My interest in health and wellness comes from many directions. I’m a scientist with a BSc Honours degree from London University, and the journey from scientist to natural therapist is amazing (it amazes me every day!).
Each day I bring my life experiences to my work:
- previous employment as an educator and trainer;
- my journey of a ‘terminal illness’, major surgery and the concomitant life challenges for my family and myself;
- my career and rebuilding business challenges that were all out of my control.
Surviving these challenges allows me to bring much experience and diverse skills to my work as a Naturopath and Kinesiologist, and my training in neurological treatment with Brain Gym® and Rhythmic Movement.
In 2016 I trained as a yoga teacher to teach relaxation techniques and use basic yoga postures to help pain. Yoga fits into my holistic, whole of body philosophy which medicine in many countries is now calling the “Biopsychosocial model” of optimal health and treatment for chronic disease affecting more of us each year.
I look forward to you and I problem solving together to make changes towards great health and wellness, reach your goals and live a great life, as it’s the only one we have.
- Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy
- Registered Kinesiologist and Brain Gym® Consultant
- Bachelor of Science (Hons)
- Certificate in Counselling
- Member of ANTA, AKA and Edu-K Network
I have also completed the following short courses through the Chronic Pain Department at Edinburgh University:
- Understanding the Pharmacological Management of Pain
- Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management of Pain
- Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and its Relevance to Pain Management
The Story of the Pain Centre
The pain side of my practice was born out of a catastrophe, a crisis! One can be travelling along quite happily – a few ups and downs, a few grumbles and moans about the weather, the mortgage rates, work-mates or family being a nuisance – when suddenly, illness or trauma comes knocking on your door and the bottom falls out of your world.
It was February 2010, a diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma – a tumour as big as a football! A growth on my right kidney seriously displacing internal organs. There I was leaving the room of the keyhole surgeon, to go the surgeon next door to hear the extent of the major abdominal surgery needed. The constant worrying, writing my will, sad conversations with my partner, decisions about harsh post-op treatment…
Many people will never go through such upheaval, some will go through worse, but I now know the stress and tears and shock that is endured physically, mentally and emotionally! There were also financial challenges, which were especially trying for someone who is self-employed. The pain, the side effects of medication, the disability, months of immobility and then the slow, arduous recovery. I was left with scar tissue that caused constant pain, muscles often cramping up my body and a thyroid that has stopped working due to the trauma.
As a result of the massive lacerations during surgery some muscles and nerves are not properly connected, scar tissue is making some unusual connections. Many days I am sore, others I’m sorer and few times am I able to be completely free of the after affects of my operation on my body or my brain, and boy do I get grumpy at times and give my husband a hard time!
This has been one of those life changing experiences that one reads about in books. I would rather it had not happened, but this inspired the creation of the Pain Centre. The knowledge and understanding I gained is immense! I can now treat people for their chronic pain and the aftermath of their trauma. I am also able to train others, and the story continues..
Learning from my own experiences and my clients that I work with on a daily basis has added something very special to my life. It has allowed me to keep exploring the kinesiology I practice. My clients and I having amazing, or as one lady says “it’s bizarre”, times during a consultation.