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Philippa Oakley DC MChiro

Principal Chiropractor and Clinical Director of Acorn Health
Master of Chiropractic Degree (Welsh Institute of Chiropractic)
Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development (Chiropractic)
Member of the Royal College of Chiropractor’s Specialist Pain Faculty
Licenciate of the Royal College of Chiropractor’s Specialist Pregnancy and Paediatrics Faculty

Biography: Dr Philippa Oakley (Doctor of Chiropractic)
DC MChiro, PgCert, MRCC (Pain) LRCC

Our experienced chiropractor Philippa graduated with a Master of Chiropractic degree from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2012.  At her graduation, Philippa was awarded the Royal College of Chiropractor’s prize for “Best Research Project” for her work into how the thoughts and feelings we have about back pain can affect our response to care.

After graduation, Philippa completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development in Chiropractic. Philippa received the Royal College of Chiropractor’s Heale Award for “Outstanding Post-Graduate Training candidate” for the 2012/2013 year. This prize is given to just one chiropractor in the UK each year. It recognises Philippa’s commitment to continued learning and creating positive change in her clinics. Most importantly, it recognises her significant contribution to improving patient care and positive development of the chiropractic profession.experienced chiropractor philippa oakley acorn health emsworth back pain neck pain hampshire chichester portsmouth southsea midhurst petersfield

Philippa established her own clinic, Acorn Health, in 2014. Due to the success of the clinic, it consequently expanded in January 2017 and she welcomed a number of additional therapists to the team.

A knowledgeable and experienced chiropractor, Philippa is passionate about helping you on your path to recovery. She uses a range of techniques to help you and enjoys working with you to develop a treamtent plan that suits your needs. Furthermore, she is trained to work with people of all ages including the very old and the very young.

Philippa has developed a specialist interest is in chronic pain management, and she is currently studying for a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching. As a result of her training, Philippa has extensive skills to help those with persistent pain who may have barriers to recovering well.


  • Recipient of the Royal College of Chiropractor’s “Best Research Project”, 2012
  • Royal College of Chiropractor’s Heale Award Recipient for “Outstanding Post-Graduate Training Candidate”, 2012/2013
  • Licentiate of the Royal College of Chiropractor’s Pain Faculty
  • Member of the Royal College of Chiropractor’s Pregnancy and Paediatric Faculty
  • Certificate in Dry Needling 1 & 2 (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic)

Philippa is fully registered with the General Chiropractic Council. She is also a member of the British Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors.


Research papers and publications from Philippa Oakley (Née McKernan)

McKernan, P., Field, J., McCarthy, P. & Newell, D. (2014) Preliminary Qualitative Investigation Into Issues Surrounding Lone Working in Manual Therapists. Royal College of Chiropractors AGM 2014, London

Field, J., Newell, D. & McKernan, P. (2014) Comparative Service Evaluation of Patients Presenting for Chiropractic / Osteopathic Care Privately with those Referred for Care Via the NHS: Back2Health partnership. Royal College of Chiropractors AGM 2014, London.

McKernan, P., Field, J., & McCarthy, P.W. (2012) Does the Credibility of the Explained Treatment and the Expectancy of Success Held by Patients Presenting with Low Back Pain Influence Changes in Fear Avoidance Beliefs, Catastrophisation and Pain Related Self-Efficacy Following an Initial Consultation with a Chiropractor?, Clinical Chiropractic. 15 (3).  Science Direct

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