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 terms of osteopathy I am also passionate in the areas of chronic pain, Fibromyalgia and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. I write for the Hypermobility Syndrome Association (HMSA), a charity in the United Kingdom (www.hypermobility.org) made of a group of medical professionals who research and educate the public on hypermobility and the associated connective tissue disorders. As a professional member of the HMSA, I keep up-to-date with the latest research and have access to resources for my patients that they would otherwise not find in New Zealand.
I am also a member of the Ehlers-Danlos Support group in the U.K.
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.
My amazing life partner Alastair is incredibly patient with, and supportive of me, as I tend to get very focused on goals – hence my dedication to endurance sport!
May 2019 Update: I did it! Swam 40.2km Lake Taupo on 6th March. Took me 15 hours and 18 min. Here’s the proof!
Please note: All practitioners have regular Police Checks. The most recent in December 2018.