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“It is a great feeling to see someone feel better but also to be part of the process of understanding and empowerment that comes from recognising the rhythms of nature and how our bodies move in the same way.”
I have always had a strong desire to work in my community for others. This motivated me to begin studying homeopathy, here in Tauranga. I completed my studies in the UK where I began a practice. After practicing for a number of years I was keen for a new direction. I subsequently completed a degree in Chinese medicine acupuncture at the University of Westminster, London. I have been practicing ever since.
With almost 20 years’ experience in health I returned to Tauranga in 2010. I love what I do, particularly helping people and I feel privileged to be part of someone’s life in that way.
Having recently started a family I have become a 'stay at home Dad' and a part-time acupuncturist. In my spare time I continue to try and learn to surf and enjoy watching Rugby. I am also a member of a local Buddhist group and I practice and study Buddhism and try to integrate both into my personal and work life.
I enjoy treating a wide range of conditions and people. I have a particular interest in, and my post-graduate study has focused on pregnancy and childbirth. Within this area I am really interested in helping women enjoy their pregnancy by optimising and preparing them for labour and also teaching their partners acupressure so that they too can be fully involved in the birth process.
I also have a strong focus on sports injuries and pain having completed a number of courses with a specific sports medicine focus.
If you have a current ACC injury claim then you are entitled to acupuncture treatment, regardless of and separate to, receiving any other treatment from another therapy.
Currently there is no regulation in who can administer acupuncture. As a result anyone can call themselves an acupuncturist and it has become a popular modality for physios and other health practitioners offering a style of acupuncture called ‘dry needling’ - with minimal training or just a short weekend course.
Professional acupuncturists are currently going through a process with the HPCA Act to ensure the safety of the public receiving acupuncture and to protect the acupuncture profession.
A standards-based registration authority committed to helping practitioners maintain standards of professional, ethical and clinical competency in acupuncture in NZ in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance (HPCA) Act.