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Caroline McGuire

Caroline graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1993, and did her first acupuncture training in 1995 as a Junior working in MSK, along with others from her department.  With encouragement from her father, she did the first of what was to be many, acupuncture courses and quickly enjoyed the benefits of this therapy.  In 1998, Caroline began working in neurological rehabilitation and quickly realised that her acupuncture skills could be applied to this setting also. She did a Chinese Medical Acupuncture module in 2000 and in 2003, published her first case study of acupuncture in a person with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).   Following a short career break, she was determined to increase her skills and knowledge of acupuncture, which led to her undertaking her Master’s degree at Coventry University (2013).  Her final dissertation was a case series examining the effect of acupuncture on fatigue and quality of life in people with MS.  She plans to continue to further the research into the effects and mechanisms of acupuncture. 

Caroline became an AACP tutor in 2015 and loves seeing others realise for the first time, just how helpful acupuncture can be.  She enjoys sharing her experiences and opening the door to the acupuncture world for others and then watching them realise how acupuncture can facilitate other physiotherapy interventions and improve quality of life for many.

George Chia

George came from Singapore and qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1967. He worked in London and then in Edmonton, Canada, returning to London in 1973 when he graduated as a Teacher in Physiotherapy and moved up North following his appointment as a Lecturer by the Sheffield Polytechnic, which is now known as the Sheffield Hallam University. Whilst lecturing, he became very interested in manual therapy and gained the Certificate in Advanced Spinal Manipulation, awarded by the CSP in 1976. He graduated from the British College of Acupuncture, granted a Licentiate in Acupuncture, in 1985. He is one of the founder members of the AACP. He also pioneered the original 40-hour AACP Approved Introductory Acupuncture Course. His passion for acupuncture, especially the holistic approach, is ingrained in his 25 years of clinical practice as well as in his teaching. Over the last 15 years he has been heavily involved with referrals for treatment of primary headache syndrome, including menstrual-related migraine, and teaches the 6-hour CPD Course on this topic. Currently, he is on the AACP Board.

Jonathan Hobbs

Jonathan graduated in 1999 achieving a first class BSc in physiotherapy and began his acupuncture training in 2000. In 2003 he became an advanced member of the AACP and in 2004 he was awarded an MSc in acupuncture. Since graduating he has worked in a variety of roles within the NHS, private sector and professional sport. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an accredited AACP tutor and Chairman of the board of Directors of the AACP. He delivers foundation courses and CPD within the private sector and NHS and has also had his work published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. He has previously been an MSc award leader at Staffordshire University, is currently the external assessor for Glyndwr University’s acupuncture BSc and also acts as consultant and sessional lecturer to a number of Universities throughout the UK including Keele University School of Medicine. He is also a consultant to physiotherapists in Team GB, the FA and a number of Premiership Football and Rugby Clubs.




Lynn Pearce

Lynn initially qualified to use acupuncture as an addition to her physiotherapy skill set in 1989, after a short course in Southampton. At the time, acupuncture was a resurging therapy within the NHS and it offered a way to get past pain inhibition and help restore function after injury faster. In addition, the ability to aid sleep and general immune function whilst healing sat well with her holistic view of patient rehabilitation. Finding results went way beyond her expectations for pain control she undertook a 3 year Chinese Medicine based course at The London College of Acupuncture, qualifying in 1993. From that point, she hasn’t looked back as the use of  acupuncture in her treatments has added a dimension she could not have hoped to achieve with physiotherapy alone.

Being a tutor has offered the chance to remain a perpetual student and continually learn. Learning in order to teach keeps her knowledge base up to date and relevant to her practice.  These are exciting times for the development and research of acupuncture. Teaching is also huge fun. Not one course has gone by without laughter, camaraderie, learning from each other and a shared experience of an amazing treatment modality.

The AACP has progressed from a small group of likeminded individuals, (Lynn served as Secretary in the early 1990’s) to a dynamic, progressive bunch of folk determined to put acupuncture within physiotherapy on a firm and educated footing. Lynn is proud and humbled to be a longstanding member, and received Tutor of the Year in 2016. To be honoured by her peers is the cherry on the cake for Lynn as she continues to deliver CPD days based around acupuncture, anatomy and its effects.

