Your Teachers

A community of passionate practitioners and educators to help students in their professional development

Elio Basagni is Principal at ICOM. He has also been Director of Studies and Week End Course Programme Leader since 2012. He has practised and taught Liu He Ba Fa (六合八法) under the guide of the Daoist Master J. W. Shadow for more than 20 years; since 2010 has taught at the International College of Oriental Medicine, where he gained a first class degree in Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture  at the end of a four-year full time course. He feels part of the movement, defined as Classical Chinese Medicine, led by scholars like Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, Jeffrey Yuen and dr. Liu Lihong calling for a re-evaluation of Chinese medicine based on focusing on the classics.

  • Point Location
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal & Professional Developmen
Elio Basagni

MBAcC, LIC Ac PGCert (LTHE)

Sarah Major is Clinic Director of ICOM.  She has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 1995, following her graduation from ICOM. Sarah gained qualifications in massage therapy and completed a post graduate course in Patent Chinese herbal remedies at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert) at Brighton University in 2009. Since qualifying, she has practised at the Silver Health Clinic in East Grinstead where she heads up a busy multidisciplinary clinic. Sarah has specialised in treating women’s health issues, specifically fertility and pregnancy related problems. As an original member of Zita West’s national network of affiliated acupuncturists she has undergone extensive training and post graduate courses to offer treatments that support conception and a healthy pregnancy

  • Applied Chinese Medicine
  • Clinic Supervisor
Sarah Major

MBAcC, LIC Ac PGCert (LTHE)

Robert Elliott worked in the NHS for 19 years before becoming a lecturer in Haematology in 1980. For the last 12 years he has taught Pathology and Practitioner Development Skills to Complementary Therapists at the University of Westminster. Having retired from that part he now enjoys teaching Pathology to ICOM students. He is qualified in Haematology and Pathology and holds an MSc in Behavioural Biology and Healthcare. He also teaches at the London School of Osteopathy.

  • Western Medicine: Pathology
Robert Elliott

Lecturer

Jinal Shah is a Clinic Supervisor and teaches and practises in the ICOM Acupuncture Clinic as well as running a private acupuncture and bodywork practice in London. He has over 15 years experience as an acupuncturist, over 17 years as a massage therapist and has been a lecturer in various subjects (including Applied Chinese Medicine, Point Location and Massage) at ICOM for over 14 years. He has previously worked in an NHS clinic in London. After initially training at ICOM Jinal has done further studies and training in China as well as around Europe and the UK. He is trained in and pursues the Classical tradition based on the Huang di Nei jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon). Jinal is also an avid meditator and practices Dao Yin and Qi Gong and is interested in Yoga and ancient Indian philosophies.

  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Needle techniques
Jinal Shah

Lic.Ac. MBAcC

Rebecca Wheatley first trained in Chinese Medicine in 1995 when she completed an Aromatherapy and Acupressure Training with ITHMA, and went on to develop a busy practice and help teach massage and acupressure.   To deepen her knowledge and experience of working with chronic conditions she then trained in Occupational Therapy and worked within the NHS for six years in a busy community rehabilitation team.  She worked with patients with chronic conditions and post acute trauma such as stroke, heart attack or a fall and her work varied from retraining the body to become functional again in daily activities, to supporting a patient back to work.  She also supervised and trained rehabilitation support workers, and developed specialist skills in neurological conditions. Throughout this time Rebecca maintained a small private practice and decided to deepen her Chinese Medicine path and train in Acupuncture.  She now has practices at her home and ICOM Clinic and teaches Year 1 students in Points Location.  Rebecca brings her wealth of experience in bodywork and chronic / acute conditions to both her patients and students.

  • Point Location
Rebecca Wheatley

BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Dip ITHMA

Tony Todd runs two successful Acupuncture practices in Surrey. He graduated from ICOM in 2000. He has a special interest in Keiraku Chiryou (Japanese 5 Phase Meridian Therapy), Manaka systems, Kanpo and moxibustion.

  • Applied Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Clinic Supervisor
Tony Todd

Acupuncturist | Lecturer

Kirsten Germann qualified as an acupuncturist in 1994 after attending the acupuncture course at ICOM. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Since then she has been working at the Eastbourne Clinic of Natural Medicine and at the Chilston Clinic in Tunbridge Wells. She moved her Tunbridge Wells practise to Hamblys in Wadhurst in 2007. She has also been teaching and studying yoga for many years, travelling extensively to India to further her knowledge and is currently working on several charitable projects in South India. In recent years, Kirsten has been part of an Acupuncture Training Program in northern Myanmar (Burma), enabling local traditional doctors to use acupuncture as an effective tool to help their many patients.

