Director of Nutrition – Helen Lynam, BSc, mBANT, NTCC
Helen spent her first career as an Engineer with British Airways, rising to Senior Manager. Having lost one close member of her family to chronic disease she was inspired to study nutrition when another close family member overcame a dire prognosis through dietary changes and supplementation. After gaining a first class degree in Nutritional Therapy Helen established herself in two busy private clinics seeing clients with a range of disorders, before joining the clinic team at The Optimum Health Clinic. In her spare time, Helen runs healthy eating evening classes, is a subeditor of a journal for nutritional therapists and she also lectures to degree level in nutrition. Helen is known for her tenacity and determination to get to the root of a problem, always done with a sense of humour and lightness of touch which can help make the process enjoyable.
Kirsty Cullen, BA (Hons), DipBCNH, mBANT, CNHC
Kirsty worked within the executive recruitment industry for 10 years, operating at senior management level. Her interest in nutrition began as a consequence of health issues experienced by her daughter. Having investigated ways in which to support her daughter’s health, Kirsty was inspired by the improvement in her daughter’s condition following the application of nutritional therapy principles and dietary change. This proved to be a turning point both personally and professionally and Kirsty made the decision to pursue a career in nutrition, later graduating from BCNH – UK College of Nutrition.
Kirsty joined the team at the Optimum Health Clinic in 2011- having experienced her own mother’s struggles with M.E., she was inspired by the specialist focus of the clinic. In addition to her work with the Optimum Health Clinic, Kirsty runs a private clinic in Shropshire, seeing clients with a wide range of health concerns. She is also passionate about educating children and runs classroom-based workshops for primary school children, to promote a greater understanding of the benefits of healthy eating. Kirsty’s approach is both empathetic and encouraging – she strongly believes in equipping her clients with the ability to take control of their own health, via an improved understanding of the impact of nutritional balance and dietary change.
Tara McKearney, BA (Hons), DipION, mBANT
Tara’s interest in nutrition stemmed from learning to manage severe Repetitive Strain Injury after years of long hours sitting at a computer in her job in academia. By following an anti-inflammatory diet and taking good quality supplements, Tara was able to reduce her pain substantially. After seeing the positive effects a change of diet could have on her health, Tara decided to pursue a career in nutrition. While studying for her nutrition qualification, Tara became interested in digestive issues. Having worked and travelled in Asia and South America for most of her 20s, Tara was left with compromised digestion. Again through nutritional changes, she was able to overcome the complaints she had experienced since returning to the UK. Since qualifying Tara has run a clinic in central London and worked at a chiropractic clinic in Kent. In these clinics she has specialised in digestive issues including IBS, parasites, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Tara is well liked for her warm and friendly approach.
Lesley McLauchlan, DipBCNH, MBANT, NTCC, CNHC
Lesley chose to study food and nutrition having suffered from ME as a teenager. She witnessed the amazing effect that changing her diet could make, and went on to fully recover and spend the first part of her career in the food industry. Marriage and children followed (Lesley has two sons). Approached by the headmistress of a local school, Lesley was instrumental in helping the school become one of the first in the UK to have a 100% organic menu. Put forward by parents, she was a finalist in the Daily Telegraph Best School Meals competition in 2005. Subsequent years have been spent furthering her education in nutrition and keeping up to date with the latest research, as well as running her own successful practice. Lesley also spent two years with a London clinic specialising in food intolerances and candida. She comments on nutrition and health for her local BBC Radio station, and advises several well-known food retailers on nutrition. Well known for her calm and positive manner, she brings a wealth of wisdom to the clinic team, and her experience of using the clinic’s nutritional protocol in helping children and teenagers, as well as adults, back to health, make her an invaluable asset.
Sarah Wragg, BSc.(Hons), mBANT, mCNHC, mRSM
Following a career in the aerospace and defence industry, Sarah’s passion and interest to improve her own personal health led her on a journey to study Nutritional Therapy. Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree accredited by Middlesex University, she has successfully worked with a number of clients with varying health concerns at London and Berkshire based clinics. Following her degree, Sarah enjoyed mentoring under-graduate students to support them through their Nutritional Therapy studies. Sarah was also mentored by the Editor of the science magazine I-Nutrition (CAM) to become a health writer and still enjoys writing today. Sarah is actively engaged as a Nutrition Consultant for a new food product line and is particularly involved in the research and development.
Sarah aims to understand her clients’ needs through careful questioning and research. She greatly believes that both ‘mind’ and ‘body’ impact each other and therefore need to be in harmony and at ease in order for health to improve. She strives to help her clients understand the actual issues and causes impacting their health. Sarah combines her compassion and understanding, with her skills as an NLP coach to support and encourage clients to achieve their goals and take control of their health.
Angela Walker, BSc Nut. Med., mBANT
Before training in Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Angela had a successful career in the Advertising and Marketing Industry, developing and running advertising campaigns for a number of consumer brands. This background helps Angela to communicate the benefits of good nutrition in a clear and concise way to her clients and the wider public. The relationship between what we eat and how we feel had always fascinated Angela. Experimenting with an elimination type programme in 2004 led to a transformation in her mental clarity and energy and she felt compelled to embark on a nutritional therapy degree programme.
Angela’s particular areas of focus are digestive health, female health, including the endocrine system, cardiovascular health & metabolic syndrome. She aims to inspire clients to think differently about the power of food, learning how to harness the biologically active ingredients in whole foods whilst keeping their taste, flavours, colours and textures as close to nature as possible in order to support optimal health.
Angela has a BSc in Nutritional Medicine from Thames Valley University, enjoys teaching and lecturing, and is a clinic tutor at University of West London. She is currently additionally completing an MSc in Nutritional Medicine at Surrey University. Angela also served as a Director and council member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the professional body for Nutritional Therapy in the UK. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and registered with the Government funded register for Complementary Medicine, CNHC.
