The team

The team at the London Acupuncture Clinic has been developed over the last 18 years bringing together some of the most experienced practitioners in their fields. We now have a clinical experience of over 100 years in the current team.

Daniel Elliott
Daniel ElliottClinical Director – Acupuncturist and Herbalist LLB Lic.Ac MBAcC Clin.Ac(China) Lic.OhM MRCHM

After graduating in 1996 and further study at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture (LCTA), Daniel developed his practice in Windsor and then continued with a period of hospital-based work in China. He has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since graduating from the LCTA where he also went on study Chinese Herbal Medicine and which he now uses in conjunction with acupuncture. He has acted as a consultant for the Oriental Medicine Research Trust and also sat on the British Acupuncture Council committee. As well as teaching, Daniel acts as an acupuncture expert for media companies such as SKY and magazines like Mens Health. Daniel has done extensive post graduate study and has published in the field of gynaecological disorders and infertility. In addition Daniel set up an inhouse complementary therapy team in an IVF unit.

Daniel’s style is to provide as gentle acupuncture as possible and all needles are imported specially from Japan to provide the best treatment.

His particular areas of special interest for this time tested natural therapy include:

  • Menstrual disorders, endometriosis, Infertility, and IVF assistance
  • Recurrent miscarriage and pregnancy care
  • Back pain and Sciatica

Daniel works in Wimpole St and Windsor .

Lora MacFarlane
Lora MacFarlaneAcupuncturist Lic Ac BSc(Hons) MBAcC

Lora graduated from Westminster University in 2005 with a BSc (hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine. An experienced specialist in fertility and obstetric acupuncture, Lora has worked with many of the UK’s leading specialists before starting her own young family. Having undertaken extensive post graduate training in fertility and obstetrics with Jani White and Jane Lyttleton, Lora has run a successful general practice that focuses on women’s gynaecological health, stress management, IVF and fertility support with a particular interest in Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Lora’s approach is concerned with integrating the mind and body to cultivate a greater awareness of lifestyle influences on the body. Lora is also trained in Reflexology, Tuina and Thai yoga massage and often combines these influences in treating. She is a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the London Acupuncture Childbirth Team (ACT).

Lora has several areas of particular interest including

  • Female Infertility, menstrual disorders and IVF assistance
  • Digestive and nutritional health
  • Autoimmune disease, chronic illness and post viral fatigue

Lora works in the Wimpole St branch.

Jas Kalar
Jas KalarAcupuncturist, Osteopath Lic Ac BSc(Hons) MOst. Bsc (Hons) Dip. Tuina

Jas graduated from London Universities in several healthcare studies and has been in private clinical practice with internships in several NHS London hospitals since 2002, developing an integrative holistic approach to rehabilitation and wellbeing.   The ‘one-stop skill set’ of Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Osteopathy provides a uniquely versatile service that can inform, direct and optimise your health and wellbeing.

In the Chinese Medicine field, Jas is an experienced specialist in women’s and men’s health/wellbeing, which includes natural and assisted fertility support with gynaecological/obstetric acupuncture.  Jas has undertaken extensive post-graduate training in fertility and obstetrics with leading Western and Chinese medicine clinicians in the UK, at China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan, and at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Vietnam, which included supporting studies of Health & Vitality Preservation and Musculoskeletal Traumatology.

Jas’s expertise in Osteopathy is carried through to his acupuncture practice, which includes acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain assessment, diagnostic orthopaedic testing for Physiotherapy Rehabilitation with Structural, Visceral and Cranial Osteopathic Medicine to optimise outcomes.

Jas’s extensive teaching experience in mind-body unity practices supports management of stress and anxiety during healing.  Since 2002 he has taught classes, out of Kew Gardens, on the ‘fundamental integrative principles of innate healthcare’: Zen-Shiatsu and Tuina massage, Mindfulness, Pilates, Children’s and Adult Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Taichi and Qigong.

Jas’s scope of practice includes Musculoskeletal, Neurorehabilitation, and Cardio-Respiratory with special attention to:

          • Natural or assisted reproduction, menstrual & fertility concerns and pre/post pregnancy care
          • Head-to-toe spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal pain in the joints from sports injury, post-surgery and acute/degenerative concerns.
            • Stress, Anxiety and Depression, and their related illness.

