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Meet the
Guadalmina Team

Ricardo Marques (M.Tech:Chiro; ICSSD)

Chiropractor 

Mr. Ricardo Marques was born and raised in South Africa. He is incredibly passionate about wanting to help people and has chosen Chiropractic as his way of doing so. He believes in the art of Chiropractic and the healing potential it possesses. Ricardo has a strong sporting background, while being in South Africa representing his provincial team in Hockey and Squash. He was actively involved with co-ordinating and heading up the medical team at College Rovers Rugby Club. He has extensive knowledge and experience in strength training, sporting injuries and various strapping techniques.

He completed his Masters degree in Chiropractic at Durban University of Technology, South Africa- by compiling his dissertation on spinal stability training (Relative effectiveness of three treatment protocols with and without brace aided pelvic stabilization in patients with chronic low back pain). Due to his knowledge and passion of the sport industry Ricardo studied further and attained his Sports Chiropractic (ICSSD) qualifications through F.I.C.S. Ricardo accompanied the South African U21 men’s hockey team to the World Cup in 2013, which was held in India. He aided the team with all their medical concerns due to the fact he has a good understanding of the sport along with his professional expertise.

In 2016, Ricardo moved to Marbella, Spain and has quickly built up his reputation and shared his knowledge and expertise to everyone he comes to contact with. He now heads up the medical team at Marbella Rugby Club.

Paul Morrison (M.Chiro)

Chiropractor
Before I was a Chiropractor, I was a painter and decorator for 15 years with my own business. Even though I loved my job, after so many years and lots of work and awkward positions, I was suffering from lower back pain which had caused disc bulges and started to affect me to the point where I couldn’t walk and was in excruciating pain.  This is how I found Chiropractic as my best friend was a Chiropractor, and his treatments helped me immensely. Combined with regular massage, it kept me going for many years. Still, ultimately, I needed a change of career as I wasn’t sure I could do my job for another 20 years.
 
With the encouragement of my Chiropractic friend, I went back to university part-time at the age of 32 for six years to study Chiropractic, where I qualified in 2018. I wanted to help people in the same way that it helped me and help them understand how they use their bodies and the improvements that can be made.  Most people put up with pains that they think are normal and can be easily solved, and so I enjoy changing people’s perceptions of what they think they should be feeling compared to what they have got used to dealing with and thinking that nothing can be done.
 
I completed an ITEC level 5 sports massage qualification alongside my degree. For me, treating the muscles can sometimes be just as essential as any other treatment when appropriately delivered, compliments Chiropractic perfectly. I also love sport, I played football and cricket to decent local levels into my 30s, so I can understand many sporty clients and how they use their bodies and help them get the most out of their sports.

Lukasz Strzelczyk (M.Chiro)

Chiropractor
Lukasz has a remarkable career spanning since 2003 in the field of chiropractic and manual therapy. Lukasz specializes in the treatment of soft tissues and joints, including both new and old injuries. With a strong emphasis on supporting optimal biomechanical function, he has developed extensive expertise in sports medicine, healthcare, and injury prevention.

Lukasz adopts a holistic approach to patient care, recognizing the intricate interplay between different systems within the body.

Drawing upon his diverse skill set, he employs Chiropractic and Osteopathic techniques to address musculoskeletal issues. Additionally, he places great importance on treating fascial densifications and achieving proper tension balance throughout the body. By considering the body as a unified entity, Lukasz strives to provide comprehensive care that goes beyond mere symptom relief.

Starting from July 2023, Lukasz will be practicing at CostaSpine in Marbella, where he eagerly looks forward to helping individuals improve their overall health and well-being. If you are unsure whether Lukasz can assist you with your specific condition, we welcome you to contact us for a consultation. Lukasz extends his warmest wishes for good health and eagerly anticipates the opportunity to meet and assist you on your personal wellness journey. Until then, take care and see you soon!

