Interview with Rebecca Avern

In this brief interview you meet Rebecca Avern who is the author of the recently published textbook "Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers: Treating Both the Illness and the Child" brought to you by Singing Dragon.


Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, UK.  Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.  In 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the Panda Clinic.  She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level, most notably a year-long paediatric diploma at CICM which she took over teaching from Dr Julian Scott.

"In Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers Rebecca Avern provides us with a comprehensive exploration of childhood and the treatment of common childhood conditions. The book stands out for its exploration of the psycho-emotional realm, the interpersonal skills needed to work with children of differing ages, and the integration of both Traditional Chinese Medicine patterns with Five Phase dynamics. For practitioners working with children, this source will be a valuable reference for common conditions and patterns, including acupuncture and Tui Na protocols to initiate care, and considerations regarding the child's experience and how to optimize interpersonal connections.' "

David W. Miller
M.D., FAAP, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

"'The best book available on treating children! Rebecca runs a busy children's practice and, crucially, has two children of her own. It is clearly written, easy to read and you can dip into it to find an abundance of illustrations, tips and other gems.'"

Angela Hicks
Co-Founder, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK

"Reviews 'Any practitioner of Chinese medicine who wishes to expand their knowledge of pediatrics need not reach for other texts; Rebecca Avern thoroughly and thoughtfully presents the subject in exquisite detail. Every pediatric issue, from history, background, diagnosis, and treatment is analyzed. A smart and sensitive exploration of childhood ailments for the 21st century.' "

- Dr. Melanie Katin
DAMC, L.Ac. Faculty, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

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