OUR TEAM

We are a familiy practice transforming the health of the community through chiropractic and lifestyle adjustments

Veronica HopeSenior Chiropractor

Veronica was born and raised in rural Victoria, Australia. As a young girl Veronica witnessed first hand the benefits of spinal adjustments on the recovery from ill health of a family member. The impression from this experience was so profound that Veronica decided to work in this field of health care. Upon graduating from high school Veronica attended The Phillip Institute of Technology in Melbourne Australia and graduated as a Chiropractor in 1990. Since graduating, Veronica has completed extensive post graduate training in spinal care during pregnancy, paediatrics, various techniques including spinal biophysics and spinal/postural correction, nutrition, diagnostics updates, philosophy as well as prevention and wellness based holistic health care. Veronica is a respected and inspiring public speaker in the field of holistic health care and speaks nationally and in the local community regularly. After practicing in both Australia and England Veronica and her husband Scott and their two children have settled in Canterbury. In 1999 Veronica and Scott established the Hope Spinal Wellness Practice. It was our purpose to inspire and educate the community that a healthy life comes from nurturing our own inborn healing potential. Our ethos is not only helping people with symptoms but also truly understanding the cause of ill health and correcting that. Our focus is on teaching people how to be well again.

Scott HopePractice Manager & Fitness

Scott believes in creating a positive and friendly environment for healing. He shares his enthusiasm and energy for life with all who meet him. Scott is a living example of being fit for life. He is an athlete in his own right and has completed two Ironman Triathlons, is a skilled motocross and BMX rider. Scott, is also a competitive slalom water skier running into 13 meters on a regular basis. He is also a keen snow boarder and you will see him regularly at the gym. As a result of his son’s interest in cricket, Scott trained as a juniors cricket coach in 2011 and now manages the under 11’s cricket side at Street End Cricket Club. Scott is the resident fitness trainer and also runs the fitness centre, where he is looking forward to helping you acheive your personal fitness goals.

Sue ChurchwardChiropractic Assistant

I have been working as a receptionist and assistant at Hope Spinal Wellness since 2008. I started chiropractic care with Veronica fin 2006 for pain and problems with my low back, headaches and fatigue. There began a new and bigger understanding of health, healing and my own potential for improvement. I have made incredible progress personally and with my health. Since joining the team at Hope Spinal Wellness as a chiropractic assistant m
y healing journey has expanded even further. I very much look forward to meeting and seeing you with personal understanding and a big smile.

Karolina MasomiMassage Therapist

Karolina is part of the wellness ethos at Hope. Karolina works both as part of the chiropractic assistant team and as a massage therapist. Karolina completed her studies of Sports Therapy Massage at the University of Kent. She, can provide deep tissues massage, acupressure, and rehabilitation and prevention advise for different injuries. Karolina is passionate about helping and guiding clients with their care from improving nutrition to getting back into exercises. Karolina has also huge interest in Chinese medicine. As an additional treatment method to her rehabilitation she completed acupuncture course for musculoskeletal injury. She works closely with Dr. Veronica and other professionals to help in recovery and correction of any health issues and her main goal is to get patients back to a health and physical wellbeing. From deep tissue massage to rehabilitative treatments Karolina is also known for her unconditional commitment to clients care, incredible work ethic, and enthusiasm of life. “I joined Hope to make a real difference, being part of the team is enormously rewarding. I really enjoy working with people and seeing how they can improve their health and life , whether it is a sportsperson breaking a personal record, or a more senior person being able to regain their mobility and independence.“

Nora BjorkqvistFitness & Massage

To me, health and fitness is not a fad but a way of life. There are no quick fixes and my goal as a Personal Trainer and Sports Masseuse is to advise, motivate and help implement changes to your lifestyle that are both manageable and sustainable. This background allows me to help clients with many aspects of their wellness program including, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning as well as recovery. My passion for this profession stems from the possibility to help people of all ages and levels of fitness to improve, maintain or change their overall personal health and fitness. I love working together with my clients to help them progress and reach their goals. Our sessions together will be your chance to get away from your daily stresses and just focus on you! I look forward to meeting you! Qualifications Level 2 Fitness Instructor Level 3 Personal Trainer Level 3 Sports Masseuse Award in Designing Pre and Post Natal Exercise Program Exercise Referral Instructor Level 4 Personal Trainer Specializing in Obesity and Diabetes

