HealthHubble believes that the catalyst to making the best health and wellbeing choices starts with sharing evidence-based information written by experts within their field, and making this accessible and jargon-free to everyone.
When looking for advice or guidance; clear, fact-checked and robust information is paramount when building patient confidence. Therefore we feel very proud to have teamed up with a growing team of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals to build a valuable collection of articles within our Knowledge Hub covering a full range of healthcare and wellbeing topics, that we can share with our audience to help them confidently make well-informed decisions.
Every article that we publish is written by a healthcare or wellbeing professional who has patient and clinic experience within their field of expertise; which makes them perfectly placed to help educate and inform our users in an accessible format that is built on integrity and trust.
Alan Archibald is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who has worked within mental health care for the past 24 years. Alan started training as a mental health nurse in 1996 and spent the following 16 years gaining experience and knowledge working in the NHS. In 2012 he decided to move into psychodynamic psychotherapy and trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, qualifying as an intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2017. Wanting to gain further experience as part of his own clinical journey, Alan worked as a nurse specialist in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock for a further four years. Passionate about patient care and accessibility to mental health services, Alan set up his own practice Archibald Psychotherapy in 2020. With his unique clinical experience and expertise, Alan offers both online and face to face therapy sessions in a safe, protective and unhurried environment; allowing his clients the space and support to explore, unpack and process unique challenges and issues to find peace and resolution.
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Dr Alun K Rees BDS, The Dental Business Coach, graduated from Newcastle University and started his career as a hospital resident, before working as an associate in a range of different practices. With this solid foundation, Alun went on to launch two practices in the space of just 15 months, a challenge in the toughest economic conditions. After years of hard work, Alun finally sold his dental business in 2005. Alun's background and experience give him a strong understanding of what others go through to build a successful practice. He has seen many different approaches and learned his own lessons in the real world. He is an accepted authority of practice organisation and management and has written and presented widely on the subject. He has served as a media representative for both the BDA and BDHF and has featured on BBC2, Sky TV and various radio stations. Alun works with clients throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond, he understands and appreciates the challenges, both large and small, that face the owners of small healthcare businesses every day.
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Amir Elhami is both an experienced Optometrist and a Performance & Mindset Coach based in London. Having graduated from City, University of London in 2015 Amir when on to qualify as an Optometrist. He then went on to complete a Masters in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare. As an Optometrist, Amir is no stranger to helping his clients with their visual requirements and needs. Amir is also a successful and experienced life coach and works with a wide range of clients; helping them identify personal visual requirements and needs. He is passionate about helping his clients in realising their ambitions and conducts sessions on a 1-1 basis; covering different aspects of their lives, whether that be looking to improve and grow their health, finances, career, or business.
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Andrew Dorey is a professional personal coach who has a passion for working with clients to achieve their own health and fitness goals in a sustainable and supportive environment. Originally from Canada, Andrew started his professional sporting career within American Football, achieving a college scholarship with St Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On moving to the UK, Andrew joined the armed forces achieving his position as a Royal Marine and working all over the world. Now working directly with his own clients, Andrew’s focus, dedication and infectious energy place him perfectly in his field of expertise.
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Anna is a Registered Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Occupational Health). She has been advising organisations for over 20 years on the health and wellbeing of employees. Typically, Anna is called upon to advise organisations at times of employee problems; sickness absence, performance or behavioural issues. She also provides workshops on organisation wellbeing, mental health, sleep, Long Covid as examples. Anna is published author - Mental Health in the Workplace; Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing, and is also the Founder, Managing Director and Clinical Lead for WHIB (Wellbeing and Health in Business) providing both Occupational Health services as well as eLearning courses.
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Charlotte Fitzgerald is the founder of For a Better You and is a specialist Pilates and pelvic floor health coach who helps women regain control of their pelvic floor. Charlotte believes that it is important not only to teach the actual exercises but to provide education about our pelvic floor and how it functions. She combines her many years as a Pilates coach with her knowledge and training to help women strengthen this overlooked area of their bodies, overcome the stigma and fear of the dreaded ‘whoops’ moments and regain their confidence and functional ability. Charlotte is a mum of two and in her spare time, she enjoys walks in nature, music, food and socialising.
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Christopher Morris is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and founder of Time to Think Hypnotherapy who works online with clients in the UK and abroad . He spent 30 years in the performing arts industry as an actor, director, and teacher before training as a hypnotherapist. Chris is passionate about bringing out the best is people and has a wealth of experience helping clients deal with problems and finding solutions in a safe and supportive environment. His 16 years as a secondary school teacher and head of year means that he is ideally placed to help children, young adults, and their parents. As an accomplished school leader, Chris has used this diverse experience to support businesses and individuals. Hypnotherapy can have an impact in all parts of business from health and wellbeing, change management, sales, training effective leaders and teams and much more. Chris has worked with many business leaders devising bespoke business programmes that have included mental health support for staff as well as delivering workshops on wellbeing. Away from work, Chris has a sports-mad son that keeps him busy most days, as chauffeur to Alex’s sporting activities. When not behind the wheel of the car Chris spends time watching Bristol City FC, taking country walks with the family and negotiating for the TV remote control.
