Nurturing Spirit was founded in 2003 by Susie Perry Debice a passionate and motivated nutritionist and spokesperson for the natural health industry.
Nutrition and Massage Clinical practice
Susie started clinical practice as soon as she graduated from ION in 1998 and spent over 18 years gaining clinical experience for working with a diverse range of health conditions and symptoms. Over this time her clinic has reflected her special interested in female health and she has become well-known for helping clients with conditions such as PMS, menopause, fertility issues, PCOS, pregnancy, endometriosis and weight loss. From 1998 to 2013 Susie practiced from a number of prestigious clinics including the Higher Nature Clinic (East Sussex), The Food Doctor Clinic (Harley Street), The ION Clinic (Richmond) and the Dyke Road Natural Health Clinic (Brighton).
Calling on 18 years of experience in clinical practice and teaching, Susie writes about all aspects of health, diet and nutrition covering topics such as the menopause, PMS and female hormone conditions, skin issues, weight loss, anti-ageing and beauty. Susie understands what it takes to write effectively, responsibly and accurately about health including medical terminology, clinical trials, regulations, evidence-based natural medicine, using the right tone and language, and communicating controversial issues.
Her accessible and engaging style is backed up by sound research skills, professional qualifications and clinical experience. That, combined with her passion for all things healthy, means she understands how to communicate complex health principles to a diverse range of audiences. Her range of styles encompasses everything from light and fun food features with celebrity mentions to technical and fully-reference articles plus topical health and diet features with menu plans.
Susie is frequently called upon by PR companies in need of credible copy for national campaigns and by natural health companies for reliable online and social media content. Susie has the ability to work to short deadlines and can accommodate a wide range of budgets.Editor
Susie spent over six years as a Freelance Editor working for Target Publishing editing online and print magazines covering health and well-being. She was responsible for coordinating and managing the production of two health magazines covering the complementary health sector - True Health magazine and the Nutrition I-Mag. Prior to this Susie was also the Editor for CAM Lifestyle magazine from June 2011 to July 2014, Natural Pharmacy Lifestyle magazine from November 2012 to June 2014 and the ION Magazine from October 2009 to November 2011.
an extensive network of contacts throughout the industry, from academics and practitioners to suppliers and
Susie’s work as an Editor means she keeps abreast of current clinical protocols and advances in healthcare and natural medicine. Susie has built up an extensive network of contacts throughout the industry, from academics and practitioners to suppliers and manufacturers.
Teacher and tutor
In 2003 Susie started lecturing at three of the UK’s leading colleges of nutritional therapy (Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Raworth College and College of Naturopathic Nutrition) in her specialist subjects - pregnancy, PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, menopause and female hormone balance. Susie found sharing her knowledge and clinical experience with groups of students both challenging and rewarding and went on to become a clinical tutor at each of these colleges.
During her studies and after graduation Susie worked for The Optimum Nutrition Company (1996-1998), The Nutrition Practitioner (1998-2000), Higher Nature (1997-2002) and The Food Doctor (2002-2007). Susie found working with nutrition pioneers such as Kate Neil, Celia Wright, Ian Marber and Vicky Edgson to be truly inspiring and she used this time to nurture her writing skills and develop a comprehensive knowledge of nutritional supplements and effective clinical protocols. Susie became a freelance consultant in 2007 and since then continues to work with a number of high profile individuals and natural health and beauty companies.
Discovering nutrition as a therapy
After her degree Susie went on to study at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London for a further three years, learning how to use nutrition as a therapy. Susie became empowered by what she learnt from lectures such as Patrick Holford, Kate Neil, Suzanna Olivier and Jeff Bland and this inspired her to follow a career in the health food and supplement industry.
From science to nutrition
Susie gained an honours degree in Food Science from Reading University where she studied under Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist Dr Ann Walker. This marked the start of her journey into the relationship between nutrition and female hormone balance. For her clinical research module Susie helped set up and complete a pilot clinical trail into the effects of vitamin B6 and magnesium supplementation on women suffering from PMS. The success of the pilot led to a full-scale clinical trial which was published in the Journal of Women's Health & Gender Based Medicine, 2000. A Synergistic Effect of a Daily Supplement for 1 Month of 200 mg Magnesium plus 50 mg Vitamin B6 for the Relief of Anxiety-Related Premenstrual Symptoms: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Crossover Study