I trained at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London, and after completing several years working in different hospitals and departments, qualified as a GP. Most of my GP training was carried out in Salisbury where I subsequently became a partner in a busy city practice.
My interest in acupuncture started during GP training, when I was able to spend some time at the Centre for Complementary Medicine, in Southampton. I found this aspect of medicine fascinating and wanted to use it to complement the other aspects of General Practice. Following training in Western Acupuncture I began to use acupuncture occasionally in practice for treating simple musculoskeletal problems. Unfortunately at that time there was some reluctance on the part of the profession to accept acupuncture as a valid treatment. However, with time, the success and popularity of acupuncture has grown to the point where it is today recognised as a valuable addition to conventional western practices.
Through my initial experiences, I felt a growing desire to study the subject in more depth. In particular, I wanted to study the Traditional Chinese diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture. This has a far more widespread application, and is used to treat a myriad of problems in a way that is much more far-reaching and holistic than the Western approach.
I gained the Diploma of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 2001, after several years of study at Acumedic in London, in conjunction with the University of Beijing, and am a member of the Chinese Medical Institute and Register.
I give lectures to GP’s, Hospital consultants and to other complimentary practitioners.
I am a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society and have gained the Diploma of Medical Acupuncture and Certificate of Accreditation in Western Acupuncture.