The Team - Osteopaths

Sarah Spencer Chapman, D.O.

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Sarah is an experienced Osteopath with 30 years practice in Health Care.

She has recently taken ownership of The Hereford Osteopathic Centre.

Prior to this, Sarah practiced around the world including Harley Street, Ischia and the Cotswolds. 

Lecturing at Oxford Brookes and Swansea University’s Sarah has experience in teaching as well as being a hands on Osteopath, while practicing as a Master NLP Practitioner and a hydro osteopath.

Originally she was an Ocean Sailor and worked in Development in Africa and it was in these early days that she gained a fascination in health and movement.

Having survived a tragic accident off the coast of Kenya aged 22, Sarah went into the bush in Malawi with an American Peace Corps Nurse and learnt a hands on approach to care.

Having the fortune to travel to remote parts of the world when sailing, and observing, amongst others Orinoco Indians in the delta of the Orinoco and Inuit in the high Arctic, Sarah developed her interest in how people move.  

She followed her desire to give something back in the memory of those effected by earlier events and started on a journey of building a toolbox of expertise.  In 2007 she went with a medical team of 22 into Kibera, the slum that wraps itself around Nairobi, after the post election violence, where there are 3 million displaced people living with no sanitation, no infrastructure of water or electricity, and as a team treated some 3,000 people in 2 weeks.  It is this medical model that Sarah has a desire to replicate here in Hereford.

She incorporates these into her practice today and lives by the theory that movement in everything is the key to wellbeing. 

Sarah has two children and a grand daughter who are living active lives based in and out of the country and has found a new home in the beautiful city of Hereford.

To mark Sarah's arrival at the practice her daughter has painted the door a bright teal to mark a new beginning and represent water, movement and health flowing through the practice doors. 

Nicholas Handoll, D.O., F.S.C.C.









Nicholas Handoll founded the Hereford Osteopathic Centre in 1975 and has recently retired from the practice handing over to Sarah as Clinic Director and owner.

Nicholas Handoll qualified at the British School of Osteopathy, London, in 1971 and attended the very first cranial course held in this country in 1972. He established the practice in Hereford in 1975. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the British Osteopathic Journal for six years.

Books written include Osteopathy:Your Questions Answered (1983), Osteopathy in Britain (1986) and Anatomy of Potency (2000), an examination of quantum physics and how it can help us to understand who we are and the environment in which we live. Anatomy of Potency is now in its second edition and has been translated into German, French and Italian.

The Osteopathic Management of Children with Down's Syndrome was published in the British Osteopathic Journal in 1988, and his paper on Energy Medicine was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2004.

Nicholas Handoll taught for over 40 years to both under-graduate and post-graduate osteopaths in England, Europe, America and Australasia. He taught at the British School of Osteopathy, the European School of Osteopathy and the British College of Osteopathic Medicine and designed and directed a number of advanced courses both in the UK and abroad.

He was instrumental in the development of the teaching of the cranial concept in this country. In 1993 he co-founded the Sutherland Cranial College the independent post-graduate educational institution for teaching the cranial concept to qualified osteopaths.

In 2011 he brought together all the independent osteopathic postgraduate teaching colleges into what has become the Osteopathic Alliance, an organisation like the medical Royal Colleges, to represent and advise on osteopathic philosophy and practice. 

The clinic wishes Nicholas well in his retirement and remains in steady contact.


Phone: Hereford 01432 356655