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Sano School of Culinary Medicine is the UK’s leading online nutrition education school offering dedicated, comprehensive online nutrition courses.
Our aim with Sano is to provide people with the skills to use food and nutrition for medicinal health benefits for their own health and to help others to do the same. And we have lofty goals to spread the message - that food really is medicine - even further, to make basic nutrition knowledge commonplace internationally to empower everyone to take back control of their own health so that we can collectively rediscover the true benefits of a healthy body and mind.
We have created a successful high street cafe Sano To Go in London serving truly healthy delicious food. This comes together with Sano School through its educational event programme of workshops, cooking demonstrations and lectures on a variety of health and wellness topics.
Our founders Doug & Heather started Sano as a family business and all three of their daughters have been involved. Their eldest Emily 19 with marketing, Holly 18 with recipe creation and Lucy 16 with design.
Sano began back in 2016 with our first course, Sano Diploma in Applied Nutrition, as a forerunner in accessible education. Nutrition, diet, and healthy eating have become minefields of misinformation and our founders Doug and Heather began a mission to redefine how the world approaches their health. Working closely with industry experts and the latest evidence-based nutritional science, Sano School Of Culinary Medicine was born.
Since then, we have empowered hundreds of students from countries including the UK, Holland, Spain, China, the USA, Australia, and South Africa to take control of their health, transform their relationship with food and their bodies, and guide and inspire others to do the same. With the rapid expansion of the wellness industry and the subsequent collective desire to lead a healthier lifestyle, our graduates began to create brand new careers based on the nutrition expertise they gained throughout the course.
We share our knowledge to empower people to transform their lives for the better.
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We Are Sano
Director of Nutrition
Heather is a Registered Nutritionist (mBANT) and was awarded 'Overall Academic & Clinic Results in Nutrition' by The College Of Naturopathic Medicine. Before raising her 3 daughters Heather was a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouse Coopers but the health of her family spiked her interest in nutrition and wellness. She discovered the power of nutrition in healing her daughter's eczema and never looked back. After qualifying as a Nutritionist she set up a clinic helping hundreds of patients. However Heather is passionate about spreading her knowledge to help as many people as possible with their health and careers in wellness and founded Sano to do just that!
Doug has over 25 years of experience gained in the corporate world and before co-founding Sano, he worked as CFO at NewDay plc, CEO at CMC Markets, Group COO and Group Finance Director at AWD Holdings and Divisional Board Director at Centrica for 11 years. Doug has established several successful and high profile new businesses including Goldfish Bank. Originally he started his career in investment banking after qualifying with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer. Doug made the bold decision to step out of 'Corporate World' and stand alongside Heather in developing a brand they believe really can impact peoples health and help them lead healthier happier lives.
Dr Zoë Harcombe, PhD
Independent author, researcher and speaker in the field of diet, health and nutrition.
Dr. Zoë Harcombe is a Cambridge University graduate with a BA and MA in economics/maths. Zoë enjoyed a successful career in blue chip organisations before leaving corporate life in 2008 to pursue her passion. Her early career involved international roles in management consultancy, manufacturing and marketing in global organisations, from FMCG to telecoms, before specialising in Personnel and Organisation. At the peak of her career, Zoë was Vice President for Human Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Having written three books between 2004 and 2007, while being ‘Head of People’, Zoë left employment to research obesity full time. This culminated in the publication in 2010 of The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it?
Zoë returned to full time education in 2012 to complete a PhD in public health nutrition (awarded March 2016). Her thesis was entitled “An examination of the randomised controlled trial and epidemiological evidence for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in 1977 and 1983: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” A number of peer-reviewed articles have emanated from this work. The first was the 64th most impactful paper in any discipline in 2015.
Zoë was an independent board member for Cardiff Metropolitan University between 2006 and 2012. She was also an independent board member for the Welsh National Health Service between 2009 and 2012.
Zoë lives with her husband and rescue animals in the Welsh countryside surrounded by food, a.k.a. sheep, hens and cows.
