Our Dry Needling Instructors

Craig Smith – South Africa, UK
Craig Smith, Director of Club Physio and former physio to the SA Proteas cricket team from 1991 – 2002 qualified from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Physio and a BSc Sports Science in 1989.

His first professional sports physio position was as physio to the touring rebel England cricket team to South Africa in 1990 (Mike Gatting was captain). He then joined the South African cricket team from 1991 – 2002 as the lead team physio. Craig worked and toured with the likes of Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Jonty Rhodes and Jacques Kallis and also worked in club rugby (UCT), professional footbal (Hellenic) and tennis (exhibition series of matches with Anna Kournikova and Amanda Coetzer).

In 2003-2010 Craig worked in county cricket in the UK with Lancashire, Nottingham (2004-2009) and as a consultant physio with Hampshire in 2010. In 2003 he start Club Physio, a seminar and courses facilitating company that now runs and facilitates physio, sports medicine and manual therapy course in Southern Africa, the UK, Ireland, Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East and the USA. To read up more click here.

Dr Christopher Norris – UK
Dr Christopher Norris is a Chartered Physiotherapist (MCSP) who qualified from Pinderfields College in 1981. He gained a Masters degree (MSc) in Exercise Science (physical habilitation) from Liverpool University in 1988 and a Doctorate (PhD) from Staffordshire University in 2009. His PhD research was on spinal rehabilitation. Chris holds postgraduate certification in both Occupational Health (cert OH) and Orthopaedic medicine (MSOM).chris norris An experienced acupuncturist, Chris trained in western acupuncture in the 1980’s with the Society of Biophysical Medicine and gained an advanced certificate in Chinese Acupuncture from Renshu college in London in 1999. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC), and an advanced member and tutor for the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). Chris Norris is the author of twelve books on physiotherapy, exercise, and acupuncture. His textbook ‘Managing sport injuries’ (Elsevier) is the set book on many physiotherapy and sport therapy courses, and his book ‘Back Stability’ (Human Kinetics) has received top reviews in both the UK and USA. Chris has also produced educational CDs on Back Stability, Acupuncture, Stretching exercise and Weight training. Chris has published over 200 magazine articles. He has written scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, and articles for popular health, exercise, and science magazines. To read up more click here.

Dr Chris Yelverton – South Africa
Dr. Yelverton qualified with a Masters Degree in chiropractic from the Technikon Witwatersrand, now the University of Johannesburg in 2000. He commenced work as lecturer in 1999, and has been Head of Department at the University of Johannesburg since 2001. He has supervised over 70 masters dissertations, and has presented both nationally and internationally. He has been the past Regional Chairman of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa and has also maintained a private practice in a multi-disciplinary environment since 2000. He has taught dry needling for the past 6 years; to read up more, click here.

Thomas Roundhill – Canada

Prior to completing his formal Physiotherapy training from the University of British Colombia’s faculty of Medicine in 1999, Thomas studied Kinesiology at the University of Victoria, and has since completed extensive professional education in the areas of manual therapy and orthopaedics through the Canadian Orthopaedic Division.

Since graduating from Physiotherapy, Thomas has developed his clinical experience and manual therapy skills by working with various populations in Australia, Victoria and throughout Greater Vancouver. He has worked with regional, national and Olympic level athletes, and has worked alongside industry leaders and internationally acclaimed clinicians, researchers and instructors.

Thomas has a special interest in the areas of lumbar-pelvic-hip pain, neuropathic dysfunction, postural and movement disorders, shoulder girdle dysfunction and core stabilization.

To know more about Thomas, click here.


Naveen Kumar – India

Naveen Kumar, M.P.T. Neurology, CDNP, is an Academician (faculty of Physiotherapy) and clinical Physiotherapist at Nizam’s Institute of Medical sciences, Hyderabad. Naveen’s clinical experience includes Physiotherapy management in conditions related to Neurology, Neurosurgery and Musculo skeletal conditions. He has underwent other training courses like Neurodynamics, Kinesio taping and PNF. Academic experience includes teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students of Physiotherapy, Guide for more than 20 post graduate dissertations. His special interests are nerve muscle physiology, pain mechanisms, and use of electro physical agents on myofascial system in Neuro, Musculo skeletal conditions.

naveen kumar Naveen learned his Dry Needling and completed his modules in July 2012, undergoing training from Club Physio
and the Dry Needling Institute. Positive results of Dry Needling motivated him to go further in this field and he became
a certified Dry Needling practitioner after passing both his practical and theory exams in July 2013. He has assisted on
the Level 1 Dry Needling Courses with Claire Waumsley and Dr. Chris Yelverton and became a certified Instructor
in September 2014.

Naveen has assisted and co-taught courses in the UK and UAE and has taught the Level 1 DN course in Hyderabat and
New Delhi, India in 2014.



Billy Byrne, Ireland

Billy has been involved in the practice and teaching of Bodywork for almost 14 years.  He has a special interest in the area of Trigger Point Dry Needling, and its role in the treatment of Myofascial Pain and various sports related injuries – this includes working with the world renowned cast of Riverdance for the last 10 years.

Billy studied with the pioneers in the Dry Needling field, such as Drs Bob Gerwin and Jan Dommeholt in the United States and is currently involved in the delivery and teaching of Dry Needling Courses throughout Ireland and the UK with Club Physio.


Sujata Khire Kharwandikar; Dubai , UAE.

Sujata completed her Bachelors Degree in physiotherapy in India in 2002 , an thereafter pursued a Masters in Physiotherapy from the Sancheti Institute in Pune , India . She has been a licensed physiotherapist in Dubai for the past 7 years . She has also completed her training to become a certified Kinesiotaping Instructor from the Kinesiotaping Association International in Oct 2014.

Having come across and treated numerous patients with myofascial disorders, Sujata decided to take up dry needling as an additional tool in her treatment and got trained in 2009. Since then she has been integrating her clinical skills of dry needling , kinesiotaping and manual therapy to treat all sorts of neuromusculoskeletal and myofascial disorders in her clinical ptractice.

Encouraged by the excellent results and the increasing popularity of the dry needling among her patients as well as her physiotherapist colleagues worldwide, Sujata decided to take up teaching dry needling and first assisted with Club Physio’s dry needling courses before co-teaching with Dr Chris Yelverton.

She is a certified spinal manual therapist and her special interests are in preventive medicine and sports rehabilitation .

Teaching is a passion to her and she aims to work towards increasing the awareness about the scope of physiotherapy and rehabilitative medicine among her patients and the medical professionals as well. For more, click here


Clinical assistants:
Participants who have completed the level 1 course and are consistently needling in their clinical practice and have been doing so for more than 6 months following the completion of their course, can apply to be a clinical assistant on a DN level 1 courses. Assisting on a DN course is a great way of re-inforcing your DN theory and practical techniques and anatomy for DN. Clinical course assistants help with needling techniques, superficial anatomy, answering queries, advising re needle insertion and disposal techniques, course admin, needling demonstration and venue set up. Clinical assistants need to complete 70 hours of DN assisting on the mod Level 1 course which will apply towards becoming a DN instructor. The following therapists have clinically assisted on our DN Level 1 courses: Olufemi Aiyenuro, Ruth Galvin, John Lyttle, Barbara O’Shaughnessy, Anna Bartyzel, Jenny Wickford, Jackie Doidge, Ali Cimbiz, Andre Heyns, Petrina Scullion, Simon Rowan, Sourjit Mouharana, Jana Lalikova, Diana Pinto, Noora Butti, Shaju Kareem, Judith O’Brien and Brendan Kirrane.





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