Meet the Chiropractors and the Chiropractic Assistants
Our three Chiropractors are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, are accreditied by the Royal College of Chiropractors and are members of the British Chiropractic Association and European Chiropractors Union. They have never stopped learning and continue to strive for excellence. Michael is joined at his Semington and Chippenham practices by a skilled team of Chiropractic Assistants who provide auxilliary care.
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Michael has been treating patients for nearly forty years and during this time has gained a wealth of experience treating patients, young, old, and in betweeen, who come to him from all over the UK. Some even fly in to see him from abroad.
He qualified as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) as the "Best all-round Student" of 1977 after four years of full-time study in Bournemouth.
After establishing the Wingfield Chiropractic Clinic that year he went on to teach at the AECC for four years.
During his time at the College he was featured in Anglia's 1982 TV series "Medicine Men" and is shown with one of his students demonstrating to class in this photographic still from the book that accompanied the series.
He was then commissioned by Thorson's, a division of Collins Publishers, to write Dynamic Chiropractic Today - an authoritative guide, released in 1992. Probably the most detailed book of its day on Chiropractic for the general public, it received international acclaim. It is still being quoted as a reference source.
Michael has travelled widely through the Chiropractic world, attending conferences in USA, Europe, South America and the Far East. He contributed to the Chiropractic Centenary Celebrations of 1995 in Washington and to the 2002 World Federation of Chiropractic conference on Education in San Paulo, shown here on the right.
He has been an influential leader of his profession, lecturing at home and abroad, and his appointments have included terms as British Chiropractic Association President and Chairman of the General Chiropractic Council, the body that regulates the profession in the UK.
During his time as GCC chairman he was appointed as a founding member to the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, now the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, created under the NHS Reform Act (2002) to promote excellence in regulation and to protect the public interest. Part of the Council’s task was to review the findings of “fitness to practise” or conduct decisions by the regulators and appeal to the Courts cases which they considered “unduly lenient”.
Michael has been elected to fellowships of the Royal College of Chiropractors, the British Chiropractic Association and the European Academy of Chiropractic. He has received prestigious awards from the Association, including the 1991 Presidents Award and the 1996 Western Provident Association Cup for Services to the Profession, here shown receiving his award from Peter Dixon.
Michael retired from public service to his profession in 2006 to spend time with his wife Larysa and their young family, Sasha born in 2007 and Anna three years later.
However he definately has no plans to retire from his patients. With a special interest in problems that have failed to respond to previous treatment, Michael enjoys taking on challenging cases. "I love my work", he says, "Every day I am privileged to witness how chiropractic so often changes lives - bringing relief from pain, restoring function and empowering patients to maintain their health"
Tony Honeker, MChiro, DC
Tony feels honoured to join the friendly and experienced team at the Healthcare2000 clinics as their newest chiropractor.
Tony grew up in Keynsham, between Bristol and Bath. After graduating from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2009 he practised in the Bristol/Bath area until 2012, when he shipped off to Sweden, practising there and further developing his skills and knowledge. However, eventually he realised he missed his country folk too much, so decided to return to the UK with his wife to raise their two young boys here.
Tony really enjoys meeting new people and helping them to improve or regain their health and quality of life with the best evidence-based chiropractic care. He is continually inspired by the patients he sees who are truly committed to improving their health with a natural approach.
Tony is always keen to advance public understanding and appreciation for natural health care for people of all ages. He has an approach rooted in preventative health care, including; nutrition, exercise and lifestyle guidance, and of course, quality chiropractic treatment.
He is registered in the UK with the General Chiropractic Council and a member of the British Chiropractic Association. He is also registered with the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).
Tony works in Semington Tuesday mornings and all day Fridays.
Chiropractic assistants work with Michael during his chiropractic sessions at the Semington and Chippenham clinics. All have recognised massage diplomas, are experienced in treating basic sports injuries and have undergone rigorous additional training by Healthcare 2000 Clinics.
The programme we have evolved at our clinics has been designed to fulfil our own needs to train assistants to take over some of the more time-consuming duties of the chiropractor, leaving the chiropractor free to help more patients. The chiropractor can therefore concentrate on eliciting the case history, performing the examination, reaching the diagnosis, formulating the treatment plan, delivering the chiropractic adjustment, assessing and reviewing progress and directing any adjunctive treatment procedures to be carried out by the assistant.
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Sue is the longest serving CA, having joined the Chippenham clinic in February 1994. As she has been with us for such a long time she knows many of the patients and is adept at putting them at ease. She has helped to train many of the CAs and has, in the past, had her own remedial massage practice at Chippenham.
After a long career in the financial services sector with administrative, management and HR responsibilities, Rosa took a break from commerce and developed an interest in remedial and sports massage. After qualifying in 2006 Rosa joined the CA team in Chippenham to cover for maternity leave. Since becoming a mum herself in 2008 and again in 2013 Rosa has remained a 'bank' CA at both Semington and Chippenham clinics. Coming from an Italian family, Rosa speaks Italian well.
Brett became interested in massage and rehabilitation due to an early commitment to amateur cycling and snow boarding in Europe. During the early 90s, he travelled through India and south East Asia, sampling many different therapies, and on returning to UK studied and gained a Certificate in Practical Zen Shiatsu in 1997. Starting work in massage with hospice patients suffering HIV and AIDS, Brett continued his studies and obtained his ITEC in Holistic Massage, Anatomy & Physiology in 1998 and in Sports Massage the following year.
He has his own busy Sports Therapy practice in London, but since moving to Westbury in 2008 Brett has not only established his own practice here at Semington Chiropractic but offers us one or two days as a Chiropractic Assistant.
Mike gained distinctions for sports/deep muscle therapies and holistic Massage in his ITEC level 3 Remedial Massage course at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford, and joined us as a CA at Semington in 2008. He now works as a "bank" CA on occasional Saturdays.
His excellent sense of humour has seen him through some challenging times and he is a well-liked and dependable member of the team. Although he has now reverted back to being a 'bank' CA we are always glad to see him and find out what he has been up to.
Mai graduated from the City of Bath College as 'Student of the Year' in her Complementary Therapies ITEC course and went on to enhance her remedial massage and spa treatment skills with further training at the college. She joined the Semington Clinic in 2009, and when one of the other CAs reduced their hours Mai agreed to work at the Chippenham clinic too. When not with us she can be found exercising her skills at the Royal Crescent Hotel’s luxury bath house spa.
Mai loves spending time with her young grandson and walking her dog.
Susi recently joined Healthcare 2000 Clinics as a Chiropractic Assistant, working with the Clinic Director.
Susi moved to the UK from South Africa in 2008. She and her husband ran their own business in South Africa and Susi was responsible for all office duties and financial matters and also liaising with clients.
Susi gained various qualifications in South Africa including Kinesiology, Quantum Energetics and Practical Herbal Applications.
Since moving to the UK, Susi has worked a support worker and has gained qualifications in Swedish Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage and is a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
Susi's interests include sewing, knitting, gardening, biking and swimming.