Gilmour Pipers meet the team

Mark Piper

  Mark has been in practice for 22 years now having qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in London.

Initially he worked in two London practices before settling in Ipswich in 1992 and has been instrumental in the development and growth of Gilmour Piper as one of the largest multidisciplinary practices with Osteopathy at the forefront in the UK.

His areas of practice interest are diverse but within day-to-day practice he's committed to evidence based care and the provision of high-quality osteopathic care within a primary healthcare team.

He is Consultant Osteopath to Ipswich Town Football Club working with the first team as well on match days and also as consultant to Colchester United Football Club. He has worked with professional sportsmen in the fields of Golf and Cricket regularly.

Mark is an approved and accredited external examiner of clinical competence for the General Osteopathic Council, a position that is held by a handful of osteopaths in the UK and his experience in this field has led him to teach and examine across Europe in Milan, Vienna and Paris.

He is also an experienced Expert Witness providing evidence in civil and criminal cases within the courts in the UK and his evidence on professional matters has been upheld by the Law Lords in the Court of Appeal.

Outside of practice Mark continues to try but fail to improve his golf handicap.


Mark Rapkin

  Marc Rapkin Qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in Liverpool in 1992 and worked in teaching hospitals throughout the north of England where he was also a clinical tutor for four universities. He completed his post graduate training in manipulation from Sheffield in 1996, acupuncture in London in 1998 and sports injuries at the Football Association centre of excellence in Lilleshall. His main clinical interests are spinal and sports injury rehabilitation and acupuncture and he is currently studying hypnotherapy.

Marc is married to Jane, also a physiotherapist and they have three children. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and runner and plays guitar badly.


Mark Newman

  Mark Newman Qualified as a Physiotherapist with honours from Teesside university in 2000. He was also awarded the Beatrice Lamballe prize for best overall student. In 2011 he completed his muscoloskeletal masters degree at the University of east anglia.

Mark has a depth of experience working for the NHS locally for 5 years, at Ipswich Town Football Club for 4 years and working here at Gilmour Piper since 2002. Mark Founded Newman Physiotherapy in Woodbridge in 2003 and owing to a successful 4 years moved into framfield medical centre in Woodbridge where he developed the clinic further associating with James Potter.

In 2010 mark became a partner at Gilmour Piper which now incorporates Newman Physiotherapy and enjoys the challenge of running 2 practices.

Mark has a sporting history including playing football, tennis squash and cycling. In more recent years mark has focused his physical efforts on triathlon. This forced him into learning to swim 5 years ago and he regularly now swims at the deben pool and in the deben river. When he is not working Mark dovotes his time to his adorable wife and two children and managing to fit (some) triathlon training early in the morning or late at night when everyone else is asleep!


David Sharp

  David Sharp qualified from St. Marys Hospital Medical School, University of London. His basic surgical training was at The Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford, The Royal United Hospital Bath, Royal Northern Hospital London, and as a registrar in General Surgery at Mount Vernon Hospital London.

His Orthopaedic Higher Surgical Training was at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham, and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital London.

During his Higher Surgical Training, he specialised in spinal surgery working with Mr Harry Crock, and completed an MD at the Department of Materials at Queen Mary College University of London with Professor Bonfield following research into the mechanical properties of the subchondral bone in osteoathritis, and has run a research and teaching programme in spinal surgery at The Ipswich Hospital through his consultant post.

He was Appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Ipswich in 1988, which has lead to the setting up of the Ipswich Spinal Unit with 5 spinal surgeons providing a specialised centre for complex spinal work.

His practice include the management of acute and chronic conditions of the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar spine, to include trauma, degenerative, infective and malignant conditions.

He has wide experience gained over the past 25 years in the surgical and non-surgical management of these disorders.

Mr Sharp consults privately at 10 Fonnnereau Road, Ipswich and also undertakes medico-legal work.


Robert Lovell

  Mr Robert Lovell qualified from University College London Medical School in 1998. He undertook his basic surgical training at University College Hospital, St. Mary's and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He then joined the East Anglian Higher Surgical Training Prgramme in Trauma and Orthopaedics.

Mr Lovell was appointed as a consultant in spinal surgery at The Ipswich Hospital in 2010. His practice involves all aspects of spinal surgery including trauma, deformity, infection, malignancy and degenerative conditions such as back pain and sciatica. His particular sub-speciality interests are cervical surgery, osteoporotic fractures and adult deformity. He has extensive experience in disc replacement, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty.

Mr Lovell consults privately at Gilmour Piper but also runs a joint physiotherapy/spinal clinic in Bury St Edmunds with his colleague Marc Rapkin. He regularly undertakes spinal medico-legal work and provides operating services privately at both The Suffolk Nuffield Hospital and The Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Lovell is actively involved with the education of trainee surgeons and other colleagues, lecturing widely and internationally on many aspects of spinal surgery. Outside of work Mr Lovell is a keen musician and is married with two daughters.


Simon Harley

  Dr Simon Harley MBBS MRCGP Dip MS Med Qualified 1984 Guys Hospital Medical School GP in Ipswich (part time) since 1989. He has always had a specialist interest in musculoskeletal disorders and took additional training in

these subjects. He worked for Ipswich Hospital Spinal Clinic 1992-2004.

He now combines part time general practice with private musculoskeletal practice and teaching on courses for the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Special interests are Diagnostics and Peripheral Injection Treatment for back and joint problems.


Jane Rapkin

  Jane Rapkin qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987 from Leeds University. She has enjoyed a varied career having worked extensively within the NHS specialising in the musculoskeletal field and gaining valuable experience at two large teaching hospitals, the United Leeds Teaching Hospital and Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. Jane has been involved in audit, clinical teaching and service development as well as working with G.P’s and in hospital clinics with consultants.

For the last eight years Jane has been working in private practice at Gilmour Piper. She believes in a holistic approach in which patients are well informed about their problem and options for treatment. Jane’s special interest is in the examination and treatment of shoulders in which she is locally renowned.

She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is registered with the Health Professions Council, and regularly attends courses that demonstrate her commitment to continued professional development.

Jane has three children, which provide endless joy and keep her busy. She enjoys walking a rather over excitable springer spaniel, playing hockey and writing books.


James Zarro

  After graduating as an Osteopath from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003, James began practicing here at Gilmour Piper. James is a skilled structural and cranial registered osteopath who treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions in both adults and children.

James' first degree was in Sport and Health Science and this helped develop his interest in musculoskeletal and pathological disorders. He furthered his technical ability with the use of modern acupuncture (dry needling) and to gain further experience he has also practiced in other multidisciplinary clinics in both Ely and Bury St.Edmunds.

In 2007 he completed his Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy with the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London. As part of his training his was placed at the Barnet hospital working in both the Starlight neonatal and Acute Paediatric wards assisting in the treatments of babies born prematurely, those with severe respiratory problems and also children with a variety of orthopedic and pathologiocal conditions.

This year James hopes to complete his dream trip by trekking to Base Camp One on Mount Everest.