Meet the team
Back to Health has a very close team of experienced & professional staff to ensure that every aspect of your time with us is as positive as possible. From the friendly greeting on the phone, early morning until evening, to the professional but reassuring manner of our clinical team, the whole experience of being a Back to Health patient is a pleasurable one. Our team are passionate, dedicated & successful in their fields with a huge wealth of knowledge and experience. This is how we are able to achieve such outstanding results with our patients.
YOU, the patient comes first!
We know this is true because over 90% of our patients are referred to us by word of mouth, by other patients. We also know this is true because we have been recognised by others as providing outstanding patient care. In recognition of our commitment to our patients, as soon as 2009, our clinic in Wrexham was awarded the Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) which is a national award only given to those chiropractic clinics that demonstrate outstanding levels of service and care. We are still the only clinic in the area to have attained this standard of patient service and we are very proud of it.
The Clinical team & Associates
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Physiotherapists, Sports Therapy, Rehabilitation & Massage
Peter Wagenaar, MSc DC - Chiropractor
Peter is our Clinic Principal and Clinical Lead. He also has busy chiropractic clinics all 3 of our Back to Health clinics. He is an experienced musculo-skeletal clinician with nearly 20 years experience in private practice. Peter graduated with a Masters in Chiropractic from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in 2001. Previously he had graduated with a Bsc Honours Degree in Physiology from Bristol University. Since graduating Peter has completed a post graduate qualification in Extremity Adjusting and regularly attends professional CPD courses in many aspects of musculo-skeletal health. Peter’s research interests are focused on demonstrating the evidence based outcomes of chiropractic care.
Peter is originally from Holland, was born in Venezuela but has made the Chester and Wrexham area his home.
Peter enjoys the diversity of treating patients of all ages, shapes and sizes. He is dedicated to providing care to patients of all ages not only with regards to pain, but optimising their health and spending sufficient time with patients getting to the root of the problem. Peter is passionate about accurate diagnosis and treating the cause rather than the symptom. He feels very lucky to have the time within private practice to take a thorough medical history and examination to make a correct diagnosis. He witnesses every day how effective chiropractic care is for his patients and is a strong advocate of widening access to chiropractic care in the NHS.
In his free time Peter enjoys playing cricket for his village cricket team, tennis, sailing, skiing & running. He also manages a men’s hockey team at Northop Hall hockey club and is a qualified hockey umpire.
Peter has daytime and evening clinics at all 3 Back to Health practices in Wrexham, Mold and Chester. He also spends a considerable amount of time managing his team and ensuring that all of the clinics are getting the best possible clinical outcomes for the patients.
Lynn Cooper, DC - Chiropractor
Lynn graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth in 1983 and is a very experienced chiropractor. She has been the principal chiropractor and practice owner of Chester Chiropractic Clinic in Hoole, Chester for the last 32 years and continues to provide excellent care and treatment for her patients today at the merged Back to Health & Chester Chiropractic Clinic.
Due to her extensive experience she is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems using diverse treatment modalities.
What a great team at Back to Health! The team is always so helpful and kind. Lynn is a fabulous Chiropractor plus such a good listener, caring and compassionate. She truly cares about just doing the very best for her patients. Fantastic, thank you.
I came to Back to Health needing help with a nasty and persistent neck niggle. My treatment was carried out at the Chester practice by Lynne Cooper. Right from the initial assessment I was filled with confidence. Lynne wasted no time in diagnosing the problem (my lower back!) and over the course of the following weeks her treatment and expertise left me feeling so much better. The practice is professional but welcoming, and I enjoyed some great conversations with the friendly receptionist over the weeks of my appointments! I would not hesitate to use their services again, although my neck is now all but cured! It’s reassuring to know there is such an excellent service available just down the road from me.
Brett Halliday, Bsc DC - Chiropractor
South African Brett Halliday graduated from the prestigious Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, UK in 1997. Since then he has worked with a variety of population demographics, which has equipped him to effectively treat a multitude of problems in the young and old, the fit and not so fit.
Brett brings with him extensive knowledge and experience from his multi-disciplinary practices in London, Ireland, South Africa, and on the national health in Italy. In London Brett was the senior practitioner at London’s Canary Wharf Clinic where he treated top-level executives, sports teams and celebrities.
