Pippa is the Founder and Director of the Optimal Chiropractic & Wellness Centre and is a local girl. Having been born in Cardiff and brought up and educated in the surrounding area. Pippa graduated from the nearby Welsh Institute of Chiropractic and served her associateship in Glasgow before returning home to practice nearby. Since the births of her boys, William and Henry, she currently handles the day to day running of the practice with Jo, our Practice Manager.
Pippa’s first experience of Chiropractic was in a time of crisis following a horseriding accident, she was having migraines daily and severe back pain which was taking over every aspect of her life. The only help on offer was painkillers and anti inflammatories and the future looked bleak. A course of Chiropractic care turned things around and she knew she wanted to be involved with this fantastic profession. She still gets adjusted regularly to make sure she stays healthy and prevent future problems.
Outside the practice Pippa leads an active life and enjoys weight training, triathlon and horseriding, regularly competing her horse.
Dr Tom Barnett
Doctor of Chiropractic | MChiro, LRCC
Tom’s passion for chiropractic started after receiving chiropractic treatment in his early-teens after sustaining a back injury playing rugby. Sport has always been an important part of his life competing in a variety of sports including swimming at national level, football, rugby and more recently squash representing Cardiff in the Welsh squash premier league.
His participation in sport has highlighted how chiropractic treatment can play an essential role in helping people to reach and maintain their optimal performance levels and Tom still receives regular treatments himself to ensure he remains as competitive as possible. Alongside clinical practice, Tom takes time out to provide treatment for athletes from elite to amateur level across Wales and Bristol. Originally from South Devon, Tom graduated with a master’s degree from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of South Wales in 2015.
Tom has a belief in taking an overall holistic approach to care which enables him to treat every patient individually. This combined with continually reviewing the most recent, up to date research means he is able to tailor care plans specifically to benefit each individual patient and the challenge of treating a wide array of conditions is something that both excites and drives him.
Physiotherapist | BSc Physiotherapy
Angharad is our Physiotherapist who graduated from The University of Plymouth with a BSc. in Physiotherapy and is registered with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Being passionate about sports, having played Netball to a high level, has allowed Angharad to develop a keen interest in MSK Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation where she specialises.
Having previously developed an injury prevention program for netball players at the University of Plymouth and through her work with Saltash FC she very much champions injury prevention and works not only to get her clients feeling and moving better but continues to work with them to keep them well as a way of life.
Angharad is dedicated to delivering patient centred care and helping individuals achieve their goals. By keeping up to date with relevant research as well as participating in continued professional development, she is able to deliver a bespoke care plan to target individual requirements.
Dr Kelsey Patterson
Doctor of Chiropractic | MChiro
Kelsey has been interested in chiropractic from a young age. She was born with hip dysplasia and required chiropractic care through out her life. “Chiropractic care enabled me to have a healthy and normal upbringing. It allowed me to play football competitively and I always knew I wanted to work with the body when I grew up”.
Her musculoskeletal career started as a massage therapist in 2011 before moving to Wales in 2013 to study chiropractic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. Originally from New Mexico, USA, Kelsey fell in love with Wales and decided to continue her career in Cardiff.
Kelsey believes in remaining healthy by setting and achieving goals. “Each small step pushes you forward to reaching your goal.” In her free time she enjoys running, working out and playing music.
Jo had been a patient at Optimal Chiropractic for several years before joining the team here. She initially came before starting some intensive fitness training to check her body was balanced and ready for what she was going to ask of it. Having always had an interest in anatomy and physiology and natural health she soon realised that Chiropractic was always going to be part of her life.
Along with her belief in Chiropractic, Jo brings with her many years of customer service, administration, logistic and management skills to ensure the smooth running of the clinic and allow the chiropractors to do what they do best … helping others!
When not at the clinic Jo enjoys most outdoor activities, her horse and dogs taking up a lot of her time. She is a keen runner, enjoys a swim and reading but not at the same time!!