Isabel Garmendia (M.Chiro)

Chiropractor

Isabel Garmendia, a passionate chiropractor, was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She graduated from the Madrid College of Chiropractic in 2022. Her journey into chiropractic care began in childhood when she experienced its benefits as a patient, igniting her desire to help others through this practice.

Specializing in women and pediatrics, Isabel’s fervor for aiding patients originates from her profound belief in the body’s innate capacity to self-heal with proper support. Employing a holistic approach to healthcare, she is committed to addressing not only symptoms but also the root causes of discomfort and imbalance in her patients.

Working with women offers Isabel unique opportunities to guide them through various life stages, including pregnancy, postpartum care, menopause, and beyond. She derives immense satisfaction from empowering women to optimize their health and well-being through personalized chiropractic adjustments and wellness plans tailored to their individual needs.

In her work with pediatrics, Isabel is motivated by her desire to deliver gentle and effective care to children, ensuring their optimal growth and development. From treating common childhood ailments like colic and ear infections to supporting proper spinal alignment as they reach developmental milestones, she is dedicated to nurturing the health and vitality of the youngest members of the community.

In every patient interaction, Isabel strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment where individuals feel heard, valued, and empowered to actively participate in their health journey. By blending her expertise in chiropractic care with a genuine passion for helping others, she feels privileged to contribute to enhancing the quality of life for women, children, and families in the community.

Joonas Savolainen (M.Chiro)

Chiropractor

Joonas has a master’s degree in chiropractic from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in the UK, a Sport Science diploma from Vancouver, Canada, and a Massage Therapist diploma from Finland, Joonas brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique blend of skills to CostaSpine. He has also pursued additional training in a variety of advanced techniques, including Active Release Technique, dry needling, and Shockwave Therapy. This diverse expertise allows him to tailor each treatment to meet the specific needs of his patients, ensuring a holistic and effective approach to patient care.

With extensive experience working in clinics across the UK and co-owning a multidisciplinary clinic in Helsinki, Finland, Joonas has had the pleasure of caring for patients with various backgrounds and in various settings. During his time in the UK, he has worked extensively with golfers and runners, helping them improve their performance and manage injuries. His background in different sports — Brazilian jiu-jitsu, ice hockey, and weightlifting—gives him a unique insight into the needs of athletes and active individuals.

When not seeing patients, Joonas enjoys being active practicing jiu-jitsu, going to the gym or going for walks with his wife and two dogs.

Whether you’re seeking relief from pain, recovering from an injury, or aiming to improve your overall well-being, Joonas is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care.

Haim Ganancia

Physiotherapist Bsc

Born and raised in Marbella, Haim moved to Madrid to study Physiotherapy and saw the potential he could offer to help those in need through manual therapy. 

When he came back he was soon contacted by the royal family of Saudi Arabia for his treatments and travelled alongside them. This would be his first experience into travelling for high end patients. Since then he has worked along side some of the highest athletes like Dayana Yastremska, Evgeny Donskoi, Roman Safiullin, and former world number one Karolina Pliskova (where he helped her reach the final in Wimbledon in 2021).

He stopped travelling to stay longer with his family and has been visiting patients in Marbella ever since.

David Carretero

Qualified Sports Massage Therapist

Having been involved in many sports while growing up, such as tennis, rugby, golf, martial arts and volleyball David Carretero became a massage therapist in 2013. This was to fulfil his constant curiosity about the human body and muscles which allow us to perform the multitude of our daily tasks and hobbies Massage therapy, being an ancestral technique, should be part of our everyday life, ensuring our body and soul is in unity.

This knowledge ensures David to understand the complexity of the body, of how it functions and the physical needs it requires to function at its maximum. His studies and expertise is not only limited to sports massage, but therapeutic and relaxing treatments.

David accompanies his massages with a wide array of stretching techniques and exercises for our daily life to maintain a healthy body. He is constantly trying to refine his skills and improve his techniques to ensure all his clients are fully satisfied and keep coming back. His love for sports, wellness and peace, is his passion for helping others and is defined through his life. David Carretero “There is no such wealth as health”.

