Meet the Team
Your journey to dis-ease is unique. As is the opportunity to embrace the whole person, observe individual biochemistry, and follow a tailored Optimal Health Treatment Pathway© to unravel the complexities of your health. The pathway to achieve the best outcome through the engagement of your intrinsic self-healing capacity and enhancing cellular function.
Optimal Health is where Science and the Art of intuition fuse beautifully through conventional biochemistry, quantum field therapy, bioenergetic terrain treatments primarily using sound and light therapy, and the instinctive perception of our experienced and nurturing Clinical Team. Meet them below.
Clinical Director Lisa Steel, ND is an Optimal Health Visionary, and one of the UK’s leading Naturopathic Doctors who has been in practice for over 30 years. She is responsible for setting the direction and principles of the Optimal Health Group and inspiring the team. Lisa is passionate about guiding and educating patients on complex health issues, and optimising health naturally. Educating patients to be able to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing using non-invasive, natural, and supportive means is her mission.
Your Compassionate Team
We will put together your Clinical Team with the skills and specialisms to support your health journey as outlined in your Optimal Health Treatment Pathway©
For Optimal Health Assessments, you will see a Senior Clinician who will be a Doctor of Natural Medicine.
For other assessments, you will see a Senior Clinician or a Mental Health Professional, or a Health Coach who is a Naturopath, or Nutritional Therapist.
For treatments, you will be cared for by a Health Coach or Clinical Technician, who will be a Therapist or Healthcare Worker.
We have taken great trouble to employ compassionate healthcare specialists who share a passion for being at the frontier of the emerging field of technology-based medicine and solving health challenges.
Meet the team
Senior Clinicians and Clinicians
Bridget Batty - ND BHSc (Nat) MANP
Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist.
London / Online
A warm and vibrant very experienced Senior Clinician, Bridget respects each patient’s individuality as key to the success of their Optimal Health Treatment Pathway©.
Her clinical interests include Women’s health such as Menstrual problems, PCOS and Endometriosis, Natural fertility and Reproductive health, Thyroid conditions, Digestive disorders, Autoimmune conditions, Children’s and Teenager’s health, and General wellbeing.
She is passionate about a holistic, individualised, and integrated approach to healthcare.
Bridget completed her BHSc degree at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Australia, where she was guided by Melbourne’s leading clinical naturopaths and nutritionists.
Dr. Priti Thakkar - BNYS
Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, and Herbalist
London / Online
Dr. Priti is a gentle and engaging Senior Clinician with over 16yrs of experience as a Naturopath. She earned her Medical Bachelor’s degree in Naturopathy & Yoga Therapy from India and was awarded a Gold Medal for academic excellence. Her passionate interest in an alternative system of medicine led to extensive study in Naturopathic Nutrition, Yoga Therapy, Herbal Medicine, and Homeobotanical & Homeoherbal therapies upon which she builds a wholistic approach.
Priti combines modern understanding of health & disease with traditional natural healing techniques in a comprehensive Optimal Health Treatment Pathway© that addresses the root cause of acute or chronic health concerns.
Her clinical interest is particularly in Digestive disorders, Autoimmune conditions, Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health, Restoring the Microbiome, Thyroid health, Detoxification, Chronic illnesses, and Mental and Emotional wellbeing. She is passionate about offering customised dietary and lifestyle support.
Ashling Casey-Moore DO BMAS
Osteopath, Naturopath and Medical Acupuncturist
Hampshire / Online
Ashling offers Optimal Bodywork treatment, integrating her many clinical modalities to provide bespoke prevention and recovery for a broad range of conditions. Patient transformation is her driving force – one patient even described her as “better than morphine”!
She is particularly passionate about treating pregnant women, newborns, menopausal women, the elderly, the incontinent, and people living with chronic pain.
Ashling’s wealth of experience is gleaned from running her own health clinics, as well as having worked in Harley Street at the Osteopathic Centre for Children; in hospitals/clinics in India and in a large multi-disciplinary practice in London.
She has a huge appetite for learning and is also qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master, a SIRPA UK (Chronic Pain) Practitioner, an IAIM Baby Massage Instructor, an ante/post-natal yoga teacher, and more recently an NLP Practitioner and a Level 3 Mental Health First Aider.
In recent years Ashling has had some health issues that the NHS have been unable to resolve. This led her to Optimal Health whose ethics and mission aligns with her own – we are delighted to have found each other. Ashling is excited about integrating her unique offering with all that Optimal Health has to offer and expanding her clinical repertoire still further.
She says, “I love my job, and would continue to do it even if I won the lottery!”
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Health Coaches and Clinical Technicians
Danielle Berends Adv. Dip Nat., Dip.Bot Med., Dip. Hom. MANP
Naturopath, Skin Specialist, and Health Coach
Hampshire / London / Online
Danielle is an experienced Naturopath having qualiﬁed from the internationally respected Australasian College of Natural Therapies in 2005.
She has practiced in both Sydney and London using a combination of nutrition, herbalism and lifestyle focus to educate and empower people to live their best, most dynamic life – health really is wealth.
