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OUR TEAM

The Whole Harmony Wellbeing Centre brings together the knowledge and experience of our team of specialists in alternative medicines. Find out more about each of our team members, their backgrounds and areas of expertise below.

Aija Kruce
Ali MacDonald
Andrea Okos
Ashleigh Poulsen
Claire Desroches
Daniela Voit
Michael Lambert
Dr Priya Bhana
Dr Klaudia Raczko

Aija Kruce DSFH, AfSFH (reg.), NBMP (reg.)
Aija Kruce DSFH, AfSFH (reg.), NBMP (reg.)

Aija is currently in maternity leave with a beautiful little girl.

Aija is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Reiki practitioner with a strong sense of purpose in her role and a steadfast commitment to helping others. Through her own self development – learning, growing and studying – Aija has found a way to stay true to this commitment by helping people overcome challenges, break habits, heal and create positive change in their lives.

Aija works with clients to create an environment that enables the individual’s own personal healing, growth and discovery, allowing change and transformation to occur gently over the course of the sessions. For Aija, witnessing the progression and transformations in her clients week on week is truly rewarding.

Aija’s passion for a holistic lifestyle focusing on energy healing led her to become a qualified Usui Reiki Practitioner. Continuing her journey of self-discovery, she developed a special interest in neuroscience and how the mind works. She qualified in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy with the leading CPHT in Central London – a school that provides the gold standard in modern therapeutic techniques in the UK.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is a positive, forward-thinking and highly effective brain-based therapy. During her sessions, she employs a range of techniques grounded in Solution Focused Practices, Neuroscience and Hypnosis, concentrating on the client’s goals and what they want to achieve for the future rather than analyzing the past or focusing on painful memories and the issues that have led them to seek support.

Aija is a registered member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and the National Board for Modern Psychotherapy (NBfMP) and adheres to their strong codes of ethics at all times.

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Ali MacDonald
Ali MacDonald

Ali MacDonald ( BA hons, MA, Dipl REBT.) is a Dramatherapist and a registered Health Care Professional, meeting national standards for training, skills, behaviour and health.

Ali obtained a Master’s degree in Dramatherapy in 2015 and has over 10 years of experience working in Mental Health.

Ali has a holistic approach towards improving mental health and wellbeing with a specific interest in helping people to connect with themselves. Drawing upon arts psychotherapy, yoga, meditation and reiki, she tailors the most suitable approach to meet the individual’s needs and goals.

Ali has experience working with adults, young people and children. She is currently employed by the NHS where she specialises in trauma and attachment.

Ali works with both individuals and groups, delivers training to other professionals, and facilitates workshops and creative projects.

“Ali is an extremely talented individual who has great empathy with people and the ability to encourage the best in others…she has a very practical approach to life whilst retaining an acute sensitivity to others. A very creative lady.”

Ali has a holistic approach towards improving mental health and wellbeing with a specific interest in helping people to connect with themselves. ​ Ali has been influenced by and has had accredited training in Yin yoga and is influenced by this knowledge in her clinical practice.

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Andrea Okos
Andrea Okos

Andrea is the owner and founder of the Whole Harmony Wellbeing Centre. This represents the achievement of a lifelong vision to establish a centre with many alternative therapies working together under one roof. The goal of the centre is to help people improve their all-round health and wellbeing through a combination of Functional Medicine, Colonic Hydrotherapy & Detox Treatments and other holistic therapies such as various type of massage, Reiki and different talking therapies. From the gut, to the mind and the entire body, these alternative therapies work together to heal the person as a whole.

Through extensive training and practice, Andrea has seen first-hand the benefits of Functional Medicine and believes that quality sleep, stress management, purpose in life, good relationships are as important for good health as nutrition, exercise and gut health. In fact, it was her own digestive issues and severe skin condition that led her to try a juice detox and colonic hydrotherapy treatments. Within two months of treatment she found that her eczema cleared, she lost weight and gained lots more energy. She’s been championing the effectiveness of Functional Medicine ever since. After this success, promptly took a juicing course and became a Natural Juice Therapist. She then trained as a Colonic Hydrotherapist and is now a proud member of ARCH (Association of Registered Colonic Hydrotherapists) where she also volunteers for the organisation as Treasurer.

Her love of learning and inspiring others later led her to train as a Functional Medicine Health Coach (with FMCA), achieving National Board Certification in 2018 with NBHWC and joined the UK Health Coaches Association as a member.

Through this, she has herself been inspired to take the next step to become a fully-fledged Functional Medicine Practitioner with a three year degree in Nutritional Therapy at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, currently being in her final year and graduating in June 2021.

