James Dodd BSc (Hons) Ost, AiM, FAFS, GPS
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
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.
James Shanahan M.Ost
James joins us here at Back to Back all the way from Melbourne, Australia! He graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Science (Osteopathy) and a Masters of Osteopathy from Victoria University and brings with him the most up to date knowledge and skills in the industry. James has a long background in sport having played Australian Rules Football and Cricket back in Australia and has a passion for treating and rehabilitating sports injuries.
He has worked with semi-elite sporting clubs in the past as well as working in a busy CBD clinic in the heart of Melbourne, treating many postural and work related complaints. He has recently become involved with Old Pauline's Rugby Club working as a pitch side Osteopath which has furthered his education and management of acute sporting injuries.
He enjoys working with people from all walks of life with the overall goal of getting them back to doing what they love and functioning in the correct manner. In his spare time James likes to listen to music and read and he also plays football with the West London Wildcats in the AFL London competition.
Nick Jordan LSSM (Dip)
Sports Massage Therapist
Nick qualified as a Sports And Remedial Massage Therapist at the London School of Sports Massage in December 2013 where 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. Nick will soon be entering his fourth year of an Osteopathy degree at Surrey University.
Nick has worked alongside the physiotherapist at Crawley Town Football Club where he massaged players before and after matches and experienced first hand how to get injured players match fit within a matter of weeks.
Nick is a keen sports man and has been an avid golfer since the age of 15. He has a complete understanding of injuries sustained from any sport and is able to help athletes achieve their personal best. For example, he is currently working with the European Tour golf players, demonstrating how Sports And Remedial Massage can improve their game in specific ways.
Sue Turner IIR (MAR) Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART)
Sue holds a Reflexology Diploma and is an Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART) practitioner studying under Hagar Basis (Director of the Reflexology Academy). Since qualifying she has gone on to study orthopaedic reflexology and Maternity Reflexology (specialising in Fertility, Preconception and Pregnancy Reflexology) under Mauricio Kruchik.
In her reflexology practice Sue has treated clients with a range of chronic and acute issues including:
- musculoskeletal pain
- digestive problems
- hormonal disorders
- menstrual problems
- low mood
- depression and anxiety
She has treated women pre-conceptually, throughout pregnancy and post-partum in order to contribute towards maintaining optimum health for mother and baby. Sue is a volunteer reflexologist for CRISIS, the homeless charity.
Sue is also particularly interested in using reflexology to reduce stress and tension which can effect wellbeing and even contribute to illnesses.
Sue is also a qualified Occupational Therapist and has extensive experience of working in neuro-rehabilitation, complex physical disability, learning disability and with people who have sensory processing difficulties. Sue feels that her experience as an Occupational Therapist and her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and psychosocial issues really contribute to the holistic approach to wellbeing she brings to her reflexology clients.
When not working on feet, Sue enjoys working on her allotment. She is also a keen walker and animal lover.
"James and Back to Back have literally changed my life. James has not only resolved my back and shoulder injuries but has also given me the tools to support myself in the future. Every treatment is always carefully considered and his holistic approach and methodology are nothing short of miraculous. An exceptional practitioner and a wonderful human being."