As a Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr Lucie Wilk has worked in a wide range of healthcare environments from academic specialist centres to community NHS Trusts, from Vancouver to London to Devon & Cornwall. She is the only UK Rheumatology Consultant who practices both NHS Rheumatology and Lifestyle Medicine.
She completed her postgraduate training in Acute Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and was a faculty member with the UBC Division of Rheumatology and Department of Medicine, teaching, working and conducting research at the two largest academic hospitals in the province of British Columbia, and helping to run the tertiary care Lupus Clinic.
Since moving to the UK in 2010, she has worked as a Consultant Rheumatologist at a number of NHS hospital trusts including Oxford University Hospitals and she currently continues to care for rheumatology patients at Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. She has a wealth of experience in autoimmune diseases, including expertise in lupus and other connective tissue diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and vasculitis. Being dually trained in Acute Medicine, she is also qualified to treat many other chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
She was awarded funding to conduct a research project at Torbay Hospital which was designed to measure the benefits of education in the principles of functional medicine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. She believes strongly in the need for patient agency in health care. Please see her TEDx talk for more information.
From disease control to health and healing
Hello, I'm Dr Lucie Wilk and I've been practicing medicine since 1999. Once I finished training and began to look after patients with longterm health conditions, something about the conventional system didn't sit right with me. Despite many groundbreaking advancements in treatment, my patients seemed to be trading symptoms for side effects. The sole focus seemed to be controlling disease rather than improving health. And so began my search for a better model of care. Functional medicine has been the answer: evidence-based care that attends to the whole person: body, mind and spirit.
In an effort to help manage the effects of chronic stress on long term illness, I have also completed training in biodynamic craniosacral therapy with the esteemed Karuna Institute. Please visit my craniosacral information page to learn more about this powerful therapy.
Now as a functional medicine and craniosacral practitioner, and after over 20 years in medical practice, I can finally say that I meet my patients with the intention to enable healing.
For more details about my medical experience and training, please have a look at my bio below.