We now know that keeping moving is good for our Physical and Mental health. Recently its been highlighted that inactivity can make us vulnerable to all manner of illnesses, both chronic and, increasingly- viral.
But do you have problems that hold you back, such as a painful foot, knee pain when you try to run or just feeling uncomfortable when walking any distance?

We are the professionals to help!

We will understand your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction by listening, doing a comprehensive examination and using advanced tools such as force plates and pressure plates to build a detailed picture of your movement function.

With understanding and a diagnosis, we will agree with you a treatment plan that could include training plans, exercise therapy & Personal Training,  Strength & Conditioning, mobilisation of joints, massage, acupuncture or world class orthotics and  insoles.

We have a whole host of therapeutic skills to help you get back to where you would like to be, whether it be walking to the shops or going for a 10k personal best.

It may be just one of us that sees you, or  a combination.

When you are are at your best we can help you stay that way through our regular classes.



Our lead reception team Helen and Debbie


Our reception team has great experience in the health and customer service industries and we are really lucky to have them.

Debbie and Helen can help with your choice of products and advise which of our team you should see.

They can help with off the shelf insoles, braces such as knee braces foot products and supports plus a great selection of Joya shoes.

Lead Podiatrist
Gait Analysis
Business Owner

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David has a passionate interest in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot pathologies and their effect on the whole body.

He has a particular interest in  gait analysis and foot orthoses prescription with specialisation in 3D printed Foot Orthoses, for which he has presented a scientific posters and is inventor on patents.

   David has been adding to his foot health knowledge since 1985 and is currently studying for a Masters degree in  Clinical Gait Analysis         


  • Specialist and referral point for gait analysis & foot orthoses, including clients at premiership football teams, other professional sports teams, and individual athletes. 

  • Developed North East’s first Podiatric based cycling assessments

  • Manager of THE GAIT CLINIC

  • Qualified practitioner in Podiatric acupuncture.

  • Regular Lecturer to Health Care Professionals.

  • Accredited clinical educator

  • Bond Solon qualified in Medico- legal reports 


Outside work.

David is married and has four children that keeps him busy, but he is instilling in them his lifelong interest in running, cycling, outdoors, camping and mountaineering.


Throughout this time, David has managed to also become a qualified British Sub Aqua Club Advanced Diver and Instructor, a qualified British Parachute Association Instructor and Formation Skydiving Coach and got his 1st Dan in Kendo 2015.

David is a Scout leader and is a qualified Mountain Leader.

  • B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Podiatry

  • PG.Dip. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Gait Analysis

Sports Massage
Personal Training
Strength & Conditioning (From Oct.2022)

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Josh has a Masters degree Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning and a 1st Class Degree in Applied Sport Science,.

Josh also obtained his Sports Massage qualification in 2019, he has since loved every minute of the journey. He has a professional attentiveness that doesn’t go unnoticed. Here’s a few words from him.

“Hi Team, if Sports Massage is something you’re used to or you simply want to give it a try, the Gait Clinic is the place for you. Doesn’t muscle recovery & relaxation, grinding out those knots, locating imbalances or getting a well-deserved treatment just sound good? Here we will lay out the path to getting you back moving the way you want. Being back on top form isn’t just a want, it’s a need. Your recovery, comfort and wellbeing will be at the centre of each treatment, in a safe professional environment. Whether you simply need 30 minutes to unwind, or a vigorous 1 hour full body treatment, I am here to help! I look forward to meeting you, Josh.”

  • B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Sports Science

  • Level 3 ITEC Sports Massage


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Ellie Eitani is an accomplished massage therapist and a member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA).

She is qualified in:
Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy

Soft Tissue Release (STR) and Muscle Energy Techniques

Myofascial dry Cupping

Dry needling including Auricular and Acupuncture

Pregnancy Massage

Thai Stick Foot Massage

Harmonic Technique

For the past 5 years Ellie has gained vast experience working with sportsmen and women of all levels, clients with specific injuries and those who use massage for stress relief and relaxation.

Her aim is to effectively treat all Musculoskeletal conditions to provide a complete package of care and maintenance. In her own words “By implementing the varied therapy skills I have, I tailor each treatment to suit your individual need”

Clients who have praised her work have suffered from:

shoulder pain

neck and back pain

hip pain

golfer and tennis elbow


foot pain and achilles pain

anxiety and stress

among many issues presented to her. Her aim is to promote well-being and balance, relaxing tense muscles, improving circulation and range of movement and relieving pain.

You can catch up with her posts facebook: @elliemassagetherapy


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Shaun has a Bachelor of Science in Orthotics.

Shaun graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Prior to this Shaun has gained valuable experience as an Orthotic Technician where they have been heavily involved in the design and manufacturing of custom orthoses. Over the past 20 years his experience has taken him throughout the UK and across New Zealand.
Post-graduation Shaun has extended his career as an Orthotist working in an NHS setting with a keen interest in Lower limb biomechanics.

Orthotists are highly skilled part of the medical team that can assess your needs and take careful and precise measurements
They will then supervise the making, fitting and adjustment of the orthosis, as well as educating you in the fitting and use of your orthotic. We can assess you and promptly make your device. Shaun would be delighted to use his skills to assess how we can help with your problems. 
Orthoses and shoes can be selected from a special range of readymade devices we carry at The Gait Clinic or custom made by our suppliers.
In fact, Shaun is a director at Gaitworx Ltd, a local an highly skilled manufacturer of foot orthoses.

Andre Viana


Andre is a UK trained Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
He has over 8 years of experience working with wide range of clients including people who have desk based jobs, those returning to exercise, people looking to achieve weight loss goals and professional athletes preparing for a competition.
A few words from Andre,

" I enjoy helping others on their journey whether that is back to sporting activities or simply to live healthier .
In my work I use a combination of resistance training, movement assessment, Pilates and strengthening exercises to help and treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries.
I am a avid sports person myself and have a keen interest in Pilates because it is an integrated training system promoting strength, balanced muscle development, flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints."

Paula Bennet


Paula has taught Pilates since 2009. She teaches group classes, one to one sessions and reformer sessions.

Paula has trained on the specialist Level 4 lower back care course and has trained extensively in many areas of Pilates. Paula is continually training and has just completed her Yoga certificate with a view to combining knowledge from many different disciplines into her Pilates classes.  

After working on her own knee and back issues Paula become very much interested in gait analysis and the important role the foot plays in this.

Alongside her Pilates teaching Paula also works as a Strength and Balance trainer for Age UK and works with people who have been referred by the NHS falls clinic. Paula often combines strength and balance exercises into her Pilates classes.