About Us

Our Intention Statement

Our practice is a thriving family-oriented centre, with our experienced team providing nurturing, loving and supportive chiropractic and massage care throughout your lifetime.

We pride ourselves in being an important pillar of the community and we joyfully build warm relationships with all that are drawn to us.

With an abundance of energy, we touch the lives of as many people as we can.

Paula

Chiropractor & Director

Hi I’m Paula Garcia, chiropractor and director at Health and Vitality Centre, welcome to you all. The centre provides professional, safe and effective chiropractic and osteopathic care for all ages.

I am registered with the General Chiropractic Council, British Chiropractic Association and have been involved in Chiropractic for over thirteen years.

At the centre, treatment is given in comfortable relaxed surroundings to aid in your pathway back to health. As a chiropractor I aim to help you gain knowledge regarding your condition. I feel that ‘Knowledge is Power’ therefore the more you understand about your condition the better your overall recovery will be.

I believe that there are many factors incorporated in leading a healthy pain free life and I aim to give nutritional, lifestyle, ergonomic and exercise advice. This helps to educate and empower my guests to long term health, by offering a total package of care.

So, if your body is stopping you doing the things that you love due to pain and dysfunction, such as to getting back to a sport, exercise, gardening, being able to lift your children/grandchildren, feeling like ‘yourself’ again contact the centre to book an appointment. Don’t let pain ruin your quality of life. Do something about it today.

Mike

Director

Hello, my name is Mike Garcia and I am Director of finance and compliance at Health and Vitality Centre as well as being Paula’s husband.

I had always had a passion for health and fitness, over the years suffering recurring hip and leg issues through competitive sport. After many years of taking painkillers to get through I was treated to chiropractic which reduced my pain and problems significantly. I am now living a fit and competitively active life, this year I completed the three peaks challenge, I couldn’t have done it without with my chiropractic care!

Laura

Practice Manager

Hello, my name is Laura and I am the practice manager at The Health and Vitality Centre. I have a real passion for health and wellbeing (having experienced chronic pain personally) and know how important a part this plays in leading a happy life. I made a big decision to leave my full time corporate role in order to gain some much-needed balance in my life and I haven’t looked back!

I love personal development and learning – something which I practice daily. My interests include Pilates, volunteer work, horse riding, skiing, natural health and precious time with friends and family. I’m excited to be a part of the team and am looking forward to helping those that visit the centre.

Georgie

Rehabilitation Specialist

Hi, I’m Georgie, my passion for health and wellbeing is what has led me to where I am today;  my aim being to make sure you have the best functioning body tailored to your lifestyle.

I am always striving to learn new practices that will offer another way of treating problem areas. I studied at the London School of Soft tissue Therapy to get my level 5 qualification in sports and remedial massage. In addition I am also qualified in medical acupuncture and kinesiology taping. Finally I am also a qualified personal trainer, as you can tell, health and wellbeing is very important to me!

Before I started my career in the health and wellbeing industry, I was a professional Alpine ski racer competing internationally for Great Britain.  Training at this high level is when I discovered the benefits of massage, and the power it had to ease my stresses and relax my muscles and help me understand my body more. This then led to me moving careers to help others get out of pain and understand their bodies.

Asia Szafran

Rehabilitation Specialist

My name is Asia. I have joined the Health and Vitality Centre team to help people to improve their health. Everybody knows that being healthy means being happy and independent, without pain and any limitations. I understand that no two patients or injuries are the same.

I am confident that I can provide the guidance, knowledge and hands-on treatment you need, when you need it.

I am a therapist with over twenty years of experience. I have a Master’s degree in physiotherapy. I have also completed many professional courses to improve my qualifications, including Spinal Mechanical Therapy applying McKenzie method (levels A and B) and rehabilitation taping. I am highly qualified in soft tissue techniques.

I have always been fascinated by the human body and I still develop my knowledge and skills. I specialise in back pain, sports injuries, tendon injuries, knee and shoulder pain.

Massage therapy is not only my profession but also my passion, which is reflected in the quality of service I provide.

I’m passionate about sports. My favourite disciplines are cycling, swimming and skiing. My passion gives me strength and happiness. I am a vegetarian girl with a positive attitude to life.