  • Clinic Supervisor
Kirsten Germann

Acupuncturist | Lecturer

Bea Erler graduated from ICOM in 1994 with a Licentiate of Acupuncture and a Swedish Massage Diploma. She has continued her professional development by gaining a Diploma in Aromatherapy and Indian Head Massage and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at Greenwich University London. She has a special interest in Classical Chinese Medicine, which she has studied postgraduate with Joan Duveen, Roisin Golding and Peter Van Kervel. Since 2015 she has been teaching in the roles of Clinic Supervisor and Course leader for STC at ICOM.

Bea is an experienced practitioner, she has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 1994. From 1993 to 1995 she did voluntary work providing Acupuncture and Massage with Body Positive, Earls Court, London. In 1994 she opened and ran for two years The Freedom Clinic, a multidisciplinary Complementary Health Clinic in Camden, London. Then went on working for 6 years as an acupuncturist and masseur at London East Aids Network and since 2001 she has been practising Acupuncture and Massage at The Vale Practice, East Dulwich, London. Bea has enjoyed continuing her voluntary work, teaching Acupuncture in Wachet Jivitadana Sangha Hospital, Myanmar, in 2013, 2017 and 2018.

  • Clinic Supervisor
  • STC Course Leader
Bea Erler

Lic.Ac., PG. Cert. HE

 

Effie Love is an acupuncturist, a Vajrasati and Hatha yoga teacher and a massage therapist. Since graduating from ICOM she did extra training in Heilongjiang university of Chinese medicine in China, had a multi bed acupuncture clinic at the Dalai Lama’s Elder people’s home in India and worked at the Google offices in London as a Therapist.

She is also the owner of ‘About Balance’ a low-cost, fair trade wellbeing centre in the heart of Brighton where she shares the space with over 40 therapists and teachers.

  • Point Location 1

 

Effie Love

BSc (Hons)

Tom Watson was born and raised in London and has cultivated a lifelong interest in oriental movement and healing arts. As well as teaching at ICOM, Tom runs several busy acupuncture clinics in central and North London. He has a kind and intuitive treatment style and enjoys applying the principles of Chinese medicine to whatever walks into his clinic. Particular areas of expertise include migraines, muscular pain, sleep disorder and gynaecological health. Tom delights in helping patients restore balance. As well as working as a qualified acupuncturist at Triyoga he also teaches weekly qigong classes and runs regular retreats and workshops. He lives in North London with his wife and two daughters.

“Having come to my practice through the eastern martial art traditions, my dedication to qigong has led me to the study of acupuncture and healing. I love the precision of acupuncture, combined with its poetic theoretical basis. It connects us to our spirit but is firmly rooted in the physical body”

  • Point Location 1
Tom Watson

Acupuncture BSc (Hons) MBAcC Holistic Massage Dip (ITEC) Qi Gong Instructor

Tae-Hunn Lee trained at ICOM from 1999 to 2003 and has been in private full-time practice since then. His focus lies on 5 Element, Stems & Branches and Pulse Diagnosis. He has been deepening his understanding of these subjects and their practical application in clinic by studying with his main teacher and mentor Joan Duveen. He has also been studying Tai Chi, Nei Gung and Liu He Ba Fa with various teachers, his main teacher being Nathan Menaged. He has been teaching on these subjects since 2005 and his focus in both practice and teaching lies on the classical approach to Constitutional Acupuncture and the development of emotions, thoughts and consciousness and their importance in understanding human nature and life.

  • Point Location
  • Applied Chinese Medicine
Tae-Hunn Lee

Acupuncturist | Lecturer

Steve West is a fully trained acupuncturist graduating from ICOM in 2004. Steve is also a qualified massage and Reiki practitioner and a martial arts instructor. Steve has been in private practice since 2004 and primarily treats patients for pain relief/management, fertility, insomnia and anxiety related conditions.Steve has been teaching at ICOM since 2013 and primarily works with the weekend students in years 2 and 3.

  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal & Professional Development
Steve West

BSc.Lic.Ac.MAcSAc

Ninette Sapir is a very experienced acupuncturist and tutor: 1986-1990 ICOM; 1998-1999 Feng Shui and Earth Acupuncture; 2000-2003 Northern College of Acupuncture-post graduate; 2010-2011 University of Brighton- T&L in Higher Education; 2013  2 weeks in Shanghai China; 2015-   Northern College of Acupuncture- MSc Dissertation; Ongoing seminars with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee since 1987; 25 years of full time private clinic; 23 years lecturer at ICOM.

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal & Professional Development
Ninette Sapir

BAc, , PG Dip Ac. PG Cert

Rick Mudie has worked in natural health since 1997. He has a BSc degree from Edinburgh University, were he studied Psychology and Anthropology, and a BSc (Hons) in Oriental Medicine from Brighton University. In 1997 he began studying anatomy and physiology, completed a two-year diploma in therapeutic and remedial massage and started treating people, in a small clinic in Edinburgh.In 2000 Rick moved south to study acupuncture at ICOM and in 2004, after graduation, Rick started Sussex Acupuncture to provide high quality, traditional, acupuncture within Sussex and the South-East.From 2004 to 2008 he worked alongside Pauline van Buren, in her home clinic. Regularly sitting in with Pauline’s patients, Rick really began to understand the depth and power of Wu-Xing (Five-Element) diagnosis and treatment, and the value of Chinese pulse taking. At this same time, from 2005 to 2010, Rick worked within a tier 2, substance misuse, setting in London, treating vulnerable patients with a variety of mental health and substance misuse issues. There he trained in the NADA protocol. Since 2010 he has been working part-time as an acupuncture consultant at The Agora Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, in Hove. He currently works there 2 days a week and has general acupuncture practices in Brighton and Lewes.

