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Dr Véronique Gauthier-Simmons

Véronique has been an Overcoming MS facilitator since the AMEX event in Brighton in 2017 and has since led exercise sessions at several Overcoming MS retreats.

She started yoga when she was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) in 2000 at the age of 34. At the time, she was lecturing at University College Dublin while completing her PhD thesis. She was a heavy smoker then (though no longer), but also addicted to the gym – especially spinning and step aerobics! 

Yoga was so beneficial for her that she decided to become a teacher. She qualified in Hatha yoga (2009) and then in Yoga Therapy (2013). Together with her husband, she created Taming the Walrus, which is dedicated to encouraging people with chronic conditions to practice yoga. They now live in the South of Portugal.

She’s followed the Overcoming MS Program since 2012 and her health and fitness keep improving. Her exercise regime now also includes weight training, swimming and running. But she’s always open to trying new exercise.