Tone was born in California to Norwegian parents and was brought up in Sweden. She trained at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic for 4 years and spent the next 2 years in Stockholm finishing her Swedish certification and Chiropractic registration.
She came back to the UK in 1993 and worked as an associate in several clinics before opening Luck’s Yard Clinic in Milford, Surrey in 2007 where she was able to realize her vision to create a centre for complementary health care.
“I have specialised in paediatrics for most of my career and see children from new-born to 18 most days at the clinic. Pre-pandemic, I was regularly visiting school to do talks on health and wellbeing, and I noticed that teenagers were struggling more and more with emotional and wellbeing issues; so I started incorporating this into my lectures.
“In 2015 I started a community group for teenagers called the Surrey Teen Summit and, along with some other great contributors, we created workshops and seminars for teenagers on issues around self-awareness, emotional intelligence and resilience and life skills for teens in general. These were hugely successful and in total we ran over 20 workshops over 5 years.
“In 2019, I had the opportunity to lease a secluded walled garden attached directly to Luck’s Yard Clinic. The garden was so magical that I just knew it could lend itself to a perfect community garden project for teens with issues around mental health and wellbeing.
“As no such venture existed at the time, I set out to find similar minded people to create and build a new structure which could work both within the garden and also in the community doing life skills talks for teenagers. I contacted the local GP surgery, so that they could forge referral links between the GPs and social prescribers for horticultural volunteering in the garden – they immediately bought in to the idea.
“A year and a half later I am so excited to have found a group of gardening volunteers, a steering group and an advisory committee all working together to achieve the goal of hosting small group sessions with teen and adult garden volunteers under the Green Hub Project for teens.”