My mission is to deliver the best possible osteopathic health care via manual therapy, rehabilitation and health care advice.
My journey into osteopathy began in 2003. At that time I had been teaching Pilates for many years, as well as having been an aerobics teacher and Les Mills instructor, again for many years. Having worked with people to improve fitness, muscle tone and body shape, I had a desire to extend my knowledge of the human body in a medical field. Based in London, I enrolled at the British School of Osteopathy, completing my Osteopathy training in 2007. I received a Distinction and Dissertation Award for my work on the pelvic floor musculature and urinary incontinence, a subject I still feel very passionate about.
Having moved to New Zealand in 2013, I am now a registered osteopath with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. As an ACC registered osteopath, I can lodge claims directly with ACC on your behalf. You do not need to go to the Doctor before seeing me as an osteopath. My integrated clinic at The Hub in Mangawhai includes a Pilates studio with equipment, a yoga and Pilates room for classes and an Osteopathic treatment room. The business is expanding rapidly and I am thrilled to be living and working here.
In addition to my clinical work as an Osteopath I also tutored on the osteopathy course at UNITEC. I loved this work and it also keeps me up-to-date on my clinical knowledge! The students are still in contact with me keep me on my toes with their challenging questions!
In terms of osteopathy I am also passionate in the areas of chronic pain, Fibromyalgia and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. I write for the charity in the United Kingdom (www.hypermobility.org) where a group of medical professionals got together to research and educate the public on hypermobility. My current focus is on building a health centre in the new clinic at The Hub in Mangawhai Village. I have a big vision for integrated health and a wonderful rehabilitation centre for Mangawhai.
In addition to being a registered osteopath I am also a fully qualified yoga and Pilates teacher and have taught in many countries, including the U.S.A., Australia, Germany, Costa Rica, Guatemala and the U.K.. Teaching and practising in New Zealand provides another challenge and one that I feel very honoured to experience.
My current challenges:
Professionally: Post-graduate studies in Biodynamic Osteopathy (Paediatric and adults). I am currently in my 6th year of the 9 year study.
Personally: I am training to swim the 26km across the Cook Strait/ Te Moana-a-Raukawa. Update: Jan 2019. Have to swim Lake Taupo first! 40.2km! I’ve done one of the Still Water 8, Lake Windermere, an 18 km swim, which is classed as one of the top 8 Lake swims in the world. This will be number 2. I’d then like to try Loch Ness in the European Summer of 2019 but there’s a lot of cold water training to do for that one as it’s only going to be 10 degrees C.
Please note: All practitioners have regular Police Checks. The most recent in December 2018.