Meet our Team
Richard Phelps, DC
From: Mt Laurel, NJ (USA)
I had been adjusted by a chiropractor since I was 3 years old. I was the 'poster boy' for chiropractic. As a teenager my posture worsened to the point where I couldn't 'stand up straight', as my mother told me to. Going through university didn't help that either. It wasn't until I became reacquainted with an old chiropractor of mine in a grocery store. He said he was doing something different and I needed to check it out. So I did. I went to his office later that week and got an ABC™ treatment! He took some pictures of me, sat me in a chair and did a strange manoeuvre with my head. If I didn't trust him so much I would have gotten up and punched him... but then I stood up and noticed immediately that I was standing taller and straighter! My mother was right, I should have been standing straighter. But she thought I was being lazy. I wasn't. It had to do with how my bones were lined up. When the structure gets corrected, the body works better. Come in and find out for yourself.
Donata Kick, MAO (manip.)
From: Munich, Germany
My foray into the world of structural bodywork began in 2007: I had finished my PhD in Medieval Literature at Durham University the year before, and the years I had spent slouched in front of a computer screen and at the library had taken their toll on my body. Wrecked with various pains and aches and with appalling posture, I checked out the local chiropractor’s office and, for a while, was happy with the results I got. In early 2008, their team started practicing ABC™ and decided to switch me over to this new treatment method. At that point my body started taking off like a rocket: I noticed results I had previously not thought possible. My migraines and back pain disappeared, and a few months in I stopped taking my trusty inhaler that I had been using for 15 years. I became curious about how all this worked. At the same time, I was also looking for a career change – although I still loved teaching and research, academia with its 20-hour days, high-pressure lifestyle, and clearly damaging effect on my body offered little work-life balance and seemed less and less appealing as a long-term career option.
And so I dove into an epic career change which would eventually lead to becoming an Advanced Biostructural Correction™ practitioner. At first I worked at the reception desk at Durham Family Chiropractic for a while to gain insight into the admin and management side of this new world. Then I dove into figuring out how the human body works. This initially meant a foray into chiropractic academia, an unfortunately unpleasant experience which would fill volumes if I retold it in detail. Thankfully I soon discovered that there were other avenues for reaching the same goal of becoming an ABC™ practitioner – and that these would not only progress faster, but would utilise cutting-edge research rather than dogmatic views based on incorrect assumptions about the human body. This, of course, made the researcher in me tremendously happy! After I finished my training in anatomy, physiology, neurology, radiology, and a bunch of other -ologies, I therefore switched tracks and qualified as an Osteomyologist rather than a chiropractor. At one of the ABC™ seminars I met Richard Phelps, who a few months later invited me to join his team in Scotland. I am eternally grateful to him and his wife Julia for the opportunity to change lives in this beautiful country.
Gabrielle Parrot, MAO (manip.)
From: Lyon, France
*French Accent Alert* 🙂
My first ABC™ experience was amazing. It was my first seminar in November 2013. I never realised how screwed up my body was before. I had a big emotional release during this first treatment, and even if I thought that the maneuvers were crazy, I never felt so much relief, and I knew that it was different from Chiropractic… After the entire protocol, I was asked to walk, it took me few minutes to relearn this simple act because all my body and posture changed so much… I felt so free, upright, light and I didn’t notice my body at all. Then I kept attending the seminars and worked with an ABC™ instructor in southern France where I could get treated regularly. There was no practitioner where I lived before.
I’m still amazed by the results that we see, and my body is still changing so much after almost one year of regular treatments.
I reached my level II Certification and decided to come to Falkirk in order to gain even more experience. ABC™ changed my life so much. I’m really happy and it’s an honour for me to follow patients during their journey. I’m full of gratitude to be here in this country with this amazing team, keep learning so much and meeting wonderful people.
Rachel Scott, Practitioner Assistant
From: Scotland, UK
'I love working here, love seeing the changes in people love seeing people's lives getting better, love the fact that my life has improved so much from receiving ABC and love the fact I have met such awesome people along the way :)'
Also from Rachel (recently posted on SM:'I honestly love my job, but days like today make me feel so lucky... to see someone come in practically folded into herself and having to get a taxi as she is having so much difficulty walking and see her walk out like a 'normal' person to catch the bus with a huge grin makes it THE BEST JOB EVER!!!'
Susan Paterson, Practitioner Assistant
From: Scotland, UK
'I look forward to going to work as every day is so different. To see and chat about the great benefits that people get from ABC treatment. This makes for a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere and I love being a part of it. I look forward to a healthier future due to having ABC treatment myself.'