Michael Clarke – Clinic Principal [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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.
Brian Walklett [email protected]
Brian joined The Mersea Road Clinic early last year after returning to the UK from New Zealand, where he worked in a Practice alongside seven GPs.
After completing an Honours degree and qualifying as an Osteopath in 1997 Brian studied for a PGC in education and an Advanced Osteopathic Medicine Masters degree. As well as running his own Practice before going to New Zealand for nearly three years. Brian also worked as an Osteopathic Lecturer and Tutor at the European School of Osteopathy. On behalf of the ESO Brian has acted as an Examiner of overseas students and lectured in Russia and France.
Running his own Practice for 10 years, plus his role as an Examiner and Teacher, coupled with his research experience and sporting background has enabled Brian to develop as a multi-disciplined Practitioner. This has allowed him to treat a wide range of complaints in all age groups from birth to the more senior citizen, using a diversity of techniques from the totally structural approach to the softer functional and cranial approaches.
Having recently completed a cholesterol and diabetes testing course Brian is now offering these tests as an extra service to existing Mersea Road Clinic patients.
Steve Graham [email protected]
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 is also developing his skills in Animal Osteopathy. (But would strongly request that these patients do not come to The Mersea Road Clinic for treatment)!
Vicky Lucas [email protected]
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. In her spare time she likes keeping fit, playing the piano and looking after her niece and nephews.
Christopher Allen – [email protected]
Christopher graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in 2003 and has since been working in osteopathic clinics in Surrey and Kent. He has a very dedicated and professional approach to his patients. He joined The Mersea Road Clinic team in 2012.
Christopher treats a wide variety of complaints from sport injuries, postural strains to headaches. He uses both structural and cranial techniques adapting his approach to best suit each individual patient.
Christopher has a background as a personal trainer, and if necessary he uses this previous experience to give advice on appropriate exercise to enable his patients to return to full fitness as quickly as possible.
Christopher has also lectured, examined and is currently a clinic tutor at the ESO in Maidstone, Kent.
Steven Rudland [email protected]
Steven has been a qualified Masseur for five years and has been at The Mersea Road Clinic for three years.
Steven is working with Great Britain’s 1 and 2 Race Walkers, regular massage has helped them with injury prevention. Here at The Mersea Road Clinic we all believe in prevention being better than cure and with regular treatments that becomes more achievable.
Steven is also a qualified Indian Head Masseur and has helped people with headaches, migraines and insomniacs and is currently using Indian Head Massage to de-stress workers in a local office.
Steven is a keen commuter cyclist and enjoys regular exercise in the form of circuit training and pilates.
Clare Hamblin [email protected]
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!
Sam Bateman – Practice Manager [email protected]
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 – Social Media & Marketing Manager [email protected]
Josie joined the Clinic in January 2009 as a Receptionist. She was promoted to Reception Manager 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 the North East Essex PCT Manual Therapies Back and Neck Referral scheme here at the clinic.
Outside of work Josie enjoys films, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Charlotte Davies – Receptionist
Charlotte joined the clinic as a part-time receptionist in February 2014.
After leaving school Charlotte studied a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Colchester Institute, before going into full-time retail management. She is now back in education and currently studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Tourism Management at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. In her spare time Charlotte enjoys socialising, attending the theatre, watching films and reading.