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Meet the Team

At Active Health Care Clinic we have over 70 years Osteopathic post qualification experience between us.

Simeon Hempsall


Simeon Hempsall (BSc Hons) was born and bred in Sheffield. He went to the British School of Osteopathy in London where he graduated in 2001.

He is a former professional cyclist and has competed in a number of major sports events including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1994 Commonwealth Games. He also won the National Road Racing Championships.

Simeon is now married with three children (all girls!) and maintains a keen interest in sport - treating many varied sports injuries at the Active Healthcare Clinic (which was established in 1987). He is passionate about helping each individual to achieve their optimum health and fitness levels through Osteopathic practice.

He also treats many other ailments including: lower back pain; mid to upper back pain; and neck and shoulder pain, among other things.

Laurence Fourdrignier


Laurence qualified in 1993 and began her work in Kent where she developed an interest in “visceral” Osteopathy which led her to treat conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Gynaecological problems.

She has worked as an instructor at the European School of Osteopathy (which is where she had previously trained) and undertook further studies in Naturopathy (nutrition) – qualifying as a Naturopath in 1996.

Laurence is in demand as a lecturer and has taught at both pre and post-graduate level in Maidstone and in London, and has previously been invited to lecture to over 300 healthcare professionals in Milan. She is currently a lecturer of Visceral Osteopathy, for the Masters Course, at the W.S.O. in Vienna.

Laurence now practices at Active Healthcare Clinic since its recent merger with Bramley Clinic.

Kevin Beckwith


Kevin trained at the European School of Osteopathy and qualified in 1993. He established a practice in Horsham, West Sussex and has also practiced in Harley Street, London.

Upon returning to Sheffield in 1999, he established Bramley Clinic with Laurence Fourdrignier which has recently merged with Active Healthcare Clinic.

Kevin uses a range of musculoskeletal treatments learned throughout his career including trigger point acupuncture and applied kinesiology (the application of nutritional supplements to aid physiological balance).

Chris Creaghan

Injection Therapist

Chris Creaghan is the injection therapist at Active Healthcare. With over 20 years of clinical experience in diagnosis, injection therapy and ultrasound scanning, Chris has a wealth of experience.

Previously Chris worked as the clinical lead for NHS Kirklees, working along side the regions orthopaedic consultants. Now working as a front-line clinician at several GP Practices, he mixes NHS and private work.

Chris states that the advantage with private work at Active Healthcare is that he has the time to perform full differential diagnosis and detailed scans along with guided injections. By working along side specialists in osteopathy and avoiding delays in accessing appropriate treatment, the healthcare requirements of clients can be delivered in a timely manner.

Chris strongly recommends that injections are administered under guidance to ensure accurate needle placement. Guided injections are both safer and more effective.

Derek French

Sports Therapist

Derek is an experienced sports therapist with over 30 years experience.

During his career he has worked as a senior sports therapist for many football clubs, including Sheffield United, Barnsley, Wimbledon, Watford, Nottingham Forest and Mansfield as well as in the film industry.

He is also an active member of the FMA (Football Medical Association) which gives him a direct link to the The Football Association, Premier League, Football League and other governing bodies thereby ensuring he is up to speed with all the latest techniques as well as access to the best personal and professional development available.

For further information about sports therapy or to book an appointment please call Derek directly on 0796 793 7296

Melanie Hempsall

Practice Manager

Melanie joined the Active Health team as Practice Manager in 2019 working alongside her husband Simeon.

Having spent 24 years in sales and management working for some of the world's most coveted sports, fashion and styling brands she chosen to take a break from a life of motorway driving to spend more time with their three young girls.

When Melanie is not at Active Health or juggling the girls she can usually be found at the local Parkrun trying to beat her PB!

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