I’m Kathryn and I’m a nutritionist who specialises in family health, from pre-conception, children’s health, ladies entering the menopause or clients who just feel tired to those in their senior years.
I have worked with hundreds of clients both in the UK and internationally.
My approach focuses on running non-invasive laboratory testing, creating bespoke nutrition programmes and using high quality, yet gentle supplements to build up the foundations of health. I prefer to “test don’t guess”!
Tests that I offer
I offer a range of tests including Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis tests, Organic Acid Test (OAT), stool tests (including the GI-MAP), food intolerance tests or genetic tests to name a few.
I offer flexible packages, whether it’s just one test you want or several tests. If you’re unsure about what tests you need or you needs details on packages and pricing then please contact us on the form below and we would be delighted to help.
If you already have tests, I am happy to work with you.
A bit more about me
I completed a degree focusing on Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Surrey. Following this, I had a ten-year career in medical safety in Pharmaceutical companies. To top up my knowledge in nutrition, I later undertook a Diploma in Nutrition (gaining a distinction).
I have worked with clients with a variety of symptoms including fatigue, immune (including Covid patients), neurological, emotional and digestive symptoms to those wishing to conceive. I work with many children who have Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, tics and PANS or PANDAS.
I often say that achieving good health is like fitting together a difficult jigsaw. It’s a case of finding out all the pieces of your own personal jigsaw…. that’s where I can help.
I use nutritional tests as discussed above to find out what underlying issues are present, whether it’s nutrient deficiencies, digestive issues, bacterial, fungal, or viral issues, inflammation, heavy metals, oxalate issues, food intolerances and many other root causes.
I offer ‘Premium’ packages which include a full written analysis report of tests, alternatively if you don’t want full analysis, I also offer ‘Basic’ packages.
Based on test findings, I then create a tailored nutritional plan (often including supplements). I provide easy to follow nutritional plans including where to buy appropriate supplements, how much to take and when.
After you’ve received the plan, various email support packages are available, as much or as little as you need whether it’s unlimited emails or phone calls.
Below you can find answers to some commonly asked questions. Do let us know if you have any other queries.
What are the differences between some of the main tests?
Which test should I do first? Should I run all tests at the same time?
This is a good question. Each test gives different clues as to what the root causes of health problems are so in an ideal world we would run a range of tests prior to analysis and recommendations. However, in the same way that all our clients are different, their needs are different. Some clients may be sensitive to changes with diet, supplements etc. and may wish to do one test at a time and slowly build up their nutritional plan. Each test we run gives more clues, so sometimes one test is plenty to get started. Others may want to do several tests at once and have a comprehensive view on the analysis and recommendations at the start. We are happy to work alongside our clients in however they feel most comfortable.
To determine which tests to run, we offer a short free initial consultation.
Do I need to stop supplements or any particular foods before doing tests?
For all tests you don’t need to stop any other supplements before the tests. Probiotics don’t need to be stopped before any testing as it gives a baseline to see if the supplements you are currently taking are effective.
- GI-MAP: clients should avoid aspirin or NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen) 72 hours before taking the stool sample.
- OAT test: Please avoid apples, pears, grapes, raisins and any products that include these (e.g. fruit juice, biscuits that contain raisins) 24 hours before taking the sample. Please also stop vitamin C 24 hours before the test as well.
We have some clients who prefer to be off antibiotics before running the GI-MAP/OAT for a couple of weeks particularly if your child is only on a short course of antibiotics, but again we also have many clients who are on antibiotics and run these tests, so either is fine.
How do I do the hair test sample?
The hair test kit comes with instructions, so do read these before completing the sample. Here are a few more of our own:
- The hair sample should be of hair that is untreated with any kind of dye (or other chemical treatment), nor should it have gel, hairspray or any kind of oil on it.
- Just wash the hair like usual, once it is dry, take the sample (ideally, straight after the hair is dry, but up to 4 hours if necessary)
- Ideally no oily shampoo or those with minerals like zinc should be used just before cutting the hair sample. Many just use a baby shampoo.
- Use clean (e.g. stainless steel) scissors to cut the sample.
- The sample ideally should come from a few locations – most take from the nape of the neck or from a spot where no one would notice the hair being gone. Alternatively, you can save the clippings from the back of the head, particularly for males or if they have short hair.
- There are several video’s on YouTube on cutting the sample. A couple of examples are here and here.
How do I pay for tests?
- HTMA: You will be invoiced by us you for the full HTMA package including the cost of the test and our services a week ahead of the consultation. Do not pay anything to the lab directly.
- OAT test: Please pay Biolab direct for this test (documentation that comes with the test will explain it).
- GI-MAP test: We will invoice you for the cost of the test when the test is booked.
- Genetic Testing: You will need to pay independently for the postage to the US and the cost of the test (directly with the lab).
We ask for payment via Bank transfer if possible. With all tests, we will send an invoice to you with money due before the consultation. We ask for payment for all our services at least 24 hours before the consultation.
How long do tests take to come back?
- HTMA test: Results take approximately 3-4 working weeks to come back they have reached the lab.
- OAT tests/GI-MAP: Results can take up to 4 weeks once the lab has received them.
- Genetic tests: These can take much longer. Once received by the lab these results can take up to 5 weeks.
How soon are tests analysed?
We schedule the test analysis and your consultation only after we have received the results for all of the tests you have ordered. We would therefore encourage you to send the test samples back to the labs as soon as possible after you receive the test kits.
Please be assured that we will analyse your tests and book your consultation appointment as soon as we can. However, there is normally a waiting list and we will only be able to give you an indication of the expected appointment date after we have received all of your test results plus your completed health questionnaire.
What is the health questionnaire?
Prior to your first consultation we will ask you to complete a confidential questionnaire for your child or yourself. Please email the completed form to us if possible. We will review this thoroughly prior to your first consultation. The questionnaire gives us a lot of information about the client (in conjunction with the results) and also helps get the most out of the time on the consultation.
What happens in an initial appointment?
Initial appointments prior to booking tests are available, however, we do not insist on clients having an initial consultation prior to booking tests.
In most cases the first consultation is only booked in once the client’s test results are received. Prior to the first consultation we review your questionnaire and test results. Dependent on the client’s needs, we then analyse the results and create a customized nutritional plan. These will then be discussed during the meeting. Expect a first consultation to last for 1-1.5 hours depending on the complexity of the client’s condition.
The analysis will be emailed to you before the consultation and the nutritional plan will be sent up to 24 hours after the consultation.
What is available for follow up testing?
Follow up HTMA, OAT, or GI-MAP’s from 2021 will now be offered as two options:
- Premium: A full analysis as per your initial consultation
- Basic: An amended plan and a consultation (including the main findings of the results discussed during the consultation). This does not include a written analysis of test results. This consult will last for 30-45 mins depending on the complexity of the case.
Please note that for option two, the HTMA test and analysis must have been in the last 6-8 months. For the OAT and GI-MAP that test/analysis, should have been within the last 12 months.
What if we have done previous medical tests?
We would ask that previous medical tests are summarised in the medical history section of the questionnaire. Please note you are welcome to send copies of other tests however they will not be fully analysed. Only the results of tests that you order through us will be fully analysed, unless you ask us otherwise.
How long do the plans last for?
Our plans are usually suitable for between six and eight months. During this time, you are welcome to have email support to answer any of your questions while on the plan. I then usually suggest a retest to assess progress and change any plans accordingly.