Welcome to Bridge Health & Wellbeing!
Our vision is to provide you with a dedicated home-from-home and state of the art facility to promote your health and wellbeing, in the heart of historic Christchurch, Dorset. A place where likeminded people come together to get fit, find high quality clinical treatment and feel better in mind and body.
We’re called Bridge Health & Wellbeing because our purpose-built centre is a stone’s throw from the famous old town bridge, and also because our philosophy is about providing joined-up healthcare – all from our single, easy-access site.
If you come to us with a painful condition or an injury, you’ll receive swift assessment and treatment from a team of highly qualified physiotherapists. You can start your rehab work in our specially designed gym, or improve strength and prevent re-injury by joining a group exercise class with a qualified instructor.
Alongside a clinic, gym, studio and the latest fitness equipment, you’ll also find a warm and friendly community of people. We’re a family-run Christchurch business created by specialists who love working closely with each other – we want you to feel relaxed and welcome here.
Paul and Louise
Bridge Health & Wellbeing Owners
Meet the Bridge Team
Paul O’Connell (MSc, BSc, HCPC, MCSP)
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.
Sports Massage Therapist
Ella is a Sports Massage Therapist who has been working in Canada for the last two years. 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, in a women’s hospital and private massage therapy clinics. She focuses on tailoring her treatments to meet the needs and goals of each client, and it is of the utmost importance to Ella to have her clients walk away from their session with a greater knowledge of their own bodies, allowing the client to continue their rehabilitation process and change everyday habits. She is passionate about all things sports and exercise and in her spare time Ella is an avid hiker, traveller and painter.
Louise O’Connell (BSc, BCP Level 3 Matwork)
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 with her family; skiing is an O’Connell passion.
Having worked within mainstream schools for over 5 years, Danni, like many other teachers, was growing concerned about the mental health of the young people she was working with. She found herself drawing on her knowledge of meditation and yoga, and wanting to ensure she was providing the depth of support they needed. In 2015, she began her journey into Yoga. She specalisies in bringing together meditation, yoga and holistic practices to improve wellbieng. You will find Danni teacing Hatha Flow Yoga here at Bridge Health & Wellbeing.
Melanie Healey BSc (Hons) SRCh MChS
I have worked in a variety of locations across the south of England, as well as looking after a range of military personnel for many years. My areas of interest are primarily the biomechanics of the foot and lower limb, musculoskeletal conditions, and sports injuries of the foot and lower limb. I treat athletes and sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities,from a wide range of sporting disciplines. I also see and treat alot of children. I continue to enjoy working as part of a multi disciplinary team and in 2006, I joined Southern Health, working part time as a Clinical Specialist Podiatrist for Orthopaedic Choice, an out patient triage service. My role is to examine, diagnose, and refer on to the appropriate service for treatment, whether that be for podiatry, physiotherapy or surgery. My leisure time is spent with my dogs. I show 2 of my golden retrievers, which takes up most of my weekends. We also had our first litter in March of this year, which was harder work than I could possibly have imagined