Dr Natalie Salvesen
- BSLM Regional 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.