After experiencing acupuncture myself I was so impressed with how much better I felt that I decided to train as a practitioner at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, and qualified in 1999. After several years of practice I became interested in working with the body to experience Qi in a more hands-on way, and in 2004 qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner after a 3 year training at the British School of Shiatsu-Do. In 2006 I qualified at the Northern College of Acupuncture to prescribe Chinese herbal medicine in the form of pre-prepared pills, and I gained a MSc in Chinese herbal medicine at Westminster University in 2011.
Continuing professional development and special interests
Post qualifying I have engaged in continuing professional development in the following main areas:
Five element acupuncture, fertility support, pregnancy support, chronic fatigue and post-viral syndrome, endocrine disorders, IBS and digestive disorders, skin problems, sports medicine, emotional trauma, allergies and autoimmune disease, body psychotherapy, formative psychology, gua sha, classical Chinese herbal medicine with Dr Feng and Chinese Medicine Traveller, training to supervise and mentor acupuncturists, shiatsu teaching assistant training, and also many practitioner support and development courses. I have also been an active participant in my own practitioner supervision since qualifying; although this is not mandatory for acupuncturists, I am passionate about the role of supervision in creating resilient practitioners who are excited by and fully engaged in their practice.
As well as 20 years of private practice, I have provided acupuncture for the Immune Development Trust at Charing Cross Hospital, auricular acupuncture for Waltham Forest Sure Start Smoking Cessation for pregnant women, and for Family Mosaic’s Substance Misuse and Tenancy Sustainment Team. For several years I also ran Onespace Acupuncture and two other low-cost community multi-bed acupuncture clinics with different colleagues and delivered training to the Association of Community and Multibed Clinics.