Our Doctors & Practitioners
Dr Karen Robinson
The experience of connecting with individual patients during her hospital training is what led Dr Karen Robinson to pursue a profession in General Practice. In 2012 she completed the primary course with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) that immediately changed her approach to the practice of medicine.
After completing a science degree that allowed her to recognise an interest in the medical sciences, Dr Karen pursued a degree in medicine; she graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000. Her hospital years were spent at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and The Prince Charles and Hervey Bay Hospitals. Six months training in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital was the start of her career in General Practice.
2012 saw Dr Karen’s first introduction to functional and nutritional medicine, and it has been the foundation of her practice since. Grounded in the fundamental sciences of nutrition, physiology and biochemistry, Nutritional and Integrative medicine resonated with Dr Karen. Focusing on the core areas of endocrine and hormone health (including thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones), Gut health, Mental health (Biobalance and Neurotransmitter testing), and the fundamentals of diet and basic nutritional requirements, Dr Karen continues to train in this ever-changing field.
Dr Catherine Bartholomew
Dr. Bartholomew is a General Practitioner with a special interest in nutritional and environmental medicine.
She obtained her medical degree through the University of Queensland in 1987 and completed her General Practice training. In 1997 she became interested in nutritional medicine and undertook studies through the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, going on to complete a Fellowship with them.
Her major interests are Natural hormone replacement therapy, Thyroid disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, Adrenal dysfunction and Anxiety and Depression.
Dr. Bartholomew takes into account the person as a whole (body, mind and spirit) and makes use of all appropriate therapies both conventional and complementary.
Dr Ebby Patel
Dr Ebrahim Patel is a GP with many years of medical experience. He qualified as a doctor in 1986 and worked in rural Queensland for several years before relocating to Brisbane.
Dr. Ebby’s main interests are Thyroid disorders, Adrenal disorders, Autoimmune diseases, Natural hormone replacement therapy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Weight management, Diabetes, Digestive disorders & Reproductive health.
He uses a combination of both conventional and integrative therapies, gives dietary advice and also gives IM & IV supplements.
Education: Bachelor of Pharmacy, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2008) (Hons). Bachelor of Chemistry, Curtin University of Technology, Perth WA (2000). Qualified Chef, Certification of Nutrition, Primary training ACNEM
Des is the owner of My Life My Health | Medical | Compounding | My Keto Hub| My Keto Clinic and was drawn to compounding from his previous careers as a chef and industrial chemist where formulating plays a big role in both food science and pharmaceutics to obtain the highest quality product. Des’ professional interests are in the areas of functional medicine and its relationship to good health through balancing hormones, improving liver detoxification and the newly emerging area of nutrigenomics. He is interested in how specific supplements can improve a persons biochemistry. Des attends regular conferences both nationally and internationally that focus on the latest evidence supporting Integrative Nutritional Metabolic Medicine and he is also active in the Integrative Medicine community.
He is passionate about educating people on the importance of incorporating proper diet, lifestyle and appropriate nutrient supplementation as part of overall health.