The Smart Health team are a group of like minded, highly experienced therapists who pride themselves in providing a safe and comprehensive model of wellness care.
Born on the Isle of Wight, Martin started his career in Chiropractic having graduated from the Oxford based McTimoney College of Chiropractic in 1997. Following qualification and involvement in one of the first high-tech research projects done by the institution, he was immediately asked back to take up a position at the college, specialising in teaching the practical application of chiropractic technique.
Simultaneously, Martin successfully launched into practice on the Island, working both at Watchbell House Natural Therapy Centre and with the late Bronwen Herbertson at her West Wight clinic, which has latterly grown and blossomed into Smart Health under his leadership.
Over the last 17 years, he has successfully treated a multitude of patients of every generation and demographic, from a baby of only 2 day old to very determined folks in their 90′s.
Having done additional training in sports therapy therapies, Martin has worked very closely with several of the Island’s top professional and amateur athletes and knows first hand how important effective rehabilitative care and preventative treatment can be.
After 25 years of competition,retiring from the punishing impacts of league basketball was a difficult, but sensible decision. Since then, usually driven by charitable ideals, he has taken on a number of extreme challenges, starting in 2008, by climbing the 3 highest mountain peaks in the UK in just 24 hours.
In 2011, Martin led a 10 man team in setting a 1 million metre row British record and was part of the 8 man team that attempted to break the record for rowing the 70 miles around the Isle of Wight in 2013 whilst raising funds for the Ellen MacArthur Trust.
Sea swimming has also become a passion and having successfully swum across the Western Solent in 2012, he now helps with the preparation and safety of other swimmers for such events and is proud to work closely with the West Wight Sports Centre Trust, as it was for them that he swam competitively as a child.
In recognition of the positive promotion of the Chiropractic profession through his charity fundraising and his work for the Executive Committee of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, Martin was nominated by his peers and in 2013, awarded a Fellowship by his professional association.
Karen has worked as a therapist for over 10 years, providing traditional Swedish massage, as well as reflexology.
Due to her time as a Healthcare Assistant within the NHS, she has broadened her knowledge base substantially and has a good appreciation of the requirements and health issues of the wide and varied demographic on the Island
Recently, She has had additional training in clinical massage techniques at the Jing institute in Brighton and has been successfully incorporating these into her treatments.
The most recent member to join the Smart Health team is McTimoney Chiropractor Beth Caws, who began working at the clinic during the summer of 2014.
Born on the Island, Beth was inspired to come into the profession at an early age, as she and her family members all received chiropractic treatment.
Having completed AS Levels at Brockenhurst College in the New Forest, she then went on to gain qualifications in Indian Head massage, Reflexology and ITEC level Swedish massage before enrolling onto the Masters degree programme at the McTimoney Chiropractic College, from which she graduated in 2013 with the MChiro qualification.
During the course of her training, Beth worked at the Cowes Chiropractic Clinic as their Remedial Massage Therapist, gaining several years of experience working with musculo-skeletal issues. This has given her a deeper insight into the dynamics of such treatment and feels that Chiropractic and massage techniques are complementary to one another.