Lorna Driver-Davies, BA (Hons), HD, DHNP, mNNA, CNHC registered
A decade as a registered naturopathic nutritional therapist, with expertise in teen and women’s hormone and gynaecological nutrition, working with diagnosed conditions and irregularities (including psychological changes related to menstrual and hormone health), menstrual cycle optimisation, the promotion of healthy female hormones, healthy fertility, pregnancy and post-natal health, hormones changes in your 40's +, thyroid health, minimising the affects upon organs and systems that connect to the stress response, sleep and optimising energy. Lorna recognises the important role of the immune system, gut health and the microbiome, detoxification and genetics in women’s health. Lorna has special skills in working with complex conditions that require medical, medication and surgical intervention and is able to ‘complement’ medical support with safe appropriate nutrition and lifestyle programmes. She often refers to and works alongside specialist women’s health doctors and nurses.
She also integrates functional medicine practice and her knowledge of botanicals as a herbal medicine dispenser.
As the daughter of revered Medical Herbalist and Naturopath, Dr Jill Rosemary Davies, her childhood and teens gave her the foundation of understanding that healthy food and medicinal plants can have an amazingly optimizing effect on our mind and body. Lorna was ahead of the game, being raised from 1982 on natural, organic and delicious home-made meals – full of antioxidant and microbiome supporting herbs, spices, plants and wholefoods. At home there was also a focus on the provenance of foods such as meat, fish and dairy (local, free range, grass fed and so forth) and a preference for traditional ways of preparing foods such as fermentation, ‘live’ cultures (such as home-made un-pasteurized yogurt) and slow cooking. During that time was exposed to new concepts about health that were considered very ‘uncool’ or radical in the 1980's, that today we accept positively as scientifically validated. From her teens she keenly absorbed clinical information from her mother on supporting female clients with herbs and naturopathy. All this has given Lorna the passion and drive to help others today and she still often lectures alongside her mother to nutrition and herbal students, as well as professionals, on plant chemistry and naturopathic practice.
Lorna’s philosophy is that while food and meals can be healing, it should also be a joyful and non-stressful experience to eat and explore new tastes and smells. And that eating well, does not need to be complicated or exhaustive for those who lack time or skills.
Other professional experience or positions:
· Regularly lectures to members of the public, medical and nutritional professionals and mentors nutrition students. She is quotes on female health and nutrition for the media and press.
· Lectures on the nutrition module for the Royal Surrey County Hospital specialist gynaecological nurses' course entitled 'Caring for Endo Patients'.
· Nutrition speaker for The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy annual meeting.
· Published work: Case chapter on female hormone and thyroid support in 'Case Studies in Personalized Nutrition (Personalized Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine for Healthcare Practitioners)': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Personalized-Nutrition-Lifestyle-Healthcare-Practitioners-ebook/dp/B07X1M78JX/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=angela+walker+singing+dragon&qid=1571925705&sr=8-1
· Clinical & Education Manager at Wild Nutrition, where she advises members of the public, nutrition practitioners and medical professionals on women’s, men’s and family health and supplementation.
· Regularly attends CPD (continuing professional development) lectures and seminars in nutrition, functional medicine and botanicals in order to keep up to date with research, practical applications and, most importantly, safe practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications, awards and professional bodies
- Holistic Nutritional Practice (nutritional therapy).
- Herbal Medicine Dispenser.
- A full member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA).
- A full member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
- An associate member of the Guild of Naturopaths (GNC).
- Honours degree in Social Anthropology (LSE).
- Fully insured.
Naturopathic Nutrition Association
The Naturopathic Nutrition Association was formed by a group of Nutritional Therapists who passionately believe in the benefits of the naturopathic approach to nutrition. By working alongside a UK regulatory body for Naturopathy and other naturopathically-minded professional associations, the NNA aims to both promote to the public the benefits of naturopathic nutrition and encourage Nutritional Therapists to develop further therapeutic skills.
Information about health conditions (*)
Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
I am currently on clinic sabbatical, so I am not accepting new clients. Thank you.
The initial / first consultation
First consultations are 1 hour in duration.
Together we will devise realistically achievable goals that focus on optimizing your health, including addressing the underlying cause of any health issues.
What will happen during the consultation?
- An in-depth examination of your health history and current health picture.
- Your chance to have a better understanding of any current health issues.
- Assessment of your personal future goals and how your practitioner can help you with these.
- Analysis of your personal food diary (completed before the consultation).
- Re-education on any misconceptions about what to eat and how to eat.
- Helping you to understand the particular nutritional strategies that may be undertaken.
- Discussion and advice regarding any lifestyle issues that may be adversely affecting your health
What will happen after the consultation?
An individualised programme will then be created for you, to include:
- A food management programme to give you an optimized healthy foundation to build on. This programme may change over time to suit the progression of your treatment plan.
- A personally selected supplement regime, if required, including herbs and nutritional supplements. These may also be altered over time, to adjust to changes in your situation and progress.
- Lifestyle changes may be suggested that can help to improve your health picture.
- You will be given food and diet education handouts and/or recipes.
You may be asked to see your general health care practitioner (GP) for further clarification of any suspected health conditions that have not been diagnosed (nutritional therapists do not legally diagnose). This is so that the nutritional therapist can work safely and understand the health issues that may be affecting you.
You may be asked to undergo specific tests through your GP or a private laboratory.
Follow-up consultations are up to 30 minutes in duration (although a 1 hour session is bookable).
Scheduled between three and six weeks after the first consultation.
Why are follow-ups necessary and what do I, the client, gain from these?
- Nutritional therapy is step by step process, working towards an end goal. Therefore several sessions are usually required in order to complete this process.
- Follow-up consultations allow us to assess your programme and make any adjustments based on changes to your health in response to diet, supplements and lifestyle modifications.
- Follow-ups are your opportunity to ask any questions about your ongoing treatment and discuss any changes you are experiencing.
- You may have undergone tests or been asked to see your GP concerning a health issue. Follow-ups are where you learn about your results or other health information and what this means in relation to your nutritional programme.
After any follow up appointment, your personal plan will be updated in light of changes, progress and future goals.