Meet the Team

The Abacus team comprises chiropractic practitioners, offering a wealth of knowledge with after-care advice and guidance. The team approach reflects the McTimoney technique and philosophy of care. The body works as a whole and therefore should be treated as a whole. Practitioners, trained in the latest techniques for specific injuries and pain management, use a skilled ‘hands-on’ approach. Specific arrangements can be made for 1:1 Pilates instruction. All practitioners are fully registered with their respective associations. All Chiropractors are GCC registered.

As the founder of the Abacus Clinic, with a 40 year career in the Health care sector, primarily with pregnant women, babies and children, Deirdre believes every child should be given the opportunity to reach their optimum potential. With five years research culminating in two published papers, she advocates early assessment, treatment where necessary and guidelines for care. Deirdre attained a combined Nursing degree and Health Visitor’s certificate before re-training as a Chiropractor. She is an experienced lecturer and expert advisor/examiner in Paediatrics for several academic institutes such as the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and the Royal College of Chiropractors. Registered with the GCC, she is a Fellow of both the Paediatrics Faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractors and the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and has also gained an Award for Outstanding Achievement by the McTimoney Chiropractic College.
Deirdre presents the findings of her research at national & international level, advocating early assessment to ensure sleep is not interrupted by infant pain. Deirdre believes sleep is paramount for optimum development.
Katie joined Abacus in 2006. She is a member of both the Paediatric Faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractors in addition to The McTimoney Chiropractic Association. Katie continues her professional development through attending regular seminars, and consistently updates her paediatric knowledge. Katie has been working alongside Deirdre for 10 years in the children’s clinic, treating many of the babies and children with the continuity of care necessary for children during their developmental years. She also assists Deirdre on the lecture circuit and hands-on teaching for graduates.
Katie’s degree in Sports Science, gained in 2000, coupled with her experience as a qualified Pilates instructor supports her experience in advising the best preventative and rehabilitative programmes for children, their parents and grandparents. The Abacus Team, can rely on Katie’s knowledge to enhance the care they offer patients as well as their own preventative postural guidelines.
Katie is excited to announce that she has just been accepted on to the Masters in Paediatrics programme with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.
Tamzin Blinkhorn joined the Abacus team in 2007 with a first class degree, and two additional awards. Her interest in McTimoney chiropractic started as a teenager. An avid horse rider, she received treatment that made a massive difference to her eventing performance.
Tamzin is a member of the paediatric faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractors and is a Fellow of McTimoney Chiropractic Association, having held an executive position in the latter. Tamzin treats all the family from new-borns to the third generation and firmly believes that chiropractic is more than simply adjusting joints, in particular the balance between their skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.
She has supplemented her experience and joy of treating babies and children, gained alongside Deirdre in the children’s clinic, by participating in a continuing series of seminars on paediatric development and chiropractic examination and treatment.
Priya has been working with the Abacus team for 3 years. Upon completion of the integrated masters in Chiropractic at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic Priya was delighted when invited to join the team on a permanent basis. Priya has particular interests in how Chiropractic care can promote the development of babies and children and also the benefits of receiving Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. She enjoys seeing the many generations of family’s that visit the clinic.
Chiropractic care from a young age sparked her desire to embark on a career in Chiropractic. Her passion to work with the human body was also enhanced by her 20 years of experience participating in dance and movement classes such as ballet, tap and contemporary jazz. She completed the National Diploma program in Dance and Musical Theatre at Bodywork Company Dance Studios in Cambridge and also completed an internship at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York; these experiences have helped her develop an understanding of the importance of balance, coordination and core strength in movement, necessities in the rehabilitation of patients. Priya utilizes these experiences in her daily practice in clinic when treating and advising her patients.
Priya has recently enrolled on the Masters in Paediatric care at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and is excited to begin the next chapter of her Chiropractic story.
Kay has been a member of the Abacus team since May 2007. His areas of interest include sports and Pilates which support his Diploma in Personal Training as well as his interest in functional neurology. Kay takes regular Pilates classes and found that Pilates helped him build his strength and enabled his return to work after a riding accident severely injured his back. Kay utilises both his chiropractic and personal training skills to help patients with particular sports injuries.
Kay has been immersed in further neurological studies to enhance his interest in how Chiropractic effects change in the nervous system.
Kay has attended Pregnancy Post Graduate courses to ensure his skill base reflects evidence informed decisions when treating pregnant women.
Andy graduated with a Master’s degree in Chiropractic from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, in Oxfordshire. Subsequently Andy has attended post graduate courses to enhance skills in treating children, as well as pregnant women. Working at Abacus clinic is fulfilling an ambition to work within a family practice; caring for adults and children alike.
He also works at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic as a technique instructor, enjoying the rewards of teaching students and developing his personal practise.
Andy’s interests include cycling, climbing, tai chi and music.
Andy has had a previous career in design and construction. He brings a practical approach to the gentle art of McTimoney chiropractic.
JANE RAPPITEC - Holistic Massage. VTCT - Level 3 Sports Massage
Specialising in sports massage, Jane joined the Abacus Team to assist in helping patients with soft tissue injuries, and sports injury care. Having assisted in the Wednesday clinics for some time with Kay Schultz, the combined care of soft tissue massage followed by chiropractic intervention is a favourite of many patients. Jane likes the challenge of helping people become more mobile and comfortable following treatment. Massage skills support the needs of patients for relaxation as well as specific injury.
Jane is completely committed to the inter-disciplinary approach of care within the team, aimed to help shorten and maximise the patient recovery time. The outstanding results have further fuelled her enthusiasm for shared care approach to alleviating pain and restoring function. Her personal horse riding expertise gives her an added insight into muscle requirements.
Her interests include horses and ponies as well as a busy family life. She enjoys the working environment at Abacus, within a team of professionals.