About Dr Rebecca

My journey

Dr Rebecca Healey   MBBS, MSc, ANutr

Medical Doctor: 6 year training for MBBS Medicine qualifying with honours from Hull York Medical School, with elective in Immunology.

NHS Medicine: 4 years NHS hospital experience across a number of different specialities including Respiratory Medicine, Acute Medicine, Elderly Care, Psychiatry, and Vascular Surgery.

Nutrition: Human Nutrition Masters Degree with distinction from Chester University. Trained in the used of low FODMAP diets for IBS with Monash University.

Complementary Therapies: Trained in Medical Acupuncture with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Who I help

I predominantly work with patients experiencing digestive issues, fatigue, and stress related symptoms. I also see patients requiring additional support with chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, as well as those requiring nutritional support for Type 2 diabetes / prediabetes.

Patients often come to me when they have been struggling with ongoing symptoms for some time, but not achieved full resolution through the traditional approach alone. In most cases, adoption of functional medicine and nutrition approaches leads to reduction in symptoms and greatly improved quality of life.

Using a functional medicine approach to nutrition and health coaching, I combine my background in conventional medicine with the latest advances in nutrition, nutrigenomics and integrative medicine, in order to ensure patients achieve the best possible outcomes.

My Background

When I began working as a junior doctor, I was struck by how many of the conditions I regularly saw may have been preventable with dietary and lifestyle measures. I began to realise that while modern medicine is a lifeline in acute illness, it had become nothing more a firefighting exercise for chronic disease.  I felt that the best approach was surely one that at least began with looking at root causes, paying attention to nutrition, environment, and evidence-based complementary therapies, not just medication alone. As time went on, I became even more aware of the amazing difference nutrition could make to patients’ recovery from infection and surgery, even in the short term.

I subsequently completed a masters’ degree in human nutrition while continuing to work in the hospital environment, focusing my research on assessment and outcomes for hospitalised patients with vascular disease at risk of malnutrition.  I began to apply the principles of nutritional medicine to some of the patients I saw in hospital, as well as those I saw as a nutrition and health coaching professional.  I was impressed by the difference these natural approaches could make to drastically improve patients’ biochemical health markers and their quality of life.

I went on to complete further training in Functional Medicine with the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine based in the US, and continue to grow my knowledge and skills within this valuable specialty. I am continually impressed by the power of complementary functional medicine approaches to restore health and quality of life.

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Medical Practitioner: General Medical Council
  • Registered Associate Nutritionist: Association for Nutrition
  • Member of the UK Health Coaches Association
  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Associate Member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

Qualifications

  • Medicine MBBS (Hons): Hull York Medical School
  • Health Coach Certification: National Society of Health Coaches
  • Human Nutrition MSc: University of Chester
  • Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP): Institute of Functional Medicine
  • Trained in the use of low FODMAP diets for IBS: Monash University
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