About Achilles Heal

Helene Whitaker

Helene qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1996 with BSc First Class Honours degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Sports and Rehabilitation Expertise

Helene gained extensive orthopaedic and musculoskeletal experience as a Senior Physiotherapist working in the NHS and the private sector in the UK and Australia.

Following on from her work with national and international sports teams including Olympic and Paralympic teams, Helene has further specialised. This includes Masters Studies from the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, The University of Bradford and University College London.

She is also a qualified Pilates instructor (APPI) enabling full rehabilitation at all levels of abilities.

Paediatric Expertise

Helene has specialised in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is the Musculoskeletal Lead for Paediatric Physiotherapy in the Adult Outpatient and Paediatric Departments at Harrogate District Hospital. She routinely works with the Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and Oncology teams often involving other therapists and specialists from outside the area and in the Private sector. These multi-disciplinary links ensure smooth referral and communication pathways, essential in the provision of paediatric care.

Helene has Enhanced CRB clearance and Child Protection Training. She is a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.


Helene is an accomplished sportswoman running for Great Britain on the road and Mountain Running teams.

Her love for extreme mountain endurance events has taken her to Cameroon, The Sahara, Malaysia, Morocco, Tibet, California, New Zealand and the European Alps.

She broke the World Record Holder for Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu run in 1987 and was overall winner of the 220 mile Dragons' Back Race in 1992. She returned in 2012, twenty years later to win the ladies race.

She continues to run, swim and cycle in the Yorkshire Dales and as far afield as she can get on holidays.

Why choose Achilles Heal?

"I aim to help you/your child get better."

Sometimes all that is required is information and an understanding of the condition, accompanied by some practical advice and exercises to allow you to continue independently. If required, Achilles Heal is well placed to make onward referrals due to close collaborations with local surgeons, radiologists and other therapists.

Achilles Heal has access to a choice of venues allowing you to be seen in the best place for you/your child. Both the Medical Centre and the Sports Centre are fully wheelchair accessible.

Achilles Heal aims to offer evidence based medicine and honest and expert opinion on treatment options. I am passionate about continued professional development and improving the care of our younger population. I maintain up to date theory and practice through attending courses and special interest group meetings.