In 2018, she also completed the foundation course, ‘Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ (AFMCP) to become an IFM Certified Practitioner and in 2019 the Advanced Practice Module GI Function & Dysfunction. Just two more years before she’s able to take her certification exam.

In 2020 Andrea has also completed the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Certificate Course and became a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and member of the Association of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioners (AFDNP).

Besides practicing as a Coach, FDN Practitioner and Colonic Hydrotherapist, Andrea also practices NADA Ear Acupuncture, Reiki and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

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Ashleigh Poulsen
Ashleigh Poulsen

As a committed and dedicated industry professional Ashleigh has a fascination for results driven treatments. She is mindful of the continued need of non-surgical desires to improve skin ageing and other concerns. Ashleigh strives to provide her clients with the best possible treatment experience, that’s safe now and into the future.
With these important concepts in mind it seemed fitting to endeavour to attend advanced aesthetic training and to further develop and understand an aesthetic, cosmetic and non-surgical treatment journey in a regulated setting, which upholds these principles in line with the standards determined by the health and safety governing body.
Following successful client treatment plans, Ashleigh carries out a variety of non-surgical treatments for sun damage, pigmentation, skin rejuvenation for ageing, thread vein removal as well as enhancing the consultation process, manage client expectations throughout treatment, as well as accurately measuring the response to certain therapies over any given timescale.

As a non-medical prescriber, Ashleigh formulates bespoke treatment pathways, providing prescriptive topical skin treatment assessments, skin analysis and treatment progressions.
Ashleigh provides treatment aftercare supporting products and treatments available for clients which ensure accuracy and a personalised pathway of care in relation to all the treatments and products to ensure that clients are fully informed and to feel like they are receiving tailored treatments that are safe.
Clients are welcome to attend a complimentary consultation to discuss their skin needs in a professional, yet relaxed manner and positive customer service.
Ashleigh is looking forward to taking your skin care needs to its next level!

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Claire Desroches
Claire Desroches

Claire is an enthusiast of movement in all its forms, and believes that bodies feel better when they are able to move freely. Throughout her career as a massage therapist, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach, Claire has found a passion in finding ways to optimise each client’s movement patterns according to their unique bodies and lifestyles.

Claire’s own journey in sport, fitness and wellbeing began when, after falling in love with running, lifting weights and then martial arts (kickboxing, then Thai boxing, then Brazilian jiu jitsu), she realised she had become the sporty person she had never been as a child. Her years of experience with clients has confirmed what she began to suspect: our bodies are made to move, but often we aren’t shown how to do it safely or in a way that we enjoy.

After suffering some minor injuries – as any active, or even inactive person will tend to at some point – and then a major knee injury, as well as working with clients recovering from various injuries and chronic pain, Claire became frustrated with the lack of understanding around the nature of injuries and pain; too often treated with rest and medication, allowing people to return to the activities that injured them in the first place, with no understanding of the patterns that caused the injury. That’s why Claire will always aim to demystify injuries and pain, and to empower her clients to improve the way their bodies feel. She does this by working with compassion, asking clients for feedback throughout a treatment or training session, explaining her observations and discussing how they can adapt their movements or activities to perform better, be more active, or simply reduce their discomfort.

Having worked with a wide variety of clients from teenagers to 90-year-olds, non-athletes and recreational athletes (including competitive cyclists and runners) and professional athletes (including NFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Rugby Sevens, and cricket players), Claire knows how to adapt her treatment and advice to give her clients the greatest benefit each time, and to help them make the most of their bodies and their movement!

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Daniela Voit
Daniela Voit

Daniela was a grateful recipient and strong advocate of Shiatsu for 15 years before she began her studies into the practice. In October 2017, she completed her 3 year training in Zen Shiatsu at the Shiatsu College, London.

Daniela is particularly interested in the positive role Shiatsu can play in relation to mental health. From 2017-2018, she volunteered at a Mental Health Charity in Leatherhead. Working with lots of different people, the experience gave her a great insight into how Shiatsu can really make a difference to those suffering with mental health issues.

Shiatsu is a physical healing practice that originates from Japan. The practise consists of pressure on the body of the receiver with the hand, palm and thumb as well as joint rotations and stretches. Through pressure and movement, the energy in the body is brought into flow, promoting and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.

As a holistic practice which concentrates on the connection between mind, body and soul, Shiatsu brings comfort and can aid the healing process in physical, emotional and psychological ailments.

