Hazel Dillon MChiro DC

After a decision to make a career change to follow her passion Hazel graduated from the prestigious Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth with a Masters in Chiropractic and continuing with her special interest in working with babies and children joined the team at the Octagon.

Her previous career was in the field of childcare where she gained extensive experience with children of all ages, including children with special needs. Hazel also worked using massage therapy with children and adults with special needs and came to realise the benefit that manual therapy can have for people of all ages and abilities.

Hazel enjoys working with people of all ages and gives all her patients the opportunity to actively participate in their care by creating a healthy body and lifestyle.

"As I followed my career in manual therapy, I started to notice how relieving tension and allowing the body to function better can have a profound effect on someone’s life and this is what led me to further my knowledge by training as a chiropractor. I believe that people of any age should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and feel that chiropractic care may help by relaxing and fine tuning the body."


Carmen Moor MSc Chiropractic

CarmenWhilst being in the course of becoming a biomedical researcher in Switzerland, Carmen discovered that Chiropractic could allow her to assist people with their health in a more direct way. Being hopelessly fascinated by the impact Chiropractic can have on people's health, Carmen decided to take a turn in her career and started studying at the AECC in Bournemouth. 

Carmen qualified following a five year master course (MSc Chiropractic) and various extracurricular courses all over the UK. She enjoys treating people of all ages, using a wide range of techniques, such as the traditional manual adjustments or gentler techniques depending on the individual needs of her patients.



Stephen Hughes, BSc(Hons), DC Clinic Director & Chiropractor


 Steve Hughes graduated from Manchester University in 1985with and honours degree in biochemistry and genetics. Frustrated with the constraints of medical science he enrolled at Chiropractic College and completed his diploma in 1990. In 1991 he established the Octagon Clinic as a family practice reflecting his particular interest in paediatrics and pregnancy care.

He has held academic posts as external examiner at Portsmouth University and Academic Dean of the College of Chiropractic and has taught widely in the field of paediatrics but his real passion has always been clinical practice.

The event which really shifted his perspective was being asked to work at the Cheyne Centre at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2005. The Cheyne is an international centre for excellence for the treatment of children with severe cerebral palsy and related conditions. It was whilst working here that Steve was exposed to the pioneering work of Noreen Hare, a physiotherapist who had been superintendent of the centre between 1969 and 1983. Noreen advocated the importance of establishing stable trunk control in severely physically handicapped children and the value of a truly integrated approach to the children’s care.

"As a Chiropractor, I was slightly out of the main medical loop, but was blessed to work with the best physiotherapists, OTs and speech and language therapists in the field. Working with them, I began to realise the small contribution we all had to play in the care of these special children. I hope some of this is reflected in our approach at the Octagon."


Polly Benge, Pilates

Polly BengePolly has been teaching Pilates since 1999 following a professional career as a ballet dancer. She is a member ofthe Pilates Foundation Uk.

As a young member of a ballet company she existed in a culture of dancing through pain with the aid of painkillers until her continual knee injuries forced her to either give up, or undergo intensive Pilates rehabilitation.  For 3 months she worked with Master Instructor Dreus Reneke on a daily basis, learning how to build resilient joints with the necessary balance of strength, flexibility and muscle mass. She continued to dance professionally for another 10 years: her love and respect of the Pilates Method was born.

In her career as a teacher Polly has taught a diverse range of clients. Whilst living in New Zealand she worked with members of the national rugby, cricket and netball teams. In the UK she has taught athletes ranging from cyclists to synchronized swimmers, dancers, actors and celebrities. She worked alongside James D’Silva for 9 years in his North London studio.

It is her love of individual rehabilitation however that keeps Polly continually inspired and excited to help others feel as good as they possibly can within their own bodies.  She believes that everyone, no matter what their age or injury, can make steps to recovery.  With hands on guidance Polly teaches mindful exercise with the attention on breath, alignment and control.  Her favourite Joseph Pilates saying, “Change happens through movement, and movement heals.”

Polly has 2 children and found both pregnancies and post pregnancies to be a fascinating and invaluable time to experience her body in a different way.


Lily Pollock , Pilates


In April 1999, after completing a job for the Taos Film Festival in New Mexico, I started training to be a Pilates teacher at the Physical Mind Studio in Santa Fe with Celia Hulton.  On returning to England in 2001 I studied for two years at Pilates off The Square with Dominque Janssen and Sian Williams, qualifying in Matwork (2002) and Equipment Pilates through the Pilates Foundation UK in 2003 and have been teaching ever since.

I teach all levels of fitness from injury and rehab to advanced repertoire.  At all levels of teaching I aim to teach focus, precision and quality of movement, to develop the deepest level of support. As well as working with long-term private clients, she has taught at:

The Abbey Studio, James d’Silva (now known as Gueruda), Pilates off The Square, Tri-Yoga and covered classes for various teachers at an assortment of venues

Home visits:  Several regular clients with varying movement abilities, taking them through re-hab (where required) and forward to functional and strengthened movement.



Karen Habershon MChiro DC CCEP

Karen has now left the practice and we wish her well in her new practice.


Karen graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic following a 5 year Masters of Chiropractic Degree. She uses a variety of techniques including Diversified, CCEP techniques, Activator and Taping. Her additional CCEP (Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner) qualification provides further knowledge on the diagnosis and treatment of various extremities complaints (hips, knees, ankles, shoulder, elbows etc) and sports injuries.

 Her interest in sports related injuries grew in her final year at university when she worked for a local rugby team in addition to clinical work. On graduating she continued working with many professional athletes in London, such as the New Zealand rugby league team, London Wasps Colts, premiership footballers and up and coming stars of an East London football academy.

Over the last few years Karen has been expanding her knowledge within pregnancy and paediatrics, which is what brought her to the Octagon Chiropractic Clinic. She finds working with children rewarding and interesting with the ultimate goal of helping to assist them with the best start in life.

Karen enjoys keeping fit and understands how frustrating it can be to be held back by injury. She has competed in the Devizes to Westminster (125 mile) canoe race winning the ladies doubles, completed Bristol half marathon and is due to take part in her first Spartan challenge.

Karen is registered with the General Chiropractic Council (03550) and a member of the British Chiropractic Association.

Laura Kenyon LCH RSHom, Homeopath


"I have been working as a registered and licensed Homeopath for 15 years and enjoy tackling all areas of health both emotional and physical.

I am passionate about returning any individuals to a healthy and happy state in life. During the comprehensive consultation I will also consider how lifestyle is impacting on general health and may also suggest a change of diet, supplementation if necessary and herbal tinctures as a support.

I have been working at the Octagon Clinic for 10 years and have developed a wealth of experience in treating pregnancy and children. However I am comfortable with all health challenges."


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