Our team have a combined clinical experience of over 100 years and are experienced with working with a broad range of patients.
Martin Grundy Osteopath
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 bouzouki with the Hop Pickers.
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.
Ann Farthing Osteopath
Ann works between her practice at home and at Whitley Bay Osteopathic Centre.
Ann graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London in 1986. During her training she had the privilege to work in the Mother and Baby Clinic and do some undergraduate cranial work with Colin Dove.
This early taste of Cranial Osteopathy led Ann to undergo further training and she gained her Fellowship of the Sutherland Cranial College in 2005. Ann has also completed all 9 phases of the Biodynamic Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and several postgraduate paediatric courses. She is currently studying for the paediatric diploma. She tutors and helps run the Biobasics Study group in London and is also the local networking liaison for Osteopaths in the North East.
Ann uses the gentlest of treatments possible for the condition but also offers advice on rehabilitation and preventative measures and tries to help her patients understand how to manage themselves.
Ann has been treating babies a long time and now has the dubious position of treating the children of those babies.
When not working, Ann has a love of Argentinian Tango or can be found enjoying a walk along our beautiful coastline, sea swimming or enjoying a cuppa in our great local cafes (usually with her nose in a good book).
Fleur Watson Osteopath
Fleur is from Cambridge originally, and graduated from the University College of Osteopathy in London in 2019. She uses a combination of hands-on techniques such as mobilisations, massage, stretching, exercises and manipulations to help aid your body into restoring function, reducing pain, and getting you back to doing what’s important.
Fleur also has a qualification in western-style medical acupuncture which she sometimes uses in her treatments, and sports-taping too.
Since graduating, she has been able to build her skills in treating a range of different people, from teens to elderly, and sporty to sedentary.
It is the variety of different people that can benefit from osteopathic treatment that Fleur finds most rewarding about her job, however she has a keen interest in treating women in pregnancy, and also people with jaw and neck problems.
In her spare time, Fleur enjoys travel, music, gym and yoga, and of course, Netflix.
Catherine Blofeld Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
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.
Catherine qualified with a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2015 and loves using a blend of the traditional with the modern in her treatments.
When not at work, she can be found running around after her two children, reading and indulging in some trash TV. She loves spending her time with family and friends
Kate is a Nurse Consultant working in the field of Psychiatric Liaison, where her work is split into 4 parts, teaching and developing staff, leadership/ influencing, research and clinical work. The patients she sees in her day job have complex physical health problems and associated mental health problems.
With over 20 years of working in the field of mental health and a masters degree, Kate has expanded her clinical skills to include a diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy; is a licensed Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming; has a post graduate certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, including Mindfulness and is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Practitioner.
These skills allow Kate to treat people who are experiencing both physical and mental health problems (anxiety/ depression/ chronic pain/ arthritis/ problems associated with trauma etc) using an eclectic approach that is tailored to the individuals needs, wants and wishes. More information is available on her website www.katechartrestherapy.com or you can contact her on 07914853296 for a free telephone consultation and to book a session.
Catherine Patterson Receptionist
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.
Joanne Hall Receptionist
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 manage her back pain.
In her spare time Joanne is an avid Newcastle United fan and enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks and cooking.
Osteopath Newcastle & Whitley Bay, Osteoarthritis, Joint, Knee & Hip Pain from Osteoarthritis, General, Acute & Chronic Backache, Back Pain, Headache, Migraine Prevention, Frozen Shoulder/Shoulder & Elbow Pain/Tennis Elbow Arising from Associated Musculoskeletal Conditions of the Back & Neck, Minor Sports Injuries & Tensions
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