About Us

Our Intention Statement

Our practice is a thriving family-oriented centre based in Welwyn Garden City. Our experienced team provide nurturing, loving and supportive chiropractic, osteopathic 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.

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Paula

Chiropractor & Business Owner

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 fifteen 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.

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Mike

Director

Hello, my name is Mike Garcia and I am Director of finance and compliance at Health and Vitality Centre.

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 as a keen cyclist, hiker and climber.

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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.

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Rory

Osteopath

Hi I'm Rory and I'll be joining Paula and the rest of the wonderful team as their new osteopath.

A big part of what I enjoy most about being an osteopath is that you get to guide patients along their journey, no matter what stage of life they’re currently experiencing.

A few examples of these journeys include taking children through the awkward growing pains of adolescence, watching them blossom into wonderful young beings. Guiding expecting mothers through the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and helping to soothe the after effects of delivery. Finally, it may be looking after a loved one, who’s lived a full life and now wears the aches and pains that come with a life well-lived.

All of these examples are why I’m so delighted the Health and Vitality centre focuses not only on you as the sole contributor to your health, but views family as paramount to your well-being. This ties in beautifully with where I am on my own journey as I’ve returned to the UK now with a little man, who is going to get to thrive and flourish as he grows around loved ones.

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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.

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Deborah

Massage Therapist

Hi I'm Debs and I'm delighted to be joining the team as the newest member of our Massage / Soft tissue therapy Team.

Having qualified fourteen years ago, I am knowledgeable and confident in my treatments, whether it’s a soothing relaxing massage or deep tissue massage. I look forward to caring for you to allow your body to feel and function at its optimum.

Massage techniques have the ability to provide relaxation, stimulation and toxin drainage plus improve joint flexibility and movement. Using lotions that are paraben free, anti-allergy, kind and hydrating to the skin help to support the treatment benefiting your skin, as well as the massage looking after your muscles and joints.

I ensure that I look after myself well and have many hobbies that keep me busy and healthy. I enjoy yoga, cycling, great food, reading and singing. It’s important to me to feel good too and use my down time to recharge, I’ll looking forward to meeting you and finding out what’s your favourite pastime .

My belief is that a healthy mind is a healthy body – what we feed both can deliver our goals. This can be done alone, but it’s MUCH tougher and will take way longer! We can all help and support you, as a team, to encourage you to reach your health goals.

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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.

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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!

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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 be 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!