I came to acupuncture rather late in life, after working as a biologist for many years. What attracted me was a fascination for natural therapies, and a wish to work with people and help solve their problems.
Since qualifying in 2000 it has been a huge privilege to hear the stories of my clients and to help them in their journey to better health.
My initial training in acupuncture was a 3 year course at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (then at Leamington Spa). After that I chose to specialise in Toyohari Acupuncture , which I studied in Amsterdam and qualified in 2003, later completing the Advanced Toyohari Training in 2007.
I have also completed courses in tui na massage therapy, acupuncture for womens’ health and Ontake bamboo moxa therapy. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Toyohari Association I am required to participate in regular study groups for professional development – our training is ongoing and we never stop learning!
I am a co-founder of the Moxafrica charity , set up in 2008 to investigate the possible use of moxa for treating TB in resource-poor countries. I have been actively involved in training health workers in Uganda and South Africa in the use of moxa, as well as setting up research programs, co-authoring numerous publications about our work, and fundraising activities such as moxa workshops within the UK.
You can read more about Moxafrica’s work here (www.moxafrica.org). Currently we are investigating the best ways of using moxa to help patients with Long COVID.
Outside of acupuncture I am a meditation teacher, a keen gardener and a lover of nature and outdoor life.