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Costa Blanca & Valencia

Alicante Service Directory

  • Photographer

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

    Gudny Brá is a photographer in Arenales del sol (next to Alicante) who specialises in photos of children, newborns and pregnancy.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudnybra/

    Comments
    "Gudny has a car and can travel to your house / chosen location."

  • Centro de Masaje y Osteopatia Israel Martinez, Elche

    Recommended by Cristina Ruiz

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    Osteopath and Massage
    C/ Salazar, no:23. Elche 03202. Cell: +34 618 277 576

    Comments:
    "I went to have several treatments for my spine and legs to help me with my performance in sports as well as to help me with some problems that I was having at the time within my body. The practicioner is very professional, can speak english and his dedication and enthusiasm for his work made me realised I was in the right place. They also have yoga classes,Belly dancing, nutricionist,etc" (CR, June 2012)

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  • Medcare, Alicante

    Recommended by Michele

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    Medcare British Doctors provide a wide range of healthcare services to people along the Costa Blanca. Medcare has been taking care of the health of the British community in Spain for many years and is proving popular with other nationalities, too. They offer a full range of medical services in English.
    Carrer Oslo 24 , Alfaz de Pi, 03580 , Alicante , Spain
    Calle El Sol No 2, Benijofar, 03178, Alicante , Spain
     Tel 966 860 258
    doctors@medcarespain.com

    Comments:
    "Medcare have free Diabetes clinics for expats in the Costa Blanca (along with a full range of private services GP, Dentist, Plastic Surgeon, Beauticians, The work with the Spanish health system and oversee surgeries etc) English speaking British practice. They do a lot of community support and would highly recomend them. Not to mention promotions and discounts the mums here would love :) " (Michele, May 2012)

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  • Hospital General Universitario de Alicante

    Hospital General Universitario de Alicante is the largest public hospital on the Costa Blanca and offers most medical services as well as an A&E ward. There is a large pediatric ward and maternity ward.
    Calle Pintor Baeza 12 03010. Alicante (+34) 965938300

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  • English Speaking Osteopath in Alicante

    Recommended by British Embassy

    The below has been recomended as an English Speaking Osteopath in Alicante by the British Embassy

    DR A MOZAFFARI
    Expertise:  Osteopath
    Area covered:  Alicante
    Avenida Oscar Esplá, 28
    03007 Alicante
    Tel: 965132059

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  • Hospital Internacional Medimar

    Recommended by Leray Finch

    Previously Centro Clinic, The Hospital Internacional Medimar offers its patients a wide range of medical and surgical specialities, available 24 hours a day; duty doctors, specialists, internists, emergency unit, home hospitalization, ambulances and mobile intensive care unit. There are the following services available for mother and child: Childrens Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Assisted Reproduction, Pediatrics Unit, Childrens Allergy, Digestive, Childrens Cardiology, Childrens Neurology, General Pediatrics
    Hospital Internacional Medimar, Avda. Denia, 78 E-03016 (+34) 965162200 (+34) 902373737 info@hospitalmedimar.com www.hospitalmedimar.com

    Comments:

    "Unfortunately we had to go to hospital when we were on holiday in Alicante. I was really impressed, nice and clean with friendly staff who all spoke English (incl receptionists) Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a hospital in Alicante" (LF, july 09)

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  • English Speaking Doctors in Alicante

    Recommended by British Embassy

    The below have been recomended as English Speaking Doctors in Alicante by the British Embassy

    DR HUGO POLANCO
    General Practitioner
    Area covered: San Juan, Alicante
    Calle Comandante Seva, 11
    03550 San Juan
    Alicante
    Tel: 965940752

    DR J.A. MARTÍNEZ
    Calle Alfonso el Sabio, 24
    03001 Alicante
    Tel: 96 5213845

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  • English Speaking Psychiatrists in Alicante

    Recommended by British Embassy

    The below have been recomended as English Speaking Psychiatrists in Alicante by the British Embassy

    DR JOSÉ LUIS ORTÍN GARCÍA
    Expertise:  Psychiatrist
    Area covered:  Alicante & Torrevieja
    Calle Doctor Ramón y Cajal, 13, 5ºC
    03003 Alicante
    Tel: 965227846
    Also at Hospital San Jaime, Torrevieja – Wednesday pm

