Training, Professional Memberships, CPD

My background is a degree in science (Zoology) with a diploma in social science (Town & Country Planning) and, as you might expect from someone whose family are all mainstream medical professionals (doctor, physiotherapist and dietician) I believe that the ideal healthcare service is an integrated approach combining the best of eastern and western medicine.

MairiI graduated in 2008 with a Diploma in Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation Ireland, and a Licentiate from Nanjing, China.  My treatment approach is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and diagnostic principles.

As with any profession, learning is never meant to stop and I continue to attend courses, seminars and workshops to expand my knowledge and refine my skills. In addition to courses in Ireland, the UK and Europe, I spent a month in Beijing in 2013 observing in the private clinic of Dr Wang Ju-Yi, one of Beijing’s ‘Famous Doctors’.  It was from Dr Wang that I learnt the ancient diagnostic technique of ‘Channel Examination’.  (You can see it being demonstrated in this video of Dr Wang teaching students how to examine the Kidney channel by palpating a patient’s foot.)  My time in Dr Wang’s clinic allowed me to acquire new insights into the treatment of especially chronic and complex conditions such as bowel cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism and interstitial cystitis.

If you are interested in reading some short accounts of my observations while in Beijing, please have a look at the page ‘Experiences in Beijing’.


  • Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Acupuncture, 2016.  This qualification represents an in-depth understanding of women’s health issues, especially fertility.
  • Diploma in Acupuncture, Acupuncture Foundation Ireland (AFI), 2008, The AFI’s educational standards are consistent with Europe’s ‘Best Practice’ standards on learning, in terms of total hours and course duration.
  • Licentiate from Nanjing, China, 2008. Graduates of the AFI undertake 1 month of practical experience in Chinese hospitals under the supervision of experienced Doctors of Chinese Medicine.  Completion of this experience results in the award of a Licentiate.
  • Diploma in Town & Country Planning, 1989, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
  • BSc in Zoology, 1984, Aberdeen University.

Professional Memberships

  • I am a member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland (ACI) (, which has been representing practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and providing information to the public about acupuncture since 2006. All Members comply with the Council’s Code of Ethics and Best Practice.

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