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 completed my MSc. in Acupuncture and Eating Disorders.
I practise Traditional Acupuncture (TCM, Tung, Balance Method) and Western Medical Acupuncture (muscular-skeletal, trigger point, dry needling). My training allows me to successfully treat a variety of conditions.
Over the last 10 years, regular CPD has furthered my knowledge and skills in various areas. These include Fertility Support, Scalp Acupuncture for Neurological conditions, Japanese Acupuncture, Battlefield Acupuncture for Pain Management, and various Distal Acupuncture courses. I specialise in Muscular-skeletal pain and Women’s health.
View on health
I am passionate about restoring health and wellbeing and work with you to achieve this. My balanced and pragmatic view of health 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 am very proactive in working for equality of Multiple Sclerosis medications and treatments for people in Scotland. I had a diagnosis of MS in 2005. I successfully maintain my health and continue living a full and active life and feel strongly that others can do the same.
Making a difference
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.
I grew up in Sutherland before moving to Glasgow to study Chemistry at University. I stayed in Glasgow for many years working in Finance and IT. I gained a keen insight into busy, stressful careers but held onto my personal interest in wellbeing in different forms.
I chose to change my career path and began studying Acupuncture. During this time I also travelled the world extensively and spent time learning in a busy Acupuncture ward in Jinan, China. When I returned I based myself in York to complete my Acupuncture studies.
I moved to Inverness in 2008 and established my practice. I now live and work in Inverness with my husband, son and our dog, Bonzo.