Director of Nutrition – 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.
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.
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 (Functional Medicine). Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2010 accredited by Middlesex University, she has successfully worked with a number of complex client cases at London and Surrey based clinics.
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. By using her skills & knowledge of years of experience plus the latest laboratory testing available, Sarah aims to get to the root cause and ‘think outside the box’ with her clients health concerns. 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.
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.
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
Emma has been working as a Nutritional Therapist building up her own business over the last 15 years in South-West London, whilst looking after her two children. Her interest in nutrition began with noticing how quickly her young son’s extreme fatigue improved through some fundamental changes she made in his diet. Having suffered also herself from Chronic Fatigue, she finds great satisfaction in helping others recover from this and other crippling diseases and brings a high level of empathy, enthusiasm and dedication to help those suffering. As a tremendous enthusiast for nutrition, she has also enjoyed successfully coaching groups of people to improve their health and lifestyle, as well as educating children in nutrition at school. Emma trained with CNELM and her Degree in Nutritional Therapy is linked to Middlesex University. She is an Associate UK graduate in Functional Medicine, has trained in NLP and enjoys keeping up to date with all the latest advances in nutritional science. In her spare time she loves to walk her dogs and explore/be in the countryside.
Having worked in senior roles in the fashion industry most of her career, a cancer diagnosis caused Sara to explore the life changing benefits of complementary and integrative medicine to assist her recovery and stay well.
The power of natural medicine resonated so much with her that she embarked on a three year course to retrain as a nutritional therapist and naturopath. She has built up and been running a busy private clinic ever since.
Sara offers her clients the knowledge that comes from being fully qualified as both a nutritional therapist and naturopath, plus the empathy and understanding gained from her own personal experience with and recovery from complex and serious illness. Sara has worked mainly one-to-one with her clients in clinic, alongside working with companies such as Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Adidas, Refinery29, Elemis, IMG Models, SimilarWeb, Women’s Health Magazine and many more with their wellness events, health writing and on a consultancy basis.
Sara has a breadth of knowledge and experience across many diseases and health conditions with a particular interest in gastrointestinal issues, female health, food intolerances, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, cancer support and weight management. Sara is a passionate and caring nutritional therapist and naturopath with acute sensitivity to her clients’ needs. Sara has a proven track record having successfully encouraged transformative health changes to hundreds of individuals using an integrative approach that encompasses conventional health science, the latest studies and developments in medicine, coupled with a range of holistic therapies and traditional nutrition.
Helen spent the first 15 years of her career in marketing and advertising where she held various senior management roles. It was during this time she experienced a life threatening health condition which triggered her passion for health and nutrition. She retrained with CNELM (Middlesex University) gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Personalised Nutrition and Diploma in Nutritional Therapy.
Since then Helen has established a private clinic in Berkshire providing nutritional therapy and runs talks and programmes to groups, schools and corporates on specific health subjects and the role of nutrition. She is also a clinic supervisor at CNELM where she coaches students training to be a nutritional therapist.
Having had ME herself, Helen has experienced the physical and mental complexities and challenges that such a condition can bring and is passionate about helping others who are experiencing such chronic and complex health issues.
Helen has an informative and motivating style which she uses to provide facts on health and food by using every day language so that people feel inspired and well equipped to make appropriate changes to support their individual health goals.
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.
Having recovered fully from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia and complex illness, Claire has a wealth of personal experience and knowledge to share. She has completed an MSc in Personalised Nutrition, AFMCP (Functional medicine in practice), NLP practitioner training (neurolinguistic programming) and clinical neuroscience modules whilst contributing to research in Autistic spectrum disorders.
Claire has a passion for teaching and demystifying illness for her patients and will bring a sensitive, gentle and practical approach to the consultations.
Claire has lectured in Biomedicine and continues to teach Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at several of the top nutritional therapy colleges in the UK. She contributed a chapter to Case Studies in Personalised Nutrition (a textbook for health practitioners and students).
Before starting a career in functional medicine, Claire was a classical pianist in training and now works with individuals in the music industry with a focus on psychiatric and mental wellness, addictions and overall resilience in a very challenging and pressured industry.