Acupuncture has always made sense to me, ever since I received my first treatment back in 1992. It was a simple, pragmatic system of treatment that worked on all levels: physical, emotional and psychological.
Since qualifying in 1997, I worked for many years in conventional UK clinics and have also travelled the world, treating hundreds of Tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka and trafficking survivors in Southern India.
I refined and simplified my practice through necessity and learned to rely on my instincts. I developed a unique multi-bed method, which I was able to bring back with me when I started my own clinic here in London.
Using the knowledge and skills I’ve developed over the past 20 years, I’ve created a unique clinic in the heart of Clapton. My practice here represents my deeply held belief that acupuncture should be a simple, accessible treatment available to everybody. From day one, I have been determined to deliver high-quality acupuncture at a price that people can afford on a regular basis – not just as a special treat or last resort.
Before I qualified as an acupuncturist in 2015, I worked as a financial analyst in an investment bank and then as a stay-at-home dad to my three children.
While these vocations may seem to be worlds apart, one thing that I’ve always been committed to is working with people to help them reach their full potential. From the moment I had my first acupuncture treatment many years ago for muscle stiffness, I realised just how powerful and transformative it could be and wanted to pass that on to as many people as I could.
Since then I have worked in multiple professional settings – including a low-cost clinic at Triyoga Camden and volunteering at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. Working at E5 has solidified my belief in the power of simple, low-cost treatments as the most effective way to treat patients on a regular and consistent basis. Acupuncture has taught me that the human body is a miraculous thing. And as an acupuncturist, my focus is always on how I can facilitate a process of healing, restore balance and encourage the human body to operate at its best. Whether that may be healing an acute injury or a long-term chronic illness. Through acupuncture, I want my patients to feel empowered and actively engaged in the management of their health and wellbeing.
I’ve been an acupuncturist for over ten years, with a special interest in women’s health and fertility.
Over the past decade, I’ve established and run my own clinics in Hackney and Fitzrovia – as well as working in Shenzhen, China, for the past four years, where I had my first child. It is this variety and richness of experience – both professionally and personally – that has made me the practitioner I am today.
Although I work with a huge range of clients, my particular area of speciality has become women’s health, gynaecological and fertility issues. I am good at tuning in, observing and digesting feedback – and listening to the nuances of what someone is communicating to me, verbally and physically.
My ethos has always been ‘less is more’, and I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to find an approach that is simple, minimal and effective. This applies to my fertility work but also to treating many other issues and conditions that people come to me with – from low energy, insomnia, depression and anxiety to chronic pain, injury, and numerous other muscular-skeletal issues.
Whatever issue someone may walk in through the door with, I will meet them where they are. I am a good problem solver and enjoy the process of supporting my clients back to optimal health, whatever that may look like for them.
As an earth element type, self-care has always been my number one priority and focus for my patients. I have designed my life around acupuncture, massage and yoga. My favourite aspect of treating patients is assisting them towards the journey of self-discovery through the five elements in order to achieve optimal health in all areas of life. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 200 hour YTT in the inaugural Daoist Yoga Flow founded by Jean Hall and Mimi Kuo-Deemer and completed my Diploma in Complementary Medicine over a decade ago.
I have worked worldwide teaching and practicing Acupuncture, Qi Gong, Yoga and Massage. I am a guest lecturer at The Acupuncture Academy, have worked in management for the British Acupuncture Council and was a Director for The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, ensuring excellence in Acupuncture Education.
My journey to becoming a holistic practitioner began when I developed an interest in healing through energy. I always had a passion for science and quantum physics which led to obtaining a first and second degree (okuden) certificate in Reiki, and becoming a Reiki therapist in 2015.
In the following two years, I worked on unifying both the spiritual and physical body, qualifying first as a Massage Therapist at the London School of Massage. My devotion to work in health and wellbeing deepened in 2019. I qualified as an Acupuncturist by gaining my degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (BSc Hons) at the University of Westminster, London.
I firmly believe that a healthy and balanced lifestyle is key to longevity. I practice exercise and meditation along with a healthy diet in my daily life. I am fluent in Italian and English and have basic communication skills in Spanish and Portuguese.