Our Therapists

Sue Simpson BSc (Hons) Chiro
  • McTimoney Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Emmett Technique
  • Neuro Muscular Re-education
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release
Sue qualified in McTimoney Chiropractic at the end of 2003 and opened the Fir Tree Clinic in January 2004.  Her earlier careers were quite different from what she is doing today.  Sue's first degree was in Maths and Computer Science and her first jobs were as a software engineer writing software for naval systems and the aerospace industry.  She went on to become an IT and business consultant working in local and central government and then in the banking industry,  She was encouraged by her own chiropractor to retrain as a chiropractor and has never looked back! 

Sue is a firm believer in taking an holistic approach to treating patients and in patient eductaion.  With this in mind, she is continually improving upon her own skills and learning new techniques that she feels would be of benefit to her patients 

Stephen Blinman BSc (Hons) Chiro, Osteopathy
  • McTimoney Chiropractic
  • Osteopathy
  • Sports and Remedial Massage

Stephen qualified as a chiropractor after working for nearly twenty years in various companies including British Aerospace, Racal and ICL/Fujitsu. After receiving McTimoney Chiropractic treatment from a practitioner with a similar background, he was inspired to follow that path and spent the next five years training at the McTimoney College in Abingdon.

He is also qualified as an osteopath and in sports and remedial massage.
Stephen is registered with the GCC and GOsC and is a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association . He has been offering osteopathy and chiropractic from the Fir Tree Clinic since 2010.

Louise Baines MSc (Hons) Chiro
  • McTimoney Chiropractic
  • Diversified Chiropractic
  • Neuro Muscular Re-education

Catherine (Cat) Fagg BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy MSST
  • SportsTherapy
  • Sports and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Acupuncture
  • Kinesio Taping
Cat graduated from the University of Chichester in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Therapy and is a fully registered member of the Society of Sports Therapists. She joined the Fir Tree Clinic in 2010 after returning home to Reading and is passionate to return patients to full function as quickly and as safely as possible. Treating a variety of patients she is able to tailor rehabilitation to suit the individual whether you are aiming to run a marathon, or just be able to walk the dog without being in pain.

Since graduation Cat has been involved in a number of different sports from working, spectating and participating aspects with examples including completing a London to Paris bike ride in 2010, providing medical assistance on a 2 Wheels 3 Peaks charity challenge in 2012 and planning a round the Isle of Wight walk for 2013. She therefore finds that her own involvement helps her to understand the demands of an athlete’s sport more clearly, and tailor their rehabilitation to suit their needs more efficiently. Working closely with patients to ascertain their expectations and goals significantly improves patient outcome.

A keen rugby enthusiast, Cat is currently working at Reading Rugby Club providing training night
treatment sessions, rehabilitation classes, pitchside assistance for the 1st XV and co-ordinating youth medical cover provision.  Since completing her degree Cat has furthered her knowledge by completing regular Continued Professional Development to keep up to date with current research and treatment protocols. In the future she is looking to widen this with a master’s degree in sports rehabilitation.

Kim Layzell Cert ECBS
  • Bowen Technique
  • Emmett Technique
Kim is a qualified Nurse, Bowen Practitioner, and is trained in Massage, Reflexology, and Reiki.  She had a successful career in the Nursing Profession for 25 years in a variety of specialities, where she gained a great deal of experience and skills both in hospitals and the community.
Kim has always believed in the idea that the integration of orthodox medical treatment and complementary therapies is the best way forward to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.  On discovering The Bowen Technique for a back problem, Kim very quickly developed a passion for this powerful bodywork, and qualified as a Practitioner in March 2006. Bowen is now the main focus of her work. She has been offering Bowen Therapy at the Fir Tree Clinic, between Tadley and Basingstoke, since she qualified in 2006 and has built up a regular client base.
With her nursing background, Kim is able to utilise all her knowledge and skills to enhance her Bowen practice. She has always taken great pride in having the highest professional standards, as a nurse, and now as a complementary health therapist. She attends regular courses as part of her Continuing Professional Development.

Fiona Crockford
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Tracy Breuning BA (Hons) ITEC DNN
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Reflexology
Tracy Breuning started the journey with natural nutrition 10 years ago after a stressful corporate job and the birth of her children led to her becoming chronically ill.  Through dietary changes and naturopathic techniques Tracy became well again. She now runs a successful nutrition and reflexology practice as well as finding time to relax with her family on their allotment.  She has a particular interest in Pain management and inflammatory health conditions.
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