Energising, Reframing Healthcare and Bringing Optimism
BSLM is an independent, evidence-informed, non-profit-making and diverse regulated charitable organisation dedicated to promoting Lifestyle as Medicine as per our mission statement with honesty, transparency and integrity.
In particular BSLM recognises the primacy of science, and promotes the adoption of practical tools in management of the wider determinants of lifestyle related disease. BSLM does not adhere to any single approach to nutrition, and encourages a range of dietary approaches that are supported by appropriate scientific evidence. It has no religious affiliations and no political affiliations.
BSLM is registered as a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance which has (free) membership for properly constituted Lifestyle Medicine Societies around the world. We are regulated by the Office of Scottish Charities Regulator and produce annual reports and independently verified accounts for lodging and public scrutiny.
Our income derives from membership subscriptions, some educational events and Lifestyle Medicine Certification exam fees. One third of the exam fee is paid to the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine which has ‘ownership’ of the exam. All other outgoings relate solely to BSLM activities including running educational events for society members, health professionals, students and members of the public.
All the Trustees are elected at our AGM and serve out their duties very diligently. None of the Trustees benefit financially from membership of BSLM. Those who are doctors are encouraged to register their financial interests with http://www.whopaysthisdoctor.org
There are no pre-requisites to membership beyond an assumption that the BSLM mission statement resonates with members and with which they agree.
BSLM members include GPs and medical specialists, allied health practitioners, public health physicians, educators, and researchers. We advocate for a multidisciplinary, multi-system approach to the chronic disease problem and we provide education, training and support for members in their practice of Lifestyle Medicine.
The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Lifestyle Medicine has been shaped by the natural evolution of Medicine. It is an established approach that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. It combines the broad facets of modern healthcare practices with the deeper understanding of being human. In the 21st century it has never been more important as a concept. And that is to create a society and an environment, from cell to community, which nurtures healthy longevity.
It requires an understanding and acknowledgement of the physical, emotional, environmental and social determinants of disease. Hence the LM practitioner will engage with patients and operate within a boundary of evidence-informed medicine. One where the patients’ ideas, values, mind-set and social context blend with the clinicians’ expertise and also with clinical research outcomes, in order to identify a health-and-wellbeing sweet-spot which is unique to the patient. Thus empowered, the patient will be enabled to take control of their health destiny.
Importantly, Lifestyle Medicine has a wider responsibility to recognise upstream determinants of disease and to promote population health, to protect ecological health and to reduce health inequity. This requires a realistic team approach and recognition that not one discipline or profession alone can meet our health needs.
Trustees & Directors
Dr Rob Lawson BSc MBChB MRCGP FRCGP Dip BSLM/IBLM
BSLM Trustee and Chairman
Having qualified in Medicine in 1975, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP in Scotland. His principal interests have been primary and secondary prevention of disease and the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. As well as leading his NHS team to the highest awards for quality (2003-2013) he founded a charity in 1991 providing weekly activity and support in venues around East Lothian for sufferers of long term conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, lung disease and frailty. He has retired from NHS practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare. In 2016 he co-founded BSLM, a registered charity, to promote the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare professionals and the public. On a personal note he is a cancer ‘survivor’.
- Chairman British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM)
- Board Member of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine
- Fellow and Assessor for the Royal College of General Practitioners.
- International Editor of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
- Secretary UK Shared Medical Appointment Contact Group
- Founder and Trustee of ELCRG (SC021161) and very part-time clinician for Core-Health.com
Mr Laurence Stewart MD, FRCS, FRCS (UROL)
BSLM Trustee and Treasurer
Mr Laurence Stewart graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1982. He gained a wide experience across all surgical disciplines before training in Urology in Aberdeen and Belfast and subsequently specialising in female and reconstructive urology in Cardiff, Christchurch New Zealand and Duke University in North Carolina USA. He took up a post as Consultant Urological Surgeon in 1996 and has introduced a wide range of reconstructive treatments to Edinburgh, most recently establishing botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for urinary incontinence.
He was a research fellow in Belfast for two years, studying bladder cancer, achieving his MD thesis in 1994. He has published widely on this and other urological topics. He has authored the chapter on Urological Surgery in Principles and Practice of Surgery and co-authored the chapter on Kidney and Genito-Urinary Disease in Davidson’s principles and practice of Medicine. He retains an active interest in training and is the convener of the Core skills in Urology course in the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He is Chairman of the Science Committee of ICS.
He was the Lead clinician for Urology in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2007, during which time he helped establish minimal access surgery and promoted the role for laser prostatectomy and specialist physiotherapy in both male and female urinary incontinence.
