Your Teachers

Passionate about helping students to achieve their best, we are fortunate to have a large group of highly qualified and professional individuals to deliver a comprehensive, rigorous and personalised training in acupuncture. 

Our teachers are also specialists or practitioners in their own fields, mostly in acupuncture but also in osteopathy, clinical psychology and other areas of Chinese Medicine or conventional medicine. Teachers are also tutors and clinic supervisors and this, together with relatively small class sizes, provides students with a high level of personal student support and attention.


Elio has practised and taught Liu He Ba Fa (六合八法) under the guide of the Daoist Master J. W. Shadow since 1993.  He 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, since 2010. Elio 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. Elio teaches: Point Location, Chinese Medicine, Personal & Professional Development and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Elio Basagni


Director of Studies

Tom Ings is the Director of Studies at ICOM. After graduating in 2007 with a first class honors degree he joined the faculty in 2008 and has been teaching at ICOM ever since. He runs a busy multi-bed community acupuncture clinic in Brighton and also practices in the college. His strong interest is in the psychology of Chinese medicine, in its potential to help patients live more freely and more wisely. It becomes increasingly evident that our state of mind is of paramount importance to our sense of well-being. He is passionate about the possibilities Chinese Medicine has to help in this sphere. Tom teaches across the curriculum including on: Point Location, Chinese Medicine, Practical Clinic and Professional Development.

Tom Ings


Clinic Director

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 in East Grinstead where she headed 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. Sarah teaches: Applied Chinese Medicine and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Sarah Major

MBAcC, LicAc PGCert (LTHE)

Academic Advisory Board

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. Robert teaches Western Medicine: Pathology.

Robert Elliott


Tony has been practising acupuncture and moxibustion since 2000. He also practises Chinese herbal medicine, shiatsu, and lectures internationally for the Institute of Classics and East Asian Medicine (ICEAM). Since graduating from ICOM in 2000 he has continued to study with leading teachers in the UK, Europe and Japan.This has included training in Manaka style acupuncture as well as Japanese meridian therapy and Korean Hand Acupuncture. Since 2003 he has been a member of the European Branch of the Toyohari association and in 2005 undertook training in Kanpo (Japanese herbalism), followed by further studies in Chinese Herbal medicine, specialising in Shanghan Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue with Arnaud Versluys and the ICEAM. In 2013-4 he completed studies in Internal and External Chinese Medicine with Andrew Nugent-Head. Tony teaches Applied Chinese Medicine, Chinese Medicine and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Tony Todd

Lic.Ac., MBAcC, MSc, BSc (Hons) Oriental Medicine Acupuncture, PG Cert, MRCHM

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. Deborah teaches Chinese Medicine, Personal & Professional Development and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Deborah Woolf

LicAc, MBAcC, MA

Programme Committee

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

Ruth Bell

BSc Hons MBAcC LicAc

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. Suzi teaches: Point Location and Chinese Medicine.

Suzi Broad


Alison Dalziel was awarded a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Acupuncture with Greenwich University, and 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 also course leader for the ICOM/LSSM massage course which we run every year. She is 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 teaches: Point Location.

Alison Dalziel

BSc (Hons), Lic.Ac., MBAcC

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.

Bea is a Clinic Supervisor and STC Course Leader.

Bea Erler

Lic.Ac., PG. Cert. HE

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 is a Clinic Supervisor.

Kirsten Germann

Acupuncturist | Lecturer

Prior to studying Acupuncture, Roy Haitzin travelled extensively for 10 years in South America and the Indian subcontinent. Living with, and exposure to, diverse range of indigenous cultures has 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 his enrolment to study at ICOM.  Roy graduated from ICOM in 2008 and has been in practice since then. 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 at ICOM as the Physiology Course Coordinator and the Anatomy lecturer. Roy teaches Physiology and Anatomy.

Roy Haitzin

BSc (Hons)

Galit Hughes was born in Jerusalem, Israel and trained as a Swedish massage therapist there in 1988. From 1990 to 1994 Galit trained to become an Acupuncturist at ICOM, and became a member of the British Acupuncture Council. After graduating she married her British husband, Rob, and had 3 beautiful children, now young adults. From 1995 she taught and practised Acupuncture at MEDICINE Acupuncture College in Tel-Aviv. Currently Galit teaches Acupuncture at ICOM and runs acupuncture clinics from Horam Natural Therapy Centre, Gaia Natural Health and ICOM as well as facilitating Inner Guidance workshop and one-to-one sessions from her home studio and via video calls. Galit is the author of  ‘Baby Massage – A Comprehensive Step-by Step Guide’, published in 2000.

She is also a qualified Hypnotherapist, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, Inner Dance and Inner Guidance Facilitator and Access Bar Practitioner. She has been dancing since a very young age and did a GCSE in classical and modern dance. As well as teaching belly dance for many years, she now incorporates dance and movement in her workshops. Galit is a Clinic Supervisor at ICOM.

Galit Hughes

Lic.Ac., MBAcC

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. Effie teaches Point Location 1.

Effie Love

BSc (Hons)

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. Rick teaches Body Diagnosis and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Rick Mudie

MBAcC, BSc (Hons) Oriental Medicine, BSc

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. Ninette teaches Chinese Medicine, Personal & Professional Development and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Ninette Sapir

BAc, PG Dip Ac. PG Cert

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.  Jinal teaches Needle techniques and is a Clinic Supervisor.

Jinal Shah

Lic.Ac. MBAcC

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”

Tom teaches TCM

Tom Watson

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

Juliette Willett offers Counselling and Psychotherapy at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM). Her experience includes working with adults, couples and children (aged 13+), both within private practice, the NHS, as part of 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 Psychology Institute. Juliette teaches Personal & Professional Development.

Juliette Willett

Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (4 years) Dip (TA Practice)