Meet the Team
Emma Van Loock Lic.Ac ITEC(dip)
Emma is a licensed and registered (AFPA) acupuncturist & ITEC level 3 diploma Sports Massage therapist. She is able to treat a range of conditions within her scope of practice but has a particular interest in persistent pain and injuries.
Emma is one of the most highly qualified acupuncturists in Northern Ireland. She achieved her licentiate diploma in acupuncture (Lic.Ac) at the Acupuncture Foundation in Dublin and Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical internship programme in 2011 under the guidance of Chief Physician of the Jiansu Province 2nd Affiliated Hospital of TCM, Dr Gu Zhaojun. She subsequently completed an MSC. Advanced Oriental Medicine in 2019, focussing her 2 year research dissertation on the therapeutic encounter between persistent pain and acupuncture. Emma is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture with further training in western style sports and trigger point needling.
2015-2019 MSc.Advanced Oriental Medicine (part-time) with Northern College of Acupuncture and Middlesex University
2018 'Know Pain' a practical guide to persistent pain therapy with Mike Stewart (biopsychosocial pain education), Dublin
2016 Trigger Point Needling (CPD) CICM Reading
2015 Deep Tissue Massage at Gateway Workshops (diploma) Belfast
2014 Sports acupuncture with Whitfield Reaves at ICZO Antwerp, Belgium (CPD)
2013 Sports acupuncture with Kevin Young at CICM Reading (CPD)
2012 Using acupuncture in infertility at Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland (CPD)
Emma's person-centred approach combines acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping (and massage if requested), integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with anatomical needling and biopsychosocial chronic pain theories.
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Mary Gribbin BSc.Pharm, Lic.Ac (Nanjing) LF Hom
Mary is a licensed acupuncturist, accredited by the Irish Acupuncture Professional body, the AFPA. She is a graduate of the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland and completed her clinical training in association with the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This training took place at the 454 Military Hospital, Nanjing, under the direction of the renowned TCM practitioner and teacher, Dr. Wenlei Qiao, and at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital Rehab Clinic, Nanjing.
Mary is a pharmacist with 25 years experience working in NHS hospitals. She uses an integrated East/West holistic approach in her treatments, drawing on her training in TCM acupuncture and her experience and knowledge in clinical pharmacy, working with both adults and children.
Mary has incorporated into her clinical practice a gentle needling technique learned from Dr. Qiao. Treatments are individualised according to the needs of each person. She uses whole-body acupuncture, abdominal, wrist/ankle and auricular acupuncture microsystems as well as electroacupuncture, cupping and moxibustion.
Mary is co-founder of Belfast Community Acupuncture, a multi-bed acupuncture clinic, providing affordable acupuncture to the community.
In July 2013, Mary became a Licensed Associate of the Faculty of Homeopathy.