LD Sports Therapy

Meet the Team

Laura Vila - Sports Therapist - on maternity leave

Laura Vila (nee Dent) established LD Sports Therapy in 2010. She has a BSc Hons in Sports Therapy from the University of Kent and has taken courses in musculoskeletal dry needling for Sports Therapists. She has extensive experience with athletes ranging from amateur to the elite. She takes this sporting attitude into her clinical work and works with her clients to reach their goals whether this is to relieve stress or return to full fitness to compete again in their sport. Laura has experience with patients from aged 8 to 90 and understands how people react differently to treatments. Laura is a keen sports woman playing netball and lacrosse to a high standard. She uses her own experiences to help understand and treat clients. Laura spent three seasons as the Hemel Storm Basketball Sports Therapist, providing treatment and rehabilitation at training and matches. In 2017, Laura was asked to run the Sports Injury Clinic at the Women's Lacrosse World Cup at Surrey Sports Park. In her clinic work, Laura has a particular interest in the use of massage to treat the symptoms of migraines.

Chris Phillips - Physiotherapist and Sports Therapist

Chris joined LD Sports Therapy in 2013. He has a BSc Hons degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire. In 2017, Chris became dual qualified receiving a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy from the University of Brunel. Chris is registered with the HCPC and is covered by most insurance companies. He has gained a wide range of clinical experiences with amateur, academy and professional athletes. He has previously worked for Stevenage FC and London Irish RFC, as well as the University of Hertfordshire Sports Injury Clinic. These experiences have provided Chris with the skills to effectively assist people to return to their pre-injury level of fitness so that they can achieve their desired goal and continue their participation in sport, work and activities of daily life, without pain or functional limitations. Alongside his work at LD Sports Therapy, Chris is working at Luton Town FC in professional football as a physiotherapist to the senior team. Chris enjoys most sports, but has a particular interest in football, rugby, athletics and cricket.

Heather Taylor- Sports Massage Therapist

Heather is a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist with a BSc in Sports Science from the University of Aberystwyth. As well as working at LD Sports Therapy providing Sports Massage, she is completing her MSc in Sports Therapy at The University of Hertfordshire. Heather has many years of experience as a Physiologist and Personal Trainer. This experiences enhances her ability to help her massage clients. Heather has a particular interest in strength training for endurance athletes.

Heather is dedicated to achieving the best results for each individual client and believes in improving a client's quality of life via exercise and treatment. Heather has a great passion for sport itself and is a keen runner, cyclist and triathlete and recently completed an Ironman in France. 

Lu Farr-Smith - Sports Therapist

Lu Farr-Smith joined the LD Sports Therapy team in November 2019. Lu is highly qualified with a BSc Hons in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Exeter, a MSc in Sports Rehabilitation from St Mary’s University, she gained her level 5 Sports Massage qualification from the NLSSM and is a qualified Pilates Instructor.

Lu’s expertise has been applied in various settings, from clinics to gyms to the Alps! For three years she worked in the multidisciplinary team that looks after the Men’s England Rugby 7s team and went on to provide treatment to the Men’s England Rugby team during the Six Nations and further International matches. Lu’s combination of skills means she has a depth of understanding of anatomy, physiology, injury assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehab. As with all LD Therapists, she believes in educating patients to aid their recovery. 

Lu has always been passionate about sport and the outdoors. From a young age she was competing in Tetrathlons and loved playing hockey at school. She now spends her spare time with her young family and enjoys exploring Berkhamsted and the surrounding countryside.

"At LD Sports Therapy we take a calm approach to clinical work. We like to provide clients with knowledge about their injuries and pain so they can feel confident in their treatment and rehabilitation plans. We always explain injury prevention as we want clients to have the tools to prevent a reoccurence. Our pragmatic approach to rehab does not ask unrealistic tasks from clients, together we establish a reasonable amount of time to dedicate to home exercises making the goals achievable. We're very proud of our sport specific knowledge and creativity, this allows us to create programmes that produce the best results. The ultimate goal for us is to see a quick but safe, full recovery. This establishes a trust in us that means clients want to return if they encounter new injuries." Laura Vila.