About Our Therapists

As a group we can offer Cheltenham and the Cotswolds a wide range of complementary therapies and holistic health care.

Cheltenham’s Oakwell Health Centre has 2 Osteopaths and a Chiropractor, 4 Massage therapists , 2 Acupuncturists who also do cupping and Tui Na massage and a Hynotherapist.

At Oakwell Health we have something for everyone
everyone’s symptom and budget.

Karl J Turner BSc (HONS) Ost Med
Karl J Turner BSc (HONS) Ost Med Qualified in 1997 as an Osteopath/Cranial osteopath, prior to which he worked as an auxillary nurse. He studied osteopathic medicine, which means he is trained to use osteopathy to treat chest, ear and throat infections and difficulties with breathing and digestion as well as aches, pains and injuries.Karl became an osteopath after a life changing experience that was transformed by an osteopath. At the age of 15 Karl was hit by a lorry as he stood waiting for the school bus and as a result of the multiple fractures injuries, he was confined to a wheelchair and crutches. Searching for remedies Karl stumbled on an osteopath from a recommendation even though at 15 he had no idea what one was. The osteopath offered 3 options for treatment , 1) the gentle & painless but very slow & therefore costly way , 2) the drastic & rapid result but potentially painful way which is therefore the least costly way , or 3) a personalised comprimise between 1) and 2) . as a 15 year old previously very active youngster he chose the rapid result way and after a thorough treatment and a few yelps the osteopath helped him onto his feet and suggested he took a few steps unaided. Karl was mesmerised and immediately decided Osteopathy was the job for him. As his training began it was soon clear that his passion to learn the skills to help others as he’s been helped, soon stood out above others and that this chosen path was as much of a calling as it was a career.

Karl in no way is a specialist in helping any particular group, age, sporting type, injury type or ailment . Karl treats EVERYbody

Karl has 21 years of practicing the full range of osteopathic styles ,
– from the gentle cranial style that is very helpful for babies , children , pregnancy ailments, autism , and the elderly – to strong powerful structural osteopathy that is beneficial for people who’ve been in horrific traumatic accidents or sporting injuries . Karl treats professional rugby players from Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors but also has an interest in treatments which relieve the strains of pregnancy and labour, as well as complications of delivery using a mix of both cranial and structural osteopathy. So he can be effective yet still very gentle to brand new babies, premature babies , the elderly & frail as well as rapidly effective to builders , plumbers, carpenters, professional rugby players and marathon runners who all hope for a quick relief so they can return to work asap.

Treatment cost
As karl has matured with his skills he has realised that as much as he does everything he can to help people drastically return to healthy, painless, wellness as quickly as possible , one single treatment can only relieve a portion of the problem(s) that has ended up causing the symptom(s). Often one treatment can result in complete relief short term. However it will take a few treatments to undo all the strain , the injury , the inflammation, the compensations to the problem and the habits linked to the problem etc. Karl has reached a point in his career where he can honestly say that, in most cases, it will take a succession of treatments to fully restore optimum balanced function to give his patient’s a sustained period free of any symptom and ultimatley health and wellness. For people commited to this step by step road to wellness there is a discount. (which will be highlighted below)

The Steps along the Road to Recovery & Wellness
At Oakwell Health we all aim to help you BE AS WELL AS YOU CAN BE , FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN BE

To help highlight the fact that the road to recovery and wellness can be a gradual process of undoing injury/tissue damage (as best as is possible) and the compensations and habits that occur, I have created 2 lists. An Action & a Symptom list


Less pain > more movement > feeling better > much better > ? stronger ? > feeling good > nearly there > optimum

The ?? are there because many of us think we are ‘fixed’ when all we are is out of pain – the problem is just less bad enough for it to not hurt. true wellness is being as best as you can be for as long as you can be.

To undo all of the reasons we suffer pain so as to reach as close to a ‘cure’ as is possible, many things have to change to not just relieve the symptom but to fix the underlying problems too.
Some problems need drastic, vigorous and thorough treatment and some need a less drastic and far less intensive treatment, as too much change at once can almost be traumatising to an already exhausted body.

I have therefore decided to offer more variety in treatment options. After an initial consultation a course of treatment in sessions will be explained for your consideration. Some or most will be 15 min sessions but for some complex and serious cases 30 min sessions will be suggested as the best course.

30 min session
The half hour session will be holistically focussed and extensive treatment where almost every element contributing to the symptom(s) will be addressed. A fully focussed transformational approach to undoing the injury, the compensation to the injury, and a ‘‘service’‘ to the less affecting parts of the skeleton, to ensure every bit of you , is as able to help the healing process as best it can.

