Meet The Team

Sophie Bendall
BSc(Hons) BOst(with Distinction) DipAPNT


Sophie graduated from the British School of Osteopathy, London, with a distinction. Prior to this she obtained a psychology degree and a diploma in sports injuries and massage.
Since qualifying Sophie has worked at a variety of practices in Kent and Sussex before setting up Cranbrook Osteopathic Practice in 2007.
She enjoys treating pregnant patients and teenagers as she feels this is a crucial age to understand about good posture. She teaches Pilates in the clinic on a one to one basis.
Sophie lives locally with her husband, two young sons and dog. 

Clarissa McManus
BSc(Hons) AKC BOst(Hons) DO


Clarissa studied for a Biological Sciences degree at Kings University College, London and then continued her studies in Osteopathy graduating from the European School of Osteopathy in 2007.  She has been an assistant lecturer at the ESO and now works in a number of busy practices in Kent. She has been at Cranbrook Osteopathic Practice for four years.  Clarissa has a passion for treating children and adults using Cranial Osteopathy in which she has done specific postgraduate courses.
Clarissa owns two cats and two dogs and is a passionate collector and renovator of antique furniture.


Nicky Cross

Nicky Cross

Nicky Cross is a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy, where she was awarded a Master’s degree in Osteopathy.  She also holds qualifications in visceral osteopathy and dry needling techniques.  Previously a professional gardener, she came to osteopathy as a second career, having become fascinated with the subject during her own treatment for back pain. Her life experience and study have guided her in developing a broad approach to the profession, tailoring techniques and treatments to the individual.  She has a special interest in helping pregnant women and the elderly, and currently works at two other practices in Kent.
Nicky has three grown up children and lives in Marden, where she and her partner are renovating an oast house.  She is still an enthusiastic gardener and is currently designing and creating the garden for her new home.   She sings with a local choir and enjoys participating in performance.  She also enjoys cycling, swimming, kayaking and country walks.

Nicola Fellows
DO BSc(Hons)Ost VTCT


Nicola graduated from the European School of Osteopathy with a Diploma and a Bachelor of Science degree in Osteopathy. Nicola also has a massage qualification.
Since graduating Nicola has worked in a variety of clinics in Kent, alongside acting as an assistant lecturer, mentor and examiner at the ESO for 8 years, before leaving to work solely in practice.
Nicola used to be a keen horse rider and competed in dressage and show jumping. She has a cocker spaniel and also enjoys dancing classes.



As a family we have had treatment for myself, my teenage children…and even hubby when he is injured from thinking he’s young again!
The osteopaths at the practice come highly recommended as I feel they are knowledgeable and take time to know their patients.
We find them brilliant for new complaints, especially sports related, or maintaining old injuries, and just from getting older!
They are personable with our children, and the clinic is a pleasant clean atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff.

Mrs H, Frittenden.

We have been patients for a number of years.  My husband, a builder, keeps regular maintenance appointments with Clarissa for treatment of his various ‘occupational discomforts’, Sophie has fully restored my shoulder mobility after an injury, and she has also helped with postural issues after years in a desk bound occupation.  We happily recommend the practice.

Mrs and Mrs G, Cranbrook.

I am a quite a heavy patient and Laura has been particularly good at dealing with deep-seated back and neck problems. It takes strength as well as expertise to do many of the techniques necessary to help my back.
All the staff at the clinic are very personable and helpful and, having had indifferent treatments elsewhere in the past, I can highly recommend Cranbrook Osteopathic Practice.

Mr M, Hawkhurst