Dr Aseem Malhotra
Award Winning Cardiologist MBChB, MRCP
Becoming known as one of the most influential cardiologists in Britain and a world leading expert in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, Dr Aseem Malhotra is successfully leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption. The award-winning NHS cardiologist has successfully motivated leading academics, the media and politicians to make sugar reduction a health priority in the UK by publishing commentaries in the BMJ and mainstream media.
When he is not working as a doctor in the National Health Service, Aseem Malhotra reigns supreme in his fight to raise awareness about the health benefits of a sugar-free diet, maintaining that sugar deserves its reputation as "Public Health Enemy Number 1". His no-holds-barred approach to challenging common health beliefs is proving highly effective in getting medical professionals and social authorities from around the world to sit up and take notice. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.
Dr Vivian Chen
Medical Doctor & Health Coach
Vivian trained at UCL medical school and graduated second in her class with also a first class honors BSc in Neuroscience. She obtained her MRCP whilst working in hospital medicine before switching to becoming a general practitioner. Through her own health struggles and that of her family's, she began to realize the limitations of conventional allopathic medicine in the treatment of chronic diseases. She began to do her own reading, research, and learning in nutrition and naturopathic medicine, and realized that the key to most chronic diseases lie in lifestyle medicine and not pharmaceuticals. She believes that we need both allopathic and lifestyle medicine to help patients, but It is through changing people's lifestyle that we can truly tackle the bottomless pit that underlies the NHS. She now combines her 14 years of clinical experience with expertise in nutrition and lifestyle medicine to help people towards better health without her prescription pad.
Dr Chintal Patel
MBBS BSc MRCGP DFSRH DRCOG
Dr Chintal Patel graduated from University College London with a degree in Immunology and Cell Pathology before completing her medical training at the Royal Free and University College School of Medicine. She initially trained in Surgery and now practices as a General Practitioner in Belgravia, London. She achieved membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners with a Merit and is also a trainer for the London Deanery, training Doctors to become General Practitioners.
Dr Patel takes a keen interest in health and nutrition and how healthy eating can also affect the aging process. She truly believes eating a clean and nutritionally rich diet will keep you healthy and beautiful. She also writes a healthy recipe blog, outlining the nutritional benefits of all the ingredients she uses and how they can improve your health. You can follow her healthy recipe journey @drchintalskitchen on Instagram.
Dr Laura Quinton
MB BS BSc DCH MRCGP
I am a GP and qualified nutritional therapist. I have a particular interest in gynaecology and menopause. My approach combines both traditional and lifestyle medicine, with the ultimate aim to help patients optimise their wellness.
I qualified in Medicine at University College London Medical School in 1991, where I also gained an additional degree in Psychology. I then worked in Paediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology across several London hospitals. I gained my experience working in menopause and IVF clinics at UCLH and Hammersmith Hospitals before moving into general practice in 1997.
I hold the Diploma of Child Health and have carried out clinical research into the psychological aspects of infertility under the supervision of Professor Lord Winston.
As well as having my own NHS practice in south London I also practice as a private GP, which gives me the opportunity to offer more time to my patients and a more individualised approach. I also teach students from St Georges Medical School and am a qualified GP appraiser and Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
In addition to my background in medicine, I also have a special interest in Nutrition and gained a diploma from the College of Naturopathic Nutrition in London. Doctors do not routinely get taught nutrition at medical school and I am lucky to be a GP with training in nutrition. I think this is a useful combination for modern general practice where lifestyle factors such as what we eat, how we sleep and how we move are so important. I try to look at the root cause for symptoms and focus on the whole person not just the disease. I combine my training with over twenty years of practice as a local GP. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge of specialists and services to help support patients to feel the best that they can.
Clinical Psychologist & Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Michaela is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and experienced Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. She has two postgraduate qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Sweden and the UK, and is registered as a Clinical Psychologist both in Sweden and in the UK (with HCPC). She is also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Behavioural Couples Therapy. Michaela holds full accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Outside of being the Managing Director of CBT Innovation, Michaela works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist within the CBT Clinic of the Occupational Health department in Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London. She has also worked within IAPT (primary care psychology services in the NHS) for seven years before that.
Health Coach & Personal Trainer