James Dodd BSc (Hons) Ost, AiM, FAFS, GPS, 1080Map
Functional and Senior Osteopath / Movement Specialist - Practice Principal
James has been treating patients from all walks of life since 1994. He qualified as an osteopath in 1999 and in Western (Medical) Acupuncture in 2003. Combining both of these with exercise really helps to maximise the benefit of treatment. James is fascinated by the body’s potential for healing and specialises in the treatment of acute injuries and some chronic pain syndromes.
James spends much of his time working within the framework of true 'function'. He is looking at the WHY behind the WHAT! 'Why has that happened', rather than 'it has happened'.
He is one of only 18 osteopaths in the UK that has done prestigious ‘GIFT’ mentorship in the USA with the Gray Institute!
He is also 1080Map trained. This is the only three-dimensional testing system of functional movement patterns that is validated, reliability tested, standardised, measurable, systemised, web-based and that provides powerful insights about performance and asymmetries.
He has completed levels I and II and III with 'Anatomy in Motion’ with Gary Ward who was featured in BBC1s 'Dr in the House'.
He has a special interest in sports specific injuries and has treated sports people at all levels including the elite with some Olympic athletes. James works with Runners, Hockey Players, CrossFit, Rowers, Triathletes (including Ironmen and women) and some of England's rugby touch team for treatment and performance enhancement. He is also involved in treating and rehabilitating many Hypermobile patients, really understanding the challenges that they can present. He has a personal interest in this area.
He also works a lot with scoliosis in the developing adolescent and tries to understand why this has started. This may be another part of the body creating more stress onto the spine. Working with the areas that are not working well often takes pressure off the spine and creates change.
Since 2008, James became more interested in Applied Functional Science (AFS) with the works of Gary Gray and Dave Tiberio (world renowned physical therapists and 'fathers of real function') in the USA. He began studying in depth functional biomechanics, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Then, learning from the best, he had the privilege of doing the 10-month GIFT mentorship with Gary and Dave in the USA.
James has also completed a Nike Golf Performance Specialist training with Nike and the Gray Institute that looks to address biomechanical issues with all areas of the golf swing and uses specific and cutting edge strategies to improve the biomechanics of your swing.
Many injuries are exacerbated by the office environment but can be overcome or improved by a combination of osteopathic treatment, preventative exercise and ergonomic and postural advice. James welcomes referrals from doctors and other practitioners wanting either a second opinion or a different approach when progress is proving difficult.
Symptoms are often just that ...symptoms... and very often the cause of pain starts from somewhere else. James' challenge and great interest is to find that cause and not just look at and treat the symptoms.
He used to teach one day a week at one of the leading London universities, he lectures about ‘Back Care’ in workshops and at schools and gyms and often has other practitioners and trainees in the clinic to observe. James is keen to keep abreast of current development in the world of healthcare and this is reflected in his practice.
James’ ethos in life is ‘Look after your body and it will look after you’. Being responsible for your body is key!He lives near the clinic with his lovely wife and two daughters Isabelle and Jessica.
Member of the British Osteopathic Association
Member of British Medical Acupuncture Society
GIFT Mentorship graduate Gray Institute, USA
1080Map for elite performance enhancement
Anatomy in Motion
Anja Davidson - M.Ost
Anja graduated with a Masters in Osteopathy degree after five years of extensive training at the British School of Osteopathy. She also holds a Sports Injury and Massage Therapist diploma and a valid National Sports First Aid certificate.
She has completed post-graduate courses in Western Medical Acupuncture and Cranial Osteopathy and is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Anja’s original career as a professional dancer and dance instructor, with its numerous injuries, was what inspired her to work in healthcare. She has a deeper understanding of not only what it feels like to be injured and in pain, but also the physiological conditions of a large range of acute injuries as well as more chronic complaints. She utilises this knowledge in her work with patients who vary from younger children to the elderly.
Anja believes appropriate advice and self-help exercises, which she often encompasses into her treatment sessions, are fundamental to allow her patients to understand their symptoms and help provide relief and fulfill their bodies’ full potential.
Originally from Denmark, Anja moved to London in 1993 and now lives in Surrey with her husband, two children and their springer spaniel Charlie. Anja is a member of the General Osteopathic Council and the Institute of Osteopathy.
