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.

Babies 1 hour treatment £120

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.

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.

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