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    Energising, Reframing Healthcare and Bringing Optimism

    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

    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.


    Directors & Trustees

    Dr Rob Lawson BSc MBChB MRCGP FRCGP
    BSLM Trustee and Chairman

    Having qualified in the 1970s, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP in Scotland. His principal interest is 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 also founded a charity in 1991 providing rehabilitation in venues around East Lothian for sufferers of 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.

    – Fellow and Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners.
    – International Editor of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
    – Secretary UK Shared Medical Appointment Contact Group
    – Founder Trustee of ELCRG (SC021161) and part-time clinician for Core Health.


    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
    BSLM Trustee

    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
    BSLM Trustee

    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 Behrooz Behbod, MB ChB MSc ScD FFPH
    BSLM Director of Public Health

    Behrooz is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Director of Oxford Public Health Ltd. 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)
    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 Natalie Salvesen 
    BSLM Director

    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.


    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.


    Dr Antonia Wrigley BSc MBBS MRCGP
    BSLM Director

    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.


    Dr John Sykes MBBS BSc. MRCGP
    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.


    Rory Heath
    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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    23 June 2018 • Edinburgh