Annie Fonfe - M.Ost, AiM, FAFS, 1080Map
Annie graduated with a Masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy, and has since become a Fellow of Applied Functional Science after completing the prestigious Gift mentor membership programme from the Gray Institute, USA.
She has always had an interest is biomechanical function which began with taking Levels 1 and 2 with Anatomy in Motion with Gary Ward. AiMs philosophy is similar to Osteopathy in that both provide an environment essential for healing to take place. Using gait assessment as a tool to highlight reduced functional areas of the body, a rehabilitation programme can then be given to the individual.
Annie is also trained in Western (Medical) Acupuncture, which she combines with osteopathic treatment and soft tissue work.
She brings to the clinic a wealth of understanding of the sporting body and how we can overcome injury through the correct treatment and management. Just because your symptoms are there, it does not mean that is where the problem lies. She enjoys treating the acute injuries but also the chronic ones and loves the challenge of chronic shoulder pain.
Annie has always been involved in sport at some level and has done a few half marathons. Back in her earlier days, she was a competitive swimmer where she competed at county level. She is also a qualified swimming/stroke coach and is the mother of two sporty girls.
Stephanie Gammell M.Ost, AiM, FAFS
Stephanie graduated with a Masters degree in Osteopathy after four years of training at the British School of Osteopathy, London. Whilst at university Stephanie developed an interest in the function and biomechanics of true movement, in particular how alterations in movement and function can underly injuries and create pain and stiffness within the body.
This led Stephanie to train with the prestigious Gray Institute, based in the USA, on their intensive 10 month mentorship in Applied Functional Science (AFS). Since completing the AFS course, Stephanie has had the privilege of working with other highly gifted functional practitioners in London, combining specialist functional assessments and treatment with Osteopathy.
Stephanie is also qualified in Medical Acupuncture, and uses this in her treatments. Stephanie's treatment approach is very 'hands on', using a variety of soft tissue massage and joint mobilisation/articulatory techniques, alongside specialist biomechanical movement assessments, stretching and treatment, to help relieve pain and tension within the body.
Stephanie believes that with many injuries, the area of pain may not necessarily be the cause, but the effect of dysfunction elsewhere in the body. Stephanie enjoys the challenge of figuring out the underlying factors which contribute to various problems, treating the cause not just the symptoms.
Stephanie is also passionate about nutrition and is a qualified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner. The GAPS diet is a gut healing programme which can provide relief for a myriad of gut issues, improve immunity and increase overall health within the body. Stephanie is qualified to give nutritional advice alongside her treatments in order to help the healing process and improve the overall health of her patients.
Originally from West Yorkshire, Stephanie moved to London to pursue a career in Osteopathy. She loves London and you can often find her in the shops or at a market stall or pop-up restaurant experiencing different foods and cultures.
Elaine Tilley BA (Hons) M.Ost, ART, ITEC, APNT, PICP, CHEK1 and NASM
Elaine is a UK registered osteopath. She uses structural, visceral and cranial approaches to Osteopathy along with Active Release Techniques and Western Medical Acupuncture.
Elaine's qualifications are: Masters degree in Osteopathy, Active Release Technique - full body and long tract nerve entrapment, PICP level 1 (upper and lower body structural balance from football specific internship), PIMST - Instant Muscle Strengthening Techniques, Biosignature - site specific weight loss, NASM - Personal training, ITEC - Sports Massage therapy, CHEK level 1 - Injury Rehabilitation
Elaine first qualified with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre in 1996 and her interest in strength and conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation developed from there. Elaine then studied for her Gym Instructor, Circuit training, personal training qualifications and worked as a personal trainer, privately, in the City of London whilst funding further studies to continue developing her professional skills.
Elaine interned with Paul Chek at the CHEK Institute for Rehabilitation, took massage training courses and then travelled to the US to learn Active Release Techniques. She also took a private internship with world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin, and integrates his structural balance assessments and instant muscle strengthening techniques with ART and rehab exercises to form fully-rounded, successful programmes and sessions for a variety of clientele. Elaine's methods have worked extremely well with City professionals for a number of years; this moved her on to study the five year Masters degree in Osteopathy which help her to provide world class treatment - see further: http://www.strengthsensei.com/where-to-get-the-best-soft-tissue-work-in-the-world-for-strength-athletes/#ixzz34nXebpEC
Elaine has also developed a special interest in Paediatric Osteopathy, and works extensively in this field. She is currently studying at the Osteopathic Centre for Children on their diploma programme. Structural and cranial approaches to paediatrics are utilised by Elaine in keeping with the original principles of Osteopathy, in order to help the developing infant/child adapt to their environment.
