My initial training was at The School of Herbal Medicine at Herstmonceux, East Sussex. At the time (1988) it was the only full time course in Western Herbal Medicine in the world. The four year course was followed by a two year mentored, probationary period, and I have been in private practice from that time. The course included all the familiar areas of orthodox medical science that doctors study, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis and pharmacology as well as herbal pharmacology, and prescribing. Following graduation in 1992 I was invited to join the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. I have run clinics in Hastings, Bexhill and Chichester, and my current clinic at Rosemary Cottage has been in operation since 2002.
My professional body, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, was the first to be established, back in 1864. It is not only the leading professional organisation for practicing Medical Herbalists, requiring its members to adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics, but it also ensures that all members take the Hippocratic Oath. I am also an associate member of the British Society for Ecological Medicine and have full professional indemnity and public liability insurance with Balens.