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About Me

I decided to retrain as a Functional Health Coach after spending years seeking solutions for my own and my family’s chronic auto-immune diseases. I studied functional health coaching at the Kresser Institute. Having completed a challenging year of training and accrued the requisite number of coaching hours, I'm now a Certified Functional Health Coach. I’m looking forward to working with clients who want to take control of their health and address auto-immune disease in a way that the UK healthcare system simply isn’t currently equipped for.

My family and I spent over 10 years living all over the world- America, Australia and Singapore before returning to Cheshire in the UK. My view of health has been shaped by experiencing these varied healthcare systems.

Hashimoto’s

A few years ago my GP reluctantly tested me for hypothyroidism as a result of my feeling generally unwell. When I say unwell I wasn’t in pain, but I was exhausted. I would wake up tired. If I sat down in the evening to watch tv I’d fall asleep while still sitting up. My hair would be shedding whenever I washed it, and I would always have fallen hairs on my shoulders. I was prescribed levothyroxine.

I felt a little better, but all of the issues above persisted. Over a year later I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. This is an auto-immune condition where your immune system attacks the thyroid. I came upon this diagnosis accidentally when I was taking my son to his first appointment with a Functional Medicine doctor. That meeting with Dr Sarah Davies was incredible! It was the first time that I felt like a doctor was really listening to me. I took a blood test to see if this was actually the case. No surprise, my illness was caused by auto-immunity and my GP hadn’t even mentioned it!

This was incredibly frustrating as there are many life-style interventions that you can make for auto-immune disease. Subsequently I have been able to put Hashimoto’s into remission, again confirmed by blood tests. I have my energy back, my hair has stopped shedding. Each morning when I wake up I no longer feel like a zombie!

Alopecia

Before
During
After

My son first lost his hair in 2016. It started as alopecia areata and quickly progressed to alopecia totalis. We visited a GP, dermatologist x 2, immunologist, pediatric allergist, trichologist and finally a Functional Medicine Doctor. While visiting these medical professionals I continued my own research. I took part in Jill Grunewald's Reversing Alopecia course in 2019 which opened my eyes to the benefits of health coaching.
Using a functional medicine approach and making lifestyle changes has enabled my son’s hair to regrow. His eyebrows and eyelashes have returned. His scalp hair is growing in thick, just like it used to be. It’s not 100% back yet, but we’re confident that the remaining hair will come back in the same way.

Now...

Becoming a Functional Medicine Health Coach has helped me to get in excellent shape myself. A couple of years ago I would not have thought that my current lifestyle was possible for me. Making incremental changes has resulted in lifting weights 3x a week, playing hockey on my daughter’s team (after a 30 year gap), walking my dogs, meditating twice daily and eating food which follows ancestral diet principles. I can’t wait to share everything that I’ve learned with you!