I began my training in complementary therapies in the late 1990’s as a massage therapist and later qualified as a practitioner in the Bowen Technique and Neuro-Structural-Integration-Technique (NST). In 2003 I completed a diploma in Naturopathy with the College of Natural Therapy and followed this with one year training in Biomedicine at The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). Naturopathy was an initial pathway for me into nutrition and lifestyle choices and complemented my role as a bodywork practitioner.
Life changed dramatically with my son’s diagnosis with the genetic condition Cystic Fibrosis. This came with emotional challenges, and the challenge to meet his nutritional needs while dealing with the serious digestive disorders associated with the disease. My own health became increasingly compromised and I felt that I was having test after test with no answers except a reminder that I wasn’t coping with the increasing stress. As a therapist I knew it was time to take a break and consider a new journey.
An escape from the city in 2007 saw my family move to a small holding in Ireland. Food has always been a passion and practising sustainable growing techniques using organic and permaculture techniques was an opportunity to explore health and wellbeing through a new medium.
In 2017, after returning to Wales, the timing felt right to take the plunge into an evidence based approach to Nutritional Therapy. I began my MSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester and completed my studies in 2020 as a Registered Nutritional Practitioner. Having the combined experience as both a grower and as a practitioner my focus is real food first. This has been central to working with my families health conditions and to my own clinical practice. As part of my commitment to sustainable nutrition and real food I have dedicated myself as an Ambassador to the Real Food Campaign.