Acupuncture Practitioners

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.

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 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


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


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


Galit Hughes has more than 25 years’ experience as an acupuncturist. Having graduated from ICOM in 1993, she also taught 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. Galit Hughes runs two successful Natural Therapy centres in Sussex namely, Gaia and Horum Natural Therapy Centre.

Galit has a particular interest in Acupuncture for Fertility, and has successfully treated many with this condition. 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’.

Galit Hughes

Acupuncture, Baby Massage

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

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.

Rebecca Wheatley

Acupuncture, Massage and Aromatherapy

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

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

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 Ho 何平 was born in a small rural village in the south east of mainland China. She grew up in Hong Kong where Chinese Medicine is an integral part of people’s lives. As a child, she observed her grandfather using herbs, acupressure and gua sha techniques in treating ailments. She moved to the UK in 2003 and later studied acupuncture at ICOM. 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 life 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 helping her patients to understand the philosophy underlying Chinese Medicine, she can help them to achieve a better balance in their physical and emotional health.

Ping Ho 何平


For 12 years Ivan has practiced acupuncture to support people affected by any type of cancer and the side effects of invasive treatment and drug therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy) at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, next to Crawley Hospital in West Sussex. He has also dealt with a wide variety of pathologies, syndromes and complications and has a considerable experience in treating people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Ivan has successfully helped both men and women to become fertile and to conceive.
Ivan Peron


Other practitioners at ICOM

Juliette offers Counselling & Psychotherapy at the International College Of Oriental Medicine. Her experience includes working with adults, young people and children both within private practice, the NHS, crime reduction initiatives and within schools. For over 10 years Juliette ran a successful practice in West Sussex as a Physical Therapist working with adults, young people and children to treat physical symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and injury. In 2012 she undertook four years of training in psychotherapy at The Wealden Institute. Her aim is to provide you with an environment that is safe, non-judgemental and secure, offering you the opportunity to speak freely, feel heard and make positive changes.  Finding the right Therapist who works in a way that suits you is key to a successful outcome, therefore Juliette offers an initial complimentary half hour session to meet with you and discuss your needs with no obligation. Juliette Willett

Counselling and Psychotherapy