The Health Shack Team
Health Shack have an experienced team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and trainers who will carry out a thorough assessment of your condition, including any medical stipulations from your doctor, and then formulate a customised exercise plan designed to precisely match your requirements and objectives.
The team will then give comprehensive pre-exercise training and advice followed by supervision, monitoring and encouragement during the exercise periods. Client progress will be logged and recorded to check actual achievement against plan. The plan can then be adapted and refined as the client progresses through the exercise programme.
Specialist Occupational Therapist & Managing Director of Health Shack
Annette is the founder and MD of Health Shack. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 and for the last 14 years has worked in neurology, cardiac rehabilitation, learning disabilities, forensics, acute and organic mental health wards, and finally specialising in dementia and older peoples’ services.
In 2014 Annette was awarded the Medipex Best NHS Innovation award for the Visual Memory Assessment Tool (VMAT) for Yorkshire & Humber region and was nominated by NHS England in 2015. Annette’s aim is to offer “everyone the ability to exercise”. Health Shack is taking a very medical & rehabilitative approach to facilitate those who would normally feel they had nowhere to go to achieve their goals, both physically and mentally.
Trainee Manager/ Assistant Practitioner
Danielle has an extensive background in retail and management, namely the optical industry. Danielle has also completed an aromatherapy diploma, she is first aid trained and has also completed her CPR training. She has a keen interest in Health and fitness herself but enjoys helping other people reach their goals. Danielle has taken a new career path and is currently studying Health and Social Care with the view to completing her course as an Assistant Practitioner. Danielle currently works to support clients attending Health Shack her role is to assesses capability, to design a suitable programme providing encouragement to achieve client centred goals.
Danielle follows the company’s ethic which is to empower people of any age with any disability to be able to exercise.
Health Shack Consultant
Shelley qualified as a teacher of English and Sport at Newcastle University and has taught in a variety of educational settings for 38 years, including secondary school and the 16-19 sector. As a senior manager for Specialist Support in a large college, she built up extensive experience in medical, Special Needs and Disability support, and has a very proactive approach to identification of need, target setting and attainment of personal goals. This has involved working with people with a wide variety of health and other issues.
Shelley has long experience of working with people, managing individuals and teams and working in one-to-one and team situations. She has had extensive training in mental health support, Equality and Diversity, Inclusion, Safeguarding and counselling and works effectively with each individual to identify his or her requirements and work towards better health and wellbeing.
Beverley joined the Health Shack team in July 2018. She has 15 years’ experience of working in Educational support in a post 16 college with particular specialism in Deaf awareness. Also mentoring, testing and assessing students in preparation for exams. She is currently studying for a degree in Health Care Science on a distance learning programme.
Beverley has a keen interest in Health and fitness. She is passionate about helping people achieve results. With her experience of risk assessment, she is able to design suitable cardio programmes for people of any fitness level. Beverley has faced her own health challenges, having recently undergone a hip replacement. She is able to use this experience to benefit others in preparation for surgery and post-surgery rehabilitation.