Meet the Team

Richard & Susan Allen qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1977, and set up their practice in Shrewsbury in 1979.

Henry and Amie Allen, Rowan and Richard Metliss are the next family generation of Osteopaths working at the practice and continue to refine their skills on post graduate courses and be mentored by Richard and Susan Allen. As a family practice we all share the same values and vision of Osteopathy with a combined experience of over 120 years!

All practitioners at Shrewsbury Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Richard Allen


Has a broad interest in all areas of practice, always utilising the principles of Osteopathy as taught by William Garner Sutherland (the “founder” of cranial osteopathy). This gentle, minimally invasive approach is applicable to all ages and the whole spectrum of presenting conditions, both acute and chronic.

Richard has taught extensively for the British School of Osteopathy and the Sutherland Cranial College in the UK, and as a guest lecturer for the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation in the USA and Australia.

After 45 years in practice Richard has not renewed his registration with the General Osteopathic Council and will henceforth be working with the team as Consultant.

Susan Allen

Registered Osteopath

Has always had an overriding interest in the treatment of babies and children. She has undertaken long term study of the principles of Osteopathy applied to babies and children. She spent four years as consultant at the Manchester branch of the Osteopathic Centre for Children, and has taught regularly on the Paediatric courses run by the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, as well as running her own Practical Paediatrics course for Osteopaths intent on developing their skills in this area.

Henry Allen

Registered Osteopath

Henry graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2011 gaining an Integrated Masters of Osteopathy. Having been exposed to osteopathy from birth, Henry has a comprehensive personal knowledge of the benefits of osteopathic treatment through all stages of life. He has a particular interest in Cranial Osteopathy, the treatment of babies and children, pre/post natal health issues, and the benefits of using the cranial approach in treatment of sports injuries and work/posture related discomfort. Henry is committed to continually developing his skill base and knowledge through postgraduate study.

Amie Allen

Registered Osteopath

Through her love of horses and an equine osteopath Amie discovered the power of osteopathy. The osteopathic approach of appreciating the holistic nature of the body rather than segmented divisions appealed to her greatly. This prompted her to undertake an Integrated Masters at the European School of Osteopathy graduating in 2011. Amie sees patients of all ages, is currently raising a young family therfor has a deep appreciation of how osteopathic treatment can support and improve the health and wellbeing throughout the generations. She is devoted to continually developing her skillbase and knowledge through post graduate study. 

Amie makes the most of the beautiful Shropshire countryside, hill walking with her family and the dog or horse riding.

Richard Metliss

Registered Osteopath

Richard became fascinated with Cranial Osteopathy after being treated for a recurring dislocated shoulder and many other sports injuries. He treats everyone from babies to the elderly with the same gentle osteopathic approach the practice is well known for. He is a Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong teacher which has many health similarities to Osteopathy and teaches on post graduate Osteopathic courses.

Rowan Metliss

Registered Osteopath

Rowan knew cranial Osteopathy from birth and felt from a young age she wanted to be an osteopath. After graduating in 2005 Rowan worked at the practice with her parents for three years. Newly married in 2008, Rowan and Richard moved to Canada to expand their experiences and love of travel. During those ten years Rowan became the mother of three children, established a thriving Osteopathic children and mother’s practice and trained extensively in lactation and feeding issues. In 2018 they returned to England to join the family practice and Rowan is excited to share her love of peri natal Osteopathy here in lovely rural Shropshire.

Katrina Brown

Office Manager