Jas works in the Wimpole st branch

Jason Unwin
Jason UnwinAcupuncturist, Herbalist and Tuina practitioner MSc Integrated Health, BMedicine (Beijing), BSc Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dip. Tuina, MBHMA, MBAcC, MRCHM

Jason is a qualified Doctor of Chinese medicine and has been in full time practice since graduating from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2003. On returning to London Jason completed a Master of Science degree in Complementary Medicine at the School of Integrated Health University of Westminster in 2006. His paper titled “Gatekeepers and the Gateway” was published by the British Medical Journal in their 1st edition of Acupuncture in Medicine (2009).

Jason has extensive experience in treating male and female reproductive health as well as general medicine conditions.  Alongside Chinese Medicine Jason has a thorough knowledge of western medicine. He studied pharmacology at the University of Portsmouth in 1990 and went on to design and co-ordinate the teaching of western medicine within an undergraduate degree in Acupuncture for the London College of Traditional Acupuncture, affiliated to the University of Portsmouth.

Jason holds memberships with the British Holistic Medical Association, The British Acupuncture Council, and The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Jason specialises in treating general health conditions that may not have responded well to conventional medicine including

        • Pain management, back pain/sciatica, arthritis/rheumatism, headaches and migraines
        • Digestive and bladder complaints
        • Stress and emotional wellbeing, anxiety/depression
        • Immune system and allergic disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and integrative cancer care

He also has extensive experience in treating gynaecology and fertility

        • Menstrual disorders, male and female infertility, and IVF assistance
        • Pregnancy Care

Jason works in the Wimpole St branch and the Chiswick branch
He also practises in Kent

www.generalpracticechinesemedicine.co.uk/

Eva Stecz
Eva Stecz Acupuncturist and Abdominal Sacral Massage Therapist - Lic Ac BSc (Hons), MBAcC

Eva graduated from Westminster University with a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture. She continued to refine her acupuncture clinical skills through many years of study with Master Nguyen Tinh Thong, a highly regarded East Asian physician and teacher. She has also completed post graduate studies in endocrinology, reproductive immunology, digestive disorders and abdominal sacral massage.

Eva has extensive clinical experience in the management of infertility having worked at City Fertility and the Zita West Clinic, where she practiced for ten years. She has studied closely with medical doctors and fertility specialists including Dr George Ndukwe, a leading IVF doctor specialising in reproductive immunology.

She has particular interest in uncovering and managing general health conditions, such as digestion, that might hinder optimal reproduction.

She is also keenly interested in fertility research and has lectured on both the use of acupuncture during IVF for the EASTmedicine Summer School and the role of acupuncture in the treatment and management of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for the Zita West Acupuncture Network.

Eva is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the British Fertility Society.
Eva’s special areas of special interest include:

    • Natural Conception
    • Infertility, Assistance during and preparation for IVF/IUI/OI, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Amenorrhoea, Male infertility
    • Low ovarian reserve, High FSH
    • Digestive disorders

Eva works in the Wimpole Street practice.

www.evastecz.com

Anna Dennis
Anna DennisAcupuncturist Lic Ac BSc (Hons) MBAcC

Anna is a qualified acupuncturist and registered member of the British Acupuncture Council. She studied at Westminster University where she graduated in 2004 with a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture. Following completion of her course she spent a month in China furthering her studies and treating patients in two hospitals in Sichuan Province.

Anna has a special interest in gynaecology, fertility and pregnancy and has completed post graduate studies in fertility acupuncture, acupuncture for assisted conception and IVF, gynaecology and obstetrics. She has worked in private practice since graduating. Before starting her own family Anna worked in the IVF unit at Hammersmith hospital providing acupuncture support to couples going through IUI and IVF.

Anna’s areas of special interest include:

    • Natural conception
    • Male and female infertility and IVF support
    • Menstrual disorders, PMT and endometriosis
    • Pregnancy, pre and post-natal care
    • Miscarriage support

Anna also has experience in treating a wide range of conditions including:

    • Digestive disorders/ IBS
    • Anxiety, stress and emotional well being
    • Insomnia
    • Headaches and migraines

Anna aims to provide a relaxing and supportive environment for her patients. She treats the individual and looks at achievable changes that can be made to diet and lifestyle to help improve general health and to optimise fertility.

Anna works in the Chiswick practice.

