I am Gemma Price, a Registered Nutritional Therapist specialising in food reactivity, immunity and digestive health. I see clients both online and by phone, and from clinics near Woking and Guildford in Surrey.
My mission is to support people who are reacting to foods feel more comfortable in their bodies, and regain the joy and pleasure from eating a varied diet.
I have always had a keen interest in how the body works. My first degree was in Natural Sciences, and after graduating I went on to do further research at Cancer Research UK’s London headquarters. But throughout that time I felt like my body was not on my side:
I had been living with IBS-like symptoms since a trip to Nepal in my teens, which were exacerbated by a number of foods. It wasn’t until my (now) husband pointed out to me that it wasn’t normal that I sought treatment.
Though my digestive function thankfully improved after being treated for a lingering parasite, I was left with itchy skin, food sensitivities, joint aches and an over-active immune system.
My daughter’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes when she was just two years old was a tipping point in my life. In trying to find out why this had happened to her I discovered functional medicine, an approach that aims to identify and address the root causes of illness to move people towards better health.
As her diagnoses of coeliac disease and hypothyroidism followed two years later, I was desperate to find ways that would calm down her immune system, and ward off the development of any further autoimmune diseases, to which our family were obviously prone. I took her to visit a nutritional therapist.
Introducing dietary changes to support her health led to dramatic improvements in my own wellbeing.
This sparked a deep desire to use my new knowledge – alongside my previous scientific training – to help others get to the bottom of why they were feeling under par, and support them on their journey back towards health.
I enrolled on a three-year diploma programme at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, a leading provider of nutrition education, and graduated with distinction.
As well as a thorough grounding in nutritional therapy, the course gave me an understanding of what underlying imbalances can lead to food reactivity, and how these can be addressed through functional testing, diet and lifestyle approaches. I have continued to build on this knowledge through further training.
Though I consult with clients who would like help in a variety of areas, my particular interests are in
Qualifications and accreditations
I am fully insured, and continue to go to regular training events to improve my skills as a therapist and keep up-to-date with the latest research and developments in nutritional medicine.
To support clients through the often difficult process of behavioural change, I have also done further training in motivational interviewing.