The practitioners at the London Acupuncture Clinic have been brought together over the last 20 years, now having some of the most experienced practitioners in their fields. We now have a clinical experience of over 100 years in the current clinic. The biographies below only reflect a fraction of their experience.
After graduating in 1996 and further study at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture (LCTA), Daniel developed his practice in Windsor and then continued with a period of hospital-based work in China. He has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since graduating from the LCTA where he also went on study Chinese Herbal Medicine and which he now uses in conjunction with acupuncture. He has acted as a consultant for the Oriental Medicine Research Trust and also sat on the British Acupuncture Council committee. As well as teaching, Daniel acts as an acupuncture expert for media companies such as SKY and magazines like Mens Health. Daniel has done extensive post graduate study and has published in the field of gynaecological disorders and infertility. In addition Daniel set up an inhouse complementary therapy team in an IVF unit.
Daniel’s style is to provide as gentle acupuncture as possible and all needles are imported specially from Japan to provide the best treatment.
His particular areas of special interest for this time tested natural therapy include:
- Menstrual disorders, endometriosis, Infertility, and IVF assistance
- Recurrent miscarriage and pregnancy care
- Back pain and Sciatica
Daniel works in Wimpole St and Windsor .
Lora graduated from Westminster University in 2005 with a BSc (hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine. An experienced specialist in fertility and obstetric acupuncture, Lora has worked with many of the UK’s leading specialists before starting her own young family. Having undertaken extensive post graduate training in fertility and obstetrics with Jani White and Jane Lyttleton, Lora has run a successful general practice that focuses on women’s gynaecological health, stress management, IVF and fertility support with a particular interest in Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Lora’s approach is concerned with integrating the mind and body to cultivate a greater awareness of lifestyle influences on the body. Lora is also trained in Reflexology, Tuina and Thai yoga massage and often combines these influences in treating. She is a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
Lora has several areas of particular interest including
- Female Infertility, menstrual disorders and IVF assistance
- Digestive and nutritional health
- Autoimmune disease, chronic illness and post viral fatigue
Lora works in the Wimpole St branch.
Karla trained for 3 years at the London College of Acupuncture and Northern College of Acupuncture, gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture, followed by 2 years of training in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has completed extensive post graduate training, focussed on TCM, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Western and Chinese Medical approaches to fertility.
Her approach centres around providing efficient care tailored to the individual, and includes authentic emotional support. She tackles the underlying causes of infertility, helping men to increase the count and quality of sperm produced and women to enhance their chances of conception, both naturally and in conjunction with IVF and IUI.
Offering a calm and safe space, she helps patients manage and overcome unwelcome symptoms during pregnancy, such as morning sickness and lower back pain and use proven methods to minimise chances of miscarriage.
She is a fully insured Member of the British Acupuncture Council and the ATCM
She has several areas of particular interest
- Male and female infertility, preparation and assistance during IVF
- Gynaecological conditions, endometriosis, PCOS and other menstrual disorders
- Pregnancy and post natal support: wellbeing and preparation for labour, pelvic pain and breech
Karla works in the Wimpole St practice
Alex Owen is an experienced and approachable therapist who has been practicing TCM for over 17 years. His experience covers a broad array of traditional Chinese therapies. Over the years Alex has set up and run multiple clinics in Hertfordshire and London, he’s held a teaching post at Middlesex University’s acupuncture training clinic and helped establish the UK first full time maternity acupuncture service on the NHS.
Alex holds TCM qualifications from both the UK and China (BSc and Bachelor of Medicine respectively). In his time in China he not only studied at Beijing Chinese Medicine University but also worked on placements at two of Beijing’s most prominent Chinese Medicine hospitals.
Alex’s main specialisations are in pain conditions these include: sports injuries, chronic, long term pain conditions such as sciatica, back pain and chronic headaches such as migraines. Alex’s other specialisation is in women health with a broad knowledge from fertility issues, IVF support, menstrual problems and menopause. Alex’s time on Whittington Hospitals maternity ward has also given him a vast knowledge of using acupuncture during pregnancy for conditions ranging from morning sickness, carpal tunnel and natural labour induction.
Alex looks to provide a friendly, safe space for you to receive your treatments. He is passionate about his work and believes that patients should be empowered to take back control of their health.
Eva graduated from Westminster University with a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture and specialises in fertility and women’s health. She has extensive experience in the management of fertility having worked at the Zita West Clinic and City Fertility. She can interpret medical test results and her treatments are designed to identify possible causes of infertility that might be hindering successful conception, as well as having a great understanding of IVF protocols and procedures.
