Through our years of experience in helping people to feel better, we know that everyone is unique. Whatever your health concern, we start by taking the time to understand you.
Unique genetics and health history, combined with a lifestyle environment, nutrition, and biochemistry that are unique to you, means that unless we understand these factors, we’ll never fully understand, and be able to make a profound difference to, your personal health situation.
We like to call it joined up health.
Before your appointment you’ll be asked to complete detailed health questionnaires and a food diary, meaning that we can start to make significant progress at your very first consultation.
We then work together to understand what your health has been like in the past and how it is now, what you’re eating, how you are moving, your likes, dislikes and your lifestyle. We’ll assess whether you’re likely to have any genetic predispositions and we review any previous clinical test results.
As part of our work together, we may recommend functional testing to help pinpoint imbalances, meaning we can be more targeted in helping you, getting you the results you want, faster.
I initially went to see Dee to see whether I could control my PMS symptoms (mood swings & anger) - avoiding the ‘antidepressants’ route. To my surprise, after only 2 sessions and implementing the changes to my diet and lifestyle that Dee had suggested (as well as a vitamin supplement), my mood was much more manageable.Chari
Now a few months later, it’s actually not a problem anymore, I am much more calm, and have a lot more energy. As a result, the whole family, not just myself, have benefited from Dee’s help! I would certainly recommend Dee to anyone.
Dee knew before any GP that my issues were caused by hormones. Now that I have a diagnosis of endometriosis she is who I have gone back to for help and advice. She is so supportive and has really tailored her approach to suit me, my lifestyle, and my needs. I would recommend her to anyone!Allanah Ashdown
I went for the GP blood tests today and it happened to be my diabetic nurse that took them…. was expecting her to be a bit peeved that I hadn’t taken them (prescribed medication for diabetes) and gone elsewhere for advice….She weighed me and said “oh gosh well something’s working you’ve really lost some weight”. She said she thought my Nutritionist sounded amazing to keep trying what I was doing, it made total sense to her. That probably 10 years ago my thyroid would have been classified as a problem by the GP but that the boundaries have decreased. She asked me who you were as her sister has low level thyroid issues that are not classified as an issue by the NHS but that are having a negative affect...PJ - Part 1
My HbA1c in December (after I’d been calorie counting and generally doing the ‘eat right plate’) was 57, this is when the diabetic nurse first suggested I go on the tablets that have a side effect of thrush. She said the target for me was 48, this seemed impossible as I felt I was trying so hard already. My result today, after roughly just 6 or 7 weeks doing what you’ve said (and not 100% perfectly) is 46!!PJ - Part 2 (7 days later)
I am absolutely delighted!! And surprised!! I just obviously need to keep doing what I’m doing.I seriously cannot thank you enough. I know I am still on a journey but I know feel like I’m on the right path. So glad I didn’t take those extra tablets and contacted you instead.
What happens after my initial appointment?
By first taking time to listen, and identify the root cause of issues, we can begin to join up the dots to explain how you are feeling and put in place a direct and immediate plan to make things better.
This functional approach means that we look at you as a whole, assessing the systems that underpin health concerns, rather than only dealing with your symptoms.
A comprehensive personal plan will be drawn up and delivered to you within 5 working days of your initial appointment (2 days for follow up appointments). Your plan will summarise everything we discuss in your consultation, along with our detailed recommendations.
If you’re on a Functional Medicine Care Plan, follow-up appointments are scheduled at regular intervals over the length of your plan so we can give you the best support and care. You’ll also have access to support calls with your practitioner if you have any questions.
For those having single, pay-as-you-go initial and follow up appointments, you’ll receive your plan and recommendations as above, but support outside appointments is strictly limited to brief questions directly related to your plan, within 14 days of your plan being sent to you. For all other support, you’ll need to book a follow up appointment.
Your protocol is continuously reviewed and adapted after each appointment, in light of how you are feeling and new test results.
This ensures we continue to work toward your goals in the most effective way. Regular appointments allow us to shift focus from one aspect of your health to another as we make progress, as well as assessing what is or isn’t working for you. It’s important to remember that most chronic health issues evolve over many years, and so getting to the bottom of things can often take time.
This is why care plans usually deliver the best results for our clients.
We also recognise that you are unique. The strategies we put in place are unique to you, and by working closely with you over a period of time, we can deliver better results by ensuring that your protocol will fit in with your lifestyle and personal preferences, motivations and circumstances.
The result isn’t just short term improved health, but prolonged optimal health.
If the time has come for you to take control of your health, you’re in the right place – we’re ready to help you get started today.
To your healthy, optimised future,
Dee & the Optimised clinic team