Dr Michael Boyle
Dr Boyle has been a GP Partner at Birley, Sheffield since 1993. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1989 and completed VTS in 1993.He has an interest in medical education and is a Foundation Tutor, supervising and training postgraduates. For the last three years, he has been working for NHS Sheffield as a clinical commissioner – having led on projects in prescribing, neurology and open access neuro-radiology pathways. His clinical interests include mental health, dermatology, cardiovascular medicine and respiratory medicine. He is also a Trustee for Saint Wilfrid`s Day Centre. He leads on ‘Shared Medical Appointments’ and Lifestyle Medicine in Sheffield.
Dr Barbara Phipps BMedSci (hons) BM BS MRCGP
Trustee and Membership Director
Barbara grew up in Northern Ireland and graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1997 with BMedSci (hons) BM BS. She completed her GP training in 2001 and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She currently works as a GP Partner in an inner city training practice in Edinburgh. She has a particular interest in how lifestyle affects health and strives to help her patients make positive lifestyle changes that enhance their health and wellbeing. Barbara completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Obesity Care in 2016.
Dr Tommy Wood
Dr Tommy Wood is a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington Department of Paediatrics, and Chief Medical Officer of Nourish Balance Thrive, an online-based company using advanced biochemical testing to optimize performance in athletes. Tommy has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. Alongside his career in medicine and research he has published and spoken on multiple topics surrounding holistic approaches to health, including modelling disease such as multiple sclerosis and insulin resistance using engineering techniques in order to better understand their aetiology.
Dr Tamsin Lewis MBBS BSc HONS LON MRCPsych
BSLM Trustee, Psychiatrist and elite triathlete
Medical Doctor (Kings College, London) and former GB Elite triathlete. Specialist Interest : 4P medicine. Preventative, Proactive, Personalised and Predictive. After years of running a performance health consultancy – www.curoseven.com – Dr Tamsin is launching a new company Fibr Health in early summer 2017 which brings your bio-data to life through smart technology – making understanding, engaging and creating a strategy for health both now and in the future seamless. Dr Tamsin has a compelling journey, overcoming a number of severe health problems to become an Ironman triathlon winner, mum and entrepreneur. Denoting herself a ‘people puzzler’, reflecting her predilection to engage with difficult ‘cases’, one of her main interests lie in the diagnosis and management of lifestyle induced endocrine dysfunction and strategic use of bio-similar hormones alongside a comprehensive nutritional approach.
Dr Yasmin Ohlsson MRCGP
Trustee and member Education Group
Yasmin is a UK-trained GP who recently moved back from Abu Dhabi where she worked with individuals and the community to raise awareness of lifestyle related conditions. A representative of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization, she is actively involved in promoting Lifestyle Medicine among clinicians and the public.
As a trained coach and a member of the International Coach Federation, she uses coaching to create lasting lifestyle change and also works with healthcare professionals and teams, helping them manage the challenges and pressures that a career in health brings.
She is involved in international medical education and believes that educating and empowering the next generation of doctors on the science and value of Lifestyle Medicine is a key element in combating the growing global burden of chronic disease.
Yasmin also writes on health and wellness related topics for print and online media.
Dr Punam Krishan MBCHB MRCGP DFSRH
MRCGP Trustee & Regional Director Glasgow
Punam is an experienced GP, who has worked with patients from varying social and ethnic backgrounds in both London and Glasgow. This has given her a modern understanding of the complex health and lifestyle issues facing our cross-cultural communities today. Through her years of experience as a primary care physician and an educationalist, she developed a strong passion for all aspects of lifestyle medicine. This was intensified through personal illness, allowing her to learn, first hand the power of self-prescribing lifestyle strategies. Punam has a niche interest and expertise in mindfulness and its role in enhancing wellbeing and patient healthcare.
Punam is a proud second-generation Indian, born in Scotland but nurtured by a family of Ayurvedic and homeopathic doctors. Self-proclaimed to have been raised on “turmeric and Irn Bru”, Punam has an uplifting take on Lifestyle Medicine. Punam is training to teach yoga, to allow her to combine her medical and lifestyle expertise with yoga to create a bespoke form of exercise for both mental and physical wellbeing.
Modern day medicine has gradually become more reactive rather than preventative to disease. Punam creates unique lifestyle strategies for patients and the wider public to prevent chronic disease setting in and believes this is true anticipatory care planning. This firmly echoes the definition by the WHO of health being “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Through prescribing evidence-based lifestyle medicine to our public, there is no reason why we cannot together create and empower people to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Dr John Sykes MBBS BSc. MRCGP
Trustee & Director, New Graduates
John is a GP with a keen passion for lifestyle medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of East Anglia, having previously completed a Cell Biology BSc. (Hons) at Durham University. John has always been a keen sportsman which set him up to be interested in sport and exercise medicine. This fuelled a passion for exercise medicine which incorporates using exercise as a method to cure, treat and prevent many non-communicable diseases. He became a director of a group called Move Eat Treat, worked for Public Health Wiltshire and has organised several conferences around physical activity and lifestyle medicine for doctors and medical students including the inaugural RCGP Lifestyle Medicine Conference 2017.
