You are an Osteopath and Nutritional Therapist that has also undergone extensive Functional Medicine Training. What drew you to Functional Medicine?
If you look at the body through a musculoskeletal lens, you will only find musculoskeletal dysfunction. However, when you dive deeper into the physiology of the individual patient, you might see that it is blood sugar dysregulation, gut dysfunction or environmental toxins that are setting the scene for developing lower back pain, headaches or frozen shoulder.
Trying to understand those intricate connections between a person’s systemic health and musculoskeletal dysfunction was what drew me to Functional Medicine. It was the urge to do more for my patients, to provide them with a healthcare service they deserve and allows them to experience true healing that is what led me to become a Functional Medicine Practitioner.
How would you describe what you do?
I aim to identify the root cause of dysfunction, in order to help the body regain health and vitality. I use different manual therapy and instrument-assisted soft tissue techniques (dry needling, cupping) to restore balance in the body. In order to achieve long-lasting treatment effects, I complement my hands-on approach with personalised nutrition, lifestyle and supplement protocols as well as auricular acupuncture. Unsuccessful behavioural change is often a barrier to recovery. Thus, I often use hypnosis with my patients to overcome those barriers, and regain full control over their own health.
You are also specialised in Paediatric Osteopathy. What conditions do you see and treat the most in babies and toddlers?
The sudden change from being inside the mothers womb, to being an independent human being requires the infant to physiologically and psychologically adjust within a few hours. Some infants struggle a little during this time of change, and present with:
- Difficulties with feeding and latching
Osteopathy is a great tool to help these infants to adapt to their new reality of self-regulating their own physiology.
Other conditions I commonly see include:
In toddlers and older children, I always screen for milestone development. I tend to see the following
conditions most commonly:
- Growing Pains
What attracted you to working at Central & Stanley Wellness?
Applying Functional Medicine successfully requires a multidisciplinary care team. Ever since starting my journey into Functional Medicine I have been on the lookout for a Clinic that has successfully integrated Osteopathic Care into a Functional Medicine model. To my knowledge, Central & Stanley Wellness is the only practice that has achieved this successfully, and therefore, becoming a part of this multidisciplinary team was a dream long in the making that has now become a reality.
Do you have a favourite book?
When I’m not reading up on current research, I really enjoy reading self-improvement books. The one that has had me hooked this year was Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights. Reading this book was not just about diving into someone else’s biography, but a reminder of what it means to be human, the obstacles life comes with but also the easy ride, the green lights. Highly recommend!
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Before I started University, I travelled the globe for two years. So it is safe to say that travelling will be back on my outside-of-working hours activities once Covid has passed.
I also enjoy dancing and yoga, any type of intuitive movement really. Podcasting, reading and exploring new places are all things that I enjoy doing in my free time. And finding good coffee shops :-)
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