Tell us about your Whakapapa and your background.
I was born in Yorkshire, England to an Artist Mum and a teacher Dad. Our family emigrated to Aotearoa. My childhood was free range with my sister and 2 brothers, swimming in the rivers, camping, bush walking. We had bikes, musical instruments, kayaks, books and no T.V. Cell phones we not invented.
I graduated with an Otago Law degree and I worked as a criminal and family barrister for 7 years in N.Z and England. I travelled widely at this time visiting Morocco, Europe, England, Ireland, The middle East, India, Bali and Nepal.
How did you find out about Chinese Medicine?
I was referred to a Chinese Medicine Clinic by a Western Doctor. I was instantly drawn to the logic of the medicine and to the smell of moxa. I left law behind and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Tuina and Herbal Medicine for 4 years. It was the hardest thing I had done but I loved it. It has been my privilege and passion since this time to work as an acupuncturist herbalist. That was 19 years ago.
Why are you a Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist and Herbalist
I believe Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal medicine are really powerful ways to support our health and wellbeing. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been trialed on human beings for at least 3,000 years. Herbal Medicine has been used since the beginning of time. The Chinese were very methodical, clinical and impartial in keeping medical records and improving technique.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is individualized to treat the individual.
Traditional Chinese Medicine supports the body to respond to illness and injury and improve health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that emotions, stress, food, plants, toxicity and exercise are all important contributors to our health and wellbeing.
Obviously I think Traditional Chinese Medicine is pretty cool this is why I do it.
Are you registered?
Yes with the NZ Association of Medical Herbalists(NZAMH)and with Acupuncture NZ.
Are you ACC registered?
Yes and so if you have ACC you just need to pay a surcharge of $40 each treatment.