Meet The Mersea Road Clinic Team

We're Only As Good As Our People

Our Colchester Osteopaths have a wealth of experience and a broad range of specialist interest. We pride ourselves on being dedicated, enthusiastic and always honest. 


Michael Clarke at Mersea Road Clinic

Michael Clarke

Clinic Principal

Michael founded the practice back in 1997. At that point the clinic was located further down the Mersea Road and operated on a part time basis. The clinic moved to various locations over the next few years before settling here in July 2002. The clinic has established a reputation for excellent service and high osteopathic standards.

Michael graduated from the European School of Osteopathy after an industrial accident provoked a complete career change. He has developed a reputation for treating difficult chronic low back conditions. He is also successful in treating a wide range of other conditions including sports injuries, jaw problems (TMJ), headaches and visceral complaints such as IBS.

His understanding of spinal biomechanics is excellent. He has used this knowledge to formulate a standard model by which all Osteopathic treatments are based on at the clinic. Michael is instrumental in creating a team environment, at the clinic which is beneficial when it comes to complex case presentations. These cases are discussed within the team and this ensures the patient receives the optimal management.

As part of his passion for Osteopathic medicine he regularly attends courses that improve and add value to his personal and clinical scope of practice.


 
David Kennett at Mersea Road Clinic

David Kennett

Clinic Director

David graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) and joined the clinic in July 2003 making him the most senior associate here. He took on the role of Clinical Director in 2007 and has helped the Clinic to expand into one of the biggest in the region. He also runs a large clinic, City Way Health Clinic, in Rochester, Kent.

David treats a wide variety of complaints including those related to sports, posture and work. His experience in both structural and cranial Osteopathy enables him to treat th... e most complex of conditions. He also uses his cranial skills to treat many babies and children. David is also trained in canine Osteopathy and treats dogs with musculoskeletal complaints.

He is especially interested in football having played to semi-professional level and has coached youth teams in the Kent Football League. Having retired from playing football he now enjoys playing golf and is trying constantly to lower his handicap!

David lectured Osteopathic Technique and Advanced Clinical Practice at the ESO in Maidstone, and now lectures internationally for the ESO. This sees him visit many countries including Spain, Denmark and Russia.


 
Steve Graham at Mersea Road Clinic

Steve Graham

Senior Osteopath

Steve graduated with a Masters Degree from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM). Prior to choosing Osteopathy as a profession, Steve served 12 years as an Officer in the Army, during which appreciation of the importance of health and fitness was developed.

Having experienced Osteopathy as a patient, Steve believes strongly that treatment can also help to prevent future injury by identifying movement or postural dysfunction before any symptoms are actually felt. As such, Steve treats many patients on a maintenance basis to enable optimal function and wellbeing.

In practice, Steve treats a wide range of conditions and across all age groups from babies upwards. With a keen interest in horses and dogs, Steve regularly refers people to a local veterinary practice that provides chiropractic treatment for animals.


 
Sam Bloomfield at Mersea Road Clinic

Sam Bloomfield

Osteopath

Sam graduated with a Masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy.

Sam grew up in Colchester and comes from a family with a strong healthcare background, his mother and older sister both being nurses.

When unsure about his future, Sam was inspired by a meeting with an Osteopath who was treating his mother at the time and subsequently decided that Osteopathy was the career for him.

In his spare time Sam is a keen sportsman having previously played high level football representing his college in national competitions, and he is currently developing his golf. He also likes to travel with his most memorable trips being overland tours of New Zealand and the south-east of Africa.


 
Lucy Boxer at Mersea Road Clinic

Lucy Boxer

Osteopath

Lucy is currently on Maternity leave....

Lucy is a Master of Osteopathy, graduating from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

Lucia has experience of treating patients with orthopaedic, acute neurological, respiratory and patients with multi-pathologies. She uses her vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology and her understanding of the importance of naturopathy to encourage and assist a patients return to their optimum. Lucia aims to educate her patients on their condition as she feels this is an important and vital factor in the healing process.

Lucia is a successful sports person having competed in county and premier league level netball. She has a particular interest in treating sports related injuries. Using structural Osteopathy and sports specific rehabilitation, Lucia aims to help patients return to competition and more importantly assist in injury prevention.


 
Richard Foster at Mersea Road Clinic

Richard Foster

Osteopath

Richard has always had a keen interest in science and understanding how the body works. His first degree was in Forensic Science, and following that, he worked in the Health and Safety field.

