Meet The Team
Dr. Monica Handa
Dr Monica DC’s passion is related to all things to do with getting healthier. She decided to become a chiropractor at the tender age of 14! Initially in her desire to help people she wanted to do medicine but she was inspired to take a different route. This was as a result of her parents achieving amazing results from their chiropractor in Surrey in the mid 80’s. Her mum had problems after her last pregnancy and received the usual advice at the time which was bed rest and corsets. This is a time Dr Monica DC remembers vividly as she was having to help her mum so much with her youngest sibling. Eventually her mum sought help from a chiropractor who was not far from Dr Monica DC’s school.
Dr Monica DC would meet her mum at the chiropractor’s office and they would get the bus back home together. This inspired Dr Monica DC to look at becoming a chiropractor; her youngest sibling Dr Gopal Handa DC is also a chiropractor – it really is a family affair.
Dr Monica DC went to the first Chiropractic Institution in the UK at the time, Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. She completed a 4 year BSc degree and achieved a 1st in 1993. She started working in August 1993 as an associate in Wilmslow and in Warrington. She bought the Warrington practice in 1998 after it been open for 10 years.
A lifelong passion of striving for the best she can give has meant she has attended more courses that she cares to remember. These have ranged from sports, sacro-occipital technique, applied kinesiology, paediatric courses, nutritional courses, spinal rehabilitation and management of scoliosis to name but a few. She was the first female in Europe to qualify in CBP (idealspine.com) in 2005 and then again one of only a handful of practitioners worldwide to gain an advanced qualification in CBP in 2014.
She has always loved to give back to her immediate and wider community and has received training from her association in handling the media; she has been a mentor for many chiropractors and has held numerous positions within various chiropractic organisations and is currently chair of the RCC‘s orthopaedic, rehabilitation and exercise faculty and sits on the BCA‘s x-ray standards committee. She has conducted several chiropractic mission trips to Cuba and India. The practice also has a charity cause they do a year round donation to.
She has published an article and is an author. Dr. Monica DC is regularly asked to perform speaking engagements and has spoken at UCA events and SCA events.
She has performed chiropractic mission trips to Cuba and India, is a mum to two amazing children, Nik and Karina and is married to Paul Henshaw the other practice Director. In her spare time Dr Monica DC enjoys going to the gym, taking the family dogs out and keeping up with her extended family across the globe.
Assistant Practice Manager
I’m a friendly bubbly individual from North Wales and I am fluent Welsh speaking. I have been working at Warrington Optimum Wellness as a chiropractic assistant since July 2019 and I enjoy putting smiles on patient faces during their time at the practice.
My role includes assisting Dr Monica DC, welcoming new and existing patients to the practice and admin work. I spend a lot of my time in the Advanced Biomechanics Room where we correct posture to as near normal as possible, it is very rewarding to see patients get the results they have worked so hard to achieve, it is life changing for many.
I am passionate about studying sports with my main focus on the National Curriculum for Physical Education within the United Kingdom. I graduated from Liverpool Hope University July 2019 as a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Physical Education. I have other Qualifications such D*DD in Level 3 Sport, Development, Coaching and Fitness and OCR Level 2 in Activity Leadership.
When I’m not busy working in the practice I spend most of my time riding my horse Peggy, cycling and walking with my German Shepard dog Max. I also enjoy spending time with my partner, friends and family.
I’m originally from Wales but I grew up here in Warrington. I’m one of the first faces you will see when you are welcomed here at WOW. I’m a very friendly individual and always here for a chat with open ears. I love getting to know our patients and you will always have someone to confide in and have a laugh with here at WOW.
I studied as a professional and commercial dancer at Shock Out Arts for 3 years and graduated with a BA Hons degree in July 2019. I have always danced and been a part of a dance team from a young age.
In my spare time I like to workout at the gym, cold water swimming and spending time with friends, family and my dog Frankie. I’m also a bit of an adrenalin junkie, I have done a charity sky dive, I love roller coasters and I’m always up for doing something new and exciting.
I am a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Chester and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Jamestown.
In my role as a Chiropractic Assistant at WOW I am mainly assisting patients with their rehabilitation and traction within the Advanced Biomechanics Room (ABR). Working at WOW has allowed me to follow my passion for health and nutrition by educating and assisting patients on their journey to optimal health.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and playing football. When I am not being physically active, I like to explore the latest research in exercise and nutrition that I can apply to both my personal and professional life.