Meet the Team

Our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are experienced clinical practitioners and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Healthcare and Professions Council, General Osteopathic Council and The Institute of Osteopathy. We provide a broad range of high quality diagnostic and treatment skills for an extensive array of musculoskeletal problems, including sports and work related injuries. All Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are governed by strict rules and a professional code of conduct.

Perhaps most importantly for our patients, all members of the team regularly attend postgraduate courses in order to introduce new and up-to-date treatment techniques to our patients. At present every practitioner at the clinic is on an extended course such as a Post graduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc. We have a small, yet selective team of practitioners with a set of common goals:

It’s about you, not us!

We want you symptom free! If we can’t achieve this we will put you in the hands of someone who can, e.g. an orthopaedic surgeon.

We will get grumpy (with ourselves) if you come back with the same symptoms

We promise, simply, to get you much better

Mr Dean Dickinson

Chartered & HCPC Physiotherapist & GOsC Registered Osteopath, MICO
HCPC Reg. (PH100615) Independent Prescriber

Dean counts himself extremely fortunate to have had 16 years as a Physical Therapist having qualified from the British School of Osteopathy, London in 2002. He then went on to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Osteopathy from the John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy. From there, he went on to complete many Post graduate courses in the UK, Europe and the USA in Cranial, Paediatric and Obstetric Osteopathy.

I started an MSc in Osteopathy only for the course to be discontinued after module one. This left me at a loose end and I started to undertake more work in the fields of primitive reflexes, movement science, paediatrics, human factors engineering and nutrition/naturopathy.

I was then offered the opportunity to study for another BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at Brunel University, London. Since this this time, I have completed further training in the UK and US in Movement Science, Golf Biomechanics, Medical Acupuncture and Applied Kinesiology.

Dean has been teaching for many years both at undergraduate and postgraduate level both in the UK and Europe.

He is currently studying for an MSc in Nutritional Medicine and has recently graduated with a PG Cert in Independent Prescribing at the Medway School of Pharmacy allowing Dean to use Pharmaceutical drugs to treat pain and inflammation if required. Dean has undergone further training in injection therapy at the University of Essex.

Dean adds: ‘I love my work, I love learning and I love being at home with my wife, three beautiful daughters and Charlie my dog.’

Carla Hole

Registered Osteopath & Medical Acupuncturist

Carla completed her Masters degree at the British School of Osteopathy. After finishing at the BSO she moved to South Coast to begin her professional career. Carla has completed several post-graduate courses focusing on paediatric & obstetric care, western acupuncture (dry needling) and a foundation course at the Institute of Classical Osteopathy which helps patients to understand what processes in their life has led them to this point and the possible cause of their symptoms.

Carla has experience in treating all ages from babies and children right through to the elderly, helping them achieve their optimal health. She maintains a fascination with how the body works and has a great love of working with people, helping them to improve their quality of life and achieve optimal health; she offers a patient centred, caring, personal and professional approach to improving the health of her patients.

Carla is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council – GOsC (Reg No 8218) and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO).

Andrea Hughes

Medical Herbalist & Functional Medicine Practitioner

Andrea graduated from the respected College of Phytotherapy (University of Wales) with an Honours Degree in Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy.

Andrea has been in practice as a Herbalist since 2003 and as well as consultations offer seminars and workshops in Herbal Medicine.

She has talked a number of times on both Splash FM and Southern Counties Radio and have written articles for publication.

As a qualified Holistic & Clinical Aromatherapist, since 1997, she has a great experience in the field of complementary health. She also graduated from the Institute of Traditional Aromatherapy and Herbal Medicine (ITHMA) a course accredited by the IFPA.

Whilst studying for her degree in Herbal Medicine, she worked as a dispensary technician at Ainsworths Homoeopathic Pharmacy and was involved in the manufacture of both Homoeopathic Medicines and Bach Flower Essences.

I regularly attend Seminars and update my knowledge continuously. In 2015, she attended the IFM’ AFMCP intensive course in London working towards becoming a Functional Medicine Practitioner. She is now a fully accredited member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is also very interested in Nutrition and have also undertaken further CPD training in this area.

Dr Stephen Lewis

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physician

We are extremely fortunate to have the expertise of Dr Lewis on hand to see our patients. Dr Lewis heads up our Sports Medicine Team and The Tendon Clinic.

Dr Stephen Lewis has worked in elite sport since 2002. He worked for 11 years in the Premier League with Fulham FC before joining Brighton and Hove Albion FC in 2014. He is also Chief Medical Officer at Sussex CCC. He has previously worked in international rugby as Head of Medicine for the England Women’s rugby team as well as in 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 in acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems, recurrent injuries, diagnostic ultrasound, shockwave and injection therapy.

Tanya May

Bsc (Hons) Ost Med, D.O, N.D
Registered Osteopath & Naturopath

Tanya qualified from the British College of Osteopathy and Naturopathy as an Osteopath and Naturopath. She set up Osteoactive within David Lloyd in 2005 and now solely practices in Worthing, having previously also run a successful multi-disciplinary practice in Hove. She believes passionately that good health results from a balance between the structural, nutritional, and psychological aspects of a person and integrates the practise of Osteopathy and Naturopathy to achieve this with her patients.

