Meet the team
Bedale Osteopaths opened in 2002. We are proud to be able to offer our patients a wide variety of therapies from experienced and knowlegable practitioners. We offer Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Nutritional Therapy, Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Chronic pain education and SIRPA trained practitioners (Stress illness recovery practitioners association).
Suzanne Hibberd BSc (Hons) Ost
Skills : Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Osteopathy for Children, Chronic Pain education, Graded motor imagery, Neil Asher Frozen Shoulder technique. Pilates/ Yoga and Rehab exercise. Currently undergoing training with SIRPA.org for stress related conditions.
Suzanne became enthusiastic about osteopathy after experiencing back pain in her late teens. She went on to train at the British School of Osteopathy and graduated in 1998. Her career began in London providing osteopathy on the NHS for a GP surgery and in two private practices, before moving to work in North Yorkshire in 1999. In 2002 she established Bedale Osteopaths with her colleague Stuart Bentley.
Suzanne enjoys treating all age groups, and since qualifying has completed several post graduate training courses in cranial and pediatric osteopathy. Over the past 5 years she has developed a deeper interest in chronic pain and has completed several courses in pain science / education and graded motor imagery. She is currently expanding this element of her work further by undertaking training in SIRPA (a stress illness recovery programme) which has been shown to help people who have chronic pain and other conditions such as fibromyalgia. She has also undertaken extra training in pilates and rehabilitation, the Niel-Asher frozen shoulder technique and ergonomic work station assessment
In her spare time Suzanne practices yoga, enjoys swimming and walking with her dogs and volunteers with Breast Cancer Now.
GOsC Registration Number 3527
Stuart Bentley BSc (Hons) Ost
Skills : Osteopathy, Neil Asher Frozen Shoulder technique, Pilates and Rehabilitation, Ergononics , Exercise rehab, Chronic Pain education
Stuart Bentley was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with an honours degree in Osteopathy in 1998 and shortly afterwards moved to North Yorkshire. Stuart helped to establish Bedale Osteopaths working alongside Suzanne since it opened in 2002.
Stuart treats a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and has a particular interest in osteoarthritis and sports injuries. He has undergone extra training in the Niel-Asher technique for treating frozen shoulders. Stuart also has training in pilates and rehabilitation and in ergonomics and desk work and is able to offer work station assessments. He has more recently undertaken training in pain and the neuro immune system and the psychology of exercise. Stuart’s work is very hands on and he has a methodical and scientific approach having previously studied a degree in biochemistry and masters degree in organic chemistry.
Stuart is a sports enthusiast previously playing hockey at a high level. These days he prefers hill walking, running and tennis.
GOsC registration number 3453
Anna Blackwall M. Ost
Skills : Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Chronic Pain education, Pregnancy and Women’s Health, SIRPA Trained (stress illness recovery practioner association) Lifestyle prescribing and coaching.
Anna initially trained and worked in the NHS as an occupational therapist. However she became passionate about osteopathy after receiving treatment, and decided to retrain as an osteopath. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012 with a Masters of Osteopathy degree.
Anna understands the importance of assessing the whole person and will always take time to listen to your story. She uses a gentle hands on approach and has a particular interest in women’s health and treating mums to be. She has post graduate training in cranial osteopathy, and has completed level two of the Sutherland Cranial Pathway.
More recently Anna has developed an interest in the science of persistent or chronic pain . She is now using her osteopathic skills alongside pain education to help people to understand why they are in pain and what they can do to help themselves. She has recently completed her SIRPA training allowing her to assess and work with patients to help them recognise the importance that our lifestyle and stresses can have on chronic conditions. Anna also has also previously completed a prescribing lifestyle medicine course endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Anna recentley sat for an interview with Osteopathy Today magazine to discuss her work around chronic pain. Read the article here… Osteopathy Today interview
Anna is a busy mum with a young family, when she does get any spare time, she enjoys walking, crafts and baking, and also volunteers at the charity Pain Concern.org.
GOsC Registration number 8324
Felix Tongue M.Ost D.O
Skills : Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Osteopathy for children, Classical Osteopathy, General Osteopathic Treatment (whole body approach), Visceral Osteopathy, Neil Asher Frozen Shoulder technique.
Felix first became interested in osteopathy at an early age after being successfully treated for a sports injury. He learned about the benefits of manual therapy from his grandfather, a physiotherapist who still practises at the age of 85.
Felix graduated with a Masters from the European School of Osteopathy in the UK. In the course of his studies, and having worked in the UK and New Zealand, he acquired extensive practical experience of treating all age ranges, from newborn to the elderly.
His work is very hands on and combines a variety of techniques including structural, cranial and visceral osteopathic approaches. He has a very holistic approach, often working using classical osteopathic routines which gently work through all the different areas of the body.
Felix grew up in Brussels, Belgium, in a multilingual environment and speaks four languages (English, German, French and Spanish). He is a sports enthusiast and particularly enjoys tennis, hiking and mountain biking as well as travelling and spending time with his family.
GOsC registration number 9481
Acupuncturist & Nutritional Therapist
Nicola Rawstron DipAC. MBAcC MSc.
Skills: Acupuncture, IVF Acupuncture, Oncology Acupuncture , Acupressure, Chinese herbs, Nutritional therapy , Pathology and Hematology experience.
Nicola has been providing Acupuncture to patients for over 20 years, and has been with Bedale Osteopaths since 2006 . Her extensive experience in the NHS and private practice and her down to earth and practical approach make her a valued part of our team working closely with the osteopaths.
Her work as an Acupuncturist has always included lifestyle and nutritional recommendations. In recent years her interest in diet and nutrition has grown and she has now completed the Royal Society of Public Health level 4 award in Nutrition in 2021 , adding a formal nutritional therapist qualification to her practice .
Nicola’s previous degrees in pathology and haematology give her a unique insight into both western and eastern medicine. She has developed a particular interest in working with complex or longstanding cases, and likes to keep up to date with current research and developments in acupuncture treatment. Nicola also has extensive experience working within the NHS, and has previously set up a social enterprise to provide acupuncture in hospital oncology units.
Nicola is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and she is registered with the Teenage Cancer Trust as a volunteer therapist. She enjoys walking, swimming and travel.
Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage
C&G Body Massage. DipRef. DipIHM
Skills: Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hand Massage, Stress relief, Pain education.
Helen became fully qualified in body massage and reflexology in 2003 and has worked alongside the osteopaths at Bedale since 2005. Her work includes remedial massage, reflexology and Indian head massage.
Helen works with a variety of patients and is always happy to tailor treatment to suit the individual. She works closely with the osteopaths and enjoys really getting to know and understanding her patients. She has additional training in chronic pain and also enjoys working to help her patients understand and reduce stress and anxiety. Helen initially worked in care homes providing light massage to residents so also has specialist experience in working with patients with alzheimer dementia.
In her spare time Helen loves to be out in the countryside walking. She has also volunteered with Teenage Cancer Trust alongside Nicola.