Teaching staff

 

John Hicks

President and co-founder, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

John is president and co-founder of the college.  He is also a module leader for skills and techniques.  He has a PhD from the University of London and has been in practice since 1975.  He trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture and later received an advanced qualification.  He went on to become dean, lecturer and clinical supervisor there from 1978 to 1985.  He created the acupuncture skills course which teaches the basic diagnostic skills of five element constitutional diagnosis.  He has undertaken clinical training in China at Nanjing College of TCM.  He has completed Ted Kaptchuk’s course in Chinese herbal medicine and uses herbs as well as acupuncture in his practice.  In 1988 he co-founded acupuncture training courses, a course teaching TCM theory to five element acupuncturists.  John is an associate trainer with the society of neuro-linguistic programming.  The author of The Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine, and co-author of Healing your Emotions, he also co-wrote the textbook Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture with Angela Hicks and Peter Mole.

 

Angela Hicks

Joint principal and co-founder, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Angela is joint principal and co-founder of the college.  She has been practising acupuncture since 1976.  She originally studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture where she later received an advanced qualification.  She was a lecturer and clinical supervisor at that college from 1979 until 1987.  She studied TCM and completed clinical training in China at Nanjing College of TCM in 1989.  She is also a herbalist and graduate of the college’s herb course.  In 1988 she co-founded acupuncture training courses, a course teaching TCM theory to five element acupuncturists.  She practises qigong and is a qualified focusing teacher and is a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming.  She is the author or co-author of five books:  The Principles of Chinese Medicine (Singing Dragon), The Acupuncture Handbook (Little Brown Books), 88 Chinese Medicine Secrets (How To Books) and co-author of Healing your Emotions with John Hicks, and the textbook Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture (Churchill Livingstone, 2004) with John Hicks and Peter Mole.  

 

Jonathan Pledger

Joint principal, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Jonathan’s original degree was in business studies before going on to study for a PGCE.  He was a teacher of business and economics for 20 years.  He is a lecturer in Chinese medicine, clinical supervisor, dissertation supervisor and personal tutor.  He qualified as a shiatsu practitioner in 2004 and graduated from the college in 2007 and completed his Master’s from Portsmouth University researching acupuncture and autism.  He practises at the college and in Wokingham.  He is a member of the management committee and chair of the Council of Heads for Acupuncture Courses (CHAC) and a board member of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB).  He is also a member of of the BAcC professional standards and regulatory committee.

 

Peter Mole

Dean, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Peter is the dean of the college and a member of the college’s management committee.  He has an MA in modern history from Oxford University.  He graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1978 and later received an advanced qualification.  He lectured and was a clinical supervisor at the College of Traditional Acupuncture for eleven years.  Peter is the author of Acupuncture for Body, Mind and Spirit, which is directed at patients and prospective students.  He co-wrote Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture with Angela and John Hicks.  He has lectured extensively in Europe, Israel and the U.S. He was a founding council member of the British Acupuncture Council.

 

Susannah Fone

Academic director, learning support coordinator, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Susannah is academic director and a graduate of CICM.  She has a qualification in Chinese herbal medicine and tuina.  Susannah has studied Chinese herbal medicine in Beijing with Dr Suzanne Robidoux and Dr Feng Shi Lun.  She has a post graduate diploma in arts administration from City University and a BA in history of art from UEA.

 

Programme Leaders

 

Sarah Attwell-Griffiths

Assistant programme leader for Chinese medicine

Sarah is assistant programme leader for Chinese medicine with responsibility for Level 4 Chinese medicine, and a marker at CICM.  After more than a decade, Sarah decided to relinquish her role as global head of L&D for a commodities trader in order to retrain as an acupuncturist.  Since graduating from CICM, she has published articles in EJOM and Acu, practiced acupuncture within an NHS GP surgery and set up and run a community acupuncture clinic.   She currently owns a successful Chinese medicine clinic in Cirencester. She is Chair of the BAcC.

