Our Practitioners

All of our acupuncturists are 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.

Elio is the Principal of the International College of Oriental Medicine.

He strongly believes that acupuncture can be the answer to the crisis affecting all evolved health systems globally; a modern answer with old roots; a medicine that put patients again at the centre of the clinical stage treating them as individuals and consequently guiding them towards taking responsibility for their health needs. For this reason he has been deepening his understanding of the classics and feels part of the variegated movement defined as Classical Chinese Medicine, led by scholars like Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, Dr. Liu Lihong and Jeffrey Yuen. However, his main area of interest is the study of the BaZi 八字 and their clinical applications.

As all ICOM practitioners Elio is a General Acupuncture Practitioner and treats a broad range of conditions. More details here.

In 2010 he founded the Icommunity project a multibed clinical setting which tried to address the needs of our community in terms of frequency and affordability of treatments still maintaining the same accuracy, care and attention to detail, which are the trademark of ICOM.

He has been practicing liu he ba fa (六合八法 ) – an ancient form of Tai Chi – for more than 25 years

Elio Basagni


Sarah qualified from the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in 1995. Since then she has grown a strong reputation as an Acupuncturist locally in East Grinstead and gained further qualifications in Herbal Medicine from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in 2000 and as a Teacher in 2009 (from Brighton University).

Sarah has lectured on many courses at ICOM since 2008 and is currently the Course Coordinator for the Practical Clinical aspect of the course. She specialises in Facial Acupuncture, Women’s hormonal issues, Gynaecology, Fertility and Pregnancy.

Since 2018 she has taken the role of Clinic Director at ICOM with the aim to promote the clinic to the wider community and raise the profile of the incredible centre of Acupuncture excellence that is ICOM.

As an original member of Zita West’s national network of affiliated acupuncturists Sarah has undergone extensive training and post graduate courses to offer treatments that support conception and a healthy pregnancy. She has also trained under the renown Facial Acupuncturist, Paul Adkins.

Sarah Major LicAc. MBAcC. PGCert (LTHE)

Acupuncturist, Director of Clinic

Tom Ings is Director of Studies at ICOM and has taught across various modules at ICOM since 2008. 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 and is the head of the academic consultation board at ICOM.

Tom Ings


Ruth graduated from the International College of Oriental Medicine with a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree, where she now teaches as well as practising as an acupuncturist. She is a fully certified member of the British Acupuncture Council.

In common with all practitioners at ICOM Ruth is a general acupuncturist treating a wide range of conditions. She has a particular interest in the increasing scientific evidence for the way that everyday stress affects the immune system and is a factor in a wide variety of chronic health conditions. She believes strongly in classical acupuncture’s holistic approach to maintaining health, including through regulation of the body’s stress response mechanism.

Ruth also practises from a clinic near Battle in East Sussex.

Ruth Bell


Suzi Broad graduated from ICOM with a First Class (Hons) degree in Acupuncture and has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 2012. She works from the ICOM clinic and the River Clinic in Lewes.

She is passionate about a holistic approach to health and the power of acupuncture to treat a broad range of conditions. Suzi has a particular interest in women’s health and the support that acupuncture can give during both emotionally and physically.

Originally trained as a Beauty and Massage therapist in 1999, she has since completed courses in the Vodder Manual Lymphatic drainage technique, Hot stone massage and Facial Enhancement Acupuncture.

Suzi Broad

Acupuncture, Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Facial Enhancement Acupuncture

Alison was awarded a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Acupuncture with Greenwich University, having studied a three-year full-time degree at the prestigious International College of Oriental Medicine. Alison incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element and classical constitutional approaches in her acupuncture treatments. She is also a member of the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Her special areas of interest include musculo-skeletal pain and anxiety related disorders.

Alison has been working as a therapist since 1994 with massage, reflexology and aromatherapy and has specialised in sports & remedial massage and advanced soft tissue therapy, working alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors in Asia, Spain and the UK. She has been teaching at LSSM since 2011 and is course leader for the ICOM/LSSM massage course which we run every year.

Alison Dalziel


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).

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.

Bethan Dixon

Acupuncture, Massage and Bodywork, Facial (Holistic) Acupuncture

Harry Freedman studied at The International College of Oriental Medicine and graduated with a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree.  

His aim in practice and in life is to become more connected with the concepts of Classical Chinese Medicine in order to use tools such as acupuncture to their greatest potential. 

Harry also practises acupuncture at a multidisciplinary clinic in Croydon.

Harry Freedman


Kirsten Germann qualified as an acupuncturist in 1994 from 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 has 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: 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 cannot 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.

