Meet The Team

Peter Heale

MChiro LRCC D.C. Registered Chiropractor
Peter Heale trained at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic and graduated with a Masters of Chiropractic in August 2013; whilst there he specialised in treating sports injuries as the resident Chiropractor for Bournemouth University’s basketball and American football teams.

He has a special interest in headaches arising from the neck and slipped discs which can cause sciatic type symptoms; he is knowledgeable about a wide variety of conditions arising from the musculoskeletal system and prides himself on finding the most effective treatment for those conditions as possible.

He attends regular CPD (continuing professional development) seminars and conferences in order to constantly improve the care that his patients receive. As well as Chiropractic Peter is also trained in Ultrasound therapy and various soft tissue techniques and is also a Licentiate of the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Peter Heale is a 2nd generation Chiropractor and was greatly inspired by his father Dr Graham S. Heale DC who founded Heale’s Chiropractic Clinics in the 1980’s and was a former president of the BCA.

Peter is a registered member of the General Chiropractic Council, the British Chiropractic Association, the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Charlotte Cole

MChiro LRCC D.C. Registered Chiropractor
Charlotte Cole graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in 2017 with a first class Masters degree. At University she treated a wide range of patients and has undertaken extra training in paediatric and pregnancy chiropractic treatment techniques and myofascial dry needling.
Charlotte also has a keen interest in health and fitness, sports injuries and helping people to not only recover from aches and pains, but to improve their general wellbeing and optimise their health.

She is a registered member of the General Chiropractic Council, British Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Robert Houlston

MChiro D.C. Registered Chiropractor
Robert Houlston graduated in 2011 from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, upon graduation he relocated to Germany.

He has worked closely with American military Personal, Members of the German Police Force, Physiotherapists, martial artists and professional sports players. He has also experience treating children, pregnant women and in work related injuries.

Whilst in Germany he also worked as a lecturer at Dresden University teaching Orthopaedic Examination and Pathology.

After ten years working abroad Robert has returned to the UK and joined Heale’s Chiropractic Clinics.

He is a registered member of the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Association.

Vena Banga

BSc. (Hons) MSc. D.C. Registered Chiropractor
Vena Banga completed her MSc in Chiropractic at the University of Surrey, Guildford and graduated in 2005. She has been working for Heale’s Chiropractic Clinics, both Hitchin and Luton, for over 10 years. Over this time she has gained a lot of experience from both her colleagues and patients.

Vena maintains continual professional development by attending regular seminars and conferences, this allows her to keep up to date with changes to the profession and improve on her skills, practical and written.

She enjoys working as a Chiropractor as it allows her to help people and at the same time challenges her daily.

Vena Banga is a registered member of the General Chiropractic Council, the British Chiropractic Association, the Royal College of Chiropractors and the European Chiropractors Union.

Steven Longland

BSc. (Hons) MSc. D.C. Registered Chiropractor
Steven Longland graduated with a BSc Hons in human sciences and an MSc in chiropractic from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in 2002. He takes pride in gaining more knowledge with every patient he sees and has also attended many supplementary courses and seminars to explore the many benefits that chiropractic has to offer.

He has a special interest in treating pregnancy related pain as well as helping people of all ages to get the best healing their body can achieve while providing advice to help prevent the problem returning.

Steven Longland is a registered member of the General Chiropractic Council, the British Chiropractic Association, the Royal College of Chiropractors and the European Chiropractors Union.

Sonia Gharu

Bsc ITEC MICHT - Massage Therapist
Sonia Gharu qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2015. She wanted to achieve this qualification, so she was able to enhance her understanding on anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology principles. She is specialised in many techniques, including: frictions, METs, soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, soft tissue mobilisations and advance massage techniques.

She also gained an additional achievement, which was graduating as a Sports Therapist in 2015.

Sonia Gharu is a registered member of the International Council of Holistic Therapists and Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Andy Skalecki

MICHT IIHHT - Massage Therapist
Andy Skalecki holds a degree in Rehabilitation and worked as a rehabilitation instructor in the L & D Stroke Unit with PT’s, OT’s and SALT Therapists.

He studied and gained FHT Diplomas in Swedish, remedial, deep-tissue, and sports massage at Barnfield College and has worked as a massage therapist at Heales Clinics for 18 years.

He is very passionate about the benefits of massage therapy and work directly with clients to help them reach their goals and improve their overall well-being by providing a therapeutic, relaxing experience.

Andy Skalecki is a registered member of the International Council of Holistic Therapists and Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Ela Bartos-Gajda

MTI MFHT - Massage Therapist
Ela Bartos-Gajda is a qualified Massage Therapist with Practitioner Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology.

Her knowledge allows her to advise patients on range of physiological and biomechanical issues using the appropriate and most effective techniques required for each client, including sports massage, deep and soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, passive stretching, joints mobilisation.

She has also qualified and worked as a Physiotherapist in the early years of her career which given her skills in assessment and treatment with progression looking at improving patient’s motor skills and aiming for more functional abilities.

Ela is a registered member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and Massage Training Institute.

Tia Nelson

Massage Therapist
Tia Nelson qualified as a VTCT level 3 massage therapist in 2019. mostly specialising in deep tissue massage as well as many other massage techniques at her disposal. these include relaxing Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, lymphatic drainage and Indian head massage just to name a few.

For the past five years Tia has been working directly with clients to reach their own goals and maintain progress through the healing benefits of massage and a tailored one on one approach.

Tia is a registered member of the international council of holistic therapists and federation of holistic therapists.

Max Rahman

Audiologist
Max Rahman has over 10 years experience in the private sector and is registered with the HPC and BSHAA (British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists)

Max offers free no obligation hearing tests at our Hitchin clinic and also treats people with wax build up in the ears by the use of painless micro-suction. If you want to find out more information before you book or for general information please go to website www.naturalhearing.co.uk

Please note that Max’s appointments cannot be booked online so please phone Natural Hearing directly.

Kulvinder Flora

BSc. Podiatric Medicine, DPod M, MSChs HPC Registered
Kulvinder Flora is our resident Chiropodist/Podiatrist works at the Hitchin Clinic. Kully qualified in 1990 at the Birmingham School of Podiatry with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine. She then gained a Bachelor of Science in Podiatric Medicine whilst working full time for 7 years in the NHS in Warwickshire.

Marriage brought her down to Hitchin where she first worked in London before working locally. She has practised for over 25 years at both several NHS and private practices. She has also had experience in her previous roles supporting in Foot Health Promotion, paediatrics, MSK and Podiatric Foot Surgery.

Kulvinder Flora is HPC registered and a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. She has a certificate in Local Anaesthesia. Kully is able to help treat many foot conditions and has given advice and support over the phone.

Please note that Kulvinder’s appointments cannot be booked online and are only available at the Hitchin Clinic, so please phone the clinic directly on: 01462 420077.

Rachel Crawford

Practice Manager
Rachel has worked at the clinics for over 20 years.

She started working for Heale’s as a receptionist and then took on the role of practice manager over 10 years ago.

Rachel is responsible for the day to day running of the clinics and along with her team of dedicated receptionists ensures our patients receive the highest standard of service.