MEET DR HOUDA OUNNAS
Hello there! Thanks for stopping by, my name is Dr Houda Ounnas. I’m a GP with a few extra qualifications in Psychotherapy, Occupational health, Aesthetic medicine and Functional Medicine.
My special interest is health optimisation and disease prevention. I’m here to help you create a healthy, happy, vital life and prevent disease. My approach is very much proactive and preventative integrating the principles of physical and mental wellbeing.
My 3 areas of work are preventative health, mental and emotional health and women’s health
I’m empowered by 3 things:
1-What I have learnt from the prestigious universities, Royal colleges and international institutions in the UK, USA and Australia
2- What I have experienced working in different systems including the NHS, Nuffield Health, HCA, the Phoenix hospital and several others, and in different capacities such as general practice, A/E, Mental health units, paediatrics and several other hospital rotations.
3- How I have been inspired by my wonderful patients journeys to health and wellbeing and what I discovered can be achieved when we work well together at any stage, but even better at the preventative stage.
Here is a mini CV and a bit about my education, experience and personal life:
-I qualified as a doctor from the university of Newcastle, UK with MBBS in 2007
-I qualified as a GP from the Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK in 2013
-Aesthetics and laser skin therapy-Harvard Medical School 2015, USA
-Diploma in Occupational Medicine (Health at work) Royal College of Physicians, London, UK 2017
-Fellowship to the Royal Australian College of GP, 2017.
-Schema Therapy (Psychotherapy modality) International Society of Schema Therapy, London 2019
-Functional Medicine, AFMCP -Institute of Functional Medicine 2021
-14 years experience as a doctor, of which 9 years as a GP, in addition to several hospital rotations notably Paediatrics, Mental health and A/E
-NHS & Private GP experience in and out of hours, including the home visiting GP on call service.
-I have provided private GP services in the past for Nuffield Health, HCA, Telegraph, Discovery Channel all in London and to Healius in Sydney Australia.
Clinical leadership: I had the privilege of working as a clinical lead for Westminster CCG for two projects one in Ophthalmology and one in helping patients choosing the right service for their needs
United Nations: I had the privilege of being a stakeholder and working with the UN on their WSIS initiative, sharing my expertise in mental health. See story highlights for details.
-I’m a GP trainer by Health Education England, training future General Practitioners
-I have also in the past taught medical student as a clinical skills tutor for the University of Southampton, UK
I had my academic research published at the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on head and neck surgery and anatomy.
-I represented the UK at the EAONO, European Academy of Otology and Neuro-Otology, competing for a prize, Majorca, Spain 2008.
-Progressive Primary Care talk, Tokyo, Japan 2019
-Global Mental Health, ITU -International Telecom Union, Geneva, Switzerland 2020
-Mental Wellbeing for doctors, MEIDAM Dubai, UAE 2020.
Media: I’m a regular commentator in British & international media platforms including: Metro, Cosmo, Glamour, Red, Marie Claire, Stylist, Al Ghad TV, TRT
At a personal level, I view life as a beautiful balance of adventures and tranquillity. At times of tranquillity, I’m an absorbent admirer of arts and beauty. I enjoy nature, reading, chess and creative writing. When active, and activity is a big part of my life, I enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle. I enjoy playing Tennis and I am a member of the British Lawn Tennis Association, LTA. I also like cultural and sports events. I’m enthusiastic about travelling and learning about different cultures. I have probably visited your country and know something about your culture, and if not I would be curious to learn! I am fluent in English, French and Arabic.
My biggest passion though has to be horses, whether it’s riding them or attending equestrian events. I support the British Horse Society and would encourage anyone to check out their amazing projects. My personal favourite is “Changing Lives through Horses” which aims to help thousands of young people with mental health challenges, develop six key life skills through equestrian activity: Communication, Confidence, Relationships, Teamwork, Responsibility, Personal Achievement.