Brett is well-equipped to treat sports injuries being a former SA and World karate champion and coach and captain to the British and Irish karate teams. As an international instructor and competitor, he understands the benefits of chiropractic in not only preventing and assisting recovery from sports injury, but also its effect in optimising sporting performance.
He addresses problems like back, neck and limb pain, headaches and sports or work injuries by considering the causative factors after taking a thorough history and physical examinations. Typically treatment would involve spinal and limb joint manipulation, stretching and balancing muscles, ergonomic advice regarding the workstation, and specific advice for each particular patient to help relieve their symptoms.
Brett’s areas of interest lie in treating sports people, the elderly, corporates and families. As a practitioner who thrives on a challenge, Brett welcomes people who have had a persistent problem for years that has not responded to treatment as yet. He has a choice of daytime, evening and weekend clinics at Wrexham. Brett is the Senior Chiropractor and clinician at our Wrexham clinic.
Never ever have any of the Chiropractors where I first met you ever got me as well as you did. Wish you were back here in the UK but good luck wherever your journey takes you and for sure that place will need you.
Gillian Kingham, Berkshire
I highly recommend Dr Brett Halliday. After numerous visits to various physiotherapists and doctors due to lower back pain, I finally received treatment that worked. Examination was extremely professional and thorough, and every issue was addressed. An excellent chiropractor, simply great!
Dr Maria Bergman Nilsson MD, London
I was under Brett’s consultation for just under a year. I was impressed with Brett’s holistic approach. It took a few sessions to build up trust, as it does with most practitioners or any new relationship. I found Brett to be caring, professional and open minded towards my thoracic back problem. Looking at work, home, body, common sense, and mind in order to provide a holistic treatment.
Aman Sharma, Barclays Bank Canary Wharf, London
When I first saw Brett in February 2012 I suspected I might need a hip replacement as the pain in my right hip was quite intense. Standing up after sitting for awhile was a painful experience and I had to pull myself togetherbefore I could even start walking; or rather hobbling. Climbing stairs was difficult and getting in and out of the car ordeal. I did not like the idea of an operation and so decided to go down the chiropractic route first. It was the best thing that I ever did. Brett immediately recognised that one of my legs was longer than the other, and so, after many years strain had affected my hip and caused it to seize up. His treatment has been totally effective. And now in October 2012 I am pain free. I jump in and out of the car, climb stairs with ease, and get up from a chair and without thinking I just walk off. Moreover he has worked on a problem shoulder with great effect. I cannot describe how grateful I am to him. I am continuing to come on a weekly basis for maintenance and perhaps may reduce this to fortnightly in the new year, but I shall keep coming to ensure that I stay feeling as well as I do now. Thank you Brett for your marvellous work; I shall be forever in your debt.
Eileen Hodgson, retired headmistress, Leicester
Kristy Lewis, MSc DC - Chiropractor
Kristy is a fully registered Chiropractor. She has a BSc (Hons) in Medical Science and an MSc in Chiropractic, as well as being a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic). Kristy has spent most of her life in South Wales but just like our other chiropractors, Kristy is a graduate of the AECC University College in Bournemouth.
Kristy is passionate about her job. She loves being able to help a huge variety of people for a living - to be the best version of themselves as possible. Her role as a chiropractor is to allow your body to function to its full potential by removing any interference to the nervous system caused by misalignment in the spine. She will work with you to allow the body to heal itself; it can be done and it does work!
Outside of work, Kristy enjoys travelling, visiting family and friends, as well as going to the gym. She does a lot of swimming - the best activity for strengthening the shoulders which is crucial for chiropractors - it is a very physical line of work! When she’s not keeping fit she also likes discovering new place to go out to eat!
Ashley Jones, DC - Chiropractor
Ashley achieved a first class Masters degree in chiropractic from the AECC in Bournemouth. Previously she studied at the West Cheshire College in Chester completing Levels 2 and 3 in beauty therapy, massage, anatomy & physiology. Ashley spent over 3 years working as a beauty therapist at 2 well established hotel spas in Chester.
