How I came to be an acupuncturist
I have always had an interest in healthcare beyond the conventional and my first experience of acupuncture was while living in Belgium. I felt exhausted after the birth of my son and acupuncture help me regain my strength and energy. Two more significant treatments followed; acupuncture for severe morning sickness during my second pregnancy proved remarkable, and later, it supported me incredibly through a very difficult bereavement. My experience with acupuncture during these times inspired me to return to university and study Five Element acupuncture, an ancient system of acupuncture rooted in balancing the body, mind and spirit. I graduated with a first, obtaining a licentiate and Honours degree in 2010 from the College of Traditional Acupuncture/Oxford Brookes and have been in practice ever since.
I grew up in South Africa and after a short stint travelling, obtained a BA degree from the University of Cape Town with majors in Psychology & Cultural History. I then embarked on a career in media and social research.
This was cut short by several years of living abroad – East and West – where I began teaching English as a foreign language. During this time I studied a variety of health care systems too, including macrobiotics, Reiki, Tai Chi, Zero Balancing, meditation, yoga and the Bach Flower Remedies.
On the work front, I am a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, have full liability insurance and am a registered local practitioner, working out of Malvern Hills Private Practice in Malvern Link. I also subscribe to a program of Continual Professional Development which involves attending regular workshops and courses in order to extend and hone my skillset.
I have a personal interest in how stress, anxiety, depression and the emotions impact on the body, mind and spirit. Psychology certainly offers important insights into the psyche and emotional states of an individual. But I have found that complementary healthcare systems have a very powerful role to play too, helping transform and empower individuals to make the necessary adjustments needed for a life of balance and harmony.
I also have a keen interest in acupuncture’s effect on muscular-skeletal conditions such as sciatica and back pain, pain relief, infertility, menstrual and gynaecological problems, fatigue and migraines to name a few.
On the home front I am married with two wonderful boys who are close to flying the coup. I am passionate about my piano, I love walking the hills and the connection to nature this brings. More recently I have learnt how to make pasta from scratch and I am looking for more culinary challenges!
Degrees & Diplomas
B.A. Degree (Psychology; Cultural History of W. Europe) University of Cape Town
AAA School of Advertising - Honours
Cambridge/RSA CELTA (English Language Teaching)
Reiki - First Degree of Usui System of Natural Healing
Bach Flower Remedies - Level I
B.A. Honours (First Class) & Licentiate in Acupuncture. College of Traditional Acupuncture (in Association with Oxford Brookes University)
Post Graduate CPD (Continual Professional Development)
Acupuncture in Gynaecology and Male/Female Fertility
Eight Extraordinary Vessels: Chong Mai & Dai Mai
The Pattern of Things: The Spaces between Us
- AFN (Acupuncture Fertility Network)
- FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
- Worcestershire Acupuncture Group