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I am often asked by my patients how and why I became an acupuncturist ?
This is a letter I wrote to my college when I could not make it to the 30th anniversary celebrations that took place a couple of years ago......
NCA changed my life, I would like to thank the wonderful inspirational teachers that I trained with. I am one of the first graduates and I am still working in Acupuncture and CHM and about to launch my new wellness centre after an amazing 24 years in practice.
Before enrolling at NCA I was working as a "stressed out" college lecturer teaching massage, anatomy, aromatherapy and reflexology. One day I sat in the staff room and looked around me at the staff, all were suffering from "stress" and what I later identified as " Qi " stagnation. I too was suffering from IBS, headaches and eczema. I did not like the look of what lay ahead of me............
I was fortunate, I went for Acupuncture treatment and enrolled in a Tai Chi class I was so inspired I went on to study TCM.
I have loved every year of my 24 years in practice. I still get a real sense of joy and excitement when a patient returns to say how much Acupuncture has helped them.
Over the years I have been honoured to be asked to assist at births and also provide palliative care at the end of life.
I managed to combine it with my equine passion and have worked with Vets on top race horses, dressage horses and elderly ponies, as well as the occasional llama, cow, cat, dog and even a goose.
At the end of 2018 I had the opportunity to move my practice to a bigger building now known as Wellness Centre Dumfries.
This realises a long held dream of being able to provide treatments that offer the whole spectrum of Chinese Medicine as well as incorporating other therapies to complement this and provide patients with a means to help themselves and manage their journey back to health.
This includes having a small studio for Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.We also have the space to host health related workshops by specialists who come in and rent the space.
I now have an assistant Linzie Graham who is a student at NCA and it is wonderful and very exciting to have a keen and able student to mentor who will graduate soon and help to run the business in the future.
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Continuous Professional Development
July 2010 Traditional Acupuncture /TCM for Facial Revitalisation post graduate course with Virginia Doran
July 2015 2 day Symposium with Dr Kerry Ridgeway and Manolo Mendez on Fascia Retraining and Postural Rehabilitation
Oct 2015 two day course on Laser Therapy and Laser Acupuncture with Omega Laser Systems
Nov 2019 CPD certificate in Advanced Channel Theory
with Dr Janice Walton Hadlock
March 2020 (ongoing) Shibashi Qigong teaching course
May 2020 TCM and Covid 19 a RCHM seminar on treatment strategies with Charles Buck.
RCHM seminar on supporting immunity with Alex Jacobs
10th May 2020 RCHM seminar on unexplained infertility with Dr Trevor Wing
24th May RCHM seminar on Herbal Strategies for Chinese Dietary therapy with Andrew Sterman
28th June 2020 a seminar on the treatment of Blood Stasis and how we can prevent the diseases associated with ageing by taking the approach of stimulating the blood.
Qigong weekly practice with Peter Deadman
DipCHM Northern College of Acupuncture (distinction) 1997
DipTCM Northern College of Acupuncture
Dip NST Advanced Bowen Therapy 2002
Dip EMRT Equine Bowen Therapy 1999
Dip Reflexology Scottish School of Reflexology 1990
Dip Aromatherapy Edinburgh School of
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine ?
It is a system of medicine which has a rich past. Thousands of years of careful thought study and process went into what we now call TCM.
Treatment may include
Heat with a lamp or Moxabustion
Chinese Herbal Medicines
and we are not entirely devoted to ancient practices ...
for those who dont fancy the idea of needles we can use the low level laser instead of needles
or in some cases NST (Bowen) which is a fascia release technique which works very well for musculo skeletal problems.
check out the heading NST Bowen Therapy further down the page.
I do not have so much time now for equine treatments but to find out more go to my face book page Hands on Horses
you can message me through that.
You must have Veterinary permission before I can treat any horse
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