Danielle understands the language of the body and listens when it speaks – not silencing symptoms, but ﬁnding the root cause of ailments and facilitating the body to really heal from within. She is a true believer in the skin being a barometer of your health and as you feed your body nutritious beneﬁcial foods so you should feed your skin with non-toxic beneﬁcial nutrients and with that in mind she founded the artisan, natural beauty brand ILOVESKIN.
A warm, caring practitioner here to help guide you to optimal health.
Hannah Evans BA, Dip. Nutritional Therapist ANP
Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
Hampshire / Online
Hannah started as an Optimal Health patient so is brilliantly placed to walk that journey with her patients now. She became endlessly curious about the world of natural health, leading her to qualify as a Nutritional Therapist, and start a diploma in Naturopathy.
After experiencing her own issues with chronic UTIs and hormonal imbalance Hannah’s special area of interest is naturally women’s health, but she is an all-rounder who enjoys learning about everything!
Hannah is really knowledgeable and a key part of the Optimal Health team, who brings her positive energy to coaching patients.
Gina Steel MPH, BHSc (Nat)
Naturopath and Health Coach
Hampshire / Online
Gina qualified from Endeavour College of Natural Health in Sydney, Australia with her Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, in 2020. She now also has her Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney, majoring in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, with a special interest in obesity and diabetes.
As such, she has an in-depth knowledge, not only of nutrition and Western herbal medicine, but of conventional and holistic weight management techniques.
Gina has been inspired by watching the patient transformations Lisa achieves as a Naturopath and is enthusiastic about putting that mindset into her own practice.
She is a tremendous team player, in the clinic (and on the netball court!) and is excited to be part of the Optimal Health team.
Camelia Metes, BSc
Senior Clinical Technician
Camelia is a very experienced clinician with a Baccalaureate Degree in Science.
She trained in Eastern Europe and has more than 11 years of clinical experience, 9 of those in the UK. Camelia spent about 8 years Intensive Care, and has experience in General Medicine, Gynaecology, Surgical, Neurology, GI, Maxillofacial, Orthopaedic, and Geriatrics.
Camelia is passionate about nature and natural health, and strongly supports taking a holistic-first line approach to healing. Her skill set and outlook are a fantastic asset to Optimal Health.
Emma Harris, DipHe
Health Coach & Senior Clinical Technician
Emma is a trained pediatric nurse who has over 10 years of nursing experience and specialises in neonatal and children’s intensive care. She loves working with people of all ages but particularly children.
Through learning about natural medicine and how amazing the body is at healing itself with the right support, she strongly advocates the use of holistic medicine to treat the whole person, not just symptoms, in total alignment with Optimal Health.
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Dr. Ying Cheng, PhD
Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor
London / Hampshire
Dr Ying is a graduate of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has more than 10-years of experience in acupuncture and herbal medicine, specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of chronic conditions including IVF & Fertility, PCOS, Menopause, Insomnia, Stress & Anxiety, Digestive & Respiratory Diseases and Skin problems.
She also has great success with Trigger Point Therapy for Musculoskeletal pain, Spinal and Back pain and other pain symptoms including cancer pain.
Dr Ying also treats patients with bespoke Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and her breadth of skills are the perfect complement to Optimal Health.
Brenda Storrie BSc, MSc , PGCert, PGDip
Play and Creative Arts Therapist
Hampshire / London / Online
Brenda is passionate about a child’s development and mental wellbeing. Her integrative holistic approach is based on the belief that children have the internal drive to achieve wellness. She uses a wide range of creative arts-media and play to enable her patients to communicate their inner experiences. Together they develop skills to deal with life’s challenges now and in the future.
Brenda trained as a specialist Play and Creative Arts Therapist for Children and Young People after running her own early years setting for over a decade. More recently she has worked in several West London primary schools delivering Play and Creative Arts therapy, providing a safe place to process challenges like bereavement, extreme anxiety, dyslexia, low self-esteem, domestic violence, aggressive behaviour, depression, exposure to alcoholism and autism.
As a mother herself, Brenda believes it is essential to adapt to our children’s way of life and keep up to date with new techniques and developments in child and adolescent mental health.
She is a member of PTUK’s Play and Creative Arts register, which requires her to maintain a high level of competency by undertaking continuous professional development.
Natasha Kazarina MSc (Western Herbal Medicine), PGDip (Naturopathic Nutrition), NIMH, CPP.
Medical Herbalist and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist
Natasha is a part of a family where herbalism has been practiced for many generations, and she herself has more than 30 years’ experience. She is a practicing Medical Herbalist and completed her MSc at the University of Middlesex. She practices a combination of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal medicine. She has also studied Endobiogenic Endocrinology, Naturopathy and Nutrition. Natasha believes that an individual, therapeutic and deeply humanistic approach is the best way to empower her patients. Her non-invasive, holistic treatments perfectly complement the Health Optimising approach.
Yvonne Claremont BSc(Hons) MBAcC LicAc
Yvonne graduated 15 years ago with a BSc Honours degree in both Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Five Element acupuncture, her studies also included western medicine. She has been in private practice since then and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
The aim of acupuncture is to treat the root cause of a problem, not merely suppress the symptoms. Her approach to treatment is gentle, thorough, and sensitive and she aims to provide the best possible care for her patients, focusing on their individual needs. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and great support on their optimal health journey.
Research on conditions acupuncture can help with can be seen at www.acupuncture.org.uk.