 

Janice Booth

Programme leader and lecturer for Chinese medicine

Janice is programme leader for Chinese medicine.  She has a BA in English and French from Lancaster University and a PGCE from Swansea University.  After ten years in mainstream education (and working in adult education as a yoga teacher), she graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1988.  She then went on to complete the clinical integration course a few years later.  She has been the president of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and is a board member.  Janice runs an acupuncture practice in Swindon, Wiltshire.

 

Kim Chan

Programme leader for skills and acupuncture techniques, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Kim is the programme leader for acupuncture skills and techniques.  She graduated from the college in 1999 and went on to complete the college's patent herb course in 2003.  She practices acupuncture, shiatsu and Chinese patent herbs at her clinics in west London.  She first came to Chinese medicine as a child.  She came across it again through studying meditation, Japanese martial arts and shiatsu, which included five element and TCM theory.  She taught at the European School of Shiatsu Therapy and Movement before leaving to join CICM first as a practical skills tutor and then as a teacher and clinical supervisor.  She is a qualified mentor/ supervisor and runs supervisions groups in central and west London for acupuncturists.

 

Lynda French

Programme leader and lecturer for conventional medical sciences 

Lynda has a first class honours degree in mathematics which led to a career in software testing within the financial services industry.  Then, working in the NHS, she gained qualifications in haematology and transfusion science.  A growing interest in Eastern philosophy and medicine led her to study acupuncture at CICM and she graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2012. Since then she completed the tuina course and now runs a busy practice in Weston super Mare.

 

Nicola Gibbs

Programme leader for point location and practical teacher

Nicola is programme leader for point location and a practical skills tutor.  She has a BSc (Hons) in financial services from UMIST.  She studied acupuncture at the college and graduated in 2009.  She has also completed the tuina course.  She practices in Harwell.

 

Roz Gibbs

Programme leader for research and reflective practice

Roz is the programme leader for research and reflective practice.  She has a BSc (Hons) in biomedical science and a PhD in protein biochemistry and molecular biology and has 23 years experience in higher education as an academic and researcher. Roz graduated from the college in 2007 and now she divides her working time between her acupuncture practice and teaching at college.  She is involved in research, evaluating the biomedical basis of complementary and alternative medicines and has experience both in laboratory and clinical research.

 

Sandra King

Clinical director and supervisor

Sandra graduated from the college in 1997 and has completed our patents course.  She has been a practical skills tutor since 1999 and is a clinical supervisor.  Sandra practises in High Wycombe.

 

Melanie Leeson

Joint programme leader for professional practice

Melanie has a BA (Hons) in fine art and after eight years working in film and television design decided to study acupuncture. She graduated from CICM in 2011 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree.  Melanie went on to complete a course in paediatric acupuncture taught by Julian Scott and runs a busy practice with clinics in Bath and Bristol.  Melanie is co-founder of the acupuncture conception to childbirth team in Bristol, a specialist group of acupuncturists collaborating in the area of fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care.

 

Rob Veater

Joint programme leader for professional practice

Rob has a BSc (Hons) in marine biology and graduated from CICM in 2011 with a first class BSc (Hons) in acupuncture.  He runs a busy private practice in North Essex and is co-founder of the Colchester community acupuncture multibed clinic.

 

Lecturers

 

Alison Allison

Chinese medicine teacher, practical teacher and library and learning resources coordinator

Alison originally trained as a nurse and health visitor and worked in a variety of hospital and community settings in London.  She has a BSc in nursing and an MSc in health care policy.  She graduated from CICM in 2008 and practises acupuncture from her clinic in Ascot.  She has also been teaching taichi and qigong classes for 12 years.  She has completed training courses in Japanese acupuncture techniques.

 

Sharon Ashton

Chinese medicine teacher, practical teacher

Sharon Ashton is a practical skills tutor.  She has a BA (Hons) in prehistory and archaeology from the University of Sheffield. Sharon graduated from the college with a licentiate in 2004 and returned to achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture in 2008.  She also completed the tuina course at CICM in 2011.  She practises in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

 

Rebecca Avern

Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at CICM.  Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.  In 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the panda clinic. She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level, most notably our year-long paediatric course at CICM which she took over teaching from Dr Julian Scott.  She is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers (Singing Dragon 2018).

