Profiles

Anne Fee O’Reilly | Veterinary representative

I’m the UK and Northern Ireland Veterinary Faculty Rep. I work in a mixed veterinary practice in Armagh, Northern Ireland, along with six other vets who exclusively use conventional medicine, although they are sympathetic towards homeopathy. I am a small animal practitioner and have been involved with homeopathy for over 20 years. I gained my MFHom in 2006 while studying with the Kinsella group in Waterford, Ireland. I use homeopathy on a daily basis and enthusiastically wish to keep it alive in my chosen profession.

E-Mail: the61stfloor@yahoo.ie

Anne Fee O’Reilly | Veterinary representative
Dr Sue de Lacy | England Liverpool & North Wales representative

I work for the Liverpool Medical Homeopathy Service (LMHS), one of the few NHS clinics providing homeopathy in the UK. I’m also the Faculty rep for Liverpool. We run joint meetings with the Manchester group, usually around three to four meetings a year, alternating the venues between the Manchester and Liverpool areas. There is an annual symposium held usually on the first Saturday in June, where past speakers have included Jonathan Hardy, Julie Geraghty and Didier Grandgeorge.

For information on future meetings/events please contact me.

E-Mail: suedelacy@hotmail.co.uk

Dr Sue de Lacy | England Liverpool & North Wales representative
Evelyn Liddell | Pharmacy representative

I grew up with pharmacy and qualified as a pharmacist in 1989, after studying at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Aberdeen. In 1996 I began my homeopathic and holistic health journey. Firstly, I learned about Bach flower remedies to practitioner level. From there I gradually added homeopathic learning through courses run by the Faculty of Homeopathy: the LFHom at Glasgow, DFHom at London and finally the MFHom, again at Glasgow.

I practise homeopathy at many levels every day, as I am superintendent pharmacist, head of new product development and training at Weleda UK Ltd in Derbyshire. I believe in a holistic approach to health, keeping yourself well and maintaining good health, as well as using the most appropriate way to treat disease. I am the pharmacy representative on the Faculty Members’ Committee and I would like to hear from more pharmacists, so that their voice can be heard at council. So please, email me.

E-Mail: evelyn.liddell@yahoo.co.uk

Evelyn Liddell | Pharmacy representative
Lizzy Baines | England South West representative

I am the South West England representative on the Faculty of Homeopathy Members’ Committee, and work full time as the lead nurse for the complementary health service at Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, a specialist palliative care charity in Dorchester, Dorset.

I first became interested in homeopathy in the 1990’s while studying for my MA in complementary health studies at the University of Exeter. During subsequent years I became increasingly mindful of those patients who were using and benefitting from homeopathy, and so in 2008 I undertook the Faculty of Homeopathy training at Bristol.

I regularly use homeopathy in my work, integrating it with other complementary and conventional approaches.

E-Mail: lizzy50.baines@gmail.com

Lizzy Baines | England South West representative
Margaret Reid | England North East & International representative

I am a homeopathic doctor with approaching 20 years’ experience, having passed the MFHom in 1999. I have a private practice that I run from my home in a very traditional way. I love the time I can give to private patients and find this very satisfying work. Occasionally I have interested doctors or homeopathic students sitting in with me.

Mary Imlah and I have founded a peer support group that meets in our houses. This has been extremely supportive so far and great fun.  I have a very small (two session) GP salaried job that I still enjoy and which helps with the appraisal requirements. I’d love to hear from any members from the North East or who’d like to share their enthusiasm for homeopathy.

E-Mail: harveyreid@btinternet.com

Margaret Reid | England North East & International representative
Dr Patricia Ridsdale | England South Central representative

I am the Members’ Committee convener and represent the members in the south central area. I have been on the committee for seven years now and convener for two years. I am a general practitioner, working two days a week as a salaried GP and out of hours in North Hampshire, where I continue to use homeopathy in my day to day work. I also work two days a week in private homeopathy at The Natural Practice in Winchester, and teach medical students on a complementary medicine course at Southampton University.
We have an active support group for Faculty members in the Wessex region and are very happy for anyone to join us. I am also happy to give support to anyone seeking to start their own group however large or small. Please do get in touch if I can be of any help and support at any stage. I look forward to hearing from you.

E-Mail: trish@lastmango.co.uk

Dr Patricia Ridsdale | England South Central representative
Dr Gary Smyth | Northern Ireland representative

I am a GP with a special interest in homeopathic medicine, Chair of the Northern Ireland branch of the Faculty of Homeopathy, Faculty of Homeopathy Treasurer and Members’ Committee representative for Northern Ireland. I am also a member of the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products (ABRHP) at the MHRA and course director for homeopathic education in Northern Ireland.

I have been involved with homeopathy since 2006, and have studied at both the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. I currently integrate homeopathic medicine alongside my conventional practice within both the NHS and private sector. I am always interested in raising awareness of homeopathy among both the public and with fellow medical colleagues. Please contact me at the e-mail address above.

