THP 019: Talking Functional Medicine and Training Elite Athletes in New Zealand With Susan Birch

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Susan Birch has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and is one of New Zealand’s leading fitness professionals. She has an array of qualifications under her belt including;

Master Health Sciences, Post-Graduate Diploma Sports Medicine, Post-Graduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Post-Graduate Diploma COP Musculoskeletal Medicine, Post-Graduate Diploma COP Community Nutrition.

Susan has also been actively studying functional medicine for many years, here is a list of some of the programs she has studied;

  • Member Institute of Functional Medicine (Washington, USA)
  • Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition – in progress (American Board of Clinical Nutrition)
  • Functional Physiology, Biochemistry, Nutrition – in progress (Washington, USA)
  • ADAPT Practitioner – in progress (Kresser Institute, California, USA)
  • Kalish Method Practitioner (Kalish Institute, California, USA)
  • SIBO Practitioner (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Gluten Society Practitioner (Gluten Society, Texas, USA)

In this episode, we talk about how Susan got into the healthcare profession, how she evolved from having a small gym in a garage to having a large business and then evolving back to a small practice.

Getting In Touch With Susan

Website: http://www.susanbirch.co.nz

Social: facebook

Show Notes:

[5:45] – Why Sue went from a large business with 10 staff and a gym back to a small solo practice which is where it all started for her
[6:50]Truefit Gym
[6:55]The Fitness Studio
[12:59]The Institute of Functional Medicine
[13:28]Brian Walsh’s Metabolic Fitness Pro
[13:31]Ben Lynch’s Methylation Training
[13:35]Chris Kelly’s Nourish Balance Thrive
[13:48]Dan Kalish and the Kalish Method
[23:59] – Sue’s approach to treating fibromyalgia
[30:25]Keto Summit
[32:26] – What Sue thinks is a good starting point for functional medicine study based on her experiences
[35:23]Kresser Institute’s Adapt Functional Medicine Training
[35:44]Keith Reys Evergreen Audience Course