What made you want to become an osteopath?
I probably always knew it was my calling in life. I used to love visiting the Barrington Drive practice after school. It was amazing and inspiring to hear patients of my parents say ‘your mummy/daddy can work miracles you know’!
How long have you worked in osteopathy?
4 years studying for my degree and masters and nearly 6 years in practice.
Where did you study to become an osteopath?
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine.
How do you find working in a family business alongside your husband and parents?
I love working alongside my family – I know I can trust them 100%, they share the same values and work ethic and there are no ‘office politics’.
Do you feel a big responsibility carrying on the family practice from your parents and grandparents?
I feel so honoured and proud. We all love what we do; it’s a vocation for us rather than a job.
If you hadn’t been an osteopath, what would you have been?
I remember completing a personality questionnaire at school that said I should be a prison officer! I did once have visions of opening a cake shop in the Cairngorms – I then decided it would be far more pleasurable to just enjoy cake someone else has made.
What do you consider to be one of your greatest achievements in your career so far?
That’s tough as I consider every patient that feels benefit from treatment a great achievement. Probably the time I treated a very young baby who was suffering terribly with colic and restlessness. After just one treatment his mother returned with him the following week delighted that immediately after seeing me he slept his first full night through and had been much more contented all week. As a parent of two young children myself I fully appreciate the value of sleep!
What do you love about being an osteopath?
As an osteopath we do a lot of talking as well as listening. I love hearing other people’s life stories – how they became who they are.
What would you say to someone who has never used an osteopath or isn’t sure if it is for them?
Why live in pain? Come in and see us and if it’s not for you that’s ok. So many patients say after their first visit to Cram’s – ‘I wish I had come in when this first flared up’. Pain is not something you have to live with – it’s a warning sign from the body that things need to change.
What is the one surprising thing most people don’t know about you?
I tried and FAILED 5 times to learn to drive a bus when I was 20!