Meet the team

Meet the team

The Joint Principals

The Acupuncture Academy was founded by Julie Ann Reynolds and Jennifer Winter, both long-term professional acupuncturists with years of teaching experience gained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture.  They formed the Academy in order to keep the tradition of five element acupuncture training alive, and from a genuine desire to ‘do things differently’.

Julie Ann Reynolds

Julie Ann Reynolds

Julie Ann Reynolds

After obtaining a BA(hons) in Acupuncture from CTA in Leamington Spa, Julie went into private practice, and studied for an MSc in Health Services Research at York University. For her thesis she carried out research into five element acupuncture for the treatment of IBS, which was groundbreaking in its field, as it was the only five element acupuncture study of its kind to date…. and gratifyingly the acupuncture group did very well indeed! The report was published in Acupuncture in Medicine in 2006, and Julie obtained a distinction in her MSc, as well as the KM Stott Memorial prize for best thesis of the academic year, which is awarded for excellence in medical and scientific research.

In 2006 Julie returned to CTA to develop the research aspect of the undergraduate programme while undertaking her associate teaching certificate at Oxford Brookes, and went on to design and implement the MA programme. At the Academy, Julie’s focus is on developing and overseeing the Research unit (along with Dr Beverley de Valois) as well as co-ordinating the clinical year, in her role as Clinical Lead.

She has a busy private practice in Kings Norton, Birmingham, and her love of practice is at the heart of her desire to pass on this fabulous system of medicine.


Reynolds JA, Bland JM, MacPherson H (2008) Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome – an exploratory randomised controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine 26 (1): 8-16

Reynolds JA (2008) Research trial strengthened my faith in acupuncture. Gut reaction 72:16

MacPherson H, Bland M, Bloor K, Cox H, Geddes D, Kang’ombe A, Reynolds J, Stamuli E, Stuardi T, Tilbrook H, Torgerson D, Whorwell P (2010) Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Protocol for a Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. BMC Gastroenterology 2010, 10:63doi:10.1186/1471-230X-10-63

Jennifer Winter

Jennifer Winter - Joint Principal

Jennifer Winter

Jen graduated  from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in March 1994, and went on to graduate from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine on their Traditional Chinese Medicine programme in 2001.  This dual approach to acupuncture, covering Five Element acupuncture as well as TCM, broadened the scope of her treatment while at the same time highlighting her belief that all theory derives from  a clear understanding of the classics.

In 2005 she returned to the CTA and became a full Faculty member, teaching extensively on both first and second year, and participating in many projects involving course documentation and quality assurance across the BA programme.  This work included core documents such as the Graduate Profile, Faculty Profile, a shared teaching database, upgraded teaching materials, and Quality Assurance processes such as the annual Student and Staff surveys.  These projects were all aimed at sharing good teaching practice, and elevating standards of teaching and pastoral care on an on-going basis.  During this time she also elected to study teaching in more depth, and enrolled on the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector which she completed in June 2009, gaining a First.  She also started and ran the Warwickshire Regional Group, on behalf of the British Acupuncture Council, which like all regional groups, is aimed at the support and on-going learning of local practitioner members.

After studying teaching and teaching methods in such depth, and co-writing e-learning modules for postgraduate qualifications, as well as studying trends in student and teacher behaviours and attitudes, she realised the potential for a superior learning experience; one which might maximise and support learning, while allowing students to maintain a healthy work/study/family balance. WIth the sad demise of CTA, The Academy was born…

The Team

Juanita Bolster

Juanita Bolster - Tutor

Juanita Bolster – Tutor

Juanita’s journey as a health practitioner commenced in 1977 with a Swedish Massage diploma. Although she went on to art school to complete a degree in graphic design & photography, she was once more drawn to health, becoming fascinated by aromatherapy oils. During her aromatherapy and reflexology diploma, talk of Chinese acupuncture fired her imagination. In 1989, she embarked on a three-year acupuncture licentiate degree, being taught by Professor Worsley. Over the years she has trained in a number of disciplines which complement her practice, including allergy testing, structural acupressure, and Indian head massage.

Juanita taught for a number of years at The College of Traditional Acupuncture, and also currently teaches at Warwickshire College. She also teaches privately, runs a busy acupuncture practice, and manages to find some time to design beautiful gardens!

Guy Caplan

Guy Caplan - Head of Channels and Anatomy

Guy Caplan – Head of Channels and Anatomy

Guy worked in Mental Health Nursing for 15 years after leaving school, and then had his interest in Five Element acupuncture sparked whilst travelling around Thailand, where he studied thai massage with an acupuncturist.  On returning to the UK he started training at The School of Five Element Acupuncture (SOFEA) in London with Nora Franglen, and went on to become a tutor at the school, continuing to teach there until it closed in 2007.

He was then accepted onto the faculty at The College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) in Warwick and taught at an undergraduate level again, continuing to work with Nora offering post-graduate workshops and courses in Five-Element Acupuncture.  He runs point location evenings in London for students from all colleges, and works from two clinics in North and South London offering acupuncture, continuing to have a specific interest in using acupuncture to treat and help people with mental health issues. Increasingly now, he is working more with couples that are having problems trying to conceive.