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In 2017 Colin burned out. He’d spent two decades transforming organisations and teams in tech and utilities, and had fallen out of love with the work and himself - and it was costing him his health and intimacy with those he loved. After spending time digging into deeper questions and reconnecting with himself and his loved ones, he got curious about opportunities to do something different. Opportunities to take the part of his career he truly loved - enabling individuals and teams to find joy in their work - and turn that into something special. Now, Colin’s experience leading thousands of people has battle-proven his work and approaches with both individuals and teams as a coach, mentor and speaker, he now works with professionals who want success in a way that connects them more intimately with themselves, those around them, and the impact they have on the world through his coaching business Colin Mobey Coaching. Outside of that, you’ll find him doing yoga in the garden, geeking out on geek, seeing how much heavy stuff he can lift, and playing board games with his family.
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David Florence is a Breath-Work SOMA Breath Instructor, FlowCode Coach, NLP practitioner and Solution Focussed Clinical Hypnotherapist. After a number of years of research and practice, much of which has been chronicled in his YouTube channel – ‘Evolution of Dave’; he has now established a series of practices and protocols that have significantly improved his mind and body. Working with both individual and corporate clients, David specialises in a number of disciplines and is passionate about empowering others with their mental and physical health, whilst providing a unique toolkit to strengthen both body and mind through simple, actionable and daily steps.
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Diana Cheung is an experienced community pharmacist providing health care advice and services in her local area in the North West of England. Diana graduated from Liverpool Polytechnic with a Masters in Pharmacy in 1986 and initially worked for a small independent chain of pharmacies that were subsequently bought by Lloyds. Whilst managing a pharmacy within the Lloyds chain Diana managed a growing team, whilst introducing the Lloyds branding and promoting health within the local community. After a further three years of managing a small chain of 3 pharmacies, Diana purchased her own pharmacy, and now 29 years later owns a chain of successful pharmacies herself. Diana is very aware that the face of pharmacy is constantly changing, with the introduction of new services and automation of the dispensing process, she has embraced these changes to provide flexible and accessible services to her patient groups. She is passionate about helping her patients to improve their health and provide them with accessible healthcare, increasing their awareness of the healthcare services on offer making pharmacies the first port of call for health advice.
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Dr Eloise Elphinstone is a GP based in London, with a specialist interest in women's health and has worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Australia. Eloise is a qualified menopause specialist and has authored the 'Postnatal Health and Wellbeing' leaflet for the Family Planning Association. Eloise is now part of the expert team of Menopause Care based at White Hart Clinic in Barnes, South West London.
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Farhana is a specialist pelvic health, oncology and musculoskeletal physiotherapist and the founder of PhysioReform in London. Having graduated in 2005 from the University of Cape Town she started her career in South Africa, before relocating to London in 2008. Farhana has worked in various NHS and private clinics in London and has a special interest in women’s health, pre and postnatal care, men’s health and oncology care. She has undertaken additional qualifications in these fields, as well as in acupuncture and Pilates and is registered with the HCPC, CSP, POGP and The Pelvic Floor Society. Farhana is passionate about restoring pain-free movement and function in patients using holistic methods to find the root cause of the problem. She tackles problems using bespoke rehabilitation programs, joint and soft tissue mobilisation and correction of movement dysfunctions, whilst also focusing on reducing reoccurring injury.
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Frances Robinson is a Dental Hygienist in London’s Harley Street district and has a passion for patient care. She prides herself on gentle, thorough and effective hygiene treatment alongside oral and systemic health education. Frances is an active member of a premier dental hygienist’s study club in London and is also a member of the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists. During the COVID-19 lockdown, she started her Instagram page @theglobalhygienist in order to both keep in touch with and educate her patients. Frances has further interests in global oral health promotion and education and has completed a Masters in Dental Public Health from UCL, and has even presented her research at international conferences. She considers it her lifelong ambition to use her clinical skills to help those in less fortunate circumstances and has volunteered in Nepal, Cambodia and India. She currently holds the position of volunteer fundraising officer for Dental Mavericks - a UK dental charity working in Lebanon.
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Fred Braithwaite is a Specialist Physiotherapist with an interest in spinal injuries, long term athletic development, cancer rehabilitation and triathletes. He is the managing director of Stronglines Physio and is also the Midlands representative for the Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehab Foundation for the UK and Northern Ireland. Fred created Stonglines Physio with his wife Sasha with the aim of providing more than an average clinic experience. Created originally as a specialist provider of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Stronglines also offer health and performance services as well as bespoke packages for Sports teams and Sport medicine departments in need of support. The art and science of rehabilitation have become something of a fascination to Fred; using a mix of manual therapy and rehabilitation to not just treat symptoms of pain, but to eliminate the dysfunction and cause. Fred’s personal experience of injury on the cusp of a promising career in Rugby League, saw him discover the passion for the application of science in physical development rehabilitation. This was the inspiration and catalyst to his change of career and the foundational concept of Stronglines; which today, is proud to support and serve a broad and growing range of clients. Fred is a dedicated father to two small children and enjoys a number of sports from powerlifting, cycling and running to taking part in ultra-events.
