British College of Functional Medicine 

Dr. Indra Barathan (Panditaratne)

Dr Indra graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1997 and worked as an NHS GP until 2015 when she opened her specialist functional medical practice. Being part and setting up the British College of Functional Medicine has been a dream for Indra since the start of her journey in functional medicine 

Alex Wilber 

Alex has a background in science, with a first-class degree in Chemistry from Cambridge and a PhD (DPhil) in Physics from Oxford. He worked for nine years as a scientific consultant, specialising in developing medical and diagnostic devices. Over this time he gradually came to learn more about the chronic diseases that these devices were designed for, and stumbled on the huge disconnect between the causes of chronic disease and the way we currently treat them. This eventually led him to retrain in Functional Medicine (via the Nutritional Therapist route). Alex now runs Cambridge Functional Medicine, a busy practice in the fens, and works with patients with a diverse range of conditions.

Dr Elizabeth Corcoran

Dr Corcoran combines her training in Psychiatry and Functional Medicine to empower people to restore their health through changing how they interact with their world.  She also runs the only UK charity focused on medical research helping people with Down’s syndrome, and is a Founding Officer of the National Down Syndrome Policy Group who supported the passing of the Down Syndrome Act 2022.

Dr. Olivia Lesslar

Dr Olivia Ly Lesslar is an Australian medical practitioner who has expertise in preventative medicine, psychoneuroimmunology, and complex conditions like neurodegeneration, cancer, non-IgE-driven allergies, and the emerging septad of MCAS - Dysautonomia - Hypermobility - GI dysmotility - Autoimmunity - CCI -ME/CFS. Her unique skill set is in problem-solving multisystem, chronic conditions. She works with innovative, high-profile international clinics, including the preeminent Los Angeles celebrity concierge company LifeSpan Medicine, and Cingulum Health - a brain optimisation clinic founded by renowned neurosurgeon Professor Charles Teo - where she curates personalized programs of synergistic adjuncts for neuroplasticity including transcranial magnetic stimulation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, photobiomodulation, breathwork, and peptides. Dr Olivia works closely with Australian allergist Professor Pete Smith on complex immunological patients, and with Griffith University’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, a research facility focusing on mechanisms of ME/CFS and long covid. She is the Medical Director for CFS Health, and a partner in Wellgevity, a London-based health optimisation clinic. Dr Olivia is currently training under Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon A/Prof Russell Vickers in stem cell extraction, processing and use. In 2021, Dr Olivia was featured in NYC Journal 50 under 50 for being an industry disruptor and leader in the field of integrative medicine. In November 2022, she took to the TEDx Melbourne stage, and in December 2022, she was featured in Passion Vista Magazine as a Global Icon for Medicine. Dr Olivia is on the Medical or Clinical Advisory Boards for: Oxford Healthspan, Holo Health, The Holistic Health Institute, The Darbon Institute, Simplr Health, Biolytica, Egoo Health, and The Naked 

Dr Mayoni Gooneratne

Dr (Miss) Mayoni Gooneratne is a former NHS surgeon, and the founder of Human Health and SkinFit where she helps women to live their best and healthiest life. She believes that functional medicine is a fundamental and practical way to bring health to the nation, and being a co-founder of the BCFM is the start of this process. 

Bobby Sira 

Bobby graduated in Pharmacy with First-Class Honours from King’s College, London in 1996 followed by post-graduate research in Molecular Medicine, University College London. He worked in Pharmacy and the Development of Services both in the NHS and private sectors for over 25 years; the more he treated people with conventional medicine, the more he observed the reliance on drugs and the decline in responsibility for one’s own health. 

In 2016 he delved into Ayurveda, the mother of modern Functional Medicine, completing his Diploma for Ayurveda Healthcare, seamlessly integrating these approaches with his clinical expertise in standard healthcare and the NHS. He believes that our bodies and minds are over-saturated by the notion of a ‘pill to fix it’, and has an intuitive insight on how to guide people to re-balance, rethink, and re-evaluate their responsibility to living.

Bobby teaches how Eastern sciences support and uphold the way we treat and manage patients in the West, and the combined effort of both is the powerful key to positive long-term outcomes. As an Integrative Health Specialist and founder of PharmAveda UK, he prescribes individual personalised health journeys, with a particular focus on Integrative Oncology. 

Dr Adigo Atabo

With over 20 years experience as a medical doctor, and 7 years experience in functional medicine, Dr Adigo Atabo advocates for a networked approach to health and chronic disease management.  She is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, a Fellow in Plastic Surgery at the West African College of Surgeons, a Member at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and is Founder and Managing Director at Persomic, a web platform providing personalised, data-driven support for nutrition therapy practitioners.

Dr Andie Siggers 

Andie graduated from Nottingham University medical school in 1998 and worked initially in hospital medicine before becoming a GP for many years. 

She is now part of Mosaic Medical as a fully certified FM doctor and also works as an appraisal lead within the NHS. Andie believes that the functional approach is the way we should be managing all chronic health issues with high quality medical training. To that end she is excited to be part of creating BCFM and focus on quality and governance within this. 

When not working Andie will be found paddle boarding, running and enjoying family life in Dorset. 

Kirkland Newman

Kirkland Newman is an anglo-american journalist and philanthropist. She is the Founder and Editor of MindHealth360, a free, global resource for integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry, and the Host of The MindHealth360 Show.


She created MindHealth360 after her own postpartum depression to address the epidemic of mental health issues and the lack of sustainable, root-cause based solutions for mental health in mainstream medicine. She launched the MindHealth360 Show in 2020 to give a voice to the leading practitioners of integrative mental health from around the world.


Kirkland believes that a revolution in mental health diagnosis and treatment is necessary to tackle the epidemic of mental health issues and the lack of effective solutions in conventional mental health treatment. She believes that integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry offer sustainable solutions to those suffering from mental health issues, their friends, families and health practitioners, and seeks to raise awareness and provide resources around integrative mental health through the popular MindHealth360 website and The MindHealth360 Show.


She has worked for Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Ogilvy & Mather in New York, and for Musiclegal and The Prince's Trust in London. She is a Co-Founder and Trustee of The Horizon Foundation which provides support for young refugees from the Middle East and Asia.


Kirkland has a first class BA/MA from Oxford University in Modern Languages and Literature (French and Spanish); an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in European Studies; and an MA from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. Her dissertation “The Battle for Victimhood, Roles and Narratives of Suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” was published in “Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine”.