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.

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.


Hasan Ali Alabdulalali – Saudi Arabia


Physiotherapist , King Faisal University (KSA)

Certified Manual Therapist (Curtin University Australia)

Dry Needling Instructor at ClubPhysio (South Africa)

Area of Expertise: Certified Dry Needling Practitioner and Certified Dry Needling Instructor

Dry Needling ; Manual therapy ; Working as sports physiotherapist, with national and local Hand Ball Teams since 10 years.

Courses:  Dry Needling Level One And Two.



Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam, PT, Ph.D.
Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam, Ph.D., MPT, M.Dip.Acu, CDNP, is the current Senior Grade Assistant Professor of NITTE University, specialized in Neurological Physical Therapy, Dry Needling, Classical Acupuncture and differential diagnosis for a variety of neuromusculoskeletal
conditions. He is the first Indian researcher to hold the doctorate in Intramuscular Electrical Stimulation and Dry Needling and has more than 15 years of academic and clinical experience in the Physiotherapy field.
He has received a Bachelor of Physical Therapy Science from the Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University (Chennai), a Master of Physical Therapy from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (Bangalore), Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from the NITTE deemed to be University (Mangaluru). Also, he received a post-graduate Master Diploma in Acupuncture (Global Institute, Madurai), a post-graduate certificate in Research Methodology and Biostatistics (K S Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore) and Dry Needling through the Club
Physio Dry Needling Institute (South Africa) and Indian Academy of Dry Needling (India). Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam, Fellow of the Indian Association of physiotherapists, has a special interest in the use of dry needles for the treatment of myofascial pain, post-traumatic elbow and knee stiffness, spasticity, TMJ and craniofacial pain, and chronic pain, etc. Since 2012, he is practicing the dry needling and acupuncture and has published several research articles on Dry Needling and Physiotherapy in the peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam awarded a Ph.D. degree for his research work on the title “Trigger Point Dry Needling and Intramuscular Electrical Stimulation in Non-traumatic shoulder pain disorders” – a randomized clinical trial from NIITE University, India. Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam has done his advanced dry needling course with CRAIG SMITH in Bangalore (March 2018), worked as an assistant for 5 days dry needling courses in Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. He appeared for the instructor exam in June 2019 at Mumbai and passed his exam to become a dry needling instructor


Clinical assistants: Participants who have completed the level 1&2 courses and who 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 an informal 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, safety and venue set up.

Clinical assistants who want to become a designate instructor need to have passed the Dry Needling Practitioner competency exam and officially join the assistant’s programme by signing the assistants agreement form and completing 105 hours of DN assisting and co-demonstrating on the Level 1 &2 courses which will then apply towards becoming a DN instructor. Only official designate instructors may take the DN instructor exam and certify as a competent dry needing instructor with Club Physio.