My interest in herbs seems to have always been around. My dad was a keen amateur gardener and my knowledge of plants and gardening started at a very young age. When I was 15, I saw an advert for a herbal practitioner course run by the [NIMH] National Institute of Medical Herbalists. I started studying herbal medicine in 1973 with the NIMH. I also worked in the NHS qualifying as a state registered nurse in 1979. Once qualified as a herbalist in 1979, I started in practice in Rodney St, Liverpool where I worked for 9 years. I got married and with our 2 children we decided on a move to Stoke on Trent, the herbal practice followed. Stoke was very busy with patients as had the Liverpool practice been also. I then moved to Newcastle-under-Lyme 8 years later where I have been running my practice, and working from home for the last 22 years as a medical herbalist.
I studied a number of other therapies to complement the herbal practice and enhance my knowledge: Iridology, Naturopathy, Flower remedies. To keep myself up-to-date of all the current medical developments I have attended many courses in clinical skills; soft tissue massage, naturopathy, nutrition and read numerous articles on health.
Now in their 2nd and 3rd editions, the two herbal books I have written for herbal professionals have been warmly welcomed. I have also written herbal articles for magazines, appeared on television and radio broadcasts for herbal medicine. I grow and make herbal creams, ointments, tinctures, teas and other medicinal preparations for patients. I have also worked as a combat medical technician in the Territorial Army reserves.