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Doctors at the practice

The Natural Practice

Doctors at the Natural Practice

We have a number of medical doctors at The Natural Practice who concentrate on different aspects of holistic and integrated medicine.

For some patients the choice of doctor they see will be based on personal recommendation or where the health practitioner is located. We provide the following background information if you would like to know the different focus and emphasis each doctor holds.

Dr. Patricia Ridsdale is a holistic physician with a special interest in homeopathy.  She is currently working part time as a GP as well as at The Natural Practice. She takes a whole-person view of a patient’s illness and advises on both chronic and acute disease management. Trish works closely with other complementary practitioners at the practice, both advising patients who are unsure which practitioner they would see and providing medical supervision for patients seeing other practitioners.  She prescribes a range of holistic, complementary treatments with the emphasis on classical homeopathy, as well as giving advice on lifestyle.

Dr. Nick Avery is a holistic physician with a special interest in nutritional, dietary and ‘environmental’ illness.  He integrates a number of complementary medical treatments in his holistic approach. He uses the VEGA diagnosis machine that allows him to identify susceptibility and disease patterns that are not always apparent through other forms of case taking and examination. Nick integrates a number of complementary therapies, particularly nutritional, herbal and homeopathic, and sometimes includes acupuncture.  When appropriate he will refer to other practitioners.  He works a lot with dietary advice, particularly exclusion diets for patients with food sensitivities.  He sees a number of patients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other chronic diseases.

Dr. David Owen is a holistic physician with a special interest in integrating several different approaches in the management of chronic and degenerative disease. He uses a number of different approaches when treating his patients and has written a textbook on homeopathy ( and founded a training course for doctors and veterinary surgeons in holistic health. David pays particular emphasis to the mind/body link in chronic disease, seeing how both thoughts and feelings impact directly on physical health and vice versa. He integrates this with approaches informed by the patients constitution, nutritional status, subtle energy balance and herbal remedies for ‘organ support’ – sometimes called a functional medicine approach. He uses a number of complementary approaches including homeopathy, acupuncture, VEGA as well as nutritional advice to facilitate patients’ ability to ‘self heal’. He supports a number of patients with more serious illnesses. David is particularly interested in working with patients who seek a deeper understanding of the significance of the illness and who are happy to actively engage in the journey back to wellness.

Trish, Nick and David are each medically qualified doctors who have completed a postgraduate course in homeopathy and are members or fellows of the Faculty of homeopathy ( As well as belonging to a number of other professional organisations for doctors integrating these different treatments. When required they will use specialist nutritional blood tests and other investigations to diagnose and monitor patients.

Dr Ruth Dyson is a GP and Clinical Hypnotherapist ( & She has also had training in other therapeutic approaches such as NLP and CBT and integrates these into her health practice. Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind and through hypnotherapy Ruth aims to use the power of the unconscious (or subconscious) part of the mind to help heal the body.