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


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.

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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