About

Hello, I’m Chantelle AKA The Healthy OT!

In 2006 I was diagnosed with primary generalised epilepsy – it was not a result of a head injury but just being born with rubbish genetics (my Dad had epilepsy too). For the first 3 years of my diagnosis I was a bit of a mess and lived a relatively unhealthy lifestyle (including takeaways and binge drinking) as a student.

Upon graduating, I had gained 35lbs and I decided it might be beneficial to sort my life out so I gave up drinking alcohol and have gradually increased my intake of fruit and veg and ordered much less pizza. I’ve also had to learn how to control my triggers and manage stress and I’m doing pretty well if I say so myself – one of my consultants suggested I write a paper on it and since then I have been discharged from Neurology.

In 2012 I began my career in Occupational Therapy and qualified in 2014. I have worked in Paediatrics ever since and the journey has definitely had its highs and lows. Due to the fact that it can be quite a demanding and stressful job, I have had to employ many strategies in order to help control my epilepsy.

Being overweight for most of my life had also resulted in me developing a keen interest in healthy eating and due to my yeast intolerance, most of my meals are homemade using whole foods which has had a considerable impact on my overall diet. I have therefore also embarked on an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management in order to understand nutrition even more so.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Psychology
  • MSc Occupational Therapy
  • PGCert in Sensory Integration
  • Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management

The role of a Health and Wellbeing Coach is not to diagnose, treat or cure any disease, condition or other physical or other physical or mental ailment of the human body.ย The information on this website should not be seen as medical or nursing advice and is not meant to take the place of seeing allied health professionals.