About Tucker Health
Tucker Health was created to promote the emerging benefits of a proactive, wellness-based model of health. We strongly believe that the community is already pivoting away from the reactive, illness-based model of medicine that dominated the last century. Tucker Health capitalizes on the benefits of focused nutritional education, as well as counseling to leverage the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health. Much of this approach can be classified as mind-body medicine, and it dates as far as back as the great Greek healer Hippocrates who wrote, “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” Mind-body health focuses on the interactions among the brain, the rest of the body, the mind, and behavior, that is, the ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, experiential, and behavioral factors can directly affect health.
Numerous studies document that psychological stress is linked to a variety of health problems, such as increased heart disease, compromised immune system functioning, and premature cellular and cognitive aging. Clinical evidence suggests that mind-body therapies can reduce psychological stress and improve functional outcomes in a variety of illness states across cardiology, oncology, immunity, autoimmune disorders, and psychiatric conditions. Additionally, individual patient expectations and patient-provider interactions may produce biological effects that play a role in health outcomes. Obesity, pre-diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome are increasingly common conditions that increase risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. Programs that combine mindfulness meditation, “mindful eating,” walking, and targeted exercise may help to improve and reverse these conditions.
Meet the Team
Counselor & Psychotherapist
A behavioral health specialist, Kate is an expert in engaging and motivating individuals to stop self-defeating behaviors and replace them with ones that effect improved mental and physical health. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults suffering from a wide variety of illnesses and issues, including:
- Anxiety (panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Anger management
- Substance abuse
- Relationship issues
- Eating disorders, self-harm and body image
- Stress management
- Health counseling
As the counselor at Tucker Health, Kate leads its efforts to prevent disease through behavioral health education, that is, the day-to-day choices that are major determinants of our mental and physical health (e.g., our food and drink; sleep and exercise; thoughts and feelings). Working in collaboration with Tucker Medical’s licensed physician and other healthcare providers, Kate also assists in the behavioral health of patients with cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other diseases.
Counselor & Psychotherapist
Sheryl is a professional counselor and psychotherapist, who has worked with the local, expatriate and corporate communities in Singapore for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working with individuals and couples from a wide range of cultures addressing a variety of issues including:
She aims to empower her clients by increasing insight and awareness, and equip them with the tools they need to meet life’s challenges.
Fully certified at The Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School as an instructor, she pioneered the teaching of the highly effective Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme in Singapore since 2009.
Sheryl is Australian and received her Master’s degree in Counseling in 2003. Living in Singapore since 1999, she founded her private practice, Lifesteps, in 2005. Prior to establishing Lifesteps, Sheryl worked as a Counselor and Psychotherapist in a group practice in central Singapore, and was a Behavioural Health Associate at Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s inpatient mental health facility. Before becoming a qualified Counselor, Sheryl spent 10 years in the corporate and finance sectors in New York, Tokyo and Sydney. Sheryl enjoys cultivating her own mindfulness practice, yoga, and swimming.
Ilona Kasza entered the field of nutrition when she noticed that weight gain is associated with chronic disease, such as heart disease and diabetes. A personal illness prompted her to do research lasting a decade and pushed her desire towards good nutrition.
Her goal as a nutritionist is to help people understand their metabolism, lead a healthy lifestyle, prevent chronic disease and educate them on ways to lose fat while preserving muscle mass. Clients find that Ilona gently but effectively guides them in their journey to better health. She has extensive experience working with people suffering from a variety of conditions and issues including: Her goal as a nutritionist is to help people understand their metabolism, lead a healthy lifestyle, prevent chronic disease and educate them on ways to lose fat while preserving muscle mass. Clients find that Ilona gently but effectively guides them in their journey to better health. She has extensive experience working with people suffering from a variety of conditions and issues including:
- Heart Disease
- Insulin Resistance
- Metabolic Syndrome
Ilona has a diploma in Chinese Language and Culture at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, France from 1993 to 1997. Ilona has a diploma in Chinese Language and Culture at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, France from 1993 to 1997.
Sigrid Grobys is a naturopath hailing from the USA and Canada. She spent eight years obtaining a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, and is a registered member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (Canada), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. After moving to Singapore to set up her private practice, Sigrid obtained an additional diploma in psychotherapy to better help her patients effect positive changes in their lives.
Naturopathy complements traditional medical care by focusing keenly on dietary changes, lifestyle changes and natural agents, such as nutritional supplements, medicinal herbs and homeopathy. Sigrid has extensive experience managing an array of medical diagnoses, and finds that naturopathy is particularly beneficial for patients suffering from fatigue, hormonal imbalances (thyroid, menstrual issues, pre-diabetes, weight management), skin problems (especially acne, eczema and hives), recurrent infections, chronic allergies, and digestive issues. Sigrid also is experienced in supporting patients through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and helping patients manage medication side effects.
Sigrid has lived in Singapore since 2008 and enjoys an active home that includes three boys, ranging in age from 5 months to 6 years old. She is enthusiastic about joining the Tucker Health team and looks forward to helping provide individualized care to patients.
If you are unable to reach us and you feel emotionally overwhelmed or in need of urgent support please reach out to:
SOS (Samaritans of Singapore), a 24-hour hotline (manned by trained volunteers)
Tel: 1800-221 4444
IMH Mental Health 24-hour Hotline
Tel: 6389 2222
The Accident and Emergency rooms of Singapore hospitals will accept walk-ins with behavioural health concerns requiring urgent attention.
8 Sinaran Drive #04-07 | Novena Specialist Center | Singapore 307470 | +65 6659 6917