I originally studied visual communication and worked in design agencies for approximately 10 years before I decided that I wanted a change – to do something more worthwhile and to make a difference to people lives.
It was at this time, I was working full-time and training hard in my spare time to compete nationally and internationally at Ultimate Frisbee. Feeling fatigued in every sense and with digestive issues, I went to see a nutritionist. That is where my nutrition journey started. It took a few years before it occurred to me this was the career path I wanted to take and I am thoroughly enjoying it! While I am always looking to learn more about how good nutrition can help people achieve their goals, I feel the progress I have made with my personal health issues has provided me with experience and empathy to help others.
Qualifications & Governing bodies
I studied at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in Richmond and am a qualified and registered Nutritional therapist and Nutritionist. I am governed by BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) and a member of CNHC (The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). I am fully insured to work with clients and also abide by the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) rules.
It is no understatement to say that Steph has rescued my life, significantly improving the quality of it. I used to have severe digestive issues which resulted in many uncontrollable bowel movements per day (being any kind of distance from a toilet was challenging to say the least), feeling weak and shaky, dazed and forgetful, chronically fatigued and, at times, feeling on the verge of passing out.
Years of trying various things with the NHS - from numerous tests to dieticians and specialist gastroenterologists - couldn't shed any light on the cause of my issues. As time went by I started to suffer mentally as well as physically. A friend suggested I try a nutritional therapist and recommended Steph. Until this point I had no idea of the scope of a nutritional therapist's work. I thought they just suggested what to eat and drink to be generally healthy. It turns out it's a great deal more than that! Having undertaken some tests via Steph's contacts, it turned out that one of the issues I was suffering with was a parasite living in my intestinal tract.
Thanks to Steph's timely intervention, I am now on the mend and although I'm not back to full strength I feel significantly more human again. Fingers crossed that with Steph's continued help my digestive issues will further improve and return to some kind of normality. Dave