Neil Sharland M.Ost, FAFS
Neil qualified from the London School of Osteopathy after completing a 5 year Masters Degree. Neil previously worked as a sports massage therapist during which time he has gained extensive experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
Neil uses a structural approach to treatment and enjoys treating both acute and chronic pain presentations. He strongly believes in the body’s natural healing mechanisms and is passionate about encouraging these during treatment and with the appropriate exercise prescription. Neil also believes in empowering his patients with the right knowledge to be able to understand and overcome their pain.
In order to further his knowledge of functional movement and treatment, Neil has started his training in Applied Functional Science (AFS) with the Gray Institute in the USA. Neil has already completed three courses in 2015 with Thirst4Function and is looking forward to continuing his development as a functional osteopath this year.
Neil also has a degree in Philosophy and is a keen sports player and spectator. Neil was part of the Everest Test team in 2009 that achieved a world record for the highest altitude game of Twenty20 cricket ever played.
Nick Jordan M.Ost
Nick is a fully qualified osteopath, graduating with a Masters from the University of Surrey. He discovered a keen interest in the wellbeing of the human body and his passion for helping people to have a pain free, healthy life.
He also qualified as a Sports And Remedial Massage Therapist at the London School of Sports Massage in 2013. This gave him a greater understanding of the injuries sustained from sport and in general daily life. Nick is able to use his knowledge and understanding of the human body and more importantly, how it moves, to help people achieve their personal best.
Nick has worked alongside the physiotherapist at Crawley Town Football Club where he has treated players before and after matches and experienced first hand how to get injured players match fit.
Nick is a keen sportsman (completed an Olympic distance Triathlon in 2017) and has been an avid golfer since the age of 15.
He has a broad understanding of injuries sustained from many sports and is able to help athletes achieve their personal best. For example, he is currently working with the European Tour golf players, demonstrating how Osteopathy and Sports And Remedial Massage can improve their game in specific ways.
Susan Kissoon ITEC DIP. Sports/Holistic Massage, Cert. Pregnancy Massage, DIP. Personal Trainer
In 2004 Susan qualified as a Personal trainer then in 2005 she qualified as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist. Susan is also a Pregnancy Therapist and practises Chinese Cupping. In 2009 she completed her diploma In Health Studies, Midwifery and Nursing.
Susan has gained a high level of experience working at various clinics. In addition to this Susan applies a number of techniques which aid recovery and enhance performance. She has worked with high end athletes and people who have every day aches and pains due to the stresses of life. Her experience working with expectant mothers have helped relieve muscular tension in the back and hip area and decreases swelling due to fluid retention.
When not working Susan enjoys an active lifestyle such as cycling, running and dance.
Leanne Bowden VTCT
Leanne qualified with a VTCT: World Class Qualifications Reflexology Diploma in 2011. Over the past few years she has developed a particular interest in the impact both physical and emotional stress has on the body. Leanne uses reflexology to help to restore your body to its natural balance and improve health and function. Leanne focuses on the needs of the client and brings a positive energy to her treatments.
Leanne also has a BA Hons Degree in Media Communication and is already a member of the team here as our senior clinic co-ordinator. Working in an environment that focuses on the excellent treatment and care of patients has furthered her commitment to help improve the wellbeing of others.
When Leanne isn’t in the clinic you will find her running in the park, training in the gym or trying out a new restaurant in town.
"I have been overwhelmingly impressed with Back to Back - and in particular, James Dodd, a highly talented osteopath. I have had the privilege of working extensively with James, and I trust his professional expertise 100%. He has the rare combination of clinical excellence, emotional intelligence and the ability to stretch time (!) - which means I hugely value his opinion and the one-to-one, attention-to-detail care he gives our shared patients. He, and all the staff at Back to Back, are fantastic."