About Us

About Us 2019-09-24T09:53:35+00:00

Why Choose Us For Acupuncture

The practice is well-established and highly-regarded and was founded over ten years ago on the principals of excellence in patient care and clinical rigour. We are proud of our clinical achievements and have many success stories to our name.  We are consistently rated as ‘Excellent’ in patient experience via third-party feedback forums.

Practising acupuncture is both an art and a science and we are constantly engaging with research into the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and its link with western medicine and other treatment modalities.  We are actively committed to ongoing professional development and post-graduate education.  At heart, acupuncture is energy medicine and we seek to cultivate our own energy (through the practice of Qi Gong / Tai Chi) as well as that of our patients and pay close attention to the ebb and flow of Qi all our treatments.  We are orientated toward health, wellness and well-being and recognise this can be achieved in part or fully by everyone, regardless of their starting point.  We draw on the rich canon of Chinese medicine to provide comprehensive, holistic and effective treatments and do so with passion and integrity.

We are a recognised teaching practice and are committed to the development of aspiring and student acupuncturists, and the profession as a whole.

Our patients and clients are at the very heart of everything we do and drive all our decision-making, big and small.   We ensure our clinical practices are clear, transparent and stand up to scrutiny – and we achieve this through regular audits and feedback systems.  We practice acupuncture in a collaborative and entirely patient-focused way.

We have a 100% commitment to sustained excellence in safe and effective clinical practice, and total patient care.

We are passionate advocates for acupuncture and Chinese medicine and its place within healthcare in our modern life, and we absolutely love what we do!


The Clinical Team

Samantha Hamilton Stent

Registered Acupuncturist, Member of the British Acupuncture Council

Practising acupuncture is one of the great joys in my life.  I see every day the immediate and lasting effects this traditional medicine has on people’s lives and the difference it can make, in ways big and small.  I have been in clinical practice as an acupuncturist for well over a decade and during that time I have been privileged to have worked with humans at every stage of life, from teeny tiny babies to people enjoying old, old age.  To date my oldest patient has been 98 years and my youngest, just 6 days! 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.

I have a strong foundation in the academics of health by virtue of my first degree in health science and have been working in the research and delivery of health & medicine all my career.I toggle between both Eastern and Western medical systems with ease and this fluency enables me to work in partnership with western medical doctors and other Chinese medicine practitioners.

I have a busy and fun life outside of the clinic and am mum to two little girls.  I enjoy getting out and about in the countryside with my dogs and love writing.

Qualifications 

BScHons Acupuncture (First-Class Honours)

Licentiate in Acupuncture

PG Dip. Gynaecology, Fertility & Obstetric Acupuncture

Dip. HE Oriental Medicine

Dip. HE Tuina (Chinese physical therapy)

Licentiate in Tuina

Certified Practitioner of NLP

BScHons Health Science (First-Class Honours)

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

Registered Acupuncturist, Member of the British Acupuncture Council

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 Honours)

Licentiate in Acupuncture

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


Kassandra Greaves-Ramal

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

After completing my degree in psychology I went on to complete Fd.Sc in Integrative Counselling. The foundation of my work is Clarkson’s 5-Relational Therapeutic Model, which provides an integrative framework to enable me to support you and your self-exploration.

The counselling relationship is the foundation on which healing experiences are built. I spend a lot of time helping to create an environment which encourages an equal and collaborative therapeutic relationship, where you are able to communicate honestly and openly about your feelings and concerns. Where you feel heard, attended to and fully understood in a non-judgemental, supportive environment. This helps you to identify your own voice and find ways of following it.

As a counsellor I work with a range of situations and experiences including;

• Anger
• Bereavement
• Depression & low mood
• Domestic abuse
• Gender, sexuality and relationship diversity
• Infertility
• Low self-esteem
• Relationship issues
• Self-harm
• Shame
• Social and general anxiety
• Suicide
• Trauma

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in strict accordance with their Ethical Framework.

Kassandra Greaves-Ramal