She is now establishing her chiropractic career with Back to Health utilising her extensive knowledge with both adult and paediatric patients. Since graduating from AECC Ashley has focused her CPD on treating children and young adults and is passionate about expanding chiropractic provision to this age group. She has always been committed to a career in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of all members of the community. She witnessed the multiple benefits of chiropractic throughout her clinical experience and it has left Ashley with a passion for optimising musculoskeletal health through a variety of modalities.
During her free time, Ashley enjoys keeping fit, reading, painting and keeping up to date with the latest releases at the cinema.
Ashley has evening and weekend clinics as well as a choice of day time clinics to provide maximum flexiblity for those with work, family and education commitments. Ashley works at our Back to Health clinics in Chester and Mold.
Eleanora Tassi, MSc, BSc (Hons) DC - Chiropractor
Eleonora is a fully registered Chiropractor, with a BSc (Hons) in Medical Science and an MSc in Chiropractic from the AECC in Bournemouth. Ele works full time with Back to Health at our Chester clinic.
When it comes to treating patients, Ele’s primary role is to diagnose through history - as well as orthopaedic and neurological examination - the musculoskeletal conditions and general health issues arising from interferences in the nervous system. By conducting these examinations, she can then work with patients to remove these interferences so that the body has an opportunity to heal.
Her job consists of not only reducing pain, but also finding the underlying problem that is preventing the body from working correctly; she will then work on bringing the body back to its maximum potential and functionality.
In Ele’s words "the main reason why I am so passionate about my job is that I love to see the impact I can make on a person’s life without affecting other organs, and without the use of drugs or any invasive procedures. It’s hugely satisfying to see people regaining their functionality and rediscovering the ability to move in a pain-free manner when they thought they were going to have to take painkillers for the rest of their lives. When I see the progress my patients make, such as regaining hope in once again being able to do the activities that they love, it’s a special moment and incredibly rewarding".
In her spare time, Ele likes to go on adventures with friends. In her words again "it’s not uncommon for me to wake up in the morning and go off on a random road trip! It’s through this approach to adventuring that I have discovered so many beautiful spots that the world has to offer… swimming in lakes, hiking up mountains and doing all sorts of other things I would never do if I had some time to think about them! Kickboxing is also a sport I love and I try to practise it as much as I can. So far, I have attained my blue belt, but I’m aiming for the black one! When I like to wind down and chill out on a nice day, I enjoy reading - preferably the work of Ken Follett".
Amy Ng, MSc - Chiropractor
Amy graduated from the prestigious Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth with a Masters degree. Her lifelong aspiration to work in healthcare began in Singapore where she trained and worked as a veterinary nurse, before going on to work in equine clinics and race yards in Victoria, Australia.
Amy is working in our Mold clinic and takes pride in keeping her approach to Chiropractic patient-centred and dynamic. She places a strong emphasis in empowering her patients through education and self-management through rehabilitation, and delights in seeing her patients reach optimum function.
Amy has an accomplished background in sports and rehabilitation having worked as a certified pitch-side first aider with rugby and running clubs in Bournemouth. Additionally she has worked as a rehab supervisor in an academic setting, teaching students about movement therapy and instructing circuit classes for people of all ages, including specific classes for pre and post operation patients.
In addition to her skills as a Chiropractor, Amy also utilises gait analysis, dry needling, instrument assisted fascial work and Kinesio-taping.
She is currently working to achieve her International Sport Chiropractic qualification with the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) and progressing through her Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) course with the Prague School of Rehab.
When she is not in clinic Amy spends her time on long walks exploring the outdoors, haunting local cafes and can often be found in an equestrian yard working with the horses.
Adrian Duicu, MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist
Adrian graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Brasov in Romania in 2010 and since qualifying has undertaken many additional courses and gained experience in many different areas of musculoskeletal therapy. His work has included providing physiotherapy for the Olympic Sky Jumping Team of Romania as well as working at clinics in Romania, Manchester and Chester. Adrian is fully registered with the HCPC, a member of the CSP and work is registered to work with most health insurance companies.
Adrian works for Back to Health full time and has physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinics in both our Mold and Chester clinics. He also runs weekly re-education for posture sessions in the studio of our Chester clinic. His areas of expertise include musculoskeletal (MSK) therapy, foot, ankle and knee problems, sports and running injuries, muscle and joint pain, whiplash injuries, orthopaedic surgery recovery, overuse/over-training injuries, and rehabilitation & postural programmes.
