THP 019: functional medicine in new zealand with susan birch

Happiness can essentially be boiled down to three key things; Something to do, Someone to love, & Something to look forward to - Dr Gordon Livingston

Susan Birch has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and is one of New Zealand’s leading fitness professionals. She has an array of qualifications under her belt including;

Master Health Sciences, Post-Graduate Diploma Sports Medicine, Post-Graduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Post-Graduate Diploma COP Musculoskeletal Medicine, Post-Graduate Diploma COP Community Nutrition.

Susan has also been actively studying functional medicine for many years, here is a list of some of the programs she has studied;

  • Member Institute of Functional Medicine (Washington, USA)
  • Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition – in progress (American Board of Clinical Nutrition)
  • Functional Physiology, Biochemistry, Nutrition – (Washington, USA)
    ADAPT Practitioner – (Kresser Institute, California, USA)
  • Kalish Method Practitioner (Kalish Institute, California, USA)
  • SIBO Practitioner (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Gluten Society Practitioner (Gluten Society, Texas, USA)

  • Today's Guest

Susan Birch

Susan shares her experience of building a large gym and health business only to do a full circle and revert back to running a small business.



12 Melrose Ave

Lynmore, Rotorua, 

Bay of Plenty, 3010

New Zealand



Susan Birch - Exercise And Nutrition Specialist

  • TOPICS Discussed

*You can click on a time to go to that section in the audio

5:45 – Why Sue went from a large business with 10 staff and a gym back to a small solo practice which is where it all started for her
6:50 – Truefit Gym
6:55 – The Fitness Studio
12:59 – The Institute of Functional Medicine
13:28 – Brian Walsh’s Metabolic Fitness Pro
13:31 – Ben Lynch’s Methylation Training
13:35 – Chris Kelly’s Nourish Balance Thrive
13:48 – Dan Kalish and the Kalish Method
23:59 – Sue’s approach to treating fibromyalgia
30:25 – Keto Summit
32:26 – What Sue thinks is a good starting point for functional medicine study based on her experiences
35:23 – Kresser Institute’s Adapt Functional Medicine Training
35:44 – 
Keith Reys Evergreen Audience Course


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