Educated in the Philippines, United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and China, I worked in trade publishing prior to studying Chinese medicine. It was while living in Hong Kong in the late ‘90s that I first learned t’ai chi, a system of movement, meditation and self-defence from ancient Chinese culture. I also experienced first-hand how Chinese medicine is used alongside Western medicine, each complementing the other.
I studied acupuncture at the Confucius Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine within the London South Bank University. My hospital placement at the First Affiliated Hospital of the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine (Harbin, China) gave me the opportunity to train with highly respected doctors of neurology, gynaecology, dermatology and musculoskeletal conditions.
I teach tai chi (Yang style short form) at the School of T'ai Chi Chuan London, which offers beginners classes every January, April and September in Soho and Blackheath. Watch me and my colleague Mark Preston do a demo on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, and where we taught presenters Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer some tai chi.
Continual learning is important to me, which is why I'm delighted to have started a three-year Chinese herbal medicine programme at White Crane Academy with course leader Andrew Flower.