UK Clinical Director Lisa Steel, ND is one of the UK’s leading naturopathic doctors in practice for over 25 years. She is passionate about guiding and educating patients on complex health issues and optimising health and wellbeing naturally.
Health Optimising is a worldwide health clinic operation founded by Thomas Aksnes, a dynamic visionary, internationally recognised in the field of health technologies.
We have taken great trouble to employ caring healthcare specialists who share a passion for being at the frontier of the emerging field of technology-based medicine and solving health challenges. For Optimal Health Assessments you will see a Senior Clinician (SC) who will be a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Natural Medicine. For other assessments you will see psychotherapists, naturopaths or nutritional therapists. For treatments you will be cared for by a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) who will be a therapist, nurse or healthcare worker.
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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.
Educating people to be able to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing using non-invasive, natural and supportive means is her mission.
Robert is a leading hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and behavioural coach, working both in the UK and internationally. He qualified as a hypnotherapist in 1991, gaining further training in NLP, cognitive therapies, EMDR, mind coaching and EFT. He was awarded an Honorary PhD in Social Sciences by Universitas Sancti Cyrilli,Malta in 1995.
He offers a variety of psychotherapy and personal development disciplines, including life coaching and maximising mindset. Robert has supported many high-profile public and sporting personalities, including royalty and prominent members of state, where he is highly valued for his overriding confidentiality and discretion. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio both in this country and overseas, together with articles covering his work in the national and international press.
Robert has written books on goalsetting and effective approaches to mental relaxation. He is a specialist in the resolution of anxieties, phobias, PTSD, emotional wellbeing in cancer, IBS management, mind-fertility connection and psychoneuroimmunology, as well as mind psychology coaching to boost business and sport performance.
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.
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.
Dr. Priti earned her Medical Bachelor’s degree in Naturopathy & Yoga Therapy from India and was awarded a Gold Medal for academic excellence. She further specialised in Nutrition, Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine at CNM College, London. She has been practicing for over 11 years and also offers her services at a UK Registered Charity treating clients of different ages with a range of health concerns.
Dr. Priti’s Naturopathic care addresses the root cause of health problems, incorporating both traditional and modern Natural Therapies and treatment modalities. She offers an individualised, holistic approach including lifestyle and dietary changes, home remedies and much more to assist the body in returning to a healthy balanced state. Yoga in a therapeutic approach is her specialisation.
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.
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.
With over 20 years experience Steve is a very personable Osteopath &
Naturopath,trained in the all-encompassing Health Optimising methodology.
To this he brings his unique skill set of identifying mechanical, biochemical and psychological imbalances to help patients to make positive changes to optimise their health.
A typical protocol would include Health Optimising therapies, nutritional medicine and supplements, homeopathy and his additional specialisms of osteopathy, cranial osteopathy and deep neuro muscular massage.
Emma is NHS trained in venepuncture and worked as a Phlebotomist and HealthCare Assistant in General Practice. She has also been a hospital Chemotherapy Assistant and Theatre Assistant.
She now works for us as a Patient Care Assistant supporting our team of Senior Clinicians and is trained in Health Optimising treatments. Emma is also running our new Phlebotomy service.
With a degree in Health Communication from the University of Bielefeld and work in an orthopaedic practise in Germany, Anna has international experience in the Health Care sector. Her role has been to communicate with patients and guide them through their treatments. This experience, together with her caring nature and desire to support patients to optimise their health, makes her an ideal 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.
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 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.
Aliyyaais the founder of Hope Spring Clinic based in Hertfordshire, aninternationally known Registered Naturopath and President of the GeneralCouncil of Registered Naturopaths and the British NaturopathicAssociation.
Drawing on the fields of Western complementary medicine andnaturopathic medicine, Aliyyaa integrates these models for the promotion ofwell-being, prevention and treatment of dis-ease. She combines her multi-disciplinaryapproach with the latest breakthroughs in functional medicine, laboratorytesting and evidence-based research. This integrative treatment approach is incomplete harmony with Health Optimising and has proven hugely successful intreating a broad cross-section of patients with complex illnesses andconditions in the UK and across the world.
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 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.
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.
Since 2010 Soraya has worked with clients in both corporate and personal contexts to increase their confidence and personal effectiveness, turn around relationships, overcome stress and anxiety and achieve their personal and professional goals.
Soraya firmly believes that each of us is on a learning journey doing the best that we can with the resources that we have at the time. She loves to work with clients who want to become their best selves and make sustainable, positive changes. Clients describe her as“engaging, empathetic and inspirational”. These qualities and her approach makes Personal Coaching with Soraya the perfect complement to Health Optimising.
Soraya gained her NLP qualifications under the tutelage of co-creator John Grindler, ITS founder Ian McDermott and Robert Dilts. She holds a certificate in coach-mentoring from the OCM, a BA Hons in Linguistics from Reading University and a Certificate in Organisational development from NTL.
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
Alex offers in person and online personal training.
She is a Certified Level 4 Personal Trainer who believes that movement and physical strength are fundamental to optimal health and well-being. She knows that by integrating regular exercise into your lifestyle, it will become a source of strength, stability and enjoyment with both internal and external benefits.
Alex takes her clients through bespoke progressive programs in order to build strength and functional movement from the foundation up, focusing on exercising smarter, not harder.
Alex has a competitive sporting background and is currently enjoying a personal venture into Olympic Weightlifting! When she’s not in the studio, you’ll likely find her donning her hiking boots to explore the great outdoors or working on her creative hobbies.
Yvonne graduated 13 years ago with a BSc Honours degree in both Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Five Element acupuncture, her studies also included western medicine. She has been in private practice since then and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
The aim of acupuncture is to treat the root cause of a problem, not merely suppress the symptoms. Her approach to treatment is gentle,thorough and sensitive and she aims to provide the best possible care for her patients, focusing on their individual needs. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and great support on their health optimising journey.
Research on conditions acupuncture can help with can be seen at www.acupuncture.org.uk.
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.
Romanian born Lumi is a qualified MLD and Bowen Practitioner who has been practicing in the UK for over 15 years.
She is a fully registered member of MLDUK, College of Bowen Studies, NHSTA, LSN and Laterlife Training.
Lumi’s skills are the perfect complement to Health Optimising. She is fully qualified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage/ Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy, Bowen Technique, Tripudio Movement,and OTAGO Strength and Balance Training Leader for the Frailer and Elder Person
Lumi has worked within the NHS as Technical Instructor in Hand Therapy and more recently worked as a Lymphoedema Therapist at St George’s Hospital in London. She is very passionate about her work and also enjoys working voluntarily at The Fountain Centre, part of St Luke’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
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.
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.
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.
Joanna is a theatre maker, performer, poet and artist with a 22 year teaching and facilitation practice within educational and health & wellbeing organisations, is a member of the Authentic Artist Collective and runs the Kitchen Sink Artist Collective. She is passionate about creative education, exploration, and practice as a central building block of whole hearted and healthy living, and provides tailored experiences that give her clients transformational skills and tools to embed life changes thereby optimising health, heart and wellbeing.
Joanna is passionate about creativity as a health and community building tool, about mediation, and about self-inquiry processes that lead to deeper levels of self-knowledge, acceptance and consciousness. She works with groups and with individuals of all ages.