About Us

The Ilkley Osteopathic Practice

The Ilkley Osteopathic Practice was established in 2001.  The practice partners are Amos Grech-Cini, Robbie Grech-Cini and Louise Judd.  Their focus was to create a centre for professional excellence and superior care where patients come first and foremost.

This philosophy has helped the practice grow from strength to strength, becoming an integral part of the Wharfedale Community. It’s here that we solidified our reputation, developed over many years, for providing the highest quality of Osteopathic care. Joined by Chris Field as an associate in October 2016, Charlotte Bruce in August 2017 and Zoe French in 2018 our practice continues to grow.

At our dedicated healthcare practice, we treat a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal conditions including spinal complaints, headaches, arthritic conditions and sporting injuries with a focus on detecting, diagnosing and treating the cause of symptoms.

We take pride in our contribution to the healthcare of the Wharfe Valley, treating a wide range of people from a few weeks old to patients into their nineties.

Upon arrival, you will receive excellent care from our warm, knowledgeable staff in modern, comfortable surroundings. We provide a friendly and professional environment making sure patients feel welcome and at home.

Amos Grech-Cini

Partner

BSc(Hons) Ost Med. D.O. N.D.

Amos graduated in 1995 from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London. He then returned home to Yorkshire and established the Ilkley Osteopathic Practice with his wife, Robbie in 2001. With over 23 years of experience Amos gives lectures in technique to colleagues and students and has set up a mentoring program.

Amos treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions across all age groups and passion for osteopathy is evident. He is a keen cyclist.

Robbie Grech-Cini

Partner

BSc(Hons) Ost Med. D.O. N.D.

Robbie (Roberta) came to the UK from Zimbabwe to study Osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. She set up the Ilkley Osteopathic Practice with her husband Amos in 2001.

She chose Osteopathy as a career because she had been exposed to it from a young age, and had successful treatment for a sporting injury. Robbie has now been in practice for over 20 years and enjoys her job everyday. She loves sharing all that osteopathy can offer her patients - helping them to feel healthy, flexible and reducing their pain.

Robbie enjoys treating all different complaints across the age groups. She has completed a post graduate course in Cranial Osteopathy. Over the last 10 years she has attended several courses at the London School of Osteopathy for the treatment of babies, toddlers, and the postpartum mother.

Louise Judd

Partner

BSc (Hons) Ost Med.

Louise grew up in Hong-Kong and Greece, and came to England in 1995 to study Osteopathy for four years at the British School of Osteopathy.

Graduating in 1999 she moved to West Yorkshire, during which time she gained valuable experience treating a wide cross section of patients in two busy, multi disciplinary practices. In 2004, after a period of travelling, she joined Robbie and Amos as a partner at The Ilkley Osteopathic Practice.

Louise’s own interest in sport led her to look further into a career in Osteopathy, which would encompass working with the human body, but with a holistic and preventative treatment approach, thus enabling the patient to take control of their own body and therefore maintain good health.

Louise feels as passionately today about what Osteopathy can do to help people, as ever before. With all patients Louise combines classical osteopathy with advice on exercise, and nutrition to restore well-being and balance. Being a busy mother herself, Louise has an interest in pre and postnatal care.

In any spare time, she enjoys Pilates as it brings a balance to her swimming and running.

Chris Field

Associate

M.Ost

Chris graduated from Leeds Beckett University and joined the Ilkley Osteopathic Practice in 2016. He has been exposed to osteopathy from an early age (his father and godmother are both osteopaths), Chris has a comprehensive understanding of the benefits that osteopathic treatment can have on the body as a whole.

His clinical experiences include working with elderly patients, teenagers, and expectant mothers. He has also treated a wide range of sports injuries and performance-related musculoskeletal problems. As a recreational sports person, Chris has an understanding of the impact that musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain can have on the individual and their performance within their sport. Also having suffered a knee injury in his teens he understand the impact of an injury and what is required with rest, rehabilitation and treatment to recover.

Chris focuses upon a range of osteopathic techniques, working in collaboration with the patient to create the most effective and individually-tailored management plan, including short, medium and long-term goals.

Charlotte Bruce

Associate

M.Ost

Charlotte graduated from Leeds Beckett University and joined the Ilkley Osteopathic practice in 2017. Her interest and passion for osteopathy came from an fascination in human anatomy and the desire to improve an individual quality of life.

She likes to work with her patients to empower them to improve their own health. She is interested in all aspects of osteopathy and can treat a wide range of patients to include, sports injuries, teenagers and the elderly.

In her own time Charlotte enjoys playing her instruments (voice, clarinet, saxophone), travelling and running.

Zoë French

Associate & Pilates Instructor

M.Ost

Zoë became interested in osteopathy after sustaining an injury whilst in professional training at the English National Ballet School. She then trained and graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (now University College of Osteopathy) in 2014. Prior to joining Ilkley Osteopathic Practice she was living and practising in a successful clinic in New Zealand.

She enjoys treating a wide range of patients and problems. Her specific interests are treating patients during and after pregnancy and she has worked closely with obstetricians to provide musculoskeletal care throughout this time. She also specialises in sports and dance related injuries and teaches Pilates.

