Meet the team

Paul O'Connell, Physiotherapist at Bridge Health & Wellbeing in Christchurch, Dorset



Paul is a physiotherapist with two decades of clinical expertise. He has worked right across the UK, from North Yorkshire and London to Hampshire and Dorset. Sports medicine is one of his areas of special interest: he has worked both on the touchline and in sports injuries clinics, and now lectures on the Sports Therapy programme at Bournemouth University. Having spent several years managing physiotherapy and health assessment teams in two key Nuffield Health hospitals, Paul also has an extensive understanding of orthopaedic surgery. Born and bred on the edge of the beautiful New Forest, he loves being active and out in the fresh air. He enjoys cycling, golfing – and running around after his young family.

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Louise is a Pilates expert with 15 years’ experience in the private fitness industry. She started her career with a degree in Sports Studies, before going on to work for a number of health clubs, spas and corporate gyms. After taking a break to have her two children, Neave and Henry, Lou decided to go back to her first love, teaching group exercise classes. She is now a qualified specialist in Body Control Pilates, with a growing band of happy classmates and tutees. When she’s not teaching, Lou is a keen gardener. She has a productive vegetable patch and enjoys a fine glass of wine with a home-grown meal. During the winter months you’ll often find her having fun in the snow as skiing is an O’Connell passion.

Aaron Coode, Chiropractor in Christchurch at Bridge Health & Wellbeing



Aaron is a chiropractor with two decades of clinical experience, his areas of special interest in spinal rehabilitation, sport and gait related injuries.  He  has worked in professional sport for the last decade and is a keen advocate of evidence informed, patient centred care, his goal to create individual management plans with his patients to get them to meet their goals and live pain free.

Splitting his time between seeing patients, teaching at the AECC University College and looking after the players at Southampton FC.  Aaron also lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of spinal rehabilitation, gait, western medical acupuncture and Instrument assisted soft tissue therapy.

He is a father to three boys, keen cyclist and runner and has a passion for water sports including surfing, surf lifesaving and he races outrigger canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

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ELLA PROVAN Bsc (hons)


Ella is an experienced Sports Massage Therapist beginning her career with a four-year bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto, going on to complete a diploma in Massage Therapy.
In addition to her sports massage therapy, Ella’s areas of expertise include pregnancy, oncology and TMJ-related treatments.  Ella uses Swedish techniques as well as myofascial cupping and IASTM to tailor her treatments to meet the needs and goals of each client. Her goal is for clients to walk away from their session with greater knowledge of their bodies, enabling them to continue their rehab and change everyday habits.
Headshot of Sam Sports Massage Therapist at Bridge Health and Wellbeing in Christchurch Dorset

Samantha (sam) Meehan-Vandike,

Level 4

Sports massage Therapist

Having worked for 15+ years in the sport and leisure industry Sam has gained valuable experience working as a personal trainer, swimming teacher, triathlon coach and an Australian trained remedial massage therapist. She has also worked as a physiotherapy assistant in both the NHS and private health clubs. 

She has a wide set of skills and can treat pre and post surgery clients, help with pain management or even stress related conditions.
When Samantha’s not helping bodies feel better, you will find her swimming, biking and hiking the beach, rivers and forests of Dorset with her husband and 2 children in tow.

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Steve is an accomplished and experienced physiotherapist with over 20 years experience in professional football at both AFC Bournemouth and Millwall FC respectively.

With a keen interest in Sports Medicine he utilises his skills to design and administer treatment and rehabilitation plans.

He is a father of 3 teenage children, has a love for music and wine, and is regularly in the gym to keep fit.

Victoria McIntyre (Msc, hccp)


Victoria is a Physiotherapist with over a decade of experience within elite sport, supporting athletes with the prevention and management of sports injuries. She qualified in her hometown of Glasgow in 2011 and since has worked predominantly in professional football, enjoying roles with Hamilton Academical FC, AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC. She also supports the Scotland National Team youth squads in both men’s and women’s competitions.

Victoria has Master’s degree in Sports Injury Rehabilitation. Through her work in high performance, Victoria discovered her passion for movement with a specific interest in the role of breath in health, physical performance and wellbeing.



Diana combines the traditional practices of yoga and mindfulness with modern, evidence-based scientific research. She is passionate about changing the perception of mental and physical health through yoga and works with her clients to make positive choices aimed at improving both physical and mental wellbeing. Diana is recognised locally as a knowledgeable and very experienced instructor and will be leading our Women’s Yoga class providing supportive menopause yoga practice designed for women going through the perimenopause and menopause.

Head shot of Hazel, Pilates teacher



Hazel has been teaching within the fitness industry for over 30 years, originally as a freelance aerobics Instructor teaching a wide variety of classes.  She first took an interest in Pilates after an injury incurred whilst teaching a high impact aerobics class. Hazel fell in love with Pilates and the whole concept of it. Her interest in Pilates grew and continues to do so. She is a qualified Body Control Pilates teacher.

Hazel took a further interest in rehabilitation and wanted to help people with specific problems and injuries. She worked at the Anglo European Chiropractic Clinic in the rehabilitation gym where she worked with neck and back patients and sports related injuries, all of which complimented her previous training and Pilates teaching. Hazel believes Pilates is a great form of exercise for everybody providing benefits for all individuals.

Julia Silva Perez warrior pose

Julia Silva-Perez


Julia has been practicing Yoga for many years, starting her training with the British Wheel of Yoga teacher in 2001, and is passionate about teaching yoga.  She started teacher training with Wendy Haring, in 2001, and completed in 2005 with The British Wheel of Yoga. This gave Julia an incredible foundation to build on and she continues to explore different styles and enjoy the mix and benefits that yoga gives and brings freshness into her teaching.

Encouraging all ages and all abilities everyone is welcome try yoga and keep forever young.  Yoga has been and continues to be, a source of inspiration in every part of my life.

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