Chief Back Officer and Registered Osteopath
Gavin graduated in 1991 from the British School of Osteopathy as a Gold Medallist and is now a Vice Patron of the University College of Osteopathy (formerly the BSO). Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996; and in 2017 the author of “Active X Backs – a long term solution to lower back pain”, he is a much sought-after public speaker on the topics of pain, health and physical activity. He is so fascinated by pain that he completed an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain at The University of Edinburgh. Gavin is passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible and practises what he preaches, cycling, running, swimming, body-weight and free-weight training, practising yoga and meditation (with the very rare game of extremely average golf).
Kelly graduated with a Master of Osteopathy degree in 2015, then moved to Scotland. She had worked in osteopathic clinics across the central belt, before joining Active X Backs and has treated a wide variety of patients with various complaints. She has an adaptable holistic patient-centred approach to treatment in order to help each person to recover fully. She also has experience of neuro-muscular and motor rehabilitation techniques with the use of cognitive-behavioural methods, and exercise plans, predominantly for the rehabilitation of sports injuries.
Graham studied massage because of his life-long passion for health, fitness and athletic performance/maintenance, and has been working as a therapist since 2015. Graham’s work within the corporate environment and experience of physical training give him great insight into the regular maintenance required to support daily life and performance; while his interest in recovery and balance led him to refine the most stress-relieving techniques for relaxation.
Enjoying fitness, weight training, martial arts, hill-walking and photography, Graham likes to keep active! “I love making a positive impact on people and take huge satisfaction from helping clients; whether I’m relieving pain for an athlete, or relaxing an office worker into a happy coma as their afternoon treat. I take great pride in giving the massage you want, tailored to your needs.”
Rosa studied ‘Acting for Stage and Screen’ at Napier and Queen Margarets College Edinburgh, graduating in 2009. As part of her degree course Rosa studied movement and body language and became interested in how the actor uses the body to communicate with an audience and how non verbal body language is used to create mood and convey emotion in a performance. During her studies and after benefiting from massage therapy herself she went on to complete a short course in massage therapy and liked it so much that she decided to take a longer period of study and make it her career. After gaining ITEC and CIDESCO qualifications and working in the industry in hotel Spas and a high street salon for three years gaining experience and improving her skills. Whatever their needs, Rosa will tailor treatments to suit each individual client.
Andreea is our Business Manager. She oversees the day to day running of the practice, keeping the practice atmosphere warm and welcoming, while working closely with our team and patients/clients to provide the best quality of care; in a compassionate environment.
Before joining Active X Backs in 2016, Andreea worked in a diverse range of fields; including HR, customer service and education. In her free time, Andreea loves spending time outdoors, playing chess or reading. She’s a proud mum, loyal friend and dog lover. She strongly believes in the motto: “The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes their way”.
You will find Paula at the front desk, where she will greet you and help you to the best of her ability. She majors in communications, and is able to answer you in up to 5 languages! Paula handles many day-to-day and, often quite exciting duties, including monitoring our social media! The best part of her day is seeing customers leave straightened up, so that they can do their gardening, go win marathons, sailing or just walking painlessly.
Coming from a multidisciplinary background, she’s passionate about healing, learning, linguistics, Edinburgh and its history and, most of all, skiing downhill at a good speed. So if you’re looking for an appointment because you can’t do what you love the most, she will get you one as soon as possible.