It was during Elspeth’s 10 years working in the IT sector, for financial institutions and International NGOs, that she experienced first hand how effective nutrition could be to improve health and hormone imbalance. Energised to share this life-changing information with others, she made a decision to follow her passion and retrain into nutrition.
After obtaining a First Class degree in Nutritional Therapy with CNELM (Middlesex University), she went on to establish a busy nutrition practice in central London consulting with clients to address a wide range of health concerns and running stress management programmes. Elspeth has also delivered contracts for nutrition education colleges and supplement companies. She has lectured at a tertiary level and is a regular contributor to health and sports nutrition magazines. Elspeth first crossed paths with the Optimum Health Clinic while completing her NLP Master Practitioner training in 2012 – she ties this together with her knowledge of functional medicine and passion for good food to help her clients discover the power they have to shape their journey to better health.
Sanna Anderson, FdBSc, DipION, mBANT, NTCC, CNHC
Sanna spent the first 10 years of her career in the financial industry in the City enjoying the challenges of the corporate world. She has always been a keen cook and is passionate about good food, but it wasn’t until experiencing the dramatic effects of a diet change on her own health that she realised the impact good nutrition can have on the quality of life.
Since graduating, Sanna has been running her own successful nutrition practice in London and more recently in Dorset. She has a special interested in stress related health issues, digestive disorder and children’s health. She has also been working with a number of restaurants in improving their offering and helping them better understand the nutritional values of their menu options. Sanna is a regular lecturer at a nutrition college in Finland and presents nutrition and wellbeing talks to corporates.
Sanna joined The Optimum Health Clinic in 2005 whilst still studying for her nutrition degree. She initially held an administrative role and after graduating she joined the clinic’s nutrition team in 2007. In 2010 Sanna took a break from her nutrition career to look after her young twins.
Sanna has an in-depth knowledge and practical understanding of CFS/ME the unique challenges each client presents with. She is passionate about helping her clients regain control over their help and wellbeing. Sanna has a warm and caring approach and is well liked by her clients.
Claire originally trained in classical piano with a special interest in the therapeutic effect of music on mental health. She suffered from Chronic fatigue in her late teens which inspired her to become a Nutritional therapist after transforming her own health using functional nutrition.
As a firm believer that her recovery was due to nurturing mind and body harmoniously, she became an NLP practitioner to help clients with complex chronic illnesses work towards psycho-emotional (as well as physical) wellbeing.
Claire has a MSc in Personalised Nutrition with a passion for communicating cutting-edge research in an accessible way. She currently lectures in Biomedicine to first-year Nutrition students and runs regular workshops in music therapy. She believes that everyone has the capacity to understand their body and transform their health and is committed to assisting and empowering anyone who wishes to embark upon this journey.
Julia Alderman, BSc, DipION, mBANT, NTCC, CNHC
Nutrition and healthy living have always been a huge part of Julia’s life. She has used nutrition to overcome her own health problems and is passionate about giving others the knowledge and support needed to regain their health too. Julia has a background in science with an honours degree in biology, and after graduating she went on to follow the path of nutritional therapy.
On completing her training, Julia worked as the residential nutritionist for a five-star hotel in Cyprus where she ran a variety of detox programmes for guests from all over the world. She has since held a busy nutrition clinic in central London treating a range of chronic conditions, as well as presenting nutrition workshops and writing articles. Julia’s approach combines her strong scientific knowledge with her holistic understanding, and she is popular with patients for her compassionate and encouraging style.
Ludmila Enticott, BSc(Hons) Nutritional Therapy, mBANT, CNHC reg, Nutrigenetic Counsellor (NgC), cPNI practitioner
As an experienced practitioner, Ludmila focuses on translating complex science into practical and effective clinical strategies for clients. She approaches nutrition in light of evolutionary biology in order to make sense of how human physiology adapts to the surrounding environment. In her drive to understand physical symptoms, body and mind connections, she has studied different fields which provide her with a variety of tools to help clients understand and work with their own bodies in a progressive manner.
Ludmila gained a first class BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy from the University of West London and has continued to research physiological pathways which underlie hard-to-explain symptoms. She has also studied Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology (cPNI) at post-graduate level with Natura Foundation and she applies her combined clinical skills to empower individuals with the knowledge they need to make positive changes.
Ludmila is a dedicated therapist particularly focused on the individual needs of her clients and the importance of clear explanations to help clients make informed decisions towards optimal health. Personal relevance and participation from clients are considered essential for the success of Nutritional Therapy. The impact of other lifestyle aspects including emotional health, physical exercise, mental attitude and epigenetic programming is integrative to the therapeutic work developed in clinic and reflects the focus on each individual taken as a person whilst considered within his or her contextual history and circumstances.
Tammy started her career in management and was definitely in the ‘work hard, play hard’ category.
Whilst having a career break to enjoy her two young girls, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through every surgery and treatment possible to ensure she would be sticking around for them. After taking stock of all that had happened and her family medical history (stress, depression, alcoholism, arthritis, cancer) she decided it was time to make some changes!
Through better nutrition and supplementation her post treatment fatigue faded away and she started to feel herself again, so was inspired to train as a Nutritional Therapist to help others with chronic conditions improve their health. Although Tammy has seen clients from all walks of life, she has specialised in supporting patients through cancer treatment, fatigue and stress related conditions. She likes to think of herself as a health detective, taking guess work out of supporting your journey back to health and most importantly helping you get the most out of life!
Being an avid home cook and having managed many a restaurant, she has been known to hold healthy cooking workshops – so in her spare time is usually found in the kitchen (creating recipes), drinking herbal teas (slightly addicted) or exploring new places on foot.