Fishponds Practice


About Us - History of the Practice

As the practice grows, so our team of Osteopaths is increasing in number. Originally the practice started in the mid 1960s, when Dr Dennis Waldron, who some older patients still remember as a General Practitioner in Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell and Oldbury Court, developed an interest in osteopathic techniques. He re-trained with a leading Harley Street specialist, Guy Beauchamp, and set up in practice with him in London, and also in his own practice in the centre of Bristol. Later he moved to the Cotham Road Surgery, where he was joined by his daughter Gabrielle Waldron, when she graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1992.

Meanwhile Martyn Morgan, who had graduated in 1988, had started practicing in Bristol with John Leah. This developed rapidly at the Natural Health Clinic on Cotham Hill. When Martyn and John realised that very large numbers of their patients were coming across town from east Bristol, they began to practice on the Fishponds Road and moved to larger premises at 834 Fishponds Road in the early 90’s.

Recognising that many female patients prefer to see a female practitioner and that she would a great asset to the practice, Martyn and John managed to persuade Gabrielle to join them in the Fishponds Practice.


Three years later, having got on rather well both professionally and personally, Martyn and Gabrielle married. The following year Juliana Hounsfield (nee Cram) joined the practice to cover Gaby’s maternity leave. She quickly became established and remained as a vital part of the team when Gabrielle returned to work, (after the arrival of Marcus Isambard Morgan). At around the same time, Martyn stepped in at Cotham when Dennis Waldron retired to spend more time with his new grandson. This was a precious time as those who remember Dennis as a strong and vigorous man will be sad to learn that he died unexpectedly in 2001.

The Fishponds Practice has developed very rapidly over recent years, and so in the summer of 2002 we were joined by a further osteopath - Patrick Doherty. We also decided to move from Cotham in order to focus all our energies on the Fishponds Practice. News).




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