BSC DC LSSM MMCA
Sport participation has always been a huge part of my life, including cross country running, hockey, netball, cricket, skiing, cycling, I have always felt that being proactive with my diet and fitness was vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is a key part of my approach to patient treatment.
In my early career, I qualified as a Sports Masseur from the London School of Sports Massage. I was fortunate to work in a multi disciplinary capacity with Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Coaches and Fitness Trainers at prestigious events such as the World Indoor Athletics Championship and Crystal Palace Athletics. In addition I have worked with therapists at Fulham Football Club, England Lacrosse Team and various Rugby clubs.
I have received a number of injuries from sport participation and I found the gentle, whole body approach of McTimoney Chiropractic suited me, so much so that I decided to study the technique and in 2001 I graduated from the McTimoney Chiropractic College. I believe that in order to help patients to recovery and rehabilitation, it is important to work alongside other therapists to achieve this goal and help to maintain and advise patients to ensure that they proactively work towards whole body health
After twenty years as a commercial manager with British Aerospace, Racal and ICL/Fujitsu, I was inspired to start training as a chiropractor after experiencing the McTimoney technique at first hand from a practitioner with a similar background.
At a time when the training programme faced temporary uncertainties, I part-switched to the Osteopathy course at Oxford Brookes University. This twist of events led me to graduate from McTimoney College in 2007 and then from Oxford Brookes in 2011 – meaning that I am both a Chiropractor and an Osteopath. Sandwiched between the two degrees I also completed a Sport and Remedial Massage diploma. My curiosity as to why we have both Chiropractors and Osteopaths led me to research the background behind the two, concluding that these days there is little discernible difference.
As a registered practitioner with both the GCC and the GOsC, I offer a blended holistic treatment approach which combines whatever range of my manual techniques my patients feel happier and more comfortable with.
Clinic and Pilates Manager
I was an infant and nursery teacher for 30 years, teaching both in Berkshire and later in Uzbekistan and Latvia in their International schools. After a varied and happy career in education, I was keen to do something different and am loving my job as Clinic and now Pilates Manager. I enjoy travelling the world, spending time with my husband Dave, with family and our two adorable grandchildren, seeing friends, swimming…a lot…, gardening, music and reading. I belong to Wokingham Rock Choir which I love. I also really enjoy Pilates and am a complete convert.
I have been a patient of Trudi’s for many years due to sports injuries and car accidents [not my fault I do add] and she has helped me with both back and shoulder pain so I hope I am very sympathetic to peoples’ needs when in pain. I have learnt a great deal about the human body from Trudi and love managing the clinic. It has also been exciting opening Libra Pilates to aid rehabilitation for our patients and to offer group exercise to maintain and strengthen the body. It has been great getting to know so many of our patients and joining in with the excellent Pilates sessions. I wish I’d joined Pilates years ago-it has really helped me.