Aside from acupuncture, Eva offers fertility massages to optimise reproductive health and is a certified Mercier Therapy practitioner. Recently, she introduced Low Level Laser Therapy to her practice. Some studies have shown promising results for improving pregnancy rates for women with egg quality issues in relation to advanced reproductive age.
Eva has lectured on the use of acupuncture during IVF and the role of acupuncture in the management of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and is continually investing in her learning and implementation of the latest research into her practice.
Eva is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the British Fertility Society.
Her special areas of interest include:
- Natural Conception
- Assistance during and preparation for IVF/IUI/OI,
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Amenorrhoea, Endometriosis
- Low ovarian reserve, High FSH
- Cystitis/Interstitial Cystitis
Eva works in the Wimpole Street practice.
Erika graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine as a Traditional and Five Element Acupuncturist (BSc Hons). In her dissertation, Erika explored the mental-emotional aspects of infertility and its treatment with Chinese Medicine.
She also completed a one-year post-graduate diploma course in Gynaecology, Fertility, and Obstetrics.
Additionally, as a fully trained psychologist, Erika remains particularly interested in mental and emotional health. Erika believes that being emotionally healthy is paramount to living a life where we can respond positively to life experiences; we are resilient and understand our emotions and their fluid nature.
Erika offers a professional, non-judgemental space where she integrates her experience as a psychologist with the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine to help restore balance in both body and mind. Creating a haven where we can restore our strength, compassion, and alertness, enabling us to face everyday challenges with renewed energy and perspective.
Erika has several areas of special interest:
- enhancing male and female fertility
- ovulation and menstrual disorders
- IVF support
- stress, mental-emotional and sleeping disorders
Erika works in the Wimpole st practice
James Mutkin is a qualified acupuncturist, holding a Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing University in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
James is passionate about his profession and the clients he treats. He believes in continual development and furthering himself as a teacher and practitioner by bringing together traditional theory, clinical understanding, and current research.
James sees Chinese medicine as a holistic healthcare model which focuses on all aspects of the body, its structure and internal functioning and the mind-body connections. The art of Chinese medicine is in its ability to bring together nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation and breathing (Qigong), exercise (Tai Chi), and massage (Tui Na). The practice of which is the art of health preservation and the essence of Chinese medicine.
He is on the Professional Conduct Committee for the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM), the largest professional regulatory body for traditional Chinese medicine in the UK, and is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).
James has several areas of special interest
- gynaecology, fertility and IVF support
- Obstetric and pregnancy care
- Dermatology/skin disorders
- Injuries and pain management
James works in the Wimpole st branch and at the Corinthia hotel.
Inga Heese is a qualified Doctor of Chinese medicine with over 15 years experience. She studied for 8 years in order to achieve her doctorate of Chinese Medicine which included six months internship working in hospitals in Beijing. In 2005 Inga studied a Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Dermatology with the leading Chinese medicine Dermatologist in the West (Mazin Al-Khafaji) and she went on to work within his clinic for a further three years. She has published and co-written, or edited numerous articles on topics including the treatment of low ovarian function in older women (see here), female infertility, acupuncture in pregnancy and is currently editing a very exiting book on Chinese medicine and the treatment of infertility combining Chinese and Western medicine diagnostics and treatments. Increasingly her focus is on achieving pregnancy naturally for couples who have found conception difficult.
Inga’s particular areas of special interest include:
- Endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (painful periods)Polycycstic ovarian syndrome, no periods, irregular cycles
- Subfertility, either as preparation for/ alongside IVF and other assisted reproduction, or, to enhance natural fertility.
- Pregnancy care and preparation for labour
Inga also has extensive experience in treating general conditions including
- Skin disorders -acne, rosacea, various eczemas, both plaque and guttate psoriasis, and viral infections such as herpes zoster and warts
- Muscular skeletal pain conditions including arthritis; neck, back and shoulder problems; repetitive strain injuries; Frozen shoulder and headaches
Inga works in the Wimpole Street practice.
After completing an MA in Oriental languages and culture (Japanese), Pouyan embarked on a journey of exploration through the lenses of China and Japan’s healing arts. He graduated from the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), the oldest acupuncture college in the UK, gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture. His consequent apprenticeships and post graduate training comprised of many different aspects and styles of Acupuncture (both Chinese and Japanese), in particular in the field of women’s health. He completed an advanced diploma in fertility, where he learnt how to approach complex fertility cases from both a western medicine point of view, as well as from an eastern perspective.