Regular Shiatsu sessions can help to ease:
• Joint stiffness
• Chronic or acute back pain
• Sciatica
• Pain and tension in shoulders
• Anxiety and depression
• Insomnia
• Stress
• Digestion issues

Daniela is also very interested in the abilities of Shiatsu as a balancing and healing therapy in relation to women’s health issues during menstruation, prenatal and postnatal periods and the menopause.

Shiatsu is a full body therapy that is delivered to the (fully clothed) client on a futon, with lots of cushions to ensure comfort. A Shiatsu session typically lasts around 75 minutes with a brief health catch-up at the beginning. The first session can last up to 90 minutes, as the client’s health and reason for booking will be discussed in greater detail.

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Dr Klaudia Raczko
Dr Klaudia Raczko

Dr Klaudia is an open-minded medical doctor who has extensive training in nutrition as well as conventional medicine. When she realised that conventional medicine does not always have the answers to common health problems and mainly treats the symptoms instead of the cause of the disease, and trough her own health struggles, she found Functional Medicine which she believes is the most powerful approach to treat and prevent diseases.

Functional Medicine is a scientific approach towards chronic health conditions designed to the identify underlying root causes of health problems. When the underlying imbalances are addressed, diseases often ‘disappear’. She wants to guide her clients towards optimal health and well-being. She has a special interest in nutrition, lifestyle and personalised medicine and all interventions are tailored to the client’s specific needs and preferences.

She uses medication-free, lifestyle solutions based on the Functional Medicine approach to optimise her clients’ health and manage chronic health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiometabolic disease, digestive issues, skin problems, mental health conditions and much more. She offers a wide range of tools to help her clients to understand their individual health needs such as genetic, nutritional, gut health and hormonal testing. This approach works for both prevention as well as disease ‘reversal’.

Longer appointments time, a relaxed atmosphere and a holistic view of the person coupled with personalised tests and interventions will help her clients understand the root causes of their health concerns and guide them towards their maximal health potential by discovering the power of nutrition and lifestyle interventions.

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Michael Lambert

Michael is a Specialist MSK Physiotherapist obtaining his degree from St George’s University in London, with his postgraduate study being completed at the prestigious University College London.

Michael has worked in both the NHS and private sporting sectors. Within these settings Michael has worked with a variety of clients, from people who are +80 years and looking to improve their balance and mobility, to high performance athletes preparing to compete at the Olympic games.

His treatment strategies are case dependent as Michael believes there is not one treatment approach that suits all, rather each person’s pain should be managed individually. With this being the case, he has obtained qualifications and training within several areas to facilitate different treatment approaches. Such as Acupuncture, Spinal Mobilisations, Sports and Deep Tissue Massage. Michael typically utilises these methods to support exercise-based rehabilitation, to ensure that you get better in the short-term and maintain these results in the long-term.

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Dr Priya Bhana
Dr Priya Bhana

Dr Priya is a GP and a Functional Medicine (FM) doctor. She has been a GP for over two decades and practices in the NHS in South West London. She recognises that we are all unique combinations of our genetics, environment and lifestyle which, if not in balance, can lead to symptoms and chronic ill health. Priya has always been intrigued by the person and the story behind their illness.

As Priya is practicing FM, she is trained to diagnose and treat the cause of the illness. Why is that important? Patient primary-care often means dealing with a large number of patients, in a time-constrained environment and this makes it more difficult for GP’s to treat chronic conditions which often require deeper investigation and tests that are not fully available.

Priya is able to provide personalised healthcare and the most common conditions treated are:
* Hormonal: Menopause, polycystic ovaries, thyroid conditions
* Digestive: Irritable bowel, food reactions, reflux, diverticulosis, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
* Autoimmune: Rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac, vitiligo
* Musculoskeletal: Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
* Cardiometabolic: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
* Neurological: Depression, anxiety, memory problems, migraines.

Advances in genomic medicine have now made it easy to test for certain genetic mutations which play an important role in finding out what you may be at risk of, and how best to tailor your treatment. Priya is trained in providing genetic test profiles (See more detail under FM section).

In a time where it is expected that more than half of the population will have a chronic condition, Priya feels it is more importnat than ever to look at why, and how we can prevent and treat chronic conditions. For this reason, Priya’s training in FM continues to expand and thus far includes Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), Advance Practice Modules in Gastroenterology, Hormones, Environmental Health and the DNALife Certification course. Priya holds full registration with the General Medical Council and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well as The Institute of Functional Medicine.

See also dr Priya’s website: www.mosaic-medical.com

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