15 min session
The fifteen minute session will be a little less holistic and much less intense approach to hands on health care. Instead of trying to fix absolutely everything , the appointment will deal with the main components to the injury / symptom, aiming at restoring function and pain relief in a not so fully comprehensive and potentially overwhelming way.

If you have had severe symptoms from a list of damaging traumatic incidents (whether of a physical and/or emotional nature) please do not hope a single 15 min session will offer the same benefit as a single 30 min one might.

Along the road to wellness, it can be considered that two 15 min sessions in a fortnight will offer the same results as one 30 min session in the same time scale.

Acute flair ups to an old injury or a recent injury that is painful and immobilising is more likely to benefit from half as much twice as often ( two 15 min sessions close together)

A chronic debilitating problem is more likely to respond better to twice as much half as often (one 30 min session with a fortnight to recover and rehabilitate ) but we will get you to wellness all the same.

Commitment to wellness discount are as follows

for 1 — 30 min treatment £70 (also initial consultation)
for 3 — 30 min treatments £65 a session
for 5 £60 a session
for 10 £55 a session

Babies 1 hour treatment £120

follow ups if nec. as above

for 1 — 15 min treatment £40
for 3 — 15 min treatments £38 a session
for 6 — 15 min treatments £35
for 10 — 15 min £33 a session

This is a loyalty offer with no implied schedule – and in no way an attempt to suggest you opt for frequent and unnecessary treatments.

This price change does not apply to the chronically ill , over 65s, and those receiving palliative care.

John Leah B Ost
John graduated from The British College of Naturopathy in 1987 (now the British College of Osteopathic Medicine). Since graduating in Osteopathy, John has complemented his osteopathic education with an MSc in Exercise and Health Sciences at Bristol University and an MA in Environment, Society and Culture at Lancaster University (where he recently completed a PhD).His approach is holistic and broad ranging, drawing from the varied background and experience gained over 25 years of Osteopathic practice and related health promotion work. Both cranial and structural approaches may be incorporated into treatment with the aim of not just resolving presenting symptoms but promoting improved physical function and good health.

John can help people of all ages from newborn babies and children to the elderly, injuries from sports and leisure activities, and work related symptoms and symptoms from illness and conditions.”

New Patients – (1hr) – £70
Returning patients – £50

David Wells
David Wells is a fully qualified Chiropractor, registered with the General Chiropractic council and a member of the British Chiropractic Association.Dave has lived in Cheltenham his whole life and has a lifelong interest in the human body and in particular biomechanics.

I was inspired by Chiropractic first in my teenage years following suffering with headaches following playing rugby. After my treatment I was astonished at the remission of my headaches, but also about how my body had improved in mobility.

Chiropractic is a great natural way to facilitate your body in healing and recovery and maintain good health.

Jayne Timmins
Jayne is an experienced fully accredited Colon Hydrotherapist and a member of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. Since 2006 Jayne has aided 100’s of clients achieve positive health benefits through colonic hydrotherapy.
Jayne Timmins
Emma Jones
After taking up regular exercise Emma developed a keen interest in health wellbeing & body biomechanics and decided to re-train in Sports Massage. After studying a diploma with Sports Performance Services Emma qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2009 and has been working from various clinics in Gloucester & Cheltenham since. Emma also offers Holistic Therapies in the form of Thai Foot Massage, Indian Head Massage & Seated Acupressure Massage. What brings Emma the most pleasure in her role as a Massage Therapist is being able to make a difference through her treatment methods to a wide range of people. Emma is accredited with the Sports Massage Association & Federation of Holistic Therapists.SPORTS MASSAGE
An invigorating, deeply stimulating and re-energising treatment to help alleviate stress and tension that builds up in the body during a wide range of physical activities, such as sports participation, exercising, work related tension, driving and sitting or walking with poor posture.

A relaxing or invigorating treatment to the back, neck, shoulders and head using massage techniques and working on acupressure points to help with a wide range of issues including muscular tension, headaches, stress & anxiety and poor posture.

Thai Foot Massage consists of working on the feet & lower part of the legs and is performed with the hands and a Thai foot stick. The treatment is both relaxing and invigorating and has the aim of balancing the body and encouraging good health

Indian Head massage originated in the East several hundred years ago. The treatment induces a state of calm, peace and tranquility and can promote high levels of alertness and concentration. Relaxing, yet invigorating, Indian Head Massage creates a wonderful feeling of well-being.

An Ayurvedic head massage. Warm aromatic herbal oils slowly flow onto your head warming and soothing the membranes of your skull and the muscles of your head, as an incredible massage banishes stress and tension . An amazing treatment, however it is also a very helpful adjuctive treatment for headaches, migraines and neck problems. treatment is about an hour £50 including the oils.

1hr treatment £40
30 minutes £28

Yoga one to one sessions £40 per hour.

