Who are we?
The GCRN is run by a dedicated team of volunteers with support from the secretary and the administrator.
Aliyyaa Spring ND MRN – President
Aliyyaa stems from a corporate background having worked in the investment banking industry for over 10 years, before she returned to study her first degree in Biochemistry and Genetics. This was followed by a four year study at the world renowned University of Westminster where she achieved a BSc (Hons) in Naturopathic medicine. She is a is a dedicated Naturopath and very passionate about the patient practitioner relationship and patient autonomy. Aliyyaa believes everyone should have access to ethical, evidence-based, drug-free primary care.
Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal disorders and stress management; with a special interest in naturopathic oncology symptom support.
Aliyyaa represents the GCRN on the World Naturopathic Federation, of which she is also a member of the Communications team. She heads the Educational Committee for the British Naturopathic Association where she and a dedicated team of experience naturopaths work to ensure educational standards for Naturopathy in the UK remain at a high standard.
Zakia Mance ND MRN – Vice President
Zakia became so passionate about naturopathy, that she decided to train to become one herself, qualifying 10 years ago. She strongly believes in the power of educating people to take control of their own health. She is also am very organised and driven and fundamentally a people’s person.
Zakia was born in France and fell in love with naturopathy when she was about 12 years old and saw her first naturopath – the way he chatted for what seemed hours to get to the bottom of the problem, the holistic approach as well as the educational side of it.
Zakia’s particular field of interest lies in childbirth and maternity, and her vision is to help direct the GCRN towards more training and mentoring for existing naturopaths in their specific fields. She is also keen to develop better PR and marketing so that more people know what we do
Lisa Smith – Secretary and Registrar
Lisa is a well-qualified administrator with a background in healthcare and as a registered manager for the CQC. Lisa has a lot of experience in day to day organisation, team management, marketing, budget, payroll, banking, invoicing, book keeping, bank reconciliation, using accounting software, preparation of year end accounts, stock control, complaints management, health and safety co-ordination, HR (including interviewing, reference and CRB checking), new starter induction, grievances and disciplinaries, PCT liaison, patient finance co-ordination, staff training, implementation and management of computerised systems, database and website management, corporate liaison, CQC & HTM 01/05 & Information Governance Compliance.
Lucy Peel MSc, MRN
Her approach in practice is very holistic, exploring the mental/emotional, physical and biochemical aspects of a person and how this will be affecting their health. As a practitioner, she uses a tool box of treatments depending on the person’s health needs such as naturopathic nutrition, detoxing and cleansing, therapeutic massage, facia release, breath work and breathing, lymphatic cleansing, naturopathic hydrotherapy, Bach Flower remedies and Reiki. She really enjoys working with her patients to encourage them to make the changes that are achievable for them.
Lucy graduated from the University of Westminster with a first-class honours degree in Naturopathy in 2010. She completed her Masters in Nutritional Therapy in 2017 and was awarded a distinction grade.
Lucy practices as a naturopath from her private clinic in Somerset and from Neal’s Yard in Bath. She runs juice cleanse retreats and wellness weekends throughout the year from a beautiful private home on the Isle of Wight near Newtown Creek.
Sinduja Sivarajan BSc (hons). MSc. ND MRN – Executive Committee Member
Sinduja is a GCRN registered Naturopathic practitioner, who is currently working in clinical research in the NHS and Chelsea Natural Health Clinic. Her interest in naturopathic medicine stemmed from a curious mind and an empathetic nature. She strongly believes in empowering patients through education and being treated as an individual rather than the mere symptom. Sinduja provides compassionate collaborative care and employs a holistic approach to create an individualised treatment plan for her patients by addressing the root cause of a health problem.
Subsequent to completing an undergraduate degree course in naturopathic medicine, she realised that her passion lies in clinical research and evidence-based practice. Therefore she decided to undertake a Masters degree in health care research in 2017 to further her knowledge and was awarded a Distinction. She is also an active member of REC and has worked on many studies including oncology trials. She is very passionate and dedicated to the advancement of naturopathic profession.