Kate Macalister LicAc BSc(Hons) MBAcC
Helping you to flourish
ABOUT MY PRACTICE
I'm committed to helping my patients be the best possible version of themselves, by providing them with safe, affordable and effective treatment. I specialise in gentle needling. My clinic in East Oxford (Cowley) is licensed by Oxford City Council. I carry medical malpractice and public liability insurance, and am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). I'm bound by the BAcC's Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct, which includes ethical standards and patient confidentiality.
The diagnosis and treatment for each patient is personalised, with the aim of helping you to live well and better manage any difficulties in your life. I use the best that acupuncture and other Chinese Medical techniques have to offer,
informed by my knowledge of anatomy
and physiology, and my grounding in conventional medicine. The aim of my treatment is to relax you and
to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanism (known as "Qi" in Chinese Medicine).
My goal is to help your symptoms, but also get to their root cause, by improving your underlying physical and emotional health. I'm experienced in treating nervous patients and have training in gentle needling techniques.
There's a growing body of evidence concerning acupuncture and a wide range of emotional, mental and physical conditions. The BAcC (has compiled research concerning 67 individual conditions (to date), ranging from anxiety, insomnia and IBS, to headaches, gynaecological and musculoskeletal problems. In addition, there is a wealth of evidence-based clinical research into the physiological effects of acupuncture on the body. However, if in my professional opinion, I think you'd be better served by having a different sort of treatment, I'll be honest with you about that, and will be happy to refer you on as appropriate.
I first became interested in acupuncture in 2001, having had treatment as a confirmed sceptic and as a last resort. I found it invaluable in helping with chronic joint pain and the side effects of cancer treatment. But I was also amazed by how much it helped my wider physical and emotional health. It made me feel like a better version of myself.
I finally started my training as an acupuncturist in 2011, when I gained a place on the full time Acupuncture degree course at the renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading. I graduated with a First Class Honours degree, having done my research dissertation on chronic pain and complex musculoskeletal conditions.
I have experience of treating patients with a wide variety of conditions and needs. I've done postgraduate training in working with patients suffering with and after cancer; with chronic pain and musculoskeletal problems; and with emotional difficulties and mental health problems. I also have further training in gentle needling and am experienced in treating nervous patients.
I chose to study at CICM because it offered an "Integrated" degree covering a wide range of acupuncture, dry needling, and related techniques, along with a thorough grounding in conventional medicine. Students were trained to integrate acupuncture treatment alongside conventional medicine, we were also trained to spot when it's clinically necessary that you're referred back to your GP or hospital.
I'm happy to offer a free initial 15 minute consultation, either on the telephone or in person.