Alex Howard Group

Our Team

Sarah Benjamins

Nutrition Support

Sarah grew up in a food conscious environment, raised in the 1970s by one grandmother who had been an army cook, another who was a ‘pollo-vegetarian’, and a working mother who believed in the importance of freshly prepared food. She also saw the effects of food sensitivities in her younger brother, demonstrating the potential power of what we put in our bodies.

Sarah is a natural systems thinker with degrees in Environmental Biology (Manchester), Urban Regeneration (Liverpool), and Personalised Nutritional Therapy (CNELM). She also has an interest in the impact of childhood trauma on physical health and emotional wellbeing, and has contributed her research skills to two books on related subjects. With her own experience of chronic, unexplained, and invisible fatigue related illness, Sarah has experienced first hand the power of Nutrition and Lifestyle in supporting our health and happiness, and she finds it immensely rewarding to be working amongst like minds at the OHC.

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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