BSc, Nutr. Med., Pg. Dip., mNNA, CNHC Reg., IFMCP, mNAP
Louise holds a BSc in Nutritional Medicine. Louise’s clinical practice is based on her professional status as a Registered Nutrition Practitioner. She is a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association and Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), representing the highest level of professional accreditation available in the UK at this time for Nutritional Therapists. Louise is also qualified to undertake blood draws and is a member of the National Association of Phlebotomists. She is committed to post-graduate study and regularly exceeds annual Continued Professional Development (CPD) targets set by the NNA and CNHC.
In 2018 Louise became the first European practitioner certified in the Shoemaker Protocol (relating to Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, known as CIRS) and is still the only nutrition professional to be certified. Louise became a certified Bredesen Practitioner in 2016. The Bredesen Protocol was created to support those in the early stages of cognitive decline with nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Louise also certified as a Nutritional Genomics Counsellor when she was a member of BANT, and where she was a Director, Committee lead and inaugural Head of Communications. BANT, along with the NNA represent the gold standard for Nutritional Therapists.
Louise’s interest in nutrition began at an early age due to having significant immune and digestive system symptoms. A life-long interest in food developed from this which led to a change of professional direction. As an adult Louise was diagnosed with an auto-immune infertility condition.
“Having a health issue that for 6 years could not be identified was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life, especially as it affected my ability to maintain a pregnancy. I had to be patient and wait for science to catch up with me, which thankfully it did”.
The experience of harnessing the latest science and blending that with integrative care has become key to Louise’s professional approach today and why she likes to work collegiately with other professionals such as Doctors and Psychologists. “Each has their place in patient-centred care, and for my part I love working with people to optimise their health through nutrition and a natural approach”.
Louise understands that it is important to not feel restricted with foods and has a positive perspective on food choice and the value of good nutrition. “I and other members of my family have both food allergies and food intolerances so I am well placed to support others with creative ideas when it comes to a free-from approach”.
Her own experiences led Louise to the clinical focus she has today. This focus is centred about our interface with the world around us. What are the messages that are received about what is a threat, or not? Then how is our immune system going to respond to this and what effect might this have on the wider body? Our own resilience and our underlying genetic communication are intimately involved in this process and these are the things that help to make up what our health themes are going to be.
“My passion for nutrition started early in life. Now I am fortunate enough to work with people on a daily basis, sharing my own experience and knowledge for the benefit of clients who want to work to make health changes. Taking that first step isn’t easy; it wasn’t for me and my own health path wasn’t linear, but when you are ready, and decide to make a journey, it is the corrections to that course that make the difference. Even now, I still need to make revisions for myself, but it is mastery of the course correction that gives the opportunity for greatest success”.
Louise contributes regularly to professional publications and is an engaging speaker, regularly presenting to both public and professional audiences.
Louise's favourite foods are avocado, asparagus and figs.
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