Acupuncture Lecturers

Our lecturers have all known and worked with each other for years and leapt at the chance to put together the course that they wish they had all studied on!

Paul Johnson

Acupuncture Course Leader

  • LicAc, MBAcC, LicOHM, MRCHM, BA (Hons), PGCertLTHE, AHEA
  • Anatomical and Energetic Structures (AES) Co-ordinator
  • Chinese Medicine Theory (CMT) Lecturer
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Chinese Medicine Practice 1 (CMP1) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in private practice
  • Qualified Higher Education (HE) teacher
  • World Health Organisation consultant on “Standards of Terminologies on Chinese Medicine”

Paul has taught acupuncture for over a decade and brings a real sense of commitment to making complex skills and ideas as accessible as possible. He combines a deep understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a thorough, hands-on approach to Higher Education.
A presenter on “How To Locate Acupuncture Points – the Definitive DVD”, Paul has had articles printed in The Chinese Medicine Times, CAM Magazine, Lifescape, and Yoga magazine amongst others.

“I first had acupuncture to cure a long-standing problem that was preventing me from delivering the projects I was working on as an illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics. After months of pain I found myself back at work after just two acupuncture treatments! Having treatment on-and-off for several years was such a life-changing experience for me that I decided that I wanted to retrain and be able to help people in the way that I had been helped. As much as I loved my previous career, I’ve never looked back. I love my new life and feel privileged to be able to work with so many people in such a profound way.”
Our teaching staff met when they all taught together at the London College Of Traditional Medicine and Oriental Medicine (LCTA). Their passion for the subject they teach meant that they leapt at the opportunity to work together again!

Anne-Sophie Morel

  • PhD (Immunology), BSc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC, Dip Tui Na
  • Anatomical and Energetic Structures (AES) Lecturer
  • Experienced undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer
  • Acupuncturist and Tui Na practitioner in private practice

Anne-Sophie has previously worked in medical research in the private and public sector, most recently at Imperial College.  She has also taught at BSc, MSc and PhD level before retraining as an acupuncturist, Tai Chi instructor, and Tui Na practitioner. She brings a unique mix of Western and Chinese Medicine and educational skills to her role with passion and integrity.

“I have always been curious to make sense of the world.  A scientist by training my journey so far has taken me from the microscopic reductionist world of Western Medicine into a world preoccupied with the interactions between all things and at all levels.  Through her studies in Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi, and Chinese Medicine a new perspective on the world has and continues to be a true inspiration. Being able to share this vision with students and patients alike, and help them take one more step on their journey is both wondrous and joyful.  Best job in the world! However I haven’t left my scientific roots behind;

Chinese Medicine is both an art and a science; enabling the patient to heal comes both from the heart and the head, a perfect balance between compassion and reasoning. The (life-long) journey there is certainly challenging, but also enriching and exciting, and I am loving every step of it.

Anand Marshall

  • BSc, LicAc, Dip Kanpo, MBAcC, MRCHM
  • Acupuncture Clinic (AC) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice and the NHS
  • Chinese Medicine Practice 2 (CMP2) Co-ordinator

Anand Marshall qualified as a Traditional Acupuncturist from the London School of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and as a Kanpo Herbalist (Japanese herbalist) from the Japanese Herbal Medicine apprenticeship course. He undertook post-graduate training in Japanese Acupuncture with Dr Stephen Birch.
“Before I qualified as a practitioner I worked as a senior social worker in Children’s Families teams and later in a Youth Offending team. As much as I valued this job I realised it was not a career that I could envisage undertaking for the rest of my life.

Due to the stressful nature of my job I developed pains and sleep problems and out of desperation sought the help of an acupuncturist. Within a few sessions my energy increased, my pain reduced and I was sleeping well. After a few more years of occasional treatments I decided to embark on my new career and have never looked back!
Since 2001 I have been working in Westminster as part of an NHS complementary medicine service – the first of its kind in Britain –where I treat GP-referred patients suffering from insomnia, menstrual problems, peripheral joint pains and muscular skeletal conditions.”

Dr. Shelley Berlinsky

  • MD, LicAc, MBAcC, LicOHM,MRCHM
  • Western Medical Sciences (WMS) Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor
  • Acupuncturist and Herbalist in private practice

Shelley has trained extensively, in Israel and in England, and gained both a diploma in Chinese Medicine from ICOM, and a doctorate in Western Medicine (MD, LicAc, MBAcC).  Shelley is a fully trained herbalist and has been practicing Chinese Medicine since 1997.  Shelley has also conducted research in complementary and alternative medicine and brings her understanding and love of the two traditions to make Western Medical Sciences approachable, as well as relevant, to the acupuncturist.

