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 company director and co-founder 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 several postgraduate courses, notably in medical acupuncture, electrotherapy and clinical Pilates (the latter with the renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). As well as treating sports injuries and tension headaches, 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.

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

David Papamichael

David Papamichael

Manager & Lead IDD Therapy Technician

David has been with us since 2013 after finishing his Bachelor of Science degree. He works managing the Harley Street Clinic, as well as overseeing all the IDD Therapy patients. His particular interests lie in interpreting spinal MRI’s as well as complex Lumbar spine abnormalities.

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. 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.

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

Noel is a former Ireland martial arts champion in Tae Kwon Do. He now works as one of our osteopaths; his special interests include treating frozen shoulders, cranial osteopathy and “kineisio taping”. 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. Noel is available at our Chigwell Clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Terry Beach

Terry Beach

Massage Therapist

Terry is renowned for his “magic hands” – he is a naturally gifted sports massage and deep tissue massage therapist. Terry’s main days in Waterloo are Wednesdays and Fridays, although he is sometimes available on other days and for home visits. Terry is one of our newer recruits; however in the time that he has been with us, his reputation for no-nonsense, firm, effective sports massage has spread like wild fire! Terry has already 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.

Sam Boland

Sam Boland

Osteopath

Sam joined the Spine Plus team in 2015. After studying a Bachelor of Science, his capacity to learn about the body grew. He then studied a masters in Osteopathy and gained a distinction, finishing top of his class. Sam enjoys treating common sports injuries, and helping people understand how to prevent them from happening. He also has a passion for spinal issues, particularly intervertebral disc pathologies.

Mark Conway

Mark Conway

Physiotherapist

Mark is a highly experienced and highly qualified physiotherapist. Mark worked for us for several years before taking a break to pursue senior roles in the NHS and to start a family…However he is now back with us, bringing even more enthusiasm and experience than he had before, especially since starting his training to gain qualifications in injection therapy. Mark has interests in sport and exercise alongside offering for a wide scope of (musculoskeletal) physiotherapy. Mark is an extremely empathetic practitioner and since re-joining Spine Plus he has been in high demand – so booking ahead is advised.

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.

Dita Foltynova

Dita Foltynova

Osteopath & Massage Therapist

Dita recently gained a master degree from the University College of Osteopathy having previously worked as Sports Massage therapist for over 8 years. Dita is a keen sports woman and has competed in athletics, volleyball, swimming and cycling at professional levels. One of the greatest achievements has been to be a part of the physio team on the Ladies European Golf Tour for almost 3 years. Further to this she has been looking after ladies at Lee Valley Rowing Club including during the year they won a Henley Cup (2016). Dita is passionate about tailoring treatments to each client individually whilst incorporating beneficial exercise routines and lifestyle choices.  Dita’s focus is on general structural and functional approach using remedial massage & stretching, traditional osteopathic techniques and medical acupuncture. She also has experience using subtler techniques such as Cranial or Fascial work which can be used on all clients, including babies. She is currently in the process of extending her knowledge and skills in Paediatric Osteopathy.

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.

Denise Thurgood

Denise Thurgood

Receptionist

Phillipa Shanks

Receptionist