Each Sunflower Practitioner is a practising Osteopath, registered with the iO, as well as being a qualified Master of Applied Kinesiology, Master of Neurolinguistic Programming (or an equivalent qualification such as a teacher) and fully trained in the Sunflower Programme. All Sunflower Practitioners are qualified in other specialist areas.
All contracted Sunflower Practitioners sign a Safeguarding Policy (click here) and Data Protection Agreement (click here) and keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date with a lifelong learning programme of continuing professional development (CPD). This can include lectures, seminars, courses, practical sessions, individual study or other activities that can advance a practitioner’s professional development.
The Sunflower Trust requires all registered Sunflower Practitioners to complete at least 10 hours of CPD every year specific to the Sunflower Programme and in addition to the CPD requirements of their own profession. Often Sunflower Practitioners work on their own and group learning allows them to exchange information and expertise with others.The Sunflower Trust believes that regular knowledge transfer ensures practitioners are dedicated to the higher levels of success in facilitating the health, growth and development of young people to maximise their potential in the most efficient, respectful, effective and meaningful ways. In doing this, we're committed to on-going improvements and to remaining at the forefront of what we have to offer our patients. We focus on maintaining high levels of ethical conduct, competence and sensitivity to our patients, our profession, each other and the society in which we live.
Mark O. Mathews BSc (Hons), DO, FRSA
Founder & President of The Sunflower Trust
Mark being dyslexic himself has always had a special interest in helping children with learning and behavioural difficulties. He pioneered the Sunflower Programme and has helped hundreds of children over the years.
Mark has recently retired as a Sunflower Practitioner in June 2016 but has taught his skills and lifelong learning to all the Sunflower Practitioners.
He continues to mentor the Sunflower Practitioners and provides CPD training. He remains committed to the charity.
Gemma Ware (B.Ost/Dip ST)
Gemma graduated from The British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 2005. Gemma’s approach to her treatment is mainly structural, using her many qualifications which allow her to treat a wide range of people with varying conditions.
Since she broke her own wrist snowboarding, Gemma understands the importance of aftercare treatment and has developed a strong personal interest in rehabilitation, especially following fractures, breaks and serious joint injuries where osteopathic treatment can help speed up recovery and allow the joint to regain full strength and mobility.
Gemma has a very holistic approach to her treatment and tends to include a lot of soft tissue techniques, sports massage and articulation to joints, minimising manipulation. She has treated a wide range of patients from babies, children, pregnant women, athletes and the elderly. Gemma also holds a Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (APNT).
Tim Jewers BSc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine
Guildford & Chiswick, London
Tim is a registered Osteopath qualifying in 1998 at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. His special interests are sports injuries, foot biomechanics and orthotics. Tim has developed strong links with sports men and women competing at the highest levels including professional rugby players, current WPGA professionals, tennis professionals and the Shidokan GB Team.
In addition to his Sunflower work, Tim runs the treatment centre at Dukes Meadows in Chiswick, London (www.dukesmeadows.com) which offers a range of assessment and treatment options for any sport injuries or even massage therapy to enhance function, aid in the healing process or just to promote relaxation and well-being. It is always his intention to work with any child going through the Sunflower Programme or any client of Dukes Meadows to ensure the underlying causes of any challenge/complaint is addressed. This may include exercise, dietary advice, supplementation, lifestyle and foot biomechanics/orthotics.
Sheree McGregor, DO, ND
Sheree trained at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with a Diploma in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy. She worked as a lecturer and tutor teaching osteopathy and soft tissue techniques. She opened her own practice in 1990. She has a particular interest in working with children and babies as well as post-pregnancy mothers.
Sheree has a strong interest in dance, all types of exercise including pilates and is a qualified yoga teacher. She has run her own academy of massage, The Cumbria Academy of Massage, and has written and taught a range of courses including deep tissue massage, remedial massage, energy massage and lymphatic drainage massage. She has lectured at many conferences on a variety of osteopathic modalities.
Clive Lindley-Jones BEd (Hons), DO, DIBAK
Clive Lindley-Jones has a degree in Education & Sociology from The University of Sussex and taught in the UK and Japan before graduating in Osteopathic Medicine at The European School Osteopathy.
He has been on the Faculty of the European School of Osteopathy, been a Diplomat of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology and was a founding member of ICAK Europe and ICAK UK where he served as Vice President.
A lifelong interest in psychological approaches to change has taken him from the Human Potential Movement and a Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy to extensive training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Neuro-Associative Conditioning. He holds a Masters in NLP as well as certification in NLP & Health, NLP & Training & Consultancy and NLP & Coaching.
He is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy and the International Board of Examiners (IBE) of the ICAK.
Richard Stenning BSc MechEng, BSc Chiro DC
Richard Stenning qualified with a degree in Chiropractic in 1991 having originally gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering, the common theme being an understanding of the importance of function and structure. Since graduating he has been in private practice in East Devon.
He has undertaken extensive post-graduate training in Applied Kinesiology, NLP and other methods that investigate the neurological aspects of improving health. The Sunflower programme provides the framework in which to express these skills to help children achieve their potential.
Whilst the Sunflower Trust endeavours to uphold the professional standards of its practitioners through professional training, continuing professional development and conformity to statutory certification, it is not responsible for the behaviour or conduct of individual practitioners or for any comments made or opinions expressed by them.