Faculty

Who We Are

A multidisciplinary team of highly motivated professionals dedicated to exchanging knowledge and experience with students of health and wellness.

Faculty

“If you want to succeed leave your ego at the door.”

Zac Laraman, Osteopath BSc, BA (Hons), STT LSSM Dip

Zac Laraman, Osteopath BSc, BA (Hons), STT LSSM Dip

Principal Tutor

I am an Osteopath (www.zaclaraman.com) who originally trained with Mel Cash at the London School of Soft Tissue Therapy (LSSM) over 20 years ago.  I went on to lecture at the LSSM for a further 14 years as well as run a satellite school for LSSM in North Wales in 2011-2014.  As a Soft Tissue Therapist I ran my own clinic and worked as a Soigneur for the Wales and Great Britain Cycling Squads.  These experiences enabled me to go on to study Osteopathy.

Never stop learning is the mantra that I adhere to and that I encourage all to adopt.  Every patient encounter is an opportunity to learn.  Every interaction with healthcare professionals is a chance to reflect and re-evaluate upon what we already think we know. 

Colin Roberts Physiotherapist MSc, BSc

Colin Roberts Physiotherapist MSc, BSc

Lead Tutor

I am an experienced ambitious Chartered Advanced Practice Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist working in the private sector (LEXVA).   I ensure that a person centred education is the focal point of my clinical interaction.  Evidence based clinical education is the bedrock of my clinical reasoning platform.  Understanding neurobiology and contemporary pain neuroscience and the influential relationship they have on our stress/pain and wellbeing response is of special interest as a clinician.  I also have a considerable interest in understanding the link between the gut microbiome, nutrition, and immunity, and the development of chronic disease and their collective impact on pain.  I have recently completed a wonderfully insightful post-graduate plant-based nutrition course through Winchester University.

Andy Walling, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PhD (History), MCSP

Andy Walling, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PhD (History), MCSP

Elite Sports Rehabilitation Consultant

Andy is currently employed by Manchester United as a First Team physiotherapist, having previously been employed by British Athletics as technical lead therapist through to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where he was lead therapist. Prior to that, Andy was the Lead Endurance Physiotherapist, working across London, Loughborough and Brighton. He has been either indirectly or directly involved across two Olympic cycles, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
Andy spent four and a half years as a senior Physiotherapist for the English institute of Sport, based at Bisham Abbey. His primary role was that of lead Physiotherapist to the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) Intensive Rehabilitation Unit (IRU).  He is a qualified Athletics coach and has coached athletes to national titles and regular Great Britain representation. 

Andy has kindly agreed to act as a consultant in all things rehabilitation for our school.

Jay Ruddock Osteopath MOst, BA (Hons), Rolfer

Jay Ruddock Osteopath MOst, BA (Hons), Rolfer

Lead Tutor

Osteopath.  Advanced Structural Integration Practitioner.  Owner and Principal at Align Body Clinic Bath, England.

Registrant committee member of the Investigation Committee for the General Osteopathic Council.  Jay has vast knowledge in all areas of manual therapy but a particular emphasis at TWISTT on Myofascial work.

Iona Collins, FRCS, MRCS, MBBS, BMedSci(Hons)

Iona Collins, FRCS, MRCS, MBBS, BMedSci(Hons)

Medical Consultant

Vice Chair BMA Wales, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Spinal Medicolegal Expert Witness

Experienced Doctor with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in spinal surgery, spinal research and spinal education. Graduated from St Bartholomews Hospital Medical School and both SHO and SpR training rotation in Oxford Deanery. Experience of orthopaedic training also in Scotland and New Zealand. Spinal fellowships in Oxford, Nottingham and Sydney with spinal consultant posts held in Nottingham from 2008-2011 and Swansea University Health Board from 2011 onwards.

Iona has kindly agreed to be our consultant for all things medical for our school.

Chris Bradshaw QGM, BSc (Hons) Paramedic

Chris Bradshaw QGM, BSc (Hons) Paramedic

First Aid Delivery

I am a Search & Rescue (SAR) Winchman/Paramedic and base clinical lead at the HM Coastguard rescue helicopter base in Caernarfon. I’m a paramedic practice placement educator for newly qualified SAR paramedics, where I oversee their preceptorship period in helicopter search and rescue. I am also the trauma lead for a medical training company where I develop and deliver various elements of paramedic practice to students on a modular paramedic course and to undergraduate paramedics.

