Our Physio Team

We have a small team of three physiotherapists, all registered with the HPC and with many years of experience within the profession. We all practice acupuncture and Kath and Carolyn completed an advanced acupuncture course on chronic pain. Our Practice is also BUPA registered and Nuffield accredited. All our physiotherapists attend regular post graduate courses and continue to expand and update their knowledge.

Carolyn Corner MCSP HPC


Carolyn qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Teesside University in 1990. Since then she worked in the NHS for 7 years at North Tees, Friarage and culminating at Darlington Memorial Hospital where she specialised in orthopaedics and out patients. In 1997 she set up her own private physiotherapy clinic in Southend Avenue, relocating to Blacketts in November 2004. Her particular interest is in necks, backs and joint problems.


Claire Lester MCSP HPC


Claire qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Bradford University in 1996. Since then she has worked within the NHS and the private sector specialising in musculoskeletal conditions. She has a special interest in acute injury having helped to run the physiotherapy service within A and E and fracture clinic during her time at Gateshead NHS Trust. One of her main expertise is the shoulder joint having completed a 6 months secondment with the upper limb service.


Kath Bower MCSP


Kath qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Teesside University with Carolyn in 1990. Since then she has worked in the NHS for 5 years, Ministry of Defence for 5 years and in the private sector for the past 14 years. Kath continues to treat a wide variety of musculoskeltal conditions. She is a member of the Acupuncture Association (AACP), a special interest which developed from her long involvement with the Korean Martial Art, Taekwando.


What our clients say

I have just had two very successful physiotherapy sessions at your Clinic and must congratulate you on providing such a really professional service. Booking was easy and polite through Blacketts Medical Practice and I was lucky to get an appointment on the day I rang, so important when you have injuries or sprains etc. and you’re desperate to get help straight away.

My Physiotherapist, Clare Lester, diagnosed my problem very quickly and clearly explained things with the aid of plastic models. She tailored exercise regimes specifically for me and these have worked very well indeed. Her very professional approach and easy manner gave me full confidence right from the start. Costs are very competitive and with Town Centre location this is a brilliant service indeed.

Harry Stamper

I came to Carolyn on recommendation from a medical friend of mine in the early summer of 2013. An MRI scan revealed I have a number of issues with my spine. My Consultant suggested I try physio first before injections or surgery. From my very first visit to Carolyn for physio I felt there was a big difference. During the time I have been seeing Carolyn, she has helped me to understand what I need to do everyday to help my mobility and relieve pain.

Carolyn has also given me alternative exercises and techniques for the days which are more challenging. I find it empowering to be able to help myself and to have a sense that I am largely in control of my back pain and Carolyn has welcomed that attitude. I also do selected pilates exercises. I still have physio but I feel I am working in partnership with Carolyn to manage my condition. And we are succeeding!

Pam Royle, Darlington

Carolyn Corner Physiotherapy has provided an excellent service for me over the past couple of years. Playing competitive sports I had a variety of injuries ranging from minor strains to major ankle reconstruction that had gone undiagnosed by several physio's before Carolyn established the root cause of my on going ankle instability. Carolyn referred me to an excellent surgeon who specialises in ankle reconstruction and provided continual support throughout even managing the full rehibilitation program back to full fitness. The professional and caring way in which Carolyn has managed my treatment was first class and very supportive. I would highly recommend Carolyn Corner Physiotherapy.

Steve Digby, Darlington