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Dr Halim Sbenati is a cosmetic and family dentist and founder of Sbenati Dentistry based in London, Ontario, Canada. Having studied at the University of Western Ontario, Halim moved to Australia and studied at the prestigious University of Sydney School of Dentistry which was the catalyst to his outstanding dental career. Passionate about patient care and comfort, Dr. Sbenati’s clinic specialises in extraordinary care and is the foundation in providing service to patients far beyond their expectations. With a specialist focus on reducing anxiety, Halim is keen to transform the experience of dental health and shares his knowledge and dedication to educating patients through his active social media channels. Sbenati Dentistry strives to empower patients by offering world-class dental treatments.
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Hugo Barton acts for many healthcare professionals as their trusted legal adviser at Health Care Law and writes regularly for journals. As well as being a visiting lecturer at University College London (UCL) Hugo is also the Chair of The Law Society SME Working Group. Many healthcare clients are not advised properly regarding the longevity of their lease often leaving them without a lease that has been renewed and their practice or business/goodwill vulnerable and at the very least the practice sale price damaged and reduced.
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Issy Martin is co-founder of UK-wide holistic therapy platform Choice Therapies, as well as Solution-Focused Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychologist, with a private practice in the heart of Bristol, Issy Martin Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy. With a career background in journalism and writing, Issy is passionate about using the latest neuroscience, mindfulness and solution-focused techniques to support mental health and wellbeing. Issy runs training workshops on the Solution Focused Approach for Home Start Bristol and writes a regular blog on the application of the Solution Focused Approach.
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Jackie is an antenatal and hypnobirthing practitioner with over 9 years of experience, as well as a clinical hypnotherapist and founder of Baby Bumps and Inner Medicine. Her passion and drive for helping pregnant parents better understand the power of informed decision making inspired her to write her book 'Let's talk about preparing for your baby's birth', which is published by Pinter & Martin. In her book, Jackie shares a wealth of easily accessible information and guidance on labour, preparation, and birth that delivers a truly transformative experience. She has also created a comprehensive, modular, online antenatal and hypnobirthing preparation course, as the perfect accompaniment to 'Let's talk about preparing for your baby's birth'. Jackie has two children and successfully used hypnobirthing with her second - her birth experiences are what drives her ongoing passion to want to help others achieve the birth they are hoping for.
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Julia Martinez is a life coach and therapist who specialises in assisting her clients with a wide range of anxieties in order to find happier and more balanced pathways. Originally from Russia, Julia has significant experience within the international private education system and has worked directly with students and their parents to find suitable language placements. Her passion for working with students from varying backgrounds and helping them with the associated anxieties of international placement led Julia to retrain as a Psychosomatic Therapist; turning her attentions to the wider arena of life coaching and setting up her clinic ReselfMe. Julia’s calm approach, extensive experience and personalized techniques empower her clients to gain the confidence to take control.
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Julie Rae is a registered mental health nurse with over 30 years of experience working with patients and families. She has worked professionally across a wide range of settings from community psychiatric nursing, palliative care, employment and training, Forensic nursing within Custody Centres and more recently within higher education. Julie has extensive experience in working with higher education students and university establishments in providing both mentoring and academic mental health support. Julie is also the founder of Professional Wellbeing, where she works with a diverse range of clients using both mental health strategies and holistic wellness to achieve their individual goals. With a passion for supporting others with both their physical and mental health, Julie is keen to bring positive outcomes to those she works with.
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Kate became a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Rapid Transformational Therapist after years of trying to find the right therapy for her daughter who was suffering from severe anxiety and depression. Other experiences within her family, including childhood stroke, anorexia, Parkinson's disease, dementia and cancer, have increased Kate's awareness and understanding of coping with difficult events. She is also a wife and mother and has juggled work with raising a family and, before becoming a therapist, forged a career in communications, marketing and finance predominantly in the City of London. Having been trained by the founder of RTT, Marisa Peer, Kate has developed an extraordinary insight into how the mind works. Her view is that once you know this, you can cope with anything life throws at you and change any negative behaviours or beliefs. Kate believes that we all have a multitude of experiences – some good, some bad. They all shape who we are today. What matters is the emotion we have attached to those experiences and how we allow them to affect us.
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Kate van Rensburg is a Chartered Physiotherapist and owner of Acuphysio, a physiotherapy and acupuncture clinic in Monmouthshire which opened in 2020. Kate offers dedicated, specialised, patient-centred treatment for acute and chronic pain and injuries. With extensive experience in the NHS and private practice in the UK and overseas, she remains a very "hands-on" therapist but often uses acupuncture to complement pain management treatment to ensure a holistic approach. Being continually amazed by the results achieved with acupuncture, she has also recently qualified as a Facial Enhancement acupuncturist and now offers cosmetic acupuncture at the clinic. Kate is passionate about providing the best possible care for patients and is continually updating her clinical skills and is actively involved in research and has had papers published in medical journals. With two young children who are avid golfers, Kate is not one to sit still but admits to being the laziest person she knows when it comes to exercise. Therefore, she never expects patients to follow extensive and impractical exercise programmes but always tailor’s rehabilitation specific to the patient and is always available for advice.
