Deborah Battams BSc (Hons) Ost. Med, DO, ND, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Managing Proprietor

After qualifying from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with Honors in BSc Osteopathic Medicine Deborah was awarded a distinction in clinical competence and a diploma in osteopathy and naturopathy, she set up TOMClinic in 2007 with her late husband Sean.

Due to a sudden, significant change in her health which meant that she was no longer able to deliver the standard of excellence as an osteopath that she expected of herself, she withdrew herself from the register and now invests her expertise in supporting the TOMClinic team to ensure the maintenance of the highest professional standard of care and the smooth running of the practice.

The many testimonials that TOMClinic has received in its history is indicative of the TOMClinic team’s professional ability to make a positive significant difference to people’s lives for the better.  Seeing and hearing about the significant difference that the TOMClinic team continue to make to people’s lives, truly motivates Deborah to ensure TOMClinic continues its reputation in delivering the highest standards of clinical excellence and personalized care within the practice.

Freya Gilmore M.Ost

Associate Osteopath

Freya graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (now UCO) in 2016 and joined the TOMClinic team in 2019 after relocating from Manchester.  She mostly works structurally and has a particular interest in working with patients with osteoarthritis.
Freya believes that education plays a massive role in how patients manage their pain and symptoms, so she writes blogs and illustrates diagrams for various websites and text books, including the Academy of Physical Medicine.  Freya is re-illustrating a text book in the coming months, (“Science in the Art of Osteopathy” by Caroline Stone).  She is particularly enthusiastic about making the current osteopathic research accessible to all.
Freya has always set her sights on Osteopathy, studying full time at the British School of Osteopathy for four years.  During this time, she completed an obstetrics elective and spent time in the expectant mothers clinic. She loves treating pregnant women.
Freya also loves working with patients with osteoarthritis; often these people come in as a last resort because they’ve been told that they “just have to live with it”.  Osteopathy can be really beneficial for arthritis, as we can get the affected joint moving to improve the state of the cartilage.  We can get the rest of the body moving better too, easing the load on the arthritic joint.  There’s not much more satisfying than seeing someone rely less and less on their crutches over a few weeks of treatment!
Freya recommends people with osteoarthritis find a form of exercise you love. Walking the dog counts! Try classes at the gym, try a running club, try a seven minute workout at home. Once you find a routine with it, it’s easy to stick to – but if you dread doing it you won’t get it to the routine stage.
To keep fit, Freya started going to a dance fit classes in Manchester and she’s now hooked! She is also slowly teaching herself to play the saxophone, just for fun. The rest of the time you’ll find her with a cat on her lap, drawing or reading.
Freya offers appointments on Tuesdays 2-10pm and Fridays 8am-4pm

Laura Maidment M.Ost

Senior Associate Osteopath

Laura joined the TOMClinic team in 2015. She is an experienced Registered Osteopath who graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with distinction and the silver medal award for achievement.

Laura is experienced in treating all ages including babies and has a background in treating athletes. She uses a holistic approach combining visceral and cranial techniques and incorporates pilates based rehabilitation where appropriate.

She also uses dry needling acupuncture to help manage acute injuries, headaches, tendinopathies and chronic pain better.

Laura’s approach is to gain a better understanding of the individual patient as a whole, and therefore identify things in day-to-day life that may have lead to dysfunction.

“I truly believe in treating the root cause of why someone is in pain rather than just the symptoms, which is at the foundation of Osteopathic practice”

Laura enjoys working with a variety of patients of all ages and complaints, her professional and friendly manner has made her popular with TOMClinic patients. We are fortunate to have Laura as part of the TOMClinic team.

Laura offers appointments on Tuesdays 8am-2pm, Thursdays 2pm-10pm and Fridays 8am-2:30pm.

Stuart Bishop M.Ost

Associate Osteopath

Stuart graduated with a Master’s in Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy in London. He is also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist.

During his time at the BSO, Stuart gained experience in a variety of specialist clinics including Sports, the Royal Free Hospital, Expectant Mother’s Clinic, Children’s Clinic as well as an external community clinic based at a busy GP practice in London. Stuart was also fortunate to have participated in the NHS funded OsteoMAP project, an innovative system designed to enhance the treatment of patients with persistent pain by combining osteopathic treatment with mindfulness and acceptance based approaches.

Stuart believes osteopathy is a partnership between patient and osteopath to achieve health and understands the value of clear and understandable communication. He is passionate about helping patients reach their goals, using his experience to tailor his treatment to the needs of the individual. He is also an advocate of injury prevention and can advise exercises as part of a treatment regime.

His special interests include the treatment and recovery of sports injuries, chronic pain and helping older patients remain active. Stuart has also recently completed his Masters thesis on the rehabilitation of patients who have experienced stroke.

When he is not treating patients, Stuart can often be found under the bonnet of classic cars, playing guitars or growing chilli peppers! He also enjoys golf and collecting vinyl.

Stuart offers appointments on Mondays 2pm-10pm; Tuesdays 2pm-8pm; Wednesdays 8am-4pm