She also has her own practice in Thames Ditton, Surrey.

www.annadennisacupuncture.co.uk

Olga Antonini
Olga AntoniniAcupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Tuina Massage Practitioner and Reflexologist Lic.Ac. BSc (Hons), MSc, PG Dip. Tuina, MRCHM

Olga completed the three classical disciplines of Chinese Medicine: BSc (Hons) Acupuncture (2005), Post graduate Tui Na Massage (2007) and an MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine (2013) from University of Westminster.

Olga’s clinical experience began in 2001 as a Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, then Chinese Medicine, in her three private clinics in London.  She worked for seven years in a multi-disciplinary Physiotherapy clinic, gaining extensive knowledge on musculo-skeletal conditions and rehabilitation exercises, which were applied to teaching Tuina Massage at the University of Westminster Polyclinic. She also works alongside doulas and public health nurses in assisting women during pregnancy and to induce labour.

Olga trained in the Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Gastrointestinal Departments at China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan and at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Vietnam. Her post graduate UK studies focused on Acupuncture in Assisted Fertility, History of Chinese Gynaecology, Autoimmune Diseases, Digestive Disorders, Abdominal Diagnosis and studying the Chinese Classics.

Olga’s particular areas of interest are:

          • Menstrual disorders, endometriosis, Infertility, and IVF assistance
          • Recurrent miscarriage and pregnancy care
          • Back pain and Sciatica
          • Infertility,  IVF/IUI assistance and natural conception
          • Assistance during pregnancy and induction of labour
          • Digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions
          • Musculo-skeletal conditions including postural assessment & rehabilitation exercises
      • Olga strongly believes in dietary advice and she has also used her previous career as Executive Chef to create a food blog providing gluten free, sugar free and dairy free recipes, to help her clients that need to be on anti-inflammatory diets for health or fertility reasons (www.freefromchef.com).
      • Olga works at the Wimpole St branch.
Inga Heese
Inga HeeseAcupuncturist and Herbalist BSc TCM, BM (Beijing), MBAcC, MRCHM HHP

Inga Heese is a qualified Doctor of Chinese medicine with over 15 years experience. She studied for 8 years in order to achieve her doctorate of Chinese Medicine which included six months internship working in hospitals in Beijing. In 2005 Inga studied a Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Dermatology with the leading Chinese medicine Dermatologist in the West (Mazin Al-Khafaji) and she went on to work within his clinic for a further three years. She has published and co-written, or edited numerous articles on topics including the treatment of low ovarian function in older women (see here), female infertility, acupuncture in pregnancy and is currently editing a very exiting book on Chinese medicine and the treatment of infertility combining Chinese and Western medicine diagnostics and treatments. Increasingly her focus is on achieving pregnancy naturally for couples who have found conception difficult.

Inga’s particular areas of special interest include:

    • Endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (painful periods)Polycycstic ovarian syndrome, no periods, irregular cycles
    • Subfertility, either as preparation for/ alongside IVF and other assisted reproduction, or, to enhance natural fertility.
    • Pregancy care and preparation for labour

Inga also has extensive experience in treating general conditions including

    • Skin disorders -acne, rosacea, various eczemas, both plaque and guttate psoriasis, and viral infections such as herpes zoster and warts
    • Muscular skeletal pain conditions including arthritis; neck, back and shoulder problems; repetitive strain injuries; Frozen shoulder and headaches

Inga works in the Wimpole Street practice.

She also practices in FAversham, Kent

www.generalpracticechinesemedicine.co.uk

Danny Maxwell
Danny MaxwellAcupuncturist, Herbalist and Tui na Practitoner Lic.Ac., MBAcC, M.A. (cantab), MSc, Dip. Tuina, Dip. Life Coach

After completing an MA in English and Italian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Danny went on to train in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese massage in both the UK and China. With over 13 years clinical experience, he is also the editor of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, the foremost international English language journal dealing with all aspects of Chinese Medicine, and also chairs the Editorial Committee of the British Acupuncture Council.In 2004 he founded the charity World Medicine (www.worldmedicine.org.uk), which facilitates acupuncturists and other CAM practitioners travelling around the world to where their skills are desperately needed. Danny has lectured on acupuncture and Chinese medicine at various colleges, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of the Chinese martial arts, qigong and meditation.