John is a keen sports man having represented both his Universities at 1st team football and completed a sub 3-hour Marathon in Berlin. He still plays football every Saturday and enjoys running with the occasional charity run as well as various aspects of strength and conditioning training.
Dr Jodie Blackadder MRCGP DFSRH RAF
BSLM Trustee & Director on Education Group (Chairman)
Jodie is a GP currently undertaking a three-year junior lectureship which combines clinics in the Armed Forces and NHS, with teaching GP trainees and undertaking research in Primary Care. She first came across BSLM at the Severn Faculty Lifestyle Medicine day. She felt an immediate sense of kinship, based on a shared aim, with most of the other attendees and found something she’d been searching for: a group of clinicians dedicated to evidence-based lifestyle change.
Since qualifying as a doctor in 2009, Jodie found that she had received training in everything from cardiology to dermatology, but very little on lifestyle medicine, the prevention of disease and preserving health. Now she has made it her mission to ensure that other medical trainees do not also miss out on the fascinating world of lifestyle medicine by promoting lifestyle medicine curriculums for undergraduates and further training for postgraduates.
In her spare time she enjoys running (slowly!), skiing and horse riding – basically anything that gets her outdoors with her husband and dogs!
Dr Angela Goyal
BSLM Regional Director Yorkshire
Angela is a Portfolio GP and has an extended role in Dermatology.
She has had an interest in Lifestyle Medicine for many years – starting in childhood! Her parents did not have a medicine cupboard. Although Angela did not appreciate it back then, she was raised to consume various traditional Indian spices and nutritious foods to combat illness.
Angela enjoys encouraging Lifestyle interventions in her patients with chronic disease and is also sees good results with her dermatology patients. She is also active in promoting the Lifestyle Medicine message more widely.
She is one of the co-founders and Chair of The Yorkshire Wellness Group.
She blogs about health and is active in the media writing, presenting and co-directing her own Health Show in which she focusses on encouraging people to link lifestyle choices with optimum health.
She writes for the popular press and has also written articles for peer reviewed publications.
Angela is active in Medical Education and speaks regularly both at local and national medical conferences on Dermatology, Food as Medicine and Portfolio GP Careers.
Angela also runs her own educational events for GPs on Lifestyle Medicine and Career Development through http://www.inspiredmedics.co.uk.
At work her passions are Dermatology, Transformational Medical Education and Lifestyle Medicine. Outside work she enjoys hill walking, cycling, tennis, healthy cooking and family time.
Dr Kate Little MBChB (Ed) MRCP MRCGP (Merit) DFFP DRCOG PGCert (Merit) AFMCP 2018
BSLM Regional Director SE England
Kate has worked as a doctor in the NHS for over 23 years in a variety of medical and educational roles. She currently works as a portfolio GP in Surrey.
Her other roles include working as a Clinical Champion for physical activity with Public Health England and as a Clinical Lead for the GP health service which supports doctors who are struggling with mental ill-health.
Kate is passionate about Lifestyle Medicine and Wellbeing. She runs workshops around physical, mental and emotional health both within and outside the NHS and writes regularly on wellbeing for the National Association of Sessional GPs.
In 2016, she launched a website for doctors “PhysicianBurnout.co.uk” talking about mental ill-health and burnout in clinicians, sharing stories, including her own, and tips on alternative career options.
Kate has always loved being active and outdoors, especially in the mountains. She is a keen tennis player and runs regularly to keep fit. She practices yoga and mindfulness and is on Instagram as DrKateLittle or Twitter as katelittle71
Dr Anna Katharina Huette MRCGP DFSRH DipBSLM/IBLM
BSLM Regional Director Cornwall
As a GP as well as yoga teacher Anna is passionate about public health in particular health promotion, the encouragement of self-management and the de-medicalisation of chronic conditions.
Anna is currently combining work in the acute / out-of-hours setting with sessional work at GP surgeries in Cornwall.
As a certified Lifestyle Medicine physician Anna is planning to explore the use of group consultations for chronic conditions in the GP setting and organise educational events for both health care professionals and the public.
Anna completed her medical degree in Germany in 2011 at which point her passion for surfing took her to the surfable coast of the UK. Anna worked between Pembrokeshire, Devon and Cornwall for several years before completing her GP training in Cornwall.
Anna’s sabbatical in 2017 took her to several tropical surf destinations, India as well as to Nepal where she much enjoyed volunteering for the NGO PHASE Worldwide Nepal.
Anna received the ‘BSLM prize for Research/Evidence-based Care’ in June 2018 for her ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’(YHLB)-Pilot.
The pilot focused on the implementation of the gentle, beginner-friendly and evidence based 12-week ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’-programme for NHS patients with chronic back pain.