When not working, Adrian, a former footballer can still be found on the football field as he is now a level 4 referee. In fact, it was when recovering from a football injury that Adrian experienced physiotherapy for himself and decided immediately to change his career and become a physiotherapist.
I have had a total knee replacement. When I first started my session I had a 30 - 40% bend due to complications but that quickly increased and after 7 sessions I now have 110%. I was very happy with your methods and how you explain your next steps!!
This year I had an ACL reconstruction and partial meniscectomy of the right knee and more recently a clean up in my left knee. I saw Adrian throughout the year and his knowledge and explanation of the injury / recovery steps was excellent. He also had a great appreciation for the mental side of managing the injury, which in my case was equally as important as the physical recovery.
Juraj Janco - Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) MSST
Juraj graduated in 2017 with a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Sports Therapy, accredited by the University of Birmingham. He is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists. He has over 3 years of experience in sports injury management and prevention with exercise rehabilitation. He has worked predominantly with football clubs, such as Solihull Moors FC and Aston Villa Ladies FC but has also supported many running and cycling sports events across the UK. He is passionate about movement and biomechanics and a wide knowledge and understanding of the demands of different sports; ranging from running and cycling through to swimming, rugby, climbing, gymnastics and various martial arts. He uses this expertise to help patients become stronger and less prone to reinjury by guiding them through progressive rehabilitation; from early post injury/surgery to full recovery and a return to sport and daily activity.
Juraj is currently studying Master’s programme in Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Chester. He has long been interested in weight control, various diet protocols and their influence on sports performance, energy levels, cognition and mood. He is an advocate of an active and healthy lifestyle and likes to spend his free time outside, hiking in the mountains, running and cycling, or exercising in the park. He enjoys cooking for himself, his family and friends and loves specialty coffees and different methods of preparing the perfect cup.
He is originally from Slovakia but has been in the UK for 4 years. He has spent most of this time studying and working in Birmingham. Recently, he moved to Chester to start his postgraduate studies He enjoys living here because of the natural beauty of the area and is looking forward to exploring more.
Rhiannon Ward, ISRM - Sports Massage
Rhiannon is an experienced Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Therapist with a Level 5 B-Tech Diploma from the London School of Sports Massage. She is currently undertaking advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage training and when qualified in April will be providing this service for patients.
In addition to this she is a Level 2 qualified swimming instructor and in her spare time enjoys Crossfit training as well as mountain walking and cycling. She has a passion for health and fitness and maintaining a pain free lifestyle.
Nicky Abell-Francis, IIST - Sports Massage
Nicky Abell-Francis is Back to Health’s massage expert! Nicky is passionate about the use of massage to aid health & wellbeing - she is constantly updating her knowledge of different massage techniques and is easily one of the most talented therapists in the Wrexham area.
Her area of expertise within body therapy is sports & remedial massage. Using a range of massage techniques Nicky achieves fantastic results - she is qualified in Shiatsu, Thai massage and Sports Massage. In addition to her massage therapy clinics at Back to Health in Wrexham, Nicky is the owner of the well regarded Zenchi clinic in Tarpoley, Cheshire.
Nicky is very experienced - she has been practising in health related therapies for over 22 years. Before moving to Wrexham Nicky’s practice was based in Brighton on the south coast. Her background covers a wide range of body therapy work including sports injury & remedial massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage. She is able to design a bespoke treatment which combines a variety of techniques from a traditional table based Sports massage using essential oils to Acupressure and matt based therapies such as Shiatsu.
Nicky gained her Shiatsu diploma from the European School of Shiatsu in 2000. She has recently qualified as a Thai massage practitioner and offers traditional Thai massage sessions at the Wrexham clinic. These sessions are particularly suitable for patients needing excellent posture and flexibility such as athletes, coaches and dancers. Both Thai massage and Shiatsu are matt based and allow more active stretch work.
At Back to Health Nicky successfully treats patients suffering from a range of musculo-skeletal problems; she has a core of loyal patients who rely on her massage skills - her patients range from elite athletes, coaches and trainers to babies and pregnant mums.
