Eileen has had an interest in how the living body works for as long as she can remember. This wasn’t restricted to the human body but included a fascination with animals and nature as well.
“David Attenborough was, still is, my hero!”
She studied Biology and the sciences at A–level and went on to study Zoology at The University of Leeds. After working in the biotechnology industry for 3 years, there then followed a 21 year career in teaching high school science and A-level Biology.
Eileen began her Acupuncture studies in 2006 after developing a deep interest how best to help the body heal itself. She is what might be called a “sporty person” and, as such, had the usual run of sports related injuries over the years. Through personal experience she became interested in how an injury or imbalance in one part of the body can create pain, tightness or pulled muscles in another area. An interest in and understanding of anatomy evolved from a desire to understand her own issues and how best to treat them.
“My first encounter with acupuncture was when my mum had some very successful treatment for Bell’s Palsy. Later I discovered that a friend relied on acupuncture to help with the pains of endometriosis.”
These encounters were the catalyst to Eileen seeking treatment herself for some musculoskeletal issues and some gynaecological issues and shortly afterwards she decided to begin her studies at The Northern College of Acupuncture in York. With a definite Western slant to her scientific understanding, she may have begun her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine a little sceptically. This scepticism was soon dissipated as she saw how Eastern wisdom and medicine has a more holistic and preventative view of health and wellbeing.
Eileen studied at Masters level and graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York in 2009. She now works from her home treatment room in Skelmanthorpe, near Denby Dale
Eileen has a passion for helping people overcome a wide variety of health issues, often things that they have become resigned to living with. She offers acupuncture for fertility support, menopausal symptoms, back pain, sciatica, arthritic knees, headaches/migraines, insomnia, digestive discomfort, stress/anxiety & many other conditions.
Eileen has a special interest in and extensive experience of treating women’s health. She uses acupuncture and, more often than not, nutritional advice as well. Eileen sees clients who want to resolve menstrual problems (irregularity, pain, endometriosis…) She also helps people trying to conceive naturally and also supports people through assisted conception and IVF cycles. She has attended many professional development courses in this field. Eileen also helps many women cope with the stresses and symptoms of the perimenopause and menopause.
When she is not working, Eileen is usually found doing something with her beloved dogs. “I have two dogs at the moment – a nearly 14 year old cocker spaniel called Daisy and a nearly 3 year old rescue girl called Tilly. We got Tilly after we lost Daisy’s sister almost 3 years ago and she seemed to be struggling being an only dog. Tilly has given her new lease of life (and some new wrestling moves!) although it wasn’t plain sailing in the beginning. Tilly arrived as a nervous little rescue girl but has turned into a delightful little dog. I started doing some Agility training with her and she/we recently did our first competition! It is fast becoming my new favourite hobby.” Eileen also is a keen runner, having run seriously for her club since her University days.
The British Acupuncture Council
Eileen is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) which represents professional acupuncturists and maintains standards of ethics, safe practice and discipline.
With over 300 members, the BAcC is the UK’s largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture. The BAcC maintains high standards of education, ethics and safe practice for its members.
Many private health insurers require your acupuncturist to be registered with the BAcC.