Ashdown Clinic - Meet the Team
At Ashdown Clinic, our qualified practitioners are passionate about what they do.
Osteopath and Clinic Director
Paul specialises in Osteopathy and Naturopathy, and qualified at The British College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is registered with The General Osteopathic council, which is the regulatory body for osteopaths in the UK.
After working for five years as a fitness instructor/manager, he worked as a Physiotherapy assistant at St Thomas’ Hospital working on orthopaedic, neurology wards and ran cardiac, ME and HIV re-hab classes.
Paul is experienced with sports injuries, and also uses Low Level Laser to speed the recovery of soft tissue, bone, ligament and tendon injuries, and also skin problems such as acne, ulcers and post operative scars.
Paul also uses Cranial Osteopathy, a very gentle form of treatment, which is used to release strains in the body.
As a Naturopath Paul has a keen interest in the application nutrition therapy for weight loss or gain, digestive disorders, joint disorders such as arthritis and many other conditions, and employs a wide range of functional tests to accurately determine the correct diagnosis.
Paul is registered with most insurance companies including: AXA PPP, Norwich Union, PPP and Pru health.
I am a Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal Problems (MSK) and Sports Injuries. I have over 10 years experience working within the private sector, which includes providing treatment for self-funding patients as well as those coming through insurance companies. I also have over 11 years experience working with NHS patients – this includes not only many years of MSK Physio but also rotations within the fields of Elderly Care, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Post-Surgery/ITU, Respiratory and Paediatrics. I therefore have a wide base of medical knowledge underpinning my current knowledge and treatment skills.
My masters degree led to a membership with the MACP, which is a specialist group of Physiotherpists that have undergone extensive training to enhance their handling skills and treatment techniques. We also deeply explored the latest research and evidence around the problems we see and the effectiveness of different management. For
the past few years I have been a clinical examiner for the MACP; which involves mentoring and examining other Physios while they are on clinical placement for their Masters degree.
I also have a keen interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation having spent several years working with elite athletes at Arsenal Ladies and Chelsea Ladies FC. I still enjoy working alonside patients who are active and rehabilitating them back to their pre-injury fitness level and back playing their specific sport. I also focus highly on the prevention or reoccurance of injuries (prehabilitation); as prevention is always better than cure. Having completed a specialist module in Strength and Conditioning within my Masters degree, I can also provide advice for exercise within a gym and sporting setting to enhance performance.
In my free time I normally enjoy keeping fit, cooking tasty healthy food and I have a keen interest in music and photography. I used to play hockey, tennis and badminton to a pretty good level, but gave these up when i dedicated my free time to being a sports physio. I also love to travel and try to enjoy regular holidays. I particularly love all things American especially their sports teams, sports clothing and some food treats that you can't get in the UK!
MSc MCSP MMACP HPC
MSc in Advanced Neuro-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at University of Hertfordshire
BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at University of Brighton
Member of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
Member of the Health Professions Council
I have been working here for 8 years now and have a very busy hearing clinic every Friday. I work for Hidden Hearing and can supply all types and styles of hearing aids.
The differences I have from other suppliers is the skill in listening to people and fine tuning a patients instruments to their individual requirements.
Also the fact that once you use hearing aids your hearing will carry on changing and all check-ups and fine tuning are included .
The majority of my time is spent with the large number of existing aid users but I always welcome new people . The initial test is free of charge and there is no obligation to try aids.
I came to sports massage from a background in teaching yoga, specialising in yoga and structural fitness for athletes across a wide variety of disciplines, using sport-specific biomechanical analysis and movement work for injury prevention/rehab.
My experience includes running, cycling, football, rugby, tennis, archery, weightlifting/training, triathlon, skiing, boxing and dance. I regularly prepare clients for races and competitions andwork on a volunteer basis at events including marathons, ironmans and 100km challenges.
As well as athletes in training and competition or needing treatment for soft tissue injuries, my clients include many non-athletes encountering the stresses and strains of everyday life or their profession, such as actors and singers, writers, photographers, manual and desk workers, and those sitting or on their feet all day!
I qualified at the renowned North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM), and am now a member of their teaching team, training the next generation of therapists.
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist, BTEC Level 5, NLSSM. Full member of the Sports Massage Association.
Advanced Yoga Sports Coach™ and Head of Tutoring for Yoga Sports Science®, British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma
Caroline Sheehan SRN, MAR
I have enjoyed a professional relationship with the Ashdown Clinic for the past five years delivering Reflexology treatments to a diverse number of clients who have become interested in the benefits of this holistic treatment.
I am the mother of two very grown up children who are living happy, independent lives, allowing my husband and I to indulge in the excitement of foreign travel; the delights of the British countryside; attending performances by our musical heroes and appreciating the company of friends.
