About Us

Dr David Mickel MBChB MRCGP- Founder and Director

David qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1992 before going on to specialise in General Practice in 1996. He developed an interest in CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia during this time and became frustrated by the lack of success of conventional and alternative treatments for the conditions. He spent a number of years researching and experimenting with a variety of approaches and methods until he finally developed the process of treatment now known as Mickel Therapy®. He founded the organisation Mickel Health Initiatives Ltd with the aim of offering high quality treatment and education in the theories and processes that he and the team have developed and evolved over recent years. Dr Mickel worked part-time in General Practice before developing his role as an Emergency Doctor in his local hospital A&E department. He is now available to provide Mickel Therapy by phone and e-mail.

He travels internationally to provide training, seminars and workshops.

Dr Mickel can be contacted through info@mickeltherapy.com 


Brydie J Thatcher – Managing Director

Brydie studied Rural Business Management at Aberdeen University and the Scottish Agricultural College. She went onto embark on an early career as Agricultural Diversification Advisor and Equine Business owner before transferring to the NHS in her mid twenties. Brydie has now worked within the NHS for over twenty years as Operational and Clinical Service Manager. During this time she has worked closely with multiple disciplinary teams, clinicians, nursing and allied health professionals to deliver and develop high quality, patient centred services across a broad directorate of specialties including Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, High Dependency and GastroenterologyBrydie has also worked for the Scottish Government, Health Improvement Scotland as an advisor and inspector within the Joint Advisory Group for the  Gatroenterology Diagnostic Collaborative.

As the daughter of a Psycho Therapist she became aware of Mickel Therapy many years ago when her father sought out Dr Mickel to understand more about his therapy which had gained strong local recognition, indeed it had become something of a phenomenon. Whilst this initial contact gave her some understanding of Mickel Therapy it was not until many years later when she found herself as Manager of the Emergency Department in which Dr Mickel worked that she got to know about both him and his highly acclaimed therapy. Brydie was inspired and amazed by the incredibly restorative impact Mickel Therapy reportedly has had on so many lives, returning clients both to themselves and their family and friends. Brydie was particularly inspired by the transition and empowerment of energy disorder sufferers from clients to practitioners themselves.  Brydie and David now share their lives and live together in rural Moray with a selection of children and dogs.

Brydie became Managing Director in 2019 with the clear and simple objective of expanding the company to provide opportunity for practitioners to make a positive difference to as many lives as possible.

Brydie J Thatcher can be contacted atbrydiemickeltherapy@gmail.com




Leisa Zakeri  – Supervisor, Practitioner and Trainer.

Leisa has a BA Hons in Psychology, an MSc in Occupational Psychology and
is registered as a Practitioner in Training with the British Psychological
Society and aims to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.

After completing her studies, Leisa went on to build a career in London
in the supported employment field working in the public, private and
charity sector and has gained a wealth of experience in working with the
long term unemployed, specialising in both brain injury and mental health.

While working in London Leisa started to experience symptoms of CFS/ME
which became so severe she had to move home to Scotland and stop working
for a prolonged period of time.  Leisa tried many therapies before coming
across Mickel Therapy, was treated by Dr Mickel, fully recovered and then
decided to train as a practitioner to help others do the same.  Due to
personal experience of the illness coupled with her professional
background, Leisa feels she has a lot to offer clients and is very gentle
and empathetic in her approach.

Leisa is currently based in Inverness and offers face to face sessions with clients locally.  She is also able to offer treatment over skype/telephone and email for long
distance clients and is currently working successfully with clients internationally. Leisa assists in the training of new Mickel Therapy Practitioners and acts as a Supervisor

Leisa can be contacted on leisa.zakeri@mickeltherapy.com