I wanted a career that allowed me to support people (I was a counsellor previously), offered variety and allowed me to do work that I loved whilst giving me time to do the other things that I like to do in life. I really enjoy my days in clinic and also teach at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York and mentor, train and supervise other acupuncturists.
My first experience of acupuncture was nine months after a car crash. No other therapies had helped very much and I was sure I would be on painkillers for life. Acupuncture took the pain away and gradually gave me my life back.
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’m very lucky to be joined by Rachael and Rach, both of whom give me acupuncture which helps to keep me sane and smiling!
It’s very important to us all that we offer you a welcoming, calming space, in which you can be yourself. We want to be able to help you achieve your health goals and be the best that you can be. We want your experience to be one of the best parts of your week!
I went to university intending to study herbal medicine and was fortunate that the course not only covered herbal medicine, but Chinese medicine and western medicine also. After the first year of my degree I chose to focus on Chinese medicine.
Observing clients in the university's clinic allowed me to witness first-hand the 'power of the needles', as I call it. I was able to witness someone’s sense of smell come back after two treatments following a bad sinus infection; and I was able to see pain dissipate from peoples’ bodies and faces as they obtained relief from chronic pain conditions that they had suffered with for years. This all happened within a relatively short period of time and the change within them seemed miraculous.
Ever since these early experiences I've been hooked on Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
I’ve been in practice since 2011 and although I've always enjoyed treating a wide variety of conditions, it's the fertility work that I am most excited about. There is something special about working with fertility clients whether it be supporting them with natural fertility, PCOS, IVF, or even just emotional support. Helping clients to fulfil their dream of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby really is the best part of my job. Chinese medicine gives me the tools to help guide them through that journey and beyond.
After several failed fertility treatments and feeling the need to try something different, I began having acupuncture. Acupuncture offered me support emotionally and physically. With a combination of IVF and acupuncture I went on to have twin girls. I continued to have acupuncture during my pregnancy and for a time afterwards and then later to support me through bereavement and a stressful period in my life.
Prior to training in Chinese Medicine, I worked in both the mental health and refugee sectors. This gave me an insight into the resilience of each individual and also an understanding of mental and emotional needs, which can arise alongside the physical pain and imbalance people experience. I have a particular interest in how the mind and body are interconnected and impact on each other.