About Us

About Us 2019-05-22T23:13:25+00:00

Samantha Hamilton Stent

Acupuncturist

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 across the years is a very thrilling prospect.

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!

Qualifications 

BScHons Acupuncture (First Class)

BScHons Health Science (First Class)

PG Dip. Gynaecology, Fertility & Obstetric Acupuncture (distinction)

Dip. HE Oriental Medicine

Dip. HE Tuina (Chinese physical therapy)

Certified Practitioner of NLP

Memberships

The British Acupuncture Council

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

The Royal Society of Medicine

The Acupuncture Fertility Network

Zita West Affiliated Acupuncture Network

Samantha Hamilton-Stent


Luna Zamora Vera

Acupuncturist

My fascination with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Philosophy started 6 years ago when I decided to enrol into a Veterinary Acupuncture course. After some years working as a Western trained Equine Vet I started feeling unsatisfied with the way Western Medicine approached healing. I started missing a more holistic and integrated way of understanding the functioning of the body when looking both at my own health and the health of my patients. Especially I was interested in the connection between the mind, the body and the environment and the role they play in any pathological process.

When I started my training as a Veterinary Acupuncturist I found much more than a new “tool” to use in practice. I found a whole system of thought that changed my understanding of what disease, health and healing really mean and offered a framework in which our mind, body, and environment are interconnected and part of a very complex unity. My passion for this new model of thought motivated me to continue and deepen my learning, so I decided to study a human Acupuncture course at the International College of Oriental Medicine. The course focused on the theory of Stems and Branches which is an ancient model that explores the influences and connections between the environment and the specific constitutional energetics of each individual. By understanding these connections, Acupuncture can help bring balance within ourselves and with our surroundings which for the Chinese meant a more healthy way of being in the world.

I am passionate about treating both animals and people and I feel privileged to be able to continue learning from their differences and similarities. As an acupuncturist my aim is not only to alleviate my patient’s symptoms or discomfort but also create an opportunity in which they can stop and connect with their bodies and listen to what they are trying to communicate so that they can better understand their process and experience it in a more balanced and peaceful way.

Qualifications

BScHons Acupuncture (First Class)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture

Memberships

The British Acupuncture Council

The Acupuncture Fertility Network

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists

Luna Zamora Vera