I qualified as an acupuncturist in 2000, after 4 years of study and supervised clinical practice at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. At the same time I became a Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) which is