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).
Current roles: BHMA Student Ambassador Advisor
Katrina is a final year Medical Student who is currently intercalating in Public Health. She is passionate about lifestyle and functional medicine, and has undertaken training at the Institute for Functional Medicine alongside her degree. Katrina believes in a holistic approach to patient care, and is looking forward to developing educational material for healthcare students to spread awareness.
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.
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.
Founder Primal Play, Coach & Speaker
Darryl Edwards is a former investment banking technologist turned movement coach and author. He is the founder of the Primal Play Method and a physical activity, health and play researcher.
After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting a back-to-basics approach to well-being. As a health and movement coach, Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle—amidst the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases.
He regularly presents as a keynote and motivational speaker at academic, clinical, health promotion and corporate events worldwide. Darryl’s April 2019 TED talk “Why working out isn’t working out” discussing the issues with physical inactivity and why most humans hate to exercise—has now been viewed over 600,000 times!
Dr Adam Fazakerley MMedSci, BM, PgDip, MRCGP
GP, BSMS students facilitator, Committee for the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
Adam is a GP in Brighton with interests in medical education, lifestyle medicine and both Eastern and Western philosophy. He is trained as a yoga teacher and is training to be a coach. These interests have led him to believe in the benefits of combining modern medicine with alternative ways to improve health.
He maintains a position on the committee for the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and is half way through his ‘Philosophy of medicine’ diploma. In addition he teaches medical students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
He created and runs a book club for GPs in Brighton who examine and learn from the recent non-fiction literature. Using a systematic approach he is passionate in his exploration of the current dogma’s and paradigms that shape modern medicine. He believes in the power of strong social networks to promote positive change which is why he is part of the BHMA.
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.
Ciara Roberts BSc
Founder of Wholly Aligned, Integrative Health Practitioner, Writer and Speaker
Ciara sojourned from credit risk in banking, to setting up her passion and purpose, Wholly Aligned, in 2012. She weaves in ancient wisdoms, holistic nutrition, her gifts of growing up in beautiful Zambia, alongside the modern neuroscience of breath, yoga psychology and hopeful inspiration through story. Her 40 years lived adventures with her kidneys, have been the rich teachings for her to share a truly holistic toolkit, unique to each person. She is part of the steering group and yoga teacher for Kidney Beam. With special interests in kidneys, medic wellbeing, community health and creative arts to help heal. Her mission is to help thousands across the globe awaken their inner physician and shine their lights bright.
Dr Andrew Sikorski MBBS MRCGP FFHom DFFP
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
GP, Yoga teacher, Editorial Board Journal of Holistic Healthcare, Student Ambassador Lead
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 & Chief Officer, 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.
“When Professor David Peters asked if I’d like to be a patron of the BHMA, I didn’t hesitate. I come from a family who have always looked after their well-being holistically. My uncle John, who lived to 102, grew his own food, meditated (in his fashion) and exercised daily in his garden. I grew up with the belief that Mother nature has all we need to maintain health. Yet as we move forward, I’m worried, we are being encouraged to seek quick remedies for age old ailments: remedies sold with a litany of contraindications, doctors who won’t take responsibility for their diagnoses, and now a pandemic that has brought a runaway train to an abrupt stop. For a lot of people, myself included, the stop is good. It’s given us time to reassess where we are, who we are, what we are, and now, how we’re going to heal. The plethora of conspiracy theories circulating has people questioning their responsibility in the healing process, individually and collectively. There are more online yoga and exercise classes than before, culinary courses, people sharing home herbal remedies, allopathic and homeopathic discussions and, of course, spiritual discourses. Everyone is looking for something to make them feel good, to help them understand the world in which we live. Many are realising it takes all of it to heal: the herbal, the allopathic, the prayer, the meditations and the exercise. When I developed a prolapsed disc in 1989, the doctors wanted to slice me open and fuse the discs. Professor David Peters suggested subcutaneous injections of homeopathic medicine to strengthen the area of weakness. I added to this healing treatment with acupuncture, tai chi and a regime of daily meditation. I’m happy to say that today, although very conscious of my back, I’m healed. No one sliced me open, no one fused the discs. I realise it took a holistic point of view to bring about the wholeness of my healing. So, if I can be a part of or In any way further the philosophy and practice of Holistic medicine, I would consider that a blessing. I share from experience.”