I have been a frontline SAR winchman for 15 years, with the RAF for 8, and the last 6 with HM coastguard. I was lucky enough to serve as a paramedic on the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) in Afghanistan in 2011. I was a Royal Marines Commando for 5 years.

Alun Pepper, MSc, BSc (Hons) RAF, STT LSSM (Dip)

Alun Pepper, MSc, BSc (Hons) RAF, STT LSSM (Dip)

Psychology Tutor

A subject matter expert in all facets of Human Performance (physiology and psychology) developed alongside a 25 year career as a Professional Aviator in the Royal Air Force. Currently specialising in performance psychology for Fast Jet Pilots. A tireless charity volunteer for cancer awareness, following diagnosis in 2006.  LSSM graduate and ran a satellite LSSM school at RAF Cranwell.

Simon Chafer Osteopath BOst, BSc(Hons), PgCertEd, MEd, MSc(Pain Mgt)

Simon Chafer Osteopath BOst, BSc(Hons), PgCertEd, MEd, MSc(Pain Mgt)

Pain Management consultant

Simon qualified as an osteopath in 2005 having completed a 4-year bachelor of osteopathy degree at The British School of Osteopathy (now University College of Osteopathy). He was previously a biochemist, was a science teacher for ten years. His teaching experience has been of huge value in his role as lecturer at The London School of Osteopathy (teaching osteopathic evaluation and technique, differential diagnosis, and pain management). He has a Master of Science post-graduate degree in Pain Management from The University of Cardiff School of Medicine. His research interests in chronic pain management have been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

He is driven by an evidence-based approach to pain management (both acute and chronic). He has a professional interest in treating headache symptoms and has extensive experience of treating neurological referral headache patients. 

Sarah-Jane Garside  Physiotherapist MSc, MCSP

Sarah-Jane Garside Physiotherapist MSc, MCSP

Aspirant Tutor

I am a band 6 respiratory and neurology physiotherapist and graduated from Brunel University, London.  Prior to working as a physiotherapist I worked jointly as a Personal Trainer and a Sports Therapist at a Rugby club where I experienced a lot about injury assessment, rehabilitation and global strengthening to compliment performance.  Throughout my time as a physiotherapist I have become much more focused on the holistic style of management of patients.  Looking at both physical and mental issues.  I have recently started using more Mindfulness and CBT styles into my approach to treatment.  I am passionate about Critical care and Neurorehabilitation.

Mat Millns, STT LSSM Dip

Mat Millns, STT LSSM Dip

Aspirant Tutor

I worked as a Musical Theatre actor before retiring and pursuing a career in body work (Mat Millns). I gained a BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy from LSSM.

A graduate of the Life Of A Yogi teacher training from Sri Dharma Mittra in 2010, I have a grounding in the traditional classical Hatha Raja yoga.
I am a qualified Bike Fitter and Cycling coach.  Assistant Tutor.

Rhiannon Ward, STT LSSM Dip

Rhiannon Ward, STT LSSM Dip

Aspirant Tutor

I am a BTEC Level 5 Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist. I qualified in 2012 prior to the birth of my first child soon after. I have been treating clients from home and mobile, in addition to working alongside an Ancient Thai Massage Therapist. I have clinic sessions based in the Back to Health clinic in Mold and Chester, working closely with the Chiropractic team.  In addition I am a Level 4 Nutrition Coach and have undertaken training with RockTape and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation.

Assistant Tutor.

Grayce Bartlett, STT LSSM Dip

Grayce Bartlett, STT LSSM Dip

Aspirant Tutor

Over the last 6 years I’ve grown a loyal client base who trust me as a competent and enthusiastic therapist (GB3 Sports Massage). I retain long term clients, helping them to achieve their goals by: evaluating their physical fitness, understanding their needs and developing a suitable and achievable rehab routine for them. As my experience has grown, I’ve learned that a large part of therapy is understanding clients on a holistic level. I pride myself on the ability to connect deeply with my clients, often it is this level of trust that is needed before the actual soft tissue work can begin. I feel extremely proud and fortunate to have a job that excites me and that I genuinely love doing!

A Word

From Our Principal

” If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.  If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. ”  Work with us to give you the best learning experience.  We have a wealth of knowledge to impart and welcome your experiences as part of our learning journey too.  Never stop learning.

– Zac  Laraman