She is one of the few massage therapists in the area with a particular expertise in maternity & infant care and is qualified to practice pregnancy massage on women at all stages of their pregnancies. Nicky offers classes in infant massage tuition as well as active birth. The active birth class help women cope with the pain of labour and childbirth through learned massage techniques.
Massage therapy is often used by other clinicians at the clinic to complement your chiropractic or physiotherapy care.
Nicky works part time at our Wrexham clinic.
Sally Wynne, BSc (Hons)
Sally works at our Chester clinic. She is a medical herbalist, trained in clinical examination and diagnosis, pharmacy, herbal science, nutrition and therapeutics and a massage therapist.
Sally received her BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008 and belongs to the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She has been a practising alternative health practitioner for over 12 years which has given her invaluable experience in treating patients. Treating each person holistically enables the herbs to treat the root cause of any imbalance. Treatment involves herbs, diet, nutritional supplements and if needed massage treatments. Sally belongs to the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Sally also has an ITEC diploma in anatomy, physiology and massage awarded in 1998 and several other qualifications in massage, reflexology and lymphatic drainage. With over 20 years’ experience in massage Sally is able to effectively determine which type of massage is appropriate when treating patients. Her massage treatments include: Sports, Remedial, Aromatherapy and Indian Head Massage.
Sally is a busy working mum who enjoys spending time with the family when not at work.
Lynn Owen, Lic.Ac M.B.Ac C MRCHM - Acupuncture
Lynn Owen has worked as a health care practitioner for over 20 years and is one of the most experienced acupuncturists in the North West.
Lynn studied Chinese Medicine at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading; this was 3 years of full time study covering traditional Acupuncture and western Science. She qualified 2 years later as a practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine. During this study period she spent some time in Hongzhou Hospital in China on work experience as an Acupuncturist.
A year after graduating she opened the Church Green Therapy Centre in the West Midlands where she was living at the time, a successful clinic offering Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. Some time later she moved back to Chester, her home town and since then she has successfully built up practices in both Chester and Wrexham.
Lynn is a member of The British Acupuncture Council and is a fully registered practitioner. Lynn is also a member of The World Medicine team. This is a non political charitable organisation whereby complimentary therapists offer their services to people who are experiencing trauma due to natural disasters or war and who have limited specialist supplies. In November 2010 Lynn joined the team on a project in Nablus on the West Bank offering Acupuncture to people in Balata refugee camp.
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine. The Chinese and other Eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. More and more people are finding this long established therapy can offer an effective solution to all manner of today’s health problems.
Many ailments can be treated with Acupuncture - back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, anxiety, menopausal symptoms, PMS, IBS and fertility problems can all be effectively treated by Acupuncture. Chiropractors at Back to Health will often suggest acupuncture treatment to alleviate acute pain and the relax the muscles; the most recent NICE guidelines on low back pain recommend the use of acupuncture to treat back pain.
Recently Lynn has been successfully treating many female patients with fertility problems; there is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that acupuncture can greatly increase a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant (Manheimer, 2008). Lynn has undergone training with Zita West, a fertility specialist which focused on using Acpuncture during the different stages of pregnancy and the use of Acupuncture during IVF treatment.
As well as her clinics on a Monday and a Thursday at Back to Health Lynn also runs a successful practice in Tattenhall. Lynn realises how effective acupuncture is and would like treatment to be available and accessible to all. Lynn is also a trained yoga instructor.
Take a look at Lynn’s website for further information.
Liz Eames, BSc, MATCM, MRSS (T) - Acupuncture
Liz is our Acupuncturist at the Mold and Chester clinics. Liz joined the team in 2014, having previously been working in Denbigh, Mold & Rhyl. She is passionately interested in Chinese Medicine which is based on the holistic principles of health & well being. Liz has several clinics running through the week & also a very busy Saturday morning clinic.
Liz returned to university in 2005 & gained her BSc (Hons) in Chinese Medicine 3 years later. She is a fully registered Acupuncturist & a current member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture (UK). She is also a fully registered practitioner & teacher with the Shiatsu Society, with over 20 years experience in Flintshire & Merseyside.
