Human Healthcare Entrepreneur: Career Q & A with Dr Claire Merrifield

Join VSGDer Dr. Claire Merrifield as she shares her squiggly career journey from animal sciences to human doctor to successful entrepreneurship.

Posted: 26/06/2023


Online 19:00 BST


5th July 2022


Ebony Escalona
Claire Merrifield

Rewatch this fascinating career path with VSGDer and human doctor Claire Merrifield as we chat through her medical roles as a post grad in animal sciences to a successful entrepreneur putting her squiggly career to use with C-19 testing and Selph

Listen back to hear about the power of 

  • reaching out to organisations before they advertise
  • doubling down on your strengths and collaborating on your “weaknesses”
  • making decisions on excitement over happiness
  • self compassion when moving through career transitions 
    realising there are many right decisions for your career

Thank you to the crew that stayed in the zoom room after for a really helpful natter – we realised we were all at similar career crossroads. Claire shared this quote which resonated with us all 🙂

‘I saw myself sitting in the crotch of the fig-tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest. ‘ -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

And if you have been looking for accountability and support to help reset your mind and body then join Selph beta 12 week health and coaching programme by emailing

BIO: Claire is an entrepreneur in the medical industry working on creating a new way to approach healthcare and wellness and has co-founded a company called Selph. She is a trained General Practitioner and prior to her medical training she completed a PhD looking at the impact of nutrition and probiotic supplementation on metabolism and the developing immune system. 

She is fascinated by the interaction between the microbiome and health and was a past member of the science translational committee for the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics as well as a founding member of the International Cancer Microbiome Consortium. 

During her clinical training she became excited in the importance of the mind in physical health and vice versa and so trained as an accredited mindfulness teacher specialising in mindfulness for stress and mindfulness for chronic pain. Right now she is working on how to support people to become the healthiest version of themselves. Her company Selph, they are developing a coaching course to help people prioritise and improve their health. Selph are looking for people to join our pilot course now, so if you are feeling, tired, stuck, burnt out, demotivated, or just not enjoying your day-to-day life get in touch.

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