Practitioner clinic

We run two clinics here at the college.  The teaching clinic and our practitioner clinic.

There are seven fully qualified practitioners with a wealth of experience and expertise.

People come to one of our clinics with a variety of complaints.  Often people will come for treatment even when nothing is medically wrong, they just want to feel better in themselves. 

When you come for treatment your acupuncturist will spend considerable time asking you questions and getting to know you.  In this way you will receive a treatment that not just aims to relieve you of your symptoms but also to help you feel better.  Frequently patients will comment, ‘I’m feeling better in myself’ which refers to such things as increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life and greater confidence.

Some people come for preventative treatment that is aimed at maintaining health and improving a sense of wellbeing. 

All the practitioners are members of the British Acupuncture Council or the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and have been practising for many years. Call 0118 950 8880 to book an appointment or go online or the specific one next to the practitioner name below. 

Information and appointment

If you are considering treatment and wish to speak to a practitioner before making an appointment in either of our clinics, you can contact the college for more information or help you to make a decision.

Consultation (90 minutes) - £65
Follow up appointments (45 minutes) - £48

Herbs consultation £55
Follow up £48

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

To find out more or book an appointment call 0118 9508889



Clinic practitioners

Magda Koc

Has been in practice since 1982. Since 1997 she has been practising in Reading as well as teaching on the acupuncture course at the college.  She also offers supervision/mentoring for acupuncturists. If you are a current patient of Magda's you can book follow up appointments here:

Greg Lampert

Has been in practice since 1989.  He treats a wide range of conditions using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  He has taught acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the college since it was founded. To book appointments with Greg

Peter Linthwaite

Has been practising since 1999.  He teaches on the acupuncture degree course at the college and is responsible for its research and reflective practice programme.  To book appointments with Peter

Jackie Shaw

Has been a qualified acupuncturist since 1989.  She teaches Chinese medicine theory, practical acupuncture skills and research at the college.  She also directs the college clinical outcome study and supervises students as module leader for the research and reflective practice programme. f you are a current patient of Jackie's you can book follow up appointments here:  Jackie is not taking on new patients at the moment.


Karen Starr

Has been in practice since 1999 and is also the Vice Principal.  She has 2 children and has witnessed at first hand the benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth.  She is a tuina practitioner and a kundalini yoga instructor.  To book appointments with Karen


Tom Brydon-Smith

Has been in practice since 2004.  He treats a wide range of conditions using acupuncture and has a particular interest in the impact of our psychology on our health.  Tom is experienced in treating both adults and children.  To book appointments with Tom

Jonathan Pledger

Has been in practice since 2007. He the Principal of the college, clinical supervisor, personal tutor and teacher of Chinese medicine. In 2015 he published his research studying the effects of acupuncture treatment on autistic children. He is also a shiatsu therapist.  To book appointments with Jonathan