Dip.Ac. (Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland)
Lic.Ac. (Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland)
Dip.CHM (Northern College of Acupuncture, York)
Certificate in Healthcare Support (FETAC Level 5)
Member of Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA), the Association of Chinese Herbalists of Ireland (ACHI), and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RHCM).
Ever since I decided to work in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I have been careful to ensure that all training programmes and institutions I attended were recognised internationally, according to the best standards available at the time. For example, all my qualifications are recognised in countries throughout the European Union, and by such prestigious bodies as the World Health Organisation. I maintain continued professional development by attending courses and seminars in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and am a regular reader of the world’s foremost academic journal in this area. I also am a member of internationally recognised professional associations that monitor standards within the practice of acupuncture (AFPA) and Chinese herbalism (ACHI & RCHM).
I qualified in Acupuncture in 2001, by studying an intensive three-year programme with the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland. After that diploma, I gained the Licenciate of Acupuncture via the Foundation’s relationship with the First Affiliated Hospital of the Medical University of Nanjing in China. I spent several weeks there, both in the main hospital and in the associated Research Centre, which specialises in exploring how Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine can complement one another.
For three years I travelled between Ireland and York (northern England) to attend the programme in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine run by the Northern College of Acupuncture. In 2005 I graduated with the Northern College’s Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine, and the following year with the college’s postgraduate diploma.
I began practicing as an acupuncturist in 2001, working from my home in Trim, Co. Meath, and was qualified to write herbal prescriptions from 2005 onwards. At that time my clinic was known as Trim TCM. In 2009 I moved the practice to a flat I rent in the courtyard of Drewstown House, since when the practice has been known as Agape Chinese Medicine.