Tanya has experience in treating a broad spectrum of conditions and her patients range from babies and children through to the elderly. Her special interest in gut health, which has led to further study in Nutrition over recent years, and training as a GAPS practitioner in 2011 has added another dimension to her practise. She has seen first hand, in her own family how critical gut health it is to overall health and wellbeing and is keen to impart this knowledge to patients and help them realise their own potential for health. In 2015, Tanya undertook the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® IFM’s foundational course. This 5-day comprehensive overview of the Functional Medicine Matrix Model provides a basis for the application of our patient-centered, systems biology approach to understanding and treating the underlying causes of chronic disease.

For further information on Tanya May please visit her website

Anita Dale

MA (Psych), HG Dip P (Acc), Dip Cog Hyp, HPD, Master Practitioner NLP, Life Coach Cert, EFT Pract, MHGI, MNCH (Acc), MIW (Acc), CNHC Reg, CCC Reg
Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Hypnotherapist

Anita Dale has been in private practice since 2000. Prior to this she worked for 20 years for a large Government organisation, with clients experiencing mental and physical disability, and as a trainer.

The therapy she offers is effective as it utilises findings about how people really function and draws on the elements of cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal and neural techniques that international studies have shown to be consistently effective. Her approach is based in recognised and effective brief, solution-oriented processes, offering practical solutions, while looking more to the future than the past. The areas she has successfully treated include: addictions, anger, anxiety, dependencies, depression, habits, fears, panic, phobias, PTSD, relationship difficulties, relaxation skills, stress management, and trauma.

Her qualifications include a Master’s Degree in psychotherapy from Nottingham Trent University, and a post graduate diploma (with distinction) in Human Givens counselling/therapy from the Human Givens College. She holds the externally validated Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma and is accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy. She also holds the Quest Institute Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy – a qualification that exceeds the UK National Occupational Standards for hypnotherapy, and is qualified to Mater Practitioner level in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP is about the link between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotions (programming). She also has qualifications in Life Coaching and Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT). She is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, an accredited member of the Institute of Welfare, a CCC registered counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is fully insured for professional liability and committed to regular training and supervision. She holds enhanced CRB disclosure.

Jacqui Black

Registered Osteopath, Foundation Trainer & Movement Specialist

Jacqui qualified from The British School of Osteopathy with a Bachelors’ degree in Osteopathy (B’Ost). She enjoys an active life competing in local cycling events, triathlons and regularly plays tennis. Prior to training as an Osteopath, Jacqui worked as a personal trainer and sports therapist and regularly draws on this experience, integrating exercise and Osteopathy in to her treatments. She is also qualified in Western Medical Acupuncture, Ultrasound and Myofascial kinesiology taping, and may also use these as part of treatment where appropriate.

Jacqui has a special interest in biomechanics and in particular the influence the feet have on knee, hip and back problems. Ongoing study into biomechanics with Dr Eric Goodman at Foundation Training and Gard Ward of What the Foot has developed her keen interest in how our bodies move. She enjoys working with individuals to identify postural bad habits or muscle dominance’s that may be causing chronic pain or poor performance in their chosen sport. Many of Jacqui’s patients are local athletes of all abilities.

For further information on Jacqui Black please visit her website

Dr Ian Robinson

BSc (Hons) Podiatry, Phd Podiatry
Extended Scope Podiatrist & Orthotist

Ian started his training in Podiatry in Manchester before moving to the south coast where he gained a BSc (Hons) Podiatry and then a PhD. Making him a very rare find.

Ian heads up the Clinical Podiatry unit at Bognor Hospital and works as part of the MATT clinic. He works alongside other healthcare professionals with an interest in the lower limb and can address problems with prescribed foot orthoses and medical intervention if required such as steroid injections.

The simplicity of Ian’s assessment and orthotic prescription is truly refreshing. All his orthotics a personally made by him in his workshop allowing for that truly personal touch.

Ian is part of our exceptional off site team that we refer to. Please contact the clinic for further info about seeing Ian Robinson.

Ben White

Registered Osteopath

Ben graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with a masters degree in 2012. In February 2013 he moved to Brisbane, Australia where he has been a full time practitioner in a multi-disciplinary clinic for the last 5 years. 

In Australia, Osteopathy is a first point of contact profession, so Ben has gained a lot of experience treating a wide range of presenting conditions in his time there. Ben has a particular interest in treating people with injuries obtained through sport, but also really enjoys seeing the quality of life improvements everyone can benefit from with Osteopathy whether it be office workers or the elderly. Ben may include techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint articulation, joint manipulation, and cranial-sacral therapy during his treatments. 

Ben has completed further study in Sports Massage, Cranial-Sacral Therapy and various courses on the treatment and rehabilitation of the neck and upper and lower limbs.

Outside Osteopathy Ben enjoys watching and participating sport with a particular interest in football, specifically his beloved Tractor Boys of Ipswich Town