Our Team at Seaham

Fully qualified with a wealth of experience

Paul Hartburn


Since his graduation Paul has worked exclusively in Musculoskeletal in various different settings such as; the NHS, private practise and elite sport. In addition to holding a BSc(hons) in Physiotherapy, Paul has attained a HND in sport and exercise science, is a qualified acupuncturist, a qualified 'Oldpain2go' practitioner, and has also completed the F.A’s first aid for sport (IFAS) course.

Paul has a keen interest in sporting injuries (particularly combat injuries) and this has led him to working alongside Hartlepool United F.C, Middlesbrough F.C and many elite athletes such as; Commonwealth, Olympic athletes, World champions and Professional fighters. Paul was also selected to work the 2018 'IAAF World Indoor Athletics competitions' in Birmingham. Paul has also been a guest lecturer at Teesside university.

In his spare time Paul is a keen martial artist competing and training in mixed martial arts. In addition, Paul also loves spending time with his two children and two dogs.

Lauren Pounder


Since graduating in 2014, Lauren has predominantly worked in the musculoskeletal setting within both the NHS and private sector of Physiotherapy. Lauren holds a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy which was attained at Teesside university. In addition to her Physiotherapy qualification Lauren is also a qualified acupuncturist, is a qualified 'Oldpain2go' practitioner, and Pilates for lower back pain instructor.

Lauren was hand selected to join the FFP team due to her extensive knowledge in musculoskeletal conditions and her hands on approach to therapy. Lauren is also currently a senior physiotherapist within the NHS, whilst also working in a specialist role as a hand therapist.

In her spare time Lauren loves to travel, enjoys playing netball, and trains in Crossfit.

Abbie Mcmillan


Joining the team in 2020 Abbie is Fighting Fit Physiotherapy’s administrative assistant. Abbie is responsible for the everyday running of the clinic and is the first point of contact for all your physiotherapy queries. Abbie has an infectious bubbly personality and is an invaluable member of the team.

Whilst living in Abu Dhabi for 7 years Abbie completed her A levels. Abbie’s career initial started in an Arabic nursery. However, upon returning to the UK in 2015, Abbie worked exclusively in admin and credit control roles. Her experience made her the stand out pick to join the Fighting Fit Physiotherapy team.

Abbie loves spending time going for long walks with her little girl and also loves travelling.

Erin Scott

Aesthetics Nurse

Since graduating from Teesside university in 2013 with a BSc(hons) degree in Nursing studies. Erin has gone on to work in both the private sector and NHS. Erin is currently working in a busy acute clinical assessment unit specialising in dementia care.

In 2020 Erin transitioned in medical aesthetics, completing an accredited foundation course in dermal fillers and botox. ES Aesthetics already has an established thriving client base due to providing advanced injectable treatments in a safe and controlled clinical environment.

In her spare time Erin loves spending time with her two children and two dogs, and has a keen interest in keeping fit and active.