We are delighted to introduce your Physical Balance Team, an experienced group of professionals ready and waiting to support you.

Caroline Vass

BOst – Osteopathy & Medical Acupuncture 

Registered with the General Osteopathic Council, British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Caroline joined Physical Balance in 2005 after graduating from the British School of Osteopathy with the Bachelor of Osteopathy degree. She returned to full time education in 2001 as a mature student following a successful 12-year career in the television industry. Her decision to change her career path came following an interest in sports massage, which led to her assisting the massage team at the Finchley Rugby Club in London.

Caroline’s approach to musculo-skeletal ailments such as shoulder pain, mechanical low back pain, sports injuries and neck pain is primarily through the traditional structural approach. Not only does she address the problem with hands on soft tissue and joint manipulation and acupuncture, she also strongly believes in postural education and the prescription of exercises which allow the individual to better understand and manage their own health and wellbeing.

She has a keen interest in working with expectant mothers with pregnancy related conditions such as low back pain, sciatic pain, headaches arising from neck pain.  Caroline also works with Cranial Osteopathy, a more subtle form of manipulation, which is suitable for people of all ages.  For more information please contact our reception.

Outside normal clinic hours, Caroline continues her professional development by attending post-graduate course and seminars; these have included Medical Acupuncture and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Caroline is also a keen skier, an avid follower of Rugby Union and enjoys worldwide travel. She has been particularly fortunate in being able to take a number of extended breaks from work to explore Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

Joe Allnutt

MOst BSc Cert Ed – Osteopathy, Medical Acupuncture & Sports Therapy

Registered with the General Osteopathic Council, British Osteopathic Society.

Joe originally joined Physical Balance in 2004 having qualified as a Sports Therapist at the University of Chichester.  Born and bred in Basingstoke, Joe initially combined his passion for sport and his career working both in the clinic and for several professional teams including experiences with Hampshire cricket, the Australian Olympic team and closer to home the Basingstoke Bison ice hockey team. It was during these early years that Joe grew an interest for a more clinical approach to treatment.  In 2011 he returned to university as a mature student to study a Masters in Osteopathy.

The three year course at the London School of Osteopathy saw Joe build on his strong structural approach to therapy and as an Osteopath he believes that ensuring the patient has an understanding of their condition and more importantly how they can help themselves is vital to his approach.

Supporting his Osteopathy and Sports Therapy degrees Joe has added Acupuncture to his treatment techniques via the British Medical Acupuncture Society and also has a Certificate in Education, which he uses when Guest Lecturing at The University of Chichester as well as co-leading development events for local therapists at Physical Balance.

Outside of clinic Joe enjoys all sport but more regularly plays cricket, cycles and tries to get on the golf course when he is not renovating his house.

 

Alex Millar

MOst – Osteopathy & Medical Acupuncture 

Alex gained his Masters of Osteopathy Degree in 2015 from the British School of Osteopathy and is a trained medical acupuncturist from the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Growing up in Overton he is well known in the community. He is a keen sportsmen, and through his rugby discovered osteopathy when he ended up in the consulting room.

He now strives to keep people active and doing what they love from the other side of the treatment table. He uses a skilled structural approach and is a firm believer in what is painful is not always what the problem is. He likes to take a wide angled view taking into account the whole lifestyle of the patient rather than an isolated symptom. Why its sore, not what is sore is what he wants to find out.

Alex says that education is the biggest factor in helping people, explaining their issue so that they can understand it and equip and empower them with the best tools to get better. “I help you help yourself” is often what you will hear him say.

After clinic hours Alex still enjoys playing rugby at Newbury RFC at National 3 level along with other sports. If he is not on the rugby field you will probably find him with his fiancé Ellie and their puppy Stanley walking around Overton.

 

Andrew Johnson 

Osteopathy, Medical Acupuncture & Sports Therapy

Andrew Johnson qualified with a masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy in 2016. Prior to osteopathy degree he studied sport and exercise science, fitness instruction, sports massage and medical acupuncture. Andy believes this puts him in a good place when managing people’s sporting injuries.