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Katie Hodge is a qualified Hatha and Yin Yoga Instructor. Her aim is to create a safe environment for students to move and breathe, discovering the calm this can bring as the mind and body connect. Her classes start by focusing on the breath, slowing down, feeling calm and grounded. Guided by the breath a series of yoga postures are sequenced in order to build strength and flexibility. The aim is to leave the class feeling transformed, having discovered, unearthed stillness and peace, regaining energy and strength. Katie has witnessed first-hand the transformation of Yoga with her own physical and mental health and is on a mission to spread the gift of Yoga to others. Her business Katie J Yoga includes in-person and online classes (live and on-demand), workshops and retreats (coming soon!). Through Katie's online platform she has a library of over 25 pre-recorded videos ranging from 10-minute meditation to 1-hour classes.
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Kelly Steed qualified in physiotherapy after having a career in marketing and teaching English abroad and is one of the founders of Severn Physiotherapy. She has worked in the NHS, with experience in local community teams as well as practising from Comfort Health in Clifton, Bristol. Kelly is currently studying for her Pilates teaching qualification and loves learning and developing her skills by attending courses, listening to webinars, and sharing supervision with her peers. Her latest venture is supporting the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy charity in a committee role as social media officer. Kelly believes that the waiting lists for community care are often too long and aims to provide a local service to people who will benefit from physiotherapy now. She enjoys working with people to identify their individual goals and treats them in a caring, kind and respectful manner at all times.
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Dr Kev Chavda is a cosmetic and family dentist based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Dr Kev is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about delivering the best possible patient care and is well-liked by both the practice team and patients for his relaxed and friendly manner. He is a qualified Invisalign & ClearCorrect practitioner, giving brand new smiles to patients throughout the East Midlands with Invisalign and ClearCorrect's immensely popular clear aligner systems. In addition, Dr Kev has additional training in cosmetic smile makeovers and facial aesthetics which enables him to treat patients and a holistic and patient-centred manner. Dr Kev offers a unique and personalised service where patients can message him directly through his Instagram/Facebook account @kevthedentist, where he also displays an impressive portfolio of cosmetic cases and testimonials as well as humourous Tik Tok videos to brighten your day.
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Krysten Taprell is a Psychologist with 20 years of experience working with children and families. She has worked in many settings including schools, Private Practice and Government agencies. She has extensive experience working with people on the Autistic Spectrum as well as conducting diagnostic assessments. During her work she found that she was seeing the same issues coming through her door, requiring the same strategies. This is why she started her website www.thetherapistparent.com. While some difficulties will need regular sessions with a qualified Psychologist, sometimes parents just need a few tips and creative ideas to bring change to their children's lives. The weekly blog offers parents proven strategies and playful activities that children respond to and also supports parents. Krysten has also written a children's book to be released later this year that focuses on empowering children to manage nightmares.
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Dr Laura Freeman MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, CCFP, Dip IBLM/BSLM is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of Plant Based Health Online. She obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and completed her vocational training in General Practice in Manchester in 2011. Between May 2012 and May 2019, after attaining full accreditation from the Medical Council of Canada, Dr Freeman ran her own Family Medicine practice in midtown Toronto, taught medical students at the University of Toronto and worked with the Medical Council of Canada as an examiner for International Medical Graduates. Both within and outside of her General Practice, Dr Freeman has developed a strong interest in plant-based nutrition and optimising health through lifestyle choices. In 2019, Dr Freeman became a diplomat of the International Board for Lifestyle Medicine. In her position as Medical Director, she leads a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals in a first of its kind, online plant-based healthcare service. Her focus is putting her passion for Lifestyle Medicine into practice for her patients and watching the incredible success of their lifestyle interventions.
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Linda is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist, qualifying in 1999, and has had an extensive career in the NHS, Sports and Private Sector. Alongside her private clinic work, Linda also works as a First Contact Physiotherapist, a specialist role working within GP practices. She uses her experience and skills to provide appropriate assessment and advice to patients. Part of this role is providing Long COVID support to patients and in particular fatigue and breathing symptoms. Linda sits on the executive board of the association ‘Long COVID Physio’, which provides peer support, education and advocacy. One of her other special interests is providing quality care for sporting adolescents. This age group between childhood and adulthood has very individual anatomical changes going on. This makes them more predisposed to certain injuries and problems. She has had the privilege of working with elite team GB gymnastics athletes, and their medical team, and locally with The Academy of Gymnastics athletes, and other amateur elite athletes in this age group in the South West. Linda provides hands-on treatment, advice and tips on how to help self manage a problem, and importantly a bespoke exercise programme to improve strength and mobility in the long term. She uses her knowledge of the latest research and aims to support recovery and a return to normal physical activity and lifestyle. She also teaches Rehabilitation Pilates classes at Walnut Grove Clinic.
