Pioneering clinic closes case book
A FAMILY-run clinic in Ashford is closing down after 25 years of treating patients with complementary therapies.
The Ashford Clinic of Complementary Medicine has served thousands of patients over the last quarter century, thanks to Dr Donald Allen who founded the surgery in 1982.
A farewell party took place last week on the surgery’s penultimate day of operation, with staff inviting patients to join them.
Dr Allen, now aged 85, retired five years ago, but his daughters, Rosemary Heddle and Sheila Lane, have been at the helm ever since.
They say the clinic is closing for family reasons.
Both sisters are fully trained bioresonance therapists, experts in treating allergies.
They also specialise in dealing with addictions and have helped many people give up smoking.
Dr Allen, who previously worked in a hospital theatre in Essex, was the first homeopath to set up a surgery in Ashford.
His daughter Rosemary said he encountered opposition from conventional doctors when he first started out.
“But we only deal with complementary medicine, not alternative,” she said.
“We have always tried to work alongside GPs rather than against them.”
Teresa Partington and Richard Stewart are the longest-serving employees, racking up 41 years between them.
Mr Stewart will be working at the Stour Centre to help with sports injuries, and Mrs Partington is moving to a surgery in Charing.
The two sisters will also be continuing their work in new locations.
Mrs Heddle thanked all the patients for their support, and the residents of Western Avenue where the clinic is based.
Dr Donald Allen with some of his team, Sheila Lane, Richard Stewart, Teresa Partington and Rosemary Heddle