MeettheTeam

Victoria Ashton
BA (Hons.), D.Clin. Psych, C. Psychol., C. Sci., AFBPS

Victoria has worked in the field of psychological assessment and intervention with a range of client groups since 1997. Her current clinical work in both public and independent sectors involves working with adults suffering a range of complex mental health difficulties such as post-traumatic stress, bereavement, loss and separation, relationship difficulties, personality disorder, panic and, anxiety, depression, suicidality and self-harm, obsessions and compulsions, anger problems, difficulties arising from sexual abuse and assault, eating disorders, and specific phobias. Victoria also has experience of working with short-term, episodic, emotional, relationship, occupational, post-accident/injury and stress-induced difficulties.

Victoria’s clinical practice is largely influenced by structured therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), although her knowledge of therapeutic approaches is diverse. She also has experience of undertaking longer-term work using more exploratory approaches.

Victoria has conducted doctoral research in the field of trauma and substance misuse and recently completed a qualitative research project considering service user perspectives of DBT. She is also an Honorary Lecturer at the Universities of Coventry and Warwick, offering training and case supervision to doctoral clinical psychologists in training. In addition, she plays a significant role in the training of regional NHS staff with regard to working with individuals who self-harm and those who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.


Mai Bentley
RGN NIP

Mai Bentley qualified as a registered nurse over 22 years ago. She qualified as a teacher and trainer in clinical practice in the early nineties and as an independent prescriber in 2008. She entered the aesthetic industry over ten years ago and currently offers aesthetic training through her own company, Intraderm.

Mai also teaches for other companies such as Aestheticare and in the past has taught for Q-Med, Allergan, Merz Pharma and Galderma. She is a part-time visiting lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She has been a member of various boards and steering groups, ranging from the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses to a working party for revalidation of nurses and midwives with the Nursing Midwifery Council. Mai has written many articles for the medical aesthetic industry in magazines such as Body Language, Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic News. She is also newly appointed to the board of editors for the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing.
Mai also has a keen interest in alternative therapies, and is a qualified reflexologist and registered healer.


Chris Dowson
Cert ZB, DC, IIST

Chris is fully qualified former chiropractor, qualified sports masseur and zero balancer.

Having worked with chiropractic for over ten years Chris realised that his patients' physical problems often had emotional and/or psychological elements to them. Around this time Chris was introduced to Zero Balancing which addresses both the energetic and structural aspects of the human body. This truly original therapy created by US Osteopathic Physician, Acupuncturist and Rolfer, Dr Fritz Smith, was the perfect vehicle to treat both mind and body.

Chris has found that, by combining this therapy with his Chiropractic knowledge, patients recover faster and have longer lasting benefits.
By treating body, mind and spirit, this is a truly holistic treatment, which would be difficult for someone only qualified in one discipline to achieve.


Georgina Gibson, Massage Therapist
M.A.A.P.A

Qualifying in 2005 in Aromatherapy Massage and Essential Oil Science with Neal’s Yard Remedies of Covent Garden, Georgina worked from home and also carried out home visits and sessions within a residential care home.  Having a keen interest in remedial work with chronic musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, Georgina went on to train in remedial (deep tissue) massage and trigger-point therapy with Morley College in London and furthered her knowledge with courses in sports massage techniques.  Whilst working at the Ashleigh Clinic, she has also been trained in the use of ‘Human Tecar’, a tool which intensively activates tissues by applying deep, naturally-induced hyperthermia and elevating the electrical potential of cellular membranes.  This treatment combines well with massage and physiotherapy treatments to aid with osteoarthritic and soft tissue issues.  


Hilary Kingston
DipION, MBANT

Based in Leicester, and holding a clinic in London’s Harley Street, Hilary is amongst the UK's most experienced Nutritionists. She is a former director at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition and has been featured in the media and works with celebrity clients. She has been practising for over 16 years as a Nutrition Consultant and has helped over 6,000 people with everyday symptoms to more chronic serious problems and diseases. With so many years’ experience, she is able to help a wide range of health symptoms quickly and effectively. Hilary also runs an educational program for cancer patients and carers at the Macmillan Centre for Coping with Cancer in Leicester. 

Nutrition can help with concerns such as weight gain, cellulite, digestive disorders (IBS, Crohn's, candida, constipation, bloating, indigestion, food sensitivities), bulimia, anorexia, male and female hormonal imbalances (menopause, PMS, infertility, libido, enlarged prostate), skin concerns (acne, eczema, dry skin, rashes, acne rosacea), immune support with cancer, high cholesterol, depression, & post-natal depression. 

Hilary pioneered Nutrition in the corporate market, helping busy executives, management and Chief Executives in many of London's most prestigious companies and financial institutions, including BUPA, BBC, Rolls Royce, Sony, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Hogan Lovells, Barclays Capital, HSBC and the Houses of Parliament. She also ran the Health & Wellbeing Spa at the Marriott Hotel and at Executive Apartments in London’s Canary Wharf.

