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About Me

Bonsai tree given me recently by some graduating students

Bonsai tree given me recently by some graduating students

Since graduating in Five Element Acupuncture in 1997 from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) I have practised this amazing field of Chinese Medicine in a wide range of places.  When I started my acupuncture career in Surrey I split my week between a GP practise, a local prison and a private practise at home and these three different practises gave me great experience which has set me up for the rest of my career to date.

I moved to the Midlands in 2000 to teach Acupuncture at The College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA), Hatton. At CTA I worked alongside some of the best Acupuncture practitioners in the UK  teaching students as they studied for their BA Hons. Supervising students in the college clinic really kept me on my toes!  More recently I taught on the MA Hons course.  Unfortunately CTA closed its doors in 2012 but I now have the pleasure of teaching at the Acupuncture Academy in Leamington, which is an excellent place to learn and teach, established in 2011, currently the second largest Acupuncture college in the UK and going from strength to strength.
Before establishing my Kenilworth practise , I was based in Leamington where I founded the Alternative Health Trust charity and worked with a whole range of people in Bath Street, Old Town Leamington.

What shapes who I am as a practitioner of Acupuncture?

Coral taking the pulses of a patient

Before graduating in acupuncture I worked for 20 years as a nurse and a lot of this was in the care of the  elderly.  I pioneered and ran a programme for elderly people living on a Kibbutz when I lived for a time in Israel, then spent 13 years setting up and running a Nursing Home in Surrey. This was an amazing time in my life and I know we had some of best cared for elderly people of all time in that home.  I think older people have so much to offer and acupuncture can be very beneficial to maintaining health as you get older.  While working as a nurse I also did some courses in reflexology and spent 3 years practising reflexology while I studied acupuncture.  Crucial to acupuncture is an appreciation of how your patient’s symptoms relate to climate and the seasons and I was helped in this by the 8 years I lived in a narrow boat on the canals of the West Midlands.  Being so close to nature that you can hear the frost crunching on your ropes at night is just one example of boating life.  My love of the environment led me to complete a BSc in Environmental Science in 2012 and also makes me keep my carbon footprint as low as I can.

Acupuncture has greatly helped my own health and that tends to make me passionate about using it to help others.   I hope my Christian faith helps me to be a humble and compassionate practitioner.  Finally I’m told by students and patients that I make them laugh quite a lot – hopefully this is good!