Our Staff

Joanna Cram

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?

I graduated in 2009 with a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine.

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?

I love working alongside my husband – he shares the same values and work ethic and there are no ‘office politics’. Previously when my parents were still in practice, it was always a great dynamic between us all and we each brought something different to the practice.

Do you feel a big responsibility carrying on the family practice from your parents and grandparents?

I feel so honoured and proud. I love what I do; it’s a vocation 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. It is especially rewarding when somebody arrives at the practice in considerable pain and discomfort, and leaves feeling ten times better.

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.

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!