By Sara Castoldi
Last month I was interviewed as the new osteopath and latest addition to the Osteopathy West London team. This month it’s the turn of our Principal Osteopath, Hannah Whitcombe. Scroll down to read our full Q&A with Hannah…
Why did you want to become an osteopath?
I was first introduced to osteopathy when I was studying naturopathic nutrition in Sydney, Australia. My university lecturer introduced me to the idea that by addressing structural imbalances in the body, as well as nutritional deficiencies, a person’s health could be improved dramatically on just about every level.
After receiving osteopathic treatment myself, and reading extensively on the subject, I came to the firm conclusion that it should be a part of every person’s on-going health care plan, to treat and prevent both pain and disease. I then decided to return to the UK to take on the challenging yet rewarding four-year masters degree as a mature student at the tender age of 28.
Where did you study?
I graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in Hampstead, London. Though there are several institutions that train osteopaths in the UK, BCOM is the only institution to offer advanced subjects in nutrition. Due to the fact that my first degree was in nutrition, this fitted in perfectly with what I wanted to achieve.
What part of London do you live in?
I live in Richmond, halfway between beautiful Richmond park and Richmond riverside. I love the fact that it has everything the countryside has to offer whilst being closely connected to central London.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a very active person and I love swimming, going on long walks and practising Yoga. One of my biggest passions in life is travelling. Last year I visited Stockholm and New York and I was also lucky enough to go on safari in Africa. This month I’m off to Poland.
What’s the one thing you simply couldn’t live without?
If you weren’t an osteopath, what would you be doing?
Funds permitting, I would be travelling the world full time or running a health spa, or maybe both.
Thanks for reading our Q&A with Hannah. If you’d like to ask Hannah a question about any issue you may be suffering from, or if you’d like to book an appointment with her, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0208 088 0614 or click here to book an appointment online.