I was born in 1963 in Stoke-on-Trent and educated at St Peters High School, Penkhull. I spent 30 years working in the dental profession working in busy NHS practices and at the hospital. I am married with two children, three step-children and two grandchildren and two more due very soon.
In 2009 I decided to change careers and in July 2013 was awarded a Distinction by Staffordshire University for the Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies. I have also completed further training learning how to adapt conventional treatment for people undergoing cancer treatment. I am a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, hold full professional indemnity insurance and have a recent Disclosure and Barring Service (June 2014)
My clinical skills include: advanced reflexology; advanced aromatherapy; therapeutic massage, Reiki and Emotional Freedom Technique. In the spring of 2015 I will be starting to train as a Mindfulness practitioner at The Christies Hospital.
I have experience treating clients suffering from a range of conditions including: multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, lung cancer, motor neurone disease, dementia, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), anxiety and depression.
I have been working with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Roy Castle Lung Foundation in Stoke-on-Trent since June 2011, and spent two years working as a volunteer at a local hospice providing complementary therapy for the carers of the hospice patients both pre and post bereaved.
I have a wealth of life experience that enables me to work as a professional, caring and compassionate complementary healthcare practitioner including spending two years as a volunteer with the Samaritans. I enjoy family life, theatre, classical music, swimming, skiing, motorhoming, genealogy and am a secret Dolly Parton fan.
Having undergone treatment for breast cancer in 2013 I have empathy for clients undergoing cancer treatment and hope to help them come to terms with the emotional impact of this devastating disease whilst helping to make their journey as positive as possible. I have a personal vision that strong evidence based complementary therapy will become part of an integrated modern healthcare system.