Haddenham Medical Centre

Stanbridge Road, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8JX
01844 293300 Dr Mark Howcutt, Dr Nicola Wells, Dr Karen West, Dr Kaiser Munir, Dr Briony Rixon

Private Therapists

We are first and foremost an NHS practice providing medical services free at the point of use. There are, however, some services provided by the practice that are not covered by the NHS. This work includes services such as writing medical reports, completing forms or arranging medical examinations for employment, travel or sports. Details of the charges are available from reception.

Some immunisations for travel are not covered by the NHS and details of these will be provided by the practice nurse.

We also have private therapists working from the practice and their details are below.

Physiotherapy – Sara Rydings MCSP

Physiotherapy sees human movement as central to the health and well being of individuals. We aim to maximise movement potential through health promotion, preventative healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation. Core skills are manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and application if needed of electrotherapy.

Physiotherapists treat muscle and joint aches, pains and injuries for non-athletes, weekend warriors or serious athletes, musculoskeletal pain for all ages and abilities and pre and postoperative care for spinal, shoulder, wrist, hand, hip, knee, and ankle surgery.

Sara graduated from Liverpool in 1978 and worked in the NHS before moving into the private sector working for BUPA on the Wirral from 1983 until 1991 when she moved to Buckinghamshire.

Sara worked as head physiotherapist at the Paddocks Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Department in Princes Risborough until 1999 when she started private practice in Thame. She also worked for the RAF as a civilian physiotherapist until recently. She has extensive experience of treating back and neck pain, sports injuries, ligament sprains, repetitive strains, joint injury, and pain. Problems caused by pain and stiffness in arthritis and rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery. Sara aims to treat the underlying cause of injury and pain not just the symptoms.

Clinics at Haddenham Medical Centre

  • Tuesday 8:00am to 12 noon
  • Friday 8:00 am to 12 noon

If you wish to discuss your problem with Sara prior to making an appointment, please telephone telephone 07947 057357. Alternatively you can e-mail her at [email protected].  Appointments also available to book online.


Speech and Language Therapy – Susan Olding

Speech and Language Therapy for young children is provided in the form of assessment, reviews, programmes, and regular or intensive therapy input. Early intervention has been shown to be very effective. Programmes can be set out and demonstrated to parents so that they can be used in the home and pre-school environment.

Assessment with young children is very informal, by playing and observing the child to gain insight into their understanding and use of language, as well as general development.

With older, school age children, the assessment is slightly more formal, with up to date, standardised assessments used to analyse strengths and weaknesses, compare the child with his/her peers and to measure progress during therapy.

Susan qualified in Speech and Language in 1979 and has worked for the last 20 years mainly in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and also as a Clinical Tutor at City University.

Susan is a registered member of the Health Professions Council, registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice. She has considerable experience in assessing, diagnosing and treating a variety of clients and their conditions, including specific language disorder, semantic and pragmatic difficulties and stammering.

Clinics at Haddenham Medical Centre

  • Monday and Wednesday afternoons

If you wish to contact Susan prior to making an appointment, please telephone 07960 275920. Alternatively you can e-mail her at [email protected]

Acupuncture – Jill Marson Smith BSc (Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC

Qualified in the integrated disciplines of Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine, enables Jill to treat patients on both a physical and emotional level and as a general practitioner in Acupuncture Jill treats people with a diverse range of conditions.

Conditions include: Lower back pain, sciatica and knee pain; sports injury and musculoskeletal pain; postoperative pain; digestive and renal disorders; headaches and migraine; rheumatic and arthritic pain; cancer pain and management; women’s health.

Acupuncture deals with the root cause of a person’s health concern as treatment uses the placement of ultra fine needles into specific points on the body to boost the body’s own healing potential. Patients tend to feel both an improvement in their health concern and an improvement in their general well being.

Jill holds a degree in Acupuncture from Kingston University and is an active member of the British Acupuncture Council, the professional regulatory body of Chinese Medicine.

Jill no longer holds clinics at the surgery but can be contacted on:-

For appointments and enquiries please contact Jill on:
Tel: 07949 785 355
Email: [email protected]

Sports & Clinical Massage – Viv Slater, Move Well Massage, DipSRM, MSMA, MCNHC

Viv uses advanced sports and remedial massage techniques to reduce aches, prevent or rehabilitate injuries and help you move more freely. This type of treatment has a reputation of being for sports people, but it’s actually beneficial whatever your level of activity. Viv can help you to:

  • Reduce persistent aches and pains
  • Recover from recent, long-term or recurrent injury
  • Move, drive or sit more comfortably
  • Improve your posture
  • Relieve the symptoms of chronic illness such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia
  • Decrease the risk of injury and maximise performance in sport
  • Prepare for/recover from an important race or event

As well as providing local pain relief, Viv looks at the body as a whole to identify then treat the root cause of your issue by working with the soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue). Viv develops a treatment plan tailored to your needs, and provides you with achievable exercises to keep you on track. Above all, Viv is passionate about helping patients to become more aware of their own body. She finds that this helps them to deal successfully with injury, pain or discomfort in daily life, and to do sports activities more comfortably and effectively.

Clinics at Haddenham Medical Centre:

  • Monday, Thursdays, Friday afternoons and Saturdays

Other appointments available on request – please contact Viv to arrange.
For further information please visit Viv’s website or contact her directly:

website: www.movewellmassage.co.uk
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07847 013293