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Practitioner Profiles

Rosalind Blackwell ND MRN MCPP LCSP (Phys) PG Dip Nutritional Medicine

Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Remedial Massage and Manipulation Therapist, Clinical Nutritionist

Rosalind is a doctor of naturopathy, (not a GMC doctor), medical herbalist and clinic director. She completed her 4 year training as a herbalist at the then School of Herbal Medicine, Tunbridge Wells in 1986 and as a naturopath at the then British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1994. She is also qualified in massage and joint manipulation and holds a diploma in remedial massage and manipulative therapy. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. She has been in practice for over 30 years.

  • Member of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths
  • Member of the British Naturopathic Association part of GCRN
  • Member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy
  • Member of the College of Medicine
  • Member of the London and Counties Society of Physiologists
  • Associate Member of the British Society of Ecological Medicine

Rosalind has a broad training in traditional naturopathic techniques and Western herbal medicine but also has orthodox scientific training in phlebotomy and IV nutrient infusions. She liaises with medical colleagues who are members of the BSEM in some instances when appropriate in treatment of certain conditions, notably chronic fatigue syndrome. She is familiar with and routinely orders all basic blood tests and uses specialised laboratories (Biolab, Acumen, Genova) for nutritional and functional tests, for example mitochondrial function, DNA and toxin tests when required. The Doctors Laboratory, London is used for routine blood tests when required.

Rosalind has a particular interest on chronic conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome. The science on many of these conditions has progressed and it is important for practitioners to keep updated. It is also important for doctors and practitioners to realise that whilst the Internet is a wonderful creation and source of knowledge, there is also a lot of misinformation too! Rosalind approach to health is based on a deep understanding of physiology. Many symptoms are due to the intelligent response of the body to either toxic chemical, physical or emotional stressors. A poor diet laden with chemicals is an example but environmental toxins are a real problem for many today. If we reduce any stressful burden and supply good nutrition it is a good start. Physical stress can include spinal impairment fo blood and nerve supply. Correction of these can make huge changes. Adrenal and thyroid problems are often involed in poor health but these illnesses are not usually gland specific, they are the collateral damage from years of ongoing damage caused by physical, chemical or emotional stressors and an autonomic nervous system that is permanently in fight/flight mode. In the USA 50% of deaths are caused by pharmaceuticals! This is when they are taken in the prescribed, correct dosages not accidental mishaps. Whilst a drug maybe lifesaving or essential sometimes the casual reliance on pharmaceuticals leads to further ill health as the cause has never been corrected. No one is ill due to a chemical drug deficiency. 

Rosalind qualified many years ago as a reflexologist and aromatherapist but also studied with Dr Daniel Penoel MD (France) and Pierre Franchomme on the medicinal uses of essential oils or Aromatic Medicine and subsequently ran training courses with him for medical herbalists. Later she was able to use this knowledge and clinical experience in teaching and was appointed lecturer in Aromatic Medicine, a module on the first University BSc course in Phytotherapy at Middlesex University, a position she held for two years. 

She travelled to America in 1998 where she attended several training courses. One was with Majid Ali MD (who has been such a positive influence) on intravenous nutritional therapy, ozone treatment, chelation and high resolution microscopy. Rosalind also attended specialised training in nutritional medicine including intravenous nutrition in Seattle, USA in conjunction with Bastyr University, with Dr Jonathan Wright MD and Dr Alan Gaby MD from whom she also learnt about bio-identical natural hormones. She spent some time in a hospital setting where she was able to practise intravenous technique. She regularly attends training seminars on Ecological and Functional Medicine. She has done advanced studies in herbal medicine with Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz MD (France) whose research and clinical work focuses on the neuro-hormonal aspects of disease progression and is called endobiogenics. Rosalind has recently done refresher courses in IV nutritional therapies and has trained in the Patrica Kane (PK) protocol which is a treatment that focusses on normalising the cell membrane and detoxifying the body. It is also called Phospholipid Exchange.