Zoë has been doing Pilates herself since the age of 13 initially to help support her training as a ballet dancer. During a period of injury she discovered that Pilates helped maintain her strength and accelerated her rehab process. After leaving ballet behind she trained as an Osteopath. Whilst working as an Osteopath Zoë realised that Pilates could benefit many of her patients and she trained as a teacher with Polestar Pilates New Zealand. Zoë offers one to one Pilates sessions to complement patients' osteopathic care and help them achieve specific goals. She works closely with the other practitioners to ensure a tailored approach to recovery.

Zoë has also completed the APPI pre and postnatal Pilates course.

Scott White

Associate

M.Ost

Scott graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy.

Growing up in Hereford, Scott began working life as a carpenter and joiner, gaining experience both in the UK and Australia and also taught for a number of years. Personal experience with work ailments and an interest in anatomy lead him to pursue osteopathy.

Scott believes that osteopathy is for everyone and thrives on helping people from all walks of life, with diverse ailments, that may be recent or longstanding. Along with focusing on your complaint, Scott adopts a collaborative approach to understand why you are in discomfort, what effect this has on you, and how osteopathy can best improve the quality of life you lead. Scott is also committed to empowering his patients and provides effective self-care advice to complement his treatment.

In his spare time, Scott thrives on an outdoor lifestyle and is often hiking, running or cycling. His passion for music has inspired him to begin playing the piano, and his passion for photography serves as another creative outlet.

Brit Tate

Associate

M.Ost

Originally from Ilkley, Brit is an enthusiastic and motivated individual. In 2013 she studied at Active Health in Manchester obtaining Advanced Diplomas in Sports Therapy, Sports and Remedial Massage, and Myofascial Release. Brit worked at the Ilkley Osteopathic Practice as a Sports Therapist for just under 3 years before pursuing a career in Osteopathy to complete her Master’s degree in Osteopathy at The British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019. Her recent graduation means Brit has a relevant and up to date knowledge in musculoskeletal care and osteopathic treatment.

Brits passion for Manual Therapy is derived from the injuries she picked up as competitive athlete. Brit is current three-time National Age Group Triathlon Champion and has podiumed at multiple World and European Triathlon Championships over the past 3 years. This helps develop Brits special interest in treating sports injuries. During her time working as a Sports Therapist Brit has experience working with elite athletes including the New Zealand and Australian World Cup Rugby Teams during the Rugby World Cup 2015, the England Rugby Team during the 6 Nations 2018 and various NFL teams. Brit has also treated international standard triathletes and national level cyclists.

Alongside athletes, Brit is keen to treat a wide variety of patients and a wide range of ages. Brit believes in assessing an individual with a whole-body approach and using a unique combination of skills and approaches that are tailored for each individual. These may include individualised naturopathic advice and home-care advice, tailored exercises, kinesiology taping, cranial techniques and acupuncture. Brit enjoys getting to know her patients to aid their return to health.

Jon Roughton

Sports Massage

Jon comes from a sports orientated background studying Recreational Supervision and working at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre Cambridge.

In more recent times, heavy manual work have resulted in injuries requiring osteopathic and sports massage treatment for pain and dysfunction.

Through these treatments, Jon gained both knowledge and an interest in the working human body, subsequently qualifying as a sports massage therapist in 2011.

He has gained experience treating athletes post Great North Run, Harrogate Rugby Club and Baildon Trinity Athletic football club.

Naomi Kirby

CBT Therapist

PG DIP, BSC (HONS), DIP HE, RN (MH)

Naomi is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with particular interest in compassion focused therapy and mindfulness approaches. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and is currently in the process of applying to be an accredited EMDR practitioner.

With over 25 years experience working in the NHS she is also a registered mental health nurse. Clinical supervision, both in the receiving and provision to others, has been fundamental to her work.

Melanie Elliott

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

BSc Hons, PGCert, PGDip

Melanie is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and experienced in working with a wide range of people to help them better understand themselves, their relationships and their experiences.

Melanie offers a calm, confidential and non-judgemental space in which to explore thoughts, feelings, emotions and life events to gain insight, find acceptance and resolve to make positive change.

If you have any questions or you would like to speak to an osteopath to discuss if osteopathy is appropriate for you please contact us on 01943 817117

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Testimonials

Some kind words from our patients

“I have been coming to the Ilkley Osteopathic Practice for 2 years now, and every time I come, I am met with the kind and welcoming staff and a very warm and friendly atmosphere.

All the Osteopaths are very kind, professional and courteous. I can't recommend this place more!”

Gemma Mitchell

“I have been a patient of Amos for many years. He has treated various stiff areas giving me much relief and freedom of movement, especially for my neck.

Without this treatment, I would not be able to still be driving. A wonderful service, so helpful to an 88 year-old!”

Peter Cussons

“I have been treated by both Amos and Robbie, and I cannot speak highly enough of their competence and professionalism!”

Dorothy Hartley

“Amazing, what a difference to the way I feel after marathon training, Could not have done my 1st London Marathon without Robbie.”

Liz Tenant