Since I qualified as an osteopath in 2010 with a degree from Oxford Brookes University, I’ve treated many different people from all walks of life. I have a particular interest in working with sportspeople (whether serious competitors or occasional gym goers); but more than that, I enjoy helping my patients to live a full and active life, and to take part in the activities they love – whatever those might be.
I didn’t always plan on becoming an osteopath; at school I was the stereotypical nerdy kid. My first degree was maths at Cambridge University followed by a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester. Alongside this, though, I also developed an obsession with Mixed Martial Arts. I turned out to be pretty good at it; one thing led to another, and another…and I eventually spent twelve years as a professional fighter. Along the way, I was once ranked the world number 1 female flyweight, and I became the first British woman to compete in the UFC. (Some nice people have written me a Wikipedia page, with a few more of the details.)
This was also the start of my fascination with the human body; what it’s capable of, and what happens when it breaks down. I began by reading up on sports injuries and poring over anatomy textbooks, and eventually enrolled on an osteopathy degree course. Ten years later, I regard that as one of the best decisions of my life.
I have a passion for learning; for taking on challenges that are out of the ordinary; and for figuring out what it takes to perform, physically and mentally, at the highest level. That’s led me to some incredible experiences. I enjoy sharing the results of that experience with other people.
Nowadays, when I’m not practising, I’m often climbing, wrestling, writing, lifting heavy things or spending time with my family. I have a teenage son who enjoys climbing the walls (literally), and who stops me from getting lazy.
I have always had an interest in the human body and how it moves. I believe movement equals health and a healthy body keeps us doing the things we love for longer. An active body benefits our overall physical and mental well-being and keeps us mobile, strong, and durable. My personal background is martial arts and combat sports which I’ve done for the past 40 years and in which I continue to be an active participant, as well as being a father, keen strength enthusiast, and lover of all things outdoors.
I began my martial arts training as a 6-year-old, spending my childhood and teenage years in Karate and Kickboxing, then finding my way into Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and Filipino Martial Arts. I’ve been fortunate to make my passion into a profession, to train full-time and to travel to amazing places and meet so many incredible and inspiring people – an adventure and an education for a kid from a council estate in Stoke-on Trent. My martial arts path soon led me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the early days of Mixed Martial Arts, both as a competitor and later as a referee.
I am currently a Full-Instructor in Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Filipino Kali, and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I own a martial arts school in Stoke-on-Trent where I train martial artists and combat athletes, as well as frontline police and military. I am also an ambassador for the REORG Jiu Jitsu Foundation, which provides a community and training for all frontline and blue-light personnel and veterans, which as a former Firefighter myself, I know the value of.
As an active individual I have often pushed my body to extremes – the natural byproduct of this has been your general aches, sprains and occasionally, more strenuous injuries. Over the years, Osteopaths have always proven to be a key element in my maintenance and recovery – so much so, that I decided to become one! At 42 I made the decision to go back to university, completing my osteopathy degree alongside running a full-time gym.
As an osteopath, my interest is not only for, or limited to combat sports injuries, but for all those who want to be able to return to, and continue to do the things that are important to them; to live their life in the most active, and healthy way possible; and to see the benefits of a mobile and active body from early years to later in life.
Physiotherapist & Acupuncturist
I’ve qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Birmingham and have since worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist treating patients with a variety of conditions and injuries in the NHS. I use various methods of treatment – exercise therapy, manual therapy (mobilisation, massage, acupuncture, shockwave therapy), education and advice.
Having a keen interest in fitness and sports, I like to keep myself active within my busy schedule to maintain my strength and mobility. Most importantly, I’ve learnt to strengthen and condition myself back to full function after sustaining minor and severe injuries over the years.
If you have any problems and think I would be the right person for your treatment, then please get in touch!
My qualifications include:
- BSc Sport, Health & Exercise Science
- MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
- Health and Care Professions Council
My journey into osteopathy started 8 years ago, when I was suffering with severe back pain – I found osteopathy was the only treatment able to improve my symptoms and help me get back to doing what I enjoyed.
I have always had a keen desire to help people and have spent most of my adult life working with people with disabilities and on the Autism Spectrum; becoming an osteopath seemed like another way I could do this. This gave me the opportunity to undertake charity work in Bali delivering osteopathic treatment to children with special needs and sensory impairments.
In clinic I treat a wide variety of people and conditions and value putting the patient at the centre of any treatment approach. Away from clinic my other professional endeavours will find me in a classroom either teaching future osteopaths at Stafford University or training and supporting staff in the Social Care Sector.
In my spare time you will find me outside trying to be adventurous, whether rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking or camping. If I am outside I am happy. I enjoy learning and you will often find me reading or watching a documentary. I have a strong passion for travel and really enjoy listening to people tell me about their travel adventures and experiences, often inspiring me to go and visit these places.
Massage Therapist & Student Osteopath
I have been very lucky to have discovered my passion for osteopathy at an early age. During my high school days I was competing and training in Thai boxing, which led me to discover osteopathy after sustaining an injury. After leaving my osteopathic treatment (with Rosi!) completely amazed by the results it sparked an interest in this career.
I am now a qualified soft tissue/massage therapist and also heading into my final year of my osteopathy degree. I am so excited for what the future holds within osteopathy and hoping to make an impact within the industry! But most importantly I’m looking forward to helping my patients and allowing them to live a healthy life.
Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist
A quick disclaimer first up – I can’t fix anyone!
My role is to make sure Olton Health and Performance is running smoothly – whether that’s answering the phone when the team can’t, making sure our website and systems are as useful as possible, keeping important items in stock, book-keeping, making the tea, or figuring out ways to generally make things as good and as easy as they can be for the team. I’m always happy to hear any feedback from our clients on any aspect of our business – you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
My primary sport is rock climbing – weekends are ideally spent in the campervan, heading off to whichever crag has the best weather conditions – and I like to get out on my bike when time and conditions allow. I regularly see the excellent Gabe to keep up on my strength and conditioning, and can recommend him to anyone looking to get stronger, faster, or generally healthier.
Marmot and Ada
Owners & Non-Executive Directors
Marmot and Ada are the owners of Olton Health and Performance, and take a keen interest in the day-to-day operations of the business. The chairs at the front of the building are there to allow them to monitor visitors and passing trade, and Ada in particular may decide to frisk clients for cat treats before escorting them on to the premises.
“It’s important to us that the business delivers good quality services, as the humans need to ensure we’re kept supplied with only the best-quality food, treats, toys and bedding. Make sure you tell the bald human if something is wrong; it’s his job to make the place run right, which means more treats for us.
“The humans tell us that sometimes you clients have ‘allergies’ to us? Which seems more like your problem than ours, but we suppose if it’s really necessary then we can keep out of the way. You’ll have to let the humans know first though, because yes we can read minds – but why would we? We have better things to be doing, like sleeping, or eating, or snoozing, or snacking.”