Who are the BodyEvolve Team?
BodyEvolve is a multidisciplinary team of Chiropractors, a Massage and Sports Therapist and our Clinic Assistants. Our Chiropractors are registered members of the statute body the General Chiropractic Council and are members of the United Chiropractic Association. They specialise in the treatment of neck and back pain, pregnancy and baby care and sports injury, alongside our massage therapist. They are accredited with specific chiropractic qualifications to Doctorate level, and use a courtesy title of ‘Dr’ however hold no general medical qualification.
Dr Michelle Chrapkowska, Director (B.A Hons, MChiro, Doctor of Chiropractic, LRCC)
I was introduced to chiropractic in 2001 whilst studying a Sport, Health and Exercise degree at Durham University. The chiropractor amazed me. He showed how a dysfunction in the spine and nervous system could make the body weak and unstable – even in professional athletes. Once corrected, full function returned instantly! From this moment, I witnessed how our health and fitness could be altered simply by ‘touch’, so I embarked on a second degree to fulfil my dream of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004.
I’ve had chiropractic care for 17 years and it has been invaluable to my health, personal development and well-being. I found the profession opened up a community of like-minded friends and mentors, with common values and goals upon health and lifestyle.
I’ve been a keen public speaker in the UK Association of Speakers Clubs. In 2012, I was delighted to win 1st place in the National Speakers Topics Contest. I’ve had great opportunities of guest speaking around Manchester about my passion for chiropractic and finding ‘true health’, without the need for drugs/surgery. Previously, I worked in the fitness industry for 5 years as a gym/spinning instructor and continue to enjoy my own training, including running and yoga. Outside the clinic, my time is spent with my husband and two home-birthed girls, dogs, horse and the great outdoors.
Since 2008, I’ve attended seminars throughtout Europe, including the International Paediatric Chiropractic Association, particularly in Pregnancy and Infant care. I’ve helped many new mums and health professionals including Obstetricians, GP’s, Paediatricians, midwives, athletes and celebrities during their pregnancies. As the Director at BodyEvolve, we attained the Royal College of Chiropractic PPQM award for excellence 2016-18.
I take great satisfaction in helping to enhance the lives of babies, children, parents and grandparents alike. Natural holistic care offers greater wellness to the whole family, giving all members a happier and healthier future. A gift that is truly rewarding!
Dr Débora Marques (MChiro, Doctor of Chiropractic)
Chiropractic was first introduced to me as a young child, maybe around 7 years old. My mom has been working as a Chiropractic Assistant in Lisbon for as long as I can remember and because of that our whole family had chiropractic care.
I truly don’t think I’ve known a more avid supporter of Chiropractic as my mom is, and in many ways I think she’s a big reason why it piqued my interest.
At some point in high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career in health care. I just didn’t know what. Health, exercise, natural remedies, nutrition, etc have always been things I’ve been interested in, which meant I needed to find something that took on a more wholesome approach to health. And to me that was chiropractic. The more I visited my chiropractor or saw my amazing results it sparked this joy. My headaches, and neck aches were better, I could focus more in school, my body felt stronger and I just felt better in general. And I saw that same awareness on other people’s faces that walked out of the same clinic my mom worked at.
I decided I wanted to do that for other people too, so in August of 2013 I packed up all my belongings, cried until I couldn’t anymore as I said goodbye to everything I knew and flew across the Atlantic ocean to Traverse city, Michigan. I really didn’t know what “cold” meant until I moved there. After three years, I pushed through many snowy days and finished my Pre-medicine (ASA) credits to transfer to Sherman College of Chiropractic.
Once again I packed all my belongings and moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina where I made friendships for life and after four years of perseverance I proceeded to finish my Doctorate of Chiropractic.
It’s ironic that for such a home-body I’ve moved quite a lot and here I am doing it again. This time Cheshire, England! I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to serve this community through the blessing that is chiropractic.
Dr Sylvia Lye (MChiro, Doctor of Chiropractic)
As a chiropractor, I genuinely enjoy the process of ongoing and continuous learning to provide the best care to the community.
For me, chiropractic is a lifestyle. It entails much more than just spinal manipulation or relieving your pains and discomfort. A chiropractic lifestyle includes regular exercise, a healthy diet, and most importantly, being mindful of your mind-body connection. It is about making a conscious effort to work towards healthy living and wellness, instead of waiting for health issues to arise.
I believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience a better lifestyle by having a fully functioning nervous system. The sooner you embrace a chiropractic lifestyle, the better it is for your health, now and in the future.
Carolina Fontella (BSc, PGDip, Osteomyologist)
I have always had a fascination with how the body moves and how people can adapt their body to different situations. That’s why I first studied for a Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, in 2009. I had 4 years of experience working with different people, ages and bodies. To expand my expertise I also graduated with a Major of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, where I had plenty of experience teaching PE at school.
I have a diverse background working with dance, since I was a professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer. So I’m really passionate about how the body moves in order to achieve the best results possible.
After my years of experience in physical education and dancing, I felt that I needed more fulfilment in my career. I heard about Osteopathy for the first time in 2017, so I moved to Lisbon, Portugal to begin my 3rd degree and a further Post-graduation in Osteopathy Manipulative Techniques. After attaining a degree in Osteopathy, I felt that I really “found myself”. Being able to work with people and being intrigued by the complexity of the human body was always going to be where my passion lay. I ran my own clinic in Brazil after graduating and enjoyed applying evidence-based practice alongside traditional osteopathic concepts. I use my expertise in hands-on treatment with various ongoing health issues and introduce customised exercise and movement techniques to reinforce and prolong patients’ improvements.
I’m currently practising as an Osteomyologist and am a member of the Association of Osteomyologists.
Natalie (Clinic Assistant)
I first discovered Chiropractic Care in 2015, when attending hypnobirthing classes. My teacher said that ‘in an ideal world, every pregnant woman would see a chiropractor.’ I’ve been a practice member at BodyEvolve ever since and the improvement in my wellbeing has been fantastic.
I worked in various roles in the banking and insurance industry for 17 years and then became a stay at home mum, my favourite job but definitely the most challenging! When I saw there was an opportunity to become part of the BodyEvolve team, I knew I had to apply.
I’ve always had a keen interest in wellness and the human body, but I have always thought it would be a lovely place to work with a real family feel!
On a personal note, I enjoy cooking (and eating), crocheting, workouts, holidays abroad and I’ve always got a couple of books on the go.
Linda (Practice Manager)
I’d heard lots of great things about chiropractic care before coming to work at BodyEvolve.
I didn’t have much first-hand experience, although it was something I was interested in and I was aware of the benefits of good care.
Working at BodyEvolve has allowed me to do what I love most, which is meeting new people. This is one of the reasons I loved my previous part-time role as a Slimming World Consultant. My role here has been amazing, I’m learning every day and I’m working with a fantastic team.
On a personal note during lockdown I decided to get fit and take care of myself. To kick-start this, I completed the Couch to 5KM, 9 week program and continue to run 5KM 3 times per week.