One of my earliest childhood memories was of wanting to be a nurse; I have been interested in forms of medicine that treat the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one's being since my mid-teens.
My desire to nurse and to have some understanding of western medicine led me to obtain a Degree in Nursing at Manchester University. I graduated in 1979, also qualifying as a State Registered Nurse, a District Nurse and a Health Visitor.
My work in hospitals and as a community sister confirmed to me that the western approach to health care, although useful, was seriously limited by its drug orientation and symptomatic approach. As much as I loved nursing, I wanted to practise a form of medicine that looked much more to the cause of a person's problems and promoted healing fundamentally and naturally. For me, the ancient teaching of Chinese Medicine - of which Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is a part - provided a comprehensive description of the human condition, body, mind and spirit, that I felt completely at home with.
My acupuncture training began in 1981 with a three-year Licentiate of Acupuncture course at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Leamington Spa. This was followed by a Degree in Acupuncture at the same college, from 1986 to 1988, and a further Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (1991-1993) from Reading College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM).
In 1998, I completed an Advanced Acupuncture Course in Beijing, China.
Over the past years I have attended conferences in London on the subject of the treatment of fertility with Chinese Medicine, a particular interest of mine and as part of my Continual Professional Development (CPD).
I see practising acupuncture as my life’s work - an ever-continuing mindful refinement of diagnostic and treatment skill.