BSc (Hons), IFMCP, DipCNM, CNHC, mBANT
Julia - Functional Medicine practitioner - Specialist in the management of complex chronic disease with a private practice in Warwickshire, UK and remote consultation worldwide.
From a very young age I've been interested in all things health. When I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. My grandmother, Margaret Hills, who had developed her own natural approach and helped thousands of people around the world with arthritis, helped me too. Seeing that transformation first hand at such a young age really imprints how you feel about the body and it's healing process. It was a complete overhaul of the things that I could control, I changed schools, ate a special diet, supplemented with nutrients and wasn't allowed sweets! But I got better. I've been fascinated by the role of nutrition and biochemical imbalances in health ever since. As I was being bullied quite severely at that age, I knew how the impact of emotional stress can manifest as physical illness and that understanding has only deepened with all my subsequent training to offer a more scientific explanation of exactly how that works.
I am delighted to have used my early experiences to start the path of helping other people. I have since obtained a BSc Hons degree in Human Physiology, studied nutrition with the college of naturopathic medicine and subsequently certified as a practitioner with the Institute of Functional medicine in the USA. I have an insatiable appetite for scientific understanding of the human body and its applications to healing. If you can understand how the body functions, encompassing every bodily system down to the cellular level and the intricate communication networks within the body we can begin to take a dysfunctional system into one of restored health again. My core passion is this extension of understanding the body itself, then we know how to 'hack' it.
My clinical practice has taken me into the depths of environmental illness and understanding mould and infections as causative for chronic health problems. I continue to study with the Kharrazian Institute for the latest developments in the management of chronic illness and feel that even after nearly 20 years in practice I have just touched the tip of the iceberg. I have developed my own unique strategies for assessing your case and managing your programme of recovery and I review and update my own methods accordingly as I learn even more.
I have a lot of experience in complex chronic health problems. I have spent many years supporting individuals with their health journey and seen remarkable transformations in so many. I was a guest for 2 seasons of the gutology podcast which I was really excited to be a part of as it helps functional medicine to become known to the masses and so many people have got in contact to say how much they benefitted from my episodes and implementing some of the things that were discussed.
Working with me
I offer a collaborative approach involving members of my team where we work together to support you. I will see you initially to get a deep understanding of your needs and begin to set a framework for your road to recovery. This may involve functional testing as well as a thorough review of your health currently and historically. You will then be assigned to one of the team, depending on your needs and I will work together with your assigned practitioner in between your consultations to hold the strategy of our work together in place and keep track of your health improvements.
The pandemic has highlighted the need for community and human connection, especially when you are struggling every day with your health. You can benefit from the support from others who understand what you are going through. This is a lower cost option, please contact us to join the next group.
Julia's qualifications and roles
BSc (Hons) Human Physiology
IFMCP (Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner)
AFMCP (Functional Medicine)
Senior Lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine
IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine)
mBANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine)
CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)