Sports and Dance Endocrinologist
I was awarded a BA in Medical Sciences from Cambridge University, then completed my clinical training at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (MB, BChir). After passing post graduate medical examinations to become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), I gained extensive clinical and research experience in Endocrinology and Sport/Dance and Exercise Medicine involving elite athletes, professional ballet dancers and young aspiring athletes. As a Research Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital I was part of the international medical team working to develop a test to detect athletes doping with growth hormone, supported by the International Olympic Committee. My other research studies investigated the effects of training and nutrition on the Endocrine system, body composition and bone mineral density, supported by medical research awards. These various research projects led to a number of publications and awards. With medical scholarships my Sport/Dance and Exercise Medicine attachments have included North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre Melbourne, Australian Institute of Sport, Faculty of Medicine, Discipline Human Physiology, University Newcastle NSW and Department of Paediatrics, Division of Growth and Reproduction, University of Geneva.
Having recently developed rheumatoid arthritis, I could no longer continue in full time hospital medicine in Endocrinology. However this gave me the opportunity to reflect on and investigate a more integrated and personalised approach to optimising health and fitness. At the invitation of the Editor of the British Journal of Sport Medicine and President of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine I write regular blogs on Sport Endocrinology: the reciprocal network interactions of the Endocrine system, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness. I recently produced a learning module for sports physicians on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) and I am heading a disciplinary working group to development an online resource for RED-S, backed by BASEM. I deliver presentations on various aspects of Sport and Exercise Medicine to all age groups. I chaired the annual BASEM spring conference addressing the Endocrine and Metabolic aspects of Sports and Exercise Medicine: Health, Hormones and Human Performance. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine and Royal College of Physicians, I keep up to date with current medical research. I am an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University an National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. I am an invited speaker on Dance Endocrinology at International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
I am an experienced ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher. Having passed all RAD grades and major executant exams, I am a full member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Whilst a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Dance UK, I was a key contributor to publications such as “Your Body Your Risk” and “Fit to Dance?” I have a background in competitive swimming, gymnastics and tennis, together with recreational cycling and windsurfing. I have personal experience of the female athlete triad.
I built further my interest in sport physiology, training methods and injuries as my sons developed into high level athletes. Realising that Pilates can be useful for improving health and fitness and providing an important role in optimising sport performance, I qualified as a Pilates Foundation teacher.
My aim is to redefine optimal health and fitness for the individual. My approach integrates all aspects of my professional clinical experience with my medical research expertise in Endocrinology and Sport, Dance and Exercise Medicine.
I work closely with professional organisations involved in all aspects of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Dance Medicine and those professionals involved in health and performance Science4Performance, coaches JF Cycle Coaching, physiotherapy (Chiswick, Barnes), Renee McGregor, Performance and Eating Disorder Specialist Dietitian
Interview with BASEM Today Issue 41 – Winter 2017