Stephen Hughes, BSc(Hons), DC Clinic Director & Chiropractor

Stephen Hughes, BSc(Hons)Steve Hughes graduated from Manchester University in 1985 with an Honours degree in biochemistry and genetics. Frustrated with the constraints of medical science he enrolled at Chiropractic College and complted his diploma in 1990. In 1991 he established the Octagon Clinic as a family practice reflecting his particular interest in paediatrics and pregnancy care.

He has held academic posts as external examiner at Portsmouth University and Academic Dean of the College of Chiropractic and has taught widely in the field of paediatrics but his real passion has always been clinical practice.

The event which really shifted his perspective was being asked to work at the Cheyne Centre at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2005. The Cheyne is an international centre for excellence for the treatment of children with severe cerebral palsy and related conditions. It was whilst working here that Steve was exposed to the pioneering work of Noreen Hare, a physiotherapist who had been superintendent of the centre between 1969 and 1983. Noreen advocated the importance of establishing stable trunk control in severely physically handicapped children and the value of a truly integrated approach to the children’s care.

As a Chiropractor I was slightly out of the main medical loop but was blessed to work with the best physiotherapists, OT’s and speech and language therapists in the field. Working there I began to realise the small contribution we all had to play in the care of these special children. I hope some of this is reflected in our approach at the Octagon.

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Hazel Dillon MChiro DC

After a decision to make a career change to follow her passion Hazel graduated from the prestigious Anglo-Hazel Dillon Chiropractor profile picEuropean College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth with a Masters in Chiropractic and continuing with her special interest in working with babies and children joined the team at the Octagon.

Her previous career was in the field of childcare where she gained extensive experience with children of all ages, including children with special needs. Hazel also worked using massage therapy with children and adults with special needs and came to realise the benefit that manual therapy can have for people of all ages and abilities.

Hazel enjoys working with people of all ages and gives all her patients the opportunity to actively participate in their care by creating a healthy body and lifestyle.

As I followed my career in manual therapy I started to notice how relieving tension and allowing the body to function better can have a profound effect on someone’s life and this is what led me to further my knowledge by training as a chiropractor. I believe that people of any age should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and feel that chiropractic care may help by relaxing and fine tuning the body.

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Karen Habershon MChiro DC CCEP

Karen graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic following a 5 year Masters of Chiropractic Degree. She uses a variety of techniques including Diversified, CCEP techniques, Activator and Taping. Her additional CCEP (Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner) qualification provides further knowledge on the diagnosis and treatment of various extremities complaints (hips, knees, ankles, shoulder, elbows etc) and sports injuries.

 Her interest in sports related injuries grew in her final year at university when she worked for a local rugby team in addition to clinical work. On graduating she continued working with many professional athletes in London, such as the New Zealand rugby league team, London Wasps Colts, premiership footballers and up and coming stars of an East London football academy.

Over the last few years Karen has been expanding her knowledge within pregnancy and paediatrics, which is what brought her to the Octagon Chiropractic Clinic. She finds working with children rewarding and interesting with the ultimate goal of helping to assist them with the best start in life.

Karen enjoys keeping fit and understands how frustrating it can be to be held back by injury. She has competed in the Devizes to Westminster (125 mile) canoe race winning the ladies doubles, completed Bristol half marathon and is due to take part in her first Spartan challenge.

Karen is registered with the General Chiropractic Council (03550) and a member of the British Chiropractic Association.

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Laura Kenyon LCH RSHom, Homeopath

 

I have been working as a registered and licensed Homeopath for 15 years and enjoy tackling all areas of health both emotional and physical.

I am passionate about returning any individuals to a healthy and happy state in life. During the comprehensive consultation I will also consider how lifestyle is impacting on general health and may also suggest a change of diet, supplementation if necessary and herbal tinctures as a support.

I have been working at the Octagon Clinic for 10 years and have developed a wealth of experience in treating pregnancy and children. However I am comfortable with all health challenges.


Polly Benge, Pilates

Polly BengePolly has been teaching Pilates since 1999 following a professional career as a ballet dancer. She is a member of the Pilates Foundation Uk.

As a young member of a ballet company she existed in a culture of dancing through pain with the aid of painkillers until her continual knee injuries forced her to either give up, or undergo intensive Pilates rehabilitation.  For 3 months she worked with Master Instructor Dreus Reneke on a daily basis, learning how to build resilient joints with the necessary balance of strength, flexibility and muscle mass. She continued to dance professionally for another 10 years: her love and respect of the Pilates Method was born.

In her career as a teacher Polly has taught a diverse range of clients. Whilst living in New Zealand she worked with members of the national rugby, cricket and netball teams. In the UK she has taught athletes ranging from cyclists to synchronized swimmers, dancers, actors and celebrities. She worked alongside James D’Silva for 9 years in his North London studio.

It is her love of individual rehabilitation however that keeps Polly continually inspired and excited to help others feel as good as they possibly can within their own bodies.  She believes that everyone, no matter what their age or injury, can make steps to recovery.  With hands on guidance Polly teaches mindful exercise with the attention on breath, alignment and control.  Her favourite Joseph Pilates saying, “Change happens through movement, and movement heals.”

Polly has 2 children and found both pregnancies and post pregnancies to be a fascinating and invaluable time to experience her body in a different way.


Pippa Mitchell (NTC) (BANT) (CNHC), Nutritional Therapist         

Pippa has been working as a Registered Nutritional Therapist since qualifying in 2005. She see the

majority of clients on a one-to-one basis but also give stalks and lectures to groups, schools and gyms as well as running workshops focusing on specific health conditions.

Pippa loves encouraging people to make changes to their diet, however small, and let them experience the difference they feel in their health and general wellbeing.

She believes that motivation is the key to getting people to adopt changes and supports clients with individually prepared food plans and ideas on lifestyle management, as well as giving them recipes and shopping ideas.

Her consultations are a collaborative process: for Pippa it is very important to ensure that clients come away with a sense of 'can do' rather than being overwhelmed by advice they think will be hard to achieve. She is happy to give clients as much support as they feel they need. She will be there to guide and help you on your path to good health.

Pippa is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She is constantly researching and updating her knowledge and attends many lectures and seminars to complete her continuing professional development and ensure that she is updated with research and developments in the world of nutrition and diet.

 

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