Established in 2001 by Claire Howard-Robinson, Yew Tree Clinic is situated close to the heart of Westbury on Trym in North Bristol.  Claire and her hand picked team of fellow practitioners, pride themselves on delivering the best care possible.

Claire Howard-Robinson DO, ESO – Clinic Proprietor

IMG_9559.jpgQualifying in 1992, Claire has many years’ experience working with people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.

Whilst working as an associate, she gained valuable experience voluntarily working at the large Osteopathic Centre for Children in London (OCC), prior to setting up her own practices in North and South Bristol in 1995.

In 2001, Claire opened the Yew Tree Osteopathic Clinic with the aim of bringing together a team of osteopaths and other health professionals, creating a truly holistic approach to health.

Over the years she has extended her studies and taken post–graduate MSc units in Neurology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Visceral and Research Methodology and has undertaken further studies in Cranial Osteopathy.


Claire’s multi-technique osteopathic approach to each individual patient, including structural, cranial, and visceral, has gained her an excellent reputation throughout Bristol and the local area. She has valuable experience in specialist areas of working with infants, children, pregnant women and sports-related injuries and often gives self-help advice including exercise. She has a keen interest in the treatment of chronic conditions, and in nutrition. She keeps her First Aid Certificate up to date.

Between 2002 and 2006 she acted as secretary and chairwoman for the Western Counties Society of Osteopaths.

About Claire

Outside of her osteopathic professional life, Claire is married with two children, living in the country on the edge of Gloucestershire. Claire loves to dance! She competes in both ballroom and Latin and has represented England on five occasions in both World Senior 10-dance Championships and Latin. At home Claire is a busy mum, keen organic gardener and jam maker!!

Keith Howard DO, ASO

IMG_9045Keith qualified and registered with the General Osteopathic Council in May 2000. As with many osteopaths, his interest was born out of a personal injury while studying martial arts in the 1980s. Initially training in sports and remedial massage, he went on to study osteopathy and, following this, Western Medical Acupuncture.

With his training in martial arts, years of running marathons, and playing guitar, Keith has invaluable experience to offer a special interest in sports including martial arts, athletics, and football. He has worked with musicians helping with posture and breathing for playing and singing.

He uses a combined osteopathic approach, structural and cranial, alongside acupuncture and electrotherapy, and as such is a valued member of the Yew Tree osteopathic team.

He is a member of the British Osteopathic Association, the British Medical Acupuncture Society and registered with The General Osteopathic Council.

About Keith

In his spare time he runs, plays music, writes songs and acts. Keith’s band is the Hogranch.

Nora Hilmy


Nora graduated with a Masters in Osteopathy, earning a distinction from the University College of Osteopathy in London

She was drawn to the profession following her own experience of being treated by an osteopath. She discovered that the founding principles are in line with her personal views about health and a natural approach to healthcare that encourages the body’s innate self-healing mechanisms. While studying, she undertook additional training in sports and deep tissue massage to complement her skills in body work. She is currently undertaking post-graduate training in classical osteopathy to further explore the holistic nature of osteopathic medicine.

Nora has always had an interest in the healing professions, and enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Prior to her osteopathic training, she studied psychology and was involved in psychological research at McGill University in Canada. This has given her a solid grounding in both a rigorous scientific perspective, as well as a compassionate approach to patient care. She is very interested in the patient’s lived experience of illness, and the interrelated nature of the mind and body in health.

Her osteopathic approach is patient-centred, focusing on empowering her patients to reach their personal health goals in ways that make sense for them. She has been described by many patients as providing a calm and soothing treatment environment.

About Nora

Outside of the clinic, Nora enjoys a regular yoga and meditation practice; hiking, especially when she goes back to visit family and friends in her native Canada; gardening; exploring her new home of Bristol; and reading good novels with massive mugs of tea and her cat, Puffin.

Joad Shaban M.Ost

Joad Shaban M.Ost

We are delighted to welcome back Osteopath, Joad Shaban, to the Yew Tree Bristol team. He is currently working 3 days a week at the Clinic. After an initial 18 months in Bristol, Joad spent two years working and exploring in New Zealand. During this exciting time, he worked in a busy clinic in the Hawkes Bay region, with people of all ages.  Coming from a multi-cultural background of French and Jordanian, Joad takes every opportunity to travel, meet new people and be involved in all sorts of sports. 

Alongside the Yew Tree Clinic philosophy, Joad treats people, not just symptoms, focusing on long term pain prevention. He uses a variety of techniques, cranial, visceral, structural and kinesiology taping, on which he wrote his thesis 

He has a particular interest in Sports Trauma Management, and spent time as an osteopath at British Athletic Championships, Under 23 &21 British Athletic Championships, Amersham and Chiltern RFC and also looking after the athletes at School rugby match days.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to arrange a treatment.

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