Health Optimising London
Clinic Team

About the London Clinical Team

We have taken great care to employ caring and compassionate healthcare specialists who are friendly and excellent at communicating with patients. We share a passion for being at the frontier of the emerging field of technology-based medicine and solving health challenges.

For Optimal Health Assessments and Re-Tests you will see a Senior Clinician (SC). These practitioners will be naturopathic or medical doctors or senior nurses.

For other Assessments and Treatments you will be cared for by a Clinician or a Patient Care Assistant (PCA). These Patient Care Assistants will be therapists, nurses or health care workers..

Therapies and Services are offered by experts in their field who all share the same optimal healthcare vision.

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Senior Clinicians and Clinicians

Lisa Steel ND

Clinical Director and Naturopath

One of the UK’s leading naturopathic physicians

Lisa is the Clinical Director, responsible for setting the direction and principles of Health Optimising UK and inspiring the team.

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Catia Soares  BSc MSc MBANT CNHC

Psychologist, Master in Forensic Psychology and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist

Catia has worked in the statutory and voluntary sector for the last 10 years delivering one-to-one and group therapy, counselling and psychosocial support to people with enduring mental health issues, entrenched substance use and history of homelessness, abuse and offending behaviour. 

She further specialised in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy at CNM College London to enrich her work with clients and combine her two passions: Psychology and Nutrition. 

Catia has always been passionate about supporting patients to lead more a fulfilling and happier life. She offers integrated mind, nutritional and lifestyle support for patients who want to achieve optimum health through positive emotional & mental well being which may include anxiety and depression, recovery from alcohol/drug dependency or disordered eating.

She works holistically, incorporating the principles of humanistic psychology, trauma informed psychotherapy, compassionate focused therapy and naturopathy.

Bridget Batty - ND BHSc (Nat) MANP

Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist

Bridget completed her BHSc degree at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Australia, where she was guided by Melbourne’s leading clinical naturopaths and nutritionists.
A warm and vibrant Clinician, Bridget respects each patient’s individuality as key to the success of their Health Optimising Plan. She is passionate about a holistic, individualised and integrated approach to healthcare.

Danielle Berends Adv. Dip Nat., Dip.Bot Med., Dip. Hom. mANP

Naturopath and Skin Specialist

Danielle is an experienced Naturopath having qualified from the internationally respected Australasian College of Natural Therapies in 2005.  

She has practiced in both Sydney and London using a combination of nutrition, herbalism and lifestyle focus to educate and empower people to live their best, most dynamic life - health really is wealth.  

Danielle understands the language of the body and listens when it speaks - not silencing symptoms, but finding the root cause of ailments and facilitating the body to really heal from within.  

She is a true believer in the skin being a barometer of your health and as you feed your body nutritious beneficial foods so you should feed your skin with non-toxic beneficial nutrients and with that in mind she founded the artisian, natural beauty brand ILOVESKIN.  

A warm, caring practitioner here to help guide you to optimal health.

Aliyyaa Spring-Charles ND BSc (Hons) MRN MCHNC

Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist

Aliyyaa is the founder of Hope Spring Clinic based in Hertfordshire, an internationally known Registered Naturopath and President of the General Council of Registered Naturopaths and the British Naturopathic Association.  

Drawing on the fields of Western complementary medicine and naturopathic medicine, Aliyyaa integrates these models for the promotion of well-being, prevention and treatment of dis-ease. She combines her multi-disciplinary approach with the latest breakthroughs in functional medicine, laboratory testing and evidence-based research. This integrative treatment approach is in complete harmony with Health Optimising and has proven hugely successful in treating a broad cross-section of patients with complex illnesses and conditions in the UK and across the world.

Jessica Andersson BSc (Hons) mBANT CNHC 

Nutritional Therapist and Chef

Jessica is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, experienced chef and recipe developer. She has a regular food and nutrition blog as well as writing features and recipes for a range of websites and publications. She specialises in the low FODMAP diet and helping to support people requiring individualised diets for a number of health conditions including coeliac, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, low weight and weight loss, working both with families and individuals.

