My journey in a few words
Born and raised in Northern Greece near Mount Olympus, I qualified in Medicine from the University of Thessaloniki.
I moved to London in 1997 to expand my knowledge and continue my cancer research at the Royal Free Hospital, funded by Cancer Research UK and the European Society of Medical Oncology.
I gradually realised that ill people need holistic and gentle care, which led me to do further training in Palliative Medicine. This was followed by studying for a Master of Science (MSc) in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey in Guildford, with the support of a scholarship from Cancer Research UK.
Working at the Royal Marsden alongside Dr J Andreyev in a clinic dedicated to treating the side effects of cancer treatments, I explored better and novel ways to support people affected by cancer.
Since 2008 I have been working at Penny Brohn UK providing nutritional and lifestyle advice in my consultations with cancer survivors and their carers.
Further studies in “Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle” and “Fasting Therapy” helped me find new ways to provide individualised treatment to people who are looking for a holistic approach to their health.
During the last years of my medical studies and later when I was training as a general physician and medical oncologist, I became interested in the history and philosophy of Medicine and in particular Hippocrates. I obtained a Diploma in the History and Philosophy of Bio-Medical Sciences. This knowledge led to my MSc thesis on “Food as Medicine: from Hippocrates to Modern Times”. So much of the knowledge that is found in the Hippocratic books is only now being discovered by modern Medicine.
I have influenced practice on a national UK level with my role as Chair of the Food and Nutrition Group of a national charity called Help the Hospices. A Consensus Statement on Nutritional Care of Palliative Care Patients, which the group produced has been endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Nursing, the European Association of Palliative Care, the British Dietetic Association and the National Association of Care Catering. We also created a Nutrition and Hydration Audit tool that has been used by many hospices around the country. Our education events in may parts of the country reached a big audience.
I continue to provide regular evidence-based training to doctors, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. In my teaching I emphasise the key role of diet and lifestyle changes, helping professionals to expand their knowledge and transform the way they approach healthcare.
In my daily medical practice, I use Nutritional Medicine, Ayurvedic, Fasting Therapy and Hippocratic knowledge alongside Western Medicine. I combine nutrition, natural & artificial exercises, meditation/mindfulness, stress management and other approaches to support individuals transform their lifestyles and discover true health and greater quality of being.