To book an appointment please call 01566 777047.
An answerphone service is in operation, please leave your name and telephone number. One of our osteopaths will return your call as soon as possible.
Debbie Dingle D.O., MSCC
Debbie graduated in 1988 with a Diploma in Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy (now the University College of Osteopathy). She worked as an associate in multidisciplinary practices in Blackheath and Streatham in London before returning home to Cornwall in 1991 to start her own practice. Over time this has grown and evolved into the multidisciplinary practice here at the Kensey Centre. Her postgraduate studies have included Cranial Osteopathy with the Sutherland Cranial College (she is a Member of the college, MSCC), and CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute UK. She has also attended courses in Applied Kinesiology and kinesiology taping, emergency first aid at work and emergency first aid for mental health.
Debbie is available for appointments at the Kensey Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Kevin Metcalfe BSc. (Hons) Ost.
Kevin graduated from the BSO in 2001 and ran his own practice in Lewisham, London, as well as tutoring and lecturing in anatomy at the British School of Osteopathy. He settled in Cornwall in 2005, joining this practice shortly after moving to the Southwest. He also works in Tavistock. His post graduate studies include Upledger CranioSacral therapy, Clinical hypnotherapy and he is currently training to become a yoga teacher.
Kevin is available for appointments at the Kensey Centre on Tuesdays.
Lucy Watson BSc. (Hons) Ost.
Lucy graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2004. She originally worked in Launceston and Totnes before setting up her own practices in Tavistock and Bovey Tracey. Lucy has also completed postgraduate studies with The Sutherland Cranial College.
Lucy is available for appointments at the Kensey Centre on Thursdays.
Alix Stokes M Ost.
Alix is also a graduate of the BSO. After two years in a busy practice in New Zealand, he joined us here at the Kensey Centre, initially running a list for South Devon Osteopaths and the NHS, latterly working privately, here and in his own practice in Bude. He has an interest in Anthroposophical Medicine and has completed a postgraduate three year diploma course with Anthroposophic Medicine UK (https://www.anthroposophicmedicine.org.uk).
Alix is available for appointments at the Kensey Centre on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings.
Fees & Appointment Times
New Patient Appointment – £50.00 (please allow up to 1 hour)
Subsequent Appointment – £45.00 (typically up to 45 minutes)
Reduced rates are available for children, please ask the practitioner.
Concessions are available depending upon specific circumstances and are at the practitioner’s sole discretion.
Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health.
Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The title of ‘osteopath’ is protected by law and it is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes the high standards of competency, conduct and safety.
What to expect when you visit
It is necessary to complete a thorough and comprehensive medical history. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your current symptoms as well as your general medical health and history.
You may be asked to undress appropriately so that the practitioner can make a thorough assessment of your musculoskeletal system; this may also include special tests such as checking reflexes. Please be prepared by wearing suitable underwear or (if you prefer) shorts or loose clothing such as a tracksuit.
The osteopath, having completed any necessary examinations, will form an osteopathic diagnosis. This may lead to a course of osteopathic treatment. However, if the osteopath feels that your condition is inappropriate for osteopathic care or requires more in depth investigations he/she will advise you of this and suggest alternative action.
Please remember it is your body and your personal comfort is of the utmost importance. Do feel free to ask questions throughout your consultation and treatment and do please give us as much feedback as you feel you can. This will help us to help you.
If you wish to be accompanied by a family member or a friend do let us know. We do ask that minors and vulnerable individuals are chaperoned by a responsible adult.
Osteopathic records are stored as hard copy at the practice indefinitely. Contact details are stored electronically and will only ever be used within the practice for the express purpose of contacting you as per your instructions. Should we need to discuss your case outside of the practice your written and/or verbal consent would be required.
General Osteopathic Council
Institute of Osteopathy
The University College of Osteopathy
The European School of Osteopathy