Our Practitioners

Our practitioners have for many years been treating people for back and neck pain, sports and car injuries, muscular and joint pain, headaches and more. Using either acupuncture, osteopathy or a combination of both.

Andrew Cross

Andrew Cross
D.O. Dip. Ac. MBAcC

Principle Osteopath, Andrew Cross ( D.O. Dip.AC. MBAcC ) was born in Hemel Hempstead, spending his early life in Malaysia.

Andrew attended the European School of Osteopathy, in Maidstone graduating in 1993.

Andrew then continued training as an Acupuncturist, graduating from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York in 1996.

Andrew often uses combined treatment of Osteopathy and Acupuncture to treat health issues and musculoskeletal disorders and is well able to treat neck, shoulder, spinal pain and other joint problems.

Andrew has always maintained a keen interest in sport and has played squash at county level, competed for England at Masters level and has been National and British Open Champion.

Andrews interest in sport means that he enjoys treating sporting injuries but is equally committed to treating all manor of conditions and all age groups including the elderly.  

Darren Chandler

Darren Chandler
D.O. BSc Hons (Ost ) Dip. Ac.

I graduated as an osteopath in 2000 from the John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy and have practised in the North East for the last nineteen years.

My main areas of interest are soft tissue causes of entrapment neuropathies accounting for common symptoms, the use of structural, non-high velocity thrust techniques for articular “release” and more recently I have started to gain an interest in the scope of the biopsychosoical model.

Charlotte Bruce osteopath


Charlotte’s first introduction to working with the human body was in 2006 when she completed an ITEC diploma in massage.  She worked as a massage therapist in Spas such as Verbena in Helmsley and The Gleneagles Hotel and Spa in Scotland.  It was this work that established her fascination with human anatomy and her desire to improve an individual’s life, leading her to enrol at university to study osteopathy.  In 2017 she graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Master’s degree in osteopathy.

She is interested in all aspects of osteopathy and can treat a wide range of patients. With a particular interest in developing her skills in cranial osteopathy.  Cranial osteopathy is a subtle, gentle approach to treatment that has a very powerful effect on the tensions and stresses held deep within the body.  It is ideal for treating very acute pain as well as headaches. 

She has also had great success in relieving the pains and stiffness associated with ‘wear & tear’ and arthritis by treating the associated muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the affected joint.  She wishes to empower her patients to improve their own health and quality of life through osteopathic treatment, referral to other practitioners when applicable, home advice and exercise.

In her own time, Charlotte enjoys walking her dog, playing her instruments (clarinet and saxophone) and travelling.

Laura Crooks Sports Massage


Laura is a highly reputable sports injury therapist and sports massage practitioner who joined the Stokesley Osteopaths team Summer 2021 offering sports massage and injury therapy. 

Laura undertook her professional education at Manchester Metropolitan University and Middlesbrough College where she gained her degrees in Business and Leisure and Sports Injury Therapy, respectively. She also holds qualifications in sports massage and is a trained Pilates instructor. In 2021, Redcar Town FC engaged Laura as their sports injury therapist looking after the mens first team, which she finds incredibly rewarding. 

Laura’s passion for fitness, athletic performance and well-being began in her twenties which then lead to an early career in modelling. She then travelled the world savouring the cultural experiences of a vast array of countries before settling in Dubai for 11 years working in audio visual production. She has two active, sporty children and enjoys swimming, CrossFit and Pilates, when the hectic nature of her life allows. 


Andrew Cross, Stokesley Osteopaths, are members of the following organisations that govern acupuncture and osteopathic treatments.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) www.acupuncture.org.uk

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. We are a member-led organisation, governed by an elected executive committee and driven by a specialist staff team.

British Osteopathic Association (BOA) www.osteopathy.org

The BOA is a merger of the three professional bodies representing osteopaths and was formed in 1998.

The General Osteopathic Council www.osteopathy.org.uk

Regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law all osteopaths must be registered with The General Osteopathic Councilin order to practice in the UK.


What do the acronyms by our practitioners names stand for?

D.O. Diploma of Osteopathic Medicine.

MBAcC Member of the British Acupuncture Council (UK).

Dip.Ac. Diploma Acupuncture.