In 1992 I graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Human Biological Sciences. I then went on to study acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture, based in York.
I set up a private clinic with two acupuncturists in Leeds and stayed there for two years. I then moved down to Gloucestershire in 2000 where I have now decided to settle. My current practice is at St Paul’s Medical Centre, Cheltenham where I have been working full-time for the last eight years. In 2004 I had the opportunity to travel to China and work in a hospital in Nanjing. There were nine beds on the acupuncture ward and a constant stream of people coming in for treatment. Apart from the usual bad backs, headaches, etc., we saw a lot of patients who had acupuncture following chemotherapy treatment for cancer. It is common in China to combine western medicine with eastern medicine. Both types of medical treatment have strengths and weaknesses.
I regularly attend postgraduate seminars and read research papers. It excites me when I discover modern scientific methods being used to endorse the traditional Chinese functions of acupuncture points. My practice is a blend of traditional Chinese acupuncture and modern acupuncture techniques. I firmly believe that an integration of old and new is the future for acupuncture in England.
Acupuncture has a huge reputation for the treatment of a wide range of pain-related ailments, however in recent years my practice has also consisted of a lot of fertility work. There has been some groundbreaking research in this area.
I am a very friendly practitioner, and if you are anxious about needles then pop in and have a chat with me. Acupuncture is a completely unique experience and the needles are not comparable to those used for blood tests, vaccinations, etc.
2000+ years of acupuncture can’t be wrong! And it is getting more and more popular…
Just to add… I am a fully registered member of the British Acupuncture Council, the governing body for professional acupuncturists.