Gaynor was always destined to work in the health sector as she has always had a strong interest in healthcare which was born out of personal and family experience.
As a child, she joined the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade. This ignited her interest in healing and for a while a she followed the path of her parents, in the spiritual practice of faith healing.
Gaynor’s life had taken her down many avenues, until she committed to studying a diploma in social work, alongside working as a volunteer in a nursing home for the elderly, who suffered with mental health disorders.
Due to personal circumstances and financial constraints Gaynor made a difficult decision to return to full-time paid work to enable her to support herself and two small children.
Gaynor’s employers were one of the top 4 global accountancy firms. They provided her with a wealth of financial experience within public sector. Clients, among many, consisted of bodies that sat within the NHS; still not too far away from health!
An interest in Acupuncture developed following a succession of treatments that put Gaynor back on the road to recovery. “Having reaped the benefits of Acupuncture, I wanted to understand more” This lead Gaynor to York where she completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture.
Gaynor also studied at the College of Auricular Acupuncture and is qualified to administer acupuncture in the ear, which is fantastic as not all patients are able to lie still on a treatment couch for very long; this allows Gaynor to reach out to more people with her unique style of treatments.
An interview with Gaynor
Do you enjoy working as an acupuncturist?
“I feel really lucky to be able to do something that I enjoy every day. I know sounds like a cliché but I am really passionate about health and passing on what I learn to others. To me it’s not just about what I can do through acupuncture, but also what I might suggest patients try in order to empower themselves through their own healing journey. It is my hope that this makes them feel more in control of their life. There is nothing more satisfying than watching someone’s health improve when they had previously felt limited by their illness.”
What do you do when you are not at work?
“I have a family that I enjoy spending time with; I’m not quite sure where all the years have gone but my children are all grown up now and at the beginning of their own career journey. When I’m not with my family, I love trying out new recipes, walking, tai chi and snuggling up with the cat”.
What do you find challenging in the work place?
“I do engage with reflective and mindful practice in order to overcome areas or subjects that might be testing. I guess if I had to pick something, I would say that one of the biggest challenges is balancing the demands of patients wanting a “quick fix” against an obligation to uphold their health. This is because a quick fix is not always possible. Often people arrive to clinic having suffered with their condition for years and having tried every available treatment and medication and yet they are still unwell. Most people notice a change after their first acupuncture treatment but it may take several treatments before a patient notices a more significant change. Everyone is different, and people may present different signs and symptoms to someone else with the same condition. The beauty of acupuncture is that each treatment is designed for each unique individual. Most often the pressure I feel is the pressure that I put myself under, which really comes from wanting to do the very best for my patient”.
What do you think about mainstream medicine?
“I think mainstream medicine certainly has its place, for example emergency medicine and surgery is excellent, as is the ancillary nursing care that goes alongside it. However, I do feel that there are some gaps when it comes to treating chronic pain syndromes; mass medication and the view that there is a pill for every ill is of real concern to me. I would love to see the medical profession integrate their services so that patients receives care that is most suited to their need”.
What are your ambitions in life?
“I don’t have any big material ambitions, my main aim in life, in general, is to live each day as best as I can whilst being true to myself, appreciating what is around me, the people that enter my life and the lessons that come my way”.