Conference speakers

Our speakers

Thank you to our speakers for joining our 2021 programme. Click on their names below to read their profiles. 

Ian AppleyardIan’s acupuncture training includes: BSc from Westminster University; studying with a private practitioner in Japan, Ikeda Yuji; clinical training in Shanghai; a year at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM, Nanjing.  He has worked as a private practitioner in Hove and Kendal. He was course director for Acupuncture at London South Bank University from 2008-2018. His PhD, Acupuncture and moxibustion for osteoarthritis of the knee: a component analysis approach, was completed in 2018.

Michelle Aris has a particular interest in using the complement channels of acupuncture – the Luo Mai, Divergent Channels, Eight Extraordinary Channels and Sinew Channels. She feels very privileged and deeply grateful to have access to teaching on these channels through lectures presented by Master Jeffrey Yuen and through the teaching of his senior student Ann Cecil-Sterman. Michelle continues the tradition of apprenticeship within Chinese medicine by apprenticing to her mentor within the lineage, Dr Hung Tran.

Sarah Attwell headshotSarah is a former Chair of the BAcC’s Governing Board, Joint Programme Leader for Chinese Medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, and a staunch advocate for rigorous training standards in acupuncture. She believes passionately that Chinese Medicine’s deep history – and the diversity this history has sired – is our profession’s greatest strength. Sarah studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and practices a blend of Five Element and TCM Acupuncture.

Josh BarrowJosh has just completed his first year at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM). He’s loved starting to uncover the secrets and ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine and can’t wait to continue on this journey.

His previous background is in building digital learning solutions for global organisations and currently works part-time as a Product Manager for a start-up. He loves volunteering and helping others, which is what drew him to Acupuncture.

Susannah recently graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) in June 2019. After a long career in customer service in the NHS she pursued her dream of helping others in a more holistic way. She has gone on to build her own private practice in York and is also still involved in the NCA providing support tutoring on the points stream. Whilst studying for her degree, Susannah became passionate about women’s health, particularly the menopause/peri-menopause and is now undertaking post graduate training in this area.

Richard BillsRichard began his training in 2016 with a level 4 course in Sports Massage. Followed by further training through continued professional development courses; his skills now include dry needling, manipulation along with a number of strapping and taping methods. He is a registered Osteomyologist and is currently working to advance his skillset through studying a degree in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

Stephen Birch has practised Japanese acupuncture since 1982 and Toyohari Meridian Therapy since 1989. He has authored a number of books on Japanese acupuncture (Hara Diagnosis; Japanese Acupuncture; Chasing the Dragon’s Tail; Shonishin) and the history of acupuncture (Understanding Acupuncture; Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine). He teaches in many countries, is a researcher, Associate Professor in Oslo, Norway and has published dozens of papers.

Janice BoothJanice Booth is a senior lecturer and Programme leader for Chinese Medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese medicine. Her acupuncture clinic is based in Swindon.

Past President of the BAcC, Janice has been involved in many areas of BAcC work, including Education, Admissions, Conference and Student services.  Janice’s commitment to BAAB dovetails with a life-long dedication to education, to maximising best practice from the joint perspectives of teaching and learning.   She currently sits on BAAB as a practitioner representative.

Cathy ChapmanCathy Chapman has been practising acupuncture since 2003. Her journey as a practitioner has included working for the NHS as an acupuncturist, joining the BAcC governing board, chairing their professional standards and regulatory committee and becoming a mother; juggling treating patients at home in between breast feeding hungry babies.

During the many delights and challenges of being an acupuncturist, supervision and mentoring has become an abiding passion for Cathy as well as a necessity.

Stacey ChapmanStacey is the founder of Swish IT, specialising in website design, technical support and training for wellbeing businesses. She is also a licensed acupuncturist, member of the British Acupuncture Council and supervisor/mentor.

She helps her clients bring the vision of their business to life in the virtual world. She combines more than 20 years of experience in IT with the practical knowledge of running her own successful Acupuncture Practice to guide clients through the maze of the online world, helping them to grow their online presence, increase their revenue and connect with their clients.

Chloe ChattingtonChloe is currently in clinic at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Chloe was drawn to Acupuncture for its artistic approach to health care. After previously studying Art, she enjoyed the creative process of understanding a patient and then using this knowledge to tailor a treatment that is unique for them.

Outside of College, Chloe lives in Cheltenham and works part time for a bakery and enjoys trail running and van life.

Sarah Christian headshotSarah is newly graduated from The Acupuncture Academy in Leamington Spa. She has recently opened her practise, offering five element acupuncture to patients just outside Birmingham. 

