sheffield and started to work in both Sheffield and Chesterfield in private clinics. Here he gained valuable experience in working alongside other podiatrists, physiotherapists, sports massage therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.  He works with GB Olympic teams based at EIS in Sheffield – boxing, table tennis, badminton, basketball and diving. 

He has also worked with local company Talar Made delivering training courses on biomechanics and orthoses.  Colin has run his own workshops for therapists and general public on biomechanics, orthoses, running technique, running analysis and treatment. We are hoping to start some of these up again next year. 

Colin has a lot of experience in dealing with running injuries. He works from the Accelerate Running shop in Sheffield and has been very involved in looking at running gait analysis and helping runners introduce changes to their running style to help with over coming injury and helping with performance. 

When not working he is often walking and running in the Peak District, paddleboarding, climbing and camping with the family and dog Pip.

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Rena Francis

FRCPodS, PGDip, BSc (Hons)

Rena graduated with an Honour’s Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatry from The University of Westminster and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery from the University of Brighton. She gained her Surgical Fellowship in 2019.

She is actively involved in promoting the profession through local regional and national presentations and has been involved in the HCPC Annotation of Podiatric Surgery project. 

She has recently been invited to take part as faculty member on cadaver dissection and surgical skills for podiatrist courses and regularly assists on workshops for potential and aspiring podiatric surgeons.

Rena carries out ultrasound scans and offers a variety of injection therapies to help you with your treatment. She also offers cosmetic podiatry treatments using both botox and dermal fillers.

 In her spare time she enjoys cooking, salsa dancing and running.

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Emily Spence

BSc (Hons), MRCPOD

Following her graduation in July 2019 Emily worked in the NHS as a Community Podiatrist and has recently joined the Colpod team with a desire to pursue her interest in sports injury rehabilitation and biomechanics.

Currently undertaking an MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Medicine at The University of Nottingham.

Outside of work she is a keen rock climber, mountain biker, hiker and mountaineer. 

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Carmel Wood


Carmel Wood is a Physiotherapist with 14 years of experience treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. She has worked with all ages and levels of athleticism or inactivity using hands-on treatment, exercise programs, acupuncture and Mulligan techniques. She takes time to really listen to your history to get to the root cause of the issue and find practical solutions that fit your needs.

​Carmel is available all-day Thursdays. She is able to see you via a video telehealth consultation with you first to see what the problem is and discuss treatment options if you prefer but is happy to see you face to face in clinic.​

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John Freeman

John first started working as Sports Massage Therapist in 2001. He has worked with a variety of athletes at both world and international levels, working with the Institute of Sports and GB Diving for over a decade and able to bring this expertise to the benefit of all individuals of all ages and activity levels.

He will see what is the problem that is concerning you and then come up with a treatment plan to help you get back to full activity.

Tammy Peat

Tammy provides a specialist service for lymphoedema massage at Colpod Therapies.

Tammy is qualified as a Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive therapy Specialist MLD/CDT Level 2 and 3 Vodder andFluoroscopy guided MLD (FG/MLD) Specialist.

Tammy’s main areas of interests are to help patients with Lymphoedema and teaching them how to self-manage their condition in order to lead as normal a life as possible and also to speed up healing time for people undergoing cosmetic procedures. 

She gets enormous fulfilment in helping to get her patients back up and functioning from frightened patients to empowered people who are confident in maintaining and managing their condition.

Tammy uses a variety of techniques in her treatments including one of both of her MLD techniques that she is qualified in as well as drawing from her experience in exercise as a Sports Scientist from Loughborough University and her experience in both nutrition and health.

Tammy is a registered member of MLD uk and is Bupa,Vitality and Aviva registered.

If not treating people, Tammy now also specialises in Equine MLD due to a great love of animals and in her spare time she is either surfing, swimming, doing fitness, dancing, cycling or globe-trotting in the search of new cultures.

We have a fantastic Admin team led by our clinic manager Tracy brilliantly assisted by Karen and Katie.

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Tracy Wordsworth

Clinic Manager

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Karen Whitehead


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