John is a senior osteopathic practitioner with 20 years of post qualification experience. He completed his training with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), in 1998 with a B.Sc(Hons)OstMed degree in Osteopathic Medicine, and returned there to teach both osteopathic technique classes and in the student clinic for five years from 2000. He qualified as a Cranial Osteopath with the Sutherland Society in 1999. John also holds a diploma in Naturopathy ND, which qualifies him to advise on dietary and lifestyle issues. His osteopathic work is further supported through the integration of Medical (Western) Acupuncture techniques into treatments where appropriate.
While working widely on general issues and with all ages, John has also gained significant experience treating mothers and infants while working in a dedicated paediatric clinic. He's observations of the significant role that stress can play in affecting the wellbeing of both mother and baby led him to write an article for the local National Childbirth Trust NCT in 2006 entitled "Psychological Aspects of Infantile Colic".
Keen on exercise since his teens, he remains as passionate about it now he's older. He uses the knowledge gained through regular continued professional development to modify and improve his own programmes, responding to the gradual changes to resilience of an ageing body.
He advices his patients on lifestyle, ergonomic, exercise and dietary issues as he believes it is an osteopaths' role to engage the patient in their own recovery. He completed the Pilates Matwork Level 1 Course with The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute, which enables him to use pilates in the treatment and rehabilitation of his patients.
From the very start of his career it has been clear to him that adverse stress plays a major role in issues faced by many patients. In part this is why he provides treatments that at 45 minutes are often longer than those of other osteopaths, as he feels the extra time both to talk and occasionally explore gentle cranial technique as a tool for relaxation is of great benefit. It is perhaps not a surprise that in 2011 he would start The Plane Tree Clinic with his Psychologist wife Martina, as a way to unite mind and body therapies in one carefully considered therapeutic space.
He is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO). As a Registered Osteopath he undertakes regular courses in areas of interest as part of continued professional development (CPD).