Practitioners

Danielle Pain – Osteopath & Clinical Director

Danielle graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an Honours Degree in Osteopathy and has a post graduate qualification in Medical Acupuncture, Applied Functional Science (AFS), kinesiology taping and is currently studying for her Fellowship with the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation.  Danielle is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

After graduating, Danielle stayed in Oxford to start The Pain Clinic and has experience treating a wide array of conditions and patients using a variety of techniques from traditional osteopathic principles and practises, to the latest research in rehabilitation.

Having worked in a nursing home prior to her degree, Danielle has since returned to a local nursing home to offer relief of pain and a better quality of life for the elderly, as well as giving free presentations on ways to relieve pain from arthritis to the senior citizens of Risinghurst Community Centre and to the Seniors at Studley Wood Golf Club, offering advice and specific stretches and exercises to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Danielle works regularly with Olympic athletes, where she indulges her interest in running biomechanics. She worked with Linford Christie’s sprint team, including James Ellington, Nigel Levine, Greg Cackett and other GB athletes in their preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and she likes to integrate strength and conditioning with her rehabilitative osteopathic treatments. She has also worked with Oxford Harlequins 1st Rugby Team, providing pre-game strapping, sports massage and their first line pitch-side medical service.

 

Danielle has a passion for educating patients about the nature of their condition, contributing and maintaining factors and ways in which patients can take control of their recovery and avoid re-injury.  In fact, it was her passion for helping people avoid injury and pain, that inspired her to found BODYFIT, a training class unlike any other.  BODYFIT is run by our Clinical Team who are also experience in Strength and Conditioning.  It teaches physical confidence, true fitness and strength and has transformed the way in which our members move and train.


Danielle is also the personal osteopath to comedian and actor, Jason Manford and toured the country this year with the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, supporting Jason, who starred in the show.

Testimonials for Danielle:
“I have had several treatments with Danielle at The Pain Clinic and she is definitely now my preferred osteopath. I came to her for a sports massage when I was touring with The Producers in Oxford but she soon made it clear that this was not the best solution for my pains. I was impressed with her conscientious approach to treatment and her osteopathic explanation of why I was constantly needing massages to feel better. Her thorough treatment plan for me means that I am now finally working towards resolving some chronic football injuries, the effects of which I have been suffering with for years. Danielle demonstrates her vast knowledge by thoroughly explaining the cause of my aches and pains, giving me rehabilitative homework between treatments (and reprimanding me when I forget to do them), marking my progress and providing appropriate and effective treatment each time. Bring on the return of a pain-free body, thanks to Danielle’s magic hands!”
Jason Manford, Comedian

 

“Danielle treated me during my time playing the Baroness in the theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which is a very physically demanding musical.  I was experiencing a lot of pain and swelling in my knee and Danielle helped get me through it.  She gave me rehab advice to help me between her visits and I would definitely recommend The Pain Clinic to anyone in need of treatment.”
Michelle Collins, Actress

 

“Throughout my career I have unfortunately had many injuries, which in turn meant I had the pleasure of working with many medical teams across the globe. I must say, without doubt, Danielle is someone who I regard as one of the best. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and I will certainly visit again for treatment.”
Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth medal winning 400m runner

 

 

 

 

Andy Nicholettos – Osteopath & Rehabilitation Lead

With a First class degree in Sport and Exercise Science, where Andy developed an interest in Strength and Conditioning practice, Sport Specific Biomechanics, and health and performance, as well as achieving a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine from University College London and a Masters degree in Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy, where he was awarded the schools prestigious Silver medal award, and RK Hardy prize for obtaining the highest academic and clinical marks in his year group, and for research excellence respectively, Andy’s breadth of knowledge is of great value in his role as Rehabilitation Lead.

Andy’s main sporting passion is Golf and is one of a select number of certified Nike Golf performance specialists to operate in the world.  He has worked with a number of recreational and elite golfers across several professional circuits. He has also worked with a number of nationally and internationally recognised coaches and for several years has worked on developing innovative strategies for golf injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Andy has worked in both NHS and private settings, specialised in the management of persistent pain syndromes, shoulder and knee pain within Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine.  He has lectured nationally and internationally on the application of Pain Science to Manual and Physical Therapy, and on Functional Strength and Conditioning Practice. Andy has also contributed to several peer reviewed articles spanning Orthopaedics and Exercise Physiology and also helped edit papers published in Manual Therapy and The International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

Andy also has specialist qualifications that span endurance training, advanced resistance, and body weight exercise.  He is certified in, and is a fellow of Applied Functional Science from the prestigious Gray Institute In America and is currently a part of the Gray Institute teaching faculty.

“I chose to join The Pain Clinic’s healthcare team because I believe that Danielle prioritises genuine personal and professional altruism and as a clinic we are all keen to address the plethora of factors that are pertinent to improving the health of its patients”.

Andy’s additional qualifications include:

  • Nike Golf Functional Performance Specialist
  • Certificate in Applied Functional Science
  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science
  • Gray Institute Graduate Certification Programme
  • Crossfit Instructor Level 1
  • Crossfit Mobility
  • Crossfit Gymnastics
  • British Medical Acupuncture Society Foundation Course
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor & Level 3 Personal Trainer (Faster Health & Fitness)
  • Functional Training Expert (Faster Health & Fitness)
  • Diploma in Functional Therapy & Functional Performance (Faster Health & Fitness)
  • Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (Premier Training)
  • TRX Master Trainer in Sports Medicine – Qualified Instructor
  • International Ambassador for Tru Fit Training Solutions

 

Tom Sparks – Osteopath & Performance Lead

After five years working with Strength and Conditioning, Tom completed a Masters degree in Osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. Here, Tom developed a strong interest in pain management, behavioural models of health and wellbeing, clinical nutrition and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Since qualifying, Tom has undertaken additional study with the prestigious Gray Institute, where he has learned the latest trends in rehabilitation and injury management.

 

Aside from clinical practice, Tom has competed Nationally and internationally for Team GB in Powerlifting. In 2013 he became British Champion at 90kg weight class and broke multiple federation records in the process. Tom currently has the 8th highest British Total of all time across all federations and joint 2nd heaviest deadlift in the UK at 90kg. Since this time he has coached and worked with some of the best strength athletes in the country. Tom continues to contribute to the practice of strength and condition for health and performance purposes.

“I love working with a group of clinicians who share the simple vision of providing honest healthcare with an emphasis on modern and effective manual and physical therapy”.

Tom’s additional qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Applied Functional Science – Gray Institute
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • First Aid Certification
  • Personal Trainer Level 3
  • Specialist qualifications in Kettlebell Training, Olympic Weightlifting, Suspension Training
  • Sports Specific Rehabilitation and Gymnastics