Rosalind Blackwell ND MRN MCPP LCSP (Phys) PG Dip Nutritional Medicine
Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Remedial Massage and Manipulation Therapist, Clinical Nutritionist
Rosalind is a doctor of naturopathy, (not a GMC doctor), medical herbalist and clinic director. She completed her 4 year training as a herbalist at the then School of Herbal Medicine, Tunbridge Wells in 1986 and as a naturopath at the then British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1994. She is also qualified in massage and joint manipulation and holds a diploma in remedial massage and manipulative therapy. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. She has been in practice for over 30 years.
- Member of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths
- Member of the British Naturopathic Association part of GCRN
- Member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy
- Member of the London and Counties Society of Physiologists
- Associate Member of the British Society of Ecological Medicine
Rosalind has a broad training in traditional naturopathic techniques and Western herbal medicine but also has orthodox scientific training in phlebotomy and IV nutrient infusions. She liaises with medical colleagues who are members of the BSEM in some instances when appropriate in treatment of certain conditions, notably chronic fatigue syndrome. She is familiar with and routinely orders all basic blood tests and uses specialised laboratories (Biolab, Acumen, Genova) for nutritional and functional tests, for example mitochondrial function, DNA and toxin tests when required. The Doctors Laboratory, London is used for routine blood tests when required.
Rosalind has a particular interest on chronic conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome. The science on many of these conditions has progressed and it is important for practitioners to keep updated. It is also important for doctors and practitioners to realise that whilst the Internet is a wonderful creation and source of knowledge, there is also a lot of misinformation too! Rosalind approach to health is based on a deep understanding of physiology. Many symptoms are due to the intelligent response of the body to either toxic chemical, physical or emotional stressors. A poor diet laden with chemicals is an example but environmental toxins are a real problem for many today. If we reduce any stressful burden and supply good nutrition it is a good start. Physical stress can include spinal impairment fo blood and nerve supply. Correction of these can make huge changes. Adrenal and thyroid problems are often involed in poor health but these illnesses are not usually gland specific, they are the collateral damage from years of ongoing damage caused by physical, chemical or emotional stressors and an autonomic nervous system that is permanently in fight/flight mode. In the USA 50% of deaths are caused by pharmaceuticals! This is when they are taken in the prescribed, correct dosages not accidental mishaps. Whilst a drug maybe lifesaving or essential sometimes the casual reliance on pharmaceuticals leads to further ill health as the cause has never been corrected. No one is ill due to a chemical drug deficiency.
Rosalind qualified many years ago as a reflexologist and aromatherapist but also studied with Dr Daniel Penoel MD (France) and Pierre Franchomme on the medicinal uses of essential oils or Aromatic Medicine and subsequently ran training courses with him for medical herbalists. Later she was able to use this knowledge and clinical experience in teaching and was appointed lecturer in Aromatic Medicine, a module on the first University BSc course in Phytotherapy at Middlesex University, a position she held for two years.
She travelled to America in 1998 where she attended several training courses. One was with Majid Ali MD (who has been such a positive influence) on intravenous nutritional therapy, ozone treatment, chelation and high resolution microscopy. Rosalind also attended specialised training in nutritional medicine including intravenous nutrition in Seattle, USA in conjunction with Bastyr University, with Dr Jonathan Wright MD and Dr Alan Gaby MD from whom she also learnt about bio-identical natural hormones. She spent some time in a hospital setting where she was able to practise intravenous technique. She regularly attends training seminars on Ecological and Functional Medicine. She has done advanced studies in herbal medicine with Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz MD (France) whose research and clinical work focuses on the neuro-hormonal aspects of disease progression and is called endobiogenics. Rosalind has recently done refresher courses in IV nutritional therapies and has trained in the Patrica Kane (PK) protocol which is a treatment that focusses on normalising the cell membrane and detoxifying the body. It is also called Phospholipid Exchange.
Jon Muscaty ND DO GOsC
Jon is a registered Osteopath and Naturopath, he studied at the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy. He has been in practice for nearly 20 years and currently runs four clinics in the Southwest. He is registered with most insurance companies - but please check your policy conditions before booking a consultation.
The first appointment is 45mins and will involve taking a case history (it may be worth bringing any results of scans, tests etc) and then usually a physical examination to help reach a diagnosis. You may be asked to undress to underwear to help do these tests properly. If anything of particular concern is picked up, this may involve a referral to your GP or to a specialist. Otherwise, after discussing the findings, a treatment plan will be suggested. Usually, there will be time for treatment within this first session.
Osteopathy aims to correct the underlying imbalances in the body that are responsible for the presenting symptoms. Treatment will vary widely between patients but may involve massage, stretching, mobilizing joints, posture and exercise. It is commonly used on back and neck pain, arm/leg and pelvis problems, sports and other injuries but may be helpful in many other conditions. Jon is available on Friday mornings.
Kate Mullis BSc MSc ITEC MAR
Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Massage and Spa Therapist, Facial Reflexologist
Kate is a highly qualified massage and spa therapist, her background is Environmental & Biological Sciences and Teaching. Her interest in health led her to initially study Massage which then led her to study other disciplines. She is qualified in Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage. She has a special interest in Clinical Aromatherapy but is qualified in many manual therapies including additionally Hot Stone Massage, Body Wraps and she is able to deliver most of the spa therapies we offer. Kate is available on Thursdays. See the menu for details.