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Joanne Cole BSc (Hons)

Principle Osteopath and Owner

At 18 years old I attended the London School of Osteopathy for five years to train as an osteopath, something that from early teens I had dreamed of doing.  In 2001, I qualified with a BSc Honours degree in osteopathy and set up Blackwater Osteopathic Clinic.

In 2003, I was honoured to be asked back to the London School of Osteopathy to teach, giving lectures in osteopathic techniques, supervising the schools out patient’s clinic and examining all year groups.

In 2006, the successful multi-disciplinary clinic expanded into larger premises and became better known as Blackwater Clinic offering a wide range of alternate and holistic services to its clients.

In September 2015, I proudly opened the doors to my new business venture, Maypole Health. I am the owner and principle osteopath at the new clinic and intend to use my passed experiences to run a first class clinic for clients and deliver the best therapeutic packages for individuals.

My special interests lie in neurological diseases and biomechanics.

I have also trained in Dry Needling and Trigger Point Therapy and I am a fully qualified Rock Doc level two.

Joanne Cole is available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Neil Sinnott M Ost


I qualified from the British School of Osteopathy with a master’s degree and I am a member of the General Osteopathic Council and the British Osteopathic Association.

I am also a qualified massage therapist gaining an ITEC level 3 diploma in sports and remedial massage.

I have always had a very keen interest in the human body and enjoy the diversity of patients that osteopathy brings.

Working closely with various sporting establishments in Essex, I have had the opportunity to treat a number of professional golfers and semi- professional football players.  I am the recommended therapist for the Braintree football academy and run a pop up clinic to help any members of the Great Baddow Lawn Tennis Club with injuries.

Neil Sinnott is available for appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Jennifer Scotchmer BSc (Hons) Ost

Cranial Osteopathy and Osteopath

I attended the London School of Osteopathy and in 2001 alongside Joanne Cole, qualified with a BSc Honours Degree in Osteopathy.

Prior to qualifying as an Osteopath, I spent ten years working as a qualified nurse at the King George Hospital in Redbridge.

In 2003 I set up The Clinic of Osteopathy in Upminster, which I continue to run seeing a variety of patients from babies, children and the elderly.  I also treat many city workers who benefit greatly from both general osteopathic treatments and cranial osteopathy.  I have a particular interest in treating clients with recurring headaches.

I really enjoy being an Osteopath as I believe treating clients can greatly benefit their general wellbeing through the alleviation of pain, allowing individuals to fulfil their potential and enjoy doing the things they love.

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Rae Clancy M Ost


I obtained my masters degree in osteopathy after 4 years of study at the British school of Osteopathy. I have always been interested in treating the human body and find it thoroughly rewarding helping people along their paths to becoming pain free. I have a varied background in sports and have played football to a high level for many years and as such very much enjoy treating sports injuries, as well as long-standing issues and neurological disorders. Previously I have been working with Witham rugby club 1st teams offering a variety of pitch side first aid, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

I am a certified kinesiology (KT) taper and I am excited to meet new faces at the Maypole health.

Jas Bdesha

Myo Fascial Release Therapist

I’ve worked in the health and beauty industry for many years.  Starting my career as a nurse and then moving into beauty therapy I discovered MyoFascial Release (MFR) in 2012 and was fascinated by what it could do for people suffering from pain and limited mobility.

I embarked on a learning journey that resulted in my being awarded a High Merit Honours for The Professional Diploma in Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage – BTEC Level 6 (degree level) and a Certificate in Advanced MyoFascial Release which includes Indirect Techniques and Structural Fascial Bodywork.

That all sounds very academic, but what it means is that I can help people who are experiencing pain by releasing the fascia (a thin tissue that is wrapped around all our muscles, tendons, ligaments and internal organs).  When we experience pain, it’s often because the fascia becomes stuck and loses its pliability.  Releasing it and restoring its mobility is often the first step to recovery, removing the cause of pain and allowing free movement again.

I’ve carried out research into the impact of MFR on ageing, which was really interesting – it was a positive study.  Ask me about it when you visit.

Daniel Preston

Sports Massage Therapist, Exercise Based Rehabilitation Therapist and Personal Trainer

I have been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002, during this time I have held a wide variety of positions, from fitness instructing and personal training to managing large leisure centres.

I qualified as a personal trainer in 2004 and have since accrued a multitude of fitness based qualifications, in 2014 I qualified as a sports massage therapist at The Greenwich Community College. I hope to start a physiotherapy degree from September 2016.

Most recently I have been working as part of a team that is funded by the NHS and delivers exercise to patients following initial treatment. The reasons for referral of these patients can vary from diabetes, high blood pressure, lower back pain, heart conditions and pulmonary conditions (COPD and asthma) to rehabilitation following surgeries such as knee and hip replacements and spinal surgeries.

During this time I have also run my own independent clinic where I offer sports massage and exercise advice to help clients manage any aches and pains or ongoing sporting ailments as well as delivering personal training.

Having moved to Essex from Kent earlier this year I am now happy to be working at the Maypole Health and am looking forward to working with new clients.

Kathleen Moore (LSSM Dip Clinical and Remedial Sports Therapist)

Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist including Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage.

I graduated at the London School of Sports Massage in 2011 gaining a BTEC level 5 diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage.

As a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage, I treat professionals in both the sporting and non- sporting environments and believe that massage should play an integral part in everyone’s life, irrespective of lifestyle, age or level of fitness.

