I initially received a Licentiate qualification as an Acupuncturist having trained for 3 years in Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland in Dublin. I trained with doctors including Dr Wu Jidong of Middlesex University and Dr Fanyi Meng & Dr Lao Jin Huide of Lincoln University.
In 2009 I undertook a postgraduate training programme at Nanjing University’s International Acupuncture Training Centre at the TCM hospital of Jian Su Province in China.
I have completed a 2 year herbal apprenticeship in Herbal and Botanical Medicine with Nikki Darrell & her team at Veriditas Hibernica. With a keen interest in plant medicines I recently spent the large 2 years in Peru learning from the Shipibo people & gaining an insight into their ancient knowledge of plants. I see this as being a very valuable part of my own health & healing & continuing this work allows me to assist others in their healing, supporting the process which others go through & always learning more about myself & my own healing as part of this process.
I am one of the 12 founding member of Acupuncture Childbirth Team (ACT) Dublin. The ACT team (now AFPI) are a group of established and registered acupuncturists who provide treatments for fertility, pregnancy and childbirth in the Dublin area who work in collaboration with the fertility, maternity and paediatric services provided within Dublin & have all undergone post-graduate training in the areas of fertility, pregnancy and childbirth. A.C.T. Dublin covers Dublin city centre and surrounding areas north, south, east, west and Bray.
I continue to train under experienced & inspiring teachers.
My initial Yoga training was as a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, I am dedicated student to my practice and continue to regularly attend training courses with senior teachers including senior Iyengar teacher Margaret & Gordan Austin. My post-Iyengar Yoga life has lead me in a completely new direction, training with teachers such as James Higgins, leading instructor in San Francisco & Teachers Director for Yoga Works.
I am drawn to yoga of all traditions, believing that ‘the essence of yoga practice comes from within & in order to understand & learn we simply have to look with an open mind within ourselves at life all around us’.
I have worked with the Acupuncture Foundation college as clinical supervisor for third year student clinics & exams.
I have also worked as an Acupuncturist & Yoga teacher with Dublin Simon Community on a volunteer basis & have assisted in programmes to help spread awareness of Complimentary therapies to its residents.
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