"I came from a business background with no medical or healing experience whatsoever, so if I'm honest I was concerned that I'd got into something way out of my comfort zone.

From thereon, I cannot speak highly enough of the level of teaching and support from all the college staff and from the amazing bond that you gain from your fellow classmates.  You cannot hide from the fact that learning something of this magnitude from scratch is a colossal task, but it is possible and the results at the end make everything worthwhile.

 I'm the master of my own time and my own life and I feel very fortunate to be in this position."

Gerard Ferguson, cicm graduate

Acupuncture staff

Angela Hicks

Joint principal and co-founder, Chinese medicine lecturer, 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 her MAc. She was a lecturer and clinical supervisor at that college from 1979 until 1987. She studied TCM and completed postgraduate 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 postgraduate 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. She is a member of the council of heads for acupuncture courses (CHAC)

John Hicks

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

John is joint principal 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 has a  Dr Ac from that college. 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 postgraduate course teaching TCM theory to five element acupuncturists. John is an associate trainer with the society of neuro-linguistic programming. He practises qigong. 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.

Peter Mole

Dean, Chinese medicine lecturer, clinical supervisor

Peter is the dean of the college and a member of the College’s Executive Committee. He has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. He graduated  from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1978 and holds the qualification of  Master of Acupuncture. 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.

Karen Proudfoot

Joint vice-principal, academic director, programme leader for professional practice, Chinese  medicine lecturer, clinical supervisor

Karen is Joint Vice-principal and the programme leader for Professional Practice. She is also a lecturer in Chinese medicine, clinical supervisor, dissertation supervisor and runs the Reading regional support group with Magda Koc. Before studying acupuncture she studied for a BSc in Pharmacology and a PhD in Biochemistry and then spent 15 years in Biotechnology research. Karen has been in practice for 13 years and graduated from our 98.1 class. She has a busy practice in Woodley in Reading.

Jonathan Pledger

Joint vice principal, Chinese medicine lecturer, clinical supervisor

Jonathan’s original degree was in Business Studies before going on to study for a PGCE and was a teacher for 20 years. He is also a lecturer in Chinese medicine, clinical supervisor, dissertation supervisor and personal tutor. He graduated from the College in 2007 and since becoming an acupuncturist he has completed a Master’s degree from Portsmouth University researching acupuncture and autism. He practises at the College and in Wokingham.

 

Janice Booth

Programme leader for Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine lecturer

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, going on to  complete the clinical integration course a few years later. She is past president of  the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and currently sits on the Admissions committee. As a previous Conference consultant to the BAcC, she now acts as one of a number of advisors to the Conference manager. In 2013 she was made a Fellow of the BAcC. Janice runs an acupuncture practice in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Kim Chan

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

Kim is the programme leader for acupuncture skills and techniques. She graduated  from the college in 1999 and went on to do the college's patent herb course in 2003. She practices acupuncture, shiatsu and Chinese patent herbs from her clinics in  West London. She first came to chinese medicine as a child misdiagnosed by a western medic. She crossed paths with it again through studying meditation, Japanese martial arts and shiatsu, which included 5 element and TCM theory. She went on to teach these from 1991 to 2003 at the European School of Shiatsu Therapy and Movement before leaving to join C.I.C.M. 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.

Peter Linthwaite

Programme leader for research and reflective practice, Research lecturer

Peter is programme leader 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.

Michael Ng

Programme leader for point location, practical teacher, clinical supervisor

Michael is programme leader for point location, a regional support group tutor as  well as a teacher and a clinical supervisor at the College. He worked as a qualified  accountant in commerce for 25 years before graduating from the College in 1998.  He has also completed the College's patents course, and an advanced clinical  training programme in acupuncture at Zhejiang College of TCM in China. He practises in Farnham, Surrey. Michael also teaches tai chi.

Rebecca Avern

Chinese medicine lecturer and Clinical supervisor

Rebecca has a BA(Hons) in Eastern Religions and Literature from the University of  Bristol. She spent four years teaching in Asia and Europe, before embarking on the acupuncture course at the College, graduating in 2001. After graduating, she studied  with and worked alongside Giovanni Maciocia for several years. She is a teacher and  clinical supervisor here at the College. Rebecca practises in Oxford and is a steering committee member of ACT (Acupuncture in Childbirth Team) Oxford. Having completed post-graduate paediatric training with Julian Scott, Rebecca founded an acupuncture clinic in Oxford for the treatment of babies, children and adolescents, called the Panda Clinic.

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,  paediatric acupuncture, and academic studies, and has a special interest in teaching and using nutrition to support treatment. Danny currently practises in Cheltenham where he also teaches tai chi and qi gong.

Mark Bovey

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

Mark is module leader for research and reflective practice (level 3). He has an MSc in animal breeding from Edinburgh University, qualified from the College of  Traditional Acupuncture in 1983 and has completed the clinical integration course. He practises in Abingdon and Oxford and is also the 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 (including a prolonged stay in Japan) and study of Shiatsu in the early 80's. Alex spent 17 years as a Paramedic in the London Ambulance Service caring for the acute ill and injured patient and 10 years as an assessor for the Health Professions Council (HPC). Alex runs his own Approved First Aid Training organisation, Holos Healthcare and Training Limited, and has written the First Aid manual for the British Acupuncture Council. Alex qualified from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in acupuncture, where he also undertook his postgraduate patent herb course, and in Tui Na from LCTA. Alex practices acupuncture and Tui Na from his clinic in Worcester and regularly returns to Beijing to study acupuncture under Prof Wang Ju Yi and Tui Na at the Beijing Tui Na hospital.

