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Animal Osteopathy

The principles of osteopathy are equally applicable to animals, whether domestic pets or high performance competition horses.

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Our Amazing Osteopaths

Steven Bruce

Steven is one of the Directors of the Clinic.  He turned his efforts to osteopathy in 1995 after a lengthy career in the Royal Marines, graduating in 2000.  He has since specialised in Frozen Shoulder problems and Gait Analysis, and until recently was a lecturer in osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University.

Claire Short

Claire Short
Claire is our other Director of the Clinic. She took up osteopathy in 1995, after several years practising sports massage. She specialises in treating young children, including babies, but has also become very successful in treating animals.  Initially her most regular animal patients were horses and in 2009 she treated the British Working Equitation Team in Portugal.   More recently she decided to stop treating horses and now specialises in treating exotic animals such as camels, alpaca, buffalo, guinea pigs and birds. We've not yet put any videos up of Claire, but if you look up animal osteopath on You Tube the videos there are guaranteed to make you smile! Most people are surprised to know that Claire actually enjoys treating people just as much as she enjoys treating the animals!

Brooke Robinson

Brooke graduated in Australia before coming to the UK to further her interest in treating athletes. She trains regularly herself and understands the problems that can occur when asking more of your body. She worked with the Northampton Saints for several years before moving to Worcester Ruby Club where she was heavily involved in the rehab work needed to get injured players back in training. And, as you'll hear in the video above, she's an amazing cake-maker!

Ruth Walker

Ruth spent her teenage years surrounding herself with horses and then made a career of riding, training horses and teaching people to ride. After 10 years the winter weather became too much for her, so she trained as an osteopath (hoping to spend more time in a warm room) and as part of her Master’s degree conducted a research project into horse riders back pain. Whilst training she developed a love of treating people (not just horses) as well as becoming fascinated by the way movement affects joint function. When not practicing osteopathy, Ruth is found either somewhere near a horse, on a bicycle or helping out with children’s charities.

Andy Padden

Andy’s career in osteopathy stemmed from a trampolining accident in his teens. Osteopathic treatment fixed the problem and he decided he wanted to work that kind of magic on other people. Since then Andy has worked a lot with sports men and women, as well as people with chronic pain. Andy meditates and is interested in Mindfulness - he believes that in our crazily busy world we need to take time to focus on not only our physical health but also our mental health. In his spare time Andy listens to a rather eclectic range of music and plays some of it on the guitar, piano and ukulele! He says he also likes experimenting with recipes, but we’ve no idea whether that means he’s good in the kitchen or not!

Georgia Brawn

Georgia first became interested in osteopathy as a child when watching her mother being treated. She says the osteopath treating her mother seemed like some kind of wizard. At 17 she came to the clinic and shadowed Claire for a day. This involved not only watching Claire treat humans, but also a baby owl and a baby hedgehog! Georgia is particularly interested in pain from arthritic changes, but she also loves the challenge of sports injuries and getting people back to their favourite sport. Her own activities have included: cycling (she’s done John O’Groats to Lands End), tug of war and horse riding. And we gather she’s also developing excellent sheep-shearing skills!

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The Ashgrove Clinic is located in Higham Ferrers, close to Rushden, Northamptonshire.  We are also within easy reach of Northampton, Kimbolton, Bedford, Wellingborough and Kettering.