Meet The Team

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Dr Mark Blokland (BSC FRCC DC)

Director & Chiropractor

Mark is the big boss. He has over 30 years of experience within the profession.  

Cool fact:
His first job was as a Milk Man. 

He is a proud father to his daughters Poppy and Hattie.
He looks forward to welcoming you to the practice and providing you with high-quality care

What do you do outside of the clinic?
Flying and visiting airfields all around England. If he’s not in the sky you’ll find him in the lake, where he enjoys swimming and training for his triathlons.

What is your favourite food?
Biltong and Beer

Favourite holiday destination?
Visiting his home country South Africa.

Favourite film?
Top Gun

Do you have a favourite quote?
“you rest, you rust”

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Dr Poppy Blokland (MChiro)

Chiropractor & Clinic Manager

Poppy wears two hats in the clinic, When she’s not adjusting patients in the clinic she makes sure everything runs like clockwork.

Cool fact:
Did you know Dr. Mark is her Dad?

This father and daughter bond will ensure you are well looked after at Ridgeway Health and Wellness.

What do you do outside of the clinic?
If she’s not got her head in a book, you’ll find her in the gym, out running or even bouldering.

Favourite food?
Tacos or maybe nachos….. in fact anything Mexican.

Favourite holiday destination?
Lake Como- Italy

Favourite Film:
The Great Gatsby

Do you have a favourite quote?
Health is your greatest wealth.

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Dr Francesca Helmore (MChiro)

Chiropractor

Our amazing chiropractors ensure that they are looking after all our patients, keeping them on track with high-quality care. They look forward to meeting you in the clinic.

Cool Fact: Her first job was selling fudge down in Cornwall during the summer, which she did for nine years!

What are your hobbies?
Francesca’s main hobby and love of her life is riding and taking care of her horse / surrogate child, Grace, who is a sassy mare and total mud-magnet!

When Francesca isn’t covered in mud, hay or horse hair, you’ll usually find her perfecting her aerial yoga poses and practising flips, tricks and stretches in the fabric!

She has previously played social netball at university, and would love to start exploring getting back into it again, if she can find the time amongst her other commitments!

Also, does brunch count?! Because in all seriousness, Francesca loves finding new little hideaways to meet friends or just quietly read a book with a chai latte. (And if there’s a dog there to say hello to, that’s her day made!).

What is your favourite food?
This is a tricky one! But Francesca’s mum makes a mean tuna pasta bake which is hard to beat!

Drinks on the other hand… it’s got to be a classic cup of tea! Francesca is rarely seen without one of these close to hand and drinks about as much tea as Mark drinks espresso!

Favourite holiday destination?

Francesca absolutely adores Spain, having studied the language and culture at A-Level, however would like to broaden her holiday horizons in the near future and explore Canada, Alaska, the Maldives and Australia, the latter of which she has family in.

Favourite Song?
At the moment Francesca’s favourite song is ‘Green Green Grass’ by George Ezra. But anything she can sing and dance to and she’s happy!

Favourite quote?
The one that most often comes to mind, particularly in stressful situations: ‘everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

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Dr Oliver Symons (MChiro)

Chiropractor

Our amazing chiropractors ensure that they are looking after all our patients, keeping them on track with high-quality care. They look forward to meeting you in the clinic.

What are your hobbies?
Football, Gym, kayaking

What is your favourite food?
Fajitas

Favourite holiday destination?
Mexico

Favourite song?
can’t decide!

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Hannah

Accounts & Admin Manager

Hannah has been with Ridgeway for several years in different roles. She is an advocate of the benefits chiropractic care can give.

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Hattie

Chiropractic Assistant

Our amazing friendly team of chiropractic assistants welcome you with a smile every time you enter the practice. We look forward to providing you with the best service and assisting you with your appointments and any queries you have.

Cool fact:
Hattie is in her third year at University studying to be a Chiropractor.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the clinic?
If she’s not in the kitchen baking, she is probably outside with either her big or small furry companions Diego or Milo.

What Is your Favourite food?
Pasta!!! In any variety, but Mac n Cheese has her heart.

