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.
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!
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. In 2004 Josephine qualified as a Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (NLP) and in 2007 Life Coaching.
Since 2016 Josephine has been receiving referrals from the NHS, via the Renal and Cancer departments at Poole and Dorchester to help with patients with ‘fear of needles’ and other associated issues.
Josephine enjoys a wide range of things to relax, such as walking on the Purbecks, socialising, theatre, music, shows and singing in a choir.
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: Sports Massage
Local Sports Massage Therapist with Industry recognized insurance and membership with governing body SMA. Committed to working cohesively with his clients focusing on maintenance, performance and assisting the soft tissue repair process by using a multitude of proven soft tissue techniques specific to his clients needs, preferences and goals.
Away from the treatment table I love to keep fit and healthy, trail running, mountain biking and athletic yoga being my passions. I equally love learning about all aspects and modalities of health synergy, and advocate practicing them. I am amazed by the healing prowess of the human body and functional capability given the right environment and tools to flourish in.