Meet the VIM Health Team

VIM Health has a multi-disciplinary team of therapists based right here at our East Sussex rehabilitation clinic. From occupational therapists to rehab assistants, every member of our team works together to ensure you have a smooth journey with us and receive the best possible care.

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Passionate about your GOALS

A crucial value each team member holds is their passion for helping people achieve their goals. The team are fully committed to helping you achieve what it is you want during recovery – for some people that may be to get back to work, for others it may be to have the ability to stand again. Your journey and goals are unique, and our patient-centred team possess the listening skills and therapeutic experience to get you to where you want to be. 

Our Clinical Team

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Tom Taverner

Founder and Clinical Director

Tom is the founder of the company along with Jon Graham and Crispin Simon. Tom is a qualified physiotherapist with a special interest in utilising technology to supplement hands on therapy and improve the outcomes and experience of clients. Along with the other founders and team here at VIM, his vision is to create a space where technology and evidence meets holistic practices to provide comprehensive care package’s that are supported by a strong community in a space designed for wellness.

Tom is also passionate about outdoor activities such as surfing and wild swimming and is a keen sportsman with a focus on healthy living. This is in part why VIM Gym is so important as a new concept, as it is apparent how difficult access to quality equipment and appropriate spaces are for certain community members. 

Jon Graham

Jon Graham

Founder and Medico-Legal Partner

Jon obtained his Batchelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Teesside in 1992. He also holds a Masters’ Degree in Cognitive Psychology. Jon is a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist with extensive experience of treating adults and adolescents with complex Neurological conditions and Polytrauma using manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and technology.

Jon prepares Physiotherapy medico-legal reports, and has prepared quantum reports for Claimants, quantum and causality reports for Defendants and quantum reports for both parties as a Single Joint Expert. He has also been instructed by solicitors to prepare reports since 2012 addressing the suitability of and potential benefits of exoskeleton technology use for claimants.

Jon has a passion for outdoor activities from cycling, ultra marathons and can often be found abseiling down a cliff or waterfall.

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Bex Walters

Clinical Lead - Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Bex qualified as a physiotherapist in 2012 and has worked across three large teaching hospitals in London. She has developed skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals following stroke, neuro-surgery, progressive neurological disorders and peripheral nerve diseases.

She currently works as the primary physiotherapist within the cerebral palsy service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She has extensive knowledge in the management of spasticity and rehabilitation post botulinum toxin injections. Also within functional electronic stimulation (FES). She has completed courses in facial rehabilitation, the PD warrior course, upper and lower limb splinting, ‘explain pain’ and the three week Bobath course.

Rebecca has a keen interest in music and travel, often combining the two is her idea of heaven.

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Sophie Peters

Physiotherapist

Since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2018, Sophie has worked at University Hospitals and Haywards Heath. During this time she progressed from a junior to a senior role. Sophie worked across an extensive variety of settings and acquired a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation during her time in Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, the hyper-acute stroke unit and the major trauma ward. 

Outside of work, Sophie loves to go on long walks in the countryside with family and friends. And a spot of paddle boarding (in fair weather).

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Tom Freeman

Sports Therapist & Technology instructor

Tom qualified as a personal trainer in 2010 and more recently as a sports therapist in 2017. He has worked in three different Physiotherapy clinics across the country.

Whilst qualified in Sports Massage, Acupuncture and Kinesiology Taping, Tom also has a special interest in Musculoskeletal conditions and neurological rehabilitation.

Using exercise principles, Tom provides injury prevention and rehabilitation programs to help clients return to optimal levels of functional fitness and mobility.

Tom likes to keep an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking and cycling with his Siberian Husky. He has also been passionate about sport, and loves a bit of Cricket or Football.

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Charlotte Buckingham

Physiotherapist

Charlotte qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2012 and has worked in London, Brighton and Australia since then. She has experience and developed skills in neurology, acute stroke care, neurosurgery and neuro rehab. 

She currently works at the University Hospital Sussex Trust as the Team Lead on the Comprehensive Stroke Unit in Brighton, and is passionate about making rehabilitation fun, rewarding and challenging. She has done additional training in upper and lower limb casting, introduction to Bobath and postural stability work. 

In her free time, whilst not looking after her two young children, Charlotte has a passion for home improvement and often starting another DIY project. 