His training includes reading medical test results, analysing empirical studies and data, identifying possible root causes of infertility, as well as insights into complex gynaecological cases such as PCOS and endometriosis. Pouyan creates a warm and safe environment, building and maintaining a therapeutic alliance with his patients. His background in bodywork (Thai yoga massage, Tuina and deep tissue therapy) supports him in his hands-on approach. Furthermore, he likes to integrate the findings on your body with the symptoms you are presenting, into a personalised treatment plan, where each session is tailored to the individual needs of the patient. His practice focuses mainly on enhancing female and male natural fertility as well as assisting in the different phases of assisted reproduction techniques.
Pouyan has several areas of special interest including
- Stress and Anxiety
- Infertility, IVF assistance and menstrual disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive disorders
Pouyan works at the Chiswick branch and is available for home visits – zones 1 and 2
Kath studied for 3.5 years at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and graduated with a BSC (Hons) in acupuncture
Previous to this Kath worked in HR for a number of large corporations but it was her care for employees as people that made her realise she wanted to become even more directly involved in people’s wellbeing, hence she now dedicates her time to active care through a combination of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and five element style of acupuncture.
Kath found real empathy and compassion for those seeking help with issues surrounding menopause when researching for her dissertation (for which she achieved a first class grade). She worked with particular emphasis on the treatment of the symptoms of cognitive decline and brain fog in this area.
She finds equal satisfaction treating a wide range of other conditions including digestive issues, mental health and assisting patients with the after effects of chemotherapy. The recent Covid19 pandemic has also given her recent experience treating a number of patients with Long Covid symtoms.
Kath is a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Kath works in the Windsor branch
Katie has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for over 20 years and is a Visiting Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor of students at Westminster University.
She qualified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1997 and 1998 and has continued to practice, teach and study since then.
She is dedicated to helping people experience optimal health and well-being. Katie practises mainly as a ‘generalist’ treating clients with a wide range of conditions including acute and chronic pain, respiratory issues, digestive problems, autoimmune diseases, stress/ anxiety and musculoskeletal problems. She also has a keen interest in reproductive health supporting male and female infertility, pregnancy, and pre/post-natal conditions.
Katie regularly attends courses delivered by eminent practitioners such as Jane Lyttleton, Debra Betts, Mazin Al Khafaji and Stephen Birch to update her skills and knowledge. In 2014 she completed the intensive post-graduate diploma course in gynaecology, reproductive medicine and obstetrics under Trevor Wing. She has observed in several Chinese hospitals in Hangzhou, and, as a member of the EAST Medicine research group at Westminster University, was funded by the Department of Health to research Chinese Medicine treatments for menopausal symptoms under Professor Volker Scheid.
Katie commonly sees patients seeking help with
- Muscle aches and pains eg neck, shoulder, back, knee pain & sciatica
- Gynaecological problems such as painful periods, PCOS, Menopause
- Infertility (male & female), IVF support
- Pre-natal, pregnancy and post-natal conditions
- Hayfever, sinus problems and asthma/respiratory conditions
- Headaches, migraines
- Neurological problems eg stroke, chorea, parkinson’s (scalp acupuncture)
- Digestive issues such as IBS, constipation
- Well-being and health maintenance
Katie works from the Chiswick practice.
Laura started her career in performing arts as an actress and musician where she enjoyed the creative process of writing and recording. Later in her career Laura became more involved in business management. Working life became stressful and so Laura turned to acupuncture to help. Acupuncture had such a profound impact on Laura that she retrained as an acupuncturist at the College of Chinese integrated Medicine where the style of Five Element acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) is combined. Laura is also a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Whilst treating patients, Laura realised that she enjoyed treating many different complaints and wanted to be a general practitioner but found that she was treating an influx of menopausal women and so this has become an area of interest as Laura feels she can support the emotional and physical symptoms through her integrated training.
Laura is also passionate about helping people and their mental health and her dissertation discussed stress and anxiety and how acupuncture could help. Providing a safe space, Laura closely works with patients on bringing them back into feeling balanced. Laura’s approach asks the patient to work with her as a team to get better and she will offer lifestyle advice and nutritional tips so the patient can help themselves outside of the clinic.
Laura is a general practitioner for acupuncture and has been working more recently with:
- Stress, anxiety, and general Mental Health
- Musculo-skeletal pain
- Headaches and migraines
Laura works at the Chiswick Branch
Olga completed the three classical disciplines of Chinese Medicine: BSc (Hons) Acupuncture (2005), Post graduate Tui Na Massage (2007) and an MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine (2013) from University of Westminster.
