Come and meet the team

Graeme Western

Graeme has been here forever! He first started working in Bexley High Street in 1972, when his family took over running the health food shop and now he runs one of the bigger UK osteopathy clinics. As a practice we are proud of the history we have in Bexley.

He started training at the British School of Osteopathy in 1983 and qualified as an osteopath in 1987. He gained further experience such as, working for an orthopaedic surgeon 2 days a week for nearly 2 years and  working alongside the well known local osteopath and sports medicine doctor, Dr Boomla at the Crook Log sports injury clinic.

Graeme previously taught for some time on the British School of Osteopathy honours degree course and has given talks to many different groups including doctors and other therapists. He is also keen that he and the team keep their skills up to date and they all regularly attend training courses to help them do that. 

Graeme often treats people who come in with more longstanding  problems, whether they are a sports person who wants to get back to peak performance or an older person who wants to stay independent and mobile. He has treated people at top level in most sports and has played most sports himself over the years.

When he’s not at work he can be found doing a range of different activities , reading, with family or in the garden.

Lee Freed

Lee qualified in osteopathy in 1994 and in his first year in practice worked all over the country as a locum in a variety of practices as well as working at the Sports Clinic at the British School of Osteopathy.

Lee joined the clinic in 1995 as well running his own busy clinics in other locations.

In 2002 Lee qualified in cranial osteopathy and was made a Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College in 2014.

Outside of work Lee lives with his wife, 2 children and their dog, Benson. When he’s not working or being kept busy by the family, you can find him watching football and playing video games.

 

Patrick Norman

Patrick has been with the clinic since 2009. He became interested in osteopathy through sports injuries of his own, after playing lots of sports from rugby to triathlon. 

He has a special interest in treating problems that come from occupational strain, as well as all sorts of sports related injuries.

He can use traditional osteopathic and functional techniques when treating patients. He is also able to offer sports massage. Patrick continues to attend courses covering a wide variety of topics.

Outside of work Patrick lives with his wife, 2 young boys – Elliot and William and his dog Marley. His boys keep him busy and with less time for sports, he now focuses on running and cycling when they let him.

Ola Egerton-Shyngle

Ola has been practicing osteopathy for over 10 years and joined the clinic in 2011. Ola has experienced multiple injuries during her sporting background and it sparked an interest in the human body and the problems that occur when it’s not aligned properly.

Ola uses a multidisciplinary approach to deal with her patients and has an interest in ergonomics and work-place settings, working all over London and Kent with front line services to help their staff with musculoskeletal disorders.

In her spare time loves to exercise, which keeps her healthy active and strong after her 2 children and she uses these techniques with her patients as well.

Alex Stevens

Alex joined the clinic after returning from Australia, where he worked in an osteopathy practice for a few years. He has always been fascinated by how the body works, he also wanted to do something rewarding and osteopathy ticked all the boxes. Alex understands the frustration of sports injuries and spinal pain after suffering from both himself and he is keen to help people going through a similar thing. In fact, he was part of the team treating the competitors in the 2012 Olympics.

He has a particular interest in sports having played football ( at semi-professional level) and also has competed in athletics and Martial Arts.

 Alex enjoys treating adults of all ages and where possible likes to help with advice on exercising and long-term self-health.

Outside of work Alex loves likes anything that involves the outdoors or nature or travelling and sightseeing all over the world.

Darja Zaiceva

Darja graduated from the European School of Osteopathy and like others in the team, she decided to do her training because of her own experience, when she injured her knee horse riding. Her osteopath was the only person who didn’t tell her she had to give up riding; instead she found the cause of her pain and fixed it. It was this experience that made Darja realise that pain and the human body was like solving a riddle and this excited her.

She enjoys working with patients of all ages, but particularly babies because she loves to see the changes in both the babies and the parents when their baby is happy again. She also enjoys working with women’s health and feels it’s often a neglected area, with women left suffering with issues that could be helped.

Outside of work she is still horse riding, thanks to her osteopath and loves to travel.

Hannah Wackett

Hannah graduated from the European School of Osteopathy and loves the variety that comes from treating a wide range of people with a range of presenting issues. She is passionate about being able to create personalised treatment and management plans for her patients. Her top tip for them is to always keep moving as movement is the key to health and longevity.

Outside of work she loves being outside, exploring with her fiancé and her lovely labradoodle called Oscar. When she is at work Oscar is at home with her two cats, trying to teach them to be more like dogs – so far he’s taught them how to play fetch!

Mario Patricio

 

Mario qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine where he received a BSc Honours degree in 2005.

Before moving his career into osteopathy, Mario worked as a Biomedical Scientist at Medway Hospital’s pathology department and also qualified from the University of Brighton with an honours degree in biological sciences.

Mario uses an assortment of techniques and exercises individually tailored to suit a variety of patients, young and old. He has a particular interest in sport related injuries and how to assist keen sports enthusiasts as they get older.

Outside of work, Mario has taken part and competed in a number of sports and is currently training in Brazilian Jujitsu.

 

Tina Walczyk

Tina has been involved in a variety of sports and maintained an active lifestyle for over 20 years of her life, which lead her to choose a path directly linked to fitness and well-being and dedicate herself to specialise in manual therapy.

Holding an ISRM Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy, Tina offers a combination of massage and tissue manipulation techniques to provide optimal results for every body. In search of knowledge and developing further skills, she is currently studying at University College of Osteopathy.

Having been a semi-professional sailor and a qualified Personal Trainer, Tina can offer valuable advice on exercise and physical activity.

In her free time, she can be found playing video games with her partner or going on muddy adventures with their dog, Loki. 

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