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I'm Ruth McWilliam. I spent nearly 15 years working in the field of environmental biology as a researcher, project leader and teaching fellow, before deciding on a career change and becoming a nurse.

I have had a long standing interest in complementary health care. I first learned about acupuncture when I had treatment for a chronic pain condition I had been diagnosed with and was amazed with the results it achieved. I decided to find out more and following my research I chose to take the plunge and train to become an acupuncturist myself.

I completed training given by the British Medical Acupuncture Society, who provide courses for registered healthcare professionals, and I am now a certified Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling practitioner. Due to my own experience I have a special interest in treating pain. I believe that complementary therapies, including acupuncture, can be of great benefit in providing additional tools to augment conventional care. I enjoy the fact that they can offer patients more choice and control over their own treatment and wellbeing.

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I am regulated by the British Medical Acupuncture Society and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Currently I am the only Registered Nurse in the local area that is also a practictioner of acupunture.