I have developed a combination of techniques that are used depending on the patients particular requirements, these include:

  • Deep Muscle Massage
  • Trigger Point Massage Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Assisted Stretches

As part of the patients ongoing after care, a number of manual exercises will also be advised.

As someone who spent years working in an office and participating in various sporting activities such as marathons, kayaking and cycling, I understand the importance of massage and its role in maintaining a healthy body balance.

I am also qualified in Pregnancy and Postnatal therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and can offer Seated Acupressure.

Kathleen is available for appointments on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lucy Littlewood BSc (Hons) SMRT

Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist including Oncology Massage

I graduated in 2011 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Performance and I have a level 5 BTEC Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy, which I obtained 2016. During both my degree and diploma courses I developed a passion for learning about the human body and I look forward to continuing my education. I enjoy the variety of clients that I see with myriad problems and I learn something from each and every one of them.

I have worked in both the Sports and Education industries since I left school in 2002, in various roles, such as teaching dinghy sailing in the Mediterranean. Alongside my Sports Massage I work in a large secondary school in the Science Department as a Teaching Assistant and run a Dog Walking business.

Lucy is available for appointments on Mondays and Friday and can be available at other times if clients require.

Paul Godfrey MBAcC MRCHM

Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine

Paul has been practising Chinese Medicine since 2002. He studied Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture, and subsequently returned following his graduation as a lecturer and clinical supervisor.

Paul is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Their practitioners practise acupuncture based on Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,000 years.

Paul also practises acupuncture and Chinese medicine at The Brentwood Acupuncture Clinic.

Paul will be available for appointments at Maypole Health on Thursdays.

Dee Witherspoon



My background was in corporate businesses and I was the Head of Training for a blue chip Fund Management Company in London. I found Reflexology in 2010 and have never looked back. After qualifying, I felt as though I had finally found my purpose in life!

I went on to qualify in Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candling and Reiki. I also explored other areas within Reflexology, attending courses in Pregnancy and Fertility Reflexology, Hot Stone Reflexology, Mindful Reflexology, Baby Reflex and Lymphatic Drainage (both Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD).  RLD can be particularly successful in reducing lymphodema after surgery where lymph nodes have been removed.

Reflexology is an amazing complementary therapy – it can also work alongside conventional medicine. We all have reflexes on our hands and feet that relate to parts of our bodies. By applying pressure massage to these reflexes it can help de-stress and relax, and help stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes.

I also have my own practice, Baddow Park Therapies in Great Baddow where I am based most of the week, but you can find me at Maypole Health on a Thursday.

Michele Pyne

Chiropodist / Podiatrist

I have been a qualified Chiropodist (also known as a Podiatrist) for over 17 years and have gained a wealth of experience during this time working at clinics and offering home visits to my clients.  I also committed to CPD ( Continual Professional Developments) ensuring I am constantly updating all knowledge

I am fully insured and registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and a member of the British Chiropody Association.

I am really excited to have joined the team at Maypole Health to offer my services and work with the team to ensure each client receives the highest standard of care. With the ability to combine the knowledge of different therapists, we hope to improve the speed of recovery of certain condition, for example, plantar fasciitis.

Michelle will be available for appointments at Maypole Health every Friday.

Michele Pyne

Jenny Whitelaw

Practice Manager

With my love of organising and planning, my career began within the catering and hospitality industry arranging conferences, events and weddings.

When I relocated to London, I joined the prestigious UBS bank front of house team working on a busy reception desk managing a suite of 50 conference rooms.

After a career break to have my two girls, I am delighted to have returned to work at Maypole Health as Practice Manager.

I am also a fully qualified wedding planner and have a love for designing cupcakes.

Having been a friend and patient of Joanne Cole for 15 years, I fully understand the importance of a multi-disciplinary health care clinic and the benefits it can have.  My aim is to ensure the smooth running of the clinic on a day to day basis, providing clients with a professional, friendly and positive experience.

Carol McCafferty


For many years I worked as a civil servant at the Post Office and still remember my days in the Telegram dispatch office as well as serving the public at the counter.

As my family grew up I embarked on a new career path.  I was employed by Jenny as a Wedding and Events Co-ordinator for the Intercontinental Hotel Group.  After 8 years organising everything from Weddings, Christenings, Christmas Parties, Conferences and Meetings, with regret, I left to begin a new project.  My husband and I moved to a bungalow in Maldon with some extensive renovations plans for the house and garden.

I am an avid gardener and member of the Maldon and Heybridge Horticultural Society.  I enjoy making jams, cordials and chutneys and preparing dishes from my home grown produce.

With the renovations well under way, I am enjoying being back at work and its lovely to meet the clients and be part of the Maypole Health team.

Clare Peake


Originally from Yorkshire, I moved down to the south east of England in 1999 to start work in London where I worked in the travel industry. It was there that I met my husband and we moved out to the Essex area and more recently to this part of Essex in 2010. Having worked in various roles, I then became interested in working in the health industry and more recently in complimentary health. This was something that I had already developed an interest in, having previously had treatments myself ranging from acupuncture and reflexology to osteopathy and which, I discovered for myself, had many benefits.

When I’m not looking after our son, I like to keep fit and enjoy cooking. My love of food means that I enjoy eating out, trying as many new restaurants as I can when I can. I also like going to the cinema in my spare time, watching a variety of films with my family.

Having recently started working at Maypole Health, I am looking forward to working with both the practitioners and patients and getting to expand my knowledge of complimentary health so as to benefit as many people as possible.