Meet our Team
Dr Marina Malthouse MBBS, DipPalMed, MA(Med Hum), EdD
Current roles: Retired Palliative Care Consultant, Charity work
From 1982, working in diverse medical environments (anaesthetics, heart transplantation and General Practice) led me into my passionate vortex for palliative care. From 1995 to 2015, working in an area of medicine that only deals with death and dying meant expanding my medical toolkit by studying how to develop my care for patients and their families in additional ways. I also researched how medical education addresses end of life care. Through narrative, I researched how doctors might ‘know’ death in ways other than as a medical failure and that when personal and professional experiences consciously merge, a more compassionate care emerges from within. Education to healthcare practitioners was fundamental to my work that included the arts for its qualities of slowing down perception and expanding our conception of the ways in which we know. Also, writing and using stories to learn from, rather than be traumatised by significant experiences in medical lives. After 33 years, I retired from medicine in 2015 in order to pursue additional identities and interests. This has included volunteering for refugees in Greece and in a holistic education centre in Greece, learning about permaculture, qualifying as a TEFL teacher, and marking MSc’s and Doctorates for Cardiff and Middlesex Universities.
Simon Mills MA FNIMH MCPP
Current roles: Self-care lead College of Medicine, Herbal Strategist Pukka Herbs, Board Member British Herbal Medicine Association
Simon is a leader in herbal medicine in the UK and internationally. He is a past President of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists and past Chairman of the British Herbal Medicine Association. In Exeter he co-founded the first University centre for complementary health studies in 1987, the first integrated health programme at a UK medical school in 2003, and from 2002 the first Masters Programme in herbal medicine in the USA. Since 1997 he has been Secretary of ESCOP, a European network of experts in herbal medicine and on its behalf led the first major EU-wide scientific project in herbal medicines. From 1993 he created and led the development of EXTRACT, a powerful database tool to help those using herbal medicines in practice: the Herbal Hub will be the platform for this facility. Co-author of the modern classic The Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, Simon founded SustainCare, a CIC and network to promote sustainable self-care (www.sustaincare.net).
Professor David Peters MB ChB DRCOG DMSMed MFHom FLCOM
Current roles: Editor in Chief of The Journal of Holistic Healthcare
David trained as a family doctor, and later in osteopathic medicine, then as a musculoskeletal physician From 1990 until 2005 he directed the complementary therapies programme at Marylebone NHS Health Centre, a ground-breaking Central London GP unit exploring new approaches to inner city healthcare. He has co-authored six books and many articles about integrated healthcare. Until 2010 he chaired the British Holistic Medical Association and still edits its Journal of Holistic Healthcare. David co-founded Westminster Centre for Resilience at the University of Westminster to address concerns about the wellbeing of people working in the NHS and the increasing pressures experienced by leaders in industry, and to develop courses and inter-disciplinary research in this area. The Centre’s Healers and Leaders project is running resilience learning programmes for students, junior doctors, GPs, NHS community staff and leadership teams in industry and education.
He has led on a series of R&D projects bringing non-pharmaceutical treatments (including osteopathy and acupuncture) into the NHS. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework he was awarded a 4-star rating for his impact in this field of work. His current research focuses on doctors’ wellbeing and the impacts of nature connectedness on resilience and wellbeing
Dr Alison Sabine MB ChB MRCP
Current roles: Consultant Rheumatologist & Health Coach
Alison has worked in the NHS for over 28 years. She is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Her experience, both as a patient and as the parent of a patient, has radically changed her view of the way we practice conventional medicine.
She became interested in how our food and lifestyle impacts our health and wellbeing and has become increasingly aware of the importance of the mind-body connection and how accessibility to real food has the potential to change lives.
She has trained as a Health Coach, Nordic Walking and Fitness Instructor and is also a Certified Leadership Coach.
Dr David Zigmond MB ChB MRCGP DPM
Current roles: Physician in Psychological Medicine, Retired GP
My initial medical training was in the 1960s. My subsequent decades of work have been as a frontline practitioner: as a small practice GP and a large hospital psychiatrist and psychotherapist. From the beginning of my work I have been intrigued by how we may best understand, balance and weave together art and science; humanism and technology; imagination and data. I believe that much of our current malaise in healthcare services is due to losing sight of these questions, and then our better sense and sensibility.
Current roles: Managing Director Balens
David is Managing Director of Balens, one of the largest Independent Insurance Brokerage Firms for Health and Well-being Professionals in the UK and the ROI and a 3rd generation Family business. A trustee of three charities, David is passionate about the benefits of Natural Medicine and is seeking to facilitate metadata analysis regarding its benefits. He regularly lectures and writes journal articles on Insurance and Risk Management.
