Imagine a world where our food choices help heal our planet, our communities and us as individuals.

-Denise Bradford
Founder of Essential Wellness Centre

Our story.

Our journey began in 2015 in Ningbo China as part of a life long passion of founder Denise Bradford to bring wisdom on healthy living and saving the planet into reality.

This led to the vision and establishment of Essential Wellness Center, a community support network to help individuals and families achieve their goals and share a passion of loving and preserving our planet for future generations of all species.

Denise saw a need in communities to address rising health epidemics, worsening environmental and climate degradation. However, she recognized that most lifestyle changes by an individual were extremely challenging and often failed as an endeavor. At the core of addressing this issue was paying attention to the family unit and providing the community support to make the transition to sustainable lifelong habits of whole food plant based living.

What we’ve done so far.

Since we opened, we have helped bilingual national medical conferences at our center on reversing disease and included speakers such as Dr.Xujia from the Physicians Committee for Responsible medicine. We co-hosted a healthy family-healthy planet and plant based nutrition conference at the University of Nottingham in December 2019. We featured doctors and specialists from international backgrounds and had an attendance of over 400 people.

We are a young company - recently launching our signature 28 day group coaching program which has evolved into ‘How not to die’ plant based group coaching program that is suitable for individuals, families and corporate and commercial groups. Our students and clients come from diverse backgrounds of all ages from around China and the world.

Our team.

The Essential Wellness Centre team has been researching and teaching plant based knowledge for decades. Our greatest desire is to empower each one of you so that you feel confident in having the skills and the knowledge you need to keep you on your journey.

Denise Bradford

Team Leader WFPB Integrated Medical Coach I.A.W.P. B.A. hons (U.Q.) M.A.(G.U.), R.N. (P.A.H.)

Denise went ‘Plant-Based’ in the 1980’s after reading “Diet for a Small Planet” by Frances Moore Lappei. She was working as a nurse when she made the acute observation that patients were unwell because they had made poor lifestyle choices – primarily diet. Diabetes, Heart disease, Autoimmune disorders and other degenerative diseases were common. It became obvious to her that when patients made changes to their way of eating, they had far better health outcomes compare to those who did not. From that day forward – helping others to change their way of eating to one that was Plant-Based and healthier became a passion for hers.

Denise studied under Dr. Campbell in his “Plant Based Nutrition” program which is run through E-Cornell University. She also studied under John Robbins, author of “Diet for a Small America” as well as the International Association of Wellness Professionals (IAWP). Denise became allied with The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Doctors for Nutrition Australia. She has been teaching plant based knowledge for over 40 years, and has been a practicing coach for six years.

Dr. Malcolm Mckay

General Practitioner, BMBS (Flinders University), Grad Dip Human Nutrition (Deakin
University), Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (ASLM/IBLM) and fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr Mackay is a GP and lifestyle medicine specialist from Melbourne, Australia. He has a special interest in preventing, treating, and reversing chronic disease with a whole food, plant-based diet, and other lifestyle interventions.

Malcolm is a regular attendee of the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences in the USA and has engaged with many of the leaders if this field. He has presented at many events and is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly established Australasian health charity, Doctors for Nutrition. In addition to his medical degree, Malcolm has a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and has completed the Plant- Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University and CHIP Facilitator training. With his partner Jenny they provide nutrition and lifestyle education through their nutrition business Plant Based Health Australia.

Malcolm practices in Fitzroy, Melbourne and provides Telehealth consultations to patients across Australia. He has more than 35 years of experience in introducing patients to nutrition and lifestyle treatments and in guiding them to make changes to improve their health.

Jenny Cameron

Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition (Deakin University), the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate (Cornell University), the Starch Solution Certificate and a level 2 Certificate in Wellness Coaching.

Jenny Cameron is a nutritionist, wellness coach and researcher living in Melbourne, Australia.

Jenny provides nutrition consultations and wellness coaching in person and online. She has a passion for delving into nutrition research and then presenting that in a helpful way for people transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet. Jenny has attended most of the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences in the USA and regularly networks with plant-based nutrition advocates around the world. She is active in running local meetups and online communities to support people in their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

28 Day Whole Food
Plant Based Programme

We know that becoming plant based isn’t easy. It takes time to change lifestyle habits. We’re here to walk you through that process, so you don’t do it all by yourself.

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