Kirsten Germann

Acupuncture and Facial (Holistic) Acupuncture

Ping was born in a small rural village in the south east of mainland China. She grew up in Hong Kong where Chinese Medicine has been an integral part of people’s lives. As a child, she observed her grandfather using herbs, acupressure and gua sha techniques in treating ailments of his own and his family. She moved to the U.K. in 2003 and later went to ICOM to study acupuncture. Presently she practises acupuncture in Forest Row, East Grinstead and Crawley. Apart from her private clinics, she also supports cancer patients on their recovery journeys for Macmillan (Queen Victoria Hospital) and The Olive Tree (Crawley Hospital). 
Since graduation, she has been supporting patients from all walks of lives with a wide range of conditions such as cancers, auto-immune diseases, gynaecology, anxiety, menopause, fertility, depression etc. She often combines other Chinese medicine therapies such as Tui Na massage, cupping, moxibustion, acupressure, gua sha etc., together with acupuncture in treatments to achieve better therapeutic results. 
For her, acupuncture and the above mentioned therapies are not just mere tools to resolve illnesses. She also believes that by sharing her knowledge with her patients to understand the philosophy underlies the Chinese Medicine can help to achieve a wider balance in one’s physical and emotional health in life. 
Ping Ho 何平

Acupuncture, Facial Acupuncture

Jocelyne has diverse treatment skills often combining the benefits of acupuncture, aromatherapy, essential oil energetics, and specialist massage in a single treatment. Jocelyne treats patients with stress-related issues, emotional problems and muscular-skeletal problems and 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. She went on to study aromatherapy and massage. She 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.

Jocelyne Houghton

Acupuncture, Massage, Aromatherapy

Galit Hughes graduated from ICOM in 1994. She enjoys working with people with wide variety of conditions and uses an integrated approach to help then in their journey to health. As an acupuncturist, she now practices and teaches Acupuncture at ICOM. She runs two successful natural therapy centres in Sussex namely, Gaia Natural Health and Horam Natural Therapy Centre from which she also practices.

Galit has a particular interest in Acupuncture for Fertility and was trained by Zita West in London. She loves treating children (no need to use needles if they don’t want me to) and she is particularly adept at massage, having been the course leader for massage in the past at ICOM.

Galit is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and an Inner Guidance/Dance Facilitator. She is the author of  ‘Baby Massage – A Comprehensive Step-by Step Guide’.

Galit Hughes

Acupuncture, Massage, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Madina Palmos qualified with a BSc Honours degree from the ICOM and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Prior to her journey into the world of acupuncture, Madi worked as a Western medical doctor. She obtained a Degree in Medicine (USSR) and a PhD in Dermatology (Uzbekistan).

She likes to keep up to date and expand her knowledge by continuing her studies in acupuncture, and has done courses on facial acupuncture, fertility as well as training with Peter Van Kervel in acupuncture for cancer patients. Madi works with cancer patients at the Macmillan centre, Queen Victoria Hospital. She has also helped Peter Van Kervel with the translation of his book Stems and Branches into the Russian language.

Madi is passionate about holistic medicine and personal growth and has qualified as a life coach and spiritual counsellor which she incorporates to compliment her acupuncture treatments.

Madina Palmos

Acupuncture and Facial Enhancement Acupuncture

Since 2007 Ivan has been treating people affected by any type of cancer and the side effects of their treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy) at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, Crawley Hospital.

He has dealt with a wide variety of pathologies, syndromes and complications always with the intention of treating the individual, trying to follow the teaching of the Classics of Acupuncture as they have been passed down mainly by Joan Duveen.

He has a considerable experience in treating people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Ivan studied acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the International College of Oriental Medicine, graduated with honours in 2006 and has obtained a diploma in Swedish/Therapeutic massage.

He is certified NADA practitioner. [NADA: National Acupuncture Detoxification Association – Detox Acupuncture]

Fully insured and licensed.

Ivan Peron

Acupuncture and Massage

Rebecca Wheatley is a licensed Acupuncturist and Aromatherapist. She completed her acupuncture training at the International College of Oriental Medicine and graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree. 

Rebecca first trained in Chinese Medicine principles in 1995 as an Aromatherapist and this unique combination of Chinese Medicine, Acupressure and Essential oils have been an integral part of her life and practice since. She also trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked within the NHS for 6 years, which gave her a deeper understanding of chronic and acute conditions from a Western perspective.

Over her years in practice she has worked holistically with a wide variety of pathologies, integrating her diverse skills into her treatments, including rehabilitative advice where appropriate and oil blends to support the healing process at home. Rebecca has additionally trained in Scalp acupuncture, which she primarily uses to support neurological conditions.

Rebecca treats at the ICOM Clinic as well as running her own clinic in Ashurst Wood. She is an Acupuncture teacher at ICOM as well as teaching and educating privately on the use of essential oils to manage health naturally.

Rebecca Wheatley

Acupuncture, Massage and Aromatherapy; Facial Acupuncture and Micro Needle Therapy