Marina graduated from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (London) in 1986. She has taken part in post graduate training to include cranial osteopathy and obstetric osteopathy. Her first practice in Brighton, gained her a good reputation for treating pregnant women. She also discovered a keen interest in treating sports injuries and began to use her observation of foot mechanics during running - and now welcomes the increasingly popular 'barefoot' running style which is now growing in popularity. A family move to East Grinstead in 1994 meant starting a new practice from the beginning again, as well as balancing the needs and demands of a young family and maintaining a lively osteopathic practice. This young family grew up quickly and took part in many of the local sports so that her skills in treating sports injuries were rekindled, but this time for a slightly smaller model, working with the team members of local clubs in particular. Marina likes to treat a full range of patients and of all ages, but still maintains her special interest in pregnancy. She works with all the varying styles of osteopathic treatment approaches, preferring to use the treatment most appropriate for the patient’s need at the time – this could mean taking a more ‘structural’ approach, or using a more soft-tissue based approach, or working more with the ‘cranial’ style techniques. She sees her role quite often as a ‘problem solving’ one, helping patients understand how a problem might have occurred and how it can be prevented from recurring. Marina is a mother of two, loves to dance, is learning to ski, and has been very actively involved in the professional association for osteopaths (British Osteopathic Association, now the Institute of Osteopathy) having just finished a 3 year term as it’s President. This work has involved her promoting osteopathy with politicians in both Houses; working alongside osteopaths from all over the Europe to develop a CEN Standard for Osteopathy; helping to create a rolling training programme for specialist osteopathic care in a spinal surgical unit at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham; and employing a new CEO for the organisation – to list just a very small amount of the demanding and wide range of work required in this role.