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After three years working as a remedial massage therapist specialising in sports injuries, Alex then studied at the University of Westminster from where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in 2001 and a post-graduate diploma in Chinese herbal medicine in 2003. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Alex adopts an entirely holistic yet comprehensive approach often combining acupuncture treatment with additional interventions such as Chinese herbal medicine, massage, dietary therapy and exercise in order to achieve the maximum therapeutic benefit according to the specific needs of the individual.
For the past 15 years Alex has been employed in the NHS as part of a dedicated team of acupuncturists committed to the provision of integrated healthcare within a community setting in South London. Unique within the UK, and now part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust chronic pain management outpatient services, this hugely busy and award-winning clinic receives referrals from local GPs, consultants and physiotherapists for a broad range of pain-related conditions and is at the forefront of research into the treatment of pain using acupuncture as a major therapeutic modality. Moreover, the clinic has also earned a reputation as a centre of excellence for its pioneering approach towards the management of HIV, hepatitis C, addictions and also for its support for those receiving treatment for cancer.
In 2014 Alex undertook an additional, year-long NHS placement; this time in the Department of Pain Medicine at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St. Edmunds where he collaborated with consultant pain specialists to treat patients suffering from serious chronic pain syndromes. It is the sum total of this invaluable experience, gained from treating around 70 patients a week while working within diverse and challenging NHS environments that now, as a senior clinician, he can now bring to his private practice in order to provide real, practical and lasting solutions to his patients’ health concerns all the while incorporating the dynamic and versatile framework of Chinese Medicine.
Although Alex practises as a “generalist” by treating, for example, those with digestive, skin, autoimmune, mood, respiratory, and musculoskeletal disorders, he has, over the years, also developed a particular interest in reproductive health. More specifically, his interest lies in how Chinese Medicine can successfully resolve the complex physical and emotive issues associated with difficulties in conceiving a baby. Within this specialist field he has gained vital experience from working alongside gynaecologists, obstetricians and midwives and, as such, is well-placed to provide individually-tailored care with regard to fertility and pre-conception planning as well as IVF preparation and support during treatment. Alex also works with expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy in the event of potential problems such as morning sickness, anxiety and pain, as well as in the immediate postnatal period.
In order to nurture and build upon his knowledge and skills as a Chinese Medicine practitioner, Alex regularly attends continuing professional development events and he currently supervises undergraduate students on the acupuncture degree program at the University of Westminster (where he completed formal teacher training in 2007 and has been a permanent member of staff in various roles since 2003). He also has an MA (Hons) with distinction in medical history from the Wellcome Trust Centre of the History of Medicine at University College London (2009).
Alex is a full member of both the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).