About Cathedral Osteopaths


Cathedral Osteopaths mission is to get 10,000 people out of pain and feeling taller, healthier and stronger.

Vanessa has over 20 years experience in Manual Therapy and specialises in resolving long-term low back problems. She will help you out of pain and restore your strength giving you the confidence to take on new challenges and live the life you've dreamed of.

Prior to qualifying as an osteopath Vanessa worked for 9 years as a sports massage therapist and during part of her training she worked with the London Broncos rugby super league team. In addition, she worked privately for a number of VIPs in Central and West London whilst based at Champneys Health Club in Central London. Vanessa relocated to North Yorkshire in 2008 from the South-east, she opened Cathedral Osteopaths in Ripon in December 2013. She has experience working with amateur triathletes, runners, cyclists, strongmen, footballers, dancers, squash and hockey players.

Her post-graduate studies since have included courses with the Sutherland Cranial College and Dry Needling (otherwise known as Western Acupuncture). She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic and Clinical Education and worked at Leeds Metropolitan University  2012-2014 as a clinical supervisor on the Integrated Osteopathic Masters Degree. She is a registered Osteopath.


In May 2019 Cathedral Osteopaths were delighted to announce the addition of Felix Tongue as Associate Osteopath, offering more appointments and more availability.


Felix graduated with a Master’s from the European School of Osteopathy in the UK. In the course of his studies, and having worked in the UK and New Zealand, he acquired extensive practical experience of treating all age ranges, from new-born to the elderly, using a wide range of techniques including structural, cranial and visceral approaches.

Felix grew up in Brussels, Belgium, in a multilingual environment and speaks four languages (English, German, French and Spanish). He is a sports enthusiast and particularly enjoys tennis, hiking and mountain biking.

Felix first became interested in osteopathy at an early age, after being successfully treated for a sports injury. He also learned about the benefits of manual therapy from his grandfather, a physiotherapist who still practises at the age of 85.