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.
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.
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.
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.
Helena is a hugely experienced clinician having spent over 35 years working in the UK as well as Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary and Malta.
Her specialist field is autism, and she is passionate about combining holistic therapeutic and educational methods to help children with ASD, ADHD and learning difficulties. She is trained in autism awareness, special educational needs, CBT and sign language which all support her natural empathy and ability to truly understand her patients and support their family.
Helena was a pharmacist, and also an active member of humanitarian organization of voluntary charity during the war years in the former Yugoslavia.
She has an amazing depth of clinical skills and additionally practices reflexology, herbal medicine, holistic natural therapies (massage,candling, moxa, cupping), as well as teaching Shaolin Qi Gong exercise.
Her skills and intuition enable her to treat the body,emotions, mind and spirit as one, enabling patients to optimise their healthand quality of life.
Helena is registered with GCRN and CNHC
Benjamin has over 14 years therapeutic experience practicing in an integrative way drawing on Person Centred, Psycho-Dynamic, Transactional Analysis, CBT and Transpersonal conceptual models.
This means that he works in a caring and relational way; supporting you to use your intrinsic resources for change, personal growth and healing.
If your existing coping strategies aren't working you no longer need to feel alone and isolated with your problems. Benjamin provides a safe and supportive space for you to initiate transformation in your life, and you will be treated in a compassionate and respectful way.
Benjamin’s varied work experience across the retail, corporate finance and social care sectors. allows him to relate to individuals from diverse backgrounds. Alongside his private Feel Supported practice his talking therapy experience encompasses Westminster Mind, Fresh Start, The Caravan and NHS SLAM. He has received awards for his outstanding community contributions.
Benjamin is a huge advocate of the importance of the mind in whole body healing and will be offering Voice Analysis Assessments, Optimal Weight Plan support and Transpersonal Psychotherapy, as well as guiding the Well Mind Team.
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.
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.
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.
Henry is Health Optimising's Master FreeMindRapid Change Therapist.
He feels deeply passionate about helping Health Optimising patients heal and recover from emotional challenges. The nature of Rapid Change Therapy promises quick results from emotional difficulties, using a combination of therapy, hypnosis and music therapy, Henry works with the subconscious, casual reasons of your problems. that have been previously locked away.
Whether it's healing Inner Child Trauma from a complicated past or freedom from anxiety, depression, addiction, or anger, it is all treatable under Henry's expert care. Rapid Change therapy is about living a fuller, more exhilarating life and embracing one's gifts and personal power.
Henry's skill is evident in the numerous clients who have made giant steps forward in their lives!
When not working with Health Optimising, Henry runs his private therapeutic practice from his home in London. Henry also runs the UK'S only Tansformational Metalwork Retreat. The first of its kind in the UK, where the patient attends three days of metalwork, confidence-building,and therapy.
One area he specialises in is family work. Henry works with each member of the family as an individual.
By working with members of the family as individuals, it means that past pain is healed, love is rediscovered and embraced.The result is a family healed, a family functioning, and most importantly, a family whole. Family members show up as empowered individuals and not as a sum of a fractured past. Working with families has resulted in Henry being named "The Family Whisperer". Henry can heal and transform families from the inside out.
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.
Nathan helps people in all areas to map and re-programme their inner mind to improve their results, their relationships, and the way they live their lives.
He has an eclectic mix of incredible life experiences. From living in Brazil and training martial arts through managing the customer services for “Time & Fortune” magazine while living in Amsterdam.
Through all this he’s witnessed first-hand how leaders (at work and at home) are pushing themselves to greater lengths to achieve results and just finding unhappiness; imposter syndrome, workplace anxiety, disconnect, addictive patterns and burnout. As a result, Nathan went on a personal quest to understand Leadership Mechanics at a whole new depth and found so much more, subsequently qualifying as a Rapid Change Therapist (RCT).
He knows we need people stepping up into their full potential, he believes every one of us is a leader and he knows at this moment we need people making a difference to themselves and those around them. People who are fully aligned, congruent and authentic. Who feel safe in themselves in order to do great things. And he knows this is possible.
Outside of ‘work’ Nathan’s either having fun with his wife and daughter, studying modern shamanism, or growing his own fruit and veg.
Brenda is passionate about a child’s development and mental wellbeing. Her integrative holistic approach is based on the belief that children have the internal drive to achieve wellness. She uses a wide range of creative arts-media and play to enable her patients to communicate their inner experiences. Together they develop skills to deal with life's challenges now and in the future.
Brenda trained as a specialist Play and Creative Arts Therapist for Children and Young People after running her own early years setting for over a decade. More recently she has worked in several West London primary schools delivering Play and Creative Arts therapy, providing a safe place to process challenges like bereavement,extreme anxiety, dyslexia, low self-esteem, domestic violence,aggressive behaviour, depression, exposure to alcoholism and autism.
As a mother herself, Brenda believes it is essential to adapt to our children’s way of life and keep up to date with new techniques and developments in the area of child and adolescent mental health.
She is a member of PTUK's Play and Creative Arts register, which requires her to maintain a high level of competency by undertaking continuous professional development.
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 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.
Maria is passionate about IV Infusion Therapy, an effective way to deliver nutrients, vitamins, and medications directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and making nutrients available for immediate use. With supplements you may only be getting 10%-15% of the vitamins in your system,whereas with IV drips you will be getting 90% absorption of vitamins. IV Infusion is an integral optimal health therapy.
After her own struggles with skin and heath conditions due to post-partum stress and lack of sleep, Maria strives to live a more holistic, toxin free life, and is on a mission to help others better understand the connection between the mind, body and skin. Maria came from a family of chefs and fitness and nutrition was always important to her. She grew up dancing and is also a Zumba instructor who plans to run an online Zumba programme for mums.
Loulla is a Licensed Homeopathic Practitioner and leading practitioner in Homeopathic Bioregulatory Medicine and Bio-puncture and Homotoxicology.
She has wide experience in these fields enabling her to be a Principal Trainer 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 in energetic medicine healing is elevating frequency vibrations, releasing emotional and physical stagnated ailments and enhancing the vital force and wellbeing.
Knowing the importance of the largest organ our skin, Loulla specialises in healthy skin aesthetics and biorevialization for youthful vibrant natural looking beauty.
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
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.
10 years fitness industry experience has really defined John as a coach who gets the most out of his work when he knows that clients are getting the most out of their training. His style is laid-back, and he has a genuine interest in helping beginners and intermediates get 'better' at fitness. A lot of John’s clients have never exercised in a gym before, and one of the best parts of his role is altering the misconception of what having a personal trainer is meant be like.
He is interested in finding what types of exercise you enjoy the most. Fitness shouldn't be something that you dread and one of the most rewarding things for John is working with clients to a point where not only do they look forward to training sessions, but they feel that both their mental and physical health has improved as a result. This is what makes TWN a perfect complement to Health Optimising.
John helps clients to focus on how they perform, rather than how they look. He wants to help you realise what your body can do, acknowledge any limitations, and help you find a way to exercise that is both challenging and enjoyable.
Like all TWN trainers, John will always put together a programme recognising that each client is an individual.That means that having a thorough understanding of what makes his clients tick is paramount to him providing the best training sessions that he can, but it also means that he builds trusting and lasting relationships.
John’s own training focuses on Olympic lifting which he sees as an incredible sport that is complex and requires a wide range of skills, both physical and psychological.
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.
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.
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.