After three years as a remedial massage therapist specialising in sports injuries, Alex enrolled at the University of Westminster in 1998 from where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in 2001 and a post-graduate diploma in Chinese herbal medicine in 2003.
For almost 16 years, and in addition to running a private practice, Alex has worked in the NHS as part of a dedicated team of Chinese medicine practitioners committed to the provision of integrated healthcare within a community setting in South London. Unique within the UK, and now part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust chronic pain management outpatient services, this hugely busy and award-winning clinic receives referrals from local GPs, consultants and physiotherapists for a broad range of pain-related conditions and is at the forefront of research into the treatment of pain using acupuncture as a major therapeutic modality. Moreover, the clinic has also earned a reputation as a centre of excellence for its pioneering approach towards the management of HIV, hepatitis C, addictions and also for its support for those receiving treatment for cancer. As a senior member of staff, Alex also has some management responsibilities.
In 2014 Alex undertook an additional, year-long NHS placement; this time in the Department of Pain Medicine at West Suffolk Hospital (Bury St. Edmunds) where he collaborated with consultant pain specialists for the purpose of devising care pathways in order to treat patients suffering from serious chronic pain syndromes. It is the sum total of this invaluable experience, gained from treating around 60 patients a week while working within diverse and challenging NHS environments that now, as an experienced clinician, Alex brings to his private practice in order to provide real, practical and lasting solutions to his patients’ health concerns all the while incorporating the dynamic and versatile framework of Chinese Medicine.
In 2009, after looking to place Chinese medicine in its historical context through further, formal academic study, Alex completed the MA (Hons) in the History of Medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London from where he was awarded a Distinction.
Alex is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) and of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (MRCHM).
From 2004 Alex was employed as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, occupying various teaching roles on the undergraduate degree programme for Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture. Since the summer of 2015, however, he has become a permanent member of staff with extended teaching responsibilities for first year undergraduates. He is a Lecturer in Chinese Medicine, Module Leader for two modules at Level 4 and also for one at Level 7. He also runs an external NHS placement where Level 5 and 6 acupuncture students gain valuable experience treating NHS patients in addition to their work in the University’s Polyclinic. He is the course’s liaison with its professional body, the British Acupuncture Council.
He completed the University’s PGCHE in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Alex's research interests are broadly two-fold:
1. The understanding of pain (from current theories in neuroscience to its socio-cultural implications) and its treatment with acupuncture.
2. The history of Chinese Medicine with regards to its transmission, clinical application and place in the development of non-biomedical alternatives in the UK.
He also has developed a general interest in child health and in Chinese medicine paediatrics in particular.