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Dr Lucie Wilk has trained in and practiced medicine for more than twenty years and has accumulated many years of experience as a Consultant Rheumatologist. She has worked in a wide range of healthcare environments from academic specialist centres to community NHS Trusts, from Vancouver to Oxford 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. Whilst there, she was one of three Rheumatologists providing tertiary care for complicated lupus patients throughout the province of British Columbia at the UBC 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 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, osteoarthritis 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.

I am excited to be able to offer people the kind of ethical care I’ve long been searching for. I truly believe that this is the future of medicine: sustainable care that helps to liberate people from a state of chronic illness and return to their lives feeling empowered to continue to make positive changes.

What makes a conventionally trained doctor try something different?

Hello, I'm Dr Lucie Wilk and I've been practicing medicine since 1999. Since I began looking after patients with longterm health conditions, something about the conventional system didn't sit right with me. My patients weren't getting significantly better despite many groundbreaking advancements in treatment, and they seemed to be trading symptoms for side effects. The sole focus seemed to be managing disease rather than improving health. And so my search began 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. 

For more details, please have a look at my bio below.