Dr Jade Paturaux Smiling
Dr Jade Paturaux DrMedVet MRCVS

Clinical Director - Veterinary Surgeon

I am a 2012 graduate of Veterinary National School of Nantes (France.) I undertook an internship after my graduation, in the Veterinary School of Lyon (still France) where my interest in surgery and imaging became stronger. We moved to Leeds in January 2014 with my (very French) partner with the intention to have a great adventure abroad for a few years. I did not foresee that my experience in Yorkshire, both professional and personal, would lead to our staying for the long term. Joining Balanced Being in 2015 to work alongside Sue was a turning point in my career. This has genuinely shaped my understanding of health care and therapeutic options that can be used for the benefit of our pets. I am absolutely passionate about nutrition (both human and animal as a matter of fact) and have a great interest in complementary and alternative medicines. I also intend in a very short term to undertake an acupuncture course among many other projects over the next few years. In my spare time I love drawing, practicing yoga and above all cooking.

Isobel Somerfield DC., M.Chiro., PG Dip., MRCC., MMCA., GCC Reg. 3611

Registered Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioner No. 141

Leaving school in the mid 1960's I have led a varied life working in a number of different sectors. In 1979 I moved to a Norfolk farm - we had sheep, cattle, some Thoroughbreds, farm cats, my beloved Golden Guernsey goats and 20+ Field Trail bred Irish Setters. In 1980 following an accident to one of the Setters I was introduced to McTimoney Chiropractic and was utterly converted! At that time the 1st question any vet would ask is "What are you feeding?" ever since then I have maintained an interest in species appropriate raw feed, where necessary adding herbal and nutritional supplements as well as a passion for Homeopathy. I moved to Yorkshire in 1991 with the recommendation that John Saxton could provide Veterinary Homeopathic care for my animals. It is through John that I met Sue Armstrong, firstly as a Vet, then friend and mentor. Sue eventually persuaded me to train as a Chiropractor at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. Since I qualified I have been privileged to work alongside Sue at Balanced Being and am delighted to continue working here with Jade - now under the flag of the Wharfedale Veterinary Centre. As a Chiropractor there are huge cross-over benefits from being able to treat both people and small animals. The McTimoney Chiropractic technique is especially gentle and, I believe, the most commonly used Chiropractic technique for animals in this country. In addition to my Chiropractic technique I use the EMMETT Technique (a very gentle soft tissue therapy) and (from April 2018) Low Level Laser Therapy.

Lauren Loft RVN

Head Nurse

I began my career in veterinary nursing over 12 years ago in Australia, and have been involved in many aspects of veterinary nursing and animal care from breeding and seeling thoroughbreds for Australia's second leading stud to quarantine assistant for horses flying in and out of Australia. My Nursing career began with equine medicine and later lead me to small animals. I also had an opportunity to work in a holistic natural animal care veterinary clinic.  I love all aspects of veterinary nursing and have a strong passion for the benefits that massage can bring to our furry friends, be it to relax or to help release muscle tension after a hard days work or simply because they've had too much fun on the weekend. I have made the big move from Australia to England with my husband in March 2015. We have now both settled in Fulford, York and are happy to call England home. When I am not at work I am always out riding my horse or getting my hands dirty in the garden with our chickens. I also love to cook and on a cold English day curl up with a good book.

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Dawn Ash BSc (Hons) ABT

Animal Behaviourist - Animal Care Assistant

I graduated from Bishop Burton College in 2005 gaining a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training. I gained valuable hands-on experience at Dogs for Life as a Senior Dog Training Assistant with Working Gundogs, Good Citizen Classes and Agility. It was here I met my best friend Indiana, a fearful Labrador that taught me so much about going against the textbook of dog training. In my spare time (ha ha) I attend various courses as part of the Kennel Club Accredited Scheme for dog training and canine behaviour - KCAI. I have run my own business 'No Longer in the Doghouse' for over 8 years including running Companion Dog Training classes, workshops and One to One house visits. Here at Wharfedale Veterinary Centre, I am kept busy running the Kenne Club Good Citizen Puppy Foundation Scheme covering general behaviour, dog care and life skills training to help equip owners for the things a new puppy will encounter in its first year of its life. I also run Behaviour Clinics on a Friday which can cover general manners and behaviours. I am very proud of my Be Brave Clinics which help dogs to settle when at the vets and be happy! My next adventure is to undertake a Diploma in Veterinary Care Course (VCA) and a Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Advisor certificate.

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Janet Rodgers QCF Level 2 in Customer Service

Head Receptionist

I have worked in veterinary practices for twenty years, starting in reception. This had led me to become Head Receptionist and branch out into doing many other aspects of clerical duties. While working in reception it has given me the privilege to meet some amazing people and their pets and I have formed friendships which have continued after the pets are sadly no longer with us. One of my big achievements was to obtain my Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Advisor certificate. This role means a lot for me.

Outside of work, I enjoy horse riding/jumping (but not the falling off part), walking my dog Gnasher and spending time with my family.

Nancy Griffiths Finance Manager Stood in front of Wall
Nancy Griffiths

Finance Manager

Born and raised in Rochester, Kent I moved to Yorkshire in 1975. My first job on leaving school at 16 was an accounts clerk, which certainly proved to be valuable training. Many years later with experience gained in a variety of environments including export, computers and legal I now continue to use those skills to help keep finances in order. I have to admit to being a spreadsheet geek and get great pleasure out of figures that balance at the end of a month. I also spent 15 years as an HR Manager, and use those skills here and in other small businesses to keep them up to date on employment issues. In my spare time I have a very chunky traditional coloured cob and two very needy cats, who make sure that I don't have money to fritter on niceties.