Dr Stavroula (Stavy) Nikitopoulou is a Medical Doctor (GMC No: 6092503)who believes that a holistic approach is best for the treatment of patients experiencing chronic health conditions, as well as in disease prevention.
Through her work as a General Practitioner (GP) in the U.K, and an education in Classical Homeopathy and Medical Acupuncture, she sees patients as whole entities, not a combination of parts. Therefore, her emphasis is on preventing illness and promoting well-being through the use of a personalized approach for every patient combining conventional medicine and complementary therapies.
To enable this approach she is very passionate about developing a close working relationship with her patients to enable a deep understanding of their needs and concerns so that the best treatment protocol is identified and delivered.
The combination of Classical and Alternative Medicine, enables her to treat a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health disorders. By incorporating Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Holistic Medicine she has additional modalities, where suitable, to assist her patients.
Her diagnostic approach focuses on the latest and most advanced laboratory testing (biological and genetic) combined with a detailed consultation to identify the health imbalances responsible for dis-ease. And based on her investigations the resulting treatment protocol provides individualized self-care, dietary, supplementary and lifestyle recommendations for the restoration and promotion of health and well-being.
Functional Medicine Doctor London
Dr Stavy consults in London (UK) out of the Hale Clinic and through phone or Skype consultations for patients who are international or can’t travel to London.
Conditions we can help with
ANTI – Ageing AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE:
Patient-based and Evidence-based (supported by science), Individualized Anti-ageing and Preventive Treatment, focused on finding and treating the right biological, hormonal, genetics, environmental, nutritional and lifestyle factors, boosting our body’s ability for self-restoration and wellbeing.
- Diagnosis and treatment of B12 deficiency, vit B factors and B12 metabolism disorders
- Vitamin and Mineral Disorders
- Comprehensive and Advanced Adrenal function testing to identify disorders with Adrenal hormone metabolism
- Comprehensive and Advanced Thyroid function testing to identify problems with Thyroid hormone metabolism
- Scientific Based assessment of possible causative factors of fatiguing illness including chronic infections, toxin loads/heavy metal toxicity, nutritional deficiency and metabolic disorders which contribute to mitochondrial and hormonal dysregulation
- Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative colitis
- SIBO, Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Coeliac disease not responding to gluten-free diets
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Reflux, bloating and constipation
Neurological and Emotional Disorders:
- Anxiety, Depression
- Fibromyalgia and chronic pain
- MS, Parkinson Disease
- Cognitive Disorders
- Over and Underactive Thyroid Disorders
- Fertility problems, PCOS and painful or irregular periods and endometriosis
- Diabetes, pre-diabetes and blood sugar management
- Hair Loss and Alopecia
- Chronic rashes Dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, Acne
- Chronic fungal infections and nail disease
Mental health and Emotional Disorders:
- Anxiety and depression
- Obsessive-Compulsive disorder
Strengthen of the Immune System :
- Chronic Health Conditions related to Low Immune System
- Immunodeficiency Disorders
- Immunocompromised Patients
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine used by different kinds of practitioners. Remedies utilized by homeopathic doctors may include essential oils, herbs and compounds, tinctures, massage, aromatherapy, or even acupuncture.
As with most medical professionals, homeopathic doctors have the opportunity to help people feel better in their bodies and the emotional rewards of being able to do so are often great. Not all cases end happily, however, and there is stress and emotional investment associated with this career. Homeopathic doctors often are self-employed and developing a patient base may be difficult. Many doctors are able to command high salaries, though hours may be long and irregular.
A Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) is required to become a homeopathic doctor, as is official licensure and experience in the field of health care. Listening, critical thinking, decision-making and complex problem-solving skills are also needed. A service-oriented attitude and familiarity with a variety of different software applications is also useful.
Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree
Graduating from a college or university with a bachelor’s degree is generally considered a prerequisite for admission to medical schools. While some students focus on a pre-medical curriculum in college, others major in a variety of other subjects. As long as certain prerequisites are met, medical schools usually are open to considering students with any educational background. Prerequisites include completion of specific maths, science and humanities courses and completion of a bachelor’s degree program with a certain GPA.
Attending Medical School
Homeopathic doctors have varying backgrounds. Some are medical doctors like Dr Stavy, while others are naturopaths, doctors of osteopathy or chiropractors. Schooling usually takes a minimum of four years to complete. However, many MD programs end up lasting eight years with the residency and/or internship requirements. Naturopathic medicine programs contain much of the same curricula as medical schools, with the inclusion of alternative medical practices, such as homeopathy.
What does a functional medicine doctor do?
The most important emphasis is placed on the primary prevention of disease (before the disease process has begun). There is much wisdom in the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Once a disease process has started, a determination is made as to which core clinical function is imbalanced and responsible for causing it. Most functional imbalances can be addressed, some substantially improved (treated) and others completely returned to optimal function (healed). Rebalancing core clinical functions always has a significant positive impact on the health of the patient. A large toolbox of available interventions are evaluated and a customized treatment plan is applied for maximal impact on the underlying functionality.
Functional medicine expands the physician’s toolbox beyond pharmaceuticals and surgery. It also includes botanicals, supplements, therapeutic diets, exercise plans, functional neuro-rehabilitation, detoxification programs, stress management techniques and much more.
The physician and patient become active partners. Such a partnership allows the patient to truly be in control of improving their health and achieving optimal wellness.
What is the difference between integrative and functional medicine doctor?
Various forms of alternative medicine, such as functional medicine and integrative medicine, have been quickly gaining popularity in the 21st century. Many believe that functional and integrative medicine are the future of medicine. Physicians are beginning to take a more holistic approach to treat patients, no longer just concentrating on treating disease. Although functional medicine and integrative medicine have similarities and overlap in several areas, there are a few factors that make each discipline somewhat unique.