I have discovered the fulfilment of volunteering by providing Reflexology treatments at Isabel Hospice to patients, their career’s, volunteers and staff. My enjoyment and happiness of life has been greatly enhanced by my own personal development through the arts, the practice of mindfulness, increasing my knowledge of life, keeping myself fit, the pursuit of a healthy and tranquil lifestyle and the continuing care of my immediate and extended family.
I am a Member of the Association of Reflexologists (MAR) and have been practicing Reflexology since qualifying in 2009 with the qualification of Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology.
As a State Registered Nurse (SRN) of some years I have become increasingly aware that treating the sick and injured as a whole person rather than a condition or set of symptoms can have considerable effect on their recovery, management and wellbeing.
My introduction to Reflexology was a confirmation of the power of holistic care and my subsequent Reflexology training endorsed the basic caring principles from my nursing training. I find that my Reflexology practice is in turn enriched by my nursing knowledge of human physiology, common ailments, ill health, injuries and their conventional treatments. As I have developed my Reflexology treatments I aim to focus on the effects of stress on an individual body, endeavouring to support the whole body of a person and thus assisting in promoting their own wellbeing.
As holistic practitioners, reflexologists aim to support the whole person and I feel that this is true whether a client is looking for support during:
➢▪periods of illness
➢▪recovery from injury
➢▪stressful periods in their lives
➢▪sustaining a healthy body and mind
I am interested in assisting people who feel they need support with:
✓▪Release of tension caused by illness or injury
My Reflexology treatments acknowledge that every person is a unique individual and it is thus not possible to know in advance how each person will react to a treatment. However,my goal is to provide each client with a supportive and sensitively beneficial relationship that enables them to act in addressing their own healthcare needs.
Beverley Ashdown is a very experienced non-surgical podiatrist and enjoys the challenge of helping patients with long standing conditions which have been unresponsive to previous treatments, whether this be recalcitrant verrucas or complex bio mechanical gait related disorders.
1976 Qualified as State Registered Chiropodist
1976-81 Qualified as Podiatrist. Post-graduate syllabus included Radiography,
Pharmaceutics, Sports Medicine, Microbiology and
1979 Qualified in Biomechanics and Podopaediatrics
1986-99 Sports Medicine & Biomechanics advisor at The Commonwealth Games,
Beverley Ashdown is now one of the country’s leading practitioners of Sports Medicine
& Biomechanics and her appointments include:
The All England Badminton Championships
The World Badminton Championships
Podiatrist to The British Junior Athletics Squad
Member of Clinical Committee for MBT Physiological Footwear
I am a keen sports person and previously took part in lots of sporting activities, mainly gymnastics and ballet, which is really what got me interested in how the human body works both at its best and when injured. I have completed a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine in London and having gained previous experience as a massage therapist, I feel equipped to deal with a wide range of injuries. I am proud to be part of the team at Perfect Balance Clinic!
I provide Osteopathy in Perfect Balance’s sports injury clinic and also alongside Sara Randall, our Osteopath Midwife, in the Mother and Baby Clinic for expectant mums and all aspects of ante and post natal care. Although they are two ends of the spectrum, I find it interesting working with athletes and pregnant women. I graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine where I undertook the Masters programme in Osteopathy. I have also worked in the pain clinic at London’s Royal Free Hospital. I think this knowledge and dedication to my work means that I am the right person to get you back on track and in good working order!
My training has included extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology which help me to decide on the best course of action to take with most injuries. My skills in applying techniques to my clients have led to many quick recoveries and remedial work to help loosen tight aching muscles.
* GOsC Registered Osteopath
* M. Ost. Med
* Diploma in Naturopathy
* Certificate in Medical Acupuncture
* Lecturer at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine
* Kinesio Taping
Mc Timoney chiropractor
I studied at McTimoney College of Chiropractic and graduated in 2012. In addition to being a chiropractor I am also a practitioner in Emmett Technique and in Myofascial Release as well as having qualifications in massage and Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
I have a background in rehabilitation, having worked for several years with people who have had strokes and other neurological conditions as well as with people recovering from illness, injury and surgery.
McTimoney Chiropractic is known for its low force adjustment style and for being relatively comfortable to receive. During treatment I often combine joint and soft tissue release and mobilisation work with chiropractic adjustments and will recommend remedial exercises where appropriate.
I see people with a wide variety of conditions and am happy to work with any age group including babies and young children as well as older people who may be more frail.
Sports Massage Therapist
I have worked closely with in both the sporting and private sector for the past 7 years, and have a particularly keen interest in sporting injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. I have experience in a variety of different sports and have treated athletes from the recreational amateur level all the way to the professional level.
