Our Team of Osteopaths
All osteopaths working in the practice have undergone a minimum of four years full time training and are members of the General Osteopathic Council (GosC). Clive and Liz Hayden are the ‘senior partners’ in the practice.
Clive studied Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy in London, graduating in 1977 and attained a Master of Science degree in Osteopathy at the University of Greenwich in 2001. Clive teaches cranial osteopathy to postgraduate osteopaths with the Sutherland Cranial College, in the UK and has taught in Australia, America, Germany, France and Belgium. He has a strong interest in paediatric osteopathy, and has done a research trial into the osteopathic treatment of Infantile Colic in babies, and written a patient information book ‘Understanding Infant Colic‘.
Liz is the author of the book Osteopathy for Children, and a contributor to ‘A textbook of Paediatric Osteopathy’ by Eva Moeckel and Noori Mithra.
Clare Pitman D.O.
Clare studied at the European School of Osteopathy, graduating in 1993, and has been part of the team ever since. She has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London and has studied the Biodynamic Osteopathy series of eight post-graduate courses alongside bringing up her children. She has worked with compassionate communication (NVC) for 7 years and offers a holistic approach encompassing all aspects of a person within the treatment.
Hans Carpani D.O., D.P.O.
Steve Hines BSc (Hons) Ost. Med
I graduated from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1996. Prior to my studies I trained in woodwork and cabinet making and taught young people and children with physical and learning needs. I continued to have a strong interest in working with young people after graduating and worked at the Osteopathic centre for children in London.
I am particularly interested in how trauma, such as surgery, affects physical and emotional well being. I find Osteopathy has so much to offer in helping someone recover their health on many levels following the effects of trauma.
I continue to do postgraduate study both within the osteopathic framework and other forms of healing to help me develop new approaches to treatment.
Becky Hall MSc Paed Ost, BSc (Hons) Ost. Med, N.D., D.O
Becky Hall has completed an MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy and has experience working in the neonatal intensive care unit at Barnet Hospital, as well as in the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy Clinic in London. She is also a fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College, having completed their pathway of professional development which specialise in ‘cranial’ techniques. Becky has worked at both the Athens Olympics and the Manchester Commonwealth Games as a sports massage therapist. Having represented England in the ’93 Lacrosse World Cup and played internationally for a number
of years, she has some considerable knowledge and enthusiasm about sport, injuries and training. She was a secondary school PE teacher in Croydon before completing her osteopathic training in 2004.
Having grown up with Osteopathy, I then studied at the European School of Osteopathy, graduating in 2005 and joined the team at Churchdown Osteopaths in 2007. For me Osteopathy is life long journey of learning so after graduating I returned to studying, gaining a masters degree in paediatric osteopathy in 2008 at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London. Then in 2012 I became a fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy after completing the advanced Pathway in Cranial Osteopathy.
One of the most satisfying things that I find about Osteopathy is being able to really try and unravel the cause of people’s problems, often this leads to uncovering and treating trauma patterns that may be years old. This is relevant in treating patients of any age, and benefits anyone from babies, to sports people, and the elderly.
Having had a taster of lecturing and teaching paediatrics to post graduate osteopaths in Belgium, I was lucky enough in 2014 to be accepted onto the faculty of the SCCO, and am looking forward to developing my teaching career over the coming years.
Olivia Unwin MSc Ost
Olivia graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with an integrated Masters of Osteopathy. After spending time at Churchdown researching Infantile Colic during her Masters year, she became sure that paediatric osteopathy and the Sutherland pathway was how she wanted to progress in her career and was thrilled to be invited to join the Churchdown team.
Louise Kemp MBACP Accred – Counselling
My counselling experience of many years has led me to work with a vast range of problems and difficulties faced by my clients. Some clients come to look at a specific event which they are struggling to come to terms with, others have had early childhood trauma and continual problems facing them in adult life. Some feel they are at a crossroad in their life and need a safe place to work out where they are going. If you are hurting to a point that it is affecting how you experience your daily life and relationships, then that is a good enough reason to allow yourself the opportunity to have counselling and work through the difficult issues causing your pain. I see every person as a unique individual who will react to difficult life events in their own way. There is no right or wrong, or degree of distress which should or should not merit counselling.
My training is as an” Integrative Counsellor” using Person Centred and Psychodynamic theory to underpin the focus of my work. I have more detailed explanations on my website in regards to modalities of therapy.
As an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and member of the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP), I work to the BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice and am subject to its complaints procedures