CNHC (Complementary and Healthcare Council).
Full membership of:
BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine).
ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners).
Dip Nutritional Therapist
College of Naturopathic Medicine, UK
BA (Hons) Psychology
University of Sheffield
Advanced Certificate in Marketing
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Invivo Female Ecologix
Hifas da Terra Introducion to Mycotherapy
ANP Cancer protocols for better outcomes
Biocare Under Pressure Stressing the Immune System
IHCAN Liposomes the future of food supplements
IHCAN Immune dysregulation as a driver of autoimmunity
More about me...
How did I get here?
Well to start with, I really love food and always have done even before I embarked on the path to becoming a nutritional therapist. I even worked as a commis chef on the beautiful island of Crete when I was younger, which set me up with some rather good cooking skills.
My original plan was to train in nutrition, but I decided to start my studies with a degree in Psychology. This provided a grounding in the study of human behaviour and now fundamentally supports my work with clients. I moved on to enjoy a career in marketing, but at the back of my mind, I kept wondering how I was going to steer myself back to nutrition.
Turning around my health
I developed digestive and respiratory problems and picked up every virus going whilst staying long-term with my daughter at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Like the majority of parents there, my food preparation was limited by only having access to a microwave and a fridge. I couldn’t improve my sleep or change the situation I found myself in, but I realised I could help myself by changing my diet and after some research I started following the Autoimmune Immune Protocol (AIP). Within 2 days all of my symptoms disappeared and I was medication free within a week. It was a complete revelation and it felt like a miracle. The protocol wasn’t easy to implement and I couldn’t follow it 100%, but it was enough. My health turned around and even though I don’t follow the AIP today, I have incorporated some of the rules into my daily life.
Shortly afterwards, I joined the College of Naturopathic Medicine on it’s degree level CNM Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. The course set me up well for my career, providing a rigorous approach to research and 200 hours of clinical experience, differentiating it from other UK courses.
My three children have thrown a whole array of problems at me from eczema, hayfever, IBS, abdominal migraines, urine infections, to a rare genetic condition. I have researched and incorporated a naturopathic element of support with each of these conditions and have always relied on nutrition as part of my tool kit to help with my family’s health.
As a mother of a child with complex medical needs, I am always grateful and in debt to the amazing individuals working in the NHS. I work with an array of health professionals on a daily basis including paediatric consultants, nurses, dieticians and pharmacists. I am trained in enteral feeding, diabetes management, portacath access, non-invasive ventilation, chest physio, nursing observations and have experience of working first-hand with a wide range of medications and their side effects including controlled drugs.
Balancing naturopathic nutrition with medicine
My experience of managing a range of chronic health conditions within the NHS framework in combination with my training and life experience have put me in the perfect position to balance and bring together naturopathic teachings on health to complement NHS guidance and treatment.