Hi, I’m Susie Garden, Clinical Nutritionist and Naturopath with over 20 years experience in healthcare from working in the hospital system as a Registered Nurse, to a corporate career in the pharmaceutical industry and now in the natural health and wellness sector. I love having a balance of knowledge of both sides of medicine and enjoy working with complex cases, especially cardiometabolic disease, gut issues, stress and anxiety, weight loss and women’s health.
I take a functional medicine approach to health and am passionate about uncovering the reasons behind my client’s health issues, including physical and emotional drivers, and seeing great results when simple diet and lifestyle changes are made, often supported by nutritional and herbal medicines, flower essences and mind-body techniques
I am trained in Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis and use an advanced blood results analysis along with clinical examination to formulate my patients’ individualised wellness plans.
My own health journey started after my dream trip to India, which was awesome, but I came home with a severe gastroenteritis which destroyed my gut microbiome. After a number of years with significant gut issues, these became ‘normal’ for me. Shortly after this I also started experiencing anxiety and burnout. It was only when I started studying nutrition that I realised that in fact my gut health was terrible. When I then applied what I was learning to myself, I healed my gut and resolved my anxiety (yes, these are linked!). It taught me how easy it is to justify symptoms as normal, and how impactful our gut health is on our physical and mental health.
I also love helping people lose weight and regain their confidence and vitality. Healthy weight management is a key driver of good health and disease prevention and I’m qualified to deliver the award winning nutrition program – Metabolic Balance®. This 12 week scientifically validated program was developed in Germany by doctors and nutritionists and focuses on reducing inflammation and balancing hormones to deliver significant weight reduction and reduced symptoms of conditions such as endometriosis, menopause, PCOS, allergies and eczema, hypertension, obesity and diabetes, etc. Your individualised Nutrition Plan is developed using blood testing, your body measurements and your medical history to provide a completely tailored protocol just for you.
The Metabolic Balance® program supports you to thrive and be well from a balanced diet of natural foods, individually selected to match your body chemistry, which together with my professional support and coaching ensures optimal success. This program is recognised by some health funds for rebates.