    DR ALBERTO RODRÍGUEZ
    Expertise:  Psychologist
    Area covered:  Alicante
    Avenida Maisonnave, 5, 4 izqda
    03003 Alicante
    Tel: 965123860

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  • Bouncy Castle Rental

    Recommended by Raquel Oltra

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    Albir Bouncy castles are a small family run business who have been trading on the Costa Blanca for about 1 year.  All there bouncy castles are bought brand new. The inflatable units were made and manufactured by a company in the United Kingdom whom have been established since 1999 and are at the leading edge of creative design and quality in this industry.
    They offer all different kids of castles for different events and you can also hire big outdoor games like Giant Jenga and Chess.  A great idea for any kind of party.
    Albir Bouncy Castle Hire, 13b Vall de Ceta, Urb San Rafeael, La Nucia, Alicante (+34) 620785182 info@albirbouncycastles.com www.albirbouncycastles.com

    "I have used Albir Bouncy Castle hire on a few occasions and have found them a very professional company.  We hired a bouncy castle and giant Jenga and the children loved it.  A really great idea for a kids party to keep them entertained."
    (RO, Aug 09)

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  • Birthday Parties - Location

    Recommended by Martina Finch

    Located in the Playa San Juan area, Los Pelaos Park is an indoor play park for kids with a ball pall and an indoor maze. Great for rainy days or for tiring energetic kids out! The play park is used mainly for children´s parties, where the host gets to dress up as a king or queen. There is song time and face painting as well as a choice of birthday food.
    C/ Deportista Miriam Blasco, Local number 2, Alicante (+34) 965159184

    Comments
    "There is a seperate area for the parents where they can sit and chat and have a coffee whilst waiting for their kids to wear their batteries out!!" (MF, June 09)

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  • Samaritans in Spain

    Recommended by Roundabout Spain

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    Samaritans in Spain, operated by Costa Blanca Samaritans, offer a free, completely confidential, non-judgmental emotional support service for any English speaker of any age who may be experiencing distress or despair, and who might be feeling suicidal. They believe that whatever problems someone may have, whether big or small, they do not have to be alone with them. Lines are open every day from 8pm until midnight, 365 days per year. If you need to speak to somebody outside of these hours call the Samaritans UK on +44 8457 90 90 90. WEBSITE: www.costablancasamaritans.com

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  • Family Medical Centre, Albir

    Recommended by Charley Farkins

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    Family Medical Centre is a new medical practice in Albir, offering a complete range of midwifery services including pre-conceptual care, complete pre-natal care (including blood tests and 4D Ultra-sound scans), an extensive preparation for childbirth course (including breathing and relaxation techniques) and post-natal care & support. Much of the work in the post-natal period is in helping mothers to establish successful breastfeeding and offering support and help to promptly resolve any breastfeeding difficulties.The emphasis is on a friendly, affordable health centre.
    Run by Dawn and Amanda, who both have 15 years experiences as a midwife and nurse in Spain respectively, the support continues after the birth and they regularly see their babies for developmental checks and advice on things such as weaning and unsettled babies.

    Dawn worked for 5 years in Hong Kong as a breastfeeding counsellor and also practiced midwifery in the hills of Nepal. Amanda, the Practice Nurse, offers all childhood immunizations and is a family planning and sexual health specialist so sees a lot of young families. Ann, the doctor is always available to deal with any childhood ailments. They also do school medicals, providing written reports in both English and Spanish.
    family medical centre, Albir
    Tel: 966 865 072

    The full range of services include:

    Pre - conceptual advice
    Pre - natal care including
    examinations, blood tests
    and ultra - sound scans
    Intensive preparation for childbirth
    course including breathing techniques
    Post - natal care & support
    Resolvement of breastfeeding
    Difficulties

    Infant developmental checks
    Childhood Immunisations
    School Medicals

    Consultations (G.P. Nursing or Midwifery) cost 38 Euros and appointments are always booked for an hour.
    They are easy to find on the main Avenida del Albir and there is a large free car park 2 minutes walk away.
    Avenida de LAlbir, 66 Albir, 03581, Alicante
    Tel: 966 865 072 info@albirfamilymedicalcentre.com
    www.albirfamilymedicalcentre.com

