Meet the Team at Whitley Bay Osteopathic Centre
Catherine, our morning receptionist has been working at Whitley Bay Osteopathic Centre for the past twelve years. They say an elephant never forgets, and Catherine never forgets a name or a face! She previously worked as receptionist for a chiropractor in North Shields, so is very familiar with what manual therapy and in particular, osteopathy can help with.
When not at work, you may find her with her nose in a book, or at the cinema, if she has the time in between running errands and shopping for her kids.
Catherine originally graduated in 1988 with an English honours degree before qualifying to work as a counsellor. After the birth of her daughter she started training in massage and found that what had started off as a hobby would become a career. She went on to complete qualifications in Swedish massage, sports and remedial massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, holistic facials and hot stones massage.
In 2016 Catherine graduated with a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, following three years of study at the Northern College of Acupuncture. She has since studied distal style/ balance acupuncture with the renowned Dr. Tan; she finds this especially useful when addressing pain. A typical week in clinic will see her treating patients with musculoskeletal problems, headaches and migraine, emotional issues, stress, hormone imbalances, allergies, digestive disturbances and pain. She loves to learn and embraces the opportunity to explore the vast and diverse world of acupuncture.
When not at work, she can be found running around after her two children, reading and indulging in some trash TV. She has surprised herself by becoming an enthusiastic football mum and secretly aspiring to be a middle aged drummer.
Jane graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London in 1988. During her training she gained experience of helping dancers recover from injury at the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, and since she has worked with a variety of different patient groups. Being a horse owner for ten years gave her an insight and experience of treating problems unique to horse riders, while three long distance cycles rides provided valuable experience of the issues facing cyclists; these days Jane is often found on the golf course, and recently attended a course specifically about golfers’ injuries.
Jane refers to herself as a mechanic for the human body; she has found that treatment outcomes improve if there is a better understanding of the cause of the problem, and specific advice given to prevent recurrence. This can range from simple engineering to analyse, treat and advise on a joint under strain to the more complex fluid mechanics involved in unsettled babies; having attended many post graduate paediatric courses over the years, Jane regularly treats babies and children. She considers it a privilege to work on new babies, and will often have worked around them before, if their Mum has come in for treatment for pain in pregnancy.
Joanne, our afternoon receptionist has worked in Whitley Bay all of her adult life, at Whitley Bay Osteopathic Centre for the past nine years and previously at Fitzgerald’s. She is an advocate of osteopathy; having recently suffered from her own back troubles, she can tell you first-hand how osteopathy has helped her keep on top of things.
In her spare time Joanne is an avid Newcastle United fan and enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks and cooking.
Martin’s first degree was in metallurgy and he initially worked on the commercial side of the metals industry. Having been hugely impressed by the effectiveness of osteopathic treatment for neck and back problems, and looking for a career change to something more rewarding, he retrained at the British School of Osteopathy in London. Here, his background in physical sciences and engineering proved very helpful in understanding how the body works and human biomechanics.
Since graduating, Martin has completed extensive postgraduate training with the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, and enjoys working with complex patients. Over the years he has become increasingly fascinated with the potential for osteopathy to help patients with a wide range of conditions, and the ways in which an osteopathic approach can help break ingrained patterns that have been preventing the body from returning to health.
When not treating patients, you are likely to find Martin acting as taxi driver for his teenage daughters, singing choral music or playing guitar or bouzaki with the Hop Pickers.
Nicola graduated from The British School of Osteopathy in 2009. Since returning home to the North East she has been working in private practice and in occupational health in the workplace. She enjoys treating people of all ages with a variety of musculoskeletal complaints.
Nicola’s ongoing training has led her to qualify as a Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). Nicola combines this with Osteopathy to help address postural issues and muscular weaknesses and imbalances to better support the spine and other joints. Nicola teaches Pilates in one to one sessions with patients and also runs group classes in Whitley Bay.
Nicola is currently studying for an MSc in Clinical biomechanics and has a special interest in the way we move and the effects of altered biomechanics on the body. In her spare time, | Nicola coaches and plays netball. This passion for sport, combined with her biomechanics studies has given Nicola a particular interest in treating patients for sports injury prevention.
Will Phillips graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2011 and has since worked in clinics in Darlington and Durham, allowing him to develop his understanding and practical skills of how osteopathy can be used to help people recover from injury and maintain an improved state of health.
Coming from a medical background, his previous degree in Biomedical Science gave him a strong grounding in the human health sciences and scientific theory, while his study of osteopathy and personal yoga practise developed his understanding of how both physical and emotional factors can affect health, and how these can be overcome.
Will enjoys treating a broad range of patients of all ages, from new-borns to the more mature of us, and has seen first-hand how osteopathy can be used to improve the quality of life of patients, by using gentle massage and stretching techniques to improve a person’s spinal mechanics to improve their function. By applying his knowledge of anatomy and physiology and practical osteopathic skills, he is equally happy demonstrating how easily that back pain which is ‘due to my age’ can be eased as well as the more challenging clinical cases.
When not working, Will enjoys gardening and attempting to grow things in his allotment, walking his two dogs and keeping fit by running and yoga.