  • Body Diagnosis
  • Clinic Supervisor
Rick Mudie

MBAcC, BSc (Hons) Oriental Medicine, BSc

Deborah Woolf has been in clinical practice and teaching since 2000, gaining her PGCert a year after starting teaching. She has expanded her knowledge and understanding by regular post graduate seminars of various world renowned teachers and acupuncturists, such as Elizabeth Rochat de la Vallee, Peter Firebrace, Bob Flaws, Joan Duveen, Peter van Kervel, Arnaud Versluys, Heiner Fruehauf, Jane Lyttleton and many more. Deborah is particularly interested in Classical Chinese and the Classical Chinese Medicine texts that are the basis of her teaching. In practice she is especially interested in women and children and psycho-emotional issues. Deborah has been lecturing in Chinese Medicine at ICOM for 15 years. She now co-runs and practices as an acupuncturist at a multi-bed Acupuncture clinic and multi-disciplinary complementary medicine practice in Brighton.

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal & Professional Development
Deborah Woolf

LicAc, MBAcC, MA

Suzi Broad originally trained in London as a Beauty and Massage therapist in 1999. She worked in Notting Hill Gate for Aveda as a beauty therapist and went on to study the Vodder Manual Lymphatic drainage technique. In 2002 she moved to Italy where she worked as a massage therapist at a renowned clinic in Florence and after two years at the prestigious boutique hotel Villa Mangiacane, as Spa Manager and Head Therapist. At this time she trained in Hot Stone massage which was extremely popular and worked with local artisan, herbal products. In 2008 she moved back to the UK to embark on her career in Acupuncture. Since graduating from ICOM acupuncture with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in 2012, Suzi now also works in the ICOM clinic as a practitioner.

  • Point Location
  • Chinese Medicine
Suzi Broad

LicAc MBAcC BSc (Hons)

Tom Ings teaches Point Location to Year 1 students. He has a BA in Geography, Environmental and Development Studies. He graduated top of his class at ICOM in 2007. He now practices Acupuncture at two multi-disciplinary clinics.

  • Applied Chinese Medicine
  • Point Location
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal and Professional development
Tom Ings

Acupuncturist | Lecturer

Roy Haitzin prior to studying acupuncture has been travelling extensively for 10 years in south America and the Indian subcontinent. Living with and exposure to diverse range of indigenous cultures have sparked a long lasting interest in human communication, cultural practices and belief systems. While living in India Roy was introduced to Chinese medical theory, which led to enrolment to ICOM.  Roy graduated from ICOM in 2008 and has been in practice since.In 2009, together with a fellow gradate, Roy established the Brighton Multibed Acupuncture Clinic’- an affordable community acupuncture clinic in Kemp-Town, Brighton.In 2013 Roy joined the western medicine faculty In ICOM as the physiology course coordinator and anatomy lecturer.

  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
Roy Haitzin

BSc (Hons)

Stéphane Espinosa teaches research skills at ICOM where he graduated in 2013. Since then, he has practiced acupuncture in a cruise ship spa, in Ecuador and Switzerland, and enjoys consultancy work in international traditional medicine projects.

Stéphane has an extensive and varied background with diplomas ranging from space physics to engineering and Zen shiatsu that he learned while living in Japan and practices for the past 15 years. He has a keen interest in basic and clinical research and the status of acupuncture research evidence, and is enthusiastic to convey to acupuncture students and practitioners the relevance and importance of having up-to-date knowledge in that field.

  • Research Skills

 

Stéphane Espinosa

LicAc, MBAcC, PhD, Msc, MEng, BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

Shelley Osborne-Shaw has studied and worked in the natural healthcare industry for the last 18 years. She originally qualified as a Holistic therapist in 2000 after studying natural healing techniques as well as Reflexology and Aromatherapy; during this time she also studied Stress management and Counselling skills. Through her interest in the meridian system, Acupuncture was a natural progression and she went on to establish her own private practice from home, Livewell Acupuncture, in 2009.  She has completed various CPD courses including Peter van Kervel’s East meets West course and the ICOM study trip to China in 2011. She has a particular passion for treating emotional imbalances, and works mainly on a one – one level with her patients supporting deep transformational change.

  • Clinic Supervisor
Shelley Osborne-Shaw

Acupuncture Bsc Hons. MBAcC