Meet The Team

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

    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.

    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 the most complex of conditions. He also uses his cranial skills to treat many babies and children.

    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 is a lecturer and examiner at ESO in Maidstone, Kent.  He has also lectured internationally which has seen him visit countries such as Spain, France and Russia.

      Sam Bloomfield


      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.

        Steve Graham


        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.

          Vicky Lucas


          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.

          After displaying a keen interest in health care and complementary medicine the 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, the clinic principle, 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 most of her family are still local, she has a young daughter called Ruby and in her spare time she likes keeping fit, playing the piano and looking after her niece and nephews.

            Lucy Boxer


            Lucia (known as 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


              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


                Keith has been a member of the Mersea Road team for 2 years as a sports masseur and has recently graduated with an M.Ost from the British School of Osteopathy.

                Keith has worked extensively with numerous high level junior and youth athletes in a variety of sports to help them with their flexibility and conditioning.

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



                  Samantha Nottage


                  Sam graduated from the European School of Osteopathy with an integrated Master’s Degree in Osteopathy with first class honours.

                  While travelling she took a keen interest in complimentary medicine but was unsure what career path to take. After suffering from neck pain she sought an Osteopath, she was so impressed that she decided she wanted to learn and understand more and to take a career in Osteopathy.

                  In her spare time Sam enjoys travelling, kayaking and is currently learning to play golf!

                      Emily Gallone


                      We are delighted to welcome Emily Gallone, Assciate Osteopath, to the team!

                      Emily graduated with a Masters Degree from the British School of Osteopathy in London and treats a wide range of conditions. 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.

                        Steven Rudland


                        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.

                          Clare Hamblin


                          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!

                              Sarah Jane Sexton

                              Massage Therapist

                              Sarah qualified in 2012 and offers a range of Massage Therapy including Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Pregnancy/Postnatal Massage and Workplace Massage.  Apart from running her own busy Massage and Wellbeing business locally she thoroughly enjoys working as part of the team here at Mersea Road Clinic.

                              Sarah is passionate about her work and treats clients with all manner of health conditions helping and supporting them into achieving optimal health.

                              Sarah is also qualified in Baby Massage & Yoga and teaches a Colic Support program in the form of one to one sessions and workshops.

                                Sam Bateman


                                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.

                                  Josie Kelly

                                  Administration Officer

                                  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.

                                    Annette Stevens


                                    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.

                                      Amanda Stewart


                                      Amanda joined the clinic as part-time receptionist in October 2015.

                                      Before joining the team Amanda was Acting Manager at Viyella and CC in Williams and Griffin.

                                      Amanda is a qualified Beauty Therapist, although she is no longer practising, she still likes to keep up with all the latest trends and products.

                                      Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending time with her son Liam, visiting her family and friends and regularly goes to the cinema.