Current roles: Lifestyle Health Coach
Betsan is a Lifestyle Health Coach who has many years clinical experience as a former senior physiotherapist. As a coach she specialises in working with people living with long-term health problems, particularly pain and is a passionate advocate for a whole-person approach to health. She is the recognised world expert on the use of therapeutic knitting for improving health, wellness and managing illness. As a published author she has written, contributed to, or featured in, articles for hundreds of magazines, newspapers and websites around the world as well as live radio including BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and iPM. She was nominated as one of the ‘Women of the Year’ in 2015 for her contribution to society.
Ian is a visual communications specialist. He founded a video facilities company, headed an interactive design division, and has produced a wide range of projects especially in the heritage and arts sectors. Ian works primarily in online development, and enjoys a range of activities including phototography and teaching children ICT and film skills.
Izabella Natrins BSc PSYCH Dip NLC (IHS) UKHCA FNTP
Current roles: Real Food Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine Coach & Nutritional Chef, Real Food Campaign & Public Health Collaboration Ambassador
A former health research psychologist in Public Health Medicine and NHS Clinical Programme Manager, I am a Real Food Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine Health Coach and a trained Nutritional Chef. I founded a health education website IzabellaNatrins.Com to promote real food nutrition and whole health and well-being. I am a Regional Co-Ordinator for the UK Health Coaches Association, a member of the Steering Group for the BHMA’s Real Food Campaign UK, a Public Health Collaboration Ambassador and a founder member of the Birmingham Functional Forum and Lifestyle Medicine Group.
I passionately believe that true health embraces mind, body and spirit; that creating a supportive lifestyle with real food, movement in nature, quality sleep, adequate rest and fostering connection to others – underpinned from within by connecting to self, finding our purpose and meaning cultivating compassion – are all fundamental elements of whole health.
I work in private practice with individuals and small groups and with GPs and functional medicine practitioners to support patients. I am currently working with GP Federations and across Primary Care Networks in Birmingham to promote, advocate for and establish functional and lifestyle medicine and health creation programmes for GP’s, practice staff and local communities.
I wrote The Real Food Solution, dedicated to the work of the BHMA’s Real Food Campaign UK to encourage people to become more conscious consumers, understand and care about where their food comes from and how it’s produced and to make real food choices for better health for people and planet.
Dr Andrew Sikorski MBBS MRCGP FFHom DFFP
Chair BHMA, Portfolio GP, Vice-chair BMA South East Coastal Regional Council
Andrew is a passionate Integrative Medicine practitioner having researched, experienced and used many complementary medicine practices alongside usual standard NHS treatments. Through supporting patients with integrating Holistic care for over 28 years in the NHS he has managed to optimise many healing journeys. Holistic healthcare offers patients more personally tailored therapeutic options safely and has both enriched their lives and made his work abundantly fulfilling. His forthcoming project “Rewilded Medicine” is a synthesis of his many teachers’ core values.
Dr Thuli Whitehouse MBBS, MRCGP
Current roles: GP, Yoga teacher
Thuli is a GP and a Yoga Teacher. She has studied Ayurvedic Medicine and Anthropology, completed two yoga teacher trainings and worked in India. She now runs yoga classes and retreats alongside her work in General Practice. She is dedicated to uniting the scientific and holistic paradigms to bring ever improving health.
Dr Antonia Wrigley BSc (Nutrition) MBBS Dip Phyt MRCGP AFMCP FRSA
Vice-chair & Operations Manager BHMA, Editorial board Journal of Holistic Healthcare, Founder Real Food Campaign, Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner
Antonia has had an interest in health and healing potions from an early age and went on to study various healthcare disciplines, working in and out of the NHS, over the past 25 years. Antonia has worked as a GP, a herbalist and most recently as a lifestyle and functional medicine practitioner. She has diverse interests including food, meditation, spirituality, nature connection and sustainability. Some of these have led her to set up the BHMA’s new collaborative project The Real Food Campaign.
Student and Junior Doctor Ambassadors
Dr Ryan Eagle BMBS BMedSci
Current roles: Junior doctor working in the NHS
Ryan is a junior doctor working in the South West of England. He graduated from the University of Southampton with his medical degree and Bachelor of Medical Science, for which he undertook research into alcohol’s harm to others. Ryan is a believer in promoting equal access to healthcare and the impact of the individual in society.
Aaron Morjaria BSc MBBS
Current roles: Junior doctor working in the NHS
Aaron is a foundation doctor working in London, currently on general surgery.
“I have joined the bhma as I feel it is important to empower junior doctors with the tools to implement holistic medicine on a daily basis in their work no matter their specialism. I look forward to working with the trustees in the year ahead!”
Current roles: Student
“My name is Jared Spencer and I am an International student at the University of Nottingham born and raised in the Caribbean Island of Barbados. I am in my final year pursuing an integrated Masters in Food Science and Nutrition. My main focus is the role food places in the cause, prevention and management of disease which is a part of a holistic approach to chronic illnesses.”