Sarah began studying acupuncture in 1991 and graduated from the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in 1995. Since then she has practised continually and has developed a strong reputation as a general practitioner in the field of women’s health. She has gained further qualifications in massage and herbal medicine from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in 2000, and as a teacher in 2009 (from Brighton University).
Sarah has led and lectured on various undergraduate courses at ICOM, including Point Location, Applied Chinese Medicine and Practical Clinic modules, across all three years of the training course. She has hosted numerous CPD training programmes for qualified acupuncturists to enhance their practice to treat issues related to gynaecology, fertility and pregnancy.
In her academic capacity Sarah assisted in editing the college’s points manual and was instrumental in the development of a new (weekend course) curriculum.
Sarah has gained an excellent reputation for treating couples experiencing problems in conceiving naturally, as well as supporting IVF treatment. She has helped hundreds of women achieve a healthy and successful pregnancy and birth. Using adjunctive acupuncture techniques such as cupping and moxibustion Sarah is very experienced in considering each case individually, addressing not only the physical issues but working with other aspects of her patient's nutritional, muscular, psychological and emotional health.
Sarah also specialises in facial acupuncture including Micro Needle Therapy (MNT), an remarkable facial rejuvenation technique which boosts the skins production of collagen for noticeable results.
From 2018 until 2021 she undertook the role of Clinic Director at ICOM with the aim to promote the clinic to the wider community. She project managed a total refurbishment of the college clinic in 2019.
In her capacity as a board member (for both the BAcC and ICOM) Sarah aims to support the work of both institutions to uphold good ethics, working practices and education in the profession.
Sarah has been involved in a training programme for traditional doctors in Myanmar (Burma) where she travelled in 2018 and 2019 to educate and support the development of an acupuncture training college. Sarah worked to help train traditional doctors within the Wachet Jivitadana Sangha Hospital in Sagang, seeing up to 130 patients per day receiving acupuncture treatment. This exciting programme will be expanded to offer an exchange opportunity, whereby graduates of ICOM will be able to work within the hospital and at the Archariya Metta Acupuncture Training Centre in Mandalay.
As an original member of Zita West’s national network of affiliated fertility support Acupuncturists, Sarah has completed extensive postgraduate training to enhance her practice and has trained with the renowned Facial acupuncturist, Paul Adkins.