In 1995, I received BA in Mathematics and Italian from Connecticut College, USA, before moving to London a year later to work at the London Stock Exchange. In 2004, when I was pregnant with my first child, I started Figure Fit; a specialised heated Pilates and weight-loss centre in Chelsea. At Figure Fit, we had a resident Nutritional Therapist to offer nutritional advice to clients. As I worked closely with the therapist, I was inspired to learn more.
My involvement in competitive sailing for the Turkish National team from age 12 and much of my adult life definitely kickstarted my lifelong passion for food and sport – although my odd love for bottarga (fish roe) as a child did prompt my parents to label me a ‘foodie’! This passion is what influenced me to start Figure Fit in 2004, and begin my career as a qualified Nutritional Therapist, after completing 4 years of studies at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in 2015.
During my studies at ION, one of the areas I was interested in was nutritional support for cancer patients. I pursued it further and completed a course focusing on integrated cancer nutrition. After deciding to continue my education, I became a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) in the USA and completed the AFMCP qualification in 2018. Subsequently, I finished the rest of IFM’s seven Advanced Practice Modules and am working towards becoming a certified IFM Practitioner. In the UK, I am registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), as well as the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I am committed to continuing my professional development and I regularly attend courses and lectures on cancer and a variety of other topics in order to maintain knowledge which is up to date.