I became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine when I started having acupuncture and Chinese herbs alongside IVF treatment. I am particularly fascinated by how well acupuncture can work alongside Western medicine to provide the best of both worlds. In addition to running clinics in Thirsk and Bedale, I teach at the Northern College of Acupuncture on their BSc and MSc courses and I’ve worked in the NHS with cancer patients for a number of years. I have a developed particular interest in working with complex or longstanding cases including patients who are having oncology treatment, and like to keep up to date with current research and developments in acupuncture treatment. I am also a registered volunteer therapist for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Whilst studying to become an Acupuncturist I became aware that in many cases, people who may benefit from acupuncture treatment were not able to afford it. I wished to find a way of enabling as many people as possible to have acupuncture based on need rather than ability to pay. To achieve this, myself and a colleague set up a not-for-profit social enterprise called “Access to Acupuncture” (www.accesstoacupuncture.co.uk) that obtains charitable or government funding for a range of projects providing acupuncture free to patients at the point of care. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist I worked for the NHS in the field of Pathology, gaining an MSc in Haematology. Following that I worked for Johnson & Johnson providing training, sales and scientific support for blood transfusion laboratories in the UK and throughout Europe.