I enjoy a range of sports from football, rugby, golf, tennis and running. However, my main sporting passion is Cricket where I have represented Hertfordshire County at age group level, and now play regularly for my local team Old Owens CC.
At the clinic I specialise in Sports Massage Therapy, which I see as a key component to aiding recovery from injury, and as a source of injury prevention during training. Using my sports background I will also advise on any biomechanical issues that may be causing your problem and how to fix them, helping to provide a fully holistic treatment plan for each of my patients.
BSc Sports Therapy (University of Kent)
MSc Advanced Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation (University of Kent)
Member of the Society of Sports Therapists
ECB UK Level 2 Cricket Coach
Zara graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) with a masters degree in Osteopathy, a diploma in Osteopathy and a diploma in Naturopathy.
She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. Since leaving BCOM, Zara has taken courses leading to certification in dry-needling (a western form of acupuncture) and sports strapping and taping.
Prior to completing her masters degree, Zara completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Sussex, and therefore uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand and treat her patients.
Zara is a keen equine enthusiast and has owned her own horses for many years, the injuries she has suffered from this hobby means she has experienced both sides of the treatment couch, giving her an empathetic approach to patients in pain.
When not at the Ashdown clinic, Zara works as a programme assistant and equine specialist for the Equine Assisted Education and Therapy Centre, London helping vulnerable young people gain valuable life skills and qualifications.
Acupuncturist / Traditional Chinese Medicine
I am a fully qualified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, encompassing Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tui Na massage, as well as Cupping and Moxibustion therapies. My training also included detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology, western nutrition and Chinese functional food therapy.
I graduated with honours from Middlesex University in 2007, and have since been practicing from my own private clinic based at my home.
The clinical training aspect of my degree gave me the opportunity work and learn in a variety of interesting environments including The Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine, The Whittington Hospital pain clinic and The North Middlesex Hospital pain clinic.
I was fortunate enough to undertake a six month teaching and learning placement in Beijing during the final year of my degree, giving me the opportunity to observe and work with some extremely talented and professional practitioners and doctors at the Xi Yuan and China-Japan Hospitals in Beijing. This placement was run in conjunction with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. After graduating, I returned to Beijing the following year to undertake a further 6 month placement to build on my previous experiences.
I also hold an advanced diploma in Chinese Tui Na massage awarded by the Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine.
I am a fully registered member of the Acupuncture Society with full practice insurance provided by Holistic Insurance Services.
Between 2013 and 2015, I attended various seminars taught by Andrew Nugent-Head, a classically trained practitioner of Chinese Medicine, where I learned a number of advanced acupuncture techniques, along with Chinese bodywork techniques, which are similar in application to Tui Na massage, but based mainly on subtle manipulation of Qi as opposed to muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Throughout my studies, I was fortunate enough to observe and treat a wide variety of differing conditions, however, I have developed a strong personal interest in the treatment of various pain related conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal conditions to headaches and internal disorders.
I also have a strong interest in Qi Gong meditation and have been practicing for over ten years.
BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine (Middlesex University).
Advanced Diploma Tui Na (Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine).
CPD certificates for Advanced Acupuncture and Chinese Bodywork (ATS in association with Kai Seminars).
Member of the Acupuncture Society.
Dr Seema Datta
Dr Seema is an Ayurvedic doctor, international speaker and interpreneur specialising in women’s health. She gained her bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Nagpur University in 1995.
In the last 20 years, she has supported women in all sorts of life situations, whether be it during menarche - transition from a girl to woman , pregnancy and birth - transition from woman to motherhood or menopause.
Dr Seema's clinic, Keyajee, extends support to all women, especially working women, to balance health while going through a stressful work environment. Through consultations, she will help you to understand your body and how to keep it in a maximum state of health with certain diet plans and suitable Ayurvedic massages and treatments.
Dr Seema offers the following treatments-
Detox plan - The 7 day treatment consists of diet plan, massages and Basti treatments.
Preconception treatments - Starts at least 3 months before conception. It includes diet plan and treatment protocol to prepare your mind-body to welcome new soul in the womb and nurture through to birth naturally in the world.
Pregnancy - Dr Seema helps to maintain your energy throughout the pregnancy so you can enjoy your special time. Support throughout pregnancy with diet plan, specific massages, padabhyanga (Ayurvedic foot massage) , meditation & yogic breathing.
Birth Doula - Dr Seema has experience of attending births in hospitals in India for 3 years, she can be the birthing partner you want.
Postnatal Care - Consists of a combination of diet plan, massages with warm oil, hot fomentation with herbal Pottalis, Kati Basti, Shirodhara & head massage as per your requirements.
Dr Seema can travel internationally for birth and postnatal support.