“Our mission is to educate our community on the power of chiropractic, whilst leading families to a naturally healthy and proactive lifestyle”
Janine Callard – Practice Manager
I was first introduced to Chiropractic care in 2011 when Dipty gave a presentation to Torbay Athletic Club. As a regular long-distance runner, it was my first port of call when I picked up a hamstring and achilles injury. I was amazed at how effective Chiropractic care was for these types of injuries. As a keen runner, I have completed the London Marathon twice, The Grizzly and numerous other running events. I regularly get adjusted, before symptoms occur as I realise the importance of the prevention of injuries and an optimally performing nervous system. In fact…I was such a good patient, they asked me to join the team!
It is very rewarding to see the transformation of patients, from their first visit, when they may be in pain or discomfort, through to their regular maintenance check-ups and they are restored to full health.
As well as running, I enjoy swimming, yoga, gardening, dog walks and time spent with my family.
Amy West – Chiropractic Assistant
I first discovered Chiropractic care back in 2015 when my back could take no more! I had had three difficult labours with my three boys in four years and I was in such pain. I was introduced to Dipty and have not looked back!
All three of my children receive Chiropractic treatments to help them with Dyspraxia, Severe Reflux, bowel problems and anxious behaviour. They love their treatments and the water machine!
When I am not working at both my job here and being a full time Mum I absolutely love baking and cooking. I have just come to the end of a complete house refurbishment and now I have a bit of life back I can often be found on the beach with the boys or having an adventure with my gorgeous family.
“As chairman of Torbay Athletic Club I first
met Dipty when the Essential Chiropractic
gave a presentation to the club on the
benefits of using a chiropractor to treat
and prevent sports injuries.
As a veteran athlete with many
miles behind me I always find that
my treatment at Essential Chiropractic
is always professional, caring and friendly.”
Dipty Patel MChiro DC
After 5 years of intensive full time training I gained an MChiro in Chiropractic at The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2009. During my clinical experience at university I developed an enthusiasm for the treatment of extremity conditions (foot, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist), and I have pursued this interest as part of my Continual Professional Development. In addition to this, I have further developed my interests in treatment of the neck and shoulder.
In late 2009 I decided to practice in Torquay where I then developed an interest in how occlusal (jaw) problems can have a dramatic effect on posture and musculoskeletal function. Following this, it lead me to work in a multidisciplinary setting with dentists that specialise in occlusal problems.
In 2010 I became a member of the Sacro-Occipital Technique Organisation to commence the 4 year post graduate course which will enable me to become one of the few chiropractors in the UK to hold this qualification. In the summer of 2011 I completed some work in my hometown of Yorkshire with the players of Bradford City Football club. We currently work with the players of Torquay United and Torquay Rugby Club.
In March 2012 I spent some time working with world renowned Dr Jonathan Howat D.C and his team in Oxford to increase my knowledge of Sacro-Occipital Technique and Mal-Occlusion.
During the last 6 years I developed a keen interest in the treatment of pregnant women and paediatrics by seeing first-hand how fantastic Chiropractic treatment can be for mother and baby. From these results, this led me to embark on paediatric courses focusing on pregnancy, birth trauma and the treatment of frequently occurring paediatric complaints. I have recently completed a course mastering the Websters Technique which has delivered some phenomenal results within the practice. In 2016 I was invited to lecture the midwives at Torbay Hospital about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant patients and infants.
When I’m not in the clinic keeping the people of Torbay in check, you’ll find me in the gym or cooking up a storm in my kitchen!
Amy Burn, MChiro, DC, PGCert, MRCC
I graduated from the Anglo European College Of Chiropractic in 2006 where I achieved a distinction in my master’s degree and was awarded the Flavio Grillo Prize for best clinical proficiency performance.
I followed this with a postgraduate certificate in chiropractic practice and a qualification in dry needling.
At the age of 14, I competed for Kent and was in the National Squad for Judo and it was here that I first encountered chiropractic when suffering an injury to my back. This sparked an interest and started me on my path to help others benefit from all aspects of chiropractic care.
Prior to moving to Devon I spent the last 9 years working in a multi-disciplinary practice in Somerset. During this time I also had the opportunity to work closely with an experienced orthodontist, helping to manage patients suffering from persistent musculoskeletal problems related to chronic jaw clenching, bruxism and poor occlusion.
I have a keen interest in rehabilitation and my most recent and ongoing CPD is focused on this. I believe that the best results will come from assessing the individual, understanding the demands of their job/sport/life and then devising a plan to best prepare them for those demands.
Outside of the office, I spend most of my time with my young family. I enjoy an active lifestyle and can be found running, climbing, paddle boarding or doing a workout of some sort!
Holly Down, BSc Hons
I have just finished my degree in Sports Conditioning Rehabilitation & Massage at Cardiff Metropolitan University and I am back in the Torbay area to help people with any soft tissue injuries or mobilisation. During my time at Cardiff I have worked in a variety of settings including working in the clinic at the National Indoor Athletic Centre where I also worked specifically with the Athletics team. I also worked with the Team Bath Netball Super league team for this season where I dealt with professional athletes and helped prepare for big matches on Sky Sports as well as aid in the recovery process.
I currently also work at the Riviera Centre as a gym instructor helping a variety of members with exercise and lifestyle goals. I have worked here for just over four years so I have a vast experience of different training as well as injuries.
Sports massage can help anyone in any setting. I have experience of working in a variety of sports helping athletes whether its pre, post or intra-vent massage. Massage can aid the recovery process when rehabilitating an injury and can help with injury prevention. Massage and the use of neuro-muscular techniques can assist in posture adjustments and can be targeted at people who work office jobs. I find helping the people of Torbay very rewarding and seeing the fantastic results from regular treatment is extremely satisfying for myself as well as the individual.
When I’m not working you will catch me walking my dog, at the gym or socialising with friends.
Sarah Miller BSc, MSc, ANutr
I recently graduated with a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Plymouth, the only programme of its kind in the south-west. This evidence-based course equipped me with the knowledge of the science of food, nutrition and human health, as well as an advanced understanding of links between diet and health.
I am a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. The Association for Nutrition are a registered charity that hold the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). All UKVRN registrants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding (at degree level or above) of five areas of core competencies in nutrition science. As a Registered Associate Nutritionist, I must abide by the Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance of the Association for Nutrition and apply these to my professional practice.
I’m a person who believes that big changes come with small steps, that need to be realistic and practical. I will very much work with you, to find solutions that are both comfortable and doable! Anything I suggest is just that, a suggestion. You are free to take what you like and leave the rest. I aim to help you make better food choices, change your eating behaviors, and improve your health. My approach is personalised, to meet your goals and help you identify any barriers that may be blocking you. I see the process as a journey not a destination, helping you to make sustainable changes for long-term health and wellbeing.
When I’m not working, or thinking nutrition, you can find me spending time with my family, running the streets of Exeter or cooking!