Our Team

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Maria Larrain, BSc, BOst, DPO

Maria Larrain BSc, BOst, DPO is a 2009 graduate of the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and owner of Butterfield Osteopathy. Maria is a qualified Paediatric Osteopath having done post-graduate training at the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

She is a clinic tutor for post-graduate osteopaths who are doing their qualification in paediatric osteopathy at the BSO. She is also a lecturer in cranial osteopathy for undergraduates at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM).

Maria has a particular interest in osteopathy in the cranial field and the osteopathic care of babies, children and women who have pain and issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. She has a personal interest in the treatment and management of problems arising from hypermobility. Her approach to treatment is quiet and gentle allowing the body to release and relax its own strain patterns but will also use more direct techniques when appropriate.

Maria is also a teacher of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR). She has an interest in the cross-cultural studies of healthcare and is currently undertaking an MSc in medical anthropology at University College London. Her dissertation subject is about the cultural aspects of breastfeeding and the impact of ‘tongue-tie’ diagnoses in babies.

She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. Maria is also registered with BUPA, PruHealth, Cigna and AVIVA.

Maria works at Butterfield Osteopathy on Monday and Wednesdays.

She is also a fluent Spanish and Danish speaker.

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Karina Spero, BSc (Hons) Ost, BSc (Hons) Psych

Karina Spero BSc (Hons) Ost, BSc (Hons) Psych, DPO graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2001 and has practiced as an Osteopath in London and Hertfordshire since then.

After qualifying as an Osteopath, she gained specialist experience in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder and related shoulder problems having trained in the Niel-Asher Technique at a specialist shoulder clinic.

Karina is experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of musculoskeletal problems. She also has a particular interest and experience in the treatment of expectant and post-partum mothers, babies and children, having completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy. She continues to work one day a week at the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

In treatment, Karina aims to relieve pain, restore optimum musculoskeletal health and function, and to prevent the recurrence of problems. As such, consideration is given to what may have caused and be maintaining a problem, and advice given on how this can be managed. Treatment approaches may involve soft tissue massage, gentle joint articulation, special stretches and cranial osteopathy, depending on what is appropriate for each individual.

Karina is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC) and is a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

Karina works at Butterfield Osteopathy on Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.

She also speaks good Spanish and French.

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Ronan O'Brien, MOst

Ronan O’Brien graduated with a masters degree in osteopathy (M.Ost) from the British School of Osteopathy. After graduating he undertook extensive postgraduate training in both classical and cranial osteopathy, and in functional medicine which gives him a wide range of skills to use to help patients create sustained improvements in their health.

Prior to retraining as an osteopath Ronan had a successful corporate technology career, which gave him a solid understanding how modern working environments can impact negatively on our health and stress levels.

He has a strong belief in supporting patients to achieve lasting benefit and well being from osteopathy and helping them find more ease in themselves. Ronan has a particular interest in treating chronic pain and digestive disorders.

Ronan works at Butterfield Osteopathy on Tuesday and Fridays.

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