As with most acupuncturists who have completed a 3 yr, initial training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I would consider myself able to help with various medical conditions. However, I specialise in musculo-skeletal conditions, for which I generally prefer to use a combination of Tui Na massage and acupuncture. Both are highly effective, individually, but used together can often achieve spectacular results.
A large proportion of my patients are professional and student dancers (ballet & contemporary) who are renowned for placing extreme demands on their bodies. This is reflected by my busy clinic at Laban Health, part of the internationally acclaimed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and which is also open to the public.
I graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Acupuncture and a Licentiate Diploma in Tui Na Massage from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture (LCTA) where I was originally trained in TCM, which is what is generally thought of as Chinese style acupuncture. I also taught Medical Qigong on their Tui Na course from 2005 and acted as clinical superviser in the student Tui Na clinic until the college closed in October 2010.
I have studied Tai Chi Quan and Qigong with various teachers in the UK since 1989. In 2011, I travelled to Beijing, China, to complete further training at the Beijing Tui Na Massage Hospital with with Dr. Xue Nan and undertook a clinical placement in acupuncture and Channel palpation with Professor Wang Ju Yi. I also attended further seminars with Dr Wang, in Dublin, in 2012. Since then, I have completed a 2 yr programme of acupuncture training in Classical Chinese medicine from the Yin Style Bagua tradition with Andrew Nugent Head, in London. Also, advanced courses with Dr. Tan in Balance Method, a modern interpretation of Classical techniques. Finally, Tung Style acupuncture with Susan Johnson and Dr. Henry McCann, which is what I now use almost exclusively.
Tung style acupuncture is a pre-TCM approach, which was only handed down as a family lineage tradition, until its most famous exponent, Master Tung Ching Chang began to teach the style openly in 1968. It has many unique acupuncture points & is now starting to become popular, due to its extreme effectiveness.
I also practise Jing Fang Classical Chinese Herbal medicine, as taught by Dr. Feng Shi Lun & Dr. Suzanne Robidoux. I completed a clinical internship with them, in Beijing, in July 2016 and have also undergone a 3yr clinical apprenticeship in Jing Fang diagnosis at the Cholsey Complentary Health Centre with Fran Turner.