Dr Beverley De Valois

Beverley de Valois - Head of Research

Beverley de Valois – Head of Research

Dr Beverley de Valois studied acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and at the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China.

After graduating in 1999, she joined the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, a cancer drop-in and information associated with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex.  Here, she has worked part-time as a Research Acupuncturist since 2000, and focuses on investigating the use of acupuncture to improve quality of life for cancer survivors.

In 2007, she was awarded a PhD by the University of West London for her research into using acupuncture to manage tamoxifen side effects in women with breast cancer.  She has just completed exploratory research into using acupuncture in the management of lymphoedema, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIHR) Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity (RISC) programme.

Beverley also practices privately, and runs the Women’s Clinic in Uxbridge, where she focuses on women’s health.  She is committed to the use of 5 Element acupuncture in her practice and in her research, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol.

In 2011, she was elected a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council  in recognition of her contribution to the acupuncture profession in the UK.


Published Research:

de Valois B, Young T and Melsome E (2011) Acupuncture in lymphoedema management: a feasibility study.  Journal of Lymphoedema, 6 (2):20-31.

de Valois B, Young T, Melsome E (2011) Assessing the feasibility of using acupuncture and moxibustion to improve quality of life for cancer survivors with upper body lymphoedema. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2011.07.005.

de Valois B and Peckham R (2011) Treating the person and not the disease: acupuncture in the management of cancer treatment-related lymphoedema. European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 6(6), 37-49.

de Valois B, Young T, Robinson N, McCourt C, Maher EJM (2010) Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(10) 1047-57.

de Valois, B (2008) Turning points: clearing blocks to treatment in women with early breast cancer.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(6) 10-15.

Walker G, de Valois B, Davies R, Young T and Maher E. (2007). Ear acupuncture for hot flushes – the perceptions of women with breast cancer. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 13(4), 250-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.06.003

de Valois, B. (2006) Serenity, patience, wisdom, courage, acceptance: reflections on the NADA protocol.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(3), 44-49.

Walker G, de Valois B, Davies R, Young T and Maher J (2005) Opinions of research participants about study paperwork. Bulletin of Medical Ethics, No. 205, February, 21-24.

de Valois B (2004) A case study: using essential oils to treat scalp eczema. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 14(1) 45-47.

Walker G, de Valois B, Young T, Davies R, Maher EJ (2004) The experience of receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 4(5) 59 –65.

de Valois B & Clarke E  (2001) A retrospective assessment of 3 years of patient audit for an aromatherapy massage service for cancer patients. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 11(3) 134-143.

de Valois B, Young TE, Robinson N, McCourt C, Maher EJ (2012) NADA ear acupuncture for breast cancer treatment-related hot flashes and night sweats: an observational study. Medical Acupuncture. 24(4): 256-268

de Valois, B (2013) Acupuncture and moxibustion in the management of non-cancer-related lower limb lymphoedema: three case studies.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine; 7(4):13-21.

de Valois B, Young T, Thorpe P, Preston J, Degun T (2015) Improving wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors using the NADA acupuncture protocol: a clinical outcome study. Medical Acupuncture; 27(3) 194-205

de Valois B, Degun T (2015) Using the NADA protocol to improve wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors: five case studies. European Journal of Oriental Medicine; 8(1) 8-18

de Valois B, Asprey A, Young T (2016) “The monkey on your shoulder”: a qualitative study of lymphoedema patients’ attitudes to and experiences of acupuncture and moxibustion (acu/moxa). Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. vol. 2016, Article ID 4298420, 14 pages. doi:10.1155/2016/4298420

Book  Chapters:

de Valois, B. (2007) Acupuncture. In Enhancing cancer care: complementary therapy and support, Barraclough, J. (ed). Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 85-95.


de Valois, B. (2006). Using acupuncture to manage hot flushes and night sweats in women taking tamoxifen for early breast cancer: two observational studies.  Centre for Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine. University of West London.

Jacqui Jensen

Jacqui Jensen - Tutor and 'Staff'

Jacqui Jensen – Tutor and ‘Staff’

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Coral Perfitt

Coral Perfitt - Tutor

Coral Perfitt – Tutor

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Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan - Tui Na tutor

Tim Sullivan – Tui Na tutor

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Dr Liza Wilmot

Liza Wilmot

Dr Liza Wilmot – Head of Biomedicine

Liza Wilmot (MB ChB MRCPsych,  BA(Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC) was for many years a consultant psychiatrist working in the NHS. She became interested in traditional acupuncture after gaining much personal benefit from treatment and began recommending it to her patients. On retirement she trained in five-element acupuncture out of interest with no real plan to go into practice. However she found it all so fascinating that she has continued.  She also enjoys teaching medical students at Warwick University about acupuncture and complementary therapies. In the future she will be teaching acupuncture students about biomedicine at the new Acupuncture Academy.