PRACTITIONERS – meet the team

All our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which helps to regulate and develop the profession. All osteopaths are required to meet high standards of safety and competence and all hold professional indemnity insurance.
Our Osteopaths are also a members of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO), the UK’s leading professional membership organisation for osteopaths.

Our team embraces the programme of Continuing Professional Development as required by the GOSC to remain updated with new (and existing) techniques and approaches of osteopathy. To this end, we attend regular meetings, courses and seminars where we can incorporate the newest evidence based research and thereby provide the best care for our patients.

Jeremy BuckJeremy A Buck

D.O. Registered Osteopath
GOSC No 159

Jeremy graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1984 and initially worked in a practice in Haywards Heath with Osteopath Anthony Pusey. He set up The Drive Osteopaths in The Drive, Hove in 1985 and has worked here since.

For the past 10 years Jeremy has organised the Central Sussex Osteopaths, a professional development group where local osteopaths can gain post graduate training and clinical technique experience. He is actively involved with the General Osteopathic Council in the development and furtherance of the profession. Jeremy is also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

‘Having watched my four (now grown) children search their hearts for a choice of career I now realise how lucky I am. I always wanted to be an osteopath and now 36 years after qualifying I am still fascinated by osteopathy and how I can use it to treat a whole myriad of symptoms. It continues to be my passion. Helping people regain their health is so fulfilling, maintaining good health is fundamental to your quality of life.’

The Drive Osteopaths is a family run clinic, Jeremy’s wife Gilly is the Practice Manager.


EmilieEmilie Roddie

M.Ost. DO. Registered Osteopath
GOSC No 9463

Emilie graduated from the renowned European School of Osteopathy in Kent with an Integrated Master’s Degree. She started her career in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as an Osteopath in several successful multi-disciplinary clinics. Emilie joined the team at The Drive osteopaths in 2016 and very quickly built up her patient list.

Emilie’s method of working employs a wide range of techniques, tailored to individual needs, incorporating articulation, manipulation, soft tissue work and cranial. Self-management exercises and stretches are also incorporated into her patient’s management plan, as required.

Emilie adopts a holistic approach to all her treatments and is a very hands-on practitioner, whose primary objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of her patients. She has experience of treating a broad spectrum of patients with different musculoskeletal conditions and has a passionate interest for treating expectant mothers, infants and children.


EmilieGemma

M.Ost. DPO. Registered Osteopath
GOSC No 8613

Receiving osteopathic treatment during her teens for a knee injury sustained from competitive judo sparked her interest in anatomy, movement and health. This led to undertaking a 4 year Masters in Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy, known now as the University College of Osteopathy.

Gemma enjoys all aspects of osteopathic practice but was inspired to undertake a Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy at the world renowned Osteopathic Centre for Children after seeing the benefits treatment gave to her very premature nephew. This has led to a special interest in paediatrics, woman’s health and pre and postpartum care.

Gemma enjoys attending many courses and seminars to continue to expand her knowledge of paediatrics and woman’s health but also to also meet with other healthcare professionals and provide the best care for her patients.
After working in both London and Hampshire, Gemma has returned to her home county of Sussex and is enjoying being close to the beautiful South Downs once again. When not working, Gemma can be found bouldering, walking on the Downs and enjoying spending time with family and friends. She is happiest when in or on the water. She is a keen traveller, taking every opportunity to enjoy the UK, Europe and when possible even further afield!


HarrietHarriet

M.Ost. Registered Osteopath
GOSC No 10612

Harriet graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, Kent with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy.

During her time spent at the ESO clinic, she was able to treat a variety of patients and had the opportunity to work alongside Osteopaths experienced in Sports injuries, Women’s health and Paediatric and Maternity care. Through this time Harriet developed an interest in treating young children with physical or mental disabilities and pre-natal to post-partum osteopathic care.

Harriet has always had an interest in sport and treating sports injuries. As a gymnastics coach and by pursuing her own passion for rock climbing, she has gained a proficient awareness for managing injuries and aiding rehabilitation among many different sports. Harriet also holds a Sports Massage qualification leading her to work with a variety of athletes from grass roots to elite levels.

With an ever-growing interest in health and wellbeing, Harriet will always take the time to understand her patients, their backgrounds and lifestyle, and therefore apply a holistic treatment plan to suit individual needs.


Eve O'DonovanEve O’Donovan

Secretary/Receptionist

Eve has worked part-time with Jeremy at The Drive Osteopaths for over 35 years. Her cumulative knowledge and experience of administering to generations of patients makes her an invaluable member of our team.


Gillian BuckGillian Buck

RSHom LSECH

Gilly’s interest in homeopathy was first awakened when her son was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes, twenty-three years ago. Homeopathic treatment helped to keep him well balanced and healthy despite his condition. She learnt to use homeopathic remedies for all her family for minor ailments.

The interest became a passion for a form of treatment that helped with her own health and those of her family and friends in a constructive, natural and gentle way.

Finally she studied a four year course and in 2006 qualified from the South East College of Homeopathy in Lewes. Gilly works two days a week as a homeopath at the Clinic. With her other hat on, Gilly manages the running of the Clinic.


kirstyKIRSTY FERRY-COOK

BSc (Hons), MSMSA

Kirsty Graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy Degree in 2012, but has been a practising soft tissue therapist since qualifying in Sports Massage and Reflexology in 2005.

Kirsty offers Sports Therapy, Massage, Scar Work, Reflexology & Ayurvedic Face Massage from the clinic on a Tuesday and Thursday. For more detailed information on these therapies click the page “massage”
Passionate about the therapies she offers, Kirsty continuously builds on her knowledge base by attending short courses and seminars. She is a Gold member with the Sports Massage Association, and holds a number of post graduate further qualifications.
As well as treating, Kirsty lectured on the Sports Therapy Degree at London Met University, teaching Functional Anatomy and Massage to undergraduate students.

She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Sports Massage for Brighton based massage school, The Sussex School of Natural Therapies.

www.awaypaintherapy.com
www.brightonscarwork.com
awaypaintherapy@gmail.com


DonnaDonna Raftery

RYT 500hr

Yoga Alliance Professional

Donna brings a holistic approach to teaching and sharing yoga in the fullest sense of the word – integrating mind, body and spirit for optimum health.

One to one sessions will incorporate modern postural yoga (based on Classical Yoga, Hatha, Iyengar), breath awareness (pranayama) and deep relaxation to finish. Enjoying tranquility through movement, finding stillness within. Restorative and peaceful. Accessible for all levels, abilities and bodies her approach is to simply “begin where you are”.

She brings over 20 years of her own practise and qualified to the highest standard in the 500 hour Yoga Plus Course at the Vajrasati School founded by Jim Tarran (her teacher of 18 years).

“She is warm, kind, fun, creative and knowledgeable. Practicing yoga with her will no doubt be a deep journey filled with love and wisdom.”
Jim Tarran, Founder of Vajrasati Yoga School

Providing excellence in osteopathic care and alternative treatments for 36 years