Our Osteopaths

All our osteopaths are highly trained and professionally qualified. They are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the Health & Care Professions Council.

Marcia Hugall BSc (Hons) Ost. MSc Paediatric Osteopathy

Marcia Hugall is a fully qualified, GSoC registered osteopath. She became a MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy in 2009 and has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy.

Marcia has lectured at the both British School of Osteopathy and the London School of Osteopathy.. She is also a member of the Cranial Academy, a branch of the American Academy of Osteopathy, having carried out post-graduate study in the USA.

Marcia is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, WPA and others.

Christopher Gaia BSc (Hons) Ost.

Christopher is an experienced Osteopath who has practiced in Balham for many years. You probably already know someone local who has visited him. He has expertise in conventional Osteopathy as well as Cranial Osteopathy and Western Medical Acupuncture. This varied approach enables him to treat a wide range of ailments and a wide range of people, from babies through to the elderly.

Christopher qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 with an Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine, a Diploma in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy. He completed Cranial Osteopathy training levels 1, 2 and 3 soon after. He is also qualified to perform Western Medical Acupuncture and has to prescribe orthotics (tailor made shoe inserts to balance the body).

He has recently completed his Masters in Stress & Pain Management.

Chris is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, WPA and others.

Peter Schimke

Peter received his Master of Osteopathy degree from the British School of Osteopathy in 2011 and also holds a diploma in sports massage.

Peter believes healthcare should be about the whole person and therefore takes a holistic approach with clients. This accords with the fundamental approach of osteopathy which seeks to diagnose the cause of pain through analysis of a person's entire body and lifestyle, not just an isolated symptom.

Peter is a skilled structural osteopath who uses a variety of techniques which are tailored to each client's particular needs, including functional and visceral techniques.

Peter aims to empower clients through understanding the nature of their diagnosis and the anatomy involved to support them in self-managing their rehabilitation, because prevention is better than cure. Therefore, he provides each client with recommended exercises to reduce the likelihood of re-injury and to promote general well-being.

Peter is a registered Osteopath with most major insurers but is not able to treat you if you are claiming with BUPA.

Jas Kandola MSc BSc (Hons) Ost Med ND DO BSc (Hons) Acupuncture Lic Ac. MBAcC

Jas graduated as an osteopath in 2003 with an Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathy. As well as being an NHS osteopath, extensive additional study has resulted in a masters degree training from the Osteopathic Centre for Children and a degree in traditional Chinese medicine.

Jas has a special interest in paediatric osteopathy for newborns, children, pregnant and post-partum mothers and in treating fertility issues with Chinese acupuncture.

The rare ability to combine osteopathy and acupuncture in her treatments has led to huge success with patients.

Jas is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, WPA and others.

Alexander Hooper M.Ost LSSM Dip

Alex began his career studying sports science, during this time he also completed diplomas in exercise and advanced exercise instruction. This allowed him to work as a fitness instructor for a number of years. Alex went on to gain further diplomas in sports injury assessment at St Mary's College and clinical sports massage at the London School of Sports Massage. He worked in a clinical setting providing massage therapy for over 6 years before deciding to become an osteopath, graduating with a master's degree in osteopathy from The British School of Osteopathy.

Along the way Alex has worked alongside physiotherapists at Tooting and Mitcham Football club and in conjunction with the osteopath for Oxford University treating the men's rowing team. He has also worked on set as an osteopath for film production companies, looking after the cast and staff members.

Alex has undertaken additional training in orthopaedic massage, myofascial release and medical acupuncture.

Over the years Alex has acquired a wealth of experience and a unique set of skills which allow him to diagnose and treat a variety of musculoskeletal complaints. From the elite level athlete to the office worker, he is able to provide therapeutic relief for general aches and pains as well as treating symptoms caused by more complex conditions.

Jake Alsop

Our Osteopaths can be found at reCentre Health treatment rooms on the border of Tooting & Balham.