Hi, my name is Rika Kamper and I am a degree-qualified nutritional therapist.
If you want to get your health back on track or are looking for advice about an on-going complaint, I would love to help you. My particular interests are hormonal health, helping to support the gastro-intestinal tract, optimal brain health and the effects of stress on our well-being.
I love applying my scientific, nutritional knowledge to help my clients and I'm always amazed at how often small changes in diet and lifestyle can have a profound impact on health and help clients regain their joy for life.
I am South African, based here in the U.K. I grew up on a diet of fresh, mostly unprocessed food and experienced first-hand the effect a healthy diet can have on sport and mental performance, still relevant as I am a keen off-piste skier and cyclist.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified in 2011 with a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the Institute of Optimal Nutrition in London. I then obtained a First Class Honours degree in 2014 in Nutritional Therapy from Middlesex University via CNELM (Centre for Nutrition and Lifestyle Management).
I am a certified practitioner with the highly regarded Institute for Functional Medicine in the U.S. Please have a look at www.functionalmedicine.org for more information on functional medicine's comprehensive approach to health and healing. I have acted as facilitator at IFM events in the UK in 2018 and 2019.
As part of my continuous professional development, I regularly attend a variety of lectures on human health, e.g. sports nutrition, environmental toxins, genetic effects on disease, etc. I have attended an in-depth course in cPNI (clinical psycho-neuro-immunology) in 2015 which examines the link between the brain, nervous system and the immune system. I have also attended 3 courses provided by the Kharrazian Institute in the US on brain inflammation, gastrointestinal health and autoimmune conditions in 2019.
I have seen clients at home since 2012 and at Woodfield Physiotherapy Centre in Bedfordshire since 2013.
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
I currently charge £75 per consultation. An initial consultation typically lasts an hour and a half and subsequent consultations an hour. In addition to my dietary advice, I may also recommend supplements and diagnostic testing - these are not included in my fees.
Professional organisations: I am a member of the following:
BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists) membership number: KAM0112115
CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) membership number: 000050-H11
Institute of Functional Medicine www.functionalmedicine.org: - listed as Fredrika Kamper