Practising acupuncture is one of the great joys in my life. I see every day the immediate and lasting effects it has on people’s lives and the difference it can make, in ways big and small. It takes a long time to train to be an acupuncturist and then you’re on a journey of discovery and learning for the rest of your career. This takes place in the clinic, in the classroom, in hospitals, even out walking the dogs. When I decided to train in acupuncture, apart from working with patients, I was really drawn to the prospect of lifelong learning. The idea of growing and building my knowledge when I’m in my seventies or even eighties is very thrilling and I hope to be able to still be practising Chinese medicine then.
I have been working in health all my career. I worked for a long time in the pharmaceutical industry designing research projects for drug companies. I really enjoyed this work but I felt a big pull to working directly with patients and began to think seriously about this. I’d had acupuncture and was fascinated by it; it seemed so wildly different from Western medicine and yet was so effective, it felt right to go in that direction.
As an acupuncturist I feel enormously privileged to have worked with humans at every stage of life; from teeny tiny babies to people right at the end of their lives in old, old age. I have worked with many patients facing huge health obstacles in my work running the acupuncture service at St Catherine’s hospice; I have worked with people who are fit and healthy and want to stay that way and everyone in between. I love to hear my patients’ stories and help them sometimes at the most vulnerable times of their lives. It is quite something to be allowed into people’s lives and to be part of their journey, whatever the destination.
If you have a hunch that acupuncture might be just the thing you need, pick up the phone, I’d love to hear from you!
BScHons Acupuncture (First Class)
BScHons Health Science (First Class)
Dip HE Oriental Medicine
Dip HE Tuina (Chinese physical therapy)
Certified Practitioner of NLP
The British Acupuncture Council
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The Royal Society of Medicine
The Acupuncture Fertility Network
Zita West Affiliated Acupuncture Network