Let’s hear from our graduates about their practices...
I graduated from the NCA in 2012 and practise as an acupuncturist in the Heaton Acupuncture Clinic in Newcastle Upon Tyne. I am a recent graduate and came to acupuncture from my interest in Tai Chi. I am really enjoying building my practice within the clinic established by my friend Feras Jerjis – also an NCA graduate.
Jenny talks about graduating and running a practice in busy complementary healthcare practice in Liverpool. She thoroughly enjoys her therapeutic work which combines acupuncture with massage.
I started my training at the LCTA in London but sadly the College went into liquidation in 2010 and so I completed my training at the NCA. The NCA were very supportive and accommodating, especially as I was travelling all the way from Jersey. I particularly liked the “hands on” approach the NCA have to teaching acupuncture. Previously I was a dancer and acupuncture helped me during my career. When my dancing career finished it seemed a natural progression to train as an acupuncturist. I set up the Health Point Acupuncture Clinic in Jersey and I work alongside a chiropractor which is an excellent collaboration.
Mel Koppleman and Andrew Bentley
We graduated from the NCA in 2011 and have set up a new clinic in Leicester. This is going from strength to strength and we are particularly proud of our multi-bed acupuncture clinic where we can offer low cost acupuncture to the general public.
I run an acupuncture clinic two and half days a week in Stockton on Tees. Becoming an acupuncturist has been the best choice I could have made. I love the contact with patients and being able to support them on their journey. I also love being self-employed as I can finally choose how and when I am working which has given me a much better work-life balance.
When I first began my studies at the NCA, I couldn’t imagine myself as an acupuncturist. I knew that it was something I wanted very much, but the thought of having my own practice with regular patients who chose me, was more than I could imagine. Fortunately the training at the NCA prepared me in many, many ways for future practice, but the two most important things it nurtured in me was my deep love and respect for traditional Chinese medicine and my self-belief to become the acupuncturist that I so wanted to be. Two years after graduation I now have a busy acupuncture practice in Preston. I am building a diverse client-base and find the huge variety of patients one of the most interesting parts of my job. I have chosen to work 3 days a week at the moment, and most weeks I find that I am fully booked. Looking back over this last two years, it has been the happiest and most fulfilling time of my working life.
I graduated from the NCA in 2005 and now run a very busy full-time practice at a clinic in Leeds offering acupuncture and massage. I love what I do and feel very lucky that I enjoy my work so much. I still get excited by what patients offer and am challenged by new stories and symptoms. The work both nourishes and stimulates me.