About Us

  • Over 30 Years of History

    Ripon Natural Health Centre is a multi-disciplinary therapy clinic in the market town of Ripon, North Yorkshire and was established in 1983. Originally founded as a centre for Osteopathy, other therapeutic disciplines have since been added. We provide Osteopathy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Sports and Remedial Massage and Deep Memory Process Therapy.

    What we do

    Through providing professional complementary therapies we aim to encourage and promote holistic and informed approaches to health and healing. We also facilitate courses and a Meditation Group which meets approximately once a month. We stock a small range of products in reception, all tried and tested by us: massage oils made to our own recipes using pure essential oils, homeopathic creams, Biosun traditional ear candles, support belts for backs, joints etc., Bancha Green Tea, White Tea and our own range of Chakra Herb Teas. We also stock books by Ann Merivale and Terry Gray.


Our Staff

  • Mark Young  DO, RSHom, MBAcC

    Osteopath, Acupuncturist, Homeopath
    My interest in health and healing was inspired by two people – Dr Chandra Sharma who was my family’s Homeopathic doctor and John Bennett who was a scientist and mystic. They encouraged me to develop a holistic approach to health and to reconnect mind, body and life experience where they have become separated by illness, pain or personal crisis. We have a wonderful capacity to repair and get well and all medicine relies on our ability to self heal and respond to treatment. I try and understand what treatment approach will work best for you and your particular situation and find ways to encourage your creativity and self healing. I have been working as an osteopath since 1979 and in Ripon since 1984. Continuity of care, a human being on the end of a telephone and time to listen and understand in the consulting room have become more important than ever.
  • Amy-Leigh Smith M.Ost

    I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2012 with a Masters degree in Osteopathy.  During my time at Brookes my passion for sport grew and a love of working with athletes developed as a result of my involvement with the MCC’s Oxford Cricketing Centre of Excellence.  My bio-mechanical approach to treatment aims to restore function within the body, whether it be to carry out day to day activities pain free or to return to a sport.  I am qualified in Kinesiology Taping, a tool which has proven to be beneficial in treating both athletes and non-athletes. As well as working structurally I am also interested in the craniosacral field of Osteopathy and admire its effective yet gentle approach to treatment.
  • Libby Hancocks BA(Hons), LSSM(Dip), MISRM, CNHC

    Clinical, Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist
    I graduated as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist in 2007 from the London School of Sports Massage and since then have been working with a variety of clients with sports related and occupational conditions. I previously worked in industry and education but decided to make the career change into sports massage due to my life-long interest in health and fitness. I have a love of music and theatre and also enjoy the outdoors and horse riding as well as spending time with my family – not forgetting my lovely Labrador and my  horse, Crystal.
  • Rachel Stocker  Lit Ac MBAcC BA (Hons)

    Rachel Stocker - acupuncturist
    I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture for three years at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, qualifying in 2002. I subsequently practiced alongside GPs, osteopaths and homeopaths in Wiltshire and North Yorkshire for eight years, and then practiced overseas in the Middle East for two years. I also use cupping, moxibustion and in 2013 I took a post graduate course in sports injuries. I am fully qualified with NADA-UK as an acupuncture detoxification specialist which also covers addiction and stress in the curriculum. Ear acupuncture is used in this treatment protocol.
  • Michael Edwards  RSHom

    I completed my initial homeopathic training and qualified in 2003 at the North West College of Homeopathy and have  since studied at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy in Greece and in London obtaining Dip. IACH. I’m available at Ripon Natural Health Centre on Saturdays but other times may be available by arrangement.
  • Ann Merivale  BA, Dip PLR, Dip DMP

    Deep Memory Process Therapist
    As a writer with a particular interest in karmic relationships (i.e. how past life connections relate to and affect the present),  I trained in 1997-8 with the London College of Past Life Regression Studies. I then undertook more training with the Jungian psychoanalyist Dr. Roger Woolger and gained his diploma in Deep Memory Process in 2001. I have written four books, ‘Karmic Release – Journeying Back to the Self’, ‘Souls United – The Power of Divine Connection’, Discovering the Life Plan – Eleven Steps to Your Destiny’, and most recently; ‘Delayed Departure – A Beginner’s Guide to Soul Rescue’.
  • Jenny Rose

    I settled in Ripon after studying History at the College of Ripon and York St John over twenty years ago but remain a Leicestershire girl at heart. When not caring for the needs of Ripon Natural Health Centre I can be found hanging around museums and art galleries or attempting Ballroom and Latin dancing.