Alex Howard Group

Our Team

Jana Papajova


After working in fashion for over a decade, a chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis brought Jana to The Optimum Health Clinic, as one of our clients. Her healing journey was so profound, she decided to retrain as a Nutritional Therapist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Since graduating, Jana has been running her own successful nutrition practice in London and working as part of the Autoimmune Clinic team, before joining The Optimum Health Clinic as a practitioner.

Jana has been fully recovered for several years and is on a mission to help others to thrive and feel their best.

Having experienced the condition first-hand, Jana can relate to and empathise with her clients. With Jana, you get the warmth and support of a non-judgemental friend with the knowledge of an experienced functional medicine practitioner, who will go above and beyond to find the root cause of your symptom(s).

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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