Jonathan Penny, DO, Principal Osteopath
Jonathan trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London. He graduated in 1989, after completing the full time four year course and gained a Diploma in Osteopathy (DO).
He uses a predominantly structural approach to treatment and incorporates the use of customised orthotics where appropriate. In 2006 he completed a course in dry needling techniques, which he is now able to incorporate into his treatments.
He has a special interest in treating animals, and has completed several post-graduate courses in osteopathy for dogs and for horses over the past 30 years.
He undertakes monthly osteoporosis screening clinics and treats frozen shoulders using the Niel Asher Technique.
Christopher Aust, BOst
Chris studied at The British School of Osteopathy in London, graduating in 2009 and gaining a Bachelor of Osteopathy (BOst) degree. After graduating, Chris practised in London, alongside physiotherapists at a multi-disciplinary clinic, before moving back to the West Country in 2010.
Chris has completed post-graduate studies in cranial osteopathy and, where appropriate, incorporates gentle cranial techniques into his overall treatment plan, which includes structural techniques (soft tissue massage, stretches, joint articulation/manipulation) and advice on home exercises and pain management.
Michael JH Brown, MOst
Michael holds a Master of Osteopathy (MOst) degree with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University and has practised in a range of medical settings. Osteopathy provides an opportunity to meet interesting people, whilst making a real difference - something that gives Michael a great deal of satisfaction.
Michael uses techniques including massage, mobilisation and manipulation as well as much gentler osteopathic approaches. As Michael is also a qualified acupuncturist, many of his patients benefit from a combined approach.
Michael's practice focuses on adults of all ages. He has developed a particular interest in working with patients who suffer restless leg syndrome, a persistent clinical condition which often responds well to osteopathic management. Michael strives to help patients make appropriate, simple changes to their daily routine, with a view to reducing their symptoms.
Sally Bonnell, BOst
Sally studied at the London School of Osteopathy, gaining a Batchelor’s degree with Honours in Osteopathy (BOst). During her final year she worked in the specialist baby and child clinic, utilising her cranial osteopathic skills.
Having a love of sport, and once representing GB in hockey and modern pentathlon, Sally originally completed a degree specialising in sports medicine prior to becoming an osteopath.
As well as working at the Clinic, Sally works as an osteopath alongside professional athletes from Bath and Bristol who train at CrossFit Bath. Sally’s main treatment focus is predominantly a structural one, where she incorporates her knowledge and interests in other areas to provide a personal treatment plan.
She is qualified in Dry Needling and as a Level 3 ITEC Sports Massage Therapist.
Ruth Haskew, MOst
Ruth qualified with a Masters degree (MOst) from the British School of Osteopathy in 2016, relocating to Wiltshire after several years practising in Suffolk. Ruth worked initially in education and the charity sector, and then retrained to pursue her long held interest in the moving body and health care. This originated in her teenage years spent training and competing nationally in Tae Kwon Do, where Osteopathy greatly aided her performance and injury recovery.
Osteopathic treatment is tailored to the whole person, not just to symptoms. Ruth aims to give patients a clear understanding of their problem and recovery time, working collaboratively to find a plan for self-care, in addition to gentle hands on treatment. Ruth can also utilise medical Acupuncture as a part of her treatment.
Ruth’s particular interests include older adults & arthritis, pregnancy-related pain and chronic pain. However, as an experienced Sports Massage Therapist and Osteopath, Ruth has worked with a wide variety of people from office workers, the elderly, in palliative care, and with expectant mothers and athletes. She has worked both in clinic and on endurance cycling and running events since 2012.
Ruth is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Ruth will be joining us on Wednesdays from 22 May.
Claire McFarlane, Dip IIST, Dip IIHHT
Claire offers relief and aids recovery to those suffering from strain or injury. Using a range of therapies, she is able to hasten recovery time from an injury, improve flexibility and reduce risk of further damage and bring relief to work or leisure related strains. For sports enthusiasts, she can assist with enhancing performance, pre-event preparation and post event recovery.
Claire has been involved in the fitness and sports industry since 1998. This started with her own love of sport - mainly cycling and running. Claire has undertaken a range of training and has gained a Diploma from the International Institute of Sports Therapy and Diploma from International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapies.
In addition to traditional massage technique, Claire offers Ultrasound Therapy and Interferential Stimulation.
Ghislaine Ingman, BSc (Hons), LicAc
Ghislaine has a BSc Honours Degree in acupuncture and a licence to practise. She is affiliated with the British Acupuncture Council, which is the governing body for acupuncture in the UK. She is bound by their strict Codes of Practice.
Ghislaine’s journey with acupuncture began when she had a series of acupuncture treatments and was astonished by the effects, and how it improved her quality of life. This spurred her on to read about acupuncture, eventually undertaking a three and a half year degree course to become a practitioner.
“I am passionate about acupuncture and am still surprised by its amazing results. I want to help others in the way that my acupuncturist helped me.”
Peter Gregory, MA(Ed)
Peter is a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist with over 20 years’ post qualification experience gained in the NHS and private practice.
Peter offers short-term, time-limited approaches and open-ended psychological therapy for individuals and couples aged 18+. He uses a number of approaches to help clients. Techniques, coupled with a good therapeutic relationship (safe and confidential) can help clients to gain an understanding of their situation and also how to make changes.
The process of change means thinking and behaving in a more constructive way – putting things into practice. For many people, gradual change is beneficial as this helps get used to new thinking and behaviour.
Before making an appointment, people often find it helpful to have a short telephone chat on 07752 866550 to get a better sense of what he offers. Appointments are made to suit client needs and are on an as required basis.