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We are most certainly not the food police. Quite the contrary, we are very much ‘foodies’,  who enjoy good cooking and wine in moderation. Over time Sian will share with you some of her recipes and culinary recommendations.

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Sian Shepherd

Dietitian

Sian is a Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian who has combined 25 years experience within the NHS with 15 years within the private sector. She has worked at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and most recently The Whittington Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS  Foundation Trust and The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, based at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals.

She has worked alongside some of the leading Gastroenterologists in London. In 2016 she worked with the renowned Gastroenterology team at Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust providing nutritional guidance to patients with inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. In 2013 she worked with a similar cohort of patients at The Homerton University Hospital and regularly sees patients at her private practice at BMI Cavell and BMI Kings Oak Hospitals. She is fully trained as a Kings College Low FODMAP practitioner and has repeatedly achieved excellent results with a large number of patients by helping them identify which foods are problematic and subsequently equip them to manage their symptoms of irritable bowel and other functional gut syndromes.

Sian studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Surrey before joining The World Food Programme aid programme in Lesotho for two and a half years, where she worked supporting the food aid programmes in primary schools, developing recipes in association with a thriving school garden programme.

She was privileged to be nutritional adviser to Raymond Blanc when he was compiling his BBC series Kitchen Secrets II.

Sian was part of the award winning catering and dietetic teams at The Royal Marsden Hospital, receiving ‘Good Food on the Public Plate’ awards in 2009 and 2010 from Sustain, for incorporating local, seasonal and organic produce into the hospital menus. Improving hospital catering has been a life long passion.

She is fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, is a member of the British Dietetic Association (MBDA), member of the Gastroenterology, Sports Nutrition Specialist and London branch groups of the BDA and is committed to ongoing Continued Professional Development. She was awarded the BDA Advanced Diploma in Dietetic Practice and Professional Development Award in 2013.

She loves cooking for her family and friends and enjoys trying new recipes and challenging herself, whether it be in the kitchen, skiing in the Alps or sailing in the Solent or Mediterranean.

Andrew Millar BSc MD FRCP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

  • Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, North Middlesex University Hospital
  • Honorary Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Free Hospital, London
  • Associate Professor at the University of St George’s, Grenada, West Indies
  • UCLH Cancer Collaborative Lead for the Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centre Project (MDC)

Dr Andrew Millar is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the North Middlesex University Hospital where he is also the Lead Clinician for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer and the Viral Hepatitis Services.

He has a passion for ensuring patients are given a rapid and effective diagnosis so that treatment can start early. Dr Millar leads the development of the Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres, which is key project of the UCLH Cancer Collaborative. This work began when he was the London Cancer Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Pathway Director and he now focuses on leading this growing project which is jointly funded by NHS England and Cancer Research UK.

The Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres aim to improve access to care for patients with concerning cancer symptoms in North Central and East London who do not meet the criteria for existing rapid referral or are to unwell to wait for a conventional appointment.

He is passionate that diagnosis must start with a careful record of symptoms and patient’s concern, supported by relevant investigations. He is also helping to develop technology to obtain clinical information from patients to enhance clinical care and provide key data for the development of new clinical decision support tools (CDSTs).

Statement of Interests: Has received funding from Cancer Research UK, Gilead Sciences Ltd, Janssen Ltd, Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd. He is a Director of GI Diagnostics Ltd and a shareholder in Medefer Ltd.

Dr Andrew Millar

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We also work closely with renowned specialist general, colo-rectal and laparoscopic surgeon Mr Lee Dvorkin when patients need a surgical review or intervention.

Supported by grants from CRUK and PCUK he is developing Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres to improve access to care for those with suspected malignancy, including patients who will enter the Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) Pathway.

He is also developing technology to obtain clinical information from patients to enhance clinical care and provide key data for the development of new clinical decision support tools (CDSTs). Read more on http://www.leedvorkin.co.uk.

My name is Frankie Ebdon, I am a student dietitian about to start the third year of my degree in Dietetics and nutrition, at London Metropolitan university. I was born on my parent’s small farm in Devon where they cultivate organic vegetables to sell in their farm shop. Growing up amongst the cabbages gave me a real insight how vegetables are grown and to earn my pocket money I would help out with the planting, weeding and the harvesting of them. I am very lucky to have grown up in this way as it has given me the knowledge to grow my own food.

When I left school, I trained to be a chef and worked in many sectors of the hospitality industry for about 10 years. Throughout this time, I picked up the odd nutritional fact about some of the ingredients I had been using. This started a fascination with how the human body works and how we need nutrients to function. After doing some digging on the internet and finding loads of confounding information out there I wanted to learn what was truth and what was myth. So, I decided that I wanted to do a degree in the subject. So, I can grow food, I can cook food and now I am learning the science behind how I can help people through food. I wish to complete my degree, register as a dietitian and start this help within the NHS.

Testimonials

What our clients have to say

I was initially referred to Mrs Shepherd following a diagnosis of IBS in 2012. At that time she introduced me to a low fermentable carbohydrate (FODMAP) diet which was a complete revelation. Within a three month period, I noticed a significant improvement in all of my symptoms and, with Mrs Shepherd’s professional expertise and guidance, […]
DC
Teacher
Sian was my saviour through my treatment. She instilled so much confidence in me that I followed her advice on foods I could and could not eat. She is a professional and knowledgeable in her trade, her service was impeccable. I had regular consultations with Sian who also worked closely with Dr Karp, my oncologist. We were overwhelmed that my bloods were good, including my iron levels and blood cells. This was due to changes in my diet.
SM
Higher Education Tutor
It was lovely to meet you today. I was so excited for your information that I instantly installed the ap. You have given me great hope and I feel it will work. You have such a wonderful way of doing your job and sympathising with what I am going through. Having met many doctors with my symptoms, I feel there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. I am just grateful Dr Miller recommended you.
JS
Company Director
I visited Sian after being recommended by a gastroenterology consultant I have a non alcohol fatty liver. After my first session with Sian she introduced the idea that the cause may be that I binge eat. 
Having the open, honest and calming conversation with Sian really opened my eyes to my eating habits. 
She recommended a programme for me to improve my liver health and I now feel so much better. 
Thank you Sian for your coaching.
CP
Local Government IT Consultant

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