Olga’s clinical experience began in 2001 as a Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, then Chinese Medicine, in her three private clinics in London. She worked for seven years in a multi-disciplinary Physiotherapy clinic, gaining extensive knowledge on musculo-skeletal conditions and rehabilitation exercises, which were applied to teaching Tuina Massage at the University of Westminster Polyclinic. Olga also studied different styles of Acupuncture (Master Tung & Hara Diagnosis), to be able to take different approaches and to better assist clients with very complex health issues.
Olga trained in the Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Gastrointestinal Departments at China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan and at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Vietnam. Her post graduate UK studies focused on Acupuncture in Assisted Fertility, History of Chinese Gynaecology, Autoimmune Diseases, Digestive Disorders and Abdominal Diagnosis.
Olga’s particular areas of interest are:
- Menstrual disorders, endometriosis, Infertility, and IVF assistance
- Recurrent miscarriage and pregnancy care
- Infertility, IVF/IUI assistance and natural conception
- Assistance during pregnancy and induction of labour
- Back pain and Sciatica
- Digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions
- Musculo-skeletal conditions including postural assessment & rehabilitation exercises
Olga strongly believes in dietary advice and she has also used her previous career as an Executive Chef to create a food blog providing gluten free, sugar free, dairy fre, keto & paleo recipes, to help her clients that need to be on anti-inflammatory diets for health or fertility reasons
Olga works at the Wimpole St branch.
Catherine is a highly qualified Acupuncturist with a diverse background. She graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine with a 1st class honours degree and is member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). She initially pursued a career as a Radiographer and latterly specialising in breast Cancer care, working both in the NHS and private healthcare sectors.
Driven by a desire for a more integrated approach to healthcare, Catherine embarked on a personal journey into holistic therapies. During this time, she discovered her passion for Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. By combining her knowledge from her experience in Western medicine with her holistic approach, Catherine is able to create individualised treatment plans to address imbalances within the body. Her caring and supportive environment ensures that her patients receive the highest level of care.
Catherine has undergone extensive training in Women’s health and fertility, including obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Fertility. She strongly believes in working with both partners to optimise their fertility health. Her goal is to empower her clients by providing them with practical tools to support their overall health and well-being.
In addition to her focus on women’s health and fertility, Catherine also provides support for men’s fertility, emotional and mental conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, digestive health issues, and musculoskeletal conditions.
Catherine has also been involved with World Medicine, a charity that offers acupuncture to individuals worldwide who are affected by trauma, disaster, or poverty. She has personally volunteered in rural India, providing acupuncture to a large community for various musculoskeletal conditions and other ailments. Catherine continues to support this charity.
Catherine practices at the Windsor location, and she also runs private clinics in Oxfordshire. Her dedication to providing integrated and holistic healthcare makes her a valuable practitioner for individuals seeking comprehensive care and support.
In addition to treating the systems within the body with ill health and common ailments, Catherine has a special interest in providing support within the following:
- Emotional/mental conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia
- Cancer support – emotional wellbeing, support for the side effects of treatment
- Women’s health – Gynaecology, PMS, hormonal issues, fertility, postnatal support, menopausal symptoms
- Musculo-skeletal conditions
Catherine works from the Windsor practice
Rokhsaneh has been practicing Acupuncture in the UK and in Frances since 2014. She has a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from IEATC, École d’Acupuncture et de Médecine traditionnelles chinoises, Paris, France and in Paediatric Acupuncture Speciality from College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK.
In addition, Rokhsaneh completed her clinical training at Beijing international acupuncture training centre in China in the summer of 2014, over there she treated women who were suffering from Gynecological disorders.
With a background in clinical medical biology and her experience working in hospitals, she could interpret medical test results and identify some underlying causes of health problems.
Taking a wide range of courses and attending conferences in Oriental Medicine and Neuroscience helped Rokhsaneh to remain up to date and an effective practitioner.
Rokhsaneh applies the wisdom of Chinese philosophy, Taoisme in her daily life, such as nutrition, and the practice of Martial arts, such as Qi Gong and Tai Qi, which contributes greatly to her capacity for treating patients.
She combines TCM and the Five-elements in treatment of her clients.
She is providing some techniques for pain treatments like massage (Tuina).
Rokhsaneh’s particular areas of interest are:
- Emotional disorders; Stress, Anxiety, Depression
- Digestive and nutritional health
- Helping to reduce the Menopause symptoms
- Autoimmune disease, Chronic illness and pain, Sciatica
- Central nervous system problems like MS
Rokhsanneh works at the Wimpole St branch.
