Principal Osteopath / Director
I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1994 having decided at the age of 14 that I wanted to be an osteopath. I have built up considerable experience through working in a wide variety of practices in a number of different locations. I started Pangbourne Osteopathic Clinic shortly after I qualified and gradually built a busy and well-known practice. Having moved to Theale in 2010, the practice has continued to grow and is a very exciting place to work. I enjoy treating a wide range of people and I have a particular interest in patients who have acute back or neck pain, sports injuries and complex chronic conditions. Recently I have become the consulting osteopath for Read Dance and Theatre College and I am rapidly increasing my knowledge of dance related injuries.
Away from the the practice I enjoy spending time with my family, playing cricket, watching Reading Football Club, ringing church bells and listening to loud music!
Podiatrist / Director
I am a long standing member of the Wellbeing Centre and am a podiatrist who graduated from Southampton University in 2008 with a 1st class honours degree. I perform a wide range of podiatry and chiropody services for children and adults from nail problems an d callus to nail surgery and treatment of problems associated with poor foot function and biomechanical anomalies e.g. plantar fasciitis, Morton’s Neuroma, “flat feet” etc.
I am married with 3 children and spend most of my free time as a taxi driver for my daughters, but when I do get some free time I spend it “long distance swimming”.
I graduated in 2003 from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy and volunteer in a centre for children with additional needs, as well as working as an Osteopath. I also train other therapists in Osteopathic Technique.
I enjoy spending my time with friends and family and have recently taken up rock climbing and bouldering.
Having decided on osteopathy as a career at the age of 14, I count myself very lucky to have achieved one of my goals already. It is a pleasure to see the difference treatment can make to a patient’s health and well-being, as well as the impact that can have on the family around them.
In my spare time I enjoy revisiting my home county of Devon, as well as walking, yoga and more recently, Boxercise.
I completed a Sports & Exercise Science degree at Brighton University in 2004 and have trained as a Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist with Premier Training International qualifying in 2007. I graduated with a BTEC Diploma in Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage (Level 5) in 2009 and am a member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage. My special interests are in treating posture related problems and sports’ related soft tissue injuries.
I enjoy horse riding, competing Triathlons and generally keeping fit.
Yulia Vorozhtsova, Dip OSSM MISRM
Clinical Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist
Yulia graduated from the Oxford School of Sports Massage level 5 and MTI Level 4. She studied with London Massage Company and OMT- Osteon Manual Therapy to deepen her understanding of the body and provide effective treatment using postural assessment, medical acupuncture and joint/spine manipulation. Yulia also has a BA in History.
Practising Yoga and Pilates since 2008 has help her to develop an in-depth knowledge of techniques and programmes to avoid injuries during general fitness or endurance training.
Her therapy works to correct occupational postural imbalances and manage breathing disorders and associated muscle tension. She specialises in treating lower back pain, shoulder rehabilitation and chronic pain. Yulia believes in a holistic approach utilising her skills to create tailored treatments based on an in depth clinical assessment.
Currently, she is further developing her career studying Osteopathy with the British School of Osteopathy. When not studying Yulia enjoys running, hiking, yoga and light body building.
My name is Ed Francis and I’ve been a Clinical Hypnotherapist for a number of years now practicing in the Reading and Berkshire area. I have a passion for helping people, therapeutic studies and hypnosis and I have used the techniques that I now use on my clients to make changes to my own self development. Learning about the human mind has given me the opportunity to pass on my skills in order to help others and I understand how hard it can be to make those changes without support.
I specialise in smoking addiction and depression and anxiety issues, working alongside several GPs. However, hypnotherapy can also support other concerns including weight loss, fears and phobias, sleep problems and other medical issues.
I am a qualified, professional homeopath registered with the Society of Homeopaths and abide by their code of ethics and culture of ongoing Continued Professional Development.
It was experiencing the effectiveness of homeopathy that motivated me to train as a professional homeopath and I undertook a 4 year BSc degree course with Purton House School of Homeopathy (part of Thames Valley University). During my studies I developed an interest in treating families and children.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and trying new things.
I have been a qualified acupuncturist since 1989 and am a senior lecturer at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. I conduct my own research and supervise students and evaluate dissertations as module leader for the research and reflective practice programme. In 2012 I completed PhD in the Institute of Social Psychology at LSE in London. I enjoy using acupuncture to help the specific symptoms people come to me with and to help all ages.
I enjoy walking in the countryside with my dog, and likes to travel far and wide. I have recently re-kindled an interest in acting, through 2 community productions.
I trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and have a BSc in Acupuncture. The style of acupuncture that I practice is a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture. I also have a diploma in Tui Na, a form of Chinese acupressure massage, which can be used to treat a range of conditions and can be used instead of needles. I have also attended further courses on Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy and am a member of the Zita West Network.
I enjoy travelling and have recently taken up running. I also enjoy doing some voluntary work and have recently been helping the local Nepalese community to learn English.
I have nearly 20 years of experience as a counsellor and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I work in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential way to give clients a space to be open and honest to express their feelings. My experience ranges from anxiety, depression, bereavement, work-related issues, spirituality, migration-related issues, cultural issues etc to sexual abuse and rape. I have many years of experience, working as a volunteer counsellor, at the Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre.
In my spare time I like reading, walking, arts and crafts and meditating.
I have been counselling young people and adults in the Reading and Newbury area since qualifying in 2004. I went on to graduated with a BA (Hons)in Counselling. I am experienced in a range of issues including: bereavement and loss; anger; stress; anxiety; life stage problems and I take a special interest in issues related to Aspergers Syndrome.
I have a BA (Hons) Psychology major, BSc and an MSc in Nutrition and Food Science form the University of Reading. Previously I worked for the NHS, leading weight management groups and promoting healthy eating in schools. I am a regular contributor to BBC Radio Berkshire as their guest nutritionist and now Nutrition Manager for A2 Milk UK.
I live in Berkshire with my family.
I have been practising shiatsu for 13 years after completing 3 years training with the European Shiatsu School and have been fully accredited by the UK Shiatsu Society. I was drawn to shiatsu through my martial arts training and an interest in Taoism and energy work. I love the way shiatsu combines deep, satisfying physical work, alongside subtler energy work. Each session is individually tailored to your needs. I have done lots of post-graduate shiatsu training in pregnancy, structural re-alignment, movement shiatsu, trauma recovery to name a few.
I also run clinics in Reading, Henley and London and have been resident shiatsu therapist at HM Treasury for the past 4 years. I’m delighted to be joining Theale Wellbeing Centre.
Some of the common conditions I treat are: stress related ailments, back/neck/shoulder pain, anxiety, migraines, chronic conditions, gynaecological issues, pregnancy and people who need support while going through big emotional changes in their lives. I often suggest exercises, pressure points for self-use or lifestyle adjustments to compliment the treatments.
I have a very active 7 year old son and love doing stuff with him. I enjoy travelling, yoga ,meditation, ice-skating, Qi gong and dj’ing in my spare time.
When I completed my A levels in 2002 I was unsure of I wanted to study at university. I wanted a degree which involved the human sciences and helped train me for a job. My interest in food started at a very early age when I was involved in the family allotment and loved cooking with my Mum who was, and still is a food scientist.
It seemed obvious to seek a career in food and nutrition. At the time there were only a handful of universities offering Nutrition and Dietetic degrees in the UK and I thought the one at the University of Surrey was perfect for me.
Mindfulness Meditation Trainer
Mindfulness meditation teacher Judy Claughton has over 15 years practical experience combined with qualifications from the British School of Meditation, alongside communications and team building training. She combines mindfulness meditation tools with practical applications to help you to relax, reduce stress, boost focus and relieve anxiety.
She offers small group workshops at Theale Wellbeing Centre and one-to-one support to help you to learn and develop mindfulness meditation practices to help with a range of life’s challenges. Group workshops are structured to enable you to enjoy your own practice without having to share your life’s story with a group of strangers – so despite being in a group you have your own personal meditative experience.
Judy comments: “Mindfulness meditation helped me to avoid burn out in a high stress PR career it is like a friend you can call on at any time to help you find some breathing space and refocus.”
- Increased feelings of calm and relaxation
- Improved sleep patterns and less insomnia
- Reduced pain
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduction in high blood pressure
Sue Force PhD (Nutrition & Food Science, Surrey), MSc Nutrition (King’s College, London)
I first became interested in nutrition during the 1980s when I joined a research team at the Wellcome Research Foundation who were investigating the effects of long chain omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oils. The concept that what you ate could have such an impact on your biochemistry, how your blood and cardiovascular system performed was an eye opener to me. Since then interest in those long chain fatty acids has rocketed and they are now being associated with all sorts of health outcomes from cardiovascular to brain function. Now there is constant debate about our level of omega 3 fatty acid intake and where we should get them from – leaving more questions than answers as is often the way with research.
I have worked for at Theale Wellbeing Centre for approximately 2 years. I enjoy my job immensely, especially interacting with the clients. I have a great interest in the therapists and the treatments they offer and it is lovely to hear the positive comments from the clients after treatment.
My personal interests are reading, fitness, walking – in fact anything and everything that’s new and exciting.