My journey with the wonderful world of Osteopathy began when I was two and had recurring ear infections that were sorted out with a couple of Cranial Osteopathic treatments. Fast forward to my early twenties with some serious injuries as the result of a car accident. I had regular treatment from another Cranial Osteopath which were transformative and I would then see her every few months to ensure that I didn’t get back pain.
A few years later, when I was looking to change my career from voluntary sector social work (I was working with women with a history of offending, mental illness and or alcohol and drug dependency issues) it occurred to me that Osteopathy would combine my love of supporting people 1:1 with something that I knew had tangibly worked for me.
So in 2000 I embarked on the rigorous 4 year full time Osteopathic Medicine degree at BCNO (now BCOM) in London. Whilst studying I also worked as a telephone counsellor at the emergency night service at Childline. Upon qualifying as a Registered Osteopath and Naturopath I set up and ran a successful practice in West Yorkshire. In 2007 I achieved a Masters degree in Paediatric Osteopathy and was Clinical Tutor for a few years at the Manchester Osteopathic Centre for Children where I had been volunteering. This included practising in the neonatal unit at Barnet Hospital. I am an Alumni member of the Institute for Paediatric Osteopathy www.occ.uk.com aswell as a member of the Institute for Osteopathy.
I have a particular interest in working with babies struggling to settle, teenagers with anxiety issues, neurodivergence and trauma.
I am constantly building on and learning about the possibilities and scope for Osteopathy through my continuing professional development. Recently this includes Rhythmic Movement Training for the integration of primitive reflexes and the benefits of nutrition and a healthy microbiome for infants and pregnant women. During lockdown I enjoyed setting up and running a free osteopathy clinic at a supported housing project for 16-25 year olds with complex needs.
I have completed all 9 phases of The Biodynamic Pathway of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and all 3 phases of The Biodynamic Treatment of Children, was part of the BioBasics Team for some time and have been a lecturer and tutor with them www.biobasics.co.uk as well as being a tutor on some of the Biodynamic phases in the UK and Spain.
I am very happy to have been living and practising amidst the beautiful South Downs since 2011 and I enjoy being outside – be it paragliding, walking or wild swimming.
I am passionate about travel, speak fairly fluent Latin American Spanish, oh, and I Iove bright colours!
I am listed on the International Practitioner Directory of the Center for Traditional Osteopathy