Dr Michael Monk is one of very few medically qualified doctors in the UK who have also trained in Osteopathy and Acupuncture.
Although now retired as a doctor, he remains on the GMC Register and is bound by their codes of practice . He has a wealth of experience gained over nearly 40 years of private practice in Musculoskeletal Medicine.He is continuing to work at Brewers Cottage using manual therapies and acupuncture. He is registered with the General Council of Osteopaths, and accredited with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
His specialist areas are treating longstanding pain, pain patterns persisting after operations, and complex persistent problems and the treatment of menopausal and menstrual problems with acupuncture and related techniques.
Many of the patients he sees come for help with problems that have been present for months or years. Because he has trained in conventional medicine as well as Western Medical Acupuncture and Osteopathy he can bring a breadth of experience and practical knowledge to treating your particular problem safely and successfully.
His work in the NHS led to an interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine, and he went on to study Osteopathy at the London College of Osteopathic Medicine which trains medical doctors in Osteopathy. He later taught there while also practising in Harley Street.
He first saw acupuncture being used in Hong Kong, where he was stationed for 2 years in the Navy. He has trained in Acupuncture with some of the world’s leading authorities including Dr Felix Mann and Professor Johannes Bischko. He also studied Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) with Professor Chan Gunn. He has studied with Dr Jackie Filshie on the use of acupuncture to help pain in cancer patients, and with Professor Elisabet Stener-Victorin on using acupuncture for infertility and women's health. He holds the Postgraduate Award in Assisted Reproduction Technology from the University of Warwick.
He has a special interest also in healthy ageing and Exercise as Medicine.
He is a Regional Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Michael Monk
MB BS MRCS LRCP DMRD MLCOM Dip Med Ac
Register of Osteopaths No.2/885/F
British Medical Acupuncture Society No.512
Sarah Monk has overall responsibility for running the practice but also works as a practitioner herself using Mindbody approaches. She works with patients suffering infertility, chronic pain, IBS and stress and anxiety, using these approaches. She also teaches the Wellness Response.
Sarah's academic career and professional life has been interesting and varied. She read English Literature and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and then taught English as a foreign language in Hong Kong and mainland China. Returning to the UK, and by then married, she became the Personal Assistant to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod at the House of Lords. It was an eventful and challenging time to be working at Westminster coming as it did at the end of the IRA's bombing campaign of mainland Britain, the House of Parliament being a prime target.
Leaving Black Rod's office, where organising a State Opening of Parliament was all in a day's work, Sarah then had four children. After her youngest child went to school she had a change of direction and did an Honours Degree in Psychology with the Open University.
Postgraduate training has included an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy, the Postgraduate Award in Assisted Reproduction Technology at Warwick University, and training with Dr Alice Domar in a Mindbody Approach to Infertility in Boston, USA. She is one of only a handful of people trained personally by Alice Domar and qualified to deliver this approach in the UK.
With Michael, she also shares an interest in healthy ageing and in Exercise as Medicine.
She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, a Senior Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, and an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
BSc (Hons), MBPsS, Adv Dip Hyp,