I began my career in nursing 28 years ago, I am also a fully qualified Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and Masseuse.
I first became involved in Traditional Chinese Medicine 14 years ago after having major surgery which left me in terrible pain and unable to walk or function. All Western Medicine options had been exhausted therefore, I decided to see an acupuncturist for the first time and after 10 sessions my symptoms had dramatically decreased and after 3 months I was no longer taking opioids for pain relief and was back to my old self.
My journey had begun, I needed to know how and why this worked and I wanted to be able to help others. After much studying of the current research of this medicine and meticulous book reading I began my training at the International College of Oriental Medicine in East Grinstead and continued training at the City College of Acupuncture in London, which is a British Acupuncture Council Accredited school where I completed a 3-year degree level licentiate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am also a qualified auricular (ear) acupuncturist and I specialise in alcohol and drug addiction treatments, weight loss and pain management. Please see my page on Auriculotherapy for more information on this.
I am fully qualified, insured and I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
My hobbies include keeping fit and healthy, I enjoy going to the gym and walking my beloved German Shepherd dog. I am also involved with UK German Shepherd rescue in my spare time where I do home checks and inspections for our rescue dog re-homing scheme.
My passion is to bring Ancient Medicine to a Modern World.
My treatment room is a custom built log cabin style dwelling at the rear of my garden very close to the sea. The main noise heard here are the birds and the waves. I am passionate about providing the highest level of complimentary healthcare to all of my patients in a peaceful safe haven ensuring that I provide treatment with respect and dignity at all times and that I create a space where patients want to return too.
An initial consultation takes between 60-90 minutes and during this time you will be asked about the reasons that you are seeking treatment. I will walk you through the consultation process asking general health and lifestyle questions. This time is also a nice time for getting acquainted with each other so that you feel at comfort and at ease before receiving your first treatment. I will carry out some diagnostic techniques in order to make an individual tailored diagnosis from a Chinese Medical perspective. This will include taking your pulses on both wrists, looking at your tongue and for musculoskeletal/pain issues palpation will be gently carried out to the painful areas. Occasionally your temperature and blood pressure may be checked. If you are taking medication or have had any recent tests done it may be beneficial to you to bring this information to your first appointment. It may be necessary to take a photocopy of these to attach to your clinical notes and all information on you is held in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act guidelines. I am also qualified to give dietary and exercise advice.
It is advised to wear loose clothing for appointments and please make sure that you have eaten and are well hydrated prior to your treatment. A complementary bottle of water is given at each appointment.