Simon Carley-Smith

Specialist Climbing and Sports Physiotherapist

Extended Scope Practitioner


Simon is a highly experienced specialist physiotherapist, practicing at the highest clinical levels in both sports and NHS Physiotherapy. He is a founder and Director of RISE and leads the clinical team. Having a special interest in finger, elbow and shoulder injuries, his passion and knowledge around diagnosis and treatment of all climbing related injuries is unrivalled in the South West of England, and he regularly treats and advises climbers operating and competing at the very highest levels.

Simon is also proud to be working with the English Institute of Sport, supporting Womens Artistic Gymnasts on the British Gymnastics team with weekly prehab, rehabilitation and performance focussed therapy. He has a broad experience of top level sport, from working in Premiership Football to supporting athletes at the World Half Marathon Championships and Olympic training camps.

In the NHS he is an Extended Scope Practitioner, providing advanced diagnosis and second opinions on complex cases, delivering injection therapy and making decisions on appropriateness for surgical intervention.

With his diverse clinical background Simon has the assessment skills to get you an accurate diagnosis, and the hands on therapy and rehabilitation expertise to keep you in your chosen sport and return you to form in the minimum of time. His practice involves a combination of exercise therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, acupuncture, joint mobilisation and manipulation.

For more complex or serious injuries his in depth knowledge of NHS and private healthcare processes ensure you get a thorough and honest opinion of your appropriateness for rehabilitation and other options open to you for management of your condition.


Sarah Hammer

Sports and Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Sarah Hammer is a new and hugely valuable addition to our team at Rise. She has a great depth of experience across elite sports physiotherapy, private practice and in NHS musculoskeletal and orthopaedics clinics. She joins us from the southern hemisphere and brings expertise in contact sports, trauma and strength and conditioning, as well as having a specialist interest in hip, pelvis and lower limb injuries and wrist dysfunction and injury.

Her previous roles have included pitchside support in first grade Australian rugby, and she was head Physio for the Australian Mixed Ultimate Frisbee team, working at the highest international level competitions.

Sarah is herself an elite level, internationally seasoned Ultimate Frisbee player, a keen runner, a cyclist and a new but passionate climber, so she is no stranger to the weird and wonderful injuries that can keep you from doing what you love.

Sarah focuses her practice on expert assessment, hands on treatment and the delivery of the most up to date rehabilitation techniques to help her patients reach their goals - whether they are focussed around a return to sport or as basic as wanting better posture and less pain in daily life. She uses deep tissue massage, mobilisation, manipulation and dry needling for pain relief and symptom modification and exercise therapy to build strength and resilience.

“My favourite part about physio is problem solving and people, so we will have fun getting to the root cause of why this injury has happened and how we can best safeguard against recurrence so you are back doing what you love as quickly as possible”

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Stephanie Carley-Smith

Stott Pilates Advanced Matwork Instructor Pilates Equipment Reformer and Cadillac Instructor

Stephanie directs our Pilates offering at RISE. A highly experienced instructor she gained her skills working in a variety of clinics, studios and private settings, and has now realised her dream of leading her own studio as a Pilates Reformer and Equipment instructor.

Stephanie has experience working with a diverse range of clientele including high level athletes focussed on performance, the general public looking for improvements in flexibility, poise, posture and body confidence, low back pain sufferers needing core conditioning and strength, and specialist groups such as pre-natal and post-natal pilates classes.

Stephanie is an athlete herself; a former international gymnast, skier, surfer and recent convert to triathlon. She has used Pilates to help support her own return to fitness from injuries and bounce back to form, recently completing a Half Ironman just 10 months after the birth of her third child.

Her Pilates teaching emphasises quality movement, posture and flow, with a focus on building strenght and fitness no matter what level you start from.