Our Physiotherapists

Who are we?

Have a read up and learn more about our skilled and experienced team of Physiotherapists at Straight Back.

Stuart Fossella

Stuart Fossella

Stuart has more than 10 years experience as a Physiotherapist. He qualified with a degree in Physiotherapy from Brunel University, and became a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2005.

Before this, he completed a degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Portsmouth University in 1999.

His first role as a Physiotherapist was within the Gloucestershire NHS foundation Trust in 2006, where he began specialising in Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Outpatient Physiotherapy.

In 2009 he took the chance to further his professional skills by working in private practice in Queenstown, New Zealand. This opportunity gave exposure to working with professional skiers and snowboarders as the Winter Games came to town.

He returned to Cheltenham in 2010 and has now been able to establish Straight Back Physiotherapy, with his now wife Sarah. As they believe everyone should be able to access an excellent and professional Physiotherapy service that is affordable.

Stuart is a keen sportsman enjoying running, football and snowboarding-helping him to diagnose and treat the ‘weekend warrior', and the professional athlete.

Stuart has links with Wales U18 Hockey and provides pitch side Physio for Cheltenham College 1st XV.

Alongside his role at Straight Back Physiotherapy, he continues part-time roles locally including providing in house Physiotherapy at Cheltenham College.

Always keen to further his clinical skills, recently undertaken courses include-

  • Running Biomechanical analysis & Gait retraining
  • Weightlifting workshop with UKSCA
  • Running Repairs
  • Practical Podicatric Biomechanics
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Acupuncture, AACP Foundation course

Sarah Fossella (nee Carpenter)

Sarah Fossella (nee Carpenter)

Sarah has extensive experience as a privately practicing Physiotherapist.

She qualified with a degree in Physiotherapy from Brunel University, and became a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist in 2005.

Sarah has always had a passion for understanding how the body works and functions. This interest stemmed from her love of sport, and she was successful herself in both netball and hockey where she represented her county and the West of England.

Sarah was inspired by the Physiotherapists treatment and prevention of injuries within her teams, and hence was spurred on to offer the same skills to the public by studying Physiotherapy at University.

Sarah began her Physiotherapy career in 2005, and has worked across public and private sectors of Physiotherapy.

She has strong experience in treating sporting injuries, post-operative Orthopaedic injury management, and dealing with musculoskeletal pain. Sarah has spent time working in a sports clinic in New Zealand, and enjoyed working with both acute and chronic injuries of many of the New Zealand Team Winter Games competitors.

Daily she assists in the education and management of pain, ensuring restoration of movement and helping people back to their normal lifestyle.

Sarah is HCPC registered and also a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

PHILOSOPHY: “I believe in a ‘hands on’ approach to treatment and believe that it should be affordable for everyone. I favour manual therapy accompanied with an individual exercise rehabilitation programme to ensure people get back to their desired level of activity after an injury.”

Sarah prides herself in her highly developed assessment skills and exercise rehabilitation techniques. She has a special interest in sports injuries especially that of the knee and ankle.

In her spare time she enjoys snow boarding and running but most of all caring for her and Stuart's new daughter Freya.

Post graduate certificates:

  • Foundation course in Acupuncture
  • Kinesio taping
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Certificate in emergency first aid

Registered treatment provider for members of BUPA, AVIVA, AXA PPP and all other major insurance groups.