Mr Dean Dickinson
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy MICO
Principal Chartered Physiotherapist & Registered Osteopath
Spine, Sports/Rehab & Paediatric Specialist
Dean’s training started nearly 20 years ago in London at The British School of Osteopathy after suffering back pain during a heavy rugby tackle at the age of 17. He went on to gain a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy and then continued to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Osteopathy (Spinal Mechanics & Physiology). Studying for a MSc in Osteopathy included Neurology, Paediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynaecology.
Further qualifications in Medical Acupuncture and Exercise prescription led to enrollment onto a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Brunel University London. He continues to study Functional Medicine and Functional Exercise/Rehabilitation by World leading authorities that have led to a Specialism in Spinal Pain and Treatment.
Dean is committed to getting his patient’s the best diagnosis and treatment options as quickly as possible to minimise stress and trauma. With current waiting times via the NHS’s Musculoskeletal Assessment & Traige Team (MATT) clinic being so variable, it was his intention to set up a Clinic that was focused on rapid access to Diagnosis, Treatment Options and Treatment of Back Pain.
Dean is married, with three young daughters and a male dog (in an attempt to balance things out). Dean enjoys the outdoors life, except camping, which he hates.
Masters of Osteopathy (MOst) & DCO
Registered Osteopath & Medical Acupunturist
Carla-Maria Hole M.OstCarla trained to become an Osteopath by completing a 4 year Masters degree at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 2010. The BSO is the largest and oldest osteopathic school in the United Kingdom.
Since qualifying Carla became especially interested in treating sports related injuries and completed a taping and strapping course. This is extremely useful in the managing of all injuries not just those related to sporting activities. During her spare time she is a keen fitness enthusiast and has recently completed a “tough mudder” event and exercises on hove lawns with a local club. Carla is trained in Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling).
Western acupuncture is a modern adaptation of the traditional Chinese acupuncture approach. This form of acupuncture is not a complete system of medicine, but is a therapeutic tool which is mainly involved in treating musculo-skeletal conditions making it of great relevance in osteopathic treatment. Carla finds that having this as an extra tool is very helpful in practice. Since finishing her undergraduate studies, Carla has completed a foundation course at the Institute of Classical Osteopathy and is now an associate member of the institute.
Cranial Osteopathy Carla has also undertaken post graduate training in Cranial osteopathy and other courses based around treating expectant mothers and paediatrics. There are many changes that occur during pregnancy and osteopathy will be able to assist with some of these, if you’re considering some treatment during your pregnancy then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Expectant mothers often find this gentle approach extremely useful during this time of change. Carla is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the British Osteopathic Association (BOA).
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP
Chartered Physiotherapist, Sports Massage Therapist & Medical Acupuncturist
Emma was very keen on her sports as a child which naturally meant she was destined to become a Physiotherapist. She went on to graduate from the University of Salford with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.
A highly motivated individual, Emma was keen to get stuck into Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the off. After completing her early NHS rotation’s, she started working in private practice seeing a wide caseload of patients ranging from medico-legal to amateur sportsmen and children. She then went on to gain her first job in Professional Football at Burnley FC. After 18 months, she was offered Head Academy Physio at Coventry FC where she oversaw all players within the clubs Youth section. After another 18 months Emma was head hunted to join the world renowned Premiership Football Club, Everton as Head Academy Physio.
A year later, she now finds herself at our local club Brighton & Hove Albion FC. There gain is also ours with Emma offering her services at our clinic. A highly motivated Physio she is halfway through her MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Birmingham University. We are extremely lucky to Emma at our clinic and look forward to you adding to all the positive feedback she receives from her patients
BAcC Registered Acupuncturist
Nik qualified as an acupuncturist in 1999 and completed a post-graduate clinical training in China which involved working full-time in a state hospital. This gave him his first experience of practicing acupuncture in a multi-bed setting.
This was followed by a period working at the Gateway Clinic, an NHS-funded multi-bed acupuncture practice at Lambeth Hospital which specialises in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. He gained further NHS experience working at the Pain Clinic in Cheltenham Hospital. In 2003 he co-founded the Dragon Acupuncture Project in Brighton.
His clinical practice has evolved into something that is about working instinctively with each patient as an individual, assessing their physical and emotional state on a day to day basis and tailoring the structure of his treatment to the situation as he finds it. Nicks belief is that the strength of acupuncture lies within the apparent simplicity of this approach: engaging with the individual moment by moment, and not relying too heavily on pre-conceived notions or ideas, allows for instant change.
Dr Stephen Lewis
MBBS AFRCSEd MScSEM MFSM(UK) Sports Physician & MSK Ultrsaonographer
Dr Stephen Lewis is a full-time sports physician formerly with Fulham FC in the Premier League and now with Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
He completed his Masters in Sports Medicine in 2004 after originally training as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has worked in elite sport for 10 years and is currently lead Sports Physician at a Premier League football team. Previous posts include seven years in international rugby as Head of Medicine for the England Women’s rugby team as well as posts covering Masters Tennis, clinics at the English Institute of Sport, Soccer Aid, and several years working in Rehabilitation Medicine for the Armed Forces.
He has expertise with both acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems, recurrent injuries and patients with conditions proving difficult to diagnose. He advises patients on recovery and injury prevention strategies, overtraining and fatigue issues.
Dean is a great professional and has true integrity. This was amply demonstrated by his honest assessment of my condition which meant he could not treat me. I arranged an MRI scan through Dean which showed I needed surgery on my neck. I couldn’t recommend Deans services enough.A Masters
After two recommendations I came to see Dean for an on going ankle injury. I had been having treatment with another physio but not feeling any progression or improvement. Dean put my mind at rest immediately and after just one appointment I felt that there was light at the end of the tunnel. He went above and beyond to speed up my recovery and always gave advice of extra exercises, shoes that would benefit and realistic aims. With a combination of one to one appointments and use of the gym I was able to build up the strength and get back to work and running much quicker than I hoped.R Apps
Having seen numerous Physiotherapists and Podiatrists in the NHS, I was recommended by Dean to see Dr Lewis for a problem in my foot that seemed to be getting worse, not better.
After the first consultation, which included an Ultrasound scan of my foot, I was diagnosed with CRP Syndrome. Dr Lewis explained the condition along with Dean in the consulting room and a letter was later sent to my GP recommending a course of drugs to help. 4 weeks down the line I am back at work and things are getting better by the day. I can’t recommend more highly.
After two recommendations I came to see Dean for an on going ankle injury. I had been having treatment with another physio but not feeling any progression or improvement. Dean put my mind at rest immediately and after just one appointment I felt that there was light at the end of the tunnel. He went above and beyond to speed up my recovery and always gave advice of extra exercises, shoes that would benefit and realistic aims. With a combination of one to one appointments and use of the gym I was able to build up the strength and get back to work and running much quicker than I hoped.J Wells