Kevin worked for 9 years as a research assistant at the Institute for Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London before suffering a prolapsed intervertebral disc. He was so impressed with the results of osteopathic treatment that he changed his career and graduated in Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy in 1989 and subsequently qualified in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at the British College of Acupuncture in 1993.
After working as an associate for 5 years, he set up his own practice in 1995 in West Ferry. He then moved to Appletree and set up the purpose built clinic next to his home. Kevin prides himself on having a relaxed, friendly and informative manner with patients and spends between 30 to 60 minutes with each person.
He is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, British Osteopathic Association and Scottish Osteopathic Society.
Gillian McIntoshBSc Ost
Gillian, graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1994 and joined the team at Appletree in 2007. She previously ran her own practice in Glasgow for 15 years before moving back to Fife to bring up her family.
As an osteopath she incorporates cranio-sacral techniques with traditional osteopathy. She has a special interest in problems associated with the endurance athlete and treating pregnant women and babies. In her personal time she enjoys outdoor pursuits including running, hill-walking and cycling.
Heather is a GOsC registered osteopath who has worked extensively in osteopathic practice and development throughout the UK and Canada, where she sat on the board of directors for the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths. She combines classical, structural, cranio-sacral and visceral osteopathy with fascial manipulation and release techniques to adapt each treatment to the requirements of the individual patient. Prior to a career change into osteopathy, she obtained a B.Sc. in ergonomics and animal behaviour, going on to work as an ergonomic consultant and has been conducting biomechanical assessments for some 20 years.
In addition to anatomy and physiology, her training includes internal medicine, massage, sports science, nutrition and exercise prescription. Her undergraduate degree also incorporated a 2 year diploma in naturopathy.
At postgraduate level, Heather has expanded her practice with paediatrics courses 1 and 2 at the London School of Osteopathy. She has also studied visceral manipulation with Jean-Pierre Barral in Toronto. Through this, she gives special consideration to how digestive and abdominal disorders effect back and neck pain.
Whilst running practices in Northern Ireland, Heather had the privilege of working closely with therapists from many different disciplines and developed an interest in the Chinese perspective of medicine, studying Tui-Na Chinese medical massage. She went on to study Western Medical acupuncture and spinal acupuncture with the College of Chinese Medicine. Heather has followed a traditional 10 year Reiki apprenticeship and is a third level Reiki practitioner, charted 10 in direct ascension from Dr Mikao Usui.
In addition to treating people of all ages and abilities, Heather has undertaken a year-long post-graduate course in animal osteopathy and works with dogs and horses.
Clare McGheeBSc (Hons)
A 2:1 Bsc Hons graduate in environmental biology from St. Andrews University, Clare has been instrumental in setting up and helping to run Appletree Clinic.
After having 3 children, Clare qualified in Swedish Massage with a SVQ level 3 in 2009. She has gained a lot from treating clients with a wide variety of problems ranging from work related issues, through to sports injuries and of course pampering clients with a therapeutic, relaxing massage.
Clare offers a professional service, and provides plenty of time to listen to her clients needs and wishes. She also very much enjoys working with the other osteopaths and acupuncturist to give her clients the best possible outcome.
Shona RaeBA MAR
Shona’s background is in Nursing and she brings this clinical knowledge and understanding to her therapies. Having left nursing to bring up her family she qualified in Reflexology in 2007 and completed her Reiki Master training in 2011.
As well as giving Reflexology and Reiki as separate treatments she now specialises in combining the physically balancing attributes of Reflexology with wonderfully calming Reiki which can effectively rebalance the mental and emotional issues which so often contribute to the ailments of our physical body. She has a special interest in using this combination to treat clients who have suffered miscarriage/difficulty in conceiving and bereavement as well as stress and other emotional problems.
As well as being one of our therapists, Shona enjoys her role as one of your first points of contact as Practice Administrator at the clinic.