Liz is able to offer (if appropriate) a combination of Acupuncture & Shiatsu therapy which is unique in the country.
Liz has treated many clients with a wide range of conditions ranging from acute & chronic pain through to stress & anxiety related problems. There is sound evidence which links Acupuncture to the effective treatment of back, neck & joint pain - many of the clinic patients will have Acupuncture treatment in conjunction with Chiropractic & Physiotherapy to achieve the most effective results.
Liz also has a special interest in women’s health. She has worked alongside many women undergoing fertility treatment & IVF (throughout conception, pregnancy, birth & postnatal). Liz has also assisted in the turning of breech babies, before their subsequent successful deliveries.
Liz offers a professional & confidential services tailored to each individual’s needs. It is extremely important to her that a patient feels confident coming in for their first treatment. If you are unsure whether Acupuncture or Shiatsu can help you, she is happy to offer a free of charge 15 minute consultation which will allow her to answer any questions you may have. She can also give you an indication of whether Acupuncture may be helpful.
Liz uses a gentle but effective style of acupuncture with ultra fine needles. She is member of the ATCM & follows their strict codes of strict practice & ethical conduct.
Frankie Edwards, MA
Frankie has two roles at Back to Health. Many Mold patients will know her as one of the friendly reception team members. Additionally she is able to draw on her expertise and experience in Mental Health to provide one-to-one stress reduction therapy sessions to our patients.
During Frankie’s extensive mental health career she has worked both in the NHS and social services, including working as a psychiatric nurse in Mental Health services on the Wirral. She holds an MA in Counselling and because of all her experience is also our staff Wellbeing Lead.
Frankie was born in Chester and now lives in Mold. She is also our key holder and "go to" member of the team in Mold for anything which goes wrong at the clinic because she lives down the road!
Georgina Bell, MAR
Georgina Bell is an experienced reflexologist who specialises in relaxation and rebalancing. She is passionate about the ability it has to give clients the tools to relax on a daily basis thus assisting in preventative healthcare as well with pre-existing conditions.
Georgina initially studied anatomy, physiology and massage and worked as a massage therapist at the David Lloyd Centre in Wimbledon in London. During her time there she was lucky enough to be part of the team providing treatments for the tennis players at Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
By that time Georgina became more and more interested in reflexology and went on to study and qualify in clinical reflexology. This has become her passion and she undertook further training in advanced facial reflexology. The benefits of this extra expertise has been very well received by patients as a stand alone or combined treatment, offering deep relaxation with the bonus of a glowing and rejuvenated complexion.
Georgina has weekly clinics at our Mold clinic. She offers reflexology for both the feet and the face as well as relaxing leg and foot massage therapy.
Nia is the Business Manager at Back to Health. She oversees the marketing, the staff team, the growth & the external activities of all of the clinics.
Nia is from Rhosllannerchrugog, Wrexham and went to school in Ruabon. She is a fluent Welsh speaker and a keen linguist speaking also French, German and Spanish. Nia studied Modern Languages at Salford University & has a Masters in Tourism from Manchester Metropolitan University. Before starting her family she worked in the travel industry for many years. Nia’s favourite job was working as an adventure guide for Explore - she led intrepid groups of travellers all over many countries in the world including Tanzania, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Peru, Ecuador and Jordan. She was also a lecturer in Adventure tourism management at the University of Gloucestershire for several years.
When she is not busy with the clinic Nia is busy looking after her young family, Mari-Loek, Tomas, Manon, Alfie & Pico. Alfie is a red fox Labrador & Pico is a Sausage Dog. She also spends a lot of time plotting an escape from Chester, her new home, on worldwide travel adventures!
Nia is our Clinic Manager at the Wrexham clinic and Head Receptionist. She has worked at our Wrexham clinic throughout the week and on a Saturday morning since joining in 2011 as a part-time receptionist. Originating from Dolgellau, Nia is a fluent Welsh speaker and lives in the Wrexham area.
Nia is a registered nurse who trained and worked at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital for many years. She recently retired from the hospital after 40 years service.
Katie is our Senior Receptionist at the Mold clinic.
Katie manages the day in day out administration of the clinic. When she’s not at the clinic Katie is busy helping to run her farm in Nercwys. She will often come to work in the morning having delivered several sheep during the night!
