Melissa has a Masters of Osteopathy with Distinction from the University College of Osteopathy, and uses a predominantly structural approach but incorporates other taught techniques into her practice.
Melissa has retrained as an osteopath following a 20 year career as procurement professional, the change in direction was due to her interest in medicine and healthcare but definitely her positive experiences of osteopathic treatment to manage her MSK (musculoskeletal) challenges.
Melissa is also a qualified BTEC Level 5 Diploma Soft Tissue Therapist, mental health first aider and emergency first aider.
We asked Melissa:
What do you love about your job?
The privilege of meeting such a vast range of patients, hearing their stories and supporting them getting back to what they love and enjoy.
What is your best piece of lifestyle advice?
‘Motion is lotion’ to help keep our mind and body active. The right amount of motion will be what works for you, the key is building it into our daily lives.
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.
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.