Brainstorm Health® is a unique clinic focused on providing a Functional Medicine approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young adults.
We specialise in working with children and young adults with Autism, ADHD, ADD, PANS and PANDAS, as well as those with behavioural and learning difficulties and food and chemical sensitivities.
There is overwhelming evidence that the health of the body is intrinsically linked with the health of the brain. Stella Chadwick, our Founder and Registered Nutritional Therapist and Functional Medicine Practitioner, has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to formulating nutritional and biomedical strategies to enhance these “gut-brain” connections and is passionate about helping the children she works with reach their full potential.
When you work with our team at Brainstorm Health®, you can be assured of an evidence-based methodology and consultancy path to change your child’s current health and development outcome.
There is increasing and compelling evidence, coupled with direct experience in a clinical setting, to suggest that individuals with Autism spectrum conditions often suffer from issues with digestion and absorption; food and chemical sensitivities; oxidative stress; compromised immune function; mitochondrial disorders; impaired detoxification systems; and higher than normal bacterial, viral and parasitic load.
We approach these complex health issues using functional medicine and work to address and support each body system step-by-step.
Our specialists, who practise under the supervision of Stella Chadwick, have been hand selected for their considerable experience, qualifications and ethos of using functional medicine principles in delivering their health support plan.
Meet our Founder
Stella Chadwick, BSc (Hons) mBANT CNHC
Stella is the Founder of Brainstorm Health® and is a CNHC Registered Nutritionist. Her extensive professional training includes a 1st Class BSC Honours (Nutritional Therapy) degree and a specific training focus on the principles of Functional Medicine – which assesses and addresses the underlying causes of conditions.
She has a special interest in gut-brain health and the impact of autoimmune conditions (like PANS and PANDAS) and food and chemical sensitives. One of her underlying focuses is on restoring a healthy link between the gut and the brain by combining carefully planned nutritional and lifestyle changes, utilising her specialised functional medicine-led approach.
Meet our Brainstorm Health® Practitioners
Coriander is one of our nutrition practitioners and works with our families to directly support them through their Health Plan. She is an experienced Registered Nutritional Therapist (CNHC), and Nutritionist (BANT) trained to degree level (1st with Honours) in the functional medicine approach.
With a background as a professional Chef, she is well placed, together with her Nutritional Therapy training, to work with our families on their Health Plans. She has many years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism and other neurological issues. Her food and nutrient knowledge and her great approachable personality work perfectly in supporting Brainstorm Health® patients. Her experience is in putting personalised nutrition protocols together and working one-on-one with patients with a wide range of health conditions.
Jo is a Registered Nutritional Therapist (mBANT, regCNHC) with a degree in Biology and Diploma (with distinction) in Nutritional Therapy. She is one of our nutrition practitioners working with our families to support them through their Health plans directly. Jo has experience developing personalised nutritional protocols, using an evidence-based approach to support a range of health conditions successfully. She has a particular interest in working with children and young people. As a mother of two small daughters herself, she understands how challenging it can be to make lifestyle changes and healthy choices that work for all the family within constraints of time and budget, so her approach is always to take the time to listen to families, to develop a plan that works for them, and that is sustainable. Jo is well versed in translating complex science into practical, clear information with a previous career in science communications.
Kirsty is an experienced Registered Nutritional Therapist and one of our nutrition practitioners working with our families to support them through their Health Plan directly. Following years of personal and family health issues, including a son with a genetic condition and ASD/ADHD diagnoses, she has experienced and seen the transformative health benefits of the right nutrition interventions and wellbeing practices to reduce or resolve many symptoms. With a previous corporate HR career in Australia and the UK, she is skilled and experienced in connecting with and supporting a wide range of people.
Kirsty understands the full impacts on family life when there are undiagnosed behavioural, learning and food issues or when there are specific diagnoses. When developing your child’s health plan, she is always empathetic to your family circumstances.
Sarah is a registered Nutritional Therapist (mBANT, regCNHC) with a diploma in Nutritional Therapy and a degree in Environmental Science. She has a special interest in gut, brain, and immune health, and has a passion for learning and applying her knowledge to best support the families she works with.
Having experienced first-hand the immense value of nutritional and lifestyle interventions when supporting her own daughter through complex health issues, she is passionate about helping children and their families navigate their way through health challenges they may face.
Her varied background in environmental education, management in the health and wellbeing sector, and as a retreat business owner and chef, brings a wealth of experience and a person-centred focus to her practice; all delivered with warmth and a sensitivity to each family’s needs.
Dr Ioná Bramati, PhD BSc (Hons) Ost Med DO ND at IBCcare
Dr Bramati is a specialist with a doctorate on the effects of visceral osteopathy in autistic children suffering from gastrointestinal dysfunction. She is committed to helping improve the quality of life and well-being of children on the autism spectrum using a non-invasive form of therapy, Visceral Osteopathy.
Dr Bramati is an international speaker at many osteopathic colleges and conferences in the UK and Europe and was awarded the Elsevier/International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research New Researcher Prize at ICAOR 10 in Brazil for her research in treating autistic children with visceral osteopathic techniques.
We are pleased to have Dr Bramati as an associate extension of our Brainstorm Health® team to work with our patients who would benefit from her osteopathy specialism. Upon agreement with the patient, a referral form is completed, and one of the IBCcare team members will contact you for an appointment. IBCcare Referral Form.
Meet our support team
Gill is Stella Chadwick’s PA and primarily coordinates and oversees the day-to-day running of the practice. Gill’s ultimate goal is to ensure that all our patients receive an efficient, effective service to enhance their experience with Brainstorm Health®. Gill has worked for over 25 years in the PA field at both Senior and Board levels. Her knowledge and understanding of the basic principles in administrative healthcare are extensive.
Emma works alongside Gill in not only greatly supporting the administration and coordination of our clinic sessions but strives to provide a smooth running of the practice, both internally and externally.
Emma has worked extensively in administration for many years and is passionate about supporting our patients with their requests.
Helen has been part of our team since 2014 and helped implement many of our systems and processes to manage our business today.
Her primary responsibility is coordinating and ordering laboratory tests and products, updating our appointment system and working on special projects.