Realising he wanted a more people centred job where he could help people, he studied for 4 years at The British School of Osteopathy and achieved his Masters.

Richard treats a wide variety of complaints ranging from back and neck pain, headaches to general aches and pains due to posture, occupation or ageing. He also uses medical acupuncture which can be effective for muscular issues


 
Keith Ashdown at Mersea Road Clinic

Keith Ashdown

Osteopath

Keith is a qualified sports masseur and osteopath, obtaining his Master of Osteopathy degree from the British School of Osteopathy.

He has been a member of the Mersea Road Clinic team since 2014 and has worked extensively with numerous high level youth athletes and local sports clubs to help them with their flexibility and conditioning.

In his limited spare time his activities include all racket sports, gym, and juggling the activities of his three children.


 
Denise Carey at Mersea Road Clinic

Denise Carey

Osteopath

Denise is an Osteopath, who graduated from the British college of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. She has worked in private practice for 2 years and uses a primarily structural approach but also is keen on using visceral, exercise prescriptions, nutritional advice and education to prevent problems from reoccurring. She is particularly interested in the head, jaw, neck and neuroanatomy. As a health and fitness enthusiast, Denise practises Pilates, Hatha Yoga and circuit training. This has developed her deep understanding of the body’s mechanics.

The combination of precise skill and understanding means that Denise delivers the highest level of treatment tailored to each individual.


 
Vicky Lucas at Mersea Road Clinic

Vicky Lucas

Osteopath

Vicky is currently on maternity leave….

Vicky graduated at the top of her class from the European School of Osteopathy with an integrated Masters degree in Osteopathy. She was inspired to study osteopathy after working as a part time receptionist for the clinic throughout her A levels and first degree which was in biology.

Mersea Road Clinic sponsored Vicky’s osteopathic studies and she was involved with the practice for a number of years before joining in 2012. She has worked closely with Michael Clarke during her training, this has helped her when treating chronic pain conditions. Vicky has a keen interest in nutrition and using osteopathy to treat visceral complaints.

Vicky grew up in Colchester and in her spare time she likes keeping fit, playing the piano and looking after her niece and nephews. She has a young daughter called Ruby.


 
Emily Gallone at Mersea Road Clinic

Emily Gallone

Associate Osteopath

Emily graduated with a Masters Degree from the British School of Osteopathy in London. Prior to this Emily studied at the Colchester Sixth Form College and was inspired to study osteopathy after attending an appointment at the Mersea Road Clinic. Whilst at university she gained a Sports Massage qualification, and since has gain a qualification in Medical Acupuncture.

Emily treats a wide range of conditions and in October 2016 Emily enrolled at the Osteopathic Centre for Children specialising in treating babies and children using cranial osteopathy.

In her spare time she enjoys being with friends and family. She also enjoys going camping and being outdoors.


 
Verity Cowland at Mersea Road Clinic

Verity Cowland

Associate Osteopath

Verity graduated from the British School of Osteopathy after studying for 6 years to gain a Masters Degree in Osteopathy.

Prior to becoming an Osteopath, Verity worked as a reinsurance broker for 9 years in what was a predominantly a desk-based role and has a first-hand understanding of the aches and pains that this can cause. It was after leaving this role to start a family that she discovered the benefits of osteopathy and this inspired her to train as an osteopath.

During her time at the BSO, she trained extensively in many aspects of osteopathy including working with children, pregnant women and sports injuries. She also worked within various specialist external clinics treating the elderly, disadvantaged communities and clients diagnosed with HIV.

Since qualifying she has furthered her field of treatment studying Harmonic Techniques, Medical Acupuncture and Cranial Osteopathy and continues her studies with the aim to provide the best possible treatment for her patients.

When Verity is away from the practice and studying, she is learning to play the guitar and attends her local dojo for Karate training with her two children


 
Steven Rudland at Mersea Road Clinic

Steven Rudland

Masseur

Steven has been a qualified Masseur and part of the Mersea Road Clinic team for over 10 years.

Although trained as a Masseur, Steven has developed many new skills working alongside the Principal Osteopath, Michael Clarke, here at the clinic and numerous workshops held by the Clinic Director David Kennett.

Steven is also a qualified Indian Head Masseur, which is an over the clothes, seated treatment helping those who suffer with headaches, migraines and insomnia.

Steven is a keen cyclist and enjoys the benefits of a functional training programme, he also loves the benefits of sourcing, cooking and eating locally produced ingredients and has recently acquired an allotment patch and a campervan.


