Katriona Heaslip

Katriona Heaslip MSc DC MCC

Katriona graduated in 1999 from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic with a first class honours degree. She grew up in Ireland but came to England in order to study chiropractic. She has come to love Bristol, especially the Bishopston area with its sense of community and family. She is passionate about the role of chiropractic within mainstream healthcare and particularly enjoys treating pregnant mothers and babies.

She has completed post-graduate courses in Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and in 2005 was awarded a certificate in SOT. Katriona has found this technique to be especially helpful in treating conditions that have been unresponsive to previous types of care.

Katriona has worked at The Parker Clinic since 2002.  She is marred to Simon Bodley (see below) and they have two young daughters. Simon and Katriona are the clinic directors.

Simon Bodley

Simon Bodley MSc DC CCEP MCC

Simon graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractors in 1999. Initially he worked in clinics in Essex and Wiltshire before settling in Bristol. He is the director of the clinic with his wife Katriona Heaslip.

Although he treats all kinds of patients and all age groups his main interests are sports injuries and how they relate neurologically to the spine. In 2005 he completed a post-graduate course to become a Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner (CCEP). He enjoys being able to help every type of sports person, whether a professional or a weekend enthusiast, to reach their full potential. Simon likes to functionally assess movement patterns and is a qualified level 2 Rocktape kinesiotape practitioner. If not in clinic you will usually find Simon exercising at the local crossfit box, where he treats and optimises crossfitavon athletes.

He believes that restoring movement and function to the body allows it to heal, and is constantly surprised by the power of body's own natural healing ability that allows it to recover from serious injuries. He is a firm believer in the importance of rehabilitation of the injured tissues through exercise.


Joanna Ladd
BSc(Hons) DC

Joanna Ladd BSc(Hons) DC

Joanna obtained a four year BSc (Hons) in Chiropractic from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in the University of Glamorgan. Since graduating Joanna has worked as an associate chiropractor in a clinic in Essex and progressed to senior chiropractor. She has continued to expand her career with a variety of post-graduate education developing particular interests in chiropractic care of women during pregnancy, infants and children.

She is dedicated to provide care for as many people as possible, not only with regards to pain relief but also to educate people about achieving optimal physical health through chiropractic.

Joanna originally comes from Bristol and is very happy to return to her roots after spending a year travelling the world. There's no place like home.


Nina Holligsworth
BSc(Hons) DC

Nina Hollingsworth BSc(Hons) DC

Originally from Northern Ireland, Nina travelled across the water to South Wales where she obtained a first class honours degree in Chiropractic from the University of Glamorgan in 2002.  Nina moved to Bristol to follow her dream to work with pregnant women and children and has undergone extensive post-graduate training in pregnancy, paediatrics and a gentle chiropractic technique called the Sacro-Occipital Technique.

While treating pregnant women and children are her passion, Nina also likes to (and does) treat people of all ages and with all varieties of complaints !


Ellie Wallace
BSc(Hons) DC

Ellie Wallace BSc(Hons) DC

Ellie graduated form the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic with a BSc Honours degree in 2007.

Since graduating she has worked in Clinics in Swindon, London and as far a field as Thailand and has now returned to settle in Bristol.

She continually updates her knowledge and skills as a Chiropractor and has integrated many different Chiropractic techniques into her daily practice in order to give the highest standards of Chiropractic care. Some of which include Sacral-Occipital Technique and Dry Needling.

Ellie sees health as a journey and wants to help as many people as possible obtain their full potential and get the most out of life. Chiropractic helps people get their bodies and minds back in line.

'The healing potential Chiropractic has to offer, far surpasses that of just alleviating neck and back pain. I have seen lives transform.'



Al Hessari

Al Hessari LicAc MNAcC CQSW BA(Hons)

Al completed 4 years training in acupuncture, at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, and International College of Oriental Medicine, East Grinstead.

He was the acupuncturist at Terence Higgins's Trust in Bristol for 2 years. As well as working at the Parker Clinic, he also practices at Bedminster Family Practice, a busy GP's Surgery. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which carries with it strict codes of ethics and professional conduct. In addition, Al is also a qualified Social Worker with experience in Mental Health Work.  

He has a special interest in treating stress, which is a contributing factor to many of today's health problems. He is happy to offers a free 20 minute consultation, if you would like to find out if acupuncture can help.


Deborah Heberlet  
MSc LicAc MBAcC 

Deborah Heberlet  MSc LicAc MBAcC

Deb qualified in 2003 from the College of Integrated Medicine, one of the few establishments that teaches both Five Element and TCM acupuncture.  She has completed postgraduate studies in Mental Health, Gynaecology and Fertility, and Men's Health.  She is currently doing further training in Acupuncture and Ageing.  Deb is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.

Deb enjoys treating adults of all ages, experiencing a wide array of illnesses.  She works extensively with women (and men) trying to conceive naturally or with assisted fertility technology. Deb also specialises in treating women at all stages of life - from menarche to menopause.  With her first degree in Psychology, she also has a special interest in Emotional and Mental Health, especially stress and anxiety.

She is married to Al Hessari, whom she met at acupuncture college, and they are rearing a teenager and a young one.  Their website is


Massage Therapist

Francesca Favale MTI

Francesca Favale MTI

Fran discovered her passion for massage in 2004 when she trained with the Bristol College of Massage and Body Work. She obtained MTI Diploma in Holistic and Deep Tissue Massage.  Fran is dedicated to continually developing her quality of touch and awareness in order to offer the highest quality massage.  She regularly attends workshops with respected body-workers and further supports her professional and personal development with an ongoing monthly supervision group.

Her fascination with posture and body dynamics led her to study Personal Training which adds a new dimension to her practice.  She is able to offer rehabilitative advice on posture, stretches and strengthening exercises. Francesca has found rehab to be central to avoiding recurrences of a condition and enjoys offering rehab services to all patients who attend the clinic.


Reception Staff

We have five fantastic receptionists who manage to keep things running smoothly despite the hinderance of working with six individual, demanding, disorganised chiropractors, one massage therapist and two acupuncturists.

Maria Barrett
Caroline Durbin

Maggie Clements
Ros Exon
Carol Stephens
Sasha Packham - clinical administration