Paul Battersby

Paul started his career in the Armed Forces; one of his roles whilst serving in Germany was as a physical training instructor. Since qualifying as a physiotherapist Paul has worked for several amateur sports clubs in and around the North West as well as running a private practice. He has lectured for the MOD and in both the Higher and Further Education sectors, teaching Physical Education, Sports Therapy, Massage and Acupuncture.

Paul completed an honours degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Salford University and has been practising Acupuncture for over fifteen years. He currently runs a very busy private practice in North East Wales and is a Senior Lecturer at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, lecturing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Complementary Therapies. While Paul is fully conversant with using a wide range of traditional Chinese practices, his passion is using acupuncture for pain control and his case studies provide a rich source of efficacy.

Paul’s passion for acupuncture is very much linked to his desire to ensure people are trained to a high standard in acupuncture practice. While he enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with students he is continually developing his own knowledge and professional development.

Having joined the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), he became the AACP North Wales Regional Representative  and in 2010 joined the AACP Board as a director. Paul is also an advanced AACP member and a Tutor and is very passionate about promoting Acupuncture and developing the profession with particular interest in supervision and mentoring.

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte graduated as a physiotherapist from Keele University in 2000. She specialized in Musculoskeletal care and has worked in various settings including the NHS, private sector, industry and also overseas. She completed her Masters in 2009 and currently works as a full time senior lecturer at the University of Worcester.

Rachel’s passion for acupuncture started as an undergraduate, and once qualified, she saw first hand the beneficial effects on patients. These early experiences prompted her to undertake a basic acupuncture course. She quickly became interested in the wider effects of acupuncture, and the evidence unpinning its use, which led her to enrole in an Acupuncture MSc at Coventry University.  Since completing her MSc, Rachel has been an active member of the AACP, delivering training to physiotherapists across the UK.

A day in the life of an AACP tutor is varied and interesting.  No one course is ever the same and there is always something interesting to keep tutors on their toes.  Rachel enjoys teaching people a fantastic new skill and engaging in lively debate about the latest research and how this can be related to current practice. Integrating acupuncture into your toolbox will transform your practice.  By helping people to manage their pain more effectively, acupuncture can empower patients to engage fully with their rehabilitation and improve their quality of life.

Stephanie Griffiths

Stephanie qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1989 and presently works as a musculoskeletal Consultant Physiotherapist in London where she leads a large team of extended scope physiotherapists.   

Throughout her career Stephanie has worked in a primarily clinical setting in the musculoskeletal and sports injury field and has worked at many international sporting events including the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and the Sydney and Atlanta Paralympic Games in 2000 and 1996 respectively.   She has undertaken a range of clinical research projects and completed her doctoral studies in 2013.

Stephanie has always valued acupuncture as a modality to treat musculoskeletal pain since her acupuncture training in 1991.  However her interest in acupuncture teaching and research developed further when she undertook her MPhil in neuropharmacology at University College London. At this time she studied pain mechanisms in depth and developed a greater understanding of the association between acupuncture and pain relief, which greatly enhanced her clinical practice. 

During work on her MPhil she also investigated the work of Gunn and the theories of intra-muscular stimulation.  She gained further insight into deep needling techniques whilst visiting his Vancouver clinic and observing his treatment approaches.  She gained further interest in teaching acupuncture whilst working at the University of Birmingham.  She undertook a PGCE in Teaching and Learning and became an AACP Accredited Tutor in 2004. 

Stephanie believes that acupuncture is one of the key modalities which can help to modulate musculoskeletal pain and that understanding the pain mechanisms which underpin it helps to provide the optimum treatment for patients.  When teaching she uses a Western framework and enjoys supporting students to develop their clinical reasoning skills by exploring pain theories and other scientific approaches.

Raymond Che Wen Lam

Raymond graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 1996 from Brunel University and it was personal interest and cultural influences that led to acupuncture training in 1997 with the Renshu College of Chinese Medicine, obtaining a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. A period of study in Beijing, culminated in the year 2000 with the successful undertaking of the examinations sponsored by the International Acupuncture Practitioner Proficiency Examination Committee of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies in the People’s Republic of China. On return to the UK he became an advanced member of the AACP.

He completed an MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy from University College London (2002) and is also a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Since 2006, Raymond has been combining work as a senior lecturer at the University of East London as well as working clinically in Essex. He became an AACP tutor in 2013 and enjoys sharing his experiences and passion for acupuncture and integrating its use within Physiotherapy.