MEET THE TEAM

ROSI SEXTON

Senior Osteopath

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.

IAN CLARK

Osteopath

My journey into osteopathy started 8 years ago, when I was suffering with severe back pain - I found osteopathy was the only treatment able to improve my symptoms and help me get back to doing what I enjoyed.

I have always had a keen desire to help people and have spent most of my adult life working with people with disabilities and on the Autism Spectrum; becoming an osteopath seemed like another way I could do this. This gave me the opportunity to undertake charity work in Bali delivering osteopathic treatment to children with special needs and sensory impairments. In clinic I treat a wide variety of people and conditions and value putting the patient at the centre of any treatment approach. Away from clinic my other professional endeavours will find me in a classroom either teaching future osteopaths at Stafford University or training and supporting staff in the Social Care Sector.

In my spare time you will find me outside trying to be adventurous, whether rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking or camping. If I am outside I am happy. I enjoy learning and you will often find me reading or watching a documentary. I have a strong passion for travel and really enjoy listening to people tell me about their travel adventures and experiences, often inspiring me to go and visit these places. 

BEN HEWITT

Osteopath

My interest in Osteopathy stems from a desire to learn a more holistic means of healthcare. I started off doing a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1996 and then went on to work as a community Pharmacist for a number of years. During this time my views became more in line with the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and so I started reading and researching as much as I could, culminating in my going back to university to study Osteopathy. Like the rest of the team, I have long held an interest in martial arts and how the human body functions, especially how to help maintain it at optimal health.

 

My qualifications include:

  • Osteopathy (2018)

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (2012)

I treat a wide range of people from all walks of life; from sports people with acute injuries through to regular people with regular aches and pains!

 

My outside interests include martial arts (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate) and recently I have taken up climbing (indoor and outdoor). Less active guilty pleasures include superhero films and retro Nintendo games.

PENNY MARSHALL

Sports + Massage Therapist

My interest in therapy came when I decided (at the age of 32) to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and freestyle wrestling. I soon became aware of muscle I never knew I had, and I felt the need to learn more. Starting sport later in life, I hit a few obstacles along the way physically; treatment has helped me get back to competing both in BJJ and dressage, and I’ve never felt better! As well as Jiu Jitsu, horses are one of my passions and a big part of my life.

 

My qualifications include:

 

  • Sports Therapy Foundation Degree

  • Level 4 Massage Therapist 

  • Advanced Sports First Aid 

  • Member of the society of sports therapists 

 

In addition to being a qualified sports massage and soft tissue therapist, I'm currently studying in the final year at UCB for a B.Sc. in sports therapy

 

My sporting interests include horse-riding and martial arts; I ride regularly and compete in dressage, alongside my 9-year-old daughter. I also help to run a martial arts academy and coach junior wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. I love to lead a sporty life and enjoy being around like minded people. Being able to aid them with soft tissue work so they can enjoy their sport is very rewarding for me. 

ALEX POULTON

Physiotherapist

I am a physiotherapist with experience treating professional footballers with Port Vale F.C., Judo and Jiu-jitsu athletes, as well as working within a specialist musculoskeletal assessment and treatment team within the National Health Service. I love treating people and I’m still always learning and improving.

I’ve been in love with martial arts since my first day on the mats as a youngster learning Japanese jiu-jitsu.  I then took up judo, where I became a 2nd dan black belt and trained around the world, spending months in Japan, Germany and Spain with some of the best judoka around. I later added Brazilian jiu-jitsu where I have received my brown belt. I consider myself a martial artist on a  journey of trying to make myself the most complete grappler I can.

On the way I’ve picked up many injuries - in fact I am not sure I can name a part of my body that hasn’t been injured! Seeing a physio when I was a youngster on trial for Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. was the first time I experienced physiotherapy first hand which piqued my interest in what seemed like a magical profession. The next time I encountered a physio was in Japan where I was training five hours a day and mostly held together by tape; the physio used manual therapy techniques which made me feel so much better I couldn’t believe the difference. That was my moment of realisation which has brought me to this point today.

CHRIS MIAH

Strength & Rehabilitation Coach

I’m a Sports Therapist who specialises in exercise rehabilitation and strength training. I completed a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy in 2014 and I’m currently a graduate member of the STA (Sports Therapy Association). I have also completed additional courses in strength and conditioning for combat sports.  I'm continually working to improve my knowledge and to stay up to date with current research in this field, and to this end I'm currently studying for my Masters in Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary's University in Birmingham.

I also compete in Mixed Martial Arts as a professional, following a good amateur career. This led to my interest in strength training and exercise for its positive effect on performance, health and wellness, and has given me first hand experience of training and rehabilitating injuries of my own. I work with a wide range of people ranging from those just starting an exercise program for the first time through to recreational and elite athletes. 

STEPHEN CAUDWELL

Clinic & Business Management

A quick disclaimer first up - I can't fix anyone!

My role is to ensure the processes around Olton Osteopathy are running smoothly - whether that's answering the phone when the team can't, making sure the website is as useful as possible, keeping important item in stock, keeping (not cooking!) the books, making the tea, or figuring out ways to generally make things as good as they can be for Rosi and the team.

In keeping with the general theme of martial arts, many years ago I got my first Dan in Judo, although I've not set foot on a mat meaningfully in nearly twenty years so "rusty" doesn't quite describe it!  My primary sports are squash and climbing (which Rosi is constantly fixing me to keep up on), and I like to get out on my bike when time and conditions allow. 

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