Meet the team

Ali Wilson

Relaxing massage

Ali qualified as a therapist 10 years ago and loves making people relax.  She is trained in various forms of massage; relaxation, deep tissue and also manual lymphatic drainage.

She is fascinated by people and loves working with our brand range of clients – helping people who have chronic depression to those who have back pain due to muscle tension caused by sitting at a desk all day! A lot of us can relate to that!

Jill Pickering

Jill is a qualified clinical hypnotherapist. She trained after a long career in the private sector working in accounts departments in various companies.  She always felt that she was in the wrong profession and wanted to work in a more caring a
nd supportive role.  Hypnotherapy has provided that career change and 4 years since completing her training Jill now runs a very successful clinical hypnotherapy practice. Her hypnotherapy helps people to overcome phobias, control their weight and manage stress and anxieties among other things.  In her spare time Jill is a big fan of VW vans, loves walking her dog and weekends away with friends.

To find out more about Jill’s hypnotherapy practice visit

Gill Trevor

Gill Trevor PortraitGill had a successful career in marketing and business planning in O2. In 2007, looking for a change of direction she completed a Diploma in massage, reflexology and aromatherapy.   In 2009 she went on to complete her Reiki  levels 1 and 2.

In 2010 she combined her business and management experience with love of manual therapies in the position of Centre Manager at Leeds Wellbeing Centre.  Sadly this closed in August 2013 and knowing how important the Centre had become to its users founded what today is Phoenix Health and Wellbeing.

For fun she loves to take her 2 dogs out for long muddy walks in the hills.

Vivianne Farci

Viv Farci PortraitVivianne is from the north east of France. She came to Leeds in 1979 for a Christmas visit and never left.  She worked for 18 years for the Department of Health as an admin assistant in Research and Development. She was made redundant and in 2007 changed career and qualified in reflexology, Indian head massage, aromatherapy and body massage.  She became self employed and has done a lot of outreach work for various women’s organisations. She has worked at Phoenix Health and Wellbeing since it’s opning in October 20

For fun Vivianne loves to visit art galleries, attend the opera, read fictions novels and being French, of course cook.

Gail Allinson

Gail has been a massage therapist at Phoenix for nearly 3 years now.  She offers a range of treatments from wonderfully relaxing hot stones massage to recuperating sports massages. In her spare time Gail likes to walk her dog and by the way – she is getting married in September!

Rachel Menzies

Rachel is our Reception Manager.  She has fantastic organisation skills and keeps all of the staff informed about all things Phoenix! The chances are that when you ring up to book an appointment it will be Rachel that you speak to.

In her spare time she likes to climb mountains in the Dolomites and travel the World!    


Kate Powell

Kate originally trained as an Adult Nurse and worked as a Nurse in a GP surgery before deciding on a career change. She is trained in body massage, Indian head massage and natural facelift massage, and hopes to add many more therapies to this list! She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Away from work Kate enjoys yoga, running outside (or attempting to!), practicing meditation, travelling, walks in the forest, watching sunsets and a good cuppa!


Jake Ainsworth

jake-ainsworthJake is a fully qualified and insured osteopath who runs a fortnightly clinic from Phoenix Health and Wellbeing. He specializes in treating aches and pains, sports injuries and sports performance issues. He has also worked as a sports massage therapist and is Head of the Medical team at Veseyans rugby club.

Outside of work Jake’s hobbies include Thai Boxing and circus skills.

To read more about Jake visit

Giles Watts


Giles has joined the line of practitioners who have run and worked for Leeds Community Acupuncture. He believes acupuncture should be more accessible to the general public. Phoenix and LCA (Leeds Community Acupuncture) share the common value of making therapies accessible to those who normally cannot access them, making a happy partnership. To see more about Giles visit his website Giles Watts – Acupuncture.

For fun, Giles practises yoga and has recently become a yoga teacher. He also studies Buddhism, spots birds and loves to be outdoors, occasionally whittling!

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