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MEET THE TEAM

Sara Gould

Osteopath

Sara trained as a sports massage therapist before embarking on a five year osteopathic degree. She qualified from the College of Osteopaths, London, in 2007 and is an accredited member of the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

Before setting up Uphill Village Osteopaths, Sara worked locally as an osteopath where she has built up her experience and gained valuable knowledge.

Sara enjoys treating the whole family, from babies through to the more mature generation.

Sara lives locally with her husband and children and when not working enjoys spending time on family days out and yoga.

Gemma Sperring

Osteopath

Gemma graduated from Swansea University with a master’s degree in Osteopathy. She has since gained a qualification in dry needling (acupuncture) which she uses alongside osteopathic techniques.

Gemma enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions both acute and chronic. She has a particular interest in how mental health can affect pain and recently completed a 20,000 word thesis into the role of anxiety and depression in lower back pain.

Gemma lives in Portishead with her family and enjoys long walks with her dog.

Gabriella Partono

Osteopath

Gabriella trained at the European school of Osteopathy in the UK, following this She moved to New Zealand to practice. She has recently returned to settle in Somerset with her partner and baby. Gabriella also has a qualification in dry needling (Acupuncture)

Gabriella enjoys treating anybody from new born babies to the elderly. She has also worked for a New Zealand National league women's football team, so has experience treating and rehabilitating acute sports injuries. 

She works closely with the patient to find both the cause of the pain as well as the processes involved, and creates a treatment plan tailored to each individual. She currently bases her examination and treatment on a combination of stronger, structural techniques and a gentler functional approach. 

In her free time Gabriella enjoys being outside, either walking, trail running, cycling or riding.

Vicky Melton

Osteopath

Vicky graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (now known as the University College of Osteopathy) with a Master’s Degree in Osteopathy. She enjoys treating people of all ages and backgrounds. Vicky believes in spending time getting to know patients in order to tailor an individual approach to treatment.  She uses a wide range of osteopathic techniques along with lifestyle advice and exercises to improve function, reduce pain and help prevent the problem from returning.  

 

After spending several years living and working in New Zealand, Vicky has chosen to settle in the Bristol area. In her free time she regularly practices tai chi and enjoys exploring the outdoors.

Amy Warstat

Osteopath

Amy graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in Kent with a Masters in Osteopathy after four years of training. She also has a qualification in dry needling (acupuncture) and sports massage.

Amy uses a variety of treatment types including structural techniques, soft tissue, functional and cranial to treat a range of patients; from infant to the more mature generation as well as treating pregnant and post-natal women. Every treatment is tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Amy lives on Exmoor and enjoys being in the outdoors, walking, riding and cycling in the countryside.

Charlie Walmsley

Sports Massage Therapist

Charlie is a VCTC Level 4 qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist with Sports Therapy UK and a member of the Sports Massage Association. Charlie graduated from Bath University with BSc Sports Coaching, and Bath Spa University with a Post-16 PGCE  CERT ED Teaching Degree, specialising in Sport and Exercise Science.
Charlie has over 23 years of personal experience in sport, having been a member of the Youth and Senior Ladies Great Britain Double-Mini-Trampoline Team and National level Trampolinist,

Through sport and remedial massage Charlie aims to provide an optimal level of treatment for clients aiming to improve, or assist the recovery of, their current aches, pains and sporting injuries on the path to returning to fitness and sporting activity.
Charlie regularly treats gymnasts and Weston-Super-Mare Seagulls Mens First Team Football. She has previously treated at the NSPCC Post-Race London Marathon 2016 and Paralympics Training Camp at Bath University prior to London 2012.

Lea Watson

Hypnotherapist & Psycotherapist

Lea has a background in business and law and it was this experience of working in a fast paced and stressful corporate environment where Lea first became interested in positive psychology and mindfulness tools for stress and anxiety management. Following a life defining moment using hypno-birthing techniques for the birth of her daughter, Lea became an advocate for the power of hypnotherapy as a remarkably effective tool to harness the power of the subconscious mind to change mindset and heal psychological issues and trauma with life changing results.

 

Now, as a practitioner in general hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, Lea can help others make desired positive psychological changes with gentle but highly powerful therapeutic techniques.

 

Lea lives locally with her husband and children, in her spare time she spends time practising yoga and taking walks with her dogs.

Adam Ludwell

Clinic Manager

Adam trained as a professional dancer at Masters Performing Arts College on a full scholarship. After graduating he has had the privilege of working with some top names such as The Wanted, McFly, Liberty X, Same Difference and Stephen Mulhern to name a few.

Adam has been fortunate to have performed all over the world travelling as far as Australia & New Zealand.

 

Adam has also worked for Esporta and Virgin Active health clubs as front of house manager, member relations manager, finance and human resources manager and as commercial manager for Nuffield Health in London.

Adam has also been awarded the title of Aerobic Gymnastic British Champion twice and was a member of the National Squad. Adam now coaches gymnastics and has coached gymnasts from the Artistic, Rhythmic and Aerobic National teams. He is also a professional director and award winning choreographer working on shows all over the UK throughout the year.

Sam Burgess-Banks

Receptionist

Sam lives locally with her husband, children and dogs. She has a background in retail management and customer service and is a fully qualified Learning Support Assistant. When not working at the clinic Sam enjoys spending time with her family and has recently taken up ballet and tap dancing.

Dot Wright

Receptionist

Dot lives in Weston-super-Mare with her husband and has two daughters and two grandchildren.

 

Dot spent most of her career working in environmental health before semi-retiring. She now works part time at the clinic and enjoys walking, yoga, dance, theatre and decorating.

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