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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 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 is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and alternate Saturdays.

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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 is available for appointments on Thursdays.

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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.

Jennifer is available for appointments on Wednesdays and once a month on a Monday

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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.

Rae is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Peter Jarvis

Manual Therapist

Peter has been working at Maypole Health since June 2020 as a manual therapist (previously osteopath) after practising in Witham for over 50 years.

He will be available for appointments on Tuesdays.


Laura Codling (Dip SMRT NLSSM)

Sports Massage and Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist and Level Two RockDoc

In 2020 I graduated from the NLSSM with a BTEC Level 5 in Sports Massage and Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy and work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team here at Maypole Health. In 2021 I also became a certified Level Two RockDoc in kinesiology taping.

I have always enjoyed learning about human anatomy and this interest grew when I injured myself whilst training for the London marathon a few years ago. It was whilst I was receiving various treatments that I realised I wanted to learn more and gain the skills to be able to help others that were maybe suffering from an injury or just require treatment for their wellbeing and the ability to stay mobile and active.

I am fully insured and a member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA) as well as being registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which ensures my high level of continual professional development.

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Dr Phil Brown



GP with special interest in Emergency and unscheduled care. Emergency and pre-hospital care physician.

Dr Phil Brown is a valuable additional resource to our clinical team as he is supporting us as our medical advisor.

Dr Brown read Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, and graduated in 1998. Since then he has developed a portfolio career as a General Practitioner and Hospital Physician. He was a GP Partner at Tiptree Medical Centre from 2003 to 2015. He is also a well-established Medical Advisor to several NHS organisations in the eastern region.

Dr Phil has been supporting us on an ad-hoc basis for some time, giving our clinical team advice on our more complex patients. We are now pleased to say he has agreed to support us on a more formal basis.

Although you cannot make an appointment to see Dr Brown here at Maypole health we will be able to discuss your case with him if we feel it is appropriate.

We hope that in the near future it will be possible for our patients to arrange a private GP appointment with Dr Phil.

Dr Phil Brown

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.

Jas is available for appointments at Maypole Health on Wednesdays.


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 at Maypole Health on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Nicky Baker (LSSM Dip Clinical and Remedial Sports Therapist)

Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist.

I trained at the highly respected London School of Sports Massage; a year of intensive study of anatomy and physiology, as well as massage and advanced soft tissue techniques, culminating in obtaining a Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy. By combining the variety of techniques I have in my ‘toolbox’, I am well placed to assess and treat clients, helping to alleviate pain and restore muscular and postural balance; working with them to help maintain optimal health and the pain-free function of their body.

I’m a big believer that massage can be beneficial to everyone; be you an athlete, a manual labourer or merely someone who appreciates a regular body ‘MOT’; if you want to improve your posture and range of movement, while remaining healthy and active, massage needs to be a part of your life.

I feel very fortunate to have such an exciting and rewarding job, and look forward to meeting you!

Nicky is available for appointments at Maypole Health on Mondays and Wednesdays.


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.

Paul Godfrey

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.

Dee Witherspoon

Janet van Dam LCH (Member ACCT)

Clinical Thermographer, Low Carb Nutrition Practitioner & Classical Homeopath

My particular interest is in women’s health and metabolic diseases like Diabetes Type II, heart disease and cancer and improving health by reducing inflammation in the body through diet.

Yearly thermal breast health checks and the right nutrition can help lower hormone activity and reverse symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease and lymphatic congestion in the armpits and breast tissue. This combination gives you an all-round service which can help you care for your breasts and body without doing any harm and puts you in charge of your health.

In 2010 I trained as a Clinical Thermographer and Nutritional Coach. I am personally motivated why I chose this profession. My mother died of breast cancer age 51 from a tumour not spotted by mammography and my sister found her own tumours when she was only 28.

Understanding that mammography cannot see well through dense breast tissue in pre-menopausal women, I decided to have a thermal breast screening myself in 2009. I was so impressed with the service that I decided in November 2010 to set up my own mobile clinic offering non-invasive breast (and body) screenings.

Since this time, I have been working in Spain in a private GP practice and throughout East Anglia including the East Anglia Ultrasound Services, hoping to add an extra dimension to breast health care.

Janet is available at Maypole Health by arrangement. Please contact reception for an appointment.

Janet van Dam

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.

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Barry Bennett D.Hyp TFT-Alg


I had a long fascination with Hypnotherapy and having decided that I needed some help with issues that had been troubling me for quite a few years had a few sessions with a local Hypnotherapist. At the end of our sessions and having felt some much better than I had in years decided to look more closely into the field of therapy. I embarked upon a journey of self-discovery and subsequently qualified as a Hypnotherapist and Thought Field Therapy practitioner after studying with the East Anglian Institute of Hypnotherapy during 2016 to 2017. I am fully insured and registered with GHR (The General Hypnotherapy Register). I am also a trained OldPain2Go practitioner.

I am now qualified to provide a wide range of techniques and therapies tailored to assist people to overcome and break free from issues and problems that have been having a negative effect upon their lives.

Barry can be contacted for appointments through Maypole Health reception.

Barry Bennett

Tami Kay

Part Time Receptionist

I joined the Maypole Health Clinic reception team in April 2019 and you’ll find me working in the clinic on a part time basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Previously I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mum to raise my children now aged 21 and 17, but now I love coming into work to look after our patients.

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Stella McKenna

Part Time Receptionist

After retiring from full time teaching I found that I was bored at home.  So, my former student and practice owner Jo, kindly offered me a part time job working with her reception team.  I love meeting and interacting with our lovely patients.  It’s great to see the improvement in patients health and their mobility.  Outside work, I enjoy spoiling my grandchildren and I especially enjoy travelling abroad during school term time – so much cheaper!!! I am on the reception on Fridays, alternate Saturdays and one Monday a month.

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Dawn Wilson

Part Time Receptionist

Following a career in UK Government, public affairs and working for a foreign Government, I was looking for a part time position as I wasn’t quite ready for retirement. I joined the Maypole reception team in September 2020. I love working with the whole team, meeting our patients and helping to keep the practice running smoothly. My days on reception are Mondays and Thursdays.

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