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Lisa Croggon

Physiotherapist

Lisa qualified from Brighton university in 2011 and has always had an interest in neurology. Since qualifying she has built up extensive experience in acute, inpatient, neuro-rehab, and community settings throughout Surrey and London. Lisa is also currently working as part of the Multiple Sclerosis team at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neuroscience, Queens square.

“I have knowledge, skills and experience in treating people with a range of neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Stroke, Motor Neurone Disease Parkinson’s Disease, Neuromuscular conditions and other progressive neurological conditions.

In my spare time I like going running, cycling and occasionally paddle boarding – although since having a baby last year my time now is usually spent at a soft play or a library rhyme time.”

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Lisa Harris BSc MRCSLT MASLTIP HPC registered

Senior Consultant Speech, Language and Cognitive Therapist

Lisa is a Senior Consultant Speech, Language and Cognitive Therapist with over 25 years experience working in the rehabilitation of adults and children with communication, cognitive and swallowing difficulties resulting from neurological injury or disease. She is a specialist in treating people with difficulties resulting from:

  • Brain tumour
  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

 

Lisa works closely with patients to treat their condition as intensively as is required, and is highly motivated in enabling their recovery. She will support them and their family to communicate as effectively as possible and manage any cognitive difficulties such as memory or processing problems.

Lisa is currently in private practice having founded The Brain Injury Communication Clinic in 2004. She is on the Advisory Committee for Aphasia for the Stroke Association and works alongside the team at the London Neurosurgery Partnership in Harley Street, London. She has held several specialist posts in London NHS hospitals; has been head of department for two neurological rehabilitation units; and has been a post graduate clinical tutor at The City University, London.

Lisa is dedicated to her work, and is known to read neurology books on the beach….however when not working she loves time with her family, cooking, wine, running with her dogs and  travelling,

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Jenny Radcliffe

Clinical Psychologist

Jenny is a clinical health psychologist with over 17 years experience of working with people with emotional and physical health problems. Jenny works primarily within a cognitive-behavioural therapy model, drawing on mindfulness techniques and psychosocial models of health and wellbeing. She works with adults who have difficulties with: depression; anxiety; emotional eating and obesity; assessment and preparation for weight loss surgery; coping after weight loss surgery; weight management; coping with chronic health problems, such as chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome; excessive health anxiety; distress arising from physical health problems; coping with life stress; self-esteem and confidence issues; compulsive shopping/over-spending behaviour.

Our Management Team

Crispin Simon MBE

Crispin Simon MBE

Founder and Advisory Board Chair

Crispin Simon is chair of the Advisory Board and, from the start, has shared the same vision of Tom and Jon, his co-founders. Alongside his role at Vim Health, Crispin is Chair of Prothea Technologies, a medical technology University spin-out; and prior to this, he was British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India and HM Trade Commissioner for South Asia.   

Crispin has extensive leadership and commercial experience across both the private and public sectors. He spent 20 years as chief executive of medical technology companies operating in the fields of cardiology, cancer and neurological rehabilitation. He was formerly a non-executive director of two NHS organisations: The Trust Development Authority and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Crispin is a trustee of OSCAR, a charity that supports education through team sports in low income communities in India.

Outside of work he has a keen interest in sport with an ever watchful eye over his local Bath Rugby team.

Sadie O’Reilly

Sadie O’Reilly

Operations Manager

Sadie has 20+ years of management experience, managing large teams of people across different companies and over multiple sites. Sadie works alongside the clinical team to ensure all the operational aspects of the company flow seamlessly which in turn supports the customer experience. Recently taking on a career change to follow ambitions of improving peoples lives she has stepped in the role at VIM.

Outside of work Sadie is a health enthusiast and can often be seen paddling around the pier on her paddle board at Brighton beach. 

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Hayley King

Communications Manager

Hayley is our content creator and social media extraordinaire. She’s the one behind the scroll, recording footage and who you’ll be speaking to should you send us a DM on Facebook or Instagram. She puts together our quarterly newsletter and can also be found researching behind the scene for new leads.

Hayley works for us part time and when she’s not at work she’s either on the school run, at an after school club or squeezing in stretching on her yoga mat before the sun comes up.

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