Welcome to my site, I am Martina Cowen, Registered Nutritional Therapist and a passionate believer in the body’s ability to heal itself if given the right tools.
Growing up in the Czech Republic, on a smallholding, meant that the majority of my spare time was spent tending to the vegetable patch or livestock. The land provided us with freshly grown vegetables for our daily meals and grain to feed the animals. This meant that I learned first-hand that the benefits of eating freshly grown vegetables greatly outweighed the energy and hard work we put in.
During my early years, I watched my grandmother as she tended to her allotment and cooked with homegrown fruit and vegetables and prepared tea and ointments from natural ingredients sourced from her garden.
Cooking with my mum and dad quickly became my favourite past times (especially around Christmas when the excitement mounted). It was these special moments that prompted me to study cookery in Melbourne Australia (travelling in Australia was my childhood dream), where I subsequently qualified in Cookery - traditional French and Southeast Asian cookery.
It was in Australia, working in the hospitality industry that I really noticed that most people did not have a full appreciation of how the food was doing to their well-being. I decided that in order for me to have a true impact on someone's relationship with food, it's not enough to be able to cook it. For me, it's a three-pronged approach - cookery, psychology, and nutrition.
I studied at the prestigious College of Naturopathic Medicine in Brighton, where I qualified as a naturopathic nutritionist and commenced my practice soon after finishing my studies in 2016.
In 2018 I joined clinician education team at Genova Diagnostics in London (https://www.gdx.net/uk/) - a functional medicine laboratory, where I provide help to clinicians and doctors with an explanation of a variety of laboratory tests (from stool testing, saliva testing to buccal swabs for genomic testing).
In August 2020 I joined a team of nutritionists at the award winning The Optimum Health Clinic in London, where I currently practice alongside my private clinic.
I am a fully insured member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
I am dedicated to continuous professional development and have undertaken number of postgraduate training courses to provide me with an increased expertise. I have studies with number of functional medicine doctors jus, including Dr Sam Yannuck and his Cogence immunology course, Dr Datis Kharrazian - both Gastrointestinal course and Autoimmune course as well as multiple trainings on Covid. I am taking part in Colab's training on Biotoxins in clinical practice: The journey from mycotoxins & mould to chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) in October this year.