Meet the Team
Emma Van Loock MSc., Lic.Ac., ITEC(dip)
(Emma is a licensed and registered (AFPA) acupuncturist, able to treat a range of conditions within her scope of practice, but has a particular interest in persistent pain.
Emma is one of the most highly qualified acupuncturists in Northern Ireland. She achieved her licentiate diploma in traditional acupuncture (Lic.Ac) at the Acupuncture Foundation in Dublin and Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical internship programme in 2011. In 2019, she completed an MSc. in Advanced Oriental Medicine (research and practice), achieving a distinction for her two-year research dissertation into the therapeutic encounter between persistent pain and acupuncture and publishing her research in the peer reviewed European Journal of Integrative Medicine.
2022 'The Complete Clinician' (a biopsychosocial framework for treating pain) with Modern Pain Care
2015-2019 MSc.Advanced Oriental Medicine (research and practice) with Northern College of Acupuncture and Middlesex University (distinction)
2018 'Know Pain' a practical guide to persistent pain therapy, with Mike Stewart (a biopsychosocial approach to pain education), Dublin
2016 Trigger Point Needling (CPD) CICM Reading
2015 Deep Tissue Massage (CPD) Gateway Workshops Belfast
2014 Sports acupuncture (CPD) with Whitfield Reaves at ICZO Antwerp, Belgium
2013 Sports Massage ITEC level 3 diploma (inc. treating injuries)
2013 Sports acupuncture (CPD) with Kevin Young CICM Reading
2012 Using acupuncture in infertility at Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland (CPD)
Emma's person-centred approach combines acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with anatomical sports and trigger point needling and biopsychosocial chronic pain theories.
Emma 07800 906 813 (East Belfast appointments)
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 specialist training in acupuncture for cancer support (see below) and delivers funded acupuncture on behalf of Action Cancer at their premises in South Belfast and the Ulster Hospital.
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.
2022: TCM Academy Oncology Acupuncture Symposium
2021/2022: Oncology Acupuncture International Certification Programme
In July 2013, Mary became a Licensed Associate of the Faculty of Homeopathy.
Mary: 07505-371-535 (Please note Mary is not currently able to take new clients into her private practice in North Belfast).