Hello and a warm welcome!
After qualifying from the Imperial College School of Medicine in London, I worked as a GP (Family Physician) for several years. I later decided to pursue one of my dreams of living and working abroad; I worked in New Zealand and am now currently working here in beautiful Sydney, Australia.
I have had an interest in Personal Development, Philosophy and Spirituality ever since I can remember. I believe that the greatest investment you can make is in yourself and this will lead you to the life that you desire; it is an ongoing process – you can always become more.
Working as a GP in London was enjoyable and challenging as well as frustrating and unfulfilling at times. I often felt that patients didn’t always get the “complete” treatment and – as is often the case where there are time constraints for any Doctor – management was sometimes a “band aid” approach with medication for the symptom and insufficient time to have a more holistic approach. Some patients also expect the Doctor to provide all the solutions when there is so much that a person can do for themselves – and it’s so important to encourage this in various ways including positive thinking, balanced lifestyle, healthy eating, physical movement and consideration of different health modalities. Indeed, the Greek definition of a Physician is “a person who facilitates the body’s own self-healing abilities”. I remember listening to an interview with Dr Deepak Chopra and it really resonated with me when he said he felt like a “legal drug pusher”. Chronic conditions are not caused because of a lack of a synthetic/pharmaceutical drug. It would therefore seem prudent to correct the imbalances that have arisen first. Indeed, in the words of William Osler, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”
When I came to Sydney, I decided to further explore my interests and have completed several courses including Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), Life Coaching, Personal Fitness Training, Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation. A significant turning point came when I encountered Functional Medicine (as it is commonly known). Essentially, this approach is about looking at the underlying causes for symptoms in a holistic framework as opposed to using medication to treat symptoms. This is not necessarily a new concept per se- the perspective of treating the whole person and creating balance is at the heart of many traditional health systems like Ayurveda. In recent years, as people became frustrated with the limitations of conventional medicine, a functional medicine approach is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Mainstream medicine continue to be a great model for treating acute illness – but this approach has limitations when applied to the chronic illnesses we are seeing today, which are largely due to lifestyle factors and hence a broader perspective is imperative.
Health is a unity of Emotional, Mental, Physical and Spiritual health – and not merely the absence of disease.
It is vital to nurture all of these different aspects for you to be your best self and have your best life in every way. The importance of these is often overlooked not just in the general population but also in the medical fraternity for various reasons including time constraints as well as varying amounts of ignorance and arrogance in some Practitioners- although this is now slowly changing.
Each and every one of us is unique and has potential well beyond our realisation. We all have a role to play in the Universe – there are no spare parts. Both personally and professionally, I have known people who never really achieved peace and happiness or did not fulfill their potential before they left this world – whether this be due to lack of self-esteem/motivation/self-respect or any of a multitude of reasons. This is a tragedy – a real heart-rending tragedy.
I am passionate for you to be your greatest self and have a life of happiness, balance and vitality. We all deserve this. It is our birthright. Recognise the wonder that you truly are. You are a spark of divinity.
If you are a Doctor or any other healthcare professional, I believe it is important for you to be at your best for yourself, as well as being able to deliver the highest care for your patients. I am an advocate of “Practice what you Preach” and “Walking the Talk”. Mahatma Gandhi put it beautifully when he said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
Emotional factors play a significant role in illnesses and it is crucial to address underlying issues such as negative emotions and limiting beliefs and not just have a “symptom to prescription” mentality. Hippocrates stated “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well”. We have within our system a comprehensive phamacy and are capable of much more healing than is acknowledged.
Nutrition plays a key role in our general wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of many illnesses goes well beyond the widely known link between diet and common conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Right now, cells are being renewed using the building blocks from what you have consumed. If you eat and drink suboptimally, you will function in a likewise manner in mind and body. Sooner or later it will have an effect!
Nutrition and gut health has been the essence of many traditional systems like Ayurveda for thousands of years. The concept of “AMA” in Ayurveda (toxins) is that of a sticky waste product of digestion which if accumulated (inadequate digestion or system overload) then leaves the digestive tract and can affect other tissues of the body, varying according to individual susceptibility. Later on, Hippocrates also stated “All disease begins in the gut”. We are not dealing with a new concept here – just one that seems to have been neglected in mainstream medical systems worldwide.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free form physical disabilities and distractions, the gates of the soul open” – BKS Iyengar
I am passionate about pursuing an integrative approach when seeing clients, incorporating knowledge and skills from a wide variety of areas including Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, NLP, Time Line Therapy, Life Coaching, Meditation, Energetic healing, Fitness Training, Yoga and Ayurveda – and of course, the wisdom that accumulates over the course of our lives through our own personal experiences- priceless!
Lastly, a brief word relating to the reasoning behind “Your Infinite health”. “Ameeta” in Sanskrit means “limitless, boundless, infinite.” And the word “infinite” also relates to the fact that there is never an end to self-improvement – indeed the changes we make today have implications for the next generation and beyond- infinitely.
To a healthier you and a healthier world…
Thank you and warm regards,
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BSc (Hons) [Biochemistry/Microbiology] (Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, University of London)
MB BS (Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London)
DCH (Diploma in Child Health)
DRCOG (Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)
DFFP (Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning)
MRCGP (Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, London)
FRACGP (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)
FACNEM (Fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
Certificates – Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time line therapy & Hypnosis (American Board of NLP)
Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer (Personal Training Academy)
Certificate in Ayurvedic Healing (Nature Care College, Sydney)
Meditation Facilitator Training (Adore Yoga)