We have two principal clinicians, Austin and Sarah, who are members of the British Acupuncture Council:
Austin Austin Acupuncturist
Austin studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture at Lincoln University and graduated with a first class honours degree, he is a published author and member of the British Acupuncture Council. After regularly attending The Sean Barkes Clinic over 3 years for observations and professional development Austin finally joined the team as a full time practitioner in 2009.
Austin has had a varied career working in film and television, as a project manager and as an antiques dealer. He has first-hand experience of care within the NHS and a long-standing interest in philosophy and holistic living, all of which have lead him along the path to becoming a qualified TCM practitioner. Austin is passionate about TCM and believes that it offers an alternative to Western medicine’s pharmacological and dualistic approach. He considers that the holistic nature of TCM, its emphasis on treating the individual and the time taken to truly understand the person being treated and their patterns of illness is a natural and effective way of healing. When TCM is combined with Western medicine then wellbeing is improved and often a reduction in the need for costly pharmaceuticals and consultations. Austin believes that as the NHS continues to accept and benefit from the practices of TCM then a more effective and personal health care will emerge where the patients come first, not their illnesses.
Sarah Ray Acupuncturist
Having previously worked alone as an acupuncturist, Sarah has welcomed the opportunity to practice in the mutually supportive environment of The Sean Barkes Clinic where her knowledge and skills are continually improved.
Sarah is keen to promote self-help through diet and lifestyle choices, and Traditional Chinese Medicine is an excellent way to help her achieve that goal.
MBAcC, BA(Hons), BSc.(Hons) TCM Ac., Clin. Ac. (China)