About Us

Information about Spine Plus

Who We Are

Redefining treatment for back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. Our ethos is reflected within at all of our clinics, with therapists who are able to offer expert multi-disciplinary physical therapy for spinal disorders, “plus” other musculoskeletal conditions.

Our Experience

Using cutting-edge technology, we have quickly gained a reputation as the UK’s pre-eminent back care specialists, and are widely respected within both the NHS and private sector for our results with neck/spinal injuries and chronic ailments.

What We Treat

We have specialist training and equipment for the Spine “Plus” other muscle & joint problems, including a range sports injuries.

Directors

Robert Shanks

Robert Shanks

Osteopath & Clinic Director

As Co-founder and director Robert is part of the driving force behind our multidisciplinary approach. Robert has been strongly influenced by his mother, a chartered physiotherapist with 40 years’ experience. Robert graduated as an Osteopath in 2000 and subsequently furthered his education with postgraduate courses in medical acupuncture, electrotherapy and clinical Pilates (the latter with the renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).Robert’s other main area of special interest is the management of patients with chronic low back pain and neck pain associated with disc problems prompting him to have published his book BACK PAIN DECODED, available in print (and on Kindle) from Amazon and as a PDF from injuryfitpro.com.

Darren Chandler

Darren Chandler

Director & Clinic Principal

Darren teamed up with Robert in 2006 and together they established Spine Plus’s London based chain of clinics. Prior to forming Spine Plus, Darren had been a national level badminton player and personal trainer, training many celebrities in London’s West End. Darren studied at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) where he was awarded the coverted student of year award in 2002. This was followed by training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and courses in electrotherapy. Darren has a keen interest in clinical diagnostics and specialises in spinal, sports and work related injuries.

Associates

Ben Medniuk

Ben Medniuk

Osteopath

Ben is one of our most senior osteopaths, having worked at our Chigwell clinic for over 7 years. Ben is recognised by all (major) medical insurance companies including BUPA and AXA PPP. Having supplemented his osteopathic training with post graduate courses in medical acupuncture and electrotherapy, Ben is able to offer treatment for a wide range of conditions using a combination of various approaches. His special interests lie in classical osteopathy and treatment of the elderly.

Rocco Profeta

Rocco Profeta

Osteopath

Rocco Profeta is a registered Osteopath, graduated from the renowned University College of Osteopathy in London. He has a vast background in sports as an enthusiast, former kickboxer, dancer and sports massage therapist. He has a strong focus on rehabilitation and exercise prevention and incorporates medical acupuncture and kinesiotaping into his practice. With a vibrant personality and contagious energy, Rocco is a great believer in the body and mind balance and will provide the best advice for a 360º healthy lifestyle.

Languages: Italian, English.

Interests:

  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Neck and back pain management
  • Stress effects on the musculoskeletal system
  • The holistic approach and the biopsychosocial model
  • Nutrition
Ann Shanks

Ann Shanks

Physiotherapist & Clinic Manager

Ann is our head physio and the clinic manager at Chigwell. Ann used to work for the prestigious and world renowned “Bobath Centre”, she has many years experience as both a physiotherapist and a physiotherapy manager in the NHS and private sectors. Ann, who is Robert’s mother, works closely with our osteopaths and they with her, she helps coordinate the smooth running and patient management at all our clinics.

Noel Adams

Noel Adams

Osteopath

Father to two Noel is a former Ireland martial arts champion in Tae Kwon Do! He has worked at Spine Plus’ clinic for over 10 years where he is renowned amongst his patients for his magic hands and seeming to have a “6th sense”. Noel covers all aspects of osteopathy but has undergone specialist post-graduate training and has special interests in cranial osteopathy (often used with babies and infants), “kineisio taping” and treating frozen shoulder with manual therapy. In addition, as with all our osteopaths, Noel has completed postgraduate training in acupuncture for which he has an interest in both traditional Chinese and western medical approaches. Since Easter 2020 Noel has been working exclusively at our Woodford clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Terry Beach

Terry Beach

Massage Therapist

Terry who works at the Bow clinic is renowned for his “magic hands” – he is a naturally gifted sports massage and deep tissue massage therapist. Terry has a reputation for no-nonsense, firm, effective sports massage. Terry has helped several national level athletes and sports people achieve their goals.

