About Pier

Pier Physiotherapy Clinic provides highly effective treatments for a wide variety of injuries and conditions.
All our staff are Chartered Physiotherapists and are registered with the Health Professionals Council.We also pride ourselves on providing prompt, flexible and affordable access to high quality care as all our physiotherapists have a minimum of 10 years post graduate experience.
We are here to help you. We have daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. We can offer appointments within 24-48 hours and often on the same day.
To book an appointment or for further information, please call us on 07854652221 or submit an online enquiry.

The Team

The team at Pier are all highly skilled and experienced Chartered Physiotherapists with over 40 years experience between them.

Debbie Arkley

Partner & Physio

Debbie graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1997 from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. Since working as a Physiotherapist, Debbie has developed her knowledge and skills within the field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and rehabilitation services to a highly specialised level. During this time she has obtained an MSc in Manual Therapy from Manchester University. Further perfection of her physiotherapy practical skills was attained through completion of the entrance examinations to become a member of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) in 2002. Debbie also enjoys working as an external lecturer at Teesside University on the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice Programme.

Martin Kay

Partner & Physio

Born in the North-West of England, Martin moved to Leeds in 1994 to study Physiology at Leeds University. On completing his honours degree he then went on to complete his second by qualifying as a Physiotherapist at Northumbria University in 2000. Despite living north of the river, Martin worked at South Tyneside District hospital for 8 years, gaining comprehensive knowledge and experience in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. In this time Martin undertook his Masters in Manual Therapy and qualified as an injection therapist through a Diploma with the Orthopaedic Medicine Society.

Frances Cerisola


Originally from Whitley Bay, Frances graduated as a physiotherapist from Manchester University in 1997. She has gained experience in the Freeman Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham and South Tyneside District Hospital. Frances spent two years working in Australia, where she was also a part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic volunteer physiotherapy team. She has also worked extensively with sports teams across the North East, including Northumberland representative county rugby teams. Frances has gained a diploma in injection therapy and recently completed her MSc in advanced clinical practice in the musculoskeletal field.

Laura McColl


Since graduating from University in 2002, Laura has practised Physiotherapy in both the NHS and in private practice.

Lisa Dickinson


As a valued member of the team, Lisa operates as the face of Pier Physiotherapy taking care of customer services, appointment booking and patient follow-up.