Dr Patrick Magovern
Job Title: Doctor
He qualified in 1980. After the usual postgraduate training, he spent several satisfying years working as a hospital and community-based family doctor in a remote setting in Northern Canada, doing emergency department work, in-patient medical care and GP obstetrics including deliveries. He was a strong devotee of 'traditional, conventional medicine 'and viewed anything else as quackery. He slowly realised that Western 'conventional' disease-based high-tech medicine is excellent in most situations, but had little to offer for those patients in whom he could not find a treatable diagnosis. From 1989 onwards, he travelled widely, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, to develop further skills in the area of medicine now known as "Functional Medicine". Initially having concentrated intensively on learning acupuncture, he found he needed a much wider variety of arrows in my quiver. So, he complemented his conventional medical training with allergy and intolerance, bio-identical hormone therapies, nutritional medicine, detoxification, and a basic understanding of how brain chemistry works. Functional Medicine has been the major part of his work since 1992.