Conny CooperConny Cooper qualified in Acupuncture from the LCTA in 2006 and in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster in 2015. She is a long-term student of Andrew Nugent-Head from the Association for Traditional Studies, having spent over 300 hours in his teaching clinic in Asheville, USA. She particularly values the tangible perspective of Chinese Medicine taught in Yin Style Ba Gua. Conny is the CEO of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Mike is Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). He runs the BMAS London Teaching Clinic (LTC) and has organised and lectured on BMAS courses for over 25 years. He is an associate editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, which is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has published extensively in the field of Western medical acupuncture.

Tim Davis headshotTim Davis has been in practice for over 30 years. Originally trained in five elements in the 80s, he then studied Herbal Medicine at CICM. He also studied with Giovanni Maciocia, and more recently Jing Fang with Suzanne Robideaux.

Tim worked with patients with Covid at the start of the pandemic, starting online with herbs, mainly using Jing Fang. More recently he has treated long Covid and vaccination side-effects with acupuncture and herbs. Tim has found five element, TCM and Jing Fang have all been effective in supporting patients through Covid and long Covid. 

Andrea DewhurstAcupuncture super-fan, knowledge seeker, owned by children and dogs.

Andrea qualified, in July 2021, from the City College of Acupuncture after three years and a small amount of COVID disruption. Andrea is fully aware that those three years were only the start of her learning.  The stabilisers have just been taken off, but she is keeping the hat firmly on.

Andrea is based in Hertfordshire and will be offering mobile acupuncture treatments, throughout the county.

Spod DuttonSpod is an acupuncture practitioner qualifying with a first-class honours from TAA. Spod is now bringing his extensive 30 year experience working with data and web applications to the acupuncture research landscape as a co-founder of ACU-Track​, a new research initiative focusing on recording clinical outcomes data in real-world acupuncture practice.

Alexander trained in Acupuncture, Tui Na and Herbs at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. He is the Principle lecturer and clinic lead in Tui Na at CICM. Alexander’s clinical experience encompasses private practice, community acupuncture, teaching clinics and working in hospitals. He has done further studies in China including Jing Fang Classical Herbal medicine with Professor Feng Shi Lun and palpation skills with Dr Wang Ju-Yi.  He works with the charity My Cancer my Choices.

Roisin Golding headshotRoisin Golding has been practicing acupuncture for 35 years. Her book, ‘The Complete Stems and Branches: Time and Space in Classical Acupuncture’ is the definitive guide to Huang Lao acupuncture, and she has lectured on the relationship between Han Dynasty cosmology and acupuncture at Yunnan University in China and in England. Roisin was an expert advisor on acupuncture to the World Health Organisation. Her regular column, ‘Healing Sense’, was syndicated by the Los Angeles Times to over fifty countries.

John Hamwee

John Hamwee is an experienced acupuncturist, zero balancer and teacher. He is the author of seven books including Intuitive Acupuncture, Experiencing Acupuncture, and Acupuncture for New Practitioners.

Alex JacobsAlex is an acupuncturist, herbalist and tui na practitioner currently practising in West Hampstead. He has a passion for Chinese medicine self-help and teaches Yang Sheng techniques, dietary therapy, Tai Chi and Qi Gong regularly to the public. He became interested in Chinese medicine while studying Mandarin in Taiwan and regularly returns there to continue his studies. He organised the RCHM conference for 8 years and is currently RCHM president. 

Sen LiewSen trained in Yang-style, Wudang Taichi, Buddhist and Taoist Qi-Gong, Hatha yoga, Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Tuina, Shiatsu, Yangsheng, Shi Liao cooking, professional cookery (C&G UK and AHMA USA). He grew up in a Buddhist and Taoist family, with grandparents who were devoted Taichi, Qi-Gong meditation practitioners. Sen has been fortunate to learn under the guidance of family as well as study with other outstanding masters in China and UK. He has been teaching for over 20 years, running retreats in Taichi, Qi-Gong, Yoga, Tuina and Yangsheng cooking in Europe and China. 

Nick LoweNick is an experienced acupuncture and tuina practitioner holding an MSc in Acupuncture Research. He is the co-founder and lead research for ACU-Track, an innovative new research initiative focussing on collecting clinical outcomes data in real-world acupuncture practice. Nick has been awarded a Junior Research Scholarship from the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) for this project as well as a BAcC research grant.

Felicity MoirFelicity have been a practitioner of acupuncture for 40 years and was the course leader for a BSc (Hons) CM: Acupuncture at the University of Westminster for 20 years. Her interest in education was behind her Doctorate in Education, which involved research into how we assess students’ clinical practice. Felicity has worked closely with the BAcC and the BAAB in producing the Standards of Education and Training for Acupuncture and is currently chair of the BAcC Education Committee.