 

Danny Blyth

Chinese medicine lecturer

Danny studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine here at CICM, graduating in 1998.  He has postgraduate diplomas in Chinese language and academic studies.  He has a special interest in teaching and using nutrition to support treatment. Danny currently practises in Cheltenham where he also teaches tai chi and qigong.

 

Mark Bovey

Module leader for research and reflective practice level 6 and research lecturer

Mark is module leader for research and reflective practice at level 6.  He has an MSc in animal breeding from Edinburgh University.  He qualified from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1983 and has completed the clinical integration course. He practises in Abingdon and Oxford and is research manager of the BAcC.

 

Alex Brazkiewicz

CMS lecturer

Alex’s initial contact with the East came through his contact with the Japanese martial arts and study of shiatsu in the early 80's.  Alex spent 17 years as a paramedic in the London ambulance service and for 10 years worked as an assessor for the health professions council (HPC).  Alex runs his own approved first aid training organisation, holos healthcare and training limited.  He has written the first aid manual for the British Acupuncture Council.  Alex qualified from CICM and then studied the  patent herb course, and tuina at LCTA.  Alex practices acupuncture and tuina at his clinic in Worcester and regularly returns to Beijing to study acupuncture under Prof Wang Ju Yi and tuina at the Beijing tuina hospital.

 

Charlotte Brydon-Smith

Chinese medicine lecturer, practical teacher and clinical supervisor

Charlotte graduated from the college in 2003 with a Licentiate but later returned to achieve a first class BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture studies.  In addition to this she has also completed a year-long apprenticeship in five element acupuncture, London.  She is the co-founder of the multi-bed clinic BIGROOM in Oxford and runs a private practice in Bristol.  She works as a personal tutor, practical skills tutor, teacher and clinical supervisor at the college.

Ben Cox

Qigong teacher

Ben has been teaching qigong at the college since 2008.  He is an acupuncturist and has also studied Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage.  He graduated from a 5 year degree run in conjunction with Beijing university in 2007.  This training included a five month clinical placement in the hospitals of Beijing.  Since graduating Ben has completed a qigong teaching apprenticeship, advanced acupuncture and massage studies with Andrew Nugent-Head and several month long qigong instructor training courses.  Currently he practises Chinese medicine and runs a small qigong school in Oxford.

 

Heather Davidson

Practical skills tutor

Heather originally worked in art and design after studying for a BA in fine art at Cape Town University.  After moving to Britain, she graduated from CICM with a BA (Hons).  She runs a busy acupuncture practice in Oxford and is co-founder of community acupuncture at the Oxford health hub.

 

Jason Davies

Chinese medicine lecturer, practical skills tutor and regional support group coordinator

Jason graduated from the college in 2003 and has been working here since 2006.  He teaches on the acupuncture course, is a practical skills tutor and involved in marking assignments and exams.  He also co-ordinates the regional support group programme.  He practises in Chippenham where he also teaches meditation.

  

Jill Glover

Chinese medicine lecturer

Jill is Chinese medicine lecturer at the college.  She runs fertility seminars and supervision days.  Previously a radiographer working in the NHS, she graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1985.  She has completed CICM's acupuncture skills course, the clinical integration course and the college's herb course.  She has undertaken neuro-linguistic programming training and is also a qualified life and executive coach.

 

Graham Kennedy

Anatomy and qigong lecturer

Graham is a craniosacral therapist and integrative child psychotherapist with almost 25 years clinical experience. He is one of the anatomy tutors at the college and also teaches regular qigong classes.

 

 

Magda Koc

Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Magda graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1982.  She went on to study TCM, completing the integration course in 1994.  She has a diploma from the University of Westminster in qigong and tuina, which she combines with acupuncture in her practice in Reading.  As well as teaching on the acupuncture course, Magda is a regional support group tutor and a clinical supervisor.  She is member of of the BAcC professional standards and regulatory committee.

