Fiona Matthews - A summary of your local Ivybridge based acupuncturist
Fiona Matthews is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
She founded Acupuncture South Devon in 1997 and has developed a successful and highly regarded clinic at the Watermark in Ivybridge.
Fiona started nursing in 1981 specialising in orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London where she gained her orthopaedic National Certificate. Her General Nursing training was completed at the North Middlesex Hospital, in London where she qualified as a State Registered Nurse.
Initially nursing on general medical wards, Fiona decided to return to her native Devon and continue her orthopaedic speciality in Plymouth.
After gaining further experience on a rehabilitation unit and a variety of orthopaedic wards she was involved in managing, mentoring and assessing nursing staff. Fiona was then instrumental in opening the Orthopaedic Trauma Unit when it moved to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where, as the Sister of the unit, she discovered acupuncture.
Fiona witnessed a small number of patients being treated with acupuncture for pain relief and became very impressed with the results and as a health care professional she wanted to be able to offer this service on the unit to give more patients a wider and more informed choice. In 1992 Fiona completed a Medical Acupuncture course at the Centre for Complementary Medicine in Southampton.
Whilst able to use acupuncture on the units with good results Fiona believed that it had so much more to offer. In 1994 Fiona undertook a 3 year degree level acupuncture course at the British College of Acupuncture in London, and after qualifying in 1997 she established Acupuncture South Devon clinic in Ivybridge and also at the Plymouth Nuffield Hospital (since closed).
She's continually maintaining her professional development with regular supervision, and completing further development with facial enhancement courses in 2006. Fiona has also lectured at Saltash College, delivering the acupuncture module for their Complementary Therapy course. She regularly gives presentations, attending exhibitions increasing the awareness of the benefits of the therapy, so the public are able to make an informed choice.
In recent years Fiona has been involved with various business groups taking advantage of self development opportunities and is a founding member of the Women Do Business - Active Learning Set in Ivybridge. This is a powerful tool that helps to focus on her practice as a business and maintains high professional standards.
As a member of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce she's involved with the local business community and supports local charities, for example Operation Henry, an Ivybridge based charity supporting sufferers and their families of pancreatic cancer. More recently donating free treatment to Families For Children, a voluntary adoption agency based in Buckfast, Devon with a particular expertise in placing hard to place children with complex special needs.
With her medical background and membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society Fiona feels she can give a balanced view and encourages the use of acupuncture to complement western medicine through her three practices in Devon.
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council she abides by the Council's Code Of Safe Practice and Code Of Professional Conduct, complying with current Health and Safety legislation, and covered by full professional indemnity and public products liability insurance.
Fiona is now starting to use social media and can be followed on Twitter