Joseph OgbonnaJoseph is an independent coach, trainer and facilitator, and director of Ruuvand Ltd, a learning and development provider to education, private and third-sector organisations. A natural strategic thinker, he has a substantial track record in coaching, advising and training executives, entrepreneurs, and senior managers, consultancy and mentoring.

Joseph sits on the BAcC Governing Board as a Non-Practitioner Director.

Julie ReynoldsAfter graduating from The College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) in the early 2000s, Julie completed an MSc in Health Research at York University. For her thesis, she ran an RCT of Five Element acupuncture for IBS, supervised by the late Hugh McPherson. She returned to CTA in 2006 to teach, and became Head of Research. After CTA closed, in 2011, Julie co-founded The Acupuncture Academy (TAA) in Leamington Spa, with Jen Wade. TAA gained full BAAB accreditation in 2014. Julie obtained BACC research funding in 2019 to run a pragmatic study of 5E acupuncture for student mental wellbeing, the incredible results of which will be published soon!

Kate Ritchie headshotKate Ritchie is a recent graduate from the Northern College of Acupuncture and now works as an associate in a busy and established practice in West Yorkshire.  Before training to become an acupuncturist she spent over 10 years working as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, primarily in the field of Mental Health.  Kate is also a qualified aromatherapist and exercise instructor who loves being outdoors and exploring the countryside with her family in their campervan.  

Cinzia ScorzonCinzia Scorzon is a Chinese medicine practitioner and a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster in London. She was awarded an MSc in Chinese Medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York, at the time affiliated to the University of Wales and a Master in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster, London. In addition, she spent a year a half in Shanghai to do her fieldwork for the acupuncture MSc dissertation on the writing of the first Chinese acumoxa textbooks for TCM universities. While in Shanghai, Cinzia studied with several well-known Chinese physicians. Later extending her studies in Japan and South Korea as well as presenting in several multi-disciplinary international conferences. She has been working in private practice since 1984, first in Sussex and then in London, and she has been teaching both in the UK and internationally. Before the pandemic, she conducted a small scale research project that compared cognitive behavioural therapy with acupuncture in treating generalised anxiety disorders (GAD).

Ian StonesIan Stones is an experienced practitioner running clinics in Farnham and Hove. He is particularly passionate about supporting men through their fertility journey and campaigning for equality in fertility services, recognising the unspoken toll on men going through fertility treatment. Ian worked as Student Services Manager and Safe Practice Officer for the BAcC for 11 years before developing his business. Ian recognises the challenges practitioners face in building a “successful” practice and has developed a unique approach to his business, ensuring clients get the highest level of support.

Ricardo TeixeiraRicardo is an Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Specialist in Portugal. Member of Executive Committee of the ETCMA (European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association), head of the Advocacy Committee.

He started TCM training in the APA-DA in 2003, internship in Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009 and in 2017 another internship in México with Dr. Roberto González. A postgraduate course in Instituto Van Nghi – Portugal and several courses within the field of TCM.

Invited speaker to several conference and congress across Europe. Funding member of the WADO and part of the organization committee of the World Acupuncture Day on the UNESCO Building in Paris. Currently attending a bachelor degree in Clinic Physiology.

Michelle VenterMichelle graduated from The Acupuncture Academy after gaining an honours degree level Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture with distinction. In 2019 was recruited by TAA to join a team of acupuncturists working on the BAcC funded pragmatic study of 5E acupuncture for student mental wellbeing, and the results which will soon be published were amazing. Michelle is currently on the BAcC Education Committee.

Merlin YoungMerlin Young (with Jenny Craig) is co-founder of the Moxafrica charity. Ssystematically investigating the clinical viability of using moxa to help recovery from drug-resistant TB, their investigations (in Africa and North Korea) have revealed compelling scientific data with additional evidence that moxa might actually help prevent activation of the infection. Switching to Long-COVID they speculate that, by ‘stoking’ the host immune system, simple moxa therapy might similarly benefit long-haulers anywhere in the world.

Liqin ZHAOLiqin Zhao has been President of ATCM since 2018. She’s a visiting professor at Henan University of TCM, where she graduated from in 1985, and was a TCM consultant in the Luoyang TCM Hospital in China before establishing her own clinic in the UK in 1997. Liqin Zhao specialises in women’s conditions and infertility, working in collaboration with gynaecologists from hospitals, and has published 50 academic papers. She is Vice President of both the Gynaecological Committee and Zhong Jing Academic Inheritance and Innovation Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.  


We celebrated the profession with representation from across the world of acupuncture in our 2021 programme.


Thank you to our generous sponsors Su Wen Herbs and NCA for supporting the 2021 conference