Meet The Team at Hiltingbury Chiropractic
When you are helping people with their health and wellbeing it is vital that you have the right people and diciplines in place so this page gives you a chance to meet the team at Hiltingbury Chiropractic. Our dedicated professionals make sure that each patient is receiving the care they need to achieve their objectives and lead a better life.
Vanessa Churchill BSc (Chiro) LHom MMCA MARH MICAK
Chiropractor and Homeopath
The word ‘chiropractor’ meant very little to me when it was suggested that I take my daughter to see one. The outcome was remarkable and it meant that it was not necessary to have the surgery she was told she would need on her neck. The chiropractor she saw practised the ‘McTimoney’ method, a particularly gentle and whole-body way of working. That experience inspired me to become a chiropractor.
I firmly believe in the power of the body to heal itself. In my clinic, I use Applied Kinesiology (AK) which is way of finding out where the problem is and how to fix it using manual muscle testing. As a qualified homeopath now and a chiropractor, I am passionate about helping my patients enjoy life to the full. I see age as no barrier to that end.
I have three children and I am a grandmother so I can relate to the many demands of bringing up a family. When I am not working, I like gardening and argentine tango.
GP and Homeopath
I am a GP in Southampton. I began training in homeopathy as it is clear that for many conditions conventional treatment options are not effective and can have unwanted side effects. It seemed to me that there must be another way to help people suffering from symptoms such as these.
I am in easy reach to see patients from Southampton, Winchester, Andover, Hook, Basingstoke, Chandlers Ford and Romsey.
I believe in whole person medicine. No illness exists in isolation. The human body is immensely sophisticated and complicated and we do not understand it fully. Therefore the illness cannot be separated from the person suffering the disease. This may be as simple as stress impairing the immune system to far more complex interactions.
Homeopathic treatment seeks to match the underlying disturbance in the system and stimulate the body to correct itself.
My registering body is the faculty of homeopathy- the professional body responsible for training medical professionals in homeopathy and for monitoring continuing professional development.
Continue reading for a more information about Dr Day.
Dr Gabriella Day attended the Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School and qualified in 2002 with a distinction in pharmacology and a merit in medicine. She was also winner of the Astra Zeneca pharmaceutical prize. She then went on to study for the specialist medical exams gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004. After this she took a sideways step and moved in to General Practice as she felt she wanted to address the whole person, not just a disease. En route she achieved the Diploma of Child Health and Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She began working as a qualified GP in Farnborough in Hampshire. It was not long after this that she began to see the limitations of conventional medicine. Whilst an amazing intervention in many serious conditions, there are also many conditions in which conventional medicine is not helpful and may also cause side effects out of proportion with the intended benefit.
Her grandmother had used some homeopathy as a veterinary surgeon years before and so Dr Day had grown up with some awareness of homeopathy, however it was only now that she started to recognise its full potential. Homeopathy is a truly holistic system of medicine. Once its effects have been seen or experienced there is no going back!
Despite the negativity often seen in the media regarding homeopathy, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of homeopathy and its value in clinical practice, as well as demonstrated efficacy in the plant and animal kingdoms and also in the laboratory. We still do not clearly understand how it works, but there is increasing research demonstrating potential mechanisms of action.
Dr Day sees the effects of homeopathy as being not only of benefit in helping the condition for which help is sought, but often there is a positive benefit to the person’s general mental and emotional wellbeing. This is something that is generally not seen with conventional medicine.
Good homeopathic prescribing depends on obtaining a thorough understanding of the presenting problem, but is even better when supported by an understanding of the patient’s underlying nature. Therefore a consultation can be quite lengthy and sometimes tiring. Sometimes an effective remedy is found at the first consultation, sometimes this can take several attempts.
Dr Day has had 3 children since starting her homeopathic training and gained membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2013 (the registering body for medical professionals practising homeopathy). She is the current Representative for General Practice on the Faculty Council and attends regular meetings with the Wessex Homeopathic Medical Group.
Peter first became interested in massage therapy after suffering a sports injury while studying kung fu. His martial arts back round has given him a keen interest in the way the body moves and functions, an interest that serves to drive an investigative, as well as hands on approach to massage therapy.
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Debbie is the mainstay of the clinic since she joined us in 2012. As well as managing the practice, she is a longstanding patient so she knows just how everyone feels when they first come into the clinic. She is committed, together with the reception staff, to making the experience a very positive one.
All our reception team are here to help you enjoy coming in to see us and having a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. If there is anything you feel we could do better, just let us know.
I have recently joined the clinic and manage the reception when Debbie is on holiday. I really enjoy making people feel at home and welcome when they arrive. I have been a seeing Vanessa for a few years for chronic back pain and I am now pain free.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs, scuba diving and being a carer/companion for a disabled adult. I am also training to be a dog groomer as I am passionate about animals.
My personal interests are running with my dog, (I plan to start Canine cross country this year), horse riding in the New Forest which is always a challenge, and endless baking for the family.
We have a hectic household with two teenage children who are always required to be somewhere.
I have been working behind the desk in Reception since I was a puppy. My role is to meet patients and make them feel at relaxed and at home. I look forward to the end of my shift when I am allowed to have a fish treat from the store cupboard.