Favourite Holiday destination?
Bahrain

Favourite Song?
You’re Gonna go Far by Noah Kahan

Favourite Quote.
Que Sera, Sera!!

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Sadie

Chiropractic Assistant

Our amazing team of chiropractic assistants welcome you with a smile every time you enter the practice. They look forward to providing you with the best service and assisting you with your appointments and any queries you have.

What do you do outside of the clinic?
Sadie enjoys wild swimming and yoga.

Favourite food?
Anything Italian

Favourite film?
The Goonies

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Ellen

Chiropractic Assistant

Our amazing team of chiropractic assistants welcome you with a smile every time you enter the practice. We look forward to providing you with the best service and assisting you with your appointments and any queries you have.

Cool fact: Ellen is in her third year at University studying to be a Chiropractor.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the clinic?
Besides cooking and looking after her Guinea Pigs she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her family, dogs, and her best friend Hattie.

Favourite Food?
Potatoes…in any way, shape, or form

Favourite Holiday Destination?
Muscat, Oman

Favourite Song?
I will NEVER skip “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis when it comes on

Favourite Quote?
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory- Dr Suess

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Eloise

Chiropractic Assistant

Our amazing team of chiropractic assistants welcome you with a smile every time you enter the practice. We look forward to providing you with the best service and assisting you with your appointments and any queries you have.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the clinic?
Eloise enjoys walking her dog called Woody.

Favourite food?
Pasta

Favourite holiday destination?
Florida- Disney world.

Favourite film?
The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Elena

Chiropractic Assistant

Our amazing team of chiropractic assistants welcome you with a smile every time you enter the practice. We look forward to providing you with the best service and assisting you with your appointments and any queries you have.

Cool fact:
Elena has lived in three different countries.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the clinic?
If she is not walking Bruce, she is watching Netflix.

What Is your Favourite food?
Tuna Pasta

Favourite Holiday destination?
The Maldives

Favourite film?
Has to be pretty woman.

Patients Say The Nicest Things

Don’t just take our word for it! Here is what our patients have to say about us.

Until I visited Ridgeway I thought that finally, age had caught me and pain was going to become both a sleeping and walking partner. It’s only after a few treatments that you realise his stiff your body was and how you had gotten accustomed to it.

Lucinda Green

I came seeking help for my arthritic ankles. I have very little swelling now after 8 treatments and, they used to ache a lot before but now there is no pain. I can move them better. I am very satisfied with what I am having, I hope Mediloop works for everyone.

Mary

I would like to thank you for what you have achieved with my neck and thoracic spine. My husband wanted me to see you a few years ago, but I had had physiotherapy and osteopathy, I did not think a chiropractor would achieve anything.

Dawn Light

After being treated at this practise I have so much more mobility in my neck after not being able to turn my head at all! I feel so much fitter than before and would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in my care.

Ron Burtenshaw

After nearly 6 years of persistent and virtually daily headaches following a cycling accident, and having endured multiple GP/Hospital visits and treatments. I’ve been almost headache free since chiropractic treatment started.

Mike Mattingley

Patients Say The Nicest Things

Don’t just take our word for it! Here is what our patients have to say about us.

Until I visited Ridgeway I thought that finally, age had caught me and pain was going to become both a sleeping and walking partner. It’s only after a few treatments that you realise his stiff your body was and how you had gotten accustomed to it.

Lucinda Green

I came seeking help for my arthritic ankles. I have very little swelling now after 8 treatments and, they used to ache a lot before but now there is no pain. I can move them better. I am very satisfied with what I am having, I hope Mediloop works for everyone.

Mary

I would like to thank you for what you have achieved with my neck and thoracic spine. My husband wanted me to see you a few years ago, but I had had physiotherapy and osteopathy, I did not think a chiropractor would achieve anything.

Dawn Light

After being treated at this practise I have so much more mobility in my neck after not being able to turn my head at all! I feel so much fitter than before and would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in my care.

Ron Burtenshaw

After nearly 6 years of persistent and virtually daily headaches following a cycling accident, and having endured multiple GP/Hospital visits and treatments. I’ve been almost headache free since chiropractic treatment started.

Mike Mattingley
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