Vera grew up in south Portugal, attending the University of Lisbon. As a Naturopath and Herbalist, Vera combines a natural approach to health with a scientific background and joined the Marion Gluck Clinic in January 2018.
Following her masters, Vera went on to complete a PhD at Queen Mary University in London and carried out scientific research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in addition to working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blizard Institute, Barts and The London QMUL.
Her passion for natural medicine and desire to have direct contact with patients led Vera to qualify in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine at The College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, and today she successfully combines her two passions as the Marion Gluck Clinic’s naturopath as well as carrying out essential breast cancer research at the Institute of Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden Hospital.
Vera’s work at the Marion Gluck Clinic, focuses on nutrition, supplements and lifestyle advice, to support each individual patient’s course of bio-identical hormones. She practices with a patient-centric approach, looking at a full and detailed assessment of a patient’s health and examining every possible factor, including genetics, environment and lifestyle. This approach is directly aligned with that of the Marion Gluck Clinic and the work that the clinic’s doctor’s carry out using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
As well as her focus on excellent treatment, Vera is passionate about building connections with her patients. She says, “I truly believe that taking time to listen to my patients and engaging in a therapeutic practitioner-patient partnership is key for a successful treatment”
In addition to her work as a naturopath, Vera has also been featured in a number of high profile natural health publications, including Natural Health Magazine, Green Parent and Your Fitness, as well as publishing a variety of scientific papers in top medical journals.
Outside of work, Vera volunteers her time working at St Joseph’s Hospice where she puts her certification as a Reiki practitioner to good use, offering Reiki sessions to the patients. She also loves to travel with her family and has a particular affinity for any setting that allows her to do yoga, relax and live a mindful life.
Vera is available for naturopathic consultations on Fridays at the Marion Gluck Clinic.