Chris Paget-Marsh
Chris Paget-Marsh BSc(Hons) CertHE MSMA DipPT

  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Sports & Remedial Massage
  • Fascial Manipulation
  • Myo-Fascial Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Active Soft Tissue Release
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Personal Training

Chris is a passionate soft tissue therapist and can treat pain, restore limited & restricted movement and resolve many other problems with a variety of soft tissue treatments, and is currently studying for a master’s degree (MSc) in Sports Therapy. As an experienced personal trainer, Chris can help prevent pain and injury with progressive, bespoke corrective exercise and strength training, and can also offer advice on sport specific training and fitness and exercise for health. Chris is also a certified teacher, and travels all over the country teaching sports massage. He currently teaches for Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Sports Performance Services, one of the leading providers in the UK, and has previously taught at Gloucestershire College and at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell.

All Sports Massage / Soft Tissue Therapy treatments (up to one hour) £40.
Personal Training consultation including training program and introductory gym session: £50.

Nicola Toppper
Nicola is a well McTimoney chiropractor joining our team of therapists in January 2014.Nicola is a fully qualified McTimoney Chiropractor, registered with the General Chiropractic Council and is a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors. She graduated December 2013.
Nicola was born and lived nr Cheltenham until she was 16, her passion for horses has taken her all over the UK and abroad. Until recently Nicola was working with racehorses, many falls and injuries over the years and the subsequent recovery have inspired her to re-train as a chiropractor. Nicola’s original plan was to become an equine chiropractor. However whilst in College at Abingdon she found she gained so much pleasure and satisfaction from treating people, the equine chiropractic has become a distant memory.
Nicola returns to the area as a recently qualified McTimoney chiropractor and has qualifications in holistic massage and advanced soft tissue release. She is happy to treat everybody.
Tayma Wallbridge
Tayma is a qualified and experienced solution-focused hypnotherapist, registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy and the Association of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. She has a Degree in Psychology (BA Hons) and the Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP), following training at the Clifton Practice in Bristol which is renowned as the country’s leading teaching establishment for hypnotherapy. She works part of the week in Swindon at her own practice, Accredited Hypnotherapy, and part of the week at Oakwell Health.Useful link for further information www.accreditedhypnotherapy.co.ukPrices:
A initial consultation is needed 30 minutes £25
For smoking related hypnotherapy 2 hours is needed with no introduction consultation £120
Hypnotherapy sessions 1 hour £60
Becky Medcalf
Becky Medcalf, BSc (Hons), Diploma in Personal Training, Sports Massage Therapy and a STOTT Pilates Instructor.

With a passion for health, fitness and wellbeing Becky persued this as a career after studying science at University. It led her to working in London with a team of physiotherapists for a Sports Injury and Spinal Clinic as their sports massage therapist, seeing a lot of referrals for sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, frozen shoulders etc. but also treating aches and pains resulting from people’s day to day lives and activities. Becky realised how complimentary Pilates was to the rehabilitation of patients and became a qualified STOTT Pilates Instructor in 2009. Her work in the clinic would predominantly be rehab based, getting people back to running after a herniated disc for example but it also included exercise and treatment plans for those simply wishing to improve strength, flexibility and posture.

Becky moved to France in 2011, continuing her career there but has now returned to Cheltenham, her home town, to settle.

The initial appointment with Becky requires a 10-15min postural assessment. It is recommended to arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment in order to fill out a form required for the assessment. Becky offers one hour treatments for £40, with a 10% discount for the first appointment.

Olivia Rowsell
I came to osteopathy as a result of personally experiencing the connection between state of mind and state of health. After a 7 year career in the fashion industry working for publications such as Vogue, GQ Italia and Harpers Bazaar I came to understand the physical manifestations stress can have on one’s body. Inspired by my piers, who are all Doctors, I decided I wanted to embark on a career that could help guide people back to health rather than away from it and also to feed my fascination in pathophysiology and human anatomy.

I believe no matter who you are, personal development and learning should be continuous, this is reflected in my treatment and I never rely on the same techniques or explanations. Every patient is unique and I treat what I find rather than subscribe to a formula. This means I use manipulative, soft tissue, cranial and functional techniques, tailored to my patients needs. Medicine is constantly evolving and I follow developments keenly. I recently wrote a paper on Infantile Colic in infants, particularly examining the link between stress in mothers and the incidence of colic.

I am passionate about paediatric and obstetric osteopathy and plan to study for another Masters in this area in order to develop my research in to the relationship between stress and unsettled babies.

Ineke Harris
Ineke has been involved with complementary therapy since 1998, training at the Cotswold Academy of Health. She has qualifications in Body Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology and later went on to study Manual Lymphatic Drainage through the Dr Vodder School.