Sini Kolehmainen

Qualified Sports Massage Therapist.
Sini Kolehmainen graduated from The Sports Massage Institute of Finland, Helsinki, in 2008. 

From a young age Sini has been doing different kinds of sports, including running, skiing, cross-country skiing and football. She competed in running until the age of 19, winning 3 x junior Finnish championship in 3000 m running. 

At the age of 17, injuries started disturbing Sini′s running career. Lower back problems and shin splints were causing her a lot of pain, and therefore she became more interested in the human body; how it works, and what can be done to prevent injuries. 

At the age of 20, she decided to apply to study in the massage institute to learn more how the human body functions. She started her studies in Helsinki 2007, and graduated 2008. 

She worked in Helsinki as a massage therapist until the year 2010, before moving to Spain with her partner. 

As a caring, down to earth person Sini loves being able to help other people. She wants to make every massage experience unique for each client, by combining different techniques; deep tissue massage, Sports massage, relaxation massage and Indian head massage. Her goal is to make sure each client leaves the clinic feeling revitalized. 

Matias Mascheroni

Qualified Sports Massage Therapist.
When Matias was 23 and working as a teacher he got injured when playing football with his pupils resulting in 2 slipped discs.  This was his first experience with massage.

He was in a lot of pain and wasn’t able to walk properly, raising his arm to write on the board was an impossible task.  He was suffering for 2 months and doctors were unable to find a way to relieve the pain.

Fortunately he found a Chinese chiropractor who was finally able to help him lead a normal life again through massage and acupuncture. 

After 6 sessions he was able to play football again – his love affair with massage began!  He then realised how important a massage is in one’s daily life and he has one as often as he can.

Many years later he started a trip which ended up lasting 10 years circumnavigating the globe and he was fortunate enough to experience massages from around the world understanding and learning the different techniques.

When he decided to settle down he started his professional masseur course and is now the happiest person in the world helping people the same way the Chinese chiropractor helped him all those years ago.

Katrine CostaSpine

Katrine Karei Waaland Fjeldså 

Massage Therapist
Katrine has always been passionate about fitness and nutrition, engaging in sports since childhood. Her interests eventually led her to crossfit and strength training, prompting her to become a certified personal trainer and group instructor at one of Scandinavia’s leading gyms.
 
Discovering the healing powers of massage after experiencing stiffness and soreness from intense workouts, she found an incredible massage therapist who revitalized her body and sparked her interest in the practice.
 
After obtaining certification as a massage therapist, she established her own massage business in Norway. She further focused on bodyweight and mobility training, incorporating these elements into her clients’ PT routines alongside regular massage treatments, resulting in significant breakthroughs and progress in the gym.
 
She firmly believes that massage offers valuable insights into one’s body, helping identify imbalances, overworked muscles, and poor joint health. By combining the right exercises with regular massage sessions, she believes people can unlock their body’s full potential and achieve their best versions, uniting mind and body.
 

Claudia Sola

Office Manager

Meet Claudia Sola, our Office Manager. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Claudia obtained a Bachelor’s degree in tourism and hospitality and worked in the industry for over 10 years. Following this, she worked as a personal assistant for 8 years before making the decision to move to Spain at the end of 2022.

In her free time, Claudia enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to experience new cultures, and visiting new places. As a proud Argentinian, she has a deep appreciation for traditional Argentinean cuisine such as Asado (barbecue), dulce de leche (caramelized milk), and mate (a popular Argentinean beverage). Additionally, Claudia is an avid fan of Fútbol (soccer) – a passion shared by many in her home country.

Claudia’s life motto is simple but impactful: “If you have to do it, do it with a smile.” This positive outlook is reflected in her work as our Office Manager, where she brings a friendly and approachable demeanor to her role here at CostaSpine.

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