In March 2019 I finally got the keys to a new building that I could call my own for a new and improved chiropractic and physiotherapy clinic! The rumours are true we are moving…about 50 yards away from Cleve Chiropractic and about 10 from Next Step!
The journey to this point started when I was just a student and my best friend Ross and I used to plan about opening our own clinics. With confident naivety we thought that we could graduate and start our clinics straight away with no money and no experience, so we set about planning every detail over many years and many beers. Sure enough in 2003 we were let loose on the world and I started Cleve Chiropractic in Bristol and Ross built a clinic in Manchester. I didn’t exactly have any money so I lived at home with mum and dad and worked in the tiny physio room in Cleve rugby club. I remember the first day I looked at the room meant for stitching up bloody rugby players, saw the mud up the breeze block walls at the end of a long muddy corridor and thought, this is perfect! I soon cleaned the room and gave it a lick of paint. I had a portable couch, a desk and unlimited enthusiasm. My first ever patient was my dad’s squash playing friend with a knee injury. As I started with no patients I decided to take a part time chiropractic job in a village near Minehead. Commuting to and from there every Monday and Friday didn’t seem too bad at the time but after year I had enough work in Bristol to save the mileage on my beloved 1.4L Renault Megan.
I swapped Minehead for Fishponds, working at the Old School Surgery with the GP’s who taught me the ins and outs of NHS practice.
7 years later in 2010 I had saved up enough and had the support of all those patients who stuck with me through the rugby years at Cleve. So I took a deep breath and took a 10 year lease at 20 St James Place in Mangotsfield, where I have happily built a first class team of receptionists, sports therapists and of course chiropractors.
During all of the 16 years developing the clinic I also had a dual life working in Sport from Premier league rugby and football to the London Olympics. This is where I met Keith and recognised him as one of the countries greatest physios. We worked together at Bath rugby and the Olympics. I spent 2 years working on him before I convinced him to join me as a partner at my new Next Step and Exercise Physiotherapy Centre. Soon after we were working together in sport again as Keith became the head physio at Bristol Rovers.
Since the very beginning where Ross and I planned our lives out, I always wanted to own a building and in that building we would have a large multidisciplinary clinic full of the best and brightest practioners that I could find. So all I have to do now is refurbish an 1850’s old church school house, stop the leaks and persuade everybody that it’s worth the extra 30 second walk. I’m very proud of what we have achieved and grateful for all the support of the community and patients. The well wishes that we have received for the new venture have been overwhelming. I look forward to be able to welcome you all to the new Cleve Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Clinic in the Summer. Thank you once again.