Lizzie Foulon BSc MCPP 

Medical Herbalist

Lizzie trained at the College of Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) and graduated with a BSc (hons) degree in Phytotherapy through the University of Wales in 2005. She studied herbal medicine in the United States too where she was awarded a year-long scholarship by well-known herbalist, botanist and author Christopher Hobbs. During her time in Oregon she was fortunate to spend a day each week as a student with Chanchal Cabrera in the Ashland Clinic learning about the support of cancer patients with herbal and nutritional medicine. She also spent several days each month shadowing a Family Doctor, Howard Morningstar in the same town and spent several weeks studying in the practice of Medical Herbalist and author Amanda McQuade-Crawford in California. On leaving the USA she went to France to study Aromatic Medicine. Lizzie has been periodically studying the Endobiogenic system of medicine created by Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz and his colleagues since 2003. Lizzie is a clinical tutor, personal tutor and lecturer for the Betonica Herbal Medicine course based in Somerset. She is also mentor to students undertaking the Heartwood apprenticeship training in herbal medicine. She is Medical Herbalist for the charity Breast Cancer Haven at their Midlands centre in Solihull. Her particular interests are the gut and cancer support. Lizzie will work in a close clinical liason with Rosalind and will also be locum when Rosalind is away.  

Leaenna Hegarty

Therapist

Leaenna (Lenni) is a qualified beauty and holistic therapist who trained initially at Weston College over a 3 year course and was awarded the Higher National Diploma in Health and Beauty in levels 1, 2 and 3 which she completed in 1999. She also trained  at Clifton College Bristol between 2006 to 2007 in anatomy and physiology, Swedish massage and holistic therapies. 

She gained much experience working in a high end spa as a therapist and manager. Later she worked in a specialist clinic as a skin therapist performing laser treatments and skin peels alongside a dermatologist and her interest for skin care grew. She went on to open her own beauty salon / day spa with a business partner where they offered an extensive range of salon treatments including specialist facials such as microdermabrasion, crystal facial massage, body exfoliation, body wraps, massage and aromatherapy. After many years she and her business partner subsequently sold their successful salon as both wished to pursue other interests. 

During her years of work she became concerned about the chemicals used in many skin care products and veered towards using those without questionable preservatives or other potentially harmful chemicals. She started to view health and beauty as a continuum and understood that what is taken inside the body will reflect on outer appearance and she understood the value or stress reduction with face and body treatments.

Lenni lives the way she practises her therapies and she eats a healthy diet and uses only plant based organic products and essential oils to avoid putting toxins on her skin.  Lenni joins Rosa Medica Clinic to further her passion for holistic wellness treatments and she will develop the spa side of the clinic using Rosa Medica own brand organic essential oils and organic herbal products from the clinic dispensary and using the new ranges of organic face and body products. She will initially be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays for treatments.

Jon Muscaty

Osteopath

Jon is a registered Osteopath and Naturopath, he studied at the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy. He has been in practice for nearly 20 years and currently runs four clinics in the Southwest. He is registered with most insurance companies - but please check your policy conditions before booking a consultation.

The first appointment is 45mins and will involve taking a case history (it may be worth bringing any results of scans, tests etc) and then usually a physical examination to help reach a diagnosis. You may be asked to undress to underwear to help do these tests properly. If anything of particular concern is picked up, this may involve a referral to your GP or to a specialist. Otherwise, after discussing the findings, a treatment plan will be suggested. Usually, there will be time for treatment within this first session.

Osteopathy aims to correct the underlying imbalances in the body that are responsible for the presenting symptoms. Treatment will vary widely between patients but may involve massage, stretching, mobilizing joints, posture and exercise. It is commonly used on back and neck pain, arm/leg and pelvis problems, sports and other injuries but may be helpful in many other conditions. Jon is available on Friday mornings.