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Dr Maryam McMillan BSc(Hons)BDS MFGDP(UK) is a dental surgeon and facial aesthetics practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience and is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Ambra Facial Aesthetics Clinic in London. Her career began in 1997 when she graduated with an honour’s degree in Pharmacology. Following this, she went on to achieve a dental degree in 2002 from the University of Sheffield and was awarded membership to the faculty of General Practice at the Royal College of Surgeons of England just a few years later. In 2018 Dr Maryam was nominated as a finalist in the National Aesthetics Dentistry Awards, in all three facial aesthetics categories. To date, she has completed numerous postgraduate courses in advanced cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics and holds qualifications in advanced facial aesthetics, including treatment of tear troughs, non-surgical rhinoplasty, neck and decolletage, hands and facial contouring and dealing with corrections. Dr Maryam is passionate about providing unique individualised care, ensuring that her clients are fully supported from both a physical and emotional aspect.
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Megan River is a therapist, writer and the founder of both London Yoga Massage and Breath Practice based in Mayfair, London. Her work focuses on teaching clients how to master their mental wellness through breathing practices and supporting emotional balance in the body. Megan has 10 years of experience within the wellness and start-up sectors and has supported businesses to scale from infancy to a global status. She is perfectly placed in supporting businesses both build and transform their employee wellness programs. With the aim of encouraging radical responsibility, leadership and emotional intelligence; many organisations and individuals have already benefited from Megan’s insight, guidance and expertise.
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Dr Mehma Rai (MBBS BSc MRCGP DRCOG) is a General Practitioner in central London who works as a private GP at One5 Health as well as for the NHS. She did her undergraduate medical training at Kings College London where she also completed a BSc in nutrition, and she also holds a Diploma in women's health from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She enjoys all aspects of general practice with a focus on lifestyle intervention
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Melanie Gillespie is an award-winning Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Mindset Coach, who specialises in Solution Focused Therapy. Based in Bristol, Melanie has coached a broad spectrum of clients and today concentrates on business mindset coaching for ambitious women. Melanie retrained as a Hypnotherapist in 2015 and since launching her clinic, Melanie Gillespie Mindset Coaching has helped hundreds of clients overcome various limiting blocks through Solution Focused Therapy. Whether that be overthinking, self-doubt or self-sabotage; Melanie uses a mix of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), clinical hypnotherapy, focused coaching and Law of Attraction to tap into each client’s individual need. She is incredibly passionate about empowering others to see their unlimited potential, and with thousands of hours of clinic experience is expertly placed to spark each unique journey of self-belief.
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Mr Michael Radford is a specialist NHS knee and sports reconstructive Orthopaedic surgeon and has been a consultant at Weston General Hospital for over 14 years. Having qualified from Charging Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1992 he undertook orthopaedic training on the prestigious Oxford rotation and spent a further year specialising in knee surgery at the world-renowned North Sydney Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Centre. Michael is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, British Orthopaedic Association and British Association for Surgery of the knee. Added to this he is on the expert forum for the Oxford Knee replacement, teaching both nationally and internationally as well also holding a position on the expert forum for the Lars Ligament. He is also one of the few national surgeons to be selected by Smith and Nephew to attend their annual forum. In 2011 Michael became one of the founding Directors of Somerset Surgical Services, who work in tandem with the NHS Trust improving and increasing services offered by Western General Hospital. All income generated from this is then reinvested into Western General Hospital. When not working, Michael loves to play sport and cycles with a local club.
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Dr Natalie Ashburner is an NHS psychiatrist who has a keen interest in child and adolescent mental health. She trained as a doctor at the University of Birmingham and qualified in 2015. After completing her rotations in medicine and surgery she chose to specialise in psychiatry and has never looked back. She is passionate about advocating for her patients and recognises that good mental health relies on us to focus not only on how we think, feel and behave as an individual but on how we interact with others and how we function as a society. For this reason, Natalie is vocal in her support of health and social care and improving the way we treat those from disadvantaged groups as a society. As a result of her own experiences of mental health and many of her friends and colleagues, she also has a keen interest in advocating for the mental health of healthcare workers. This has led to her involvement with The Doctors Association UK whom she has worked for since 2018 and where she is currently Vice-Chair. She also set up her Instagram account @thementalhealthdoctor as a way of exploring and expressing some of these issues, both raising awareness and understanding of mental illness but also the way our society and culture impact our mental health and what we can do about it.
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Olivia Palmer is an accredited Nutritionist and Psychologist who works with a wide range of clients, providing them with the tools and positive outlooks to improve their nutritional habits and establish excellent foundations for optimal health. An expert by degree, Olivia is passionate about empowering her clients to gain a different perspective on their dietary health and thus enabling them to achieve sustainable, long term health goals. Olivia works across a broad spectrum with both her private work as The Nutrition Activist, but also her work with Second Nature and its supportive work within the NHS. This exposure along with her personal experience places her as a trusted expert within this field.
