COVID-19 UPDATE: Physiotherapy remains open during lockdown for face-to-face and online appointments. Pilates, Yoga, Chi Kung and Mindfulness classes are online via Zoom. Sports Massage is not currently available.

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.

Picture of Louise O'Connell, Pilates teacher in Christchurch Dorset



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.

Photograph of Ella Proven, Sports Massage Therapist at Bridge Health and Wellbeing, Christchurch, Dorset

ELLA PROVAN Bsc (hons)


Ella is an experienced Sports Massage Therapist. She began 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. Her experiences include working within a chiropractic clinic, a women’s hospital and private massage therapy clinics. She tailors 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

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.



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.

A head shot of yoga and Chi Kong instructor Karen Stone



Karen has been teaching Yoga since 2000 and Chi Kung since 2017. She has used these practices to stay mobile and calm through the ups and downs of life. Start Yoga practice in her teens she has found yoga to be an invaluable tool. Her classes incorporate flowing movements, standing and seated postures core building, breathing and relaxation techniques. Chi Kung is the flowing healing root of Tai Chi, bringing mobility, improved balance and coordination along with mindfulness. Karens aim to make her classes accessible to all.

Marilyn Monroe demonstrating a Pilates exercise



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.

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Claire Kremer

Strength & ConditioniNg Coach

Having spent many years working across the corporate, voluntary and public sectors in some highly pressured work environments, Claire have seen the impact that work stress has on individuals and businesses. The benefits of sport, health and fitness have been a big part of her life, personally benefitting from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  As an acomplished athlete, she have completed marathons in championship times and participate in a variety of events from half marathon, duathlon and triathlon. Getting the right balance with high intensity exercise is key to preventing injury and promoting general wellbeing and helping us to be more resilient to life’s challenges.  Claire works with her clients to develop good training and lifting techniques to progress and enhance thier workouts.

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