People We Trust
We’d like to introduce you to the professional members of our trusted network.
Here you’ll meet our treasured community of like-minded individuals and businesses – they all come highly-recommended.
Gail Lazarus is an Acupuncturist and Aromatherapist with thirty years of experience. Based in St Albans, she specialises in women’s health and hormonal balancing, including: fertility issues, pregnancy, pre- and post-birth treatments. Acupuncture helps nurture and ease women through the many physical and emotional changes that occur on the journey to motherhood – and beyond! All treatments are uniquely-tailored to the individual’s needs, with a focus on promoting deep relaxation, health and wellbeing.
Helen Thomas practises Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, working from The Southdown Clinic in Harpenden or her clinic in St Albans. She specialises in Women’s health and reproductive medicine – from fibroids/ovarian cysts, menopause to natural/assisted fertility issues for both partners, in conjunction with western medicine eg. IUI, IVF, Donor Cycles and continuing care during pregnancy.
Sarah Bramall is a Transformation Coach, supporting women in finding purpose, building confidence and resilience. With three children of her own, Sarah returned to different jobs after each maternity leave. On each occasion, she was shocked to discover the lack of support for women in the workplace. After 18 years in the teaching profession, Sarah qualified as a coach with the Coaching Academy in 2017, gaining two coaching qualifications, and she is an accredited DISC Personality Profiling practitioner. Sarah is CPD certified in Confidence Coaching, Resilience Coaching and Transactional Analysis. She works with high-achieving business owners and women from the corporate sector on vision and purpose, confidence, resilience and well-being. Sarah also works with women preparing to return to work from maternity leave or after a career break, helping them to figure out how to make work work for them.
Doula, Reflexology & Hypnobirthing
Joan Mills is a Doula, Reflexologist and Hypnobirthing Teacher covering both Harpenden and St Albans. Joan will also support women throughout pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum days. She is passionate and experienced and works closely with women and their partners for a positive and caring birth experience.
Kate Ranford is a Reflexologist based in Harpenden just a stones throw from the Zing Wellness Studio. Kate designs bespoke Reflexology treatments enabling clients to be nurtured, restored and rebalanced.
Kate specialises in Facial Reflexology and the award winning Zone Face Lift treatment designed by Ziggie Bergman.
Facial Reflexology has the added benefit of boosting circulation and relieving muscle tension in the face, leaving your skin looking smoother and more toned. ZFL is a pioneering treatment that works from the outside in. To help tone facial muscles, encourage collagen and elastin regeneration and reduce the appearance of lines on the face.
Carys Worsdale is a certified Hypnobirthing Teacher trained by KGHypnobirthing which is Royal College of Midwives accredited. In 2019 she became a Yes Mum® Birth Project affiliate teacher, teaching the syllabus designed by renowned practitioner, Hollie de Cruz.
Based in Harpenden, but originally from West Wales, Carys works with expectant families face to face in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area and online across the country. Passionate about helping as many parents as possible she offers flexible and affordable course options and payment plans.
Her courses will take you from feeling unprepared and worried, to feeling like a superhero ready to take on parenthood!
Sandra Greenbank is a Nutritional Therapist based in Harpenden. She specialises in nutrition for Fertility, the Pregnancy & Postnatal periods and Women’s Health in general. She is a font of knowledge.
Claire McKenna is a Harpenden-based Osteopath with over a decade of experience. Often in the pregnancy and postnatal period postural changes take place as a result of the challenging physical demands placed on the body and underlying misalignments in the body which can be painful and exhausting. Seeing an osteopath that specialises in pre- and postnatal care can be hugely beneficial. Claire makes use of a variety of very gentle techniques to help realign the body and release areas of tension. This helps to relieve pain and discomfort and aids a smooth and natural delivery. Pilates exercises complement her work as clients are then able to maintain their corrected alignment and good posture.
Paul Mitterhuber, local Harpenden based Osteopath, began his interest in postnatal-related musculo-skeletal problems during his training and has since developed a wealth of experience treating lower back issues, in particular, during the latter stages of pregnancy and in the post-partum period. Paul graduated from The British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 and has worked in Harpenden for over 25 years. Osteopathics, Harpenden is a five-minute walk away from Zing Wellness and is made up of a team of six experienced osteopaths as well as a neurophysiotherapist and a podiatrist.
Sharisse Pitcher is an Osteopath based in Harpenden with a special interest in osteopathy for babies and children, pregnancy and sports injuries. She trained at the College of Osteopaths for five years in order to complete an honours degree in Osteopathy in 2012. Sharisse is also a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Pilates teacher and she has experience in medical acupuncture, ultrasound, kinesiotaping and foot orthotic assessment and prescription. She recently completed a year of postgraduate study at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in Wandsworth. Sharisse is hugely enthusiastic about osteopathy, having observed the positive changes it can make to people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
Steve Skelton is a local Personal Trainer who specialises in rehabilitation, both from injury and after surgery. He helped me to recover from my most recent hip replacement and still gives me a good kick start when I need it! His focus is on restoring natural movement patterns. He will have you squatting, lunging, lifting, pushing, pulling, crawling and even bear walking! Your glutes WILL ache the next day (and the day after). I warned you!
Richard Thomson is a Personal Trainer based in Harpenden, and father to two young children. Passionate about approaching fitness from a life-long perspective, he is a specialist in dealing with clients with pelvic floor issues, and in taking clients through their pre- and post- pregnancy fitness regimes. He emphasises that there is so much that clients can do; a few things they shouldn’t; and plenty that should be done differently. He enjoys helping clients to achieve their goals while being aware of the unique challenges pregnancy and birth place on women’s bodies and minds.
Jo Gilshan is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor based in Wheathampstead. From her studio, she runs Glow Physio offering Physiotherapy; the specialised soft tissue technique of Myo-fascial Release (MFR); and studio Pilates on the spring-based equipment. By combining both manual therapy and Pilates, Jo provides a completely bespoke service and patients often benefit from having both during the same session. Jo works on a part-time basis and lives with her husband, three sons and dog Willow.
Dana Allen is a Jing Method™ Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist. She is trained to get you out of pain and to treat a range of chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, RSI, fibromyalgia and other ongoing injury or pain conditions.
The techniques she uses include fascial work, trigger point therapy, acupressure, stretching and tailored self-care and rehabilitation. She also offers pre- and post-natal massages and teaches parents how to massage their babies. Her approach is warm and heart-centred and takes full account of all your physical and emotional needs while working alongside you to achieve your desired results.
Dana is also a certified oncology massage therapist and a ScarWork™ therapist, with a specialty in treating breast cancer scars. As a specialist in online care, Dana can deliver the bespoke self-treatments that help with your particular problems. She is a full member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council.
Womens Health Physiotherapy
Becky Aston is a specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, based in Berkhamsted. Becky specialises in treating men and women with pelvic health conditions. If you are suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, fecal incontinence, diastasis recti or any postnatal niggles, physiotherapy with Becky may be your answer. Becky is also a Mummy MOT Practitioner and Scar Therapist.
Erica Lewis is a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, based in St Albans. Erica specialises in the detailed assessment and treatment of pelvic floor problems in women, whether during pregnancy, in the postnatal period or at any stage of adult life.
Alex Taylor is a Fertility yoga teacher based in Wheathampstead. Alex works with women and couples supporting them on their conception journey. Her tailored sessions, either face to face or online consist of poses focusing on letting the blood flow freely to the reproductive system and regulating the endocrine system for correct hormonal balance. She works with clients trying to conceive naturally, via IVF or through other methods. Alex appreciates that this can be a very anxious time for you and your partner and understands that everyone’s journey is unique.