The ‘YHLB’-pilot showed impressive results not only in regard to reduction of pain, anxiety as well as depression but also regarding opioid medication use.
Anna remains part of the ‘YHLB’-Steering Committee and is always happy to be contacted by health care professionals who would like to offer this evidence based programme to their patients / community.
Dr Helen Lawal MBBS BSc DFSRH MRCGP
BSLM Regional Director Yorkshire
Nigerian born and Yorkshire bred, Helen works as a GP in Leeds. As a former athlete and athletics coach Helen has always had a keen interest in sport and exercise, Intercalating in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds University in 2006. She graduated from the UCL GP VTS in 2015 and spent the first 3 years of GP life working in Sexual Health alongside being a salaried GP, then a locum with Yorkshire Medical Chambers. Working at both Leeds Student Medical Practice and across Harrogate, Leeds and Bradford has given her a real insight into the needs of a range of demographic of patients and inspired her to fully embrace lifestyle medicine.
In compliment to this Helen has become a Health Coach, undertaking her training with The Health Coach Institute. She believes health coaches as “Masters of Habit Change” are instrumental in the lifestyle medicine approach and that the transformational coaching skills she is developing are a powerful tool in creating lasting behaviour change for her clients and patients. With this new skill set and a real passion to promote LM she has recently been appointed as Lead GP for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness for One Medical Group and is working to roll out NHS lifestyle medicine clinics alongside a private wellness centre in Harrogate.
As a portfolio GP, Dr Helen also works as a media doctor. She co-presented the Channel 4 series How To Stay Well which aired in mid 2017 and is now co-presenter of Channel 4’s successful series, Food Unwrapped.
Helen practices mindfulness, meditation, exercise (yoga, HIIT and weight training) and nutrition in her personal life which she discovered as part of her own personal health journey, advocating these to patients as part of a lifestyle medicine approach. She likes to start each day with a meditation and an avocado!
Dr Mike Banna
BSLM Regional Director South England
Mike Banna (@drmikethe2nd) is a GP in West Sussex, and his interest in lifestyle medicine was sparked by his own fitness journey. Having spent most of his life overweight and inactive and being on and off different diets, he set himself a 5 year plan about 5 years ago, and this time it worked. This got him thinking about what works (and why it works) to effect lifestyle change and he set out to try and learn more about nutrition and mindset. He believes that while science and evidence are fundamental to lifestyle change, they fall flat without a balanced real-world approach. He has written articles for Spectator Health, GrenadeFit, and Pulse, as well as a personal blog on Medium, and in a bid to promote balance as part of a healthy lifestyle was recently involved in a YouTube series on gin (Fit TV).
Dr Andreas Schenk MBBCh FCPsych
BSLM Director of Mental Wellbeing
Andreas was born and raised in South Africa, a country with a rich heritage in outdoor living and healthy lifestyle tradition. After qualifying as a medical doctor in 1992 he worked as a General Practitioner with a special interest in treating Chronic Fatigue and during his specialist training he participated in psycho-immunology research. He has maintained his longstanding interest in all areas of Lifestyle Medicine, particularly exercise and nutrition, since taking up his first position as a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2000.
Andreas maintains busy independent psychiatric practices in Bournemouth and Southampton and he has enjoyed lecturing and examining other doctors specialising in psychiatry and general practice. Dedicated to a more holistic approach to treatment and prevention of psychiatric conditions, Andreas was a Founding Member of the European Society for Lifestyle Medicine as well as the European Lifestyle Medicine Organisation . He has delivered many successful presentations to health professionals and the general public on lifestyle interventions. He is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Society for Ecological Medicine.
As a psychiatrist with many years of clinical experience Andreas knows that lifestyle interventions such as mindfulness, nutrition and exercise are crucial in recovery from most, if not all, psychiatric conditions. As the BSLM Director for Mental Wellbeing he is invested in encouraging further research into Lifestyle Medicine and raising National awareness of how crucial it is for lifestyle factors to be addressed. He is particularly concerned about the rise in incidence of neurodegenerative conditions as well as lifestyle and environmental factors causing depression in the twenty first century. In his spare time Andreas has trained as a fitness professional. He is kept sane by his family, music, cycling and his Westie.
Dr Anne Swift MB ChB (Hons) FFPH FHEA PGCertClinEd
BSLM Director of Public Health
Anne graduated from Leicester in 2001. Following experience in histopathology, GP and emergency medicine she realised that her real passion lay in preventative medicine and influencing wider systems. She trained in public health medicine in the East of England, winning the Michael O’Brien prize for best performance in the Part A membership exam in 2010 and achieving her CCT in 2015. During training she was fortunate to study public health at Master’s level at Cambridge. She also developed a strong interest in medical education, and is undertaking a Masters in Clinical Education at the University of East Anglia.