Anna is a qualified acupuncturist and registered member of the British Acupuncture Council. She studied at Westminster University where she graduated in 2004 with a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture. Following completion of her course she spent a month in China furthering her studies and treating patients in two hospitals in Sichuan Province.
Anna has a special interest in gynaecology, fertility and pregnancy and has completed post graduate studies in fertility acupuncture, acupuncture for assisted conception and IVF, gynaecology and obstetrics. She has worked in private practice since graduating. Before starting her own family Anna worked in the IVF unit at Hammersmith hospital providing acupuncture support to couples going through IUI and IVF.
Anna’s areas of special interest include:
- Natural conception
- Male and female infertility and IVF support
- Menstrual disorders, PMT and endometriosis
- Pregnancy, pre and post-natal care
- Miscarriage support
Anna also has experience in treating a wide range of conditions including:
- Digestive disorders/ IBS
- Anxiety, stress and emotional well being
- Headaches and migraines
Anna aims to provide a relaxing and supportive environment for her patients. She treats the individual and looks at achievable changes that can be made to diet and lifestyle to help improve general health and to optimise fertility.
Anna works in the Chiswick practice.
She also has her own practice in Thames Ditton, Surrey.
After graduating from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading in 1999, Beverley began her research career in the Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT) at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex (now part of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust). In 2007, she attained a PhD for research into using acupuncture to manage breast cancer treatment-related hot flushes. Since then, she has conducted several research studies exploring how acupuncture can be used to improve the wellbeing of people living with and beyond cancer.
A highly regarded researcher, she has published many papers in scientific journals, and lectures internationally. Beverley is a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and Past-Chair of British Lymphology Society Scientific Committee. She is author of “Acupuncture and Cancer Survivorship: Recovery, Renewal and Transformation” (published 2023 by Singing Dragon), the first evidence-based peer-reviewed book to focus on using acupuncture in cancer survivorship.
With nearly 25 years’ experience in the field, she is regarded as the acupuncture authority on cancer survivorship in the UK and the West.
Helping people recover and develop resilience after cancer treatment is her area of special interest and includes using acupuncture to manage the consequences of cancer treatment, such as:
- Hot flushes
- Pain, including aromatase inhibitor related arthralgia and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
- Cancer treatment related fatigue
- Emotional issues such as trauma, distress, anxiety, depression, and fear of cancer recurrence.
Beverley works in Wimpole Street. She will be taking clients from
October 2023 onwards
Martha graduated from the University of Westminster with a First Class Honours Degree in Acupuncture and received a full scholarship to complete a postgraduate clinical placement at the China Medical University of Taichung in Taiwan. She continued her studies with a number of different physicians and scholars and gained extensive clinical experience in the treatment of various conditions, such as musculoskeletal pain and injuries, management of chronic pain, digestive disorders as well as emotional and sleeping disorders.
From the early years of practice she became interested in fertility and women’s heath and has undertaken post-graduate training in the treatment of gynaecological conditions, including menstrual disorders, male and female infertility and IVF assistance with Jani White, Jane Lyttleton and Dr Wu among others. Having supported hundreds of couples during their journey to conception, she continued with post-graduate training in obstetric acupuncture with Sara Budd, Debra Betts and Dr Michele Odant. She is passionate about supporting women during their pregnancy and has worked with independent midwives and doulas to support women during childbirth and post-partum recovery.
Martha is particularly interested in educating her patients about aspects of their lifestyle that could potentially affect their health or well-being and aims to guide them through a journey of self-care. She often works with functional nutritionists to enhance the effects of Chinese medicine treatment and promote optional health.
She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the leading professional body for acupuncturists in Great Britain.
Martha’s areas of special interest include:
- Menstrual disorders, endometriosis, pcos, hypothalamic amenorrhea
- Infertility and IVF assistance
- Pregnancy, preparation for labour and post partum recovery
- Anxiety, emotional and sleeping disorders
- Management of chronic pain
Martha works in Wimpole Street but is currently away
In 2002 Robin began his Chinese medical obsession enrolling on a 5 year full time degree in both London and Beijing, studying acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Since then, Robin has continued his passion for learning fueled by his desire to achieve excellent results in the shortest timeframe.
Robin has undergone extensive training in musculoskeletal disorders utilizing both modern and traditional acupuncture techniques. Working closely with doctors, manual and rehabilitation therapists, Robin understands when a multidisciplinary approach is needed to relieve pain and restore range of motion.
For 13 years Robin worked with St Luke’s Cancer Centre based in the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford participatingin various research studies including:
Robin strongly values his patient’s opinions on what is wrongand welcomes all information.
Robin treats a variety of conditions, but has particular interest in: