Who will teach me?

Meet our staff

Our teaching staff met when they all taught together at the London College Of Traditional Medicine and Oriental Medicine (LCTA). Their passion for the subject they teach meant that they leapt at the opportunity to work together again!

Anne-Sophie Morel

PhD, BSc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC, Dip Tui Na

  • Acupuncture Course Leader
  • Anatomical and Energetic Structures (AES) Lecturer
  • PhD in Immunology
  • Experienced undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer
  • Acupuncturist and Tui Na practitioner in private practice

Anne-Sophie has previously worked in medical research in the private and public sector, most recently at Imperial College. She has also taught at BSc, MSc and PhD level before retraining as an acupuncturist, Tai Chi instructor, and Tui Na practitioner. She brings a unique mix of Western and Chinese Medicine and educational skills to her role with passion and integrity.

“ I have always been curious to make sense of the world. A scientist by training my journey so far has taken me from the microscopic reductionist world of Western Medicine into a world preoccupied with the interactions between all things and at all levels. Through my studies in Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi, and Chinese Medicine a new perspective on the world has and continues to be a true inspiration. Being able to share this vision with students and patients alike, and help them take one more step on their journey is both wondrous and joyful. Best job in the world!

However I haven’t left my scientific roots behind; Chinese Medicine is both an art and a science; enabling the patient to heal comes both from the heart and the head, a perfect balance between compassion and reasoning. The (life-long) journey there is certainly challenging, but also enriching and exciting, and I am loving every step of it. “

Anand Marshall

BSc, LicAc, Dip Kanpo, MBAcC, MRCHM

  • Professional and Practitioner Development (PPD) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncture Clinic (AC) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice and the NHS
  • Chinese Medicine Practice 2 (CMP2) Co-ordinator

Anand Marshall qualified as a Traditional Acupuncturist from the London School of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and as a Kanpo Herbalist (Japanese herbalist) from the Japanese Herbal Medicine apprenticeship course. He undertook post-graduate training in Japanese Acupuncture with Dr Stephen Birch.

“Before I qualified as a practitioner I worked as a senior social worker in Children’s Families teams and later in a Youth Offending team. As much as I valued this job I realised it was not a career that I could envisage undertaking for the rest of my life.

Due to the stressful nature of my job I developed pains and sleep problems and out of desperation sought the help of an acupuncturist. Within a few sessions my energy increased, my pain reduced and I was sleeping well. After a few more years of occasional treatments I decided to embark on my new career and have never looked back

Since 2001 I have been working in Westminster as part of an NHS complementary medicine service - the first of its kind in Britain –where I treat GP-referred patients suffering from insomnia, menstrual problems, peripheral joint pains and muscular skeletal conditions.”

Dr. Shelley Berlinsky


  • Western Medical Sciences (WMS) and Research (RES) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and Herbalist in private practice

Shelley has trained extensively, in Israel and in England, and gained both a diploma in Chinese Medicine from ICOM, and a doctorate in Western Medicine (MD, LicAc, MBAcC). She is a fully trained herbalist and has been practicing Chinese Medicine since 1997. She has also conducted research in complementary and alternative medicine. She brings her understanding and love of the two traditions to make Western Medical Sciences approachable, as well as relevant to the acupuncturist.

Rupert Lander


  • Qi In Action (QIA) Co-ordinator
  • Practitioner and Personal Development (PPD) Lecturer
  • Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in private practice
  • Post-graduate Chinese medicine seminar organiser

In addition to practicing in Greenwich and Oxford, Rupert hosts seminars featuring a range of teachers of classical East Asian medical arts. His desire is to bring fresh streams of ancient wisdom traditions into the UK Chinese medicine community. He is particularly interested in Yangsheng (nourishing life practices) and how we may augment our daily lives to generate patterns of health. He firmly believes that the best medicine is already there within us, waiting for us to tap into it.

“In my early twenties, I became very sick and was healed through herbs and diet. This inspired me to devote my life to exploring natural healing methods. I have travelled widely and draw inspiration for my teaching and practice from many traditions. In the context of my approach to Chinese medicine, Daoism and Buddhism are vital influences and I draw endless inspiration from nature. I enjoy practicing Qigong and playing the Shakuhachi flute.”

Joanna Attwell

BSc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC, PGDip CHM, PGDip Nutrition

  • Chinese Medicine (CM) Coordinator
  • Experienced undergraduate lecturer
  • AAcupuncturist, Nutritional Therapist & Chinese Herbalist in private practice

Joanna has been qualified as a Chinese Medicine practitioner for over 16 years from the University of Westminster, and in private practice ever since. She has been teaching Chinese Medicine since 2001. She also hold a PgDip in Nutrition. Her integrated approach to Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, coupled with her own experiences, allows her to deliver complex teaching material in an enjoyable and achievable manner.

Julia Exposito


  • Integrative Practice (IP) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist in private practice

Julia qualified as an acupuncturist from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003 and completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in 2013. She has supervised students in clinic for 5 years. In her private practice she has developed a deep understanding of Chinese and Western modalities of treatment and she is currently researching the use of acupuncture for emotional health and wellbeing for her MSc dissertation.

“What I love most about being an acupuncturist is the variety it brings in understanding human emotions and its causes. Ever since I started practicing I have found that each patient brings a new puzzle to solve and I’m always looking for new approaches and ideas to treatment that can be beneficial to my patients. My clinical and personal experience of acupuncture treatment and the effect it has on emotional wellbeing has led me to research its potential to treat mental health and emotional wellbeing.”

Amanda Banks

Lic Ac, MBAcC, ND

  • Pre-Qualifying Development Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and Naturopath in private practice

Amanda gained her Acupuncture and Naturopathy qualification from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. As an active practitioner she has a excellent understanding of the operational aspects involved in setting up and running a busy practice. Amanda aims to build student’s business skills and confidence thus enabling a smooth transition from student to practitioner.

Paul Johnson


  • Anatomical and Energetic Structures (AES) Co-ordinator
  • Chinese Medicine Theory (CMT) Lecturer
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Chinese Medicine Practice 1 (CMP1) Co-ordinator
  • Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in private practice
  • Qualified Higher Education (HE) teacher

Paul has taught acupuncture for over a decade and brings a real sense of commitment to making complex skills and ideas as accessible as possible. He combines a deep understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a thorough, hands-on approach to Higher Education.

A presenter on “How To Locate Acupuncture Points – the Definitive DVD”, Paul has had articles printed in The Chinese Medicine Times, CAM Magazine, Lifescape, and Yoga magazine amongst others.

“ I first had acupuncture to cure a long-standing problem that was preventing me from delivering the projects I was working on as an illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics. After months of pain I found myself back at work after just two acupuncture treatments! Having treatment on-and-off for several years was such a life-changing experience for me that I decided that I wanted to retrain and be able to help people in the way that I had been helped. As much as I loved my previous career, I’ve never looked back. I love my new life and feel privileged to be able to work with so many people in such a profound way.”

Our teaching staff met when they all taught together at the London College Of Traditional Medicine and Oriental Medicine (LCTA). Their passion for the subject they teach meant that they leapt at the opportunity to work together again!