KATIE JOHNSTON M(Ost) DO
Katie has completed a Master's Degree in Osteopathy in 2013, and since then has continued to develop her skills and knowledge. She has undertaken further training in understanding and managing chronic pain, dry needling and pilates. This has involved spending a 6 month internship at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham working alongside a team of surgeons, consultants, osteopaths and physiotherapists to help patients with long term spinal pain.
Outside of private practice Katie is involved in the Bristol Hub of the National Council for Osteopathic Research, involving reading and partaking in research most recently getting involved in an Arthritis Research UK Funded Trial looking at the effects of manual therapy on low back pain. She has also published articles in British Journals, including a prize winning article on Jaw Dysfunction.
Katie is also the current Vice Chair of Bristol Osteopathic Society, organising training and networking between osteopaths in the Bristol area.
Outside of practice Katie enjoys travel, music and baking!
CLIFFORD DAVIES DO B.Ac
Clifford has been in practice for over 40 years having trained at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. His original training involved a very naturopathic approach and this remains a strong part of his philosophy.
Acupuncture, which he studied in the early 1970s, is an important part of this. The principle of naturopathy is that, given the right conditions, the body has the capability to heal itself.
Clifford smiles at being called a pioneer but in 1969 there were only 4 or 5 osteopaths in the whole of Bristol and Gloucestershire. Clifford established the practice in Wotton-under-Edge in 1975 and feels fortunate that he has been able to run a busy practice in this beautiful Cotswold town for many years
Outside of work,Clifford plays golf, practices meditation and enjoys travel.
THOMAS PINNA M(ost)
Thomas recently joined the Wotton Osteopathic Practice after completing the Osteopathy Master’s degree at Swansea University. During his studies, he spent extensive time exploring the interrelations between the neuroscience, psychology and physical aspects of health and disease, which he researched in his published dissertation and sparked a particular interested in the management of chronic conditions.
Following his graduation, he joined the non-profit organisations Medical Volunteer International and Osteopathy for Refugees, spending time in the Greek island of Lesbos providing Osteopathy and first-aid support for asylum-seekers. This experience made him better aware of the socio-political issues and health inequalities pervading large parts of this world, thus he hopes to make a difference, however small, by making osteopathy a readily available option within humanitarian-aid organisations.
For Thomas Osteopathy is much more than just a hands-on therapy; it is a life-long journey into the understanding of how our body functions and interacts with our mind, our environment and other people, thus he will employ a wide variety of techniques that can suit each patient’s particular physical and emotional needs.
Thomas complements his practice with an in depth understanding of body movement and fitness thanks to years of yoga practice, capoeira martial art, rock climbing and swimming. Outside work he will also spend his time song-writing, reading about-almost-anything and travelling.