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 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.



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.



Melanie has worked as a podiatrist in a variety of locations across the south of England, as well as looking after a range of military personnel for many years. She is particularly interested in the biomechanics of the foot and lower limb, musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries of the foot and lower limb. Melanie treats athletes and sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities,from a wide range of sporting disciplines. She enjoys working as part of a multi disciplinary team and in 2006 Melanie joined Southern Health, working part time as a Clinical Specialist Podiatrist for Orthopaedic Choice, an out patient triage service. Her role is to examine, diagnose, and refer on to the appropriate service for treatment, whether that be for podiatry, physiotherapy or surgery. Outside of work Melanie loves spending time with her dogs.

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