The Spineplus Chigwell Team

Our Spineplus Chigwell Team is made up of experienced, and highly qualified competent professionals. Each member of the team has your correct diagnosis and treatment at the heart of everything they do, so you can rest assured that you are in the right hands when you trust in Spineplus Chigwell to treat you.

Robert Shanks - Clinical Director - Osteopath Spineplus Chigwell

Robert Qualified as an Osteopath in 2000, however he was strongly influenced by his mother, Ann, a Chartered Physiotherapist and soon after graduation established Spine Plus’ first clinic in Chigwell with the vision of offering expert treatment for a range of musculoskeletal disorders that incorporated the key benefits of both professions. Early into his career Robert realised traditional physiotherapy and osteopathy did relatively little for patients with sciatica and related disorders due to bulging or degenerative discs in the Spine. After initial successes with offering mechanical traction at the Chigwell clinic, Robert wanted to do even more for these patients and became one of the first clinicians in the UK to offer an advanced form of computerised traction called IDD Therapy (IDD Therapy is currently one of the most successful and fastest growing forms of therapy for patients with degenerative discs in the spine and is currently available at three of our clinics). With additional qualifications in medical acupuncture, electrotherapy and clinical Pilates (the latter with the renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute), Robert is part of the driving force behind our multidisciplinary approach.

Ann Shanks - Physiotherapist & Chigwell Clinic Manager Spineplus Chigwell

Ann is our head physio and the clinic manager at Chigwell. Ann has worked with us since 2000, and she used to work for the prestigious and world renowned “Bobath Centre”, she has many years experience as both a physiotherapist and a physiotherapy manager in the NHS and private sectors. Ann, who is Robert’s mother, works closely with our osteopaths and they with her, she helps coordinate the smooth running and patient management.

Ben Medniuk - Osteopath Spineplus Chigwell

Ben is one of our most senior osteopaths, having worked at our Chigwell clinic for over 13 years. Having supplemented his osteopathic training with post graduate courses in medical acupuncture and electrotherapy, Ben is able to offer treatment for a wide range of conditions using a combination of various approaches. His special interests lie in classical osteopathy and treatment of the elderly.

Juan Bedoya - Osteopath Spineplus Chigwell

Juan has been a highly valued member of the team since early 2013. Before qualifying as an osteopath in 2013 Juan was a highly successful personal trainer and massage therapist. This experience has given Juan an added dimension as an osteopath and he has become popular amongst patients seeking a “strong-hands” approach. As with all Spine Plus practitioners Juan is qualified in medical acupuncture which he often incorporates into his treatments with great effect. Juan is fluent in Spanish (as well as English).

Sam Boland Osteopath Spineplus Chigwell

After studying for a Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy, Sam went on gain a masters degree in Osteopathy, for which he and gained a distinction, finishing top of his class! Sam joined the Spine Plus team in 2015 and quickly gained a deep understanding and appreciation for the approach we offer with regards to MRI interpretation and how this strongly influences the right course of action for patients with back and neck pain disorders. Sam is passionate about his chosen profession, Sam not has a wealth of knowledge but also expert hands on skills, making him an extremely competent all round practitioner.

Noel Adams Osteopath Spineplus Chigwell

Noel has worked at our Chigwell clinic since 2008, having established a loyal following of patients. Noel is a former Ireland martial arts champion in Tae Kwon Do and many patients comment that he seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to finding the source of their pain! Noel’s special interests include treating frozen shoulders, cranial osteopathy and “kineisio taping”. As with all our osteopaths, Noel has completed postgraduate training in acupuncture for which he has an interest in both traditional Chinese and western medical approaches. Noel is available at our Chigwell Clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays.

Samantha Massage Therapist Spineplus Chigwell
Danny has recently jointed our therapy team at our Chigwell and Woodford clinics. As a qualified sports & remedial massage therapist Danny is able to cater for clients who either are seeking soft tissue release as part of injury recovery, for specific sports preparation or for those who simply want to relax, destress and keep their body supple.
Denise joined our Chigwell clinic in 2013 as a receptionist. Having lived and worked locally for many years Denise is renowned for her patient rapport, positive outlook, welcoming smile and friendly manner!

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What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

“The treatment I have received is second to none” Thanks SpinePlus Clinic, i’ll see you again very soon! 

Jermain Defoe
England Footballer

“Most sports massage therapists just go through the motions but theirs was the best sports massage I’ve ever had!.” 

Alton Thelwell
Leyton Orient Footballer

 “We would all like to thank SPINE PLUS for being part of our British Tour in 2012. Be great to have you on board in 2013.”

Aston Merrygold
Singer, JLS

5(based on 9 reviews)
  • Sciatica- If you've got sciatica, this is THE place to go. Very knowledgeable staff, they were able to explain my MRI scan to me in detail (something I've never had with any physios or osteopaths in the past) and the treatment was excellent, particularly the IDD Disc Therapy machine. ClaireB 06/28/2017
  • Thank you Spine Plus I have been attending Spine Plus for several year with various ailments and have always found the practitioners professional, skillful and caring. The premises are always spotless and the treatment rooms are bright and airy. I would anyone of any age to visit this clinic. AnnM 06/28/2017
  • Great guys, helped me a lot! Alex 12/10/2016
  • Excellent treatment I have been coming to this clinic for years. I see Ben whose knowledge and expertise and care is beyond any other physio I have seen. Without him I would not be mobile. I highly recommend Ben and this clinic. MelindaV 08/16/2016
  • Awesome Treatment, Felt So Much Better From The First Visit!! Such a great clinic, great service and made me feel like new, i cant recommend them enough! Mario Garcia 09/28/2016
  • Life Changing I went to Spine Plus after suffering with daily back pain for many years. I was very nervous about going to a clinic for treatment. However the experienced proved to be life changing for me. After the first treatment which involved osteopathy and acupuncture I felt around 80% improvement on leaving the clinic, I could bend forward and backward without pain for the first time in years. I was recommended to have one more treatment which I did and this got rid of all my pain. One year later, apart from one episode of spasm which occurred after I lifting something incorrectly in the garden, I still have not had any of the pain I was in. Anyone with back pain should make Spine Plus their first port of call. HarryR-14 07/30/2016
  • Great treatment, friendly and made us feel relaxed and at ease- Thank you Spine Plus Visited Spine Plus on 20th July for help and advise for our teenage son who has been diagnosed with Pars Defect in his Spine. Was seen by Rob who was very friendly and easy to talk to, went through our son's MRI Scan with us and explained the defect in a way that we could understand and also showed us visually using a model of the spine which really helped. Gave our son a thorough check of his spine, hips and leg movements and from there showed him exercises specific to his problem and went through each one to ensure that he understood them fully. Did not feel at all rushed by Rob, who answered all the questions we had and left feeling as though we have a much better understanding of the spine defect, implications for our son and also a lot more positive about the future. Would definitely recommend Spine Plus. TraceyH-52 07/23/2016
  • Excellent treatment today from Ben who took great care in assessing my issues and then provided first class treatment. Claire Smith 02/28/2018
  • Excellent treatment today from Ben who took great care in assessing my issues and then provided first class treatment. Claire Smith 02/28/2018

Welcome To Spine Plus Clinic Chigwell


Essex & East London’s Premier Spinal & Muscle Injury Treatment & Care Specialists Located In Chigwell.

Proud to serve the local residents of:
Theydon Bois | Loughton | Barkingside | Buckhurst Hill | Hainault | Debden | Redbridge | Clayhall | Chadwell Heath | Epping and beyond. .