Joanne, or Jo as she prefers to be called, joins the SOC team after completing her post-graduate studies in osteopathy in 2019 at the world-renown British School of Osteopathy, known now as the University College of Osteopathy. While there she had experience in general clinic as well as specialists clinics, notably; paediatrics, expectant mothers and care for the older adult.
Before moving to the UK, Jo spent the previous 17 years as a certified athletic therapist working in many roles: Head Athletic Therapist at the Canadian military college, a lecturer at multiple educational institutions, a clinician in private practice, as well as working with athletes and various teams on the national and international stage. As an athletic therapist, Jo is skilled in emergency care (advanced first aid), taping, injury prevention, assessment and treatment, use of electrical modalities, rehabilitation and reconditioning.
In pursuit of new challenges, she sought the addition of osteopathic skills to enhance her practice with individuals of all ages and physical abilities. Beginning first in Canada with a more traditional or classical school of thought, including cranial and visceral osteopathy; followed by the evidence-based English model of structural osteopathy.
She collaborates with the patient to inform their therapeutic process, from a foundation in anatomy and physiology, guiding the gentle holistic approach to each treatment. She has special interests in sport-related concussion or mild traumatic brain injury and education.
In her spare time, Jo volunteers with the British Red Cross teaching first aid as well as St John Ambulance at events providing first aid services.
We asked Jo:
What do you love about your job?
I love helping people on their path to finding optimal health. In the patient-practitioner alliance, we find each other for the purpose of how we can work together to help you achieve mental and physical well-being. In whatever shape that takes for you.
What is your best piece of lifestyle advice?
Movement is the breath of life, immobilization is the kiss of death” ~ said by a professor on my first day of Athletic Therapy school in 1996. This statement drives many aspects of my professional and personal life. In whatever you do, ‘use it or lose it’.
Our other therapists
Karen is Clinical Director of Shefford Osteopathic Clinic, which she established in 2000. Karen has been in private practice since graduating in 1997 from the European School of Osteopathy. She supports our practitioners and makes sure that the clinic continues to offer the high quality of care that it has become known for over the past 20 years.
Dan graduated in 2005 after completing a 4 year full time course. His degree had a heavy leaning towards a more traditional, classical style of osteopathy, which is now only taught at a post graduate level. Combining classical osteopathy with the more modern-day science based approach, allows Dan to deliver a more rounded and complete form of treatment.
Laura graduated in 2009 after completing a 3 year undergraduate degree. Since then Laura has gained valuable experience working in the NHS, private practice and pitch side settings treating a variety of muscular conditions. In 2013 she completed her Sports Therapy Masters, allowing her to include further techniques such as mobilisations of the limbs and spine to complement her existing skills.
Freya graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (now UCO) in 2016. She mostly works structurally and has a particular interest in working with patients with osteoarthritis. Patient education is really important to Freya, in the treatment room and online. She is particularly enthusiastic about making the current osteopathic research accessible to all.