Physical Therapy Faculty

Nicky Ellis

Nicky's interest in osteopathy evolved during her 15 year career as a professional dancer. She graduated in 2005 from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine and qualified in myofascial dry needling acupuncture in 2012. Nicky now combines running a busy osteopathic practice with lecturing, choreographing and teaching dance, and brings her expertise in dance and movement to her osteopathy practice. Aside from dance, Nicky has experience in climbing, martial arts and circus skills and therefore an understanding and interest in treating movement-related and postural problems. For more information visit

Arianna Pisano

In 2018 Arianna qualified as an osteopath at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since graduating Arianna has been working for two clinics in the Greater London area. She has a particular interest in optimal biomechanical functioning and women's health.

Arianna started dancing at the age of 10. She moved to the UK in 2010 where she was employed by several ballet and contemporary companies such as; Ampersandance, Vienna Festival Ballet and Hack Ballet. She also performed at the Rose Theatre Bankside in London, with a physical theatre company. Alongside her dance career, she gained a qualification as a Pilates Instructor. Since then she has been teaching group and private classes regularly. 

Arianna joined the Centre of Advance Training team at The Place in January 2019.

Lucy Anderson

Lucy gained her Masters from the British School of Osteopathy with Distinction in 2016. Since then she has worked in several practices throughout London and a GP practice in Guildford. She now splits her time between 2 busy practices in South London.

Lucy trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and spent 6 years performing as a freelance artist alongside teaching ballet, contemporary and GCSE dance.

Keen to pursue a lifelong interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation, she trained as a Pilates Instructor with Body Control Pilates (BCP) and has been teaching for over 10 years. Her diverse experience includes private, group, clinical rehabilitation and corporate environments working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. For 2 years she taught classes at BCP and was a supervising teacher there, preparing trainee instructors for their exams.

Through this background, Lucy has developed a keen eye for movement and alignment and integrates her skills as a dancer and teacher into her clinical practice.