The Centre, appropriately called Casa Nirvana, is located at the foot of Sierra Cabeca, a rocky mountain which, when climbed, offers a panoramic view of the beaches and villages from the West to the Eastern Algarve. The Clinic, set within 1 hectare of indigenous trees (olives, almonds, pomegranate, carob), planted trees (apple, mango, banana, guava, oranges, grapefruit) an aquaponics project and an extensive organic garden is concealed along a 1 kilometer dirt track but is within a few minutes drive to the sleepy village of Moncarapacho.

Originally opened in 2000 as the Orthopathic Medicial Centre in Moncarapacho, the Clinic moved to its present location in 2003 and was renamed The Centre for Bio-Regulatory Medicine.

Dr Barrie Oldham ND DO, the founder and present Clinic Director has created a residential healthcare retreat where patients are not only assessed and treated through a fusion of Eastern and Western Medicine, but can also enjoy collecting organic fruits and vegetables to eat during their stay at Casa Nirvana.

The Centre for Bio-Regulatory Medicine

Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal | Tel: +351 936197304 | eMail:

Meet the Team

Dr Barrie Oldham ND DO

Clinic Director

Originally trained in Pharmacy I worked in several hospitals in the National Health Service before being introduced to a lay preacher who was, in those days, called a “bone-setter”. I saw him manipulate painful joints which I assumed, through my medical training, were inflamed and watched the patient stand and walk around free of pain. I suddenly realised that pushing hundreds of anti-inflammatory medications over the pharmacy counter was counter-productive to the patient’s recovery and decided, I too, would like to learn these manipulative techniques.

I started my first year of a six year course in 1987 at the COET in London studying both osteopathic and naturopathic medicine. After graduating in 1993 I co-founded, along with my wife, The Rosegarth Clinic in Mansfield, Notts. Over several years it became a multi-discipline centre which gave me the financial freedom to continue my osteopathic training in Missouri and New England in the United States.

After leaving the UK in 2000 I opened the first Orthopathic Medical Centre in Europe under the auspices of Dr Stephen Typaldos, an American Osteopathic Physician and founder of Orthopathic Medicine. In 2003 the Clinic moved to its much larger current location and renamed The Centre for Bio-Regulatory Medicine. From that year I traveled the world searching for answers to questions which my training didn’t provide.

I studied

  • Medical Acupuncture with Julian Kenyon Southampton UK, Homotoxicology in London UK,
  • Biopuncture with Dr Jan Kersscot in Boom, Belgium,
  • German New Medicine with Carolin Markolin, Austria,
  • Autonomic Response Testing and Neural Therapy with Dr Dietrich Klinghardt Seattle, USA,
  • Prolotherapy with Dr Kent L. Pomeroy, Phoenix USA,
  • Microscopy with BioMedX, Chicago,USA,
  • Neural Therapy with Dr Mathias Dosch Munich, Germany,
  • BioFaceLift with Dr Damir Shakambet, London UK.,
  • Medical Astrology and Astroherbalism with Sajah Popham, USA
  • Unani Tibb with Prof Rashid Bhikha, of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, who established the training of Unani-Tibb at the University of Western Cape, South Africa

I am regulated by:

  • General Council and Register of Naturopaths (UK),
  • European Fascial Distortion Model Association (EFDMA)
  • Associação E Registo Dos Osteopatas de Portugal (AROP)
  • General Osteopathic Council 1998-2017 (Resigned)

I am currently on the board of lecturers of the Academy for Homotoxicology UK, member of the International Advisory Board (Unani Medicine), Aligarh University, INDIA, a guest lecturer on Orthopathic Medicine at the Scuola Italiana di Osteopatia, Padua Italy and Principal of the Asklepion School in Athens, Greece. I also travel the world by invitation to treat patients.

My interests are quite extensive ranging from the down-to-earth aspects of running an organic farm and medical retreat to the more esoteric studies of medieval medical astrology, astroherbalism, alchemy and dowsing. Squeezed between these interests lies my desire for teaching, writing (currrently integrating the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and Nicholas Culpeper), adventure holidays and travelling to remote parts of the Earth.

Ms Nella Andrade

Medical Receptionist/Massage

I started off working in administration and then progressed to  owning and running  my own retail businesses for several years, whilst living in South Africa.

Moved to Portugal in 2003  and decided to change the direction of my career.  Started off with doing nail technician course and commenced work and gradually started gaining interest in the field of beauty and massage.  2005 went on to do a course in massage and my training has since never ended.  One of the reasons I started working with Dr Barrie was with the intent of learning as much as I could with  him. I specialize in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stones and Swedish massage.

At the moment I divide my day between doing  all the administrative work relating to the clinic as well as doing Portuguese /English translations for our Portuguese patients and doing massage and beauty treatments.


I enjoy being with people, meeting  new people and enjoy making people feel physically  and emotionally better.  I enjoy reading , travelling and most of all I enjoy being at peace with  myself and the world.

Dr Reinhard Kraus

Biological Dentist

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Marcelo Lopes

Manipulative Therapist

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