Andy focuses his treatment on the individual and seeks not only to address the symptoms, he takes time to look at the bigger picture, not just the bit that hurts. The time and care delivered by Andy during his treatment reflects his patient centered approach. Andy has had a particular interest in runners and has worked closely with running coaches and personal trainers to help patients overcome their running injuries and increase their performance.

When Andy’s not working he likes to spend his free time outdoors, dog walking, mountain biking, hiking and finding a good country pub.

 

Jolene Stapleton 

Jolene joined Physical Balance in 2016 as a Remedial Massage Therapist whilst studying her Masters degree in Osteopathy. Jolene completed her studies in early 2020, graduating from the College of Osteopaths with a First Class degree.

Jolene is also qualified in Medical Acupuncture through the British Medical Acupuncture Society and is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified yoga instructor (for over 10 years), running regular online classes and one to one sessions. She believes that Osteopathy and yoga complement each other and regularly prescribes yoga-based exercises and postural advice to her patients as part of her treatment so that they can continue their recovery at home.

As well as being a structural osteopath, during her studies Jolene completed courses in Cranial and Visceral Osteopathy which are suitable for all ages and make her approach truly holistic and tailored to the individual. Jolene takes time to understand her patient’s lifestyle and needs so that the best approach can be adapted, as part of the consultation Jolene educates patients to understand the diagnosis, treatment approach and aftercare plan so that they are fully engaged with the process every step of the way.

When Jolene isn’t working or teaching yoga she spends her time her family and new puppy who all keep her very busy.

 

Hannah King

Hannah initially joined the Physical Balance team in 2019 as a sports massage therapist. Hannah has a level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy and is a member of The Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage (IRSM), she also has completed courses in kinesio taping which she uses to aid her treatments.

Hannah initially worked in office roles where she began to suffer with neck and shoulder pains. To help herself she sought the help of sports and remedial massage therapists and an uptake of regular yoga. This combination helped her with her issues and also caused her to rethink her career. After completing an introductory course at the London School of Sports Massage she knew she had found her new career. She carried on her studies and has been working in the Health and Wellbeing realm ever since having managed a yoga studio & therapy rooms in Farnham and working with a variety of other therapists and clinics.

Hannah loves working with the sports athlete, whether it be a hobby or more serious. She has worked at several events such as Bournemouth Rugby 7s and numerous Half Marathons and has worked for two seasons with Badshot Lea FC helping to keep everyone match ready. For Hannah, massage is something for everyone and can provide physical relief from pain and discomfort but can also provide some time just to check in with how you are doing.

When not filling her time with massage work, Hannah loves her yoga practice and eating chocolate. Hannah’s varied background (degrees in Anthropology & Osteoachaeology and managing a yoga studio & therapy rooms) means she’s interested in most things and is always happy to discuss different therapies, hear travel suggestions, and discuss what makes us human. Not a typical sports massage therapist, Hannah isn’t a natural sports person but loves her yoga practice and finding the balance between sweating and chilling and working and playing.

 

Catherine Fletcher-Liddell

MChS BSc (Hons) Podiatry

The CF Foot Clinic has been associated with Physical Balance for many years and offers Podiatric treatment for all manner of foot problems, from general chiropody to specialist biomechanics and gait analysis.

Graduating in 2003 from the School of Podiatry at Huddersfield University Catherine has worked in the commercial sector and with the NHS in Basingstoke and Portsmouth alongside setting up in private practice at the CF Foot Clinic (formally Overton Foot Clinic). The interest in Podiatry originally stemmed from a general interest in lower limb biomechanics after many years training and competing (and injury) as an athlete including time with the Basingstoke and Mid-Hants athletics team.

In 2016 Catherine married her “sole” (pun intended) mate, and lives in Basingstoke with a very fluffy German Shepard puppy. With semi competitive sport long behind her, recreational time is now spent walking and occasional cycling, swimming and gym sessions. Long dog walks in the summer are compulsory!

 

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