Melanie grew up in Wimborne and graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic as best academic student in 1985. She worked for 7 years at a busy chiropractic clinic in Surrey before opening her own clinic in Wareham in 1990.
Chiropractic treatment is known mainly for manipulation of the spinal joints for back and neck pain or for trapped nerves. However it can also be very good for sports injuries, arthritis, tension headaches and most musculoskeletal pains.
Melanie lives on a farm in Swanage and when not working her great loves are helping on the farm, walking the dogs and learning to ride.
Ottalie grew up in Wimborne and graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 2011.
Before training as a chiropractor, Ottalie had her own business working as an ITEC complementary therapist in and around Poole for ten years. She worked at a number of locations including Poole General Hospital treating staff members, and Lewis Manning Cancer Hospice treating patients. The complementary therapies work well alongside chiropractic, helping to alleviate stress, anxiety, aches and pains.
Ottalie loves to be outside in the Dorset countryside walking or cycling or at home in the garden. She also enjoys yoga.
BSc (hons) chiro DC
Abigail grew up in Christchurch and went straight from obtaining her A Levels, to study her Chiropractic Degree at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. Where she graduated in 2004 with a First Class Honours Degree. Abigail joined our practice in 2004 and has been practising with us ever since.
Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (the ‘musculoskeletal system’). Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear. These problems may cause pressure on the nerves in the body.
Abigail enjoys treating a variety of conditions and symptoms, but takes a special interest in treating children and babies (paediatrics), also problems that may arise during pregnancy. Abigail also treats sports injuries.
When Abigail isn’t busy treating her patients, she enjoys taking time to practise yoga, go to the gym, to walk her dog along the beach and to socialise with family and friends.
Juliet is a fully qualified and experienced acupuncture practitioner, graduating from The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Reading in 2006. Juliet has professional training in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. With passionate beliefs rooted in Eastern philosophies and their approach to healing in today’s hectic world. Juliet treats everyone in a person centred and holistic manner.
Acupuncture is one of the most popular and well established forms of complementary medicine in the UK. Stimulating acupuncture points regulates and strengthens the body’s energy and promotes healing mechanisms. Acupuncture successfully treats a wide range of conditions.
When not treating patients, Juliet enjoys teaching yoga, reading, travelling and spending time with her family, preferably at the beach!
Gina qualified with a BSc Hons degree Physiotherapy from St Mary’s Hospital, London in 1993.
Gina has worked in private practice and the NHS as a Musculoskeletal Therapist. She also has a special interest in manual therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction.
Gina has extensive experience in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and takes a very “hands on” approach to patient care. Manual therapy treatments include joint and soft tissue mobilisation, trigger point releasing and stretching. However, for an injury to fully resolve, to maintain the benefits of your physio session, and to prevent reoccurrence, it is also important to do specific exercises as part of a home exercise programme. These may include strengthening exercises for weak muscles, stability and posture correction exercises to encourage normal joint movement, and stretches to improve flexibility. Gina will tailor these exercises to your individual needs and give you supervision to ensure that you are able to do them effectively.
Conditions treated include:-
* Spinal Pain (Neck and Back)
* Joint and Muscular Problems
* Sports Injuries
* Post-Operative Rehabilitation following Orthopaedic Surgery (e.g. Total Knee/Hip replacement)
* Neurological Conditions
* Womens’ Health Physiotherapy
Lorraine qualified in 1992 from Birmingham School of Chiropody and Podiatry after a 3 year full time training. She was born in Coventry and following her graduation went to work in Stratford-upon-Avon Health Trust NHS. The after a few months, Lorraine gained a permanent full time post in Leicestershire, working in Hindley and Burbage.
In 2000, she moved to Dorset with her husband and six year old son after gaining a job in Dorset healthcare working in Weymouth and Swanage Hospital.
In 2014 after 20+ years in the NHS she decided to go independently and work for herself.
Josephine has been a therapist since 1983 starting with teaching yoga for mixed abilities. She then studied Shiatsu at the British School of Shiatsu, London 1986-1989. Shiatsu uses similar principles as acupuncture but without the needles, treating a wise range of symptoms.
Josephine enjoys a wide range of things to relax, such as walking on the Purbecks, socialising and practising singing in a pupils choir of Bel canto style.
Therapies: Art Therapy
Ginny trained as an Art Therapist graduating from Goldsmiths University in 2000. Since then, she has worked in many different organisations as an Art Therapist including the charities Place2Be, Grief Encounter and Resources for Autism. She also works in private practice with adults and children and as a sessional Art Therapist in schools throughout Poole and Bournemouth.
Art therapy is a form of Psychotherapy, which uses the art materials and the artwork to aid communication and you do not need to be ‘good at art’ to participate in art therapy. Art can be an important avenue of communication and expression, especially when words fail. The individuality of pictures and art pieces produced can describe many aspects of a person’s experience, feelings and unconscious or conscious thoughts.
Art Therapists are state registered and monitored by the Health Professions Council. They are trained to facilitate both non-verbal and verbal communication through the creative process and the therapeutic relationship. An Art Therapist will have an understanding of psychotherapeutic theory and practice as well as child psychology and development.
Therapies: Counselling and Psychotherapy
MA(Ord), PGCE, Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Mary graduated from Edinburgh University with an Arts Degree in 1968. She has a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from 1972.
Mary completed a Diploma in Integrative Counselling at Kingston College in 1999 and a Diploma in Group and Individual Supervision in 2006.
Mary has been in private practice since 2000 and has also worked for many years in a variety of counselling organisations. From 2001 – 2010 she was a counsellor and supervisor with the University of London College Counselling Service.
Mary is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that she adheres to an established code of ethics and that her qualifications and experience are recognised.