When regular members of our team are away, you may meet some of our highly experienced locums, most of whom have been part of the core Source Point team in recent years:
Pippa Brown Lic Ac, MBAcC, BSc (Hons)
Pippa developed an interest in both Eastern and Western medicine over ten years ago. After studying holistic therapies she began training to be a doctor at Southampton medical school. As her interest in natural medicine grew she decided to change direction and train as an acupuncturist.
Pippa studied at the Integrated College of Chinese Medicine in Reading and began practicing a combination of Five Element acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her specialist interest is emotional health and she enjoys creating a healing space for patients to connect deeply with their energetic state.
Pippa has worked as part of two low-cost multi-bed teams in Hove and Lewes near Brighton, and within private practice. She has also been on the locum team for a charity providing low-cost ear acupuncture in Brighton called Pathways to Health.
For a number of years, Pippa has worked for a mental health research team, currently on the ‘Time to Change’ initiative which is concerned with reducing stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
Pippa practices meditation and yoga and enjoys drawing, and feeling connected to nature, especially walking and swimming in wild or beautiful places. She finds it incredibly rewarding to be part of a low-cost community acupuncture team, helping to create a group healing space and making acupuncture affordable and accessible to all.
She is a member of The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinics (ACMAC) and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s largest professional/self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture.
Tyler holds a BSc (Hons) in Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion and tuina) and clinical biosciences from Middlesex university and a Bachelor of Medicine from the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She has trained and worked in both the UK and China in private practice, clinics, NHS pain clinics and hospitals and for WASPS Rugby Club 1st Division Squad.
Tyler has been practicing Chinese Medicine for 15 years and has a special interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal and postural dysfunction, pain, respiratory conditions, emotional disorders, pre- and post-natal health, women’s health and fertility. She is an associate practitioner of Dr Trevor Wing’s Woman’s Natural Health Practice in London and holds a postgraduate diploma in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in gynaecology, obstetrics and reproductive medicine. She is also a former member of the London Acupuncture for Childbirth Team, a network of practitioners specialising in the field of obstetric acupuncture.
Tyler is also a skilled manual therapist, studying disciplines from East and West bodywork disciplines, including tuina, shiatsu, remedial and sports massage and myofascial release, plus advanced techniques including joint and spinal mobilisation, intra-oral massage, visceral bodywork and functional movement training. She is a certified Structural Integration and structural bodywork practitioner, trained by The Kinesis School with Tom Myers, an approach derived from Rolfing, with an emphasis on realigning postural and movement dysfunction.
Having practiced in London for many years, Tyler moved to Devon to enjoy a deeper connection to the land and water. She is now in private practice in Devon and is enjoying the privilege of assisting at Source Point Community Acupuncture clinic to enable more people to benefit from receiving acupuncture.
Tom Hirons, BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, LicAc, graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading, where he submitted a dissertation on the subject of ‘Acupuncture in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).’
Tom has been practising tai chi and qi gong for almost 20 years and following the principles of Chinese dietary therapy for almost as long. Before training as an acupuncturist, Tom has been a master craftsman – running the workshop of a traditional leather luggage company in Scotland where he worked for almost 12 years – a storyteller and a wilderness rites of passage guide.
Tom is a firm believer in the benefits of multibed acupuncture practice and the relevance of acupuncture to personal and community health. He is a board member of ACMAC (the Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinics) and a member of POCA (the People’s Organisation of Community Acupuncture).
Sam qualified in acupuncture in 2007 from the Northern College of Acupuncture, and has worked in multibed clinics and private practice since. Sam co-founded The Acupuncture Works multibed clinic based in Manchester and has extensive experience in running and treating clients in the multibed clinic setting.
Sam has undertaken post graduate training with some of the worlds leading practitioners including Dr Tan, Bob Flaws and Stephen Birch. Sam has an interest and focus on the mind, emotion and body connection and how stuck emotions cause physical symptoms and illness. He has practiced Daoist Qi Gong, yoga and tantra practices for over 19 years. Sam also works in the field of somatics, breath work and sexuality and is a qualified Sexological Bodyworker.
Sam lives in the Glastonbury area and is a semi professional musician playing mandolin and percussion with numerous local bands.