Meet the Osteopaths

Meet the Osteopaths 

Mark Wilcox D.O. 
GOsC No 1401
Practice Principal  

Mark qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1978 after which he returned to his native Yorkshire and established Wakefield Osteopaths in 1979. He has gradually been joined by the team of osteopaths and complementary therapists, making it one of the largest practices in West Yorkshire. Mark is primarily a structural Osteopath with the emphasis on education to help his patients understand what their symptoms mean to help them manage their conditions. After 40 years in practice he still finds it stimulating and rewarding when helping his patients. He has a wealth of experience and realises that you never stop learning. He has recently presented a Techniques Master Class to other osteopaths, fellow members of the Northern Counties Society of Osteopaths and in addition mentors other colleagues as part of their continuing CPD commitments. In addition to practicing in Wakefield Mark has practices in Huddersfield and Sheffield. In his spare time he enjoys golf and gardening.
Mark Wilcox

Andrew Cunnington D.O. 
GOsc No 286

Andrew qualified from the British School of Osteopathy (London) in 1988 and after working in Wakefield, Rochdale, Chester and Liverpool established his own practice in Halifax in 1990 - The Pain and Injury Clinic. Andrew now divides his time between his own practice, Wakefield Osteopaths and was lecturing at Leeds Metropolitan University until 2015. 

He has post-graduate qualifications in Naturopathy (British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy 1996) and Osteopathic sports care (Leeds Metropolitan University 2008). He is currently undertaking a postgraduate teaching qualification in higher education at The British School of Osteopathy. He commenced lecturing at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008 in Functional Anatomy and Clinical Biomechanics, then as a tutor in the Wellness Centre (a student clinic at the university), final year Osteopathic technique and Osteopathic Evaluation, Diagnosis and Testing.

Andrew has previously conducted lectures to the Northern Counties Society of Osteopaths in Neurology and Clinical Examination; Exercise and rehabilitation for the low back.

Maziar Vaezzadeh D.O. 
GOsc No 132

Maziar qualified from the European School of Osteopathy in 1985 and joined Wakefield Osteopaths where his experience as a structural Osteopath has been invaluable to the practice.

Maziar shares his time between Wakefield Osteopaths and his own practices in Liverpool, Brighouse and Chester. 


Alexia Cook D.O. 
GOsc No 970

Alexia qualified from the European School of Osteopathy in 1990. She joined Wakefield Osteopaths soon after where she works on Mondays and Fridays. She also runs a practice from her home in South Elmsall. She is originally from Solihull, West Midlands but of Greek Cypriot origin. Living in the Wakefield area for over 25 years.

She treats a broad spectrum of musculo-skeletal conditions ranging from acute muscular and joint pain to long term chronic ailments such as arthritis. Specialising in acute symptoms of pain and immobility using mostly structural techniques (manipulative thrusts) and soft tissue massage. Alexia is keen to advise her patients on self-help and education to help manage their pain and reduce recurrent flare ups of their condition.  


Matthew Derbyshire B.Ost 
GOsC No 5863

Matthew graduated in 2005 from the British School of Osteopathy in London and has been with Wakefield Osteopaths since. He chose a career in Osteopathy following his own experience in receiving treatment for injuries sustained in various sporting activities. Subsequently he developed a specific interest in the treatment of sports injuries.  

Matthew has a very structural approach to his Osteopathic treatment and uses a variety of techniques suitable for the treatment of patients both young and old. 


Ranza Barr D.O.Bsc (Hons) Ost 
GOsc No 7032

After 17 years in mining and offshore industries, Ranza decided to change career to the medical field, choosing Osteopathy because of its ‘hands-on’ approach to treatment. She qualified as an Osteopath, with honors, in 2008 and since then has enjoyed a patient list with plenty of variety, with age ranges from newborn to elderly. She is particularly interested in treating patients with complex problems that require a range of skills and uses structural, cranial and visceral approaches. She continues to undertake postgraduate studies with some of the world’s leading osteopaths and has special interest in musculo-skeletal and/or visceral problems; cranial osteopathy; the nervous system; trauma; pediatrics and pregnancy care. In addition to treating patients she has also written articles for publication, and has lectured GPs’ and other medical practitioners on the field of osteopathy. As well as working in her own successful practice in York, Ranza works in Wakefield on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, baking, long walks with her husband, and relaxing with friends.

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Caroline Clifford-Smith M.Ost 
GOsC No 8345

Caroline is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council, and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. She gained a Masters of Osteopathy from Leeds Metropolitan University and is also a qualified Rehabilitation Pilates Instructor.
She has undertaken further courses in Cranial Osteopathy, Paediatric Osteopathy and Kinesio-taping. Cranial Osteopaths use highly developed palpation (touch) to feel changes in the tension of particular joints and tissues. Using the cranial approach in osteopathy is very gentle, safe and relaxing, so is often a preferred technique for babies and children.
Kinesio-taping is a form of sports taping which you may have seen on athletes at the Olympics, footballers, or at Wimbledon; it can be used for almost any sporting injury, postural complaint or even lower back pain. It lasts for around 5 days and can be worn in the shower, giving extra support and strength to the muscles and joints that have been affected by your injury." Caroline was drawn to Osteopathy from an early age due to members of her family going for treatment and having a great response to treatment. She was therefore able to appreciate the importance of specific treatment plans for each individual patient, which she continues to emphasise in my own practice today. She enjoys treating patients of all ages, with any musculoskeletal or sporting injury; and has a special interest in joint hypermobility.
Caroline is committed to delivering the most efficient and effective osteopathic treatment; whilst assessing, treating and advising each patient for their specific needs, incorporating Pilates exercises for improved rehabilitation.

Josh Kelsall M.Ost
GOsC No 9550

Josh is the newest member of the team. He studied for 4 years at Leeds Beckett University to become a Master of Osteopathy. Whilst training he accrued over 1200 hours of clinical practice to ensure refined and effective techniques on a wide range of patients. Having recently qualified, Josh is very up to date with recent research, guidelines and new techniques to help provide a treatment tailored to each patients' needs.

Whilst studying at university, Josh developed a keen interest in the correct use of breathing mechanics, often misused in today’s stressful working environment. Josh focused his Masters thesis on how osteopathy can improve breathing mechanics and further researched how this could reduce acid reflux.

Josh is a sporty individual who enjoys golf, football and squash. Having suffered various sporting injuries, he hopes to work with sports clubs in the future to help prevent and treat injuries in order to aid recovery and return to sports as soon as possible.

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