E-Mail: drgaryjsmyth@gmail.com

Dr Gary Smyth | Northern Ireland representative
Dr Ralf Schmalhorst | England London representative

I qualified in medicine in 1996 (Dusseldorf Medical School, Germany) and have been a homeopathic physician since 2003. I have worked as a conventional NHS GP in Bexley, South East London since 2001. I’m passionate about homeopathy and try to integrate it into my medical practice, treating approximately 15% of my patients homeopathically.

My special interests are skin disease and allergy. I am also involved in teaching as a GP trainer and as a GP Appraiser.  I am currently the chairman of the London group of the Faculty of Homeopathy and sit on the Faculty’s Council as Primary Care Representative. I would describe myself as a classical homeopath with a strong emphasis on miasmatic approaches. I use the Synthesis Computer Repertory. I am influenced by Boger, Boenninghausen and Sankaran, and am partial to using Polarity Analysis and LM potencies.

E-Mail: londonralf@aol.com

Dr Ralf Schmalhorst | England London representative
Catherine Tiphanie | Scotland North representative

I’ve been a practising osteopath since 1993, and have integrated homeopathy into my practice for the last ten years, since undertaking the LFHom course at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (GHH) in 2003-4.

In 2004, my growing interest in homeopathy led me to start the MFHom course at GHH, despite an absence of a specific MFHom pathway for osteopaths. In early 2007, the Faculty asked me to assist in developing such a pathway, and this project resulted in the modular MFHom(Osteo/Chiro) which was approved by the Faculty council in November 2007. This new modular format was then extended to the other MFHom pathways.

I also practise Western medical acupuncture, and offer integrated complementary medicine to my patients. The challenge of managing chronic pain and disability is an issue for most healthcare practitioners across the disciplines, and homeopathy should be considered an option for many more chronic pain patients. I have sat on the Faculty Members Committee since 2007.

E-Mail: c.tiphanie@btinternet.com

Catherine Tiphanie | Scotland North representative
Katalin Borbely | England East Anglia representative

I was born in 1962 in Budapest, Hungary. I decided to become a doctor when I was five years old. Back then it seemed very simple. I’d relieve ailments within the family by placing my hands on them, much to my grandmother’s joy, who although not a doctor had a great affinity for healing nonetheless.

When I was older I became a Specialist of Acute and Emergency Medicine and later of general practice.  But university had also taught me to question, doubt and keep learning, so alongside traditional medicine I was continually learning and applying alternative therapies (magnet, herbal therapy and reflexology).

Because homeopathy was forbidden in my home land until 1999, all my training happened “underground” with the help of famous Austrian, English, German, Indian and Russian homeopaths who regularly came to Hungary to teach. In 2000, homeopathy was legalised as a medical treatment in Hungary but it does require a medical degree to be practised. Since then I have proudly counted myself among approved Hungarian homeopathic doctors.

For 10 years I was involved in education for the Hungarian Homeopathic Medical Association, giving lectures at Semmelweis University, Budapest, to medical doctors who wanted to study homeopathy. I am also the co-author of the first modern homeopathic textbook in Hungarian, which was published in 2000.

I’ve lived and practised abroad since 2004. In 2007, I moved with my family to England, where I’ve been working as a GP, worked at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine for five years ,and have been in charge of the British Homeopathic Association’s clinic in Norwich since 2011. I now have 30 years clinical experience, but I’m still asking and doubting. One thing I do know is that the holistic perspective is important in modern medicine and that homeopathy should be part of that perspective.

E-Mail: katalin.borbely@nhs.net

Katalin Borbely | England East Anglia representative
Dr Roger Smith | Doctor representative

I started training in medical homeopathy at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital during my undergraduate degree.  I completed the MFHom qualification in 2013 and am interested in research into homeopathy and CAM.  At present I work as a Specialist Trainee Registrar and intend to practice integrated medicine in the future.

I am the first doctor’s representative on the Faculty Members’ Committee for some time and would appreciate any views or ideas others may have, including anything related to recruitment, training or practice.  Please feel free to email me.

E-Mail: rogesmith2@gmail.com

Dr Roger Smith | Doctor representative
Dr Andrew Sikorski | England South East representative

My GP trainer at Glastonbury, an acupuncturist and homeopath, introduced me to homeopathic medicine in 1996 and I blagged a Senior House Officer (SHO) job at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital for a year after finishing off my vocational training. A stint as SHO at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital ended up being 18 months, followed by test driving at the Marylebone Health Centre to see if I could apply these new-fangled skills in the general practice setting and survive. Keeping to time was actually easy!

Then to East Sussex as a GP partner where I had the joy of working at Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital outpatients until the local PCT closed the service down. I was Faculty treasurer for a while and now by the grace of our colleagues an FFHom.

Initially we had a good body of folk meeting at Robertsbridge and I would dearly like to hear from you about woes or joys or anything else. Happy to galvanise or simply listen. Your connection is welcome.

E-Mail: andrew.sikorski@doctors.org.uk

Dr Andrew Sikorski | England South East representative

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