Natural Healthcare Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist
Clinical PNI Practitioner
BSc mBANT CNHC
During the noughties, I called Southern Florida home. During this time I was the proud owner of a small but professional skincare, tanning and beachwear salon – we were all about the body beautiful. As the owner, I became aware and very quickly concerned about a large number of customers, mainly women, young and old, who regularly visited my salon looking for answers to their beauty, skin and self-esteem issues, their mantra appeared to be “if I look nice, therefore I’ll feel nice”. Unfortunately, much to their dismay (and mine), they found that no amount of expensive creams, designer clothes, expensive holidays or tanned skin could cover up the fact they didn’t like what they saw in the mirror and were feeling horrible inside. I believed there must be a way to help individuals to give them back their love of life, returning them to health, giving them energy and most importantly, to be happy in their own skin.
On returning to the UK, I embarked upon training as a nutritional therapist, I believed that the path to health and happiness was through eating the right foods and living a healthy and fulfilling life. I wanted to develop my knowledge to help others. I did not suspect that the training was going to transform my own life and set me on a path to lifelong learning and self- healing.
Initially, I completed a two-year diploma in nutritional therapy and then continued my studies at the Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM), Wokingham graduating with a first class BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy. I also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Functional Medicine Model. For my third year dissertation, I researched the relationship between the health of the digestive system and major depression – I was amazed to find so much scientific evidence that relates digestive health to mental wellbeing (the gut-brain axis). I continued to pursue further education and completed a two-year diploma in clinical Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (cPNI). I am currently developing the website Nutritional Immunology, aimed at educating individuals on the management of chronic illness through the integration of nutrition, lifestyle and their effect on the immune system.
As a practitioner, I provide therapy for individuals who are searching for their health and vitality and who, as yet, have not been able to find what they are looking for in the traditional healthcare and wellbeing settings. My role as an evidence-based natural healthcare practitioner is to provide teaching and guidance, my objective is to empower my clients with information and the tools they need to reclaim their lives. Nutritional therapy is for those individuals who want to take control of their health by making informed decisions about healthy food and lifestyle choices. It is evidence-based using the functional medicine paradigm, this means all my recommendations use current peer-reviewed scientific research – each person is a unique biochemical individual and therefore requires a personalised approach to healthcare and nutrition.
I am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), and the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC), which protects the public with a code of conduct, ethics and performance for registered natural healthcare practitioners