Our Doctors of Chiropractic
Our Doctors of Chiropractic are all trained to the highest of International Standards and have large practice experience in England and abroad. They are all registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the regulatory Government Body, which protects and maintains the high standards of the Chiropractic Profession. The BritChiro team counts over 30 members including secretarial, admin and management personnel. All of the practitioners listed below are Doctors of Chiropractic (as opposed to Doctors of Medicine).
Dr Peter S Westergaard, Founder of BritChiro Clinics, completed his pre-clinical studies at the University of Odense in Denmark, then studied four years at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic followed by a post-graduate year of full-time practice and studies at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics in Denmark. On graduation he built a strong practice in Denmark. He then decided to move to Britain with the challenging aim of achieving a high status for Chiropractic here, as is the case in Denmark. He is a well known figure in the Chiropractic profession in both England and abroad - also inspiring Chiropractic university students in Denmark, England & Australia, in the capacity of external lecturer.
Peter is married and has two daughters who are both enthusiastic Chiropractic patients.
Dr Charlene Warnell, who is from Canada, graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic with a Masters Degree in Chiropractic. Before moving to England Charlene graduated from Saint Mary's University in Halifax with a degree in both Psychology and English. Charlene, who was a competitive gymnast, first encountered the power of Chiropractic many years ago when she, after suffering an injury to her shoulder, was successfully treated by a Chiropractor. The natural philosophy and effective treatment techniques behind Chiropractic practice inspired her to become a part of this dynamic profession. Dr Warnell has a special interest in treating and optimising the performance of sports men and women.
Charlene is married and is the mother of two young children.
Dr Damien O’Dwyer studied for his Masters Degree in Chiropractic at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic, where he graduated with the prize for the Most Holistic Practitioner. For several years Damien ran a very popular practice in BritChiro’s New Milton clinic, whilst also teaching 5th year Chiropractic students as a clinic tutor at the AECC. Damien then returned to Australia for a couple of years where he worked within a leading group of clinics in New South Wales. Missing England Damien and his wife have now returned to the Bournemouth area they love. Dr O’Dwyer is an award-winning medical researcher with a PhD in immunology and endocrinology. Additionally, Dr O’Dwyer is the only Doctor of Chiropractic in Dorset and Hampshire with an Activator Methods Advanced Proficiency Rating.
Dr Sheena Si graduated from the AECC with a Master’s Degree in chiropractic. Sheena’s approach to chiropractic care combines a strong belief in the value of achieving early spinal health with promoting physical and nutritional well-being.
Dr Sheena Si’s faith in Chiropractic stems from childhood when Chiropractic helped her recover from several injuries sustained through many years of taekwondo at a competitive black-belt level. Sheena is supremely placed to understand and treat sporting injuries and finds seeing her athletic patients return to their optimal performance one of the most rewarding aspects of her professional work.
Dr James Bennett has a Masters Degree in Chiropractic from the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences. His professional career has involved Chiropractic consultancy in Cuba and private practice in London. He is enthusiastic to be a part of the BritChiro Clinics team as he is a strong advocate of BritChiro Clinics’ philosophy of treating the cause of a problem, not the symptoms. A keen rugby player and golfer himself, he has a strong interest in treating and optimising the performance of sports men and women. Dr Bennett has undertaken the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Healthcare Provider training.
James is a family man with a wife and two active young children.
Dr Shelley Irving has a Masters degree in chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic and has also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in chiropractic practice and a Diploma in Chiropractic Paediatrics. During her time in private practice Dr Irving has developed a strong vitalistic chiropractic philosophy, aiming to treat a wide range of health issues in people of all ages, while respecting the body’s ability to heal, grow and thrive. She takes a special interest in the treatment of chronic complaints and the prevention of neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders through patient education. Shelley continues to spend a great deal of her free time expanding her scope of practice, especially in the field of treatment technique and nutrition and has recently begun lecturing at Chiropractic seminars.
In addition to being a member of the British Chiropractic Association, Dr Irving is also a member of the European Chiropractors Union, SOTO Europe and The College of Chiropractors.
Dr Morten Westergaard has a Masters Degree in Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. He has consulted in Norway and has extensive practice experience in England. He is a well respected figure within the Sussex community due to the large number of patients he has successfully treated. Morten has a keen interest in the treatment of neck pain, headaches and migraine, knee and foot problems. A family man with three young children he is proactive in ensuring that Chiropractic treatment is becoming more and more well known for its' primary role in health care for the whole family due to its ability to correct a wide spectre of health problems and conditions and is proud of the fact that BritChiro Clinics has become a first stop for many families' health care. A keen golfer himself, Morten has undertaken the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Healthcare Provider training.
Dr Clare Cullen graduated from the University of Surrey with a Masters Degree in Chiropractic. Before joining BritChiro Clinics she was practising in Guildford where she treated a large number of pregnant women and children. Pregnancy and Birth can often be a traumatic time for the spine for both Mother and Child and Dr Cullen, a mother of two herself, has helped many patients with related problems. The techniques used are modified for pregnant women and children and are both safe and effective. Through many years of practice in BritChiro's Surrey branch, Dr Cullen has established an excellent working relationship with local GPs.
Dr Andrew Newell graduated with a Master of Chiropractic degree from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. Dr Newell and generations of his family have had strong associations with chiropractic, with his grandmother discovering the benefit of treatment in the alleviation of her arthritis symptoms in the 1960s. Andrew himself has experienced the vast benefits of chiropractic care in the treatment of chronic migraine headaches. Dr Newell sees the detection and correction of specific joint dysfunction through chiropractic as a core principle in the improvement of health.
Dr Alexander Bartkowiak was awarded his master of chiropractic degree from the A.E.C.C. in 2006 and then spent five years in practice in Berkshire. Originally from Chichester, Alex jumped at the opportunity to return to West Sussex, practicing in BritChiro’s Horsham clinic. Chiropractic care has long been helping people to function at their best and people are increasingly pursuing the sporting applications of this. In addition to his dedication to core chiropractic practice, Dr Bartkowiak works closely with a variety of sports persons including runners, rowers, rugby players, martial artists, bodybuilders and golfers. Dr Bartkowiak is also undergoing further studies including advanced treatment techniques for pregnant women, new mothers and children from newborns to adulthood where his relaxed and personable manner is especially appreciated.
Dr Patrick Thomas graduated with a Masters degree from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic. He was introduced to Chiropractic treatment after suffering a lengthy ankle injury that failed to heal. A Chiropractic examination of the pelvis and low back revealed being the source of the problem, despite the lack of pain in those areas! Dr Thomas also holds a Bachelor degree in Sport from Durham University and is a keen endurance sportsman himself, having recently been team medic on board a six man ocean rowing boat, setting a new world record by becoming the quickest team to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Along with staying active and a good diet, Dr Thomas considers optimal spinal function as fundamental to good health.