April Galbraith BA, DipCNM, mANP

Naturopathic Nutritionist

April is a Naturopathic Nutritionist passionate about patient individuality.

She is a warm, calm and caring practitioner who believes in each person honouring their true self and finding the path they love in life. After many years spent working within a range of sectors supporting physical and emotional well being, April understands that everyone ultimately needs nourishment and love in order to thrive. With this in mind she will always strive to understand each patient as an individual, play a part in broadening their understanding of what true wellbeing can feel like for them and support their wellbeing journey in every way she can. As well as Nutrition, April loves to support patients in all areas of lifestyle, encouraging them to understand what truly excites them and supporting them in following their dream.
On a personal note, April is a keen outdoors enthusiast with a passion for cold water swimming and capturing nature and magical memories on camera.

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Patient Care Assistants

Wenche Johannessen

Nurse and Phlebotomist (Norway)

Wenche is calm, caring and experienced Patient Care Assistant, dedicated to ensuring that patients have the best experience throughout their health optimising treatments.
She has worked with a range of patients including cancer care. Her breadth of experience includes running labs and assisting doctors in hospitals, general practice and specialist medical clinics.

Gaynor Martin

Registered Nurse RN

Gaynor is an experienced Registered Nurse specialising in renal nursing. She worked for ten years in dialysis, ITU and the transplant unit where she set up and ran Consultant Clinics and offered a Home Care Service to teach and assist patients with their treatment. More recently she has been working in the fields of respiratory and infectious diseases in both the NHS and private hospital settings.

Gaynor is excited about being part of the Health Optimising Clinical Team. She welcomes the opportunity to gain new understanding of what is possible and enjoy a career at the forefront of new technology based medicine.

Raffi Dyer BA

Patient Care Assistant

Raffi completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology whilst on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Oregon. During this time she experienced the importance of nutrition and naturopathy to maintain peak performance. After graduating she began training as a Nutritional Therapist and Naturopath and will qualify this year.

Raffi joined Health Optimising at its foundation and facilitates a number of treatments at the clinic. With her warm nature and caring manner, she works hard to make sure that the client feels supported on their health optimising journey. 

Associate Clinicians

Natasha Kazarina MSc (Western Herbal Medicine), PGDip (Naturopathic Nutrition), NIMH, CPP.

Medical Herbalist and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist

Natasha is a part of a family where herbalism has been practiced for many generations, and she herself has more than 30 years’ experience. She is a practicing Medical Herbalist and completed her MSc at the University of Middlesex. She practices a combination of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal medicine. She has also studied Endobiogenic Endocrinology, Naturopathy and Nutrition. Natasha believes that an individual, therapeutic and deeply humanistic approach is the best way to empower her patients. Her non-invasive, holistic treatments perfectly complement the Health Optimising approach.

Henry Johnstone

Coach and FreeMind Rapid-Change Therapist

Henry is a Coach, FreeMind Rapid-Change therapist, Mentor and Podcaster who is passionate about helping people transform their lives. He knows that life can throw unexpected challenges our way, and movement forward can often seem the most impossible task.

Henry believes one thing above all others: “You are more powerful than you know”.

He coaches because he believes in the power that we all have within us to create something truly special from our lives. Henry coaches people through exploring
their vision for life, and helps them transform not only their lives but every facet of their mindset and belief system. He is a highly intuitive coach and creates non-judgemental, powerful and transformative spaces where people feel empowered to be bold, fearless and dynamic in their transformation.

When not coaching Henry can be found on his podcast "The Inner Warrior" where he interviews inspirational people about how they completely transformed their

Dr. Ying Cheng, PhD

Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor

Dr Ying is a graduate of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has more than 10-years of experience in acupuncture and herbal medicine, specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of chronic conditions including IVF & Fertility, PCOS, Menopause, Insomnia, Stress & Anxiety, Digestive & Respiratory Diseases and Skin problems.

She also has great success with Trigger Point Therapy for Musculoskeletal pain, Spinal and Back pain and other pain symptoms including cancer pain.

Dr Ying also treats patients with bespoke Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and her breadth of skills are the perfect complement to Health Optimising.