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Dr Pippa Gibson is a registered nutritionist based in Surrey who has a keen interest in helping people feel more confident in the kitchen whilst cooking delicious and nutritious meals in her private work www.drpippa.co.uk. Pippa is currently a research nutritionist working at King's College London where she investigates the effects of different foods on health outcomes. In her spare time, you can find Pippa leading fitness classes around Surrey.
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Rachael Jackson has been working in the health and fitness industry for over ten years and her real passion is bringing people together and creating a safe environment for people to train, feel good and meet new people, whether that be via online lifestyle groups or small group training sessions. She has trained hundreds of clients and seeing someone thrive and feel good about themselves is a joy she can't describe. Rachael focuses mainly on female training and often run social events to include new challenges and aspects to fitness that they might enjoy / to try something new. In her experience, she has found that most people are petrified of the initial meeting and after that, they soon adapt and feeling fit and happy becomes a huge part of their life. Rachel is the founder of RJ Fitness and Wellness Coach.
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Rana Mirzai is a Senior Clinical Pharmacist who is currently working in the mental health sector. Having graduated from University College London she has since worked in a variety of different hospitals. During this time, she has gained the confidence to specialise in the field of mental health and hopes to further develop and progress in this field in the future. She will begin her independent prescribing training in January 2021 with the hopes of being fully qualified as a prescriber by June 2021. Rana is passionate about health and fitness and improving the well-being of the public. Through this desire to improve mental health and raise awareness she started a new Instagram page @thewellfitpharmacist. The page was set up to educate the public on common health complaints as well as have a positive impact on wellbeing.
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Richmond Stace is a specialist physiotherapist and pain coach based in Harley Street and Chelsea in London, as well as providing sessions online. Having worked within healthcare for over 27 years, Richmond’s primary focus has been on the person, their needs and how they can best meet them. He learnt this early on when training to be a nurse, and this philosophy continues to be at the heart of his everyday practice. Over the past 10 years, he has pioneered Pain Coaching which is used in a way to guide and encourage people to reach their potential to improve their lives. He helps people understand and overcome their persistent pain so that they can lead fulfilling lives; by focusing on their strengths, using practical tools and employing the habits of peak performers as they move towards their picture(s) of success. Passionate about client empowerment and education, Richmond is very active on social media and uses his Instagram page @paincoach and Twitter @painphysio to further inspire and educate. Outside of his clinic Specialist Pain Physio, Richmond can be found reading, writing and listening, so as to continue the journey of understanding human beings. He is also an avid ultrarunner, which not only keeps him fit but also allows him to explore his own experiences and mind whilst bathing in nature. Richmond is married with four children, who he openly describes as his inspiration.
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Roseanna Grace Conway is a Clinical Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She works part-time within the NHS and is the Director and Clinical Lead of her own dedicated Pelvic Health Private Practice, Roseanna Grace Physiotherapy located in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. A pelvic health physiotherapist is highly specialised in treating conditions linked to the pelvis such as; urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, dyspareunia (painful sex), chronic constipation, IBS, painful bladder syndrome, chronic pelvic pain and many others (see website for full condition list www.roseannagracephysio.co.uk). Roseanna has extensive continued professional development in Pelvic Health and has most recently been awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in ‘Continence for Physiotherapists’ from Bradford University (December 2019). She is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about educating and improving pelvic health dysfunction amongst men, women and children and strives to break the taboo around pelvic floor health. The ‘taboo’ nature of dysfunction affecting the pelvis is why people delay seeking advice and self-help.
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Sam Lynch is an exercise specialist and personal trainer based in Greenwich, London. With extensive experience within the fitness industry spanning over 10 years, Sam started his career with a degree in Sports Science from the University of Kent. Following this, he completed a Master’s Degree in Sports Management at the University of East London. Before setting up Fitnitiative, Sam worked for Nuffield Health as an Advanced Exercise Specialist and worked with a large range of personal and corporate clients. Specialising in pain-free training, Sam works individually with his clients to set achievable goals and works with them in developing tailor-made programmes aimed at delivering healthier lifestyles. Passionate about client care, boosting client confidence and achieving potential; Sam is an advocate in providing personalised training programmes and supporting his clients in all aspects of their physical health. Sam is also the Managing Director of Redefining Fitness, which supports those looking to qualify within the personal training and fitness sector which launched in 2020.
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Sandra Harding started her career in the North before moving to the South West. She worked clinically in Outpatients and entered management at hospital level and then on a national level. She has managed an independent hospital and more latterly a national physiotherapy service. Here she was instrumental in moving more than 50 sites towards a common goal which was to continually improve the quality of the service whilst growing the business and meeting all regulatory requirements. Sandra’s background brings a plethora of experience and through her work with HCPG enables robust analysis and reporting tools to empower other clinicians in remaining compliant through evidence-based processes.