Joanna Attwell

  • BSc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC, PGDip CHM, PGDip Nutrition
  • Chinese Medicine (CM) Coordinator
  • Experienced undergraduate lecturer
  • Acupuncturist, Nutritional Therapist & Chinese Herbalist in private practice

Joanna has been qualified as a Chinese Medicine practitioner for over 16 years from the University of Westminster, and in private practice ever since. She has been teaching Chinese Medicine since 2001. She also hold a PgDip in Nutrition. Her integrated approach to Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, coupled with her own experiences, allows her to deliver complex teaching material in an enjoyable and achievable manner.

Julia Exposito

  • LicAc, MBAcC, MRN
  • Western Medical Sciences (WMS) Co-ordinator
  • Integrative Practice (IP) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist in private practice

Julia qualified as an acupuncturist from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003 and completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in 2013. She has supervised students in clinic for 5 years. In her private practice she has developed a deep understanding of Chinese and Western modalities of treatment and she is currently researching the use of acupuncture for emotional health and well-being for her MSc dissertation.

Julia runs the Western Medical Sciences stream of the programme across years two and three, ensuring strong continuity across one of the areas that students often find the most complex to understand.

“What I love most about being an acupuncturist is the variety it brings in understanding human emotions and its causes. Ever since I started practicing I have found that each patient brings a new puzzle to solve and I’m always looking for new approaches and ideas to treatment that can be beneficial to my patients. My clinical and personal experience of acupuncture treatment and the effect it has on emotional well-being has led me to research its potential to treat mental health and emotional wellbeing.”

Kate Henley

  • BSc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC, ACT, CSM
  • Professional and Practitioner Development (PPD) Co-ordinator
  • Professional and Reflective Practice (PRP) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist, Supervisor and Mentor

Throughout her career, Kate has demonstrated the ability to teach to a wide variety and size of audience, from small group work with children to larger audiences of mature adults. To reflect her specialist knowledge in supporting fertility and pregnancy patients, Kate is the founder and Chair of the Acupuncture Childbirth Team (ACT) in Hertfordshire. She also co-founded a successful multi-bed Maternity Acupuncture Unit at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.In addition to her private practice, Kate also teaches Five Element and Meridian Theory workshops to yoga groups in the UK and abroad. She also holds a certificate in Supervision and Mentoring and runs several Supervision groups for acupuncturists.

Kate is in charge of the Practitioner Development stream of the programme across years one and two.

“I am a passionate advocate of TCM and seasonal living. I thrive by watching and encouraging others to grow with this knowledge in order to work mindfully, authentically and from the heart.”

Tom Watson

  • BSc (Hons), MBAcC
  • Holistic Massage Dip (ITEC) therapist
  • Acupuncturist and Qi Gong Instructor (College of Elemental Qi Gong)
  • Chinese Medicine lecturer

Tom was born and raised in London and has cultivated a lifelong interest in Oriental movement and healing arts. As well as teaching at City College, Tom runs several busy acupuncture clinics in central and North London.  Tom works as a qualified acupuncturist and 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 Qi Gong 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.”

Julia Oji

  • BA, Dip Tui Na, Clin Cert. Tui Na (Nanjing), Lic Ac, MRTCM, MBAcC
  • Tui Na Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor
  • Tui Na and acupuncture practitioner in private practice
  • Chinese Medicine Practice 2 (CMP 2) Co-ordinator

Julia Oji graduated with a Diploma in Tui Na from the London School of Chinese Massage Therapy in 1994, having completed her clinical training in Nanjing, China. She later went on to study acupuncture at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and was awarded a Licentiate in Acupuncture.

“Having been a teacher of various disciplines all my working life (more than 20 years), combining this passion with my love of Chinese medicine has been a wonderfully enriching experience.

In private practice I see patients, of all ages, with a broad range of clinical conditions, combining tui na and acupuncture in my treatments. However, over the past 10 years I have been particularly drawn to two phases of life: the beginning and the ending. I work a lot with women during their pregnancies, something that ties in with my role as a yoga teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal yoga. I also work with very elderly patients, conducting home and care home on-site treatment.”

Jane Melling

  • BSc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC, MSc (Hons), MRCHM, AcC (Nanjing, China), PGCE
  • Acupuncture & Business(AB) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and Herbalist in private practice

Jane had an MA in theatre Arts and worked as an arts director, visiting lecturer and teacher before retraining as an acupuncturist and herbalist. Since then she has completed medical internships in China, South Korea and Taiwan. Having been born in Seoul, South Korea, Jane is able to combine a deep understanding of traditional Oriental medicine with 25 years as a creative arts practitioner and educator.