Hilary’s mission is to help people with their health and wellbeing through Nutrition. She offers professional nutritional consultations for those looking for expertise with integrity. She also offers various tests including food intolerance and allergy IgE and IgG, candida, hair mineral analysis and the adrenal stress test, as well as male and female hormone tests.

Hilary is also an experienced practitioner in Reiki, Reiki Massage and Kinesiology.


Craig Mortimer
Grad Dip Phys, Lin Acu, HPC, MCSP, ACPSM, ACPMOIT, MLACP

Craig Mortimer, founder of the Ashleigh Clinic, qualified in 1983 as a physiotherapist in the British Army. He then combined working at the Queen Elizabeth’s Military Hospital, Woolwich, with working as a physiotherapist at Charlton Athletic Football Club; and later, Aldershot Football Club, The Cambridge Military Hospital, and Airborne Forces. He has since provided specialist physiotherapy services to Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and Leicester Riders, and has worked with many famous sporting faces, both locally and nationally, across a broad range of sports.

Craig is a member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM), and of the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP). He holds private consultations for medico-legal assessments and insurance reports.

Craig is also a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection Therapy (ACPOMIT), and holds a licentiate in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. He holds specialist clinics for injection therapy pain management.


Hannah Palfreyman
BSc (Hons) MBAcC

British Acupuncture CouncilHannah trained for 3 years in the Traditional Chinese Medicine style of acupuncture and has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Acupuncture from the Northern College of Acupuncture, affiliated by the University of Central Lancashire. Hannah is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK's largest regulatory body of professional acupuncturists, and adheres to their strict Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct.

In conjunction with acupucture, Hannah also uses other traditional Chinesse therapies such as moxibustion, cupping and gua sha.


James Parker
DCH, GQHP, GHR, Cert HE Counselling

After qualifying at the prestigious Institute of Clinical Hypnosis based at Kings College, London, James Parker set up a hypnotherapy practice at the Ashleigh Clinic in 2005. He is a registered practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) which monitors standards and ethics in the UK.  He has also trained in, and studied various different branches of, therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Psychodynamic counselling.


Andrew Root
BSc DPodM MChs Srch

Andrew is a state registered podiatrist and has been practising since 1990. He gained one of only three practical distinctions awarded when he graduated in podiatry from the London Foot Hospital.

He has lectured to medical students, physiotherapists and osteopaths in podiatry, specialising in biomechanics, sports injuries and paediatrics. He co-ordinated podiatry treatment at four London Marathons. Providing treatment in podiatry to children at Great Ormond Street hospital, he also makes moulded orthotics for professional and amateur footballers, cricketers, rugby players and runners. Andrew is the inventor and designer of Digicast, digitised foot scanning, and specialises in moulded foot orthotics.

You can make an appointment directly with Andrew or via referral by your GP.


Claudia Walker

Claudia Walker qualified as a massage therapist in 2004. Her training at the Bodyharmonics Centre Cheltenham included sports injury massage, maintenance and rehabilitation as well as specialist massage such as: Chinese tui na, Indonesian oil, traditional Thai and paediatric massage. Claudia also teaches baby massage classes.

Claudia went on to study Acupuncture at the Bodyharmonics Centre, Cheltenham and qualified in 2006. Her on-going studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine include 4 weeks of Clinical Practice at the Shandong University Hospital Jinan/China (2008 and 2010). Further specialist training includes facial revitalisation acupuncture (2008) undertaken with The Healing & Acupuncture College Brighton.
Claudia has a special interest in treating acute and chronic pain conditions as well as stress-related problems. 


Chris Worth
BSc, RGN, NIP

Chris is a registered nurse and nurse independent prescriber. He has been a qualified teacher and assessor in clinical practice since 1995, and achieved ‘Train the Trainer’ status in 2001.

During this busy time he became involved in medical aesthetics and eventually set up his own private aesthetic practice with Mai Bentley, called Intraderm, working mainly with botulinum toxin-A and dermal fillers. He also is a visiting lecturer on the V300 Nurse Prescribing Course at De Montfort University.

Chris’ background prior to medical aesthetics includes working as a nurse consultant in cardio-respiratory medicine in primary care in London for 8 years. He also has a keen interest in hepato-biliary transplantation care, having worked as a charge nurse in a transplant unit in London.

He is an Emergency First Response instructor and is a member of The European and UK Resuscitation Councils. He trains many major companies and clinics within medical and non-medical surroundings. He also trains divers from the UK and abroad in resuscitation and rescue techniques.

Chris is currently in his 2nd year of an MSc in Clinical Education at Edinburgh University.


Sue Lee
Practice Manager

Sue is the Ashleigh Clinic's practice manager. Friendly and welcoming, she is dedicated to ensuring that all visitors to the Ashleigh Clinic are warmly received and looked after during their stay.

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