Acupuncturists

about-kate


Kate Curtis – LIC.AC. DIP. AC. RGN. RM. MACI.

Kate Curtis is passionate about her work as a healer and has been working for 40 years caring for people in many different arenas.

She graduated as a General Nurse in 1984, and as a midwife in 1987. She became interested in alternative forms of pain relief in labour whilst working as a midwife, which led her to train in Reflexology.(1989). She later qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture(1994) and later in Reiki (1996) Western herbalism (2008) and Chinese patent herbal medicine 2015. She did her internship for Acupuncture in Nanjing University, China.

She has studied in Ireland, China, UK, and USA in various post graduate programmes. Some of her teachers include Michael McEntyre, Giovanni Maciocia, Prof Cheng, Dr Ke, Trevor Wing, & Jane Lyttleton.

Kate has a long-standing practice in TM and Taoist meditation and teaches meditation to clients, and offers meditation as a practice from her home near Gorey, Co Wexford.

She has taught Tai Chi Wu style short form for over 20 years with Chigong, and continues training in Chigong with her longstanding teacher Prof Alan Peatfield.

She has regularly offered seminars to other acupuncturists on Acupuncture used in Obstetrics, Fertility and Chigong. She offers mentorship to students and recently qualified acupuncturists.

Kate works with a strong emphasis on the psycho spiritual and emotional aspect to each individual and has always been interested in how the mind body and soul are all totally interconnected and how fear, shock and trauma can all effect the hormonal and immune systems.

She regularly attends seminars with Jeffrey Yuan, in Classical Acupuncture, which system is derived from the origional Daoist teachings and scripts, which include spirituality, and the concept of Soul.

She has studied Transpersonal Psychology, qualifying in 2012 as a Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator via Grof Transpersonal Training. (GTT). She offers workshops and retreats in Holotropic Breathwork in Scotland and Gorey, Co Wexford.

She has been involved in women’s health for several years, in her general practice, as a nurse, midwife and acupuncturist, and works, in particular, to assist in supporting people on their fertility journeys.

In 2014 Kate was asked to work as an acupuncturist, directly with Sims IVF Clinic in Clonskeagh, Dublin. She worked on site within the IVF clinic for 4 1/2 years. She now offers her services from her external practices maintaining a close association with Sims IVF Dublin, Ireland.

Kate has a special interest in the immune system in relation to fertility, and offers where appropriate, herbal medicine and medicinal mushrooms, as part of her treatment protocols.

She is also able to provide individual support to those who wish to conceive using natural methods, and honours, guides and supports as a midwife would, the journey throughout pregnancy towards labour, during labour where possible, and postnatally.

She has helped to create a pilot trial of Acupressure in the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, specifically in the treatment of hyperemesis, and pelvic girdle pain. This trial is currently on hold due to Covid 19, but will be due to commence once the hospital infection control policy allows.

Kate offers support during the menopause for women, and also helps to relieve the many hormonal and emotional changes which occur during an IVF fertility treatment process.

She has her practice rooms in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, and Clonroe, Gorey, Co Wexford.

For appointments contact kate@acorn-acupuncture.com, phone ++353872325383


Grainne Conlon – BSC Health Science (Acupuncture), Certificate Counseling & Psychotherapy

I have been interested in health and wellbeing from a very early age. This interest led me to study with the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine in Australia.

I undertook a four-year full-time degree (Bachelor of Health Science (acupuncture) in 2002 where I graduated top of my class and received awards from the Australian Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Association.

I also completed studies in Moxibustion, Cupping, Tui na, Food as Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicine. While there, I lectured on the benefits of acupuncture for all aspects of fertility and pregnancy to midwives at a hospital in Victoria and I have also administered acupuncture in a maternity hospital in Melbourne to assist with pain management during labour.

After working in a holistic multi-disciplinary clinic, hospital, and community settings,I returned to Ireland and I have been an accredited practitioner with the Irish Acupuncture Registration Board since 2007. Currently I am furthering my studies and undertaking a degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy in Dublin.

I have always been drawn to working with clients who experience difficulties in conceiving. I have witnessed both the agony and ecstasy on this journey to parenthood. I feel privileged to be able to work as I do and am inspired daily by being able to make a difference. Despite the popularity of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are fewer therapists who combine this, holistically as I do, with counselling/psychotherapy. In my life I have experienced positive, and challenging times, all of which has given me the wisdom, sensitivity, compassion, and experience to treat those I see today.

I also believe acupuncture has a profound effect on assisting clients with stress and emotional blockages. Acupuncture by moving Qi can bring clarity to the mind, assist with stress reduction, and remove blockages. In Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a saying. “Where there is pain there is no free flow, Where there is free flow there is no pain”. This wise saying holds true for all pain be it physical or emotional.

My mission is to help my clients to enrich their lives in all areas of health. I am constantly updating my skills and improving my understanding of what it is to be human. I believe I will be, forever, a student of life, concerned less with judgements, and more with the ability to be present with clients on their journey to realising and unlocking their true potential.

For appointments contact grainne@acorn-acupuncture.com, phone ++353872325383


Sinead Caffrey 

In 2017 I undertook a Diploma in Lansdowne College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where I qualified in 2020. I also received a Certificate in Clinical Western Medicine. I am a member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland and have recently completed a Certificate in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics with the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland.

As well as working as an acupuncturist, I also work as a care support worker for Cheshire Ireland who support people with physical disabilities and neurological problems. I will be furthering my studies in this area by starting a HDip in Professional Social Care in September.

My interest in eastern approaches to health and fitness began in 2010, in the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I studied a form of Medical Qigong devised by Professor Xia of Guangzhou University. I have maintained the practice of qigong ever since and furthered my studies of qigong with Grandmaster Sam Lee. More recently I have taken up the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

I also graduated with a BSc in computing form Dublin Institute of Technology in 2005 and have tutored basic computer skills.

For appointments phone +353 (87) 234 1656