With an aim to create loads of health and happiness in your world – Kasey is has a wealth of knowledge and loves nothing but to share and educate others. Kasey has passion of health and wellness that is so transparent, you keep on coming back for more. Kasey is a Naturopath and Nutritionist as well as a Writer and Speaker. You can find Kasey over at My Health, My Happiness, where she shares all kinds of goodness as well as her ever so popular e-book Your Journey To Health & Happiness where you will learn how to regain your optimal weight through the right foods plus much, much more. Kasey is such an inspiration and I cannot wait to share her ever so successful career journey.
Kasey Willson ND, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Writer and Speaker
Brief description of your role:
I have the rewarding job of helping others reach their optimal health and happiness.
I work from my clinic, Aloe Health as a Naturopath and Nutritionist, where I see patients who are both presenting with health challenges and others who are striving to maintain great health.
As I can only see a limited number of patients in clinic per week, just over a year ago I started providing health information and recipes, to reach a wider audience through my health blog, My Health, My Happiness. This naturally lead to the production of my foundational health guide, Your Journey To Health & Happiness, along with my recipe eBook Winter Warmers and detox plan eBook, 21 Day Summer Detox.
I just love to inspire, motivate and support the health and happiness of others!
So… what do you actually do?
Each day is a little different, but generally I see around 4-6 patients per day, between 9am-6pm. Depending on the type of consults, my face to face time with patients ranges from 30- 90 minutes and to allow proper researching (of their presenting health, appropriate treatment and report writing), I will put aside at least 30 minutes extra time per patient, once they leave the consult.
Naturopath consultations include extensive questioning about their presenting health issues, as well as history of symptoms and conditions. Testing is a major part of my detective work, to seek underlying causes to any health challenges. Tests differ depending on the patient, but can include functional tests such as Food Intolerance (IgG and IgA antibodies), Saliva Hormone (adrenal and sex), Stool Analysis (for parasites, bacteria, fungus, inflammation levels, immune strength); Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis ; Iridology (looking at the reflex zones of the body, in the iris); Body Signs (hair, skin, nails and tongue); Bloods markers and other mineral tests.
Testing allows me to therefore implement an accurate treatment plan for my patients. This often includes nutritional medicine (vitamins, minerals, essential fats, antioxidants etc), diet changes, herbal and homeopathic medicine. Simple, but effective lifestyle changes are often also recommended to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
To best focus on each patient, between consults I will also strive to see some sun, breathe fresh air, get up and move by doing a few exercises or stretches. I find it really important to also have a 45-60 minute lunch break, to switch off and relax and allow proper digestion of my food.
My travelling time is the biggest frustration, as I have a 1.5-2 hour round trip each day. When I get home, I make sure I ground myself, by walking or exercising on our back lawn, or spending time in our vegetable garden. That makes it worth while.
How did you get to your position of being a Naturopath?
I grew up on Kangaroo Island, where I completed schooling up to year 12. It was in my final year at school that I decided I wanted to study Nutrition and Naturopathy, therefore enrolled in the SA College Natural Medicine. At the time, Naturopathy was not offered at Uni.
I moved to the big smoke (Adelaide) and completed a 4 year course of Advanced Diploma Applied Science, Naturopathy (with Honours); along with Advanced Diploma Applied Science, Western Herbal Medicine and a Diploma of Applied Science, Nutrition. Although I learnt so much during these initial 4 years, I believe it is through my clinical experience, attending further courses and researching, that I have learnt most of what I apply today. You can always learn more, so I believe striving for ongoing education is so important!
Have you always wanted to work in the Health and Wellbeing area?
Experiencing my own health challenges is really what lead me to where I am today. Throughout my teens, I was abusing my body with a toxic cocktail of binge drinking, lack of sleep (due to partying), junk foods, taking the oral contraceptive pill, together with suppressing emotional stress. During year 11, my body started to show signs of poor health through chronic candida (thrush) infections, mood swings, sluggish digestion, unhealthy skin and weight issues. Late in year 12 I was ‘ready’ to search for answers to my health isssues and therefore my interest in Naturopathy and Nutrition evolved.
Once I began my studies, I started to realise the damage I was doing to my body. The pieces of my health puzzle came together! I researched the underlying causes of my presenting heath challenges and discovered how important Nutritional medicine was for my healing journey. This important support gave me the power to overcome my health conditions and genuinely feel healthy and happy again.
What do you love about your role?
I love that I can use my knowledge, experience and understanding, to help many others overcome their health challenges and reach their personal health and happiness potential.
In your current role, what has been your biggest achievement?
Taking the big step to start up my own clinic, was daunting but very fulfilling. I have now been in my own clinic for 5 years now and I am very proud to say that I am running a successful business, at the same time as doing something that I love.
The most recent biggest achievement is starting up my own health blog and producing my eBooks. It has been so rewarding to be able to help so many more people achieve their personal health goals!
Over your career, what has been your ‘love this’ moment?
I get such a buzz from the amazing atmosphere and speaking at health events, such as the ‘Feed Your Soul’ with Ashy Bines and ‘The Real Food Revolution’ with the beautiful Therese Kerr.
What would be the least favorite aspect of your role?
It is very sad at times to see patients come into clinic with chronic health conditions caused by poor diet and lifestyle choices and therefore could have been prevented with proper nutrition. It is frustrating to see the misunderstanding around a healthy diet and the health implications this is having on society.
Any advice for anyone aspiring to work in the Health and Wellbeing industry?
Follow your dreams and don’t stop learning!