Anne’s main role is directing the content and delivery of the public health curriculum at the University of Cambridge Clinical School. Alongside this work she is also the Training Programme Director for the north zone of the EoE public health training programme. Her passion for preventative medicine and improving healthcare remains and is the driver for her work in education; not every medical student will be interested in public health and prevention, but if the attitudes of all medical students can shift – just a little – in favour of prevention, the overall effect will be huge. A population health approach to public health education!
Originally from Cardiff, Anne lives with her young family in Norfolk and enjoys escaping to the North Norfolk coast whenever possible.
Dr Lucy Loveday MBchB MRCGP PGCert Clinical Education (Merit)
BSLM Regional Director SW England
Dr Loveday is currently working as a GP in Exeter. Having qualified as a GP in Bristol in 2013, Lucy then volunteered in Nepal for NGO PHASE Nepal, training and mentoring staff to deliver primary care in remote Himalayan communities. From there grew Lucy’s passion for, and long held interest in post-graduate medical education and lifestyle medicine. Lucy continues to use education as a vehicle to spread the message on self care and lifestyle medicine for health professionals and our patients in the Southwest. Lucy completed two years as an Educator Fellow 2014-2016, upon which she completed a pilot study using Myers Briggs to enhance self-awareness and build resilience in GP Training. This was presented at the RCGP Conference in 2015.
Lucy now works as a Training Programme Director for Torbay and was lead facilitator for the Peninsula GP Graduation Day 2017, collaborating with Clare Gerada and Andrew Tressider to deliver a day themed ‘Thriving in Modern Day General Practice and Looking After Yourself’.
Lucy now lives on Dartmoor with her young family and is an enthusiastic fell runner and wild swimmer.
Outside of her GP work, Lucy also works with the Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) and CPPE to deliver training to allied health professionals and teams and is in the process of collaborating with Run Joy Ltd.
Lucy’s vision to make lifestyle medicine accessible and sustainable for all, facilitating people to live well through training, education and empowerment with a particular focus on health professional wellbeing, primary care teams, enhancing patient care and marginalised groups.
Dr Julie Gray MBChB MRCGP DFSRH BSC (Hons)
BSLM Regional Director NE Scotland
Julie works as a GP in North East Scotland. She has a special interest in pre-hospital emergency care, being both a certified Instructor in this field and a pre-hospital emergency care responder. She has a few years experience also working as a Forensic Medical Examiner, only recently retiring from this role to allow opportunity to expand her interests in lifestyle medicine.
In day to day practice she works with a largely deprived socio-economic patient population and thus has a lot of exposure to patients suffering from chronic diseases and multiple co-morbidities. She has always believed lifestyle modifications to play just as crucial a role in the management of such complex patients and their diseases and to have a huge impact on patients’ emotional, psychological and physical well-being. When she first heard about the BSLM she felt an instant affinity to the Society and its members who mirror her views. Moving forward she is optimistic that evidence-based lifestyle medicine strategies will eventually become an intrinsic component of modern clinical practice.
Julie practices what she preaches in that she immerses herself, alongside her family, in various sporting activities and strives to attain a high level of fitness and well-being. She personally attests to the psychological and physical benefits of good nutrition having made changes to her own lifestyle in recent years.
Dr Christopher George Lutterodt MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCS
BSLM Regional Director
Dr Lutterodt is currently a surgical trainee at Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.
He graduated from University College London (UCL) in 2012. He is a keen sportsman and doctor having represented the University of London Boat Club (ULBC) where he rowed in the men’s VIII throughout university.
During his studies at UCL he also completed a BSc in Trauma Orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital with his research focused on the biomechanics of human movement. He was selected to complete a year of training in Wellington, New Zealand and found himself immersed in the local culture, healthcare system and outdoor pursuits.
He is currently completing a Sports, Exercise and Health MSc at UCL working with elite athletes and using exercise to improve health and prevent disease. This year when he’s not studying you’ll find him at his local crossfit box.
Overall, Chris aims to provide evidence-informed lifestyle advice to his patients as a means to prevent and treat disease.
Dr Helen Garr
BSLM Regional Director, East Midlands
Dr Helen Garr is a portfolio GP working in Nottingham at the University of Nottingham health service and in urgent care with a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing.
She is passionate about the role of lifestyle in preventing and treating ill health and chronic diseases and much of her work focuses on promoting wellbeing in health care professionals and patients.
She has a varied background in psychology and nursing prior to entering medicine and utilises her psychology interest to underpin her work as a coach and mentor for doctors.
She is a PHE clinical champion for physical activity and regularly prescribes physical activity to her patients to help prevent and treat most chronic diseases and mental health issues. Her patients are used to hearing her favourite phrase ‘physical activity is our most powerful drug’!
