Alex Howard Group

Our Team

Ana Bárbara Pereira

BSc(Hons) Nuclear Medicine, IHDip, Dip.Clin.Hyp.NLP.Coach

Ana Bárbara’s interest in integrative health and psychology began while dealing with her own chronic illness. Having spent most of her career working in imaging settings for the NHS and research, she realised that the constant state of stress she was under was hindering her healing. With disappointment in the support provided by the conventional medical system, she started exploring alternative routes for healing on her own.

Her journey then begun by exploring her own thinking patterns that perpetuated the stress state and by learning about different holistic approaches to mind-body wellness. With the inspiration received from the practitioners that helped her in this challenging phase of life, Ana retrained as a Therapeutic Coach with the OHC and did her Master’s level 7 diploma in Integrative Health with the National Centre for Integrative Medicine.

Alongside with her qualifications, Ana brings her own experience in dealing with her own chronic illness and in helping patients navigating challenges of attending hospital appointments for their conditions (e.g. procedural anxiety). Ana is passionate about sharing the healing word and teaching people strategies they can employ to reach better life balance that is sustainable over time.

Our Team

 Jess Thompson
Clinical Director

Jess completed a psychology degree in 1995 followed by a PGCE in primary education and, after a 10 year career in teaching...

Alex Howard
Founder and Chairman

Alex Howard is Founder & Chairman of The Optimum Health Clinic, which he set up after his own 7 year struggle with ME...

Ana Bárbara Pereira

Ana Bárbara’s interest in integrative health and psychology began while dealing with her own chronic illness...

Bebe Kohlap
Practice Manager

Bebe entered into nutrition quite unexpectedly when she went to an open day at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, just to...

Charlotte Thomson

Charlotte initially trained as a musician and worked as a performer and teacher for several years before embarking on...

Claire Sehinson
Head of Research and Protocol Development

Claire is an educator, researcher and functional medicine trained nutritional therapist. Claire has over a decade of...

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