Danny has several areas of special interest including

      • Male and female Infertility, and IVF assistance
      • Insomnia
      • Irritable bowel syndrome
      • Pain conditions

Danny works at the Wimpole St branch. He also practices at his clinic in Bath.

http://www.bath-acupuncture.co.uk/

Annabel Mitchell
Annabel MitchellAcupuncturist LicAc, BSc (Hons), MBAcC

Annabel trained at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine earning a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture. She practices an integrated style of acupuncture, combining the two schools of acupuncture, Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She also incorporates Tuina (Chinese Remedial Massage) into her practice. Over the past 3 years she has undertaken postgraduate training courses in Gynaecology & Fertility, Obstetrics, and Gastroenterology with Sandra Hill and Barbara Kirschbaum at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, and with Jani White at The Birkbeck University of London.

Annabel treats a wide range of conditions tailored to each individual. Her approach is holistic with treatments focusing on all aspects of the human condition, physical, mental and emotional. With a personal approach, according to her patients’ needs, she incorporates dietary and lifestyle advice to bring about good health. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and the London Acupuncture Childbirth Team (ACT).

Annabel’s areas of special interest include:

  • Menstrual disorders, Infertility, and IVF assistance
  • Pregnancy, labour and postnatal care
  • Emotional wellbeing, anxiety, depression, stress and tension
  • Digestive complaints

Annabel works in the Chiswick branch.

Mihaela Mitroescu
Mihaela MitroescuAcupuncturist Practitioner Lic.Ac BSc(Hons) MBAcC

While training in Acupuncture under Portsmouth University for her Hons degree, Mihaela studied Classical Chinese Medicine under Dr Arnaud Versluys.

Mihaela is particularly interested in stress management. Stress is a foremost cause of health problems, with the mental strain and anxiety of a fast-paced life often leading to emotional disorders, fatigue, fertility issues, physical tension, digestive disorders and a myriad of other problems. Whilst addressing these disorders, she is focused to prevent the harmful effects of stress, bringing lasting balance to various systems. Mihaela has undertaken post graduate study with Dr Herbert Benson, Mind/Body Medical Institute Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Mihaela is dedicated to treating gynaecological and infertility conditions in conjunction with western therapies, aiming to optimise the experience of menstruation and to restore fertility. She has undertaken post graduate study in gynaecology, obstetrics and reproductive immunology and worked alongside Mr Amin Gafar and Mr Hassan Shehata at the NewLife Fertility/IVF clinic.

Support on lifestyle medicine will be given, together with the basic science of nutrition, exercise, stress management with simple and practical strategies to incorporate into your personal care.

Mihaela’s particular areas of special interest include:

    • Stress management
    • Physical pain, headaches and migraines
    • Menstrual disorders, infertility, and IVF assistance

Mihaela works in the Wimpole Street and Chiswick practice.

Martha Poulou-Cross
Martha Poulou-CrossAcupuncturist LicAc, BSc (Hons), MBAcC

Martha is a fully qualified acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council. She graduated from the University of Westminster with a First Class Honours Degree in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture and received a full scholarship to complete a postgraduate clinical placement at the China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan. Martha has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders with Chinese Medicine and has undertaken extensive research in the treatment of insomnia with auricular as well as conventional body acupuncture. She has also undertaken post-graduate studies in the treatment of gynaecological conditions, including menstrual disorders, infertility and IVF assitance, both in the UK and Taiwan.

Martha is particularly interested in educating her patients into aspects of their life that could potentially affect their health or well-being. One of the principle aims of her treatments is to teach her patients how they can use dietary and lifestyle advise to enhance the effects of Chinese medicine treatment and promote self healing.

Martha’s areas of special interest include:

  • Musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions
  • Anxiety and sleeping disorders
  • Menstrual disorders, Infertility, and IVF assistance

Martha works in Wimpole St and Chiswick branches.

Jess Stanelun
Jess StanelunAcupuncturist & Nutritionist MBAcC, BSc(Hons), Lic.Ac, ITEC, PGNDip, HHP(USA)

For over 12 years Jess has been a dedicated practitioner of natural and Chinese medicine and proud member of the British Acupuncture Council, developing specialist skills in women’s gynaecology and hormonal health, stress management and fertility support.