Anne Cutress is our clinic manager at the Chester clinic where she works since joining us as a part time receptionist in 2018.
Anne has been responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the clinic since it merged with the Chester Chiropractic Clinic. Anne is also our Communications Manager working alongside Nia Wagenaar to ensure our patients are kept up to date with our services.
Anne enjoys time with her friends outside of work including walking and bird watching - though is not a serious "twitcher".
She has worked in physiotherapy and podiatry clinics in and around Chester and is a trained aromatherapist and baby massage instructor. She knows the Chester area well and can always recommend a restaurant or two!!
In her spare time she enjoy days out with her husband and painting oil portraits.
Debra works afternoon and evenings most days of the week and is often the voice at the end of the phone reconfirming your appointment. Very friendly and outgoing, she always seems to know a patient or 2!
Sandra is a part time receptionist at our Chester clinic who also provides cover in Wrexham. Sandra was working as a Receptionist for Chester Chiropractic Clinic before the merger with Back to Health in late 2019.
Sandra loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She took up running during the first lockdown and has never looked back!
Lisa is the part time Business Manager at Back to Health supporting Nia Wagenaar in the running of the business. Throughout her career she has directed/managed many companies, working in a variety of businesses: Public, Private and Voluntary Sector.
Lisa is an active member with many local community organisations including charities and is an advocate in securing grants to help them grow. Over the years she has been a Governor at local Primary and High Schools. Presently, she is enjoying her work as a Chester Cathedral Trustee.
Lisa’s main interest is her family, spending time together; whether on adventures around the world, in their kitchen or garden.
Pauline is a part time receptionist at the Chester clinic who is experienced in reception as she also works in a local gym.
Her love of Zumba has led her to become a trainer and she also loves tennis. When not working or exercising she loves to be by the sea especially if she can take her granddaughters there too.
Alicia is a part time receptionist at the Chester branch who is interested in becoming a physiotherapist and hopes to start her university course soon.
Alicia enjoys baking and solving puzzles, loves being out in the countryside and keeps fit by hiking and running.
We feel it’s very important to be able to recommend additional services which complement the work of our in-house clinical team.
Within the clinic we are very lucky to have an experienced team of "talking therapy" therapists, who support the mental health of our patients. Our chiropractors use the biopsychosocial model of medicine which take a holistic approach to our health - looking at the underlying causes, lifestyle & background to pain rather than a medical symptomatic approach which addresses symptoms only. An important part of this holistic approach is focus in on pain being both a physical and a mental manifestation of a problem.
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Karen Jones - Podiatrist
Karen is the principle podiatrist and owner of Chester Chiropody and Podiatry, taking over the practice in 2015 having worked alongside Jan Ellison as an associate for 4 years. Karen graduated from Salford University with a 1st class honours degree in podiatry in 2010. She enjoys all aspects of podiatry, and always aims to provide high quality podiatry treatment for her patients. She especially enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level. Karen lives in Chester with her two young children and husband. Karen will be relocating Chester Chiropody and Podiatry to our Chester clinic at the beginning of May 2019.
She will be able to offer a full range of chiropody and podiatry services including routine chiropody, nail surgery, biomechanical assessment, bespoke & off the shelf orthotics and verucase needling. For further information have a look at her website at www.chesterchiropody.co.uk.
Cardiovascular and strengthening exercise combined with chiropractic care are important in the management of back pain. A reasonable amount of daily and enjoyable exercises are often beneficial for pain relief. If you are looking for a strengthening exercise programme, we recommend you book in for an assessment with our physiotherapist Adrian Duicu. We are also able to provide one to one or small group Pilates and core strength sessions taught in the Wrexham clinic.
