I consider becoming a member of the council a unique opportunity to take individual responsibility and contribute to the development of the profession.
My intention to get involved grew slowly but simultaneously with my professional, clinical skills and life experiences. In recent years, it matured and transformed into a more substantial need to actively participate in osteopathic professional activities. As my professional identity and competence expanded, I developed a keen interest in discovering the best ways to understand Osteopathy in many layers of our socio-cultural reality. I realised that Osteopathy is a particular worldview, a lifestyle and the liberal health care choice. However, I also experienced the profession fractioned and perhaps too medicalised without unified conceptual grounding. I found solving this urgent problem in Osteopathy a fascinating and intriguing prospect.
This statement is intended to demonstrate my skill set variability, critical thinking, dynamical nature and professional suitability necessary to become a valuable member of the iO council. I hope it reveals the commitment and passion, showing how my aptitude and thinking aligns with iO future vision of Osteopathy. It also highlights and enlists the key situations that shaped my professional and personal life, informed my judgment and influenced my ethical and moral values.
My motivation to contribute to the development of new Osteopathic practice models and participate in the creation of a robust and ecologically (socio-culturally) sustainable collective healthcare practice. Between 2010 and 2013, after my graduation, I worked as an associate Osteopath for a multidisciplinary clinic in Merseyside. In my first years of practice, I noted that “an individualised and private” osteopathic clinic business models were limited in their scope and practical applications. After three years, the circumstances led me to set up my practice. Not coincidentally already then the idea of more comprehensive provision, delivery and accessibility of Osteopathy healthcare were evident. That led me to develop the “Your Osteopathy, “An Alternative approach to healthcare” brand name and business model. The model has had two main business facets in mind. The first one to provide a viable model of individualised healthcare practice to secure practitioners financial stability. The second one to promote and increase the presence of osteopathic healthcare in the community. I believe this business model aligns with the iO Brand Osteopath concept. Six years later, the model works. I practice as a sole practitioner from three different clinic locations in Merseyside and Cheshire under the Your Osteopathy business brand. I think this practice model has slowly matured and is now ready and open for future entrepreneurial endeavours.
My motivation to contribute to the development of the better professional, scientific and public conceptual understanding of Osteopathy.
Despite this 150 years old practice being a successful and reasonably well-established profession across the world; it’s a role in the society remains relatively obscure. The osteopathic community has so far struggled to communicate its distinct position in our healthcare system scientifically. Osteopathy became a scientifically under-researched healthcare phenomenon, which in turn limits and hinders its clinical developments and public recognition.
During my postgraduate studies at Keele University between 2015-17, I developed a keen interest in researching Osteopathy philosophy and practice. Since then, I have been spending time studying a variety of topics from different fields of science; healthcare, philosophy, social science, psychology and neuroscience, aiming to explore more sustainable interpretation of Osteopathy. I always felt that traditional research inquiries into Osteopathic practice are inadequate and without contextual nesting to capture the full complexity of this healthcare phenomenon. I believe that Osteopathy needs a different philosophical perspective and research paradigm to investigate it thoroughly. Interestingly, my research effort settled around what I call phenomenological-embodied skilled individuality framework which intriguingly I believe can offer the Brand Osteopath project a much-needed sense of identity, scientific validity and differentiation. This behavioural interpretation framework is unique since it no longer requires a top-down scientific validation. It affords change in a natural bottom-up fashion by empowering the members of the osteopathic community to embody and more accurately communicate the somewhat ambiguous principles and philosophy of Osteopathy healthcare. I had the opportunity to present my osteopathic interpretation model to the leading and most influential scientist in recent years, Prof. Karl Friston from UCL. Unexpectedly I was surprised with his interest in this idea. I also noticed that the Osteopathy profession is lacking a dedicated scientific postgraduate programme that would regulate and promote its research projects and scientific interests. I believe creating a PhD research department that focuses on investigating Osteopathy using its distinct philosophy of healthcare, is a must for the next generation of Osteopaths.
My long-standing ambition is to establish Osteopathy in Slovakia where this profession is virtually non-existent. This intention has been there for a few years now, and I am a legitimate holder of the www.osteopathy.sk domain. I hope that becoming a member of this well established Osteopathic institution; I will gain more insight into the multifaceted workings of the council and develop much needed initial credibility and recognition that perhaps help me to lay the foundations for the Osteopathic profession in Slovakia. I consider the iO as representing an international networking platform. A place with vital access to a growing global community where I can further enhance the existing international collaboration and networking.
I believe this statement shows how my professional-personal life journey was from the beginning infused with the strong desire and motivation to contribute and make an impact on the Osteopathic profession. I think I have reached the point in my career that I feel confident to reach out to the peers, healthcare professionals and champion for this profession.