You studied medicine in germany, how did you end up in Greece?

The decision to come to Greece was entirely based on falling in love with my now-husband, who I met in the UK. I had never imagined how well I’d be accommodated in the medical society of a country whose language I didn’t speak, but within a few weeks of being here I got pulled into the professional life. 20 years later, I’ve built a strong community of women, many of whom found me and others I came across myself. And I started with no connections, which I have to say is a compliment to Greeks, not to me, because they embraced an outsider. Greek women are my personal heroes! They are so dynamic and manage so many different roles and hurdles within 24 hours.

Describe your work as a holistic gynaecologist

Holistic means you embrace everything. It means you look at the gynecological symptoms, but you also examine where the symptoms come from. I do of course treat the acute symptoms, but I also look at the wider factors, things like diet and lifestyle, to make sure the symptoms don’t re-emerge.

How has your training in various countries shaped your career?

My curious character always led me to explore different routes. My first medical traineeship was in Australia. The first babies I delivered were in China and Taiwan! I then travelled a lot and really widened my outlook on medicine. During my two years in Africa I met women who don’t have access to expensive medicines. They go back to herbs and there’s a lot of wisdom to be found there. I made sure to observe closely and learn from them.

What do you think about online advice and the internet’s role in medicine?

Although I do not belong to the “online generation” I’ve always felt that we should offer our knowledge and experience beyond the consultation room. Two years ago I started an online programme about treating your hormonal imbalances naturally and how you can empower yourself, with consolidated information that is safe. It has been so well received. I have patients engaging from all over the world! I think we’re going to see more and more online consultations in the years to come.

How does mental health affect physical health?

Our mental health is extremely important. Mindfulness is something I practice on a regular basis. I’d say that’s probably what keeps me sane! Psychology can affect our immune system, our bowel movement, the list is endless. Our body is like an orchestra with many different parts that together create a harmonious symphony, but the way we live today completely upsets this fine balance.

And how can we help our psychology?

We need to make quality time for ourselves. Only if you make time will you be able feel better in yourself. Personally, I do yoga and pilates early in the morning three times a week, and I also engage in many outdoor activities. If not, I find that my day doesn’t really work out. My tip would be to let go of some things in order to make space for our needs. We should listen to our body. It’s constantly sending us messages and we should not ignore them.