    Comments:
    "In July 2010 my partner and I discovered we were expecting, it wasn’t planned, so a little shock to the system. I don’t really speak much Spanish and have only been in Spain a while so although I have my SYP card I was really unsure of the Matron and the lack of information they were providing me. Then I discovered Dawn, a midwife working from Albir. What a delight! I went from dreading my pregnancy to loving every minute. I saw Dawn throughout my pregnancy, she gave us tips on what should be happening, breast feeding, child birth, birthing techniques and sent us for a 4D scan as well as the usual blood tests, urine tests and blood pressure. The most unique part of Dawn service is the openness and availability of her wealth of knowledge throughout the pregnancy....Whenever I panicked, i could pick up the phone and she would be able to help, guide and advise, superb!
    My son was born in March 2011 and Dawn was one of the first people to phone me up and make sure everything was OK. She offered for us to come see her for measurements and checks on a regular basis and the support she provided was phenomenal (Spanish Matron see you once a month just about), so it was good to have this support in place.
    I can honestly say that without Dawn my pregnancy and post birth experience could have been a lot more stressful"
    (CF, Jan 2012)
     
    "Dawn worked with us during my partners first pregnancy.
    Dawns reputation preceded her, prompting us to move from Madrid to be nearby for our pregnancy.
    The prospect of having our baby in a foreign country would have been truly daunting without Dawns overwhelmingly caring personality and highly professional style. During our regular appointments we received the highest standard of care to Mummy and Babys wellbeing! (thankfully also to Dads!!!)
    My partner had a planned C-Section yet Dawn was thorough in training us as to the ways of labour and what to expect in that eventually.
    It was obvious from the start that Dawn really cares and is always happy to offer any advice 24-7, no matter how simple it may sound.
    On baby day Dawn was with us for the entire day and offered us support on how to cope with all baby matters. We look back and cannot fault any of Dawns treatment, to that end we definately made a very good move! We are proud to know Dawn as a true professional and now as a very dear friend. We would recommend Dawn and all the staff at the new Medical Centre in Albir to anyone"
    (Dan, Jan 20119
     

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  • Nillson Chiropractic Centre, Alicante

    Recommended by Anita Burnett

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    English-speaking chiropractors in Alicante which offers a variety of services for children & adults
    Plaza Balduino I de Bélgica s/n, local B
    03580 Alfaz del Pi, Alicante
    Tel. 965 889 303
    Móvil. 692 611 475
    www.centroquiropracticonilsson.com

    Comments
    "Both Sharon and Johan have a strong Chiropractic philosophy which they bring to the clinic to ensure that the patients are given the best possible treatment which will help the patient son the road to recovery and wellness . They are professional and caring about there patients and their health.They use a variety of techniques which are suitable for all ages from new born babies to grandparents. Its wonderful to see babies and children being adjusted as they have no preconceived ideas of what to expect.
    As their missions statements says they bring the chiropracTIC message and care with fire and enthusiasm and they certainly do!" (AB, June 2010)

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  • Stretch Therapy, Alicante

    Recommended by Hege Tuvik

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    This approach to body wellness and fitness is one that combines both strength and flexibility simultaneously using Specific methods that work groups of muscles together in their most natural way by using the body´s own weight and ability. With the techniques used in  classes and workshops you will rapidly improve your flexibility, strength and be able to perform all physical tasks with greater and improved performance. Whether it’s performing normal daily tasks or playing in your favourite sports, the methods we use will greatly improve all performance and physical health.
    They run our classes in San Juan Playa, Alicante and also run workshops and stretch clinics for yoga, golfers, cyclists, runners and tennis players.


    (+34) 600 980 731 - Jade (English)
    Email: jade @ stretchtherapyspain.com
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    Comments:
    "thank you so much for a wonderful course!! (Trian was walking completely straight at the airport yesterday, I had never seen him like that!)
    I have already used some of the stretches with my patients this morning!"
    (HT, Sep 2012)
     


    The Back Pain Sufferer
    A long time ago when I joined the Army I quickly developed pains in my lower back. Hauling packs, logs, truck tyres etc up and down the hills behind Duntroon is apparently not that conducive to a healthy back. I bought your book, and through a steady routine of stretching and strengthening I have never had similar pain since.
    I still regularly do the stretches you advocate, and have given your book to friends and family with back complaints, repeatedly leaving myself without a copy.
    Recently I tweaked my neck and was left with pains in my forearm. I bought yet another copy of your book, this time therevised version. The chart in the front of the book showing the stretches for tightness and pains in specific parts of the body immediately showed me where the problem could be and what might help. Im happy to report that after just one week the stiffness in my forearm has decreased dramatically and I will hopefully have full use of it back shortly.
    I also have inflammatory arthritis in both knees that I have often thought is connected to a tightness in my calves that I just could not seem to release no matter what I did. The abovementioned chart has also shown me a new stretch that exactly hits that muscle. It is early days, but my legs are feeling better than they have in many years.
    Thank you for your work. It has proven to be of great benefit to me. I wish you all the best.
    Nick Pannell

