Talk: The journey for my life
Sunday 8th 11:35am
In July 2013, Dee was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage three Primary Peritoneal Cancer. She found herself having to sit in the patient's seat and was taking the journey that she had travelled on so often with her patients. It has been the biggest learning curve of her herbal career.
It has been a journey for her life.
Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988, and quickly recognised the need for professional practice of Herbal Medicine on the high street. She also saw that the public needed improved access to and awareness of Herbal Medicine. In 1990 she re-established the old herbal business Napiers of Edinburgh and over the next 20 years, built Napiers up from one small clinic into one of the UK's largest Complementary Medicine Clinic.
In 2013 Dee stepped down from day to day involvement in Napiers to concentrate on her clinical practice, and set up her own traditional dispensary in Edinburgh.
Using Herbs as her main route of treatment, Dee also works with diet and nutrition.
Dee takes an integrated approach using herbs, supplements and diet working alongside the conventional treatments and with other health care practitioners.
Dee is currently a council member for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and has previously worked on the Department of Health consultation into statutory regulation of herbal practitioners. Dee is on the UK Herbal Forum, working on UK and European legislation regarding the sale of herbal products. She has been voted by Tatler magazine as one of the top 250 UK private doctors in both 2006 and 2007. Dee regularly lectures and teaches, as well as promoting herbal medicine through appearances on radio and television and writes articles on herbs and health.