Meet The Team

Angela Dainton BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

My name is Angela Dainton. I worked in the NHS for 5 years on graduating as a Physiotherapist in 1995. Since then I have worked in the Private Sector in Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinics. I worked in Australia for 5 years where I became proficient in treating a variety of Sports Injuries, working alongside Sports Physicians and the Northern Territory Institute of Sports (NTIS). I also worked alongside the Royal Flying Doctors, visiting remote Aboriginal communities.

It was whilst in Australia that I gained my qualifications in the treatment of Lymphoedema and Lipoedema. I helped to set up a Lymphoedema service in Alice Springs,Australia and this included raising awareness of both Lymphoedema and Lipoedema to local GP’s (this was done via a formal training module that counted towards their CPD).

I have also lectured and ran workshops for Nurses and Undergraduate and Post Graduate Doctors. My specialties include Musculo-skeletal and Sports Medicine, Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture and the Management of Lymphoedema.

My hobbies include cooking, swimming, tennis,golf and going to the gym .I have 2 children aged 21 and 18.I have 3 dogs and love to walk them each day in the park.

I am committed to keeping up to date with all aspects of Physiotherapy. I am also a Pilates Instructor.

Craig Dainton

Practice Manager

Hello, my name is Craig and I am the Practice Manager. My role is to manage the day to day running of the business. If you have an enquiry, I can help. I joined Atherton Physiotherapy in October 2018 to help my wife run the business. My interests are walking, listening to books and watching sport on TV.

Rachel Walters BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy


After qualifying in June 2006 from Bradford University I have worked in a variety of settings. In the Sports Injury setting I worked for ‘Rochdale Hornets’ Rugby team. I also have significant experience in managing complex multi trauma injuries which involves physiotherapy rehabilitation and liaison with other service providers to enable clients to get back to work ASAP.
As well as treating every day aches and pains I can visit the workplace and perform Functional Capacity Evaluation to assist the employer assess their employees’ capability of returning to work after a period off work due to ill health.
I am married with one child. I love to attend bootcamp/circuit style fitness training sessions. By keeping fit and active I believe I can better serve our clients.

Georgia Murphy BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy


Hi my name is Georgia. I am an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist that graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 and I am currently completing a Masters degree in Advanced Clinical Practice. I have a depth of experience in diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries through a variety of physiotherapy techniques.

I am strive for high quality patient care and I will work with you to gain speedy recovery and optimum health.

I have a passion for fitness and like to keep healthy by lifting weights and running.

Mia Gilfillan BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy 


Hello, my name is Mia. I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2020. I have a keen interest in Sports and fitness – I run and go to the gym. My enthusiasm for my work comes from helping others to feel well and achieve their goals. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to be free from pain.

Helen Kimber MSC Nutrition, Level 3 REPS Personal trainer and Fitness Instructor

Class Instructor – ‘Balls n Bands’ Class Instructor

Hi there, my name is Helen Kimber and I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor, registered with REPS. I teach all different types of exercise classes. At Atherton Physiotherapy, I teach the Balls n Bands HIIT class. Interval training has been proven to have health benefits above and beyond other forms of exercise and it is time efficient.

My other passions are Yoga and nutrition. I have practiced yoga for over 25 years.

I am also a fully qualified nutritionist, helping people to be well again through their food choices. I am a great believer in working with people to help them so they understand the principles of nutrition and so they can make informed choices about the foods that they eat. My clients range from individuals who have always been on a diet but never stuck to it, to those with a variety of health problems from weight gain, food intolerance, menopausal symptoms, constipation, IBS, skin conditions, migraine. I have also worked with professional sports people. One thing I will NEVER do put you on a diet!

Michela Smith D.Pod.M MCPod 


My name is Michela Smith and I am a HCPC registered
Podiatrist/Chiropodist with 34 years of clinical experience.

I graduated from the Northern College of Chiropody (now
Salford University School of Podiatry) in 1987 after a 3 year
course with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine.

I worked exclusively for the first 18 years of my career for
Warrington NHS Podiatry service where I worked in various
multi-disciplinary clinics. I also undertook roles which included
working in Mental Health units, specialist Diabetes clinics and
routinely performed Nail Surgery sessions.

I left to work as an associate in a busy private Podiatry practice
in Culcheth for 9 years where I honed my skills further.
I now work exclusively for myself offering both Clinic
appointments here at Atherton Physiotherapy Centre & Home
Visit appointments in and around the local area.

I am still passionate about my job and continually strive to
extend my knowledge by attending mandatory training each
year to keep my skills up to date. I feel privileged to have a job I
love and to provide an essential service keeping people active,
mobile and pain free!

I am married with 2 children age 27 and 18 and have a Yorkshire
Terrier named Bella.

I enjoy listening to music, reading and going to the cinema.