Louise is a Registered Nutrition Practitioner, and the first and only European practitioner certified in the Shoemaker Protocol (relating to Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, known as CIRS). She is also a certified Bredesen Practitioner, a Nutritional Genomics Counsellor and contributes regularly to professional publications as well as regularly presenting to both public and professional audiences as a speaker.
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”.
I would say that my niche found me! Having a complex health situation myself all the threads of my own journey came together when I learned about Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). I realised that if looking at the immune system through this lens explained my situation it must be relevant to others too.
I started with a Diploma course through the Plaskett College and the course was transferred to Thames Valley University (now the University of West London)where it became a BSc in Nutritional Medicine. I did the course part-time so I could self-fund and keep working, which I did until just before I graduated. I had always had an interest in Nutrition but it was a friend who gave me the final nudge to actually finding a course and getting started. I’ve been in clinical practice for 12 years.
As I am also a Director at Colabs my days are fairly busy. I review results for clients that have come in overnight at around 6am for an hour, then spend some time with my family. Once they have gone to school/work and I’ve walked the dog I am usually back at my desk by 8.45 am. I typically do Colabs work in the morning and then spend the afternoons undertaking clinic appointments.
Deanna Minich has always been my professional heroine! I love the way she brings food to life with her focus on colour and phytonutrients, and celebrates the creativity that we all have inside us.
A sides from my degree I think it is developing a practice that has had longevity and meant that I have been able to work with some incredible clients over the years.
There are two. I use a stool test with most clients, and I also recommend a Fasting Insulin Resistance Index (FIRI) test to many clients too. Gut health is such a key part of what I do as a practitioner so that’s almost a given. The FIRI gives clues as to someone’s metabolic health and helps me to get to grips with the kind of dietary approach that might work best initially.
Believe in yourself and network as much as possible. I was given some great advice when I qualified, and that was that it can take 5 years to build a sustainable practice, so keep plugging away and keep believing in yourself. Specialising can help, but don’t be in a rush to find it, it may find you as it did with me!