Training & experience
My initial training is in Traditional Acupuncture. I studied for 3 years at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York; I graduated in 2008 and went on to complete my MSc. thesis in Acupuncture treatment of Eating Disorders.
I practise Traditional Acupuncture (TCM, Classical, Tung & Balance Method) and Western Medical Acupuncture (musculoskeletal, trigger point, dry needling). Whilst I specialise in musculoskeletal pain and women’s health, my training allows me to successfully treat a variety of conditions.
Continuing Professional Development
Over the last 10 years, regular CPD has furthered my knowledge and skills. This additional training includes Fertility Support, Scalp Acupuncture for Neurological conditions, Japanese Acupuncture, Battlefield Acupuncture for Pain Management, various Distal Acupuncture courses, Myofascial-release, and Integrating Western and Eastern approaches to health.
I am currently studying towards a Diploma in Advanced Fertility Acupuncture with Naava Carmen.
Views on health
I am passionate about restoring health and wellbeing, and I work with you to achieve this. My balanced and pragmatic approach acknowledges the benefits of combining allopathic and alternative medicine when required. I support your health and maintain I do not heal you; I help remind your body what it needs to do.
I had a diagnosis of MS in 2005. I successfully maintain my health, living a full and active life, and feel strongly that others can do the same.
Making a difference
I am very proactive in working for equality of Multiple Sclerosis medications and treatments for people in Scotland. In 2013, I worked hard to appeal the NHS decision restricting Fampyra; a drug that helps many people living with MS. I won the appeal and this helped to change policy. NHS Highland remains the only Health Board in the UK to offer Famryra on the NHS.
In 2015, I was the first person in Scotland to travel to Moscow to undergo a Stem Cell Transplant to halt progression of MS. This proved to be a success. In 2018, I founded the Scottish HSCT Network – an organisation raising awareness and advancing HSCT (Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant) for patients with MS in Scotland.