At our Chester clinic a range of Yoga and Pilates classes are run in our custom studio. Most classes are run in blocks. Before attending for the first time please contact the relevant trainer:
Innov8 run by Emma Barwise offer
|Intermediate Pilates||Wednesday 9.30 - 10.30am|
|Beginners / Level 1 Pilates||Wednesday 10.45 - 11.45am|
To book call 07881 348 809
Physiotherapy led Pilates is run by Cara Fishburn and Gill Mauger
|Wednesday||5.15 - 6.15pm|
|Wednesday||6.30 - 7.30pm|
|Wednesday||7.45 - 8.45pm|
To book call 07808 064 641
Yoga by Yogaly run by Aly Gwatkin
|Intermediate Yoga||Tuesday 7.00 - 8.30pm|
|Yoga for Healthy Backs - special 12-week evidence based course||Contact Aly to register your interest|
Physiotherapist led Posture Re-education Classes
We are offering our patients the opportunity to re-educate their posture at a small group class of 6 to 8 in the Studio at the Chester clinic run by our physiotherapist Adrian Duicu MCSP. The classes will be beneficial to patients who are currently struggling with poor spinal health and posture. A course of 6 sessions is recommended.
|Tuesday||6.00 - 6.45pm|
To book call 01244 343236 or ask at any Back to Health Reception.
In Wrexham if you would like to join a group class we recommend The Pilates Centre at Bryn Estyn in Wrexham. The Centre is led by the highly qualified and experienced Pilates instructor Cathryn Rees-Slawson. Cathryn trained at the Alan Herdman Pilates Studio in London in 2002 & started teaching in Wrexham in January 2004, and opened The Pilates Centre in January 2006. Her list of clients includes sports enthusiasts, dancers, expectant mothers, people who have had or are awaiting surgery, those with serious back and joint complaints, and people who just want to get fit and improve their physique, posture and musculo-skeletal health. Visit Cathryn’s website
We are lucky enough to have had Kim as part of our team for several years now. Kim is a very experienced counsellor with an expertise in chronic pain management. Kim is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Prior to her counselling Kim has an extensive nursing background which compliment each other in terms of knowledge and skills. You can find out more about Kim & her approach to counselling on her website.
At times physical therapy, rehabilitation & exercise isn’t able to sort out your MSK problem. During your assessment we will let you know whether we are able to help with your health problem. If we feel that we are unable to help we will refer you back to your GP. The clinical team will write to your GP with your diagnosis & report of findings. They may ask the GP on your behalf for further investigations such as imaging scans, blood tests or a referral to a surgical specialists. If you are not responding to our treatment, we will also write to your GP. We will advise you to contact your GP or even write to your GP if our chiropractors find anything during the assessment which they feel would benefit from further investigation.
Our clinical team have formed robust relationships with a number of surgical specialists throughout the area. They would be more than happy to discuss the options with you during a treatment session. At all times our chiropractors will follow the recently published evidence based NICE guidelines for the treatment of back pain.
With the advances in technology in recent decades, diagnostic imaging can be a crucial part of managing your patient journey. X-ray, Ultrasound scans, MRI & CT scans can be very informative to our clinical team allowing them to fully understand the root cause of your pain or symptoms. Back to Health have a partnership arrangement with the Nuffield Health hospital in Chester, a leading private healthcare provider in the area for all diagnostic imaging & tests. Our patients are able to receive rapid access to a scan appointment at a reduced fee.
A referral will be sent by our clinical team to the Nuffield; after the scan a comprehensive report is sent to you & to your clinician at the clinic. For further information take a look at the Nuffield scanning unit website
Alternatively we can request your GP to organise further investigations or scans through the NHS.
The chiropractors also view food & nutrition as being an essential part of a patient’s health "toolkit". We are able to recommend Claire Chaudhry a registered dietitian who shares her time between the NHS & private clients. Claire has worked for over 15 years in the NHS. She also offers private sports & remedial nutrition advice.
Claire has a vast experience of sports nutrition and is a member of the Specialist Sports Dietitian group of the British Dietetic Association. Claire has lectured at Bangor University North Wales, teaching on the Post graduate Diploma for Nursing: High dependency nursing and Care and rehabilitation of the cardiac patient. Take a look at her website for further information. Claire is registered with the HCPC.
Did you know?
An 11.7-minute trip to the GP costs the NHS at least £45; a visit to A & E £80.55, prescriptions cost an average of £41.35 and an outpatient appointment an average of £108 according to government data. By comparison, our fee for the first consultation including treatment is £52 (60 mins) which compares to the fee of going to the dentist for a private first consultation £53 with no treatment included! Not bad really!