Loulla Antoniou

Clinical Thermographer, Homeopathic Bioregulatory Medical Therapist and Aesthetic Practitioner

Loulla is a graduate in Homeopathic Medicine and leading practitioner in Homeopathic Bioregulatory Medicine and Bio-puncture and Homotoxicology.

She has wide experience in these fields enabling her to offer teacher training in Homeopathic & Aesthetic Mesotherapy & Homeopathic Therapeutic Bio-puncture.

Loulla is also a Certified Clinical Thermographer and will be offering HD Imaging Medical Thermography to Health Optimising patients.

Her passion for beauty from within and wide ranging gifts significantly expand our Natural Beauty offering.

She is a Certified Aesthetic Practitioner in dermal fillers and Aesthetic Mesotherapy and also offers Notox (Natural Botox)

Loulla is registered with these professional associations - ARH, CMA, IAMT, NAANT,The Society of Homotoxicology and Anti-Homotox GB

Alethia Lee DipCh, MARCH, CNHC

Colonic Hydrotherapist and Metabolic Balance Coach

Alethia has a Diploma in Colonic Hydrotherapy from the Institute of Professional Colonic Hydrotherapy (IPCH) and is a member of the the Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH) and Complimentary Natural Healthcare Council Registered (CNHC). She has studied body detoxification, nutrition and cellular health extensively and is passionate about health & wellness. Alethia is also a qualified Metabolic Balance Coach.

She is driven by first-hand experience of a transformational health journey, which continually motivates her to support patients on their health journey great or small! Her truly adaptive nature enables her to connect with patient’s need and provide bespoke optimal health treatments.

Meena Mistry BA (Hons), ABNLP, TLTA, ABH

Master Practitioner of NLP, Coaching, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnotherapy

Meena is an Internationally Accredited Master Practitioner & Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Coaching, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnotherapy

She is deeply passionate about working with and nurturing people to be able to take responsibility for their own mental health and wellbeing.

Meena began her journey by exploring how the tools in advanced neurological technologies can assist our mind and human potential to perform and succeed in our lives, and help us to find the path to what we truly want to accomplish.

In the heart of Sydney, Australia, she qualified in NLP, Coaching, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnotherapy. Her practice utilises a combination of these modalities, to eliminate past negative emotions, blockages and traumas, helping to bring personal and professional empowerment and focus on excellent outcomes physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Meena also combines Huna Techniques in her specialist Breakthrough Sessions. Huna follows the ancient wisdom and teachings from the Hawaiian Islands, and is the most beautiful and synergistic process to partake in.

She is a true believer in unlocking the power of what we hold our mind and our heart to make profound breakthroughs, based on the process of working with both our Conscious and Unconscious minds, bringing integration, equilibrium and oneness.  

Anne-Marie Bealing BA (Hons) QTS

‍Teacher of Mindfulness 

Anne-Marie worked in secondary schools, very much involved with pastoral care and specialising in children with learning difficulties. She was so encouraged by the results that Mindfulness had on herself and the mental and academic well being of the children that she trained with Enter Mindfulness and The Mindfulness In Schools Project to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to children and adults. 

She then continued her development to train with Breathworks so that she could offer Mindfulness based approaches to Pain,

Anne-Marie has been running private courses either one to one or group sessions. She has also worked in Complementary Services at Ipswich Hospital delivering Mindfulness to cancer patients and the volunteers of the hospital. 

Her patients speak for her - "Anne-Marie is a lovely, kind and compassionate teacher-also very human and a great sense of humour!"

She is a very welcome addition to the Health Optimising Team as we fully embrace the power of the mind in optimal health.

Alex Calamaro M.Ost

Osteopath and Naturopath

Alex obtained his master’s degree in Osteopathy and Naturopathy (joint honours) from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.

This whole body, in-depth training gives him a unique perspective which is the perfect complement to the health optimising treatment pathway.

He brings a specific skill set in detecting and treating health imbalances using osteopathic techniques which include joint manipulations, mobilisations and soft tissue techniques, among several therapies that he offers

As a former swimmer,martial arts and rugby player, Alex also brings his sporting experience to help make connections between the physical and psychological aspects of his treatments.

He comes from a multi-cultural background and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.