    The Manual Worker
    "My name is Steve Geary and I am thirty. Since I was thirteen I have had back problem from a football injury. From 16 to 29 I have had pain in my lower back, down my left leg and upper back. At 29 I was diagnosed with a ruptured disk in my lower back. I have tried countless things, chiro, physio, acupuncture, yoga and massage, which helped a bit.
    Developing throbbing pain in my left leg, I was losing sleep from pain and going through rounds of depression. It was aggravated by prolonged lifting, bending, sitting and driving. The doctor said my protruding disk was pushing on a nerve which was sending the pain down my left leg. He went on to suggest I rest for 2 weeks and if it wasn’t getting better, he would send me to a neurosurgeon. In the past I have worked as a roof restorer, brickie’s labour, TA in boiler making. I was referred to CRS who sent me to a gym where I lasted 2 weeks, finding that the drive aggravated my condition. Then CRS sent me to Stretch Therapist/Teacher).
    I drove to my first consultation. I was in a lot of pain and rated that it was 9 out of 10. She gave me a set of exercises to do and afterwards, I noticed straight away that I was in less pain driving home. I then saw her for 2 more private consultations and by this time I had a pain rate of 5.
    Then Sharon put me into her classes. After 12 weeks on the program, I felt I only had a pain rating of 1, if at all. Given the right tools, my back and leg condition has improved dramatically. These exercises have changed my whole life."
    Steve Geary, Manual worker

    The Former Australian Test Cricket Captain
    “Kit Laughlin has been involved with the South Australian Cricket Association elite player programs for the past 3 seasons. In that time, he has developed a strength and flexibility program that is the leading edge in the cricket arena.
    Apart from developing a strength program that addresses the unique needs of the various skills within the game, Kit has introduced a stretching and flexibility program that been a revelation to players. This program has contributed to a greater flexibility and muscle strength in each individual that has led to improved performance in balance, physical awareness and endurance. It has also contributed to the lower incidence of muscle and related injuries.
    I have no doubt that the work Kit has done in the area of strength, stretching and flexibility would be of benefit to any individual involved at any level of sport and would be applicable to any sporting endeavour.
    I have no hesitation in recommending Kit and the methods that he has developed to anyone who wishes to maximise their physical abilities and to aid the prevention of or recovery from injury brought on through training for and playing sport”.
    Greg Chappell, MBE, Former Captain, Australian Test Cricket TeamAdelaide, Australia

    The Ex-Sportsman
    "I have been under the treatment of numerous specialists---chiropractic, osteopaths, physiotherapists and the like for the better part of 20 years for chronic back and neck pain. I have endured considerable pain and expense and no solution to my ongoing problem.
    I am thankful that since undergoing treatment and stretch classes I have had immediate results. This has been an absolute godsend.
    Stretch Therapy´s proactive approach in treating the cause and providing practical solutions rather than treating the symptoms has enabled me to maintain a vigorous professional work life and live a much happier existence.
    In the past my experiences with other health modalities have required ongoing treatment with the need to supplement my pain management with pain killers. I am thankful this is no longer the case. I can’t recommend her team highly enough and have no hesitation in recommending in the treatment of back, neck and postural injuries. I’m happy to be contacted on 0408 645 943."
    Phil Hall, Ex-sportsman and chronic back pain sufferer
    Wollongong, Australia
     

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  • Lucy Lu Studio, Alicante

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    Photographer based in Alicante, specializing in weddings, events, birthday parties and portraits.
    hello@lucylustudio.com
    www.blushandwhimsy.blogspot.com

    Comments:
    "Lucy took family photographs for us here in London and we were so pleased that we would love to recommend her in her new adventure of moving to Spain! She is living in the Costa Blanca area covering all areas from Valencia to Alicante" (CO, Oct 13)

     

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