Osteopathy Practitioners

David Richardson

David graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in1987. Initially working in Lincolnshire and then Australia he settled in Bristol in 1990

He has lectured extensively on Osteopathy and sports injury prevention.
He has a keen interest in sports related injuries with a special interest in veteran sports.
Having lectured at Bristol`s Circus School Circomedia and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School he has gained experience in the treatment of injuries from physical theatre/dance as well as gymnastics and climbing.
David is a keen Hockey player as well as Mountain biking, Windsurfing and Surfing. He worked at the Olympics in Weymouth as part of medical team.


Tim Chapman

Tim graduated in 1999 from the British School of Osteopathy, the oldest and largest college in Europe, receiving a B.Sc (Hons) in Osteopathy after completing the 4 year full-time degree course.

After qualifying he worked for 2 years in a large multi disciplinary clinic, combining classical osteopathy with acupuncture for the muscular system. To further his interest in sports injuries, Tim set up a busy winter Sports Injury Clinic in the French ski resort of Meribel, and spent the summers in a paediatric clinic on the other side of the world in New Zealand. After 4 years he returned to Bristol were he has taken over the running of the Sneyd Park Clinic and Queen Charlotte Street clinic. His specialist areas included Sports injuries and migraines/headaches. He is currently Chairman of the Bristol Osteopathic Society.

Tim leads an active lifestyle and can be found skiing touring and ice climbing in the winter and rock climbing in the summer. He also races for the LVIS bike Team. To relax he goes caving!


Claire Dobson

Claire joined the team in 2011 and became a partner at the Wells Road Clinic in early 2016.

Claire completed her studies and clinical training in Osteopathy with a distinction in the 4 year Masters of Osteopathy course at BCOM (British College of Osteopathic Medicine), London. Previous to Claire training as an osteopath, she studied at Bristol University taking a BSc (hons) in Microbiology and Immunology.

Given her extensive training Claire has a rare insight into the nature of human health which brings breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding to her practice as an osteopath. With all patients Claire combines classical osteopathy with advice on exercise, nutrition and naturopathy to restore well being and balance.

Claire is a keen sports woman with experience in many disciplines. She is actively involved with PROPS cycling club and has cycled in many events, countries and races with the club. This year she has also qualified to represent GB in the world championship age cateogory sprint duathlon.


Lisa Kennard

Lisa graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1991
Lisa`s family has a long history of Osteopathy,with her great grandfather Martin Littlejohn founding the first Osteopathic training colledge in Britain in 1913.
Lisa has a loyal patient list at the practice and enjoys the challenge of a wide variety of complaints, including pregnant women and children.


Simon Devitt

Simon graduated with Distinction from the British School of Osteopathy in London. Since qualifying he has completed postgraduate studies in dry needling (Western Medical Acupuncture) which he combines with osteopathy.

Simon has recently returned to BSO as a clinic tutor and lecturer sharing his knowledge and experience teaching undergraduate osteopaths.

As an Osteopath in a private practice, Simon deals with a wide range of patients. He regularly treats people with chronic back and neck pain, as well as more acute injuries such as muscle, ligament, and other joint injuries. His special area of interest is pain management.

Away from osteopathy Simon enjoys walking and exercising but openly admits to be a fair weather participant on both.


Lucy Smith

Lucy qualified in 2006 and has a broad knowledge base from treating a variety of people, from British Armed Forces personnel forced to retire early from injury to students at the Royal Ballet School who need to be fit for dance auditions, and everyone in-between!
Lucy has completed postgraduate courses in Cranio-Sacral osteopathy.
In 2013 Lucy completed her studies to become a matwork Pilates teacher from a desire to get more people moving and using their bodies to avoid the pitfalls of a modern sedentary lifestyle. Her Pilates training has given her an extra insight into sports rehabilitation after surgery.
Lucy’s treatment style is open and explanatory. In addition to hands on treatment she aims to educate patients and show them how to self-manage their injury at home using exercises and ergonomic advice. Lucy incorporates her Pilates skills with tailor-made stretches so each patient has a truly individual approach.
Lucy regularly runs charity 10K events and has entered her first half marathon to improve her running stamina. She is registered with all major health insurance companies.



Jeni Sloane M.Ost

Jeni graduated from Swansea University with an integrated masters degree in Osteopathy. She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy and Osteopathic Sports Care Association.

Jeni enjoys seeing the positive differences osteopathy can make to people of all ages and is committed to the continual development of her skills and understanding which has lead to her undertaking further postgraduate study in paediatric osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy.

Her osteopathic approach focuses in to patients specific needs. In a relaxed and professional environment a thorough assessment is carried out, followed by a com-plete explanation, diagnosis and treatment plan including aftercare. With the consent of the patient a variety of techniques may be applied sensitively and in line with the individuals needs. Jeni works closely with each patient to restore health and well-being.

Tailoring treatment to each patient, Jeni draws on over 7 years of bodywork practice. Recently this includes working at an NHS clinic, a paediatric placement at the largest Osteopathic clinic in Europe and treating international sports professionals including the Fijian rugby team during the rugby world cup and autumn internationals. Jeni is also a qualified yoga instructor, teaching beginners, accessible and sports specific classes and workshops.

Outside of the clinic Jeni enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, running, cycling and crossfit as well as exploring the countryside at every opportunity.


Rachel Knight


Rachel graduated from the British school of Osteopathy in 2008. After graduating, she moved to Cumbria to work full time in a busy family run practice on the west coast before setting up a practice with her partner in the city of Carlisle.

Having gained valuable experience in both a rural and a city practice treating a wide range of musculoskeletal ailments in everyone from farmers, to holiday makers, office and self-employed workers and sportspersons (mainly motocross and road/off road cyclists) the draw of returning south to family and friends became too much. 

Rachel moved to Clevedon in 2015 and has been working between Bristol and Clevedon ever since. She joins us at Queen Charlotte Street on Mondays and Fridays in March 2017.

In her treatment Rachel uses all osteopathic techniques; massage, joint articulation and joint manipulation (HVT). She is also trained in dry needling (Western Acupuncture) and clinical Pilates. Ever keen to encourage patients to help themselves and prevent reoccurrence, Rachel regularly prescribes exercises as part of her treatment plan.

"I enjoy educating patients about their body and how it works, once you understand the mechanics of your pain, it makes it a lot easier to overcome it"