I have been interested in Health and Wellness for as long as I can remember.
I think as a child this all came out of my love of sport, there are very few sports I haven't played to some level at some point in my life: football, cricket, rugby (league and union), squash, tennis, badminton, swimming, gaelic football, racquetball, climbing, athletics... As a keen amateur athlete, I began at quite a young age to take increasing interest in the bones, muscles and joints I was using to work out how they did their jobs. I began my working life in Leisure and Tourism as a lifeguard and eventually a swimming teacher. From here the natural progression was into mainstream healthcare and Physiotherapy, but through a ‘lucky’ coincidence concerning my mother’s back injury and a subsequent trip to a local Chiropractor I discovered Chiropractic…
The concept of Chiropractic appealed to me immediately - the idea of holistic, natural healing focussed on function and maximising potential seemed to be the perfect balance! The more I learnt about the practice of Chiropractic the more I liked it.
I applied for and began studying for my degree in Chiropractic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) just north of Cardiff in the Rhondda Valley. I completed my four years of undergraduate study in Wales, graduating in 2007.
Whilst at University I was able to continue my sporting interests; representing the University in both football and badminton. Through doing so I was able to focus my areas of specialist interest into the field of sports, culminating in my attending the British Masters Games with Chiropractic colleagues and learning more about rehabilitation and return to sport as a result.
After graduation, I was lucky enough to secure a job at the very Chiropractic clinic my mother had attended for her treatment all those years earlier back in my hometown of Harrogate. I started my life here at the Family Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre as an associate and within two years was given the opportunity to cement my future at FCPC by becoming a partner.
During my years here at the centre I have furthered my learning as part of my Continued Professional Development (CPD). I constantly want to expand the range of techniques that I use and have completed a series of courses in Neuro Impulse Protocol (NIP) Chiropractic technique. In pursuing my interest in sports I have also completed a certification in golf assessments from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) BSc (Hons) Chiropractic, 2007 Basic and Advanced level Neuro Impulse Protocol (NIP) Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level One (Golf Assessments)
General Chiropractic Council (02856) United Chiropractic Association
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Having competed in sport to a reasonably high level I managed to pick up a few injuries along the way. I was lucky to have some treatment which fascinated me and helped in my decision to pursue a career in physiotherapy. I have over 20 years experience since graduating from the University of the West of England in Bristol back in 1999.
The first few years of my career were spent in the NHS but most of my experience comes from working in sports and the private sector. During this time I have specialised in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, which has led to the opportunity of working with and treating some high profile individuals.
Working with elite sports men and women has lead me to understand the inconvenience of an injury. These episodes need no nonsense quick and effective treatments to help you get back training or competing again.
My wife first introduced me to the Family Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre as she has had treatment from the Chiropractors here since she was a teenager. I started working at the Centre in 2010 and was offered the opportunity to become a partner in the business in 2012. As a Centre we now provide different therapies of choice and continue to grow as a multidisciplinary team.
As well as maintaining and improving my skills as part of Continued Professional Development (CPD) I have focused on specific post graduate training including Musculoskeletal Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling). In line with my sporting interests I have completed a certification in Golf assessments with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 1999 Post graduate Acupuncture for Chartered Physiotherapists Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level One (Golf Assessments)
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (061156) Health & Care Professions Council (PH.57173) Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (Physio First 8243) Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (3720)
(Doctor of Chiropractic)
I was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. I grew up in a small town in Northern Ontario close to the great lakes called Manitouwadge. I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology back in 1998.
Chiropractic had always been a subject that has fascinated me since my high school years, so following my degree I made the decision to continue my studies in the UK at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth. During this time I discovered the diverse methods and systems of healing that can be incorporated into Chiropractic treatment and graduated in 2002.
I was given the opportunity to work at the Family Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre as a new graduate. While practicing I have expanded my techniques of healing with an entirely holistic approach. No two bodies are the same, despite many patients suffering similar complaints, so I aim to ensure each patient I see is treated as unique and their treatment is tailored to the individual. I incorporate a wide and diverse range of approaches to Chiropractic care and have continued my studies with Sacro-Occipitial techniques (SOT), neuro impulse techniques, muscular active release techniques and applied kinesiology as well as the more traditional manipulation techniques.
I aim to give a clear description of the causes of their ailments as well as information about how I will treat them, and how they can avoid the symptoms re-occurring. Away from the practice I enjoy Ashtanga Yoga, weight training, team sports and running. I travel regularly to my families native Greece, and enjoy visiting friends and family around the world – especially if they live somewhere sunny!
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) MSc (Chiro) 2002 BSc (Hons) Biology, 1998
General Chiropractic Council (01854) British Chiropractic Association
Having been born and raised in South Africa, I naturally loved sports both playing and watching. When I moved to the UK with my family at the age of 12, I continued to enjoy sports and became interested in the theoretical side of physical education.
After my initial BTEC First Diploma in Sports Exercise, I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Sports coaching and development. It was on this course where I first learnt about sports massage and decided that this was what I wanted to do for a career.
I graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sports Therapy. By completing my Degree I have over 200 hours of massage experience gained through working in a sports injury clinic in Luton, working with MK Dons Football Academy and working in the University’s sports therapy clinic. During my years at the University of Bedfordshire I worked as a Sports Therapist at major sporting events such as the London triathlon, Reading half marathon, Milton Keynes half marathon and the Bedford 10 mile charity event. As well as this, I was the team Sports Therapist for the University’s Ladies Rugby team, where I learnt a great deal about pitch side Sports Therapy and treatments.
