Meet our team of Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage, Rehab specialist and Support Staff. Here to help you!
Donna Strachan MChiro DC
Since graduating from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 2001, I have been in full time practice since. In 2003 I began working in the Pensby clinic and have been practising on the Wirral since. Clinical treatment is my passion and my interest in a specific technique (IASTM) and in sports has led me to lecturing and consultancy work in these fields.
I always knew what I wanted to do but didn’t know how to go about doing it. My goal was to work in sport full time so I firstly studied a degree in Sports rehabilitation at Salford University, graduating in 2003. I then worked for a number of Rugby and Athletics teams, but I always felt that I couldn’t quite get the jobs I wanted. It almost felt as if there was an inner circle of elite physio’s working in the kind of jobs I wanted but I didn’t have the qualification to work in myself. To do that I had to be a physiotherapist. So I decided to return to university and study Physiotherapy. I was living in Manchester and studying in Huddersfield while still trying to maintain working in sport, it was a difficult time, but well worth it as immediately after graduating the door to the inner circle opened and I began working at the English Institute of Sport in Manchester as the Lead Physiotherapist for GB Taekwondo. For four years I was living the dream, I was working with some of the best athletes in the country, I was travelling the world with amazing support staff and this culminated in what can only be described as one of the best moments of my career with the London Olympic Games.
I had three career goals, to work for the English Institute of Sport, to go to an Olympics and to work in Athletics. Soon after London, British Athletics made a complete overhaul of their medical department. I went for the interview, which was not an easy process and was successful. Living in Chester and working in Loughborough was difficult, but it was a goal and Donna was, as ever, unbelievably supportive. After 18 months and the Glasgow Commonwealth games I decided that it was time to re-evaluate my life goals and return home. I am now happier and more content than I have ever been offering the skills learnt in full time professional sport to everyone. Helping someone achieve their first 5km run to those running sub 16 minute 5km.
He worked with some of the best coaches in the country. He developed a skill for observing someone run and ascertaining where their weakness/restrictions were and from that, use his hands to promote mobility to areas restricted and prescribe exercises to prevent reoccurrence.
For Leigh, this was a career goal and like any goals that have been achieved it is time to re-evaluate and establish new ones. Leigh aims to bring what was learnt in elite sport to the clinic. He works very closely with a number of strength and conditioning coaches in the area to help you return to your previous ability and more so. One thing I often say is that I usually see people because they are injured and need help returning to their previous levels. The injury has often occurred due to an underlying weakness, address the weakness, you not only return to the sport, but because the underlying issue has been dealt with you often return in better shape than you were previously.
‘address the underlying issue, you can turn your injury to a performance enhancement’
When travelling you are blessed with a lot of down time, during this time Leigh developed an interest in the Nervous system and wanted to better understand how the nerves are involved with a persons pain. He began by mapping the path of every nerve, trying to understand why a person with back pain could gain symptom relief by being treated around the ankle (he now knows that the sciatic nerve branches into the tibial nerve and then the plantar nerves around the foot, if the nerves of the foot are tight they can then irritate the nerves of the back causing pain)
Mark Trueman MChiro DC
After graduating from the Welsh Institute Of Chiropractic with a Masters degree in Chiropractic I attended the international research conference on musculoskeletal pain, held in Manchester, leading to joining the team here at The Chiro Clinic in the North West.
My areas of interest include rehabilitative and corrective exercise solutions- relevant to individuals from all walks of life, especially those looking to return to activity or recovering from injury. Further education in movement screening and manual muscle testing provides the basis for identifying keys areas of weakness or altered function within the musculoskeletal system – guiding treatment and exercise prescription closer to the underlying cause of pain and dysfunction.
Ceri Ann Jones
Prior to deciding on a career in chiropractic I spent my twenties travelling the world scuba diving. This was funded by working in the hospitality industry and various factories around UK. Being from North Wales and a Welsh speaker it was only natural to train at The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) in South Wales.
When I was 19, and fresh out of college back home in Norway, I decided to embark on a degree in sports science. I didn’t particularly fancy a career in sports science, the main reason for signing up was that part of the degree could be undertaken in the tropical location of Brazil, which would all be funded with a scholarship from the Norwegian government. Basically, I just wanted a free holiday. Turns out, to pass your exams and get the scholarship, some reading about human physiology was required. And for this I am forever grateful.
Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist & Massage Therapist
Cat is both our on site exercise specialist and soft tissue specialist. For exercise, when you are at the stage of using therabands or bodyweight exercises, she can see you in clinic. If you are ready to progress and want to get to the weighted or functional exercise level, Cat can see you at the Underground Training Station at West Kirby. Cat is trained in Sports Massage and includes taping and recovery techniques within her sessions where appropriate.
Throughout childhood I keenly participated in many sports which unfortunately took its toll in the form of numerous injuries to my back and knees. Naturally I sought help from a recognised professional which happened to be a Chiropractor. With my home rehabilitation routine facilitating the treatment sessions I was soon back to sports pain free and performing better than ever.
Originally I come from Norway but I moved to the UK when I started my Chiropractic degree in Wales at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC).
In Norway, I worked in the health care industry at both ends of the specturum as a care assistant in elderly care homes and as a Personal Trainer after achieving my degree in personal training. These experiences made me realise that I wanted to learn more about how the human body functions and work with people to help them with that function.
Hi, I’m Mike and I’m originally from Bristol. I grew up playing as many different sports as I could and I was always interested in the training side of things and how the body can be conditioned to improve performance. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to being fit and functional than training hard, as I would learn the hard way through my teens. Having had help with my injuries from a Chiropractor, I knew that I wanted to help people in the same way.
Eghosa Jane Ogoleh
I moved up to Liverpool from Wales, where I graduated with a Masters degree from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. Prior to this, I worked at one of Norway's largest training centers for many years where I gained my Personal training qualifications. I have always been interested in health and fitness, anatomy and how the body works.
I first decided I wanted to be a physiotherapist when I was 14 years old when I met a physiotherapist at my tennis club who gave me some really simple but effective advice. I was so impressed with her knowledge and realised I wanted to be able to give that to people day in day out as my job!
Helen is Practice Manager for the clinics and keeps everything organised and running smoothly. She’s been with us since 2009, originally working on Reception. She has a strong administration background, gained through 22 years in office work, previously working as a Buyer for a local manufacturing company.
Julie covers Reception at our Liverpool clinic in Speke, she is friendly and welcoming and is always happy to help with any queries you may have.
Her guilty pleasure is browsing in jewellery shops and admiring all things sparkly!. She is so passionate (and obsessive) about jewellery that she now designs and makes pieces in her spare time – her hobby has become an addiction!