FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION
In Functional Medicine and Nutrition the first step is always a detailed consultation taking a thorough medical and life history. I want to understand and find out what has led to the current set of symptoms.
As a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and a Registered Nutritional Therapist (BANT) I also have access to full laboratory testing if needed.
This includes testing for food sensitivities, stool analysis, nutrigenomics (genes), all blood tests, hormonal and adrenal function, toxic metals, organic acids and metabolic analysis. Many of these tests can be done from home or in conjunction with your GP and are also appropriate for children.
Following assessment we will agree a plan of achievable diet and lifestyle changes. This may include some supplementation, herbs or acupuncture according to your individual needs. We will regularly review the plan together.
I see a wide range of adults and children in my clinic. Sometimes they have an existing diagnosis, others just want to improve their overall health and often it is people who are sick and just can't work out what the problem is.
I commonly see patients who are also under the care of their GP or hospital consultant and taking prescribed medication.
As a mother and stepmother of 4 children I have a particular interest in women and children's health.
I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and a Masters Degree in Social Work with Children and Families.
I am one of the few Certified Practitioners of The Institute For Functional Medicine in the UK having completed their extended training program and rigorous qualification process.
I am also a qualified Natural Family Planning Teacher, Auricular Acupuncturist and NLP Practitioner. I have also trained in the GAPS diet with Dr Natasha McBride.
Alongside my practice I enjoy supporting students and qualified Nutritional Therapists to develop their clinical skills.
I am part of the assessment team for final year students on the Nutritional Therapy MSc at the University of Worcester and a visiting lecturer in Functional Medicine and complex case analysis.
As the accredited BANT supervisor for Nutritional Therapists in Herefordshire & Worcester I also facilitate bi-monthly professional development groups for other practitioners.
You can hear me talking more about the principles of Functional Medicine on the podcast below -