My Story

“de Carle Physiotherapy” officially opened its doors on 18th March 2017. Proud Clinical Director Michelle de Carle, has extensive experience as a Physiotherapist, since graduating with a First Class with Honours Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, from Sheffield Hallam University in 2005.

As a registered member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health Care Professions Council, Michelle has steered her career to gain a multitude of skills, through working in a variety of clinical environments & in various settings:

  • The NHS, including Leicester Royal Infirmary, Nottingham Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital and Nottingham Primary Care Trust
  • Private Hospitals, including BUPA Leicester, Spire Leicester & BMI Coventry
  • Various Private Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinics across the East Midlands
  • Local & County level sport, working with Squash, Syston RFC & Midlands Rugby, Football, Tennis, Golf & Leicestershire County Cricket Club athletes.
  • At National squad level with Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Leicester City Football Club and disabled and non-disabled athletes, representing Great Britain in Judo, Taekwondo, Ski, Springboard Diving, Athletics, Wheelchair Table Tennis, Weight Lifting, Volleyball, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Ballroom & Latin Dance, Ballet & Contemporary Dance
  • Internationally Michelle worked with athletes of  Brazilian Judo & Formula 3 Car Racing

Working in Podium level sport raised Michelle’s career platform as a Physiotherapist and during the road to London 2012 Paralympics, Michelle was the Men’s GB Wheelchair Basketball squad Physiotherapist.


Michelle took the decision to return to University and academically underpin her clinical experiences within the field of sport & exercise medicine. Despite having to overcome difficulties with Dyslexia, in 2009 Michelle completed a PG Cert in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Bath, then in 2012 Michelle returned to Sheffield Hallam University and achieved a Master of Science in Sport Injury Management & Therapy.


Michelle has been a key member within established sports medicine teams over the years, and thoroughly enjoyed working within disability and non-disability elite level sports, however, after 2012 Michelle returned to working within Private Hospitals. This enabled her to develop strong links with many consultants and GP’s, as a Clinical Specialist across a number of Physiotherapy fields including; Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic, Paediatrics, Neurology, Rheumatology & Breast Cancer Care & Aquatic Therapy, which has been invaluable. In 2014 Michelle was promoted to Deputy Physiotherapy Manager and to Head of Clinical Services as Physiotherapy Manager in 2016.

The sudden passing of Michelle’s dad, to Ischaemic Heart Disease in 2016, brought with it a career changing decision to set up “de Carle Physiotherapy”. Michelle offers Physiotherapy assessments & treatments, Injury Risk Reduction Programs, Triage Clinics and as a tribute to her dad’s passion for keeping fit, Michelle has combined her scientific knowledge & clinical experience to offer a variety of Exercise Classes for adults and children.


Creating awareness around the importance of exercise to all generations is key to reducing both short and long term health problems. From a young age Michelle was part of a very active and sporty family. She excelled in Roller Skating at Granby Halls, Badminton for Leicestershire County, Volleyball for the Midlands squad and England Cadets, Swimming and Dance, namely Freestyle, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Cheerleading styles. Her aim is to encourage adults and children to get fitter and stay fit for as long as they can, while having fun. No matter what your level of ability, fitness, stage of injury or illness, with the right advice, there are ways to improve your physical, mental and medical health and wellbeing.


Michelle holds the following positions:

  • Member of the Health Care Professional Council
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)
  • Vice Chair of the APCP Paediatric Physiotherapists in the Private Sector (PPiPS) Committee, across the UK
  • An accredited advisor and member of the UK Anti-Doping association (UKAD)
  • An accredited advisor and member of the UK Anti-Doping association (UKAD)
  • Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport & Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)
  • Member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)
  • Member of the Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP) previously Hydrotherapy
  • Trained in DMA Clinical Pilates and Clinical Yoga and taught this method for a number of years

I have so many people to thank for supporting me along my career journey so far, from helping me with getting dissertations in on time, to all the cups of tea (and water) during the late evenings and weekends I’ve worked. I have learnt so much about myself along the way. With an immense amount of persistence, determination and patience, I’m made of strong stuff. For this I have my parents Lesley and Graham to be eternally grateful for.

I would like to extend my gratitude to my husband, sisters, aunties, uncles, cousins, old friends, new friends and clients for supporting my decision to set up “de Carle Physiotherapy” and helping my vision become a reality. I’m looking forward to tackling the many adventures that are on the road ahead with you all


“You’ve got one body, together we’ll look after it” – Michelle de Carle

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