Alongside her GP work Dr Garr regularly speaks and teaches about wellbeing as a HEE Wellbeing clinical fellow and Nottinghamshire LMC Wellbeing lead. She is also a clinical lead for the GP Health service and sits on the RCGP National wellbeing working group.
Alongside her keen interest in lifestyle medicine Dr Garr can be found running half marathons (slowly!), practising mindfulness and is on social media as TheWellbeingGP.
Dr Ifeoma Monye MBBS, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP, FRCGP
BSLM Regional Director
Dr. Ifeoma Monye is a GP, Consultant Family Physician and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, with a holistic approach to providing healthcare; using conventional and lifestyle medicine frameworks. From very early on in her career, she realized that the appreciation of the connection between our mind, lifestyle, the environment we live in, our social connections and the body, all play a critical role in our state of health and wellbeing. This has underpinned her passion for Lifestyle Medicine for several years now. She has recently returned to the NHS, having spent the last decade, providing Leadership in Nigeria in the field of Lifestyle Medicine. After the completion of her General Practice training in London, UK, in 2001, she went over to Africa with a keen interest to contribute in the establishment of centers of excellence in post graduate training of Family Physicians in Nigeria. A deeply analytical mind, she provides passionate team leadership in the provision of primary and secondary clinical care to patients. A panache that helped her in pioneering Family Medicine Practice in Nigeria with the 2003 establishment of a Department of Family Medicine (incorporating Lifestyle Medicine) at the National Hospital, Abuja, a department she led for eleven years, before bowing out to join the Global movement in Lifestyle Medicine.
Following her training at the Joslin Diabetic Centre and Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Health Coaching with WellCoaches USA, in 2014, she founded the Brookfield Centre For Lifestyle Medicine, Abuja, Nigeria; an organization with a mission to establish the field of Lifestyle Medicine in Africa, through creation of awareness of Lifestyle Medicine, Clinical Practice, research, advocacy, provision of education to both healthcare providers and the public, inspiring and educating children in schools, to live healthier lifestyles. She is the Publisher of a magazine dedicated to Lifestyle Medicine; “Lifestyle Choices” and the Founding President of the Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners Association of Nigeria. Dr Monye represents the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization as the Ambassador to Nigeria and Africa.
Dr Monye was a keen athlete in School, representing her state(County) in 100m and 200m races. She enjoys travelling, taking long walks in the countryside, especially in the company of her four children, whenever they are home. She is a keen dancer and enjoys Zumba and African beats as a way of regular physical activity.
Graham Stephens EMT Late RAMC (Retired)
BSLM Director on Education Group
Graham has been a specialist (professionally) in sport along with health and wellbeing for over 40 years. A key component within his work has been, and still is, long term lifestyle behaviour change, often in unusual settings. As he would say “with both feet on the ground”.
His passion has always been the facilitation of positive lifestyle behaviour change, at EVERY level. Graham’s love of a challenge in this field has led him to work with some of the most extreme difficult groups, not least, Manchester’s youth gang scene (typically 15-17) with amazing results over a nine-year period. This included areas such as Moss Side and Longsight. He was also the lead developer and innovator for Wigan and Leigh’s NHS Trust GP exercise referral scheme which set not only new methodology but changed the early retention figures (at one year) for such schemes from 8 to 11% to figures way beyond 60%. During the late 80’s and early 90’s he developed a modifiable health risk and lifestyle assessment tool which was assessed and approved for use by Manchester University for the Wigan and Leigh NHS scheme. The tool uses a picture based format along with narrative medicine combined with a motivational interviewing style and is known as L.A.K.E. The key aspects are; Lifestyle, Attitude (Intrinsic – Extrinsic), Knowledge and finally External Influence.
Graham has also had the privilege of speaking both Nationally and Internationally on the subject of Human Performance & Energy… the effects of positive and negative influences. A topic he has delivered to a wide range of audiences, including Ph.D. university students from the performing arts, sporting groups at every level, the business world and the International Red Cross & Red Crescent.
“The recent birth of the BSLM has been a real breath of fresh air for me and so overdue as evidenced by the modern situation and growth around many chronic diseases. The fact that it is the medical world leading this vitally important initiative is incredibly refreshing for me and I have been waiting some 30 years for such a situation. I am happy to help BSLM in whichever way I can,” said Graham.
Dr Behrooz Behbod, MB ChB MSc ScD FFPH
BSLM Director of Public Health
Behrooz is Director of the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Cardiff University and Consultant Epidemiologist at Public Health Wales. He trained as a medical doctor in the UK, specialising at Oxford School of Public Health. Behrooz practiced clinically in both the National Health Service and in Cyprus, before joining the first cohort of Masters students at the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health. He then completed doctoral research training at Harvard University, exploring the role of the home environment in the development of asthma and allergy in children. Between 2011 and 2013, Behrooz served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (‘Disease Detective’) at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
Behrooz is a Council member at the True Health Initiative and has co-authored a paper with leading experts in Lifestyle Medicine (Sagner M, et al. 2014. Lifestyle medicine potential for reversing a world of chronic disease epidemics: from cell to community. Int J Clin Pract. November 2014, 68, 11, 1289-1292).
