Your Teachers

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

Penny Kharroubi is Joint Principal and Company Secretary to the ICOM Board, responsible for the business and strategic development of the college and curriculum, with particular responsibility for, and interest in, teaching and learning strategies, assessment policy and student support. With a degree in Education and French, and a trained teacher, Penny also spent 14 years managing a Treasury department in a City merchant bank, including a position as Assistant Director.She works closely with ICOM’s partners – University of Greenwich, the British Acupuncture Council and associated educational accreditation board (BAAB), as well as UK Higher Education regulators including the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

  • Study Skills
Penny Karroubi

BA Hons, PGCE

Sam Patel is Joint Principal and Director of Clinic at ICOM. He has been practising and teaching Acupuncture at ICOM and internationally for more than 14 years and External Examiners role at three different institutions . Currently Vice President of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and previous professional activity with the British Acupuncture Council Paediatric Policy Group, site visitor for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB), conference speaker in the UK, China, Finland and Israel . He also runs his own private practice in Surrey, specialising in Tropical Disease, Fertility, Pregnancy and Paediatrics.

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal and Professional Development
Sam Patel

Lic.Ac MBAcC PGCAP

Elio Basagni has been Week End Course Programme Leader since 2012. He has been practising and teaching 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 had 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 Development
Elio Basagni

MBAcC, LIC Ac PGCert (LTHE)

Sarah Major 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)

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

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

Anna Konkourowich has been practicing Acupuncture for more than 20 years and teaching ICOM students for nearly as long. She is also trained in nutrition and diet, allergy testing, meditation and qi gong. Prior to training as an acupuncturist, she received a degree in Art History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Isreal. Anna is a Clinic Supervisor and practices in the Acupuncture Clinic at ICOM.

  • Clinic Supervisor
Anna Konkourowich

Acupuncturist | Lecturer

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

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

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)

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

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

Rob Hughes graduated from ICOM in 1993 and has been enthusiastically involved with the acupuncture profession ever since. He has enjoyed many years as a successful clinic practitioner, lecturer and course coordinator. He was instrumental in the development of ICOM’s degree programme, particularly through it’s initial validation and accreditation years. Later he also became involved with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and was as a member of it’s former Executive Committee (EC) and also the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB).Rob is also a BAcC Regional Group coordinator for the Ashdown Forest Group in East Sussex.

  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Personal & Professional Development
Rob Hughes

MBAcC

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

Helena Greenwood, with a first degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University before completing a second Honours degree to qualify as a Registered Osteopath, has herself completed three dissertations in the course of her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, with publication arising from two of them. This rigorous and extensive scientific background as well as the challenges of completing two dissertations in a complementary therapy (Osteopathy) leaves Helena well-placed to support ICOM’s undergraduates through their  three year Research Studies course to completion and potential publication. Although Helena has a busy private practice, she has been involved in osteopathic education for over 10 years, initially at undergraduate level, more recently at postgraduate level and has supervised dissertations for osteopathic undergraduates in the past. Helena is currently an External Examiner for the University of Wales for an Honours degree course in Osteopathy at the Instituto Superiore di Osteopatia, Milan.

  • Research Studies
Helena Greenwood

MA Cantab, BScHons (Ost), PgDip

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, Suzie now also works in the ICOM clinic as a practitioner.

  • Point Location
  • Chinese Medicine
Suzi Broad

LicAc MBAcC BSc (Hons)

Francesca Diebschlag graduated from ICOM in 1988. She also holds qualifications in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Complementary Health Studies, and Body-Centred Psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in the Yi Jing (I Ching), and facilitates extracurricular Yi Jing study groups in East Grinstead and Brighton. She practices Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Psychotherapy at her own private practice in West Sussex. Cesca teaches ICOM acupuncture students about the Therapeutic Relationship as part of their Personal and Professional Development.

  • Personal & Professional Development
Francesca Diebschlag

Lecturer | Acupuncturist | Chinese Herbalist | Psychotherapist

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

Robert McCoy originally qualified as an osteopath with a Diploma of Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy in 1988. Subsequently, he upgraded his qualifications with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and an MSc also in Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. He also completed a Post-graduate Certificate in Academic and Clinical Education. Robert has been teaching and lecturing at undergraduate level for 16 years, and examining at final year level since 2000. He started to lecture on the Research and Statistics module at ICOM in 2011 on the April start pathway.

  • Research Skills
Robert McCoy

D.O., BSc(Hons), MSc