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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Peter Wagenaar, MSc DC - Chiropractor
Peter is the Principal of Back to Health and and the lead Clinician & Chiropractor at the both the Wrexham and Mold clinic. He is an experienced musculo-skeletal clinician having 15 years experience in private practice. Peter graduated with a Masters in Chiropractic from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in 2001. Previously he completed a Bsc Honours Degree in Physiology at 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, skiing, & running. He also helps to manage a Junior hockey team at Northop Hall hockey club where all 3 of his children are members.
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 clinical team and ensuring that all of the clinics are getting the best possible clinical outcomes for the patients.
Chris Turner, DC CCSP CCEP Dip Sports Med - Chiropractor
Chris is a full time Chiropractor at Back to Health and is the Senior Chiropractor at our Mold clinic.
Chris graduated from the AECC in 1990 and is an extremely experienced chiropractor. In addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic qualification, Chris also has a post graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and an Extremity practitioner. Chris worked with the British Paraolympic team in Atlanta for the 1996 Paraolympics and was one of the first tranche of chiropractors to ever work as an official health care provider for the International Olympic Committee via LOCOG at the 2012 Olympics and Paraolympics. He also worked as First Responder at both events. He has been a match doctor for many rugby and football clubs, providing immediate medical care, triage, suturing and manipulations.
Chris has previously run his own successful chiropractic clinic in Maidenhead. He is one of the most experienced chiropractors in the UK; for this reason he is our Senior Chiropractor at the Mold clinic and is kept busy with daily clinic in Mold. Due to his extensive experience he is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems using many different treatment modalities.
Prior to his chiropractic education Chris was an engineer who spent a considerable amount of time in Antarctica. He is also trained as an auxiliary Coastguard, a yacht skipper and a sailing instructor. During his free time Chris is getting to know our beautiful local area and is getting involved with several local charity and community groups.
Brett Halliday, 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. Brett is a full time chiropractor at Back to Health and is our Senior Chiropractor at our Wrexham clinic. He has a choice of daytime, evening and weekend clinics at Wrexham.
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 across all 3 of our Back to Health clinics in Chester, Mold and Wrexham.
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!
Kevin Steel, BPT MCSP HCPC - Physiotherapist
Kevin graduated from Odense University (Denmark) in 2004 with a qualification in physiotherapy. He has 9 years of experience working as a senior physiotherapist in a private clinic in Denmark until his move to Wales in 2013. Since then, Kevin has started his mobile physiotherapy clinic, STEEL Therapies, working with a Scandinavian approach to provide effective rehabilitation, relieve pains, increase mobility - and ultimately help the client’s to improve their quality of life.
He has trained in a variety of disciplines within the physiotherapy profession specialising in musculoskeletal conditions, rehabilitation and sports physiotherapy. He also enjoys & has lots of experience of treating children & young adults who are struggling with muscular & soft tissue injuries. He has links with many local sports clubs treating elite & performance squad members.
Since 2006, he has been the lead physiotherapist for the Danish rugby 7’s squad.
Kevin has done a number of post qualification courses within general physiotherapy - sports physiotherapy, Kinesio and sports taping and the use of LLLT - Low Level Laser Therapy.
The LLLT is used to speed up the recovery process with bone fractures, ligament damage and other soft tissue injuries. As well as practising physiotherapy Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors and staying active.
"While actively involving the patient, I evaluate, diagnose and treat all injuries, movement dysfunctions and pains, chronic as well as acute, and adhere to the highest level of professional standards and service."
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 clinic. 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.
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.
Dani Burgess, IIST - Sports Massage
Dani is one of our amazing sports and remedial Massage Therapists at the Wrexham clinic. She is an extremely experienced therapist who has run her own gym in Chester and her own clinic in Whitchurch.
In addition to being a qualified massage therapist, Dani is also a Sports Therapist and a trained Pilates instructor. She has massage & one to one Pilates clinics at the clinic on a Monday, Friday and Saturday.
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. 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.
Leanne Jeffreys - Reflexology
Leanne pursued a long standing desire to study in the field of Complementary Therapy in 2012 when she completed the ABC Level 3 diploma in Reflexology at the Gaia School of Natural Health on the Wirral. She also studied Anatomy & Physiology & successfully completed 100 hours of client practice getting to practice on lots of pairs of feet!
Since this time, Leanne has established her own business called ‘Salus Therapies’, working with a variety of individuals of differing ages, backgrounds & medical conditions.
Her principal aim is to improve well-being through reducing the stress that contributes to some medical conditions & enhance relaxation.
Using advanced reflexology techniques on the feet or hands, Leanne treats the client by correcting imbalances in body systems, as well as improving circulation & toxin elimination. Throughout her practice, Leanne is passionate about treating the client in a relaxing environment so she is able to consider the whole individual and not just the symptoms they present with.
Leanne is a full member of Professional Reflexology and she regularly updates her knowledge through participating in Continuing Professional Development Courses. Her special interests include:
- Reflexology with Musculoskeletal conditions
- Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
- The Management of Chronic Conditions and Palliative Care
- Enhancing fertility and Maternity Reflexology
- Reflexology with babies and children
As well as being involved in an established Complementary Therapist’s networking group called ‘Rethink and Do’, Leanne also works closely with the North Wales Cancer Care Group as a recommended Reflexology Practitioner for people living with cancer.
The support team
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 age 14, Tomas age 12, Manon age 11 & Alfie, the dog, age 7. Alfie is a red fox labrador and is also well known as being Alfie the clinic 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.
Frankie previously worked in the NHS and social services as psychiatric nurse in Mental Health services on the Wirral. Frankie was born in Chester and now lives in Mold.
Frankie is one of our Reception team at the Mold clinic. She is also our key holder and "go to" member of the team for anything which goes wrong at the clinic because she lives down the road!
Katie is our Senior Receptionist at the Mold clinic.
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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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.
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.
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 Kevin Steel. We are also able to provide one to one or small group Pilates and core strength sessions taught by Dani Burgess in the Wrexham clinic.
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
Our Back to Health Chester clinic also offers small group Yoga for back care classes.
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.
Did you know?
The BPS (Bio psycho social) model proposes that health is best understood in a combination of biological, psychological and social factors rather than purely biological (medical) ones. Our chiropractors follow an evidence based, patient centred BPS model for all our care