I qualified as an osteopath in 2010 with a degree from Oxford Brookes University. Since then I've treated many different people from all walks of life. I have a particular interest in working with sportspeople (whether serious competitors or occasional gym goers); but more than that, I enjoy helping my patients to live a full and active life, and to take part in the activities they love – whatever those might be.
I didn’t always plan on becoming an osteopath; at school I was the stereotypical nerdy kid. My first degree was maths at Cambridge University followed by a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester. Alongside this, though, I also developed an obsession with Mixed Martial Arts. I turned out to be pretty good at it; one thing led to another, and another...and I eventually spent twelve years as a professional fighter. Along the way, I was once ranked the world number 1 female flyweight, and I became the first British woman to compete in the UFC. (Some nice people have written me a Wikipedia page, with a few more of the details.)
This was also the start of my fascination with the human body; what it’s capable of, and what happens when it breaks down. I began by reading up on sports injuries and poring over anatomy textbooks, and eventually enrolled on an osteopathy degree course. Ten years later, I regard that as one of the best decisions of my life.
I have a passion for learning; for taking on challenges that are out of the ordinary; and for figuring out what it takes to perform, physically and mentally, at the highest level. That’s led me to some incredible experiences. I enjoy sharing the results of that experience with other people.
Nowadays, when I’m not practising, I’m often climbing, wrestling, writing, lifting heavy things or spending time with my family. I have a teenage son who enjoys climbing the walls (literally), and who stops me from getting lazy.