ABOUT DR JANE
I have worked as a GP for many years and I continue to do so at Manuka Health Centre in Wellington. My own personal health journey and that of my family led to my exploring different health approaches, and I began to understand the web-like relationships between lifestyle choices , physiology, genetics and health. This led me to discover Functional Medicine, which is 'root cause' medicine. Given the right conditions, the body will always strive to heal and be in balance.
Health and wellness is important to me and I prioritise cooking nutritious meals, going to the gym and meditation into my daily routine to keep me energised and well. I enjoy making fermented foods such as Kombucha, and sharing my knowledge with family and friends.
Dovetailing my experience as a General Practitioner with my Functional Medicine expertise gives me a unique approach to help treat my patients. I am also a Fitgenes Practitioner , which enables me to use genetic information to help my patients. I am a Fellow of the New Zealand Royal College of General Practice and I am a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and also the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.
I believe in empowering people to take control of their health and focus on prevention and addressing underlying causes. This involves bringing together lifestyle and functional medicine to create a personal health and wellbeing lifestyle plan.
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Functional medicine is 'root cause' medicine. It identifies patterns and triggers which are causing underlying health problems, and gives us a structure to join the dots and map out your health plan.
We consider your health story from birth to present, your current symptoms and examine your underlying physiological mechanisms which together create optimum health. Good lifestyle habits are vital for enabling your body and mind to have the best environment to work effectively.
Through assessment of the underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, we are able to understand how key processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. These processes are related to larger functions, such as:
how your body rids itself of toxins
regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters
immune system function
digestion and absorption of nutrients and the health of the digestive tract
psychological and spiritual equilibrium
how you produce energy