Welcome to Functional Medicine Associates
We are a team of IFM certified practitioners founded by Pete Williams, the first IFM certified practitioner of Functional Medicine in the UK. We are located in the prestigious Harley Street district of Central London. Our team has had many years of experience in helping patients improve their health and well-being through our functional medicine approach.
Our IFM certification means we differ from most other functional medicine practitioners due to our rigorous training and examination. Our certification is recognised as “the gold standard of functional medicine training worldwide”
We recognise that complex chronic disease is just that complex. Quick fix medication for every ill ignores the fact that humans are also complex eco-systems, that need multiple interventions rather than a single bullet approach. We firmly believe that treatment should be by root cause, rather than just by symptoms. Through these experiences, we continually learn from our patient’s challenges allowing us to constantly refine our service to you.
M.Med.Sci, CSCS, IFM Certified Practitioner, Bredesen Trained Practitioner
Founder of Functional Medicine Associates Pete is an exercise and medical scientist. In 2002 he was part of the UK’s founding group of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, as accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America. In 2004 he became the youngest ever recipient of a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award from the Register for Exercise Professionals. In 2013 he was in the first worldwide cohort to be awarded Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner status and has represented the Institute for Functional Medicine as a Clinical Innovator.
Pete has had over 20 years of experience applying Functional Medicine in clinical practice and is seen by his peers as one of the leading figures in Functional Medicine in the UK. He is a sought-after speaker and advisor to nutraceutical and lab testing companies. Pete is currently developing a genomics panel in collaboration with genomics company DNAlysis due for release at the end of 2020. Throughout this time, he has treated people with a wide range of chronic diseases.
Pete is a personal and professional advocate of exercise and the key role it plays in health. He loves to practise what he preaches in all aspects of life including keeping up with his two young sons.
Optimised body & brain
Chronic Fatigue/Gut Health
Less pain more energy
Bredesen Trained Practitioner
After 30 years in high-pressure corporate environments such as Morgan Stanley and Deloitte, Despina had the first-hand experience of the detrimental effect a corporate lifestyle can have. This led to a career change to healthcare culminating with the prestigious IFMCP practitioner award in 2016. Despina has worked for the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) as a Business Development Consultant and as a contributor to the IFM best practice initiative by setting up tools, clinical processes and systems for excellence in their primary care health practice model.
Restore your energy
Resillience / Longevity
Blood Sugar Balance
Achieve optimal weight
Healthy bacteria, Healthy You
MBA, MSc Personalised Nutrition, MSc Microbiome and health, IFM Certified Practitioner Certified Gluten Practitioner, Bulletproof Human Potential Coach
Alex has 13 years’ experience in the industry. In that time, he has lectured at various colleges and institutions including MSc programmes. As well as teaching students, Alex has more recently returned to the educational world and mentors nutritionists and functional medicine practitioners.
Aside from his experience in nutritional therapy, Alex has a vast range of qualifications and experience in personal training and is a transformational life coach. This allows Alex to work at a deep level within all three realms of health and performance: nutrition, exercise and mindset.
Outside of work Alex is honing his cooking skills to support his clients in the kitchen, and is a keen golfer, meditator, reader and a dark chocolate and coffee lover.
Calm gut - Calm you
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Resilience / Longevity
Deirdre is regularly asked to speak and advise to nutraceutical and lab companies. She has recently co-authored a chapter with Associate Professor of Medicine Gerard Mullin in “Integrative Gastroenterology” by Oxford University Press due to be published summer 2019.
Deirdre lives to an 80/20 rule. She loves yoga, all types of exercise and is a self-confessed film nut.
The Brain in Pain
Healthy Gut, Healthy You
Healing Your Skin from Within