B.Sc Hons. (Cell and Molecular Biology) Kings College London
Ph.D. (Physiology) Rhodes University South Africa
DBTh (Diploma in Botanical Therapy) IRCH
Dip. Adv. Stress Management, SNHS
Dip. Holistic Nutrition, SNHS
Cert. Pilates Mat-work, FIE, London
MIRCH (Member of International Register of Consultant Herbalists)
MURHP (Member of Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners)
Member of the Herb Society ID 2021112
I studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Kings College London University and completed a Doctorate in Physiology at Rhodes University South Africa. I was a lecturer and researcher in Medical and Life Sciences for many years in South Africa before developing an interest in Natural Medicine, lecturing at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg and also working for the Medical Research Institute in Cape Town. In a subsequent role at the University of the Western Cape I was seconded to develop academic programmes and curricula for the first School of Natural Medicine in South Africa and assisted in establishing this School within the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences.
I first began practising as a Health consultant in Cape Town gaining some experience in nutritional approaches to health using a combination of herbs and nutrition. One of the most significant stages of my developing interest in natural health routes, was to recognise just how insidious and profoundly destructive stress is to an individual, pervading every aspect of a person's life - mental, physical and emotional - and debilitating the immune system. Stress management is therefore, a fundamental part of restoring balance, health and productivity in a person's life. To gain a professional qualification in Western Herbal Medicine, I studied part time over 7 years with the International Register of Consultant Herbalists (IRCH).
I am also a qualified Pilates Mat-work Instructor and Ballet Teacher. As a former dancer with the Royal Ballet Company, I take a special interest in dancers and their needs, especially stress-related issues, nutrition and injury. I continue to enjoy the benefits of teaching and participating in dance activities.
Subjects studied include:
Medical sciences: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology
Plant sciences: materia medica. preparation of plant medicines
Naturopathic Practice: philosophy of natural medicine, nutrition, nutritional therapy, hydrotherapy
Herbal Medicine: integrated case-based studies, case diagnosis, clinical skills, clinical practice, dispensing, practice management, dissertation.