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ABOUT THE ZEST RETREATS TEAM
From psychotherapy to nutrition and integrative healthcare –
our practitioners will help you optimise your health and wellbeing
Dr Bea Paszthy MD, MSc, PhD.
Dr Bea Paszthy is an internationally-renowned medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Psychosomatic Specialist. She is an Associate Professor at Budapest’s famed Semmelweis University and is also in private practice in both Budapest and London, working with high profile clients from all over the world. She is the Chair of the Hungarian Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Delegate of Hungary at the European Union of Medical Specialists, member of the Scientific Advisory Group in Psychiatry, Medicines Agency (EMA) London and co-founder of the Hungarian Council for Eating Disorders. She is engaged in medical university education and a popular lecturer at medical universities across Europe. Dr Paszthy is often interviewed on TV, radio and various media channels and has hosted numerous cutting edge national and international conferences for Medical Doctors and Psychologists.
She is the author of 6 medical books for professionals and medics and has published more than 30 book chapters and 200 scientific articles. She is trained and working with a variety of methods including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Cognitive Remediation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing-Trauma Therapy.
Ali has been immersed in the health and wellness industry for over 25 years. With a background that combines hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and mindfulness together with integrative and functional health research. As a certified holistic health and wellbeing coach, she is always happy to share the latest evidence-based knowledge to help you grow and thrive. With a special interest in managing the endocrine system through optimising nutritional approaches for thyroid, adrenal disfunction and autoimmune issues – together with neuroplasticity, polyvagal tone and enhancing brain function through balancing the gut microbiome, nutrition and specific lifestyle changes including deep restorative sleep.
Responsible for launching one of the UK’s first integrative and complementary health clinics in the 1990’s, she has spoken on radio and lectured in holistic and functional health to Doctors and health professionals and taught mindfulness, stress reduction and self-hypnosis to Doctors and NHS staff. Since graduating, she has continued to deepen her knowledge in mitochondrial health – giving you proven strategies for optimising your cognitive performance, vitality and whole body health. She is currently completing her evidence-based studies in cellular nutrition and the biochemical effects on the body and mind.
Dr Felix Bonke M.D, PhD.
Felix has received extensive training in a broad range of medical disciplines including internal medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology and ICU/emergency medicine from the Technical University Munich. With a PhD in neuroscience he is now a much sought after Internist and Family Doctor at his private practice in Southern Germany. He has an ongoing interest in the emerging field of integrative and functional medicine.
Dr Bonke is committed to sharing his expertise in integrative healthcare to help his patients build healthier lifestyles with great nutrition and balancing exercise with adequate rest. He believes in focusing on the root cause, rather than just treating the symptoms of the disease, as conventional medicine often does. As well as Functional Medicine Felix has an interest in the practice of ‘Biohacking’ a term used to hack into your own biology to help it perform optimally and is a certified Bulletproof Health and Human Potential Coach. Felix continues to expand and develop his knowledge on optimising all aspects of health and performance.
Dr Elaine McQuade M.D
Trained at Queens University Belfast, Dr Elaine McQuade has worked within the NHS for over 20 years with a wealth of experience within the conventional field of medicine. She’s currently a GP in Hertfordshire, where she’s involved in training new GPs and acts as an appraiser for the General Medical Council. She has also worked in Hospice care, using her expertise in palliative care.
Elaine’s interest in integrative healthcare prompted her decision to advance her training at the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Functional Medicine University. With an approach that blends conventional allopathic medicine with all of the functional medicine principles, Elaine is committed to promoting optimal wellbeing through the right lifestyle and nutritional choices. She has a keen interest in the benefits of yoga and meditation – and is our expert on balancing the endocrine system, often working with bio-identical hormone therapy and targeted supplements to empower her patients to reclaim their health and vitality.