Introducing a new member of the team…
I’m so pleased to be able to introduce you to Dr Alison Colville, who is joining the team at The Sourdough School as our resident GP. Over the last few years, more and more students have been asking me about sourdough and its role in a healthy diet. In response to this, I have been developing courses focusing on the nutrition value and digestibility of bread. To really provide maximum value through these courses, I wanted to be able to offer a professional medical perspective to our students. Alison has a medical degree from Manchester University, and is passionate about wellness, focusing on lifestyle and diet to promote and maintain good health. She works with both private and NHS patients, and is now available to Sourdough School students wishing to discuss their issues around sourdough digestion.
Many people tell me that they are able to eat sourdough bread, but have digestive issues if they eat yeasted breads. I can sympathise with this, as it’s an issue I have experienced myself. One of the most frustrating things is not really understanding what is going on. Alison will be on hand for a Q & A session on the nutrition and digestibility courses. She is also available through the Regent Street Clinic as a private GP to consult directly with students who wish to have a fuller, more in depth, private consultation with a doctor.
Through the combination of our courses and Alison’s expertise, we can enable students who want to learn more about sourdough and health, a better understanding and guide them in making the best choices for their condition. We have people who come to the school with a range of issues, from mild discomfort and IBS to much more serious medical conditions. Alison will be available to answer student questions during the courses. Due to restrictions on GP licencing, Alison will not be able to offer individual consultations on the courses but she is on hand and can offer private consultations and give medical advice on further action or tests from the GP clinic in Leicester – about 40 minutes from the Sourdough School ( there is a regular bus service to just a few hundred yards for the clinic from near the school.) Alison is also someone I can refer to if I’m worried about a particular medical concern, or want to make sure the information I’m using is accurate and up to date.
Earlier this year, Alison attended the RCGP accredited Sourdough Nutrition and Digestibility Diploma at The Sourdough School, so she has both a student and a tutor perspective on our courses. She’s deeply passionate about sourdough, and good food in general. She’s also into yoga, she’s bright and funny, and a delight to chat with. As a doctor, Alison is very approachable. We absolutely love her very personable, down to earth manner, which has meant that she has fitted straight into the team here.
Alison’s level of dedication, passion and understanding is going to be a great asset to The Sourdough School. It’s so nice to work with someone who shares our values, and understands what we are trying to do. Together we hope to empower people to look after themselves, their family, and the people they love, through nourishing themselves with amazing bread. With Alison as a part of the team, we are looking forward to helping everyone gain a deeper understanding of the health and nutritional values of our most fundamental and basic food… bread.