I have worked as a Sports Therapist since 2014 and have experience from working in several Sports Injury and Therapy Clinics around the country including Bedfordshire, Luton, Ripon and Harrogate at the Family Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre. I use a variety of treatments including Sports Massage, Injury Rehabilitation, Electrotherapy, Medical Acupuncture and Taping. I often advise on exercise programmes, postural/muscular imbalance and also give advice for modalities such as TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation), Cryotherapy (ice therapy) and thermotherapy (heat therapy). I also offer pre/post competition and rehabilitation Kinesiology Taping.
I enjoy working with a wide range of clients, including Iron Man competitors, Triathletes, Invictus Games athletes, competitive sports people and many other patients who seek treatment for work-related physical complications.
BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy 2014 Medical Acupuncture
Sports Massage Association Sports Therapy Association
(Doctor of Chiropractic)
Tommy graduated from the AECC (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic) with a first-class honours degree in Masters of Chiropractic. He has spent the previous couple of years working down on the sunny coast of Dorset in beautiful Sandbanks. Here, he worked privately in a multidisciplinary clinic with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, podiatrists, and GP’s. During his time in Dorset, he worked closely with local rugby and football teams as well as being associated with the AFC Bournemouth academy teams.
Tommy is originally from Yorkshire. We are delighted to have him here and he will be available through the week mid-week at Family Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre. He offers a range of techniques including sports taping, nutritional advice, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, traditional chiropractic techniques and varying soft tissue therapies. Should you prefer any specific therapies, please do not hesitate to ask the reception team or Tommy himself.
(Doctor of Chiropractic)
MChiro (Hons) – Master of Chiropractic
Having spent 15 years working as an Administrator in the Finance sector, I experienced first-hand the impact that stress and a sedentary lifestyle has on the body. Spending hours sitting in the same position, I developed postural issues, joint dysfunction and muscle strain, which ultimately led to chronic back and neck pain. Although I was a regular runner and swimmer, being a “weekend warrior” exacerbated this dysfunction further, leading to additional leg and shoulder injuries.
Over several years I received care from various allied health practitioners, which did not completely resolve my injuries. I had reached a point where I thought no therapy could help, until I was introduced to chiropractic by a friend. Chiropractic care took a holistic approach from the start, taking the time to fully understand the causative factors during a thorough clinical history and physical examination. From this I was given the correct working diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan. The hands-on treatment combined with posture, lifestyle and exercise advice led to a reduction in my pain and symptoms, and I could return to the activities I loved. It was the first time therapy truly made a difference, which inspired me to change career so I could help others. After four years of training at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC), I graduated with a distinction in a Masters of Chiropractic.
I have always enjoyed travelling and exploring and living in new areas, so I decided to move North from Bournemouth to Harrogate to work at the well-established Family Chiropractic and Physiotherapy clinic.
When not in clinic, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking in the countryside, and playing tennis and padel.
MChiro (Hons) – Master of Chiropractic
General Chiropractic Council (05580) British Chiropractic Association
For as long as I can remember sport has been and still is a massive part of my life. I have played a range of sports these past years from Netball to Lacrosse and from the Gym to Swimming. When I was 18, I had an injury which put my netball career on hold for 9 months but in this time and my time at school getting my BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness I came across Sports massage as a treatment method. I was interested in learning more about Sports Massage, so I did a college course alongside school to get my Level 3 in Complimentary Massage then progressed to my Level 3 in Sports Massage Qualification. I wanted to learn more and expand my knowledge more, so it is at this time I found what my passion was, and it is helping people that need it through massage.
I graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Therapy. Whilst at University I was able to gain experience working with professional athletes at Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and with the rugby players at Leeds Tykes Rugby Club. Working in these environments were challenging but allowed me to gain more knowledge with sporting injuries and treatment and rehabilitation of these injuries. I was lucky enough to be offered a job with Leeds Tykes as their Sports Massage Therapist and work there now alongside working at the clinic. I have been working doing Sports Massage for over 3 years now but in this short time I have encountered a lot of injuries and issues and obtained a lot of experience in how to help with them.
One of the key things to know is that as a Sports Therapist my treatment methods are not just for athletes or sports people that have been injured. It is beneficial to anyone that suffers from things like shoulder pain due to sitting at a computer or headaches caused by neck pain due to stress and lower back pain from driving a lot for example. My goal is to help you live life more comfortably, pain free and help you look after yourself so that you can keep doing what you want to without your body stopping you.
BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy 2022 Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
I went in with pretty bad tendonitis and a possible stress fracture with only 5 weeks to go until I was meant to be running the Amsterdam Marathon!! I was really worried I wouldn't be able to run but after a course of Ultrasound therapy Jamie had me back in my trainers and I managed to run and get a pretty good time THANK YOU!!
Thanks Ben for making my pregnancy aches and pains bearable, couldn't have done it without you!
Been going on and off for 10 years. Have to say Niko is amazing and has helped me out no end with disc and pregnancy problems. Highly recommend
After the first visit my back pain was dramatically reduced. Feel like I have a new lease of life. Friendly and professional practice. Thank you Ben and the team!!
Thank you so much to the lovely caring Receptionist and Jamie the Physiotherapist and Ben for helping me today. I have been in so much pain with nowhere to turn after a routine Op. They are so professional, I have had my injury thoroughly explained with such reassurance of plan for my rehabilitation. Thank you again.