I qualified in acupressure massage from the Northern College of Acupuncture in 2003 and in acupuncture in 2005. I have run a successful clinic since 2003 in Leeds that attracts both men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
I have worked with a variety of local businesses and organisations in Yorkshire including Metro, British Gas and Brass. I have also worked with local voluntary and charitable groups including St Anne’s Drug Services, Dosti, Vandan at the Cardigan Centre, Leeds MIND, Community Links, Together (formerly MACA), The Positive Care Programme, Active for Life and North East Leeds Primary Care Trust.
Prior to training in Chinese Medicine, I worked in the addictions and mental health fields in Edinburgh, Leeds and West Yorkshire. I was trained to offer auricular acupuncture (in the ears) whilst working with people who wanted to stop taking drugs and saw amazing effects. Not only were people not wanting to use drugs and managing their withdrawals but they were more motivated and had more energy. I then discovered the benefits of acupuncture myself having suffered a back injury after a car crash. I initially had a course of physiotherapy, osteopathy and lots of therapeutic massage. Nine months after the crash and still experiencing constant pain, acupuncture was the only therapy I had which took the pain away and offered me relief. It gradually strengthened my back and I am now completely pain free.
My interest in working with fertility and pregnancy initially came from my patients, who have taught me a huge amount over the years, and continue to do so. Without their generosity in sharing their experiences, feelings and advice, my own support role would be considerably less valuable. In this sense I often see myself as a resource. I have experienced my own story of infertility and childlessness, with a journey lasting 8 years which included various tests and interventions, IVF and plans to adopt. I believe this has given me more empathy for my patients and although I remain childless, I believe there is life after a diagnosis of infertility.
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the British Fertility Society, the Acupuncture Fertility Network and am affiliated with Zita West.
I am a Zita West affiliated practitioner, belonging to a nationwide network of practitioners who have a special interest in fertility and pregnancy and whom have trained with Zita West.
I offer supervision, mentoring and training to other acupuncturists and am a member of the teaching staff at the Northern College Of Acupuncture and offer further training at The British Acupuncture Council.
Rachael has a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture, which she obtained from Leeds Metropolitan University. During her studies she gained two years experience in the busy university Acupuncture clinic. Since graduating Rachael has successfully treated a diverse range of conditions through Acupuncture. She has a special interest in fertility.
Rachael participates in continual professional development and is committed to keeping her skills up to date.
Rachael is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and is local authority licensed. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, Rachael conforms to the highest standards of safety and hygiene.
In her spare time Rachael enjoys escaping to the countryside and spending time with family.