“Business is a vital part of human society and it is the instrument of economy. It is not only about making one’s own living, but also it is creating a cycle from ideas to producing goods and offering services which can influence people in all sectors, communities, nations and environment. This is why, for my first MA, I studied Theatre Arts Administration which involved writing business plans, developing marketing strategies, examining the impact of theatre culture in the UK.

I believe that Acupuncture business can be part of something finer, healthier, fresher, and more effective than what has developed in current health care. It can offer alternatives to people for a different way to improve their wellbeing and quality of life leading to happier, stronger and healthier community and society.”

Mark Whitham

  • BSc (Hons); LIcAc; MBAcC
  • Chinese Medicine (CM) lecturer
  • 30 years with the Metropolitan Police, many of those designing and delivering training programmes
  • Acupuncturist and Tui Na practitioner in private practice

After commencing his studies in 2009 Mark graduated with an Honours Degree in Chinese Medicine from the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University. He is both an Acupuncture and Tui Na practitioner and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council currently in private practice in Hertfordshire.

“I was in public service for over thirty years and as I came to retirement I turned to my life-long interest of health and fitness. As a second career being an Acupuncturist has been fantastic for me, it combines my extensive experience of dealing with people and that basic hands-on helping role I have always enjoyed. It also allows me to combine my extensive teaching experience with a subject I love and have boundless enthusiasm for. With a martial arts background, I am particularly interested in musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries”.

Claire Truss

  • LicAc, MBAcC, BA(Hons), Dip.M.
  • Anatomical and Energetic Structures (AES) Lecturer
  • Acupuncture and Business (AB) Lecturer
  • Acupuncturist and Naturopath in private practice

Claire trained as an acupuncturist and naturopath at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, after seeking help from an acupuncturist for fertility.  Since qualifying Claire runs her own private practice.  In addition, she has volunteered at a multi-bed clinic and assisted in lectures, before being invited to join the lecturing team at City College.

Claire originally gained a degree in Business Studies and postgraduate diploma in Marketing.  Claire worked in business for nearly a decade, primarily as a business analyst/IT consultant.

“From my first experience of acupuncture it has fascinated me. I studied acupuncture around my young family.  As they have grown up I have been able to put more time into my practice and teaching.  I have a passion for learning and continue to study with a mixture of courses and webinars.  As a mum, acupuncturist and lecturer, I understand the importance of planning to be able to fit studies in around busy schedules.“

Alex Brazkiewicz

  • BSc (Hon), Dip. Tui Na, Cert Tui Na (Beijing)
  • HCPC Registered Paramedic, Cert Ed, MBAcC, MRTCM
  • Tui Na lecturer and clinical supervisor
  • Tui Na and acupuncture practitioner in private practice
  • Co-owner of the approved First Aid Training organisation Holos Healthcare
  • Western Medical Sciences (WMS) Lecturer

Alex was introduced to Shiatsu through his martial arts training over 30 years ago and has been practising bodywork ever since. He gained his degree in Traditional Acupuncture at CICM in Reading, after which he volunteered at the NHS Gateway Clinic in south London.

Alex’s passion for Tui Na resulted in his studying extensively in China, including undertaking regular month-long study trips to Beijing to study under Professor Wang Ju Yi.

Alex is also an HCPC registered Paramedic and served for 17 years with the London Ambulance Service. He and his wife own an approved First Aid training organisation which also delivers specialist first aid training to Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Assaf Givati

  • PhD
  • Research (RES) module Co-ordinator

As well as leading the CCA research module, Assaf is Course Lead for the online MSc Public Health at Kings College, London. Before that, for 15 years he was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences & Social Work at the University of Portsmouth. His Doctoral thesis was a medical sociology study of professionalisation strategies by acupuncture and homeopathy practitioners in the UK framed in relation to their holistic discourses. Prior to the academia Assaf worked as a naturopathic practitioner in Israel.

“Chinese medicine knowledge is unique and extensive, but it is not the only way of ‘knowing’ or applying medical knowledge. Moreover, it is dynamic and ever evolving in relation to a societal, cultural and political circumstances and it is therefore important that acupuncturists are aware of such circumstances by adopting research knowledge and skills.”

Robert Elliot

  • Cert Ed, MRSB, CBiol, MSc
  • Western Medical Sciences (WMS) Lecturer

Robert has had a long and illustrious career in research, teaching, and curriculum development. He has taught at the University of Westminster and the London School of Osteopathy as well as holding senior posts in medical laboratories at a number of hospitals including University College Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

“I became a full-time lecturer in 1980 with part-time experience extending back to 1971. Prior to 1980 I worked as a laboratory haematologist in NHS hospitals for 19 years. I ‘retired’ in 2010 but I still enjoy teaching at the City College of Acupuncture”

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