Alannah

Rehabilitation Specialist

My name is Alannah, I am one of the fantastic massage therapists here at the Health and Vitality Centre

To give you my professional background I graduated in July 2018 in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (BSc) from the University of Bedfordshire. During my degree I completed my Personal Training Qualification (Level 3).  This has enabled me to progress and gain experience within various gym settings, specialising in injury management, sports massage and individual training programmes.

I am currently completing my Master’s Degree in Sports Rehabilitation at Middlesex University London. This has been a busy, valuable and exciting year allowing me to work with American women’s rugby team in December 2018. I have also been lucky enough to work with Para Athletes in preparation for the Championship Games in Dubai in March of this year.

Personally, I have a keen interest in keeping healthy through good nutrition and practicing what I preach within my own fitness. I push myself as much as my clients and believe in having fun at the same time.

I feel passionate about helping our guests improve their quality of life and reach their individual full potential. Working with individuals and design a programme for them which is hard work, achievable and most importantly enjoyable.

I looking forward to meeting you all and working with you to achieve your goals.

 

Anna

Osteopath

Hello, my name is Anna and I am incredibly happy to be joining the HVC team in August. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university studying to be an Osteopath and I am very excited to start working here!

I’m an enthusiastic and friendly person with lots of interests. After many years of playing high level piano and violin, I decided to create my own research for my dissertation on manual therapy for professional orchestral musicians (sending a questionnaire to the Halle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and many more). This helped me develop a keen interest in the treatment of musical instrument playing-related disorders and would love to further this passion through my future guests!

I also enjoy playing tennis and badminton and have played in numerous tournaments and matches around the UK. I captained my university badminton 1st team for two years and also played in the tennis 1st team which I thoroughly enjoyed. Swimming and going to the gym are other ways I try to keep fit!

I have a strong passion to treat patients and have particular interests in anatomy, pathophysiology and incorporating that into treating with a structural approach. During my final year at university I also worked as a student osteopath in an NHS clinic run by the ABMU Health board treating patients referred from GPs and physiotherapists. I enjoyed the experience of treating private and NHS patients and has provided me with knowledge of treating multiple musculoskeletal problems.

I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and working alongside this great team to achieve the very best for all of you.

Beth

Centre Assistant

Hi, my name is Beth. I have been a centre assistant at the Health and Vitality Centre for over five years now and love being part of such a great team of practitioners. I am a mum of two lovely girls and I enjoy running around after them. I have a passion for animals and love to keep fit.

Becci

Centre Assistant

Hello I’m Becci and I have been a Centre Assistant at the Health and Vitality Centre for over four years and love being part of such a great team. I enjoy all that is health and well being, Chiropractic has become a way of life. I have a new found joy for running and have almost completed the couch to 5k app. I have three sons and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. When I’m not with them you can always find me buried in a good book!

Mitchell

Centre Assistant

Hi, I’m Mitchell, and I have recently joined the Health and Vitality centre alongside studying English language, Media, and Psychology at A Level.
 
Ever since I was young, I have always had the mentality of keeping a healthy body, and this mentality was boosted when I became a guest at the clinic many years ago.
 
The works of chiropractic care are very important to me, as it was immediately obvious to me that we share the same passion, and I have nothing but appreciation and admiration for those who dedicate themselves towards this form of care and push the body to be the best it can be. As a result, working at the clinic does nothing but escalate my passion and it is a huge honour to be part of the team.

Lucy

Centre Assistant

Hi my name is Lucy and I’ve recently joined the team as a CA.  I’ve always worked in the NHS as a nurse but I’ve decided to step away from stress that comes with that life and focus on mindfulness at the peaceful and tranquil Health and Vitality Centre. 
 
I’m mum to Jack who would now to a toddler.  He died in 2017 but I remain his mum by keeping his memory alive.  I have 2 dogs and a cat (frank, Nellie and Ronald) who are all nutters.  I enjoy gardening, camping with my husband Sam and being with my pets. I’m a huge advocate of natural health, mindfulness and encouraging a healthy community and hope to continue this journey at the HVC with the wonderful team I have joined. I look forward to meeting all the special guests that visit the centre!