She studied at universities in California (PCOM) and the UK (University of Portsmouth), achieving firsts in BScs, Integrated Medicine/Acupuncture in London. She continued to refine her skills with extensive post graduate studies in Reproductive Health & Pregnancy and Endocrinology at the London College of Physicians in conjunction with Royal College of Midwifery, John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford), and US Chinese medicine institutes. She is a regular contributor to press media and lectures on long-term genetics studies she takes part in with US medical research teams. Jess also became a Nutritional Therapist alongside Reflexology, Tuina and Remedial massage training. Influences from these adjunct therapies often enhance her Classic-style Acupuncture for the best possible results.

Jess is a member of many professional medical organisations, among them are British Fertility Society and EndometriosisUK.
Jess’s particular areas of  interest include

        •  Menstrual irregularity, pain, endometriois and PCOS
        • Infertility/IVF
        • Pregnancy, labour and post natal care
        • Stress Management and emotional wellbeing – Anxiety, depression and fatigue
        • Immune system functioning, hormonal imbalance and pain conditions

Jessica works at the Windsor branch.

Christina Goldoni
Christina GoldoniAcupuncturist and Herbalist BSc (Hons) Lic.Ac MBAcC Lic.OHM Clin.Ac (China) Clin.Hb(China)

Christina began her studies at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in New York and went on to earn her BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture from the University of Portsmouth. In 2002, she worked at the Hangzhou Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine (China) treating patients in the Neurology, Cardiology and Pain Relief clinics.  Upon completion of her post graduate Licentiate in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture (LCTA) in 2003, Christina returned to Hangzhou China to intern in the departments of Gynaecology and Dermatology. In 2008 she completed her doula training with obstetrician Dr Michel Odent.  She has undertaken post graduate study in Gynaecology, Fertility, Reproductive Endocrinology, Reproductive Immunology and Obstetrics in Germany and in the UK at the Royal College of Physicians (London) in conjunction with the Royal College of Midwifery, at the John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford) and at the New Life Fertility Clinic (Epsom).  In 2009 she completed her post graduate Chinese Dermatology qualification under the direction of Mazin Al-Khafaji.

She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), and the London Acupuncture Childbirth Team (ACT).

Christina has several areas of special interest including

      • Infertility, IVF assistance, menstrual disorders and recurrent miscarriage
      • Pregnancy and labour
      • Skin disorders: psoriasis, eczema, acne, vitiligo, melasma
      • Immune system difficulties:  hay fever/allergic rhinitis, rheumatoid arthritis immune-suppression from chemotherapy

Christina worked at the Wimpole St and Chiswick branches. April 2017 Update – After 12 years at the London Acupuncture Clinic, Christina has left to take up a post directing ChinaMed Basel and ChinaMed Luzern. For existing patients please contact enquiries@londonacupuncture.co.uk if you wish to discuss treatment

Matthew Stevens
Matthew StevensConsultant Osteopath & Sports Medicine Specialist BSc.(Hons) Ost. Med; MSc. Sports Med; Cert. Inj.

Matthew Stevens qualified as an Osteopath form The British School of Osteopathy in London in 1998. He then went straight on to complete his Masters degree in Sports Medicine from Nottingham in 1999.  He has run and owned clinics in the past but is currently consulting at practices in Windsor, Weybridge and Barnes as well as here at The London Acupuncture Clinic.

Matthew prides himself in accurate diagnosis and teaching his patients about their problem to enable them to help themselves if possible to limit pain and reduce healing time. He will usually use a combination of Osteopathic treatments with post-graduate techniques, such as dry needling combined with exercises to get the best results for his patients. While working as part of The London Acupuncture Clinic team He also operates in conjuction with GP’s, Orthopaedic surgeons and the like. With access to further imaging modalities such as MRI, an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan can be set in place from the initial consultation.

Matthew treats a range of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal problems ranging from spinal pain through to ankle, shoulder and knee problems. He has specialist interest in Sports Injuries and the care of athletes. To enhance this he has developed a specialist interest over the past 13 years in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders using ultrasound imaging. Matthew is also able to treat a range of injuries utilising various types of injection (cortisone, ostenil, etc) where he uses the ultrasound to guide the injection to the correct place to ensure the optimum effect. These often prove beneficial in the course of treatment to either aid recover, control pain or help improve joint and soft tissue function.

Matthew works in the Wimpole St branch on Thursdays.  Please note his fee structure is different to the other practitioners. For further details See The London Osteopathy Clinic