Dr Sue Kenneally MBBS MRCGP (2005) MSc (Nutmed)
BSLM Regional Director for South Wales
Sue graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1995 and spent some time in hospital medicine until qualifying as a GP in 2001. During this time she developed a keen interest in lifestyle as a risk factor for many chronic diseases and this led her to complete an MSc in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. She works as a GP mainly in Merthyr Tydfil which has some of the highest prevalence of chronic disease in the UK, and also has an interest in weight management. She is SCOPE certified, a member of the GPs with an Interest in Nutrition Group, and does some work with the Welsh Obesity Society and the Association for the Study of Obesity alongside tutoring students completing an obesity course via the University of South Wales.
Dr Campbell Murdoch MBChB MRCGP
BSLM Regional Director of SW England
Campbell has a personal goal of optimising the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. This passion has been born out of working as a GP in the NHS for 15 years in combination with postgraduate studies in sports and exercise medicine, teaching, organisational behaviour, and leadership. He also works within Somerset CCG as Person-Centred Care Lead with a determination to ensure a healthcare system and community focusses on what really matters to people.
Through his daily work Campbell became increasingly aware that the complexity of health and wellbeing required a model that assisted practical application. A simple framework called ‘The Human Five’ was born. This model encompasses the Mind, Movement, Nutrition, World and Body in a dynamic and interrelated manner.
Dr Ellen Fallows MRCGP
BSLM Regional Director Oxford
Ellen is a GP partner and the Diabetes Lead in her practice in Oxfordshire. Her interest in lifestyle medicine comes from having seen a number of her patients put their chronic diseases into remission with primary care supported lifestyle-change.
With a foundation in evidence-based medicine from Oxford University, she is active in primary care research at her practice, including trials using low carbohydrate/low calorie diets to treat hypertension, obesity and diabetes.
Ellen is passionate about improving education in the area of lifestyle medicine both for patients and health care professionals. She is working with her local council and CCG to deliver the aims of “Bicester Health New Town” with the hope of intervening early to prevent obesity. For example, she has helped deliver large-scale education sessions for patients on the role of exercise and diet in diabetes. She is one of the first GPs in her area to start Group Consultations, train a practice “social prescriber” and to support her surgery to become a Park Run practice.
She is working to bring together like-minded health professionals in Oxfordshire to learn about motivating, evidence-based lifestyle interventions. She believes that lifestyle medicine can save GPs from burn-out by empowering all of us to live healthier lives; being part of the BSLM is a great way to spread the word!”
Dr Natalie Salvesen
Natalie grew up in Scotland with a love of the outdoors and a passion for facilitating wellbeing. She studied medicine at Edinburgh University and then worked in the NHS for 2 years. Following this she was lucky enough to be able to explore medicine in a different way by being the doctor on an expedition to Borneo, and then by completing the Mountain Medicine Diploma in Nepal. She then continued her passion for travelling and ventured to New Zealand where she worked in A+E for a year. She found the people of New Zealand to have an encouraging and enthusiastic attitude towards outdoor sport, nutritious living, care for the environment and appreciation of nature that largely influenced the way she thought about lifestyle and its influence on health. Quality of life seemed to be highly valued and prioritised, and she felt this was reflected well by the low levels of stress and happy aura New Zealanders seemed to carry. Following this observation she returned to the UK and completed a MSc in Human Nutrition and Public Health at Glasgow University which allowed her further insight into the important role of nutrition in human health and wellbeing. She believes that lifestyle, social wellbeing and mental wellbeing have a huge impact on health and that addressing these factors will be vital in the future management of both physical and mental illness. She retains this broad interest in lifestyle medicine but she has chosen to focus her career towards promoting good mental health and facilitating people to find passion and fulfillment in life. Currently she is training to become Life Coach and am working in the field of Psychiatry.
Susan Thomas RGN, BSc (Hons), DPSN
Sue has worked as a Specialist Nurse Practitioner in general practice for the past 18 years and is hoping to complete a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice shortly. Her passion lies in providing holistic patient centred care to enable her patients to better self-manage. Lifestyle management is a fundamental part of her role and Sue is keen to learn new and innovative ways of changing health behaviours through new models of patient centred practice. One such patient led model that Sue is keen to introduce is group consultations (shared medical appointments) as an option to care for her patients who live with chronic disease.
Outside of general practice, Sue writes for various nursing journals and is on the editorial board for the Journal of General Practice Nursing. She is also a trained facilitator and teaches with the national training organisation Education for Health. In her spare time, she loves long walks with her husband and two dogs and is a keen tennis player and has just taken up golf (it’s an age thing!)