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Sarah Cunliffe is Director of True Freedom Counselling and a Harley Street Emotional Therapeutic Counsellor & NLP Practitioner with 10 years of experience in helping clients overcome depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, anger management, stress in the workplace and more. One of the best-reviewed online counsellors in the UK today, Sarah also has written 3 eBooks and self-help videos for Depression, Anxiety and Not Feeling Good Enough. Over the past decade, Sarah has worked with over 1,000 clients to overcome a wide range of issues with services such as anxiety and PTSD counselling, anger management and bereavement and grief counselling. Clients say working alongside Sarah is life-changing, progressive and they love the results. Sarah previously worked in other industries in the past including IT, Financial Services, Engineering, Energy, the Arts, MOD & the Public Sector.
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Dr Sarah Mundy is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and author of Parenting Through Stories. Sarah has worked with children and families for over 20 years and is a mum to three children, including a pre-schooler. Parenting Through Stories is an approach to help young children make sense of their experiences, particularly those that they, and their parents, found hard to manage. It comprises a series of interactive children’s stories – Bartley’s Books – which have been designed to help little ones understand their feelings and experiences. The stories consider separation anxiety, bedtime routines, tricky behaviour, healthy eating, potty training and the arrival of a new sibling - all perfectly normal experiences in the early years but often challenging ones. There is also an accompanying Parenting Handbook which explains the theory behind Bartley’s Books and provides helpful advice for parents to support their young children’s emotional and behavioural development.
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Sarah Tribe started her career as a physiotherapist in a London teaching hospital and worked clinically for several years before moving into managing and inspecting therapy services. Latterly, Sarah moved into the Health and Social Care sector supporting Care Homes to achieve compliance with CQC regulations and standards. Sarah’s background brings a host of experience and through her work with HCPG enables robust analysis and reporting tools to empower other clinicians in remaining compliant through evidence-based processes.
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Dr Serena Rakha is a GP based in Birmingham. Having finished her Medical Science degree in 2004 she moved to London to study medicine at Imperial College London and stayed on to work in London until 2012 when she relocated back to Birmingham to be closer to her family. Serena has a passion for lifestyle medicine and has been working in the NHS for the past 10 years. As a GP she sees a wide spectrum of patients and is keen to support and encourage her patients into developing small, personalised goals to ensure they live the best quality of life. Her passion for lifestyle medicine is to really understand what matters to her patients on an individual level and to help them reach that goal. Over the last 6 years as a GP, Serena has acquired numerous extended roles in dermatology, as a GP trainer – training future GPs, lifestyle medicine; having completed her Diploma with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, as well as medical writing. She has previously written for Women’s Health in 2020 which ignited her passion to write more and share her experience, expertise and enthusiasm with members of the general public. This desire was the catalyst in her launching her Health Coaching business Fit Habit GP which aims to inspire, educate and inform.
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Dr Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPATH, PHD, DipIBLM is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) as well as being the Co-founder of Plant Based Health Online. She is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer. She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP; 2003). She then specialised in Haematology and achieved a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath; 2008). During training, she took time out to undertake a PhD (University of London, 2011). Shireen founded Plant-based health professionals UK in 2017. Since then, she has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University with the aim of producing high-quality educational material and courses. In 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is also a certified CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) practitioner. She is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society.
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Dr Sonakshi Khorana is a General Practitioner (GP) and Community Dermatology Doctor in the West Midlands. Having qualified at the University of Liverpool, Sonia obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology with Distinction from the Queen Mary University of London. During her time as a junior doctor, Sonia worked in the A&E, Public Health and Women’s Health departments. Sonia is passionate about helping people feel more confident in their own skin and talks openly about the holistic needs of patients linked to their skin conditions, such as patients’ mental health needs. She believes care providers, where appropriate, should endeavour to bridge the gap between primary and secondary care in order to support patients directly in the community, ensuring their needs are managed closer to home. Additionally, Sonia works in a CQC registered medical dermatology clinic where she provides treatments for NHS patients, for example, laser treatment for patients with Hidradenitis Supprativa and is also trained in providing a wide range of aesthetic treatments and offers private consultations for anti-ageing medical and injectable treatments. In her spare time, Sonia likes to bake, trains Muay Thai and spends time with friends and family as well as being an active contributor on Instagram (@dermgp).
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Sue Jackson is both an Accredited Master Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching and a trained Coach Supervisor and Director of Whitespace Coaching and Development. She has particular coaching expertise and personal experience in leadership development, managing transitions and developing relationships. Sue coaches at all levels in organisations to develop authenticity, trust, health and wellness. Sue’s worked as an Executive Coach for the rail industry, BT and National Grid as well as for SMEs and the NHS as a volunteer coach for individuals living with and beyond cancer. Sue is a writer and the co-author and co-editor of the recently published book; Empowerment in Health and Wellness. Her coaching is tailored to the individual and integrates established evidence-based practice and science. Whilst creating a confidential, collaborative and non-judgmental coaching space, Sue helps people recognise and build on their strengths, explore and overcome barriers and master skills for innovative, compassionate, personal leadership.
