I am Registered Nutritional Therapist, with a BSc (Hons) degree in Nutritional Therapy. I graduated in 2008. I am registered with the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I have been in clinical practice for over 10 years and have appeared on numerous BBC radio shows.
As a member of BANT and the CNHC, I am required to cover many hours of continuing professional development (CPD), which I exceed every year, as I love reading up on new research and attending conferences and webinars to ensure I am fully up to date with current research and practices in health.
My training and clinical practice is based on a Functional Medicine model which is science-based and a patient-centred approach that aims to explore underlying mechanisms of diseases and symptoms. By looking for the root of the problem I am able to see each patient on an individual level where similar causes may manifest in different symptoms and where different causes may manifest in similar symptoms. I have a particular interest in gut and digestive health and its effect on our overall health and its link with other chronic conditions.
I believe that everyone’s health will benefit from making positive changes to their diet and lifestyle no matter how small.
I love learning about health and the human body; it never fails to amaze me how much more there is to discover. We are in a time where research is moving fast, so I base my practice on current scientific research and understanding of physiological functions.
I have always loved food and cooking and being half Italian gave me a passion for Mediterranean recipes and ingredients. Throughout my late teens and early twenties, I had recurrent tonsillitis for which I had to take lots of antibiotics as this was all my doctor could offer, I then went on to develop allergies to some of medication I had been taking. I also suffered all kinds of digestive symptoms ranging from altered bowel habits, gas and bloating which was diagnosed by my GP as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I tried different medications, none of which alleviated my symptoms and often gave me other side effects, so I did my own research. I made some really positive changes to my diet and worked on my fitness. Since then I’ve never looked back. I developed a very good understanding of my own body and its needs, and never had tonsillitis again and managed to get my IBS under control. This inspired me to explore nutritional therapy and health as I wanted to learn more and help others. I have since helped many IBS and other gastrointestinal disorder sufferers, along with those with other health conditions and symptoms.
Following the birth of my children, I developed first-hand experience in dealing with new health requirements of being a mum. I also gained the experience of helping my children and managing conditions such as baby eczema and skin conditions, baby digestive problems, fussy eating amongst other things. I have gone on to help mums to understand the importance of a healthy diet and how diet can affect many post-natal symptoms and energy levels. And to look at the effect of mums diet on baby when breastfeeding.