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Beverley Wellbeing team - from the left David, Ellen, Nicky and Duncan

David, Ellen, Nicky and Duncan at your service.


From 1992 to 2004 Duncan O’Connor was the Head Therapist at Hull Kingston Rovers, one of the longest established clubs in the Rugby Football League. Duncan was responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of the injured players. Professional sportsmen and women need to recover from injury as quickly as possible and there is pressure from the playing staff, the coaching staff and even a few supporters to get players back on the field as soon as possible. Good clinical skills are required for this but people management skills are also of great importance. Duncan was also responsible for the mental preparation for performance, teaching and reinforcing techniques to enhance motivation, concentration and confidence. Duncan maintained a good professional relationship with the different coaches and board members throughout this period and enjoyed a good relationship with the media and the supporters at all times.

Duncan O'Connor training outside with a medicine ball

2000 saw the UK host the Rugby League World Cup and Duncan was invited by the Performance Director of the Rugby League to act as Therapist to the Wales International Rugby League Team. The team included some of the superstars of the modern game who became the focus of attention of International Press and Television. During this period Duncan honed his therapists, motivational and man management skills and was able to support the team extensively as they reached the World Cup Semi Final, only to lose narrowly to Austraila who went on to become World Champions.

In 2005 Duncan became Therapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach to the Great Britain Student Rugby League Team and Consultant Therapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach to all of the Home Nations at the Student Rugby League World Cup in Brisbane Australia.

Duncan’s private clients include Premier League Footballers, Super League and National League Rugby League Players. European Tour Golfers, National Standard Athletes, World Class Squash Players and many local athletes of all disciplines and levels.

Some of the Region’s busiest and most successful Business Executives are also among Duncan’s private clients who call on his expertise to help them be the best they can be in Work, Life and Health.

Duncan holds a Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Science and is an Advanced Level Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals. He has completed an Education Mentorship with Athlete’s Performance in Phoenix Arizona, home to the training base of most of America’s top NFL players and world class athletes from many other sports.


Graduating from The University of Hull in June 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sports Rehabilitation, Nicky embraced the concept of Continual Professional Development attending courses with the ‘Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute’ in ‘Modified Pilates for Physiotherapists’ whose methods she has successfully implemented into plans for the treatment of back, hip and knee pain amongst many others.

Nicky training in our gym with a lifting bar

An advocate for the benefits of massage through seeing the results first hand, Nicola upgraded her massage skills through the University of Teesside, gaining a ‘University Certificate of Advanced professional Development’ in ‘Advanced Massage in a Sporting Environment’ and has built up a regular client base from varied backgrounds that are experiencing improvements in performance and recovery; postural aches and pains; stress and sleep to name but a few.

On a professional level Nicky has enjoyed working with athletes at the pinnacle of their sport fulfilling the role of assistant physiotherapist & club masseuse for four successful seasons at ‘Hull Kingston Rovers RLFC’, supporting them through their promotion from National League 1 to securing a place 3 seasons later in the Superleague Play offs. Nicky has also had the privilege of working with the ‘Scotland International RL Team’ in their successful world cup qualifying campaign of 2009 & more recently ‘The Melbourne Storm Australian RL Team’ on a preseason UK tour & World Club Challenge Competition.

On a more local level Nicky has supported many amateur teams in the community and is currently enjoying the position that she has held for the last four years as Club Sport Rehabilitator at Beverley RUFC. Nicky has also formed good relationships with the ‘Beverley Athletics Club’ helping runners of all abilities to attain their goals and has just recently supported a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride in aid of ‘The Daisy Appeal’ set up to help improve research and treatment of Cancer and Heart Disease for people in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.


Dave McKechnie

Dave McKechnie is a Podiatrist, specialising in sports injuries - how to prevent them and how to repair them. At his surgery on Tuesdays at Beverley Wellbeing, he will advise you on all things to do with your feet and legs from chiropody to ski boot fitting, from muscle manipulation to advice on the correct footwear.

Away from the treatment room, Dave loves to spend time with his partner Julie, their newborn daughter Sophia and their French Bulldog, Snoop.

By contrast he also enjoys adrenaline sports such as skiing, paint balling and Thai kick boxing.


Ellen Calder

Ellen Calder holds a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She has an extensive background of treating general musculoskeletal conditions as well as sporting injuries. For the last decade she has worked as a Senior musculoskeletal practitioner in the NHS as well as working in elite sport.

As a qualified injection therapist and acupuncturist Ellen’s combined approach of hands on treatment and exercise allows patients to receive the best available care. Ellen is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Health Professionals Council and the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine.


Rachael Brumfield

Rachael graduated from The University of Salford in July 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sport Rehabilitation. Throughout her time at university Rachael volunteered to provide massage at sporting events such as The British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool and for the Tongan Rugby League Team during the RLWC 2013. Rachael has also provided event massage for charities such as the Christie's Charity at The Greater Manchester Run and accompanied the Beverley Town Cricket Club on their challenge to complete the 3 peaks in 24 hours in aid of leukaemia and lymphoma research.

Since graduating Rachael has worked in a number of different environments such as; Anatomy Manchester, a sports injury clinic providing sports and remedial massage as well as injury assessment and rehabilitation and Reload Sports Massage in St Anton, Austria, working with injured and tired skiers.

On a sporting level, Rachael has spent time working with a number of different Rugby teams for example, Leicester Tigers, Doncaster Knights, Ashton Upon Mersey and she is currently assisting the medical team at Hull Ionians RUFC. Rachael is also a keen sportswoman herself with her main passions being horse riding, hockey and skiing.

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