 

Greg Lampert

Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor

Greg has been involved with the college since its inception in 1993.  He is a clinical supervisor and teaches on the acupuncture course.  He trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture and then undertook the clinical integration course whilst training in herbs at the London academy of Oriental Medicine.  In 1998 and 2000 he travelled to Hangzhou for clinical training in herbal medicine.  Greg uses herbs and acupuncture in his practice at the college clinic and in Oxford.  He has a particular interest in the relationship between herbs and foods.  He is co-author with Danny Blyth of Chinese dietary wisdom.

 

Peter Linthwaite

Research lecturer

Peter is lecturer for research and reflective practice. He studied psychology at the London School of Economics before working in research at the health education authority and the economic and social research council. He trained at the college and currently practises acupuncture at the college clinic in Reading and in Henley-on-Thames.

 

Cristina Lopez-Pascual

CMS lecturer

After completing an MPharm (Hons) degree in pharmacy from Madrid University, she moved to England and worked in a variety of areas including research, hospital, and community pharmacy.  Cristina has BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture and completed the course in tuina from CICM.  She runs her practice in Reading and is a regular volunteer at my cancer my choices charity. 

 

Michael Phoenix

Practical teacher

Michael qualified from CICM in 2003 and has completed extensive training in Europe and China.  He is a passionate teacher of point location, anatomy and practical skills.  His clinic is in Wiltshire.  He also runs courses in channel theory.

 

Peter Salt-Berrymen

Practical teacher

Peter studied tuina and shiatsu in the late 1980’s which lead to studying acupuncture at CICM, graduating in 1996.  Peter practises in south London combining all of these disciplines.  He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with others, and enjoys teaching point location, anatomy, needling, cupping, moxa and tuina as well as a being a personal and regional support group tutor.  Peter has studied taichi and qigong over the last 25 years and teaches in London.

 

Jackie Shaw

Module leader for research and reflective practice level 5, research lecturer and Chinese medicine lecturer

Jackie is module leader for the research and reflective practice programme (level 5) and has a BSc in biophysics from the university of Sussex.  She taught English in China and then studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, graduating in 1989.  In 1984 she co-founded an educational charity specialising in the use of video as a tool for group development.  She completed the clinical integration course and joined the college staff in 1995.  She coordinated a pilot national outcomes study funded by the BAcC and conducted a research project looking at patients’ progress in the college student clinic funded by the college and the oriental medicine research trust, published in 2007.

 

Yvonne Sommer

CMS lecturer

Yvonne qualified as a veterinary surgeon in her home country, Germany in 1990.  She moved to England in 1992, and graduated from the college in 2002.  Since then she has been practising acupuncture at her clinic in Nottingham as well as working as a veterinary acupuncturist.  Yvonne teaches conventional medical sciences at the college and enjoys practising qigong and taichi.

 

James Unsworth

Practical skills teacher

James began his acupuncture training at CICM in 1997 and has worked at the college since 2002, where he currently teaches practical skills to acupuncture degree students and lectures on the tuina course.  He has a particular interest in classical acupuncture, particularly using palpation-based methods, learning from teachers across Asia and running high patient volume acupuncture clinics - in India, Sri Lanka & Burma.

 

Clare Venters Smith

Chinese medicine lecturer and practical skills teacher

Clare graduated from the college with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in five element & TCM acupuncture, followed by courses in tuina and fertility and obstetrics.  She works as a practical skills tutor and is involved in marking assignments.  She runs busy practices in Reading and Henley.  She is also secretary to the acupuncture for conception to childbirth team (ACT) Berkshire which she helped set up.

 

Kevin Young

Anatomy lecturer

Kevin teaches anatomy, structural diagnosis and tuina.  He graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc (Hons) in TCM acupuncture and a diploma in tuina.  He is also a state registered, chartered physiotherapist and has qualified in sports therapy and sports massage specialising in the treatment of sports injuries.  He works with sports teams, professional boxers and practitioners of various martial arts.  He is currently the principle physiotherapist of the arthritic association and sits on the BAcC investigating committee.

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