Formally, I worked as a biomedical scientist within NHS pathology departments in various parts of the country. In 1986 I became the technical manager of the Cellular Pathology Department at Victoria Hospital Blackpool.
As a result of a back injury I became interested in alternative approaches to treatment and in 1996 started my study in Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York.
After seven years of intensive study, I graduated in Acupuncture (2000) and Chinese Herbal Medicine (2003). For several years I was locum clinic supervisor at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York. I also supervised students in the acupuncture clinic at University of Salford and lectured on Anatomy and meridian theory as part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) degree course at Salford. I also lectured on Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine to the BSc ( Hons) Nursing / RN students as part of the ADB332 Therapeutic Interventions (2) module at St Martin’s College Lancaster.
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), following the rules, codes and ethics, governed by these bodies. The BAcC is the UK's largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture with around 3,000 members. To achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive training in traditional acupuncture, physiology, anatomy, actions and side effects of commonly prescribed drugs.
I am committed to Continuous Professional Development, regularly attending post graduate studies within the United Kingdom, and completed Clinical Practice at the International Training Centre—Nanjing University—China 2004.
In 2010, I completed a course in TCM Gynaecology and Obstetrics and successfully gained a diploma. Having an MSC in Pathological Sciences gives me some understanding of disease process. I believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine can complement Allopathic Medicine and help to support an individuals whose only relief is by taking strong analgesics.