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Helen Clarke BSc(Hons), DPO

Helen is an honours graduate of the British School of Osteopathy. She treats both structurally and cranially and has specialised in cranial osteopathy at a post graduate level for many years.

Helen gained the post graduate Diploma in paediatric osteopathy from the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

As a former professional dancer, Helen retains links with the dance world and enjoys treating both professional and student dancers. She is on the register of approved practitioners for Dance UK.

Helen also has a particular interest in addressing sports injuries and problems related to posture. Her experience of Alexander technique and Pilates also informs her work.

Julia Pilkington BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) OST

Julia graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1995 and joined South Norwood Osteopathic Practice soon afterwards.

Julia practises both structural and cranial osteopathy. As well as general osteopathic practice she has a special interest in soft tissue whiplash injuries following road traffic accidents, and in the prevention of chronic pain patterns.

Julia, along with Helen, has an interest in women’s health issues, caring for women pre and post partum, and Julia and Helen see many babies and children in the practice.

Practice History


The South London Osteopathic Practice was established in 1995 (as the South Norwood Osteopathic Practice) by Fiona Walsh, a well respected and experienced osteopath who was named as one of the ten leading osteopaths in Britain by the Independent on Sunday.

Julia Pilkington joined the Practice in its earliest days and osteopath Helen Clarke was invited to become part of the team on her graduation from The British School of Osteopathy.

Together they have had many happy years working to establish and develop the Practice.

Fiona retired from South Norwood in December 2005 and passed on the Practice to osteopath Julia Pilkington and Helen Clarke.

On her retirement from the practice Fiona wrote in a letter to patients:

Many of you will have noticed that I have been reducing my practice time in South Norwood over the last few years, mainly due to increasing academic and General Osteopathic Council commitments.

With the successful relocation of South Norwood Osteopathic Practice into our excellent new premises, I feel it is the right time to reduce my workload further and withdraw from South Norwood completely.

I am truly delighted that Julia Pilkington and Helen Clarke have taken over the reins of South Norwood Osteopathic Practice and I have no doubt that they will continue to provide the highest standards of osteopathic care to you all, as and when you require it.

It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work in South Norwood for nearly 30 years and I have enjoyed enormously serving the local community.

Wishing you all the very best.


Fiona Walsh, November 2005

Julia and Helen are proud to be able to carry on the legacy of high quality patient care which Fiona championed for nearly 30 years as an osteopath working in the local area.
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