Anthea is co-founder and co-director of The Broad Street Practice which she and husband Perry Westbrook started in 1996. Intending to avoid confusion (but perhaps causing it!) Anthea practises under her maiden name.
Before training as an osteopath Anthea travelled widely and studied Psychology & Neurophysiology at Exeter College, Oxford. Realising that her vocation lay elsewhere she went on to train as a secretary/PA working across a wide range of industries, eventually as a Medical Secretary at a leading private hospital in London, working for some of the country’s leading orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists. It was while working there that Anthea discovered osteopathy and returned to college for the 4 year degree course in Osteopathic Medicine, graduating at the tender age of 32!
24 years later Anthea has a wealth of experience. She prides herself in her role as a primary healthcare practitioner and relishes the diversity of patients who come through the door – all ages, backgrounds, professions, body shapes and states of health! A mother of two herself she particularly enjoys treating pregnant women and mothers of young children and with her secretarial background she has particular empathy (and sympathy) for those whose working hours keep them stuck at a desk and in front of a computer screen.
“I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to teach patients – introducing them to the anatomy, physiology and mechanics underlying their problem. I’m a great believer that if people understand what has happened to them and why, then we’re half way to resolving the problem or helping to gain control over a long-standing condition.”
Ongoing training is a central part of maintaining osteopathic accreditation with the General Osteopathic Council. To this end Anthea attends a variety of training courses, seminars and workshops every year.
“I relish contact with other osteopaths and exposure to new ideas, techniques and approaches. Having said that, my osteopathy remains entirely patient-focussed – I’ll let others teach the next generation and do the research. I choose to concentrate on my patients, my community and strive to be the best osteopath I can be…. and a half-decent wife, and mother to Duncan (21) and Arthur (10).”