Dr Zoe Williams
Director of Media and London Region
Zoe works with Public Health England as a clinical champion for physical activity and is the founder of Fit4Life, an organisation that delivers workshops to children to inspire, educate and motive them to lead healthier lives.
She has competed at a high level in a number of sports including Athletics and Rugby Union and appeared as ‘Amazon’ on Sky 1’s Gladiators where she found that hitting people with giant cotton buds really is as much fun as it looks. Recently she joined a team of scientists on Horizon to delve into the science of hair care.
Nick Parker, MEng
BSLM Director & Patient Voice
On Christmas Eve 2015, Nick’s life, and that of his family, changed forever. After 4 months of inexplicable symptoms he was diagnosed with aggressive prostrate cancer that had metastasised all over his skeleton. Whilst accepting the care from a wonderful palliative nurse team and the gold standard in conventional treatment, Nick decided that grim statistics and the explanation of broken hereditary genes for which there was no correction, was not for him. An engineer by training, Nick’s logic suggested to him that his irresponsible, indifferent and ignorant lifestyle approach had created a body that was in a state of dis-ease with itself. His thinking was that, if he worked hard enough on correcting his entire approach to life, then he would give his body the best chances to manage his condition. And so began a journey of leaving no stone unturned in researching and personal experimentation in conventional, complementary and lifestyle medicine.
- became, as at December 2017, one of a small handful of people: 0.7% of the 2.5million people in the UK living with Stage 4 cancer who have entered their third year living with the disease.
- feels duty-bound to share his experiences and discoveries with the public, in the belief that most of the solutions to arresting the western pandemics in chronic diseases are here, if only we know where to look and how to change our attitudes to daily lifestyle choices. Nick tours widely in the South East, staging ‘Conversations With An Audience’ under the moniker of The Cancer JourneyMan, aiming to equip audiences with strategies, inspiration and, above all, hope.
- has founded ChippyWellFest, an annual day of talks by lifestyle health practitioners, given free to the local North Oxfordshire community.
- has recently joined his local Patient Participation Group with the aim to promoting the good work of the BSLM.
Dr Sohaib Imtiaz
Digital Innovation Director
Dr Sohaib Imtiaz is a Doctor and an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow. He has a Masters in Public Health in which he especially enjoyed studying prevention and Health Promotion. He has also spent a year studying at Imperial College Business School where he learnt a diverse range of skills and developed an interest in digital health and behavioural economics. Sohaib is an innovator and was selected to take part in Harvard Business School’s first ever virtual classroom experience taught by MBA professors and learnt skills such as design thinking. Sohaib has always had a keen interest in lifestyle medicine and throughout medical school did projects relating to exercise, nutrition, sleep and mental health as well as becoming a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He came in the top 10 students nationally at GCSE for Information and Communication technology, Business Studies and Statistics and has from a young age wanted to improve the health of people using technology. He is passionate about using technology such as apps and wearables to get data to optimise health. He believes in exponential thinking and using digital health to help people focus on prevention in order to dramatically reduce chronic diseases in the population.
Sohaib is a keen sportsman and is often found playing tennis or strength straining at David Lloyd Health Clubs. He is also involved in lifestyle medicine videos for David Lloyd’s social media to help increase awareness in the population. He believes in setting an example for patients in living a healthy life and since an early age always ensured he gets his ‘5 a day’. He thinks health seeking behaviour can be enabled by the environment and chose to study at Manchester Medical school (his hometown) whilst declining his offer from Christ’s College, The University of Cambridge in order to live a healthier life during the busy years of medical school. He hopes he can use his diverse skill set to come up with solutions to help people live healthier lives.
Dr Antonia Wrigley BSc MBBS MRCGP
Antonia gained her medical qualification and degree in nutrition in the 1990’s, however being disillusioned with the medical model went on to train in natural medicine disciplines including western herbal medicine and clinical aromatherapy. After several years out of mainstream medicine exploring spirituality, health and having a family she returned to train as a GP. She is now trying to integrate what she learns in practice as a locum GP.
Antonia is also vice chair of the British Holistic Medical Association and on the editorial board for the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.
Director, Undergraduate Lifestyle Medicine Society
Rory is a final year medical student at King’s College London, UK. He chose to study medicine to better understand the physiological processes that define optimal health. When we understand optimal, we can identify the aberrant pathways that lead to disease.
Rory hopes to use this method of thinking to identify simple interventions that can both optimise health and prevent disease. As we uncover further the effects of the relationship between our genes and our environment upon health, we see that many factors defining health are controllable with ‘lifestyle medicine’.
As a student, Rory joined the society to better understand the real-world application of lifestyle medicine, discover new resources and meet established clinicians. He hopes to increase the undergraduate presence within BSLM by connecting students with clinicians at seminars and events.
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