Deirdre Brunton

Clinical supervisor

Deirdre is one of our clinical supervisors. She has a BA from Warwick University. She graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1987, going on to complete the advanced licentiate, the acupuncture skills course, the clinical integration course and the College’s herb course. In 1998 she also completed an advanced clinical training programme in Chinese herbal medicine at Zhejiang College of TCM in China. She practises in Brighton, and is a regional support group tutor for the College.

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 is a teacher and assistant for Qigong who began his training in 2000 and  has been teaching Qigong at the college since 2008. He is also a qualified  practitioner of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Tuina massage  graduating from a 5 year degree run jointly with Beijing University of Chinese medicine 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.

Jason Davies

Chinese medicine lecturer, practical skills tutor, 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 is 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 also runs postgraduate fertility seminars and supervision days. Previously a radiographer working in  the NHS, she graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1985 and has been in practice since then. She has completed the acupuncture skills course, training in TCM, 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.

 

Sandra King

Clinical 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.

Tamara Kircher

Chinese medicine lecturer, clinical supervisor, practical skills tutor

Tamara teaches at the college and also works as a personal tutor, practical skills tutor, and clinical supervisor. She graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1986 and completed further training in Chinese herbal medicine in 1994. Tamara has a post graduate diploma in paediatric acupuncture and enjoys treating children as well as adults in her practices in Guildford, Haslemere and Petersfield. She is the author of several books on herbal medicine.

Magda Koc

Chinese medicine lecturer, clinical supervisor

Magda graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1982 returning there for postgraduate studies and obtaining a BAc. She went on to study TCM, completing the integration course in 1994. She has a diploma from the University of Westminster in Qi Gong Tui Na, 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 clinical supervisor. She is also a member of one of the Ethics committees of the British Acupuncture Council.

Greg Lampert

Chinese medicine lecturer, clinical supervisor

Greg has been involved with the college since its inception in 1993. He is a clinical supervisor and also teaches on the acupuncture course. He trained at  the College of Traditional Acupuncture, then undertook the clinical  integration course whilst also undergoing a training in herbs at the London Academy of Oriental Medicine. In 1998 and 2000 he traveled 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 - Eating for Health and Wellbeing.

Emily Lowe

Module leader for qigong, practical skills tutor

Emily began having acupuncture at the same time as studying Chinese  martial arts and philosophy in her early twenties; this sparked a keen interest  in this traditional medical system which had such a profound impact on her  health and wellbeing. She joined the College in our 03.1 class, graduating in 2006 and practicing in and around London ever since. She is the Module Leader for the Qigong for Acupuncturists section of the degree programme and is also a Practical Skills Tutor. Alongside teaching at the College since 2010, she also teaches Tai Chi and Qigong in Central London and has undergone multiple retreats and instructor trainings in both disciplines. Outside of work she loves keeping active with lindyhop dance and and is an avid foodie.

 

Jackie Shaw

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

Jackie is module leader for the research and reflective practice programme (level 2) and has a BSc in biophysics from the University of Sussex. She taught  English in China, then studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, graduating in 1989. She has practised in Reading since then. In 1984 she co-founded an educational charity specialising in the use of video as a tool for group development and is author of Participatory Video. She completed the clinical integration course and joined the College staff in 1995. Jackie has a long-standing interest in acupuncture research. 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 

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. She has been practising acupuncture since then at her clinic in Nottingham,  as well being a veterinary acupuncturist. Yvonne teaches conventional medical sciences at the College and enjoys practising qi gong and tai 

 

Clare Venters Smith

Practical skills tutor

Clare graduated from the college with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in five element & TCM acupuncture and a post-graduate diploma in Tui Na and in 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 for the  Acupuncture for Conception to Childbirth Team (ACT) Berkshire which she helped found.

 

Kevin Young

Tui na course director, CMS lecturer

Kevin teaches anatomy, structural diagnosis and tui na. He graduated from  University of Westminster with a BSc (Hons) TCM: Acupuncture and a Diploma in Tui-Na. He is also a state registered and chartered  physiotherapist, 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 

Alison Allison

Practical skills tutor

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 Tai Chi and Qigong classes for 12 years. She has completed post graduate training courses in Japanese acupuncture 

Sharon Ashton

Practical skills tutor

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 Tui na course at CICM in 2011. She practises in High Wycombe, 

Nicola Gibbs

Practical skills tutor

Nicola is a Practical Skills Tutor. She has a BSc (Hons) in Financial Services, having worked within corporate banking for 26 years. She then studied acupuncture at the College and graduated in 2009, she has also completed the post graduate Tui na diploma. She practises in 

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.

Peter Salt-Berrymen

Practical teacher

Peter studied Tui Na and Shiatsu in the late 1980’s which lead to studying Acupuncture in the second ever class at CICM Class 93.2, graduating in 1996. Peter has since practised successfully in South London combining all of these disciplines. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with others, so enjoys teaching point location, anatomy, needling, cupping, moxa and Tui Na as well as a being a personal and regional support group tutor for the College.

Peter has studied Tai Chi and Qigong over the last 25 years which he teaches in South London, he also attends regular training for personal development in acupuncture related

 

James Unsworth

Practical 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 Tui Na Diploma 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.

 

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