 
Michelle Chart at Mersea Road Clinic

Michelle Chart

Massage Therapist

Michelle qualified in 2003 as a massage therapist, specialising in Holistic therapies such Aromatherapy massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Swedish massage.

Michelle has worked alongside physiotherapists at David Lloyd, Exeter, Devon which lead her interests to sports massage. Michelle has experience working with rugby teams, pro athletes in bodybuilding and footballers.

Michelle's aim as a massage therapist is to aid in relaxation as well as helping those to recover. This then would lead me to her ongoing qualification at the College of Osteopaths in London, to be an Osteopath.


 
Clare Hamblin at Mersea Road Clinic

Clare Hamblin

Masseuse

Clare has been a qualified Masseuse since 2001. Before joining the clinic she has had experience running her own business and has a number of clients that have been coming to her since she first started for regular maintenance and prevention of tension in the body. As well as preventing injury and aiding muscle repair, Clare believes that regular massage is beneficial to reducing toxins in the body. This helps to prevent illness and produces a therapeutic effects and gives an overall feeling of well-being. Clare is also qualified in Indian Head Massage and Reflexology.

Clare has a very keen interest in sport having run the marathon in 2004 and is a qualified gym instructor. She currently runs the gym at the Colchester 6th form college for students 16-19 years of age and also instructs a regular weekly spin class for the college staff, which is not for the faint hearted!


 
Abigail Lane at Mersea Road Clinic

Abigail Lane

Sports Massage Therapist

Abigail has recently qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist and since then has been working with her local football team to help treat and prevent sports related injuries. Before joining the Clinic she had experience working as Store Manager at a Natural Remedies Shop and Therapy Rooms where she gained an interest in health and well-being. This triggered her desire to become a healthcare professional.

She keeps active by attending the gym, walking her two dogs and hiking in the Lake District.

Abigail wishes to study Osteopathy at University and is grateful to be working with such an experienced and knowledgeable team at The Mersea Road Clinic.


 
Josie Kelly at Mersea Road Clinic

Josie Kelly

Reception Manager

Josie joined the Clinic in January 2009 as a Receptionist. She was promoted to Administration Officer in 2012.

After leaving school Josie attended Colchester Institute and studied for a Diploma in Business Administration Level 3 as well as various other text and word processing qualifications.

Josie has been instrumental in helping the clinic grow in recent years and has taken on the responsibility of managing all of the administration duties as well as the Clinic’s Social Media pages.

Outside of work Josie enjoys going to the gym, watching films and spending time with her family and friends.


 
Sam Bateman at Mersea Road Clinic

Sam Bateman

Receptionist

Sam joined the clinic in 2003 as a Receptionist and was promoted in 2006 to Practice Manager.

After leaving school Sam joined a local firm of Solicitors where she was an Office Junior and after 18 months was promoted to Secretary for a Legal Executive in the Claims Department.

After leaving the Solicitors Sam worked at an Insurance Company where she started in the typing pool of the Private Car Claims Department. She was then promoted to Assistant Secretary to the Manager of a Reinsurance Department based in Colchester.

Away from work Sam’s interests include swimming, reading and walking her Boxer dog Casper. Sam’s office door is always open for anyone who needs a chat.


 
Annette Stevens at Mersea Road Clinic

Annette Stevens

Receptionist

Annette joined the clinic as part-time receptionist in January 2014.

She also works for Colchester Hospital league of friends at The General Hospital in the main shop. Annette worked for many years at a local printers ‘Spottiswoode Ballantyne Ltd’ in the office, on reception and in the bindery department.

Annette has one daughter, who is currently studying Graphic Design at Falmouth University in Cornwall. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the cinema and theatre and catching up with friends and family.


 
Veronique at Mersea Road Clinic

Veronique

Sports Massage Therapist

Veronique has been in the fitness industry for 18 years teaching group exercise and over the years developed a keen interest in injury rehabilitation and prevention has become more prevalent through seeing and helping many people she has taught, as well as injuries she has endured. Veronique still teaches dance fitness classes to children and a group of special needs adults.

After graduating in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Sports, Fitness and Coaching. Veronique then added a Sports massage/therapy diploma in order to help others in an area she had become passionate about. As a former patient at Mersea Road, she is very happy to join the team.

In her spare time Veronique enjoys spending time with her family, walking her Greek rescue dogs and enjoying meals out and going to the cinema.