Juan Bedoya

Juan Bedoya

Osteopath

Juan is a highly skilled osteopath, massage therapist and personal trainer. He is currently our head trainer for clients requiring one to one corrective exercise sessions in order to build their core strength and spinal stability.

Dr Sajid Butt

Dr Sajid Butt

Radiologist

Dr. Sajid Butt MB BS, FCPS, FRCR. is one of the most experienced and well respected interventional radiologists in the UK specialising in musculoskeletal disorders, as well as working for the The Harley Street Spine Clinic he has lead role working for the NHS at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hosptial (RNOH), Stanmore. Dr Butt works in an advisary capacity to the therapists and clinicians at the clinic, he reports on all our MRI scans and other imaging and performs on-site image guided injections for our patients if and when this is required.

Akin Celik

Akin Celik

Osteopath & Massage Therapist

Akin originates from Turkey and in 2018 graduated from the University College of Osteopathy with a Masters in Osteopathy.  From a young age, he knew he wanted to be an osteopath having been treated by one following several injuries after a horse riding incident.
Additionally, he has many years experience in sports massage, medical acupuncture/dry needling, Kinesio and active taping which he can use to enhance his osteopathic treatments. Akin always aims to provide therapy with both enthusiasm and professionalism in an effort to encourage wellness in all his patients.

Veena Kudhail

Veena Kudhail

Postural Therapist

As a highly experienced and qualified Postural Alignment and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Veena’s work involves identifying muscular imbalances in the body and then designing personalised corrective exercise programs. Veena is highly passionate about her work and is a valuable source of feedback and advice to the rest of our clinical team.

Adele Ducasse

Adele Ducasse

Osteopath

Adele is a registered Osteopath, graduating from NESCOT with a Masters in Osteopathic medicine, adding to a degree from Brunel in Sports Science (Coaching). Adele has many years experience participating in high level competitive sports including basketball, netball and martial arts. Adele has also been a sports massage therapist for 3 years, building a solid client base while studying at university, She has a keen interest in sports injury and rehabilitation and is excited to gain more knowledge with post-graduate courses in shockwave and dry needling.

    Matthew Irvine

    Matthew Irvine

    Osteopath

    Matthew is a highly skilled Osteopath who uses his attention to detail to help with each and every one of his patients who come to see him here at spine plus. Matthew is very passionate about his approach to Osteopathy and how it can help all patients with there symptoms. Matthew’s passion and drive to promote Osteopathy was highlighted when he was selected to be joined by a  few other elite students to study and train in Melbourne’s prestigious Victoria university. It was here in Melbourne that Matthew first learnt  about the wonders of how shockwave therapy , acupuncture, dry cupping, intervertebral disc distraction (IDD) and ultrasound therapy could help him with his patients presenting symptoms.  He now fully incorporates all these techniques into his practice enabling him to treat a wide variety of muscleoskeletal conditions.

    Xenia Bolomiti

    Xenia Bolomiti

    Massage Therapist

    Xenia is a Senior Ayurvedic Therapist and Well Being Coach. She has more than 12 years experience in massage therapy, facilitating in Ayurvedic Medicine workshops and CPD courses around the world. Her background in Movement/Dancing and Yoga enriched her knowledge in body awareness. Passionate and energetic, Xenia encourages her clients to find the root of their body and mind imbalance, supporting their over all wellbeing, providing high standards of practice. Treatments are quite individualistic, so pressure can be adjusted according to the client’s needs.

    I specialise in various musculo-skeletal conditions such as Sciatica, Neck/Shoulder pain. Migraine, Anxiety, Stress, Fatigue, Nutrition, Psychosomatic disorders and Nutrition.

    Speaks English, Greek.

    Denise Thurgood

    Denise Thurgood

    Receptionist