All of our acupuncturists are ‘general ‘ practitioners of traditional Chinese acupuncture and thus qualified to treat a wide range of conditions. They continue to enhance their skills and knowledge of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture through Continued Professional Development. Several of our senior acupuncture practitioners teach at our acupuncture college or are involved with the acupuncture profession at a national level.
Director of the clinic
Sam Patel is Joint Principal and Director of Clinic at ICOM. He has been practising and teaching Acupuncture at ICOM for more than 13 years. He sits on the British Acupuncture Council Paediatric Policy Group, and undertakes site visits for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB). He also runs his own private practice in Surrey, specialising in Fertility, Pregnancy and Paediatrics.
Acupuncture and Body Work
Elio Basagni teaches Point location I and II and Chinese Medicine II.
At the college clinic he also runs the I-COMmunity acupuncture project with the aim to promote the art of Acupuncture making it more accessible and affordable thanks to a multi-bed setting.
He was awarded a BSc degree with first class honours in Oriental Medicine – Acupuncture by the University of Brighton, having completed a four year full time course at the International College of Oriental Medicine where he also gained a Therapeutic Massage diploma.
He feels part of the emerging movement, defined as Classical Chinese Medicine, led by scholars like Jeffrey Yuen, Heiner Fruehauf and Dr. Liu Lihong calling for a re-evaluation of Chinese medicine based on focusing on the classics, especially the canonical writings of the huang di nei jing ( 黃帝內經 – the yellow emperor inner canon)
He has been practicing liu he ba fa (六合八法 ) – an ancient form of Tai Chi – for more than 18 years and he is now teaching it at the college on Monday evenings.
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.
Acupuncture and Massage
Rebecca Wheatley trained at the International College of Oriental Medicine and graduated with a First Class BSc Honours degree. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Rebecca has worked within a therapeutic setting for 18 years. She ran a busy Aromatherapy and Acupressure practice and completed a BSc in Occupational Therapy to develop a deeper understanding of more chronic conditions. Following this she worked within the NHS in a Community Rehabilitation Team working with patients with a wide range of physical disabilities, developing specialist experience particularly in Neurological conditions. She now occasionally takes Locum posts, and wants very much to see Acupuncture working alongside Western trained professionals within the NHS.
Rebecca brings her knowledge and experience to her Acupuncture treatments, and works at the ICOM clinic as both an Acupuncturist and Aromatherapist.
Acupuncture and Massage
Jocelyn has diverse treatment skills. She has developed her own unique style, often combining the benefits of acupuncture, aromatherapy, essential oil energetics, and specialist massage in a single treatment, dependant on the treatment aim. As well as treating all general health issues, Jocelyn commonly treats patients with stress-related issues, emotional problems and muscular-skeletal problems. She also works a lot with patients that are having fertility and pregnancy related imbalances. Jocelyn has attended post-graduate courses on the use of acupuncture in sports injuries, pregnancy and infertility, and gained certification in pregnancy massage and Tui Na techniques.
She began working as a complementary therapist in 1998, when she first qualified as a massage practitioner. She went on to study aromatherapy the following year. Her learning continued in meridian massage with Martin Stubbs in 1999 and Chi Nei Tsang Chinese abdominal massage with Marie Brain in 2003, where a longstanding passion for eastern philosophy grew. This training led herto complete a four year BSc Honours degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM). I qualified and became a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in 2010. She has had the privilege of studying with many great teachers, researched, travelled and worked in many different health care settings including hospitals, hospices and worked as a surgical auxiliary nurse at the Horder Centre.
Today, as well as teaching massage and practising at the International College of Oriental Medicine, Jocelyn has established natural health clinics in East and West Sussex. She is a fully licensed and insured practitioner.
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 14 years experience as an acupuncturist, over 16 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 13 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 Cannon).
Jinal is also an avid meditator and practices Dao Yin and Qi Gong and is interested in Yoga and ancient Indian philosophies.
Acupuncture, Massage and Bodywork
Bethan is a licensed acupuncturist, qualifying with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Acupuncture from the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), (University of Greenwich). She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK’s foremost regulatory body.
When treating, as well as examining presenting symptoms, Bethan uses body diagnosis and will take into account both congenital factors and the individual constitution of the patient, in order to establish the best treatment strategy. She will also look at lifestyle and diet and can offer nutritional advice based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. A qualified massage therapist, Bethan often uses massage and bodywork when treating patients and incorporates moxibustion and cupping where appropriate. She has pursued continuous professional development (CPD) in a number of areas including: Chinese Medicine nutrition, muscular skeletal conditions, women’s health and pregnancy.
Bethan practices classical acupuncture and is committed to CPD in this area, studying the teachings of the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon) and traditional Chinese characters; their origin and context in Chinese classic medical texts. She has a keen interest in the preservation of the traditional principles that provide the foundation for Chinese Medicine.
Rob Hughes is ICOM Acupuncture Course Coordinator for Chinese Medicine year 2. A very experienced practitioner, he graduated from the International College of Oriental Medicine in 1993, now having more than 20 years experience practising and teaching Acupuncture.
Rob is also the BAcC Regional Group coordinator for East Sussex and runs their quarterly meeting groups.
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.
Kirsten enjoys working with clients for a broad range of conditions, ie: allergies, asthma, migraines, hormonal disturbances, depression, cravings, addictions, muscular injuries and pain, chronic conditions like arthritis, MS, paralysis, nerve related pain, the after effects of stroke and also complex conditions that can not yet be diagnosed or helped by orthodox medicine, as well as general balancing. She particularly enjoys working with children.
Kirsten also offers courses of facial rejuvenation acupuncture.
Galit Hughes has more than 17 years experience as an acupuncturist. Having graduated from ICOM in 1993, she taught also Chinese Medicine in Israel after her studies at the International College of Oriental Medicine.
As an acupuncturist, Galit now practices and teaches Acupuncture in the ICOM Acupuncture Clinic. Galit Hughes and her husband Rob also own two successful Natural Therapy centres in Sussex namely,Gaia, in Forest Row and Horum Natural Therapy Centre.
Galit has a particular interest in Acupuncture for Fertilily, having treated many people in regards to this. Galit is also particularly adept at massage, having been the module leader for massage in the past at ICOM.
Besides being an acupuncturist, Galit is also the author of ‘Baby Massage – A Comprehensive Step-by Step Guide’.
Valia Dimaraki with a background in Paralympic Sport and other major events, has a keen interest in treating acute as much as chronic health problems, which was also the subject area of her dissertation.
Following a month volunteering in Nepal in a multi-bed clinic where patients came as they would to an A&E or GP Practice, she had the opportunity to treat a large range of patients from toddlers to elderly, to see the strength of acupuncture for acute conditions (injuries, fevers, acute inflammatory, skin and other conditions) and to deepen further her understanding of Chinese Medicine. Since 2012, she also volunteers once a week at a rehabilitation centre in Camden offering group therapy auricular acupuncture.
In addition to acupuncture she is a keen bodywork practitioner seeing them as complimentary practices and also offers massage at ICOM. Valia also practices in London.