Why Momentum Medicine?
With an exponential increase in people suffering with chronic illness, and many feeling no better despite receiving conventional medical treatment, there is a need for a paradigm shift in health care. We need a system that treats you as a whole, rather than as separate organ parts, a system that fixes the underlying cause of your illness, rather than masking your symptoms, a system that recognises that we are all individuals with unique needs, rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach to disease and treatment.
Functional Medicine was established to meet these needs, and has achieved impressive results. It has been embraced by world class academic hospitals in America. The Momentum Medicine clinic is an effort to provide this care locally.
Just as ailing health doesn’t develop overnight or from a single problem, recovery of health takes time, commitment, and an open heart and mind. In order to change your health, you will need to change your life. We are here to help you along the path.
About Dr Lucie Wilk
Dr Wilk has practiced medicine for more than twenty years and has over a decade of experience as a Consultant Rheumatologist. She has worked in many different healthcare environments from academic specialist centres to community NHS Trusts, from Vancouver to London to Devon & Cornwall.
She achieved her certification in Internal (Acute) Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and was a faculty member with the UBC Division of Rheumatology/Department of Medicine, teaching and working at the two largest hospitals in the province of British Columbia. Whilst there, she provided tertiary care for lupus patients throughout the province.
Since moving to the UK in 2010, she has worked as a Consultant in Rheumatology at numerous NHS hospital Trusts including Oxford University Hospitals and she continues to see rheumatology patients at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. She has a wealth of experience in autoimmune diseases, including expertise in lupus, other connective tissue diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and vasculitis. Being trained in Internal Medicine, she also has expertise in many chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
She is the Principle Investigator of a research project at Torbay Hospital which is designed to measure the benefits of education in the principles of Functional Medicine. She believes strongly in the need for patient agency in health care. Please see her TEDx talk for more information.
What to expect from your visit:
We meet and listen to your story - we go all the way back to the beginning to identify where things may have gone astray. The first appointment is between 60 to 90 minutes. We do some detective work to identify the events or exposures that may have triggered your illness, and the things that may be continuing to contribute to your illness.
Your body is beautiful, wise and responsive, always giving you the best possible response in the moment to keep you safe. Sometimes these adaptive responses, ideal for the short term, can lead to long term problems in health. We look at how your environment may be helping or hindering your health and help you make the necessary changes to improve your health.
Like everything in nature, each of us is absolutely unique. When it comes to chronic illness, one size treatment does not fit all. We look at how your unique genes interact with your environment and try to find your ideal combination of food, exercise, and stress management strategies to help you feel your best.
We help you understand the relationship between your thoughts, your emotions, and your physical health. We provide strategies to optimise mental and emotional health as well as physical health, because we recognise it is one in the same.
No person is an island. In order to heal, we need to feel safe and supported. We’re here to help build a community that shares the same health goals as you.
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