Meet the Tyhtan team

BSc Physio, MCSP, AACP, HCPC reg. Children’s and Sports Specialist Physiotherapist,

Director of Physiolistic Clinic

Founder - Children’s and Sports Specialist Physiotherapist

Angela Botha

Angela knew from the age of 12 that she wanted to be a physio. Coming from a medical family in which her father practiced as a GP, she trained in South Africa, qualifying top of her class. She also enjoyed a sporting youth playing hockey, golf, tennis, squash, swimming, volleyball and waterskiing.


Her passion for helping people through physiotherapy has seen her work in both the NHS and in a local independent hospital as a physiotherapy manager. It was while in these multi-disciplinary environments that Angela wanted to take the extensive experience she had gained in a new direction by opening her own business (Physiolistic) which has physio at its core but which is also supported by complementary therapies such as sports massage and nutrition in recognition of the important role these treatments have in whole body healing. Angela has retained her quality assurred practioner status (only100 physios out of 27000 private physiotherapists achieve this accolade)) 


Angela developed a specialist interest in paediatric and adoloescent injuries and has completed numerous post graduate courses and further studies.  Being a mum to an 11 and 13 year old, Angela has had first hand experience of the benefit of strengthening with her hypermobile son. Aged 7 he struggled with sport and his hypermobility also affected his school work ( handwriting). After intensive strengthening through the summer there was a marked improvement in his handwriting and his sporting ability and performance improved immensely which translated into him loving sport (and still does to this day). This was the first spark of the idea for Tyhtan.


Over the next few years, increasing numbers of children were being seen at Physiolistic with significant injuries (currently 25% of all patients seen at the clinic). Being a health professional and a mum, Angela knew something had to be done to prevent these injuries from happening in the first place and so she put her energy into developing the Tyhtan concept and program which is in schools today.



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Chartered Physiotherapist , Sports Massage Therapist (BSc (Hons) Physio, MCSP, HCPC and AACP registered)

Tyhtan Clinical Programme Lead - Sports Physiotherapist 

Tom Workman

"I was always sporty growing up and always injured!  Tyhtan is a rapidly evolving programme and I have enjoyed being a part of the process. "


Tom qualified BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at WITS University, South Africa. Since qualifying Tom has gained experience in a wide variety of areas within South African hospitals and physiotherapy practices. Tom gained various sports exposure through events such as working at the Comrades Marathon, assisting recovery at Lions (Super Rugby) team as well as been the team physio for men’s 1st team hockey during their tournament victory at University Sports South Africa (USSA). Tom has a special interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, rehabilitation as well as Pilates.


Outside of work, Tom enjoys cycling, gym work, running, being outdoors as well as traveling. 

Tom has specialist training in children and adolescent injuries, Pilates, Acupuncture, K- taping, fascial release, strength and conditioning training and sports massage. He is also a compex expert able to apply compex therapy as an adjunct to most rehabilitation.


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Chartered Physiotherapist , Sports Massage Therapist (BSc (Hons) Physio, MCSP, HCPC and AACP registered)

Tyhtan Clinical Programme Lead - Sports Physiotherapist 

Sophie Davies

As a graduate of Sport and Health Sciences, Sophie worked in a variety of healthcare roles prior to graduating with an MSc in Physiotherapy. This enables her to draw upon all of her experience in her work as a physiotherapist, with an emphasis on holistic care. Having previously worked for the NHS, and with a background in watersports coaching, Sophie’s professional interests lie firmly in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and performance, and Tyhtan gives her the ideal opportunity to apply her passion.


As well as competing on the UK windsurfing circuit, Sophie grew up riding horses, and remains very much involved in the equestrian scene. Additionally, she enjoys spending her time outdoors exploring the Chilterns, playing tennis, and using the gym.

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B Ed (Hons) Secondary PE

Tyhtan Programme Patron

Amanda Watkins-Cooke

Having completed a B Ed (Hons) in Secondary Physical Education at De Montfort University, Amanda was Head of P.E at Mill Vale Middle School in Dunstable for seven years. After that she moved back to South Oxfordshire and was Year 4 teacher and PE Co-ordinator at Valley Road School in Henley. For the last nine years, she was the Director of Sport at Cranford House School in Moulsford before finishing in December 2018 to go on a world cruise!


Amanda has an interest in the Tyhtan programme for two main reasons:

  1. As Director of Sport, she witnessed a growing trend in injuries in children and is keen to find out why this is happening.

  2. On a personal level, she played a significant amount of sport in her youth - mainly football - and seemed to encounter a never-ending cycle of knee injuries. As a consequence, she was forced to stop playing the sport she loved when she was 19 and is on the verge of requiring a knee replacement in her late 30’s.  She is passionate about the Tyhtan programme as she believes that had she had this form of monitoring and guidance when she was of school age, she would not be in the position she is now with her ‘knees of a 70 year old.’