My name is Lucy Ross-Browne and I am an Osteopath, I co-own The Practice at Ferndown. I treat patients of all ages for huge variety of problems or pain. I specialise in paediatric osteopathy and it is an area I am very passionate about.
When did you start your small business and why?
My husband and I started the business in 2007, when I relocated to Dorset after 6 years of living and working in Bristol. We wanted to get out of city life and closer to the sea. Over the last 10 years the business has expanded so we now have 3 osteopaths, an acupuncturist, massage therapist and 3 secretaries making up our friendly team. I have worked in the NHS for a few years too but owning the business has given me the flexibility to work around my 2 children and keep the work/life balance right.
Tell us about your most memorable or greatest achievement so far:
As far as treatment successes occur I am very fortunate they occur daily, from allowing a baby to breastfed more easily, settling reflux pain or allowing a lady to enjoy a pain free pregnancy-it is a very rewarding job!
Who is your biggest influence or role model?
My patients give me my inspiration for my work. I often hear patients say they have been told to “put up with the pain” or a baby will “grow out of it” so it is lovely to give them immediate relief, an explanation for their symptoms and a light at the end of the tunnel.
What do you hope to bring to Dorset Bump to Baby Show 2018?
I hope that by speaking to mums and expectant parents I can remove some of the myths surrounding cranial osteopathy and offer reassurance that pain is not an inevitable part of pregnancy!
What’s next for The Practice at Ferndown?
Who knows? Watch this space…... With a move to new premises in Ferndown last year I am happy just to enjoy the next year without over seeing building works!
If you could give one piece of advice for a new mum what would it be?
Trust your instincts! You know your baby better than anyone else and if you have concerns keep asking for help. You will never regret being sure!
Instead of a “to do” list start making an “I’ve done” list- its better for the soul and you’ll realise just how much you have achieved rather than feel defeated by the list you never manage to finish!
(and it’s a cliché but it really does fly- enjoy your baby because you’ll blink, and they will be at school!)
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