Dr Gail Loudon – MBBS, BSc, DGM, MRCGP.

My first memory of being fascinated by the link between the mind and body was as a medical student in a Pharmacology lecture hearing about the placebo effect. I was possibly the only one there who wanted to know more about this than the medicines themselves! It became apparent to me at that early stage of my training that patient care should take into account all aspects of a patient’s health and life experience rather than just focusing on one set of symptoms.

My medical training was at the Westminster Hospital Medical School, London and included a BSc in Biochemistry. I trained as a GP, passing my membership examination to the Royal College of GP’s, and continued to work in Elderly Care as well. I particularly enjoy the holistic approach to patients that both specialities have. I also became a GP appraiser and the Clinical Lead for the Community and Hospital Falls Services. Balancing my various work roles and family commitments became more tricky and from 2009 I just worked in Elderly Care. I retired from the NHS in March 2022.

Along the way, I have also trained in Homeopathy and Reiki. I then came to mindfulness, having noticed the effect of my thoughts on my mood and experience of life. Having realised how I needed to be aware of this, I Googled “mindfulness”, was introduced to this wisdom and here I am! I did my Mindfulness foundation course in 2012, followed by my teacher training in 2013 at the Centre of Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University.

I started teaching in 2014 with courses for the general public, NHS staff and workshops for junior doctors, nurses and palliative care staff. My courses are taught as per the defined CMRP curriculum, and I continue with regular supervision as per Good Practice Guidelines. I do also bring a blend of my fascination in this ancient wisdom and how current neuroscience research is advancing our understanding of the effect of meditation and mindfulness on our brains.

This is a “way of being” in our lives, the understanding of which deepens as we continue practising. Along with my own regular practice, I attend updating courses and retreats.