A little bit about me!
So many times I have been asked why I chose to becomes a chiropractor, why I went through all the years of training rather than stay in my comfy (albeit unfulfilling ) corporate financial career….the answer is simple…..to make a difference. To learn how to be able to make a significant difference to people and animals lives at a time when they are experiencing problems, issues, pain, or restriction. When life is not going quite as it should be. To be able to have the skills to possibly help someone or an animal get back on track, increase their quality of life, and their performance is amazing. Educating people and owners how to look after themselves and their animals, working towards proactive care rather than reactive care is just the icing on the cake….I love my job!
And yes, I too have experienced chronic pain….
I have 2 ruptured discs in my lumbar spine from previous injuries. I have suffered from migraines and headaches since my early twenties. I have a history of knee problems since I was a child. I have had car accidents, numerous falls from horses and crash landed a parachute jump. But I have also run the London Marathon, completed the Great South Run twice, done 2 solo parachute jumps, a skydive, the IW Randonee cycle 3 times, and a bungy jump. I have participated in the UK 24 hr Three Peaks Challenge and 2 endurance Row for Life events. With regular chiropractic care I have overcome my physical challenges to still lead a fulfilling life. I have learnt that I must value my health because without it I cannot help others. When I let my own treatment plan fall behind, I pay the price and my pain returns. My mission is to lead by example, to show you how, with regular chiropractic care, by following advice, acknowledging your limitations and looking after yourself you too can still reach your potential. Alongside a love of animals it was inevitable that having the opportunity to become an Animal Chiropractor would be on the agenda too, studying Veterinary Chiropractic with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic! How cool is it to be able to work with people AND animals? Very few professions offer that, so I am one lucky girl!
Fast forward a good few years (ahem!) and I have worked in multidisciplinary clinics and my own clinics both in the UK and in Uganda (where I lived for 4 years) and now base myself at Watchbell House Natural Therapy Centre in Newport, Isle of Wight but jump in the car and on the road to visit those scrummy animals!
Throughout my journey, one thing that became hugely apparent, was how much a persons emotional well being (stress, tension, anxiety, personal challenges, life challenges etc...) could affect them physically, and that that same emotional health would play a huge part in the outcome of their chiropractic care. I then decided that this was an avenue I wanted to explore, qualifying as a Mind Detox Coach and Mind Calm Coach. I am currently expanding that by adding more NLP to my toolkit too. This has allowed me to be able to help my patients on a physical AND emotional level which feels a huge honour and a privilege.
I began my coaching practice in 2009 and I absolutely LOVE it. I have a particular interest in creating a positive mindset and helping people see that anything is possible with the right mindset. I also love helping people navigate through limiting beliefs and helping them design a life they are proud to live rather than a life that meets their basic needs. I enjoy working with goal setting, personal development and starting your own business. I love seeing people take control of their lives and seeing them transform into the person they were meant to be! My facebook group The Positive Spin is open to anyone who would like to work on their positive mindset and also to get support from like minded people if that is an area they are currently struggling with. It also just a great place to hang out and get a postivity vibe!
I am a regulated member of the General Chiropractic Council (Reg No: 02365) a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and a member of the Royal College of Chiropractors (including the Animal Faculty). I am a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and I am on the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Therapists (RAMP).
I have 2 children ( a girl and a boy), a hubby called Ian and 2 cats. We love dragging our little caravan Lionel around the island for fab holidays and fun out doors and family time is extremely precious to me. When I do have the opportunity to have some me time I can usually be found at the shooting range plinking away at a paper target! I am the Founder of a childrens charity, the Africa Childrens Development Trust which helps children and women in Uganda and this work is very important to me. Our current project is Chrysalis Uganda alongside supporting Ndeeba Primary School in Kampala. I am a restless entrepreneur, vegetarian and probably annoying perfectionist virgo!
I love being a coach and a chiropractor, its such a wonderful combination, meeting lovely people and animals and being able to use my skills to make a difference to lives whether they be two or four legged! In March 2016 I was honoured to be awarded the Isle of Wight Venus Awards Influential Woman of the Year which was then topped by being given the National Award too. This was a huge, huge, honour.
Random (Interesting?) Stuff About Me!
- I used to play the flute
- I have appeared on Top Gear
- I set up and ran a bottled water factory in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- I used to be a Bank Manager (yes really!!)
- I worked in McDonalds when I was a teenager!
- I have dived on the Great Barrier Reef (Awesome!!)
- I would like to climb Kilimanjaro
Random other facts about me:
- I have always struggled with my weight and still do. Its an ongoing battle!
- When I ran the London Marathon I was over taken by someone dressed as an apple.
- I have been on the fertility merry go round. It's not pretty, its often very painful, and there are far too many injections and awful side effects. I have had 3 miscarriages. Everyday I thank the universe for my 2 beautiful children.
- I grew up in an environment that was overshadowed by alcoholism, domestic violence and mental health issues and saw first hand how it affects families. It made me grow up fast, and it also taught me a awful lot about life.
- Working in Uganda/Congo has led me to see things that no one should ever see. I have seen some of the dark sides of human nature. I have also been lucky enough to see some of the most amazing sides of human nature. I therefore try to practice gratitude every day.
- I struggle daily with perfectionism. Its not a good quality to have. It makes life much more stressful than it needs to be! I therefore try to follow my own coaching principles as best I can! Its still work in progress.....