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Dr Susie Fox is a GP registrar doctor based in Yorkshire. She also works as a physical activity clinical champion for Public Health England and is a qualified personal trainer. Her interests are in promoting physical activity alongside a healthy lifestyle for the prevention of health conditions. Her work with Public Health England allows her to deliver sessions to healthcare professionals outlining the benefits of physical activity and enabling colleagues to have conversations with patients regarding this. Her interests as a personal trainer are in encouraging beginners and those with long term health conditions to get active and achieve a long term lifestyle change. In her spare time, Susie enjoys walking, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
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In January 2017 Tasha was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. She considered herself fit, healthy and very conscious of how diet affects physical and mental wellness. After invasive surgery and subsequent chemotherapy, in August 2017 she was given the "all-clear", but the overwhelming feeling of not knowing what living a "normal life" meant began to take over. She had to do something to change how she felt about living. She wanted to do everything to give herself the best chance at staying alive which included; homeopathy, acupuncture after chemotherapy sessions, joining online forums, etc...She wanted to be active in her recovery and is sure this conscious decision enabled her to survive and thrive. Tasha found Neuro Linguistic Programming(NLP) after deciding to invest in an NLP-based session to help improve her confidence whilst speaking in public, and this reinvigorated her curiosity in communication skills. She is a qualified Master Practitioner and founder of Let's Make Time. Using the NLP tools, Tasha helps people improve their everyday experiences, sharing NLP digital wellbeing sessions for teams of people, focusing on helping them create balance whilst working from home; helping blended families communicate successfully; helping parents feel good and helping cancer patients deal with critical illness diagnosis & treatment.
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The Urology Foundation is a registered charity that works across all urology conditions such as the 5 urology cancers (prostate, testicular, kidney, bladder, penile), kidney disease, BPH, erectile dysfunction and benign conditions that can blight peoples life such as incontinence. Working with researchers, urology and health care professionals they are improving the nation’s urology care. The Urology Foundation is dedicated to beating all urology diseases through cutting-edge research and leading education and training to ensure that fewer lives will be devastated.
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Toni Fenton is a Nutrition Advisor, Member of the Royal Society for Public Health and owner of The Eat Well Kitchen based in Henlow. Through her own very personal journey, Toni has fused her experience as a trained chef with food education, bringing a holistic approach to healthy eating and recipes. Toni is passionate about inspiring and guiding others in discovering healthier ways of eating whilst also discovering how to adapt meals and transform leftovers. Toni runs healthy cooking courses and is keen to motivate others with mindful eating and healthier food habits.
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Wendy O’Brien is the founder of Northern Star Mentoring. As a coach, business consultant and international speaker, she is passionate about transforming healthcare and helping health care professionals connect with their patients and clients. With over 20 years of experience in managing all aspects of practice management, Wendy has worked with many businesses enabling them to grow their bottom line and has empowered numerous teams to ultimately deliver the impact and results they desire. Wendy has worked with well-established clinics to transform existing processes as well as being involved in the planning and implementation of new clinics. She has extensive experience across a number of disciplines including Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Massage and Nutritional settings; which makes her perfectly placed in her field of expertise.
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Zara Qualified as an Osteopath from the British School of Osteopathy (now the University College of osteopathy) in 1992 following a background in microbiology at the Bristol Royal infirmary. She started Walnut Grove Clinic in Portishead on the outskirts of Bristol, in the same year and is impassioned by supporting her clients holistically with a wide range of therapies and treatments.
She has taught osteopathy at the University College of Osteopathy, sat on their board of directors and has helped to train GPs and Sports medicine consultants in NHS teaching hospitals and at Bath University.
Zara is a British, European and World Speed champion in Windsurfing and holds the women’s windsurfing 500m world speed record. As an accomplished athlete, she was perfectly placed to be one of a group of healthcare professionals who looked after the British Team at both the Sydney and Athens Olympics as well as athletes at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. Her unrivalled experience, dedication and enthusiasm are just some of the outstanding qualities she brings to both her patient’s support and other healthcare professionals she trains and supervises.
This year she de-registered as an osteopath to enjoy semi-retirement but will still see some patients and help with mentoring the younger members of the team at Walnut Grove.
The outstanding qualities she brings to both her patient’s support and other healthcare professionals she trains and supervises.
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Mr Ziad Harb is a dual-fellowship trained Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in sports injuries, all aspects of trauma, fractures and limb reconstructive surgery. Ziad has a particular interest in foot & ankle conditions, acute and chronic sports injuries, and non-surgical and surgical treatments including the latest evidence-based techniques and procedures. Ziad has over 16 years of experience, undertaking his specialist orthopaedic training on the South-East Thames rotation, and working at some of London’s most illustrious university teaching hospitals. He trained with highly eminent and internationally recognised Orthopaedic Surgeons and completed two world-renowned fellowships, in complex trauma and limb reconstruction surgery at the Rowley Bristow Unit, followed by a specialist foot & ankle surgery fellowship at Guy’s Hospital, London. Ziad is heavily involved in the teaching and training of medical students and junior doctors. He is an educational and clinical supervisor for junior doctors, a faculty member and instructor on a number of national courses and an invited lecturer at King’s College London University Medical School. Ziad is a member of the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (BOFAS), Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTS), and British Limb Reconstruction Society (BLRS).
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