LuciaMassage Therapist

Lucia became a massage therapist 13 years ago. Tired of being given the same prescription for different symptoms – from a common cold to a skin rash – she believed there had to be an alternative. Reflexology and Body massage caught Lucia’s interest, so whilst continuing to work full-time, she studied. With an insatiable appetite to learn, – she took to the Himalayan foothills to study thermal therapy (hot and cool stones) and Indian head massage. She loved helping people through massage and ran her own business in Spain and Bahrain. If prevention is the key to wellness, then how can anyone argue with a weekly massage? Lucia Lloyd, says’ anyone can benefit from massage from seasoned athletes to individuals who are desk bound’. If you are stuck behind a desk, commute to work, or are training for a local run or a triathlon, go for a massage. It stimulates the blood circulation and induces relaxation. She practices Trigger point therapy, sports massage, Indian head massage, Stone therapy and Reflexology. “It’s never too late” declares Lucia, “the body is an amazing machine, which we take for granted" She feels she is a great fit at Hope Spinal Wellness as it really is a great place to get your life back and your body back on track, benefitting from the regular workshops which compliment lifestyle choices. And Dr Veronica Hope has definitely got your back covered.

Jonny GatuschMassage Therapist

Jonny was born and raised in Canterbury and from a young age has been a real sports enthusiast and has been a part of many local, county and international teams. He’s a former England badminton team member and travelled abroad to represent the country in many tournaments. From his sporting background, he has evolved a real passion for understanding the way the body works and functions. After spending many hours on a massage couch recovering from a sports injury and experiencing just how beneficial massage could be he was hooked. The week after he enrolled at the London School of Sports massage and so began his journey. As a therapist, using his knowledge of body, injuries and rehabilitation, he really enjoyed being able to make a positive change to the health and wellbeing of every client. Qualifications BTEC Level 5 Diploma- Sports and Remedial massage NVQ Level 2- Instructing Exercise and fitness KT182- Kinesiotape Association Fundamental and advanced

GemmaMassage Therapist

I trained as a Complimentary Therapist in 2002, and now after having my two beautiful children I want to get back to my passion of helping people through my massage therapy. I have Diplomas in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Myofascial Release. I not only practice my massage therapy on humans... as the other huge love and passion in my life is horses. I have ridden, worked with and been around horses since I was 8 years old, and this year I have decided to undertake a Diploma in Equine Sports Massage. My goal to help both people and horses throughout their rehabilitation from injury and to improve their general health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime. I can’t wait to meet you all and hope to make a difference in your life.

Amy DearbergMassage Therapist

I became interested in sports massage through treatment I received from my time snowboarding/skiing in the French Alps. I benefited greatly and learnt a lot from those treatments. I noticed a real difference in my performance, mobility and recovery. So my aim as a Sports Massage Therapist is to make improvements in people’s health and balance through massage and wellness lifestyle. The ethos at Hope Spinal Wellness is a perfect match for my massage therapy. I am also very passionate about health and fitness and compete in figure competitions, so a lot of my time is spent a training at the gym which involves resistance weights and cardio training. The experience and knowledge I have built from massage and working at Hope Spinal Wellness I have been able to incorporate with my training and I truly believe my performance and recovery have immensely improved because of this.

GemmaMassage Therapist

I have been a sports massage therapist for over 6 years and a personal trainer conditioning coach for over 7 years helping a range of individuals from dancers to double amputees (to help them walk unaided). I love health and fitness and I enjoy coaching others to improve their fitness and reach new goals. Based on my experience within the field, I am a tutor and assessor for personal training and sports massage therapy. My own sporting history – I have previously ran 2 marathons (London and Florida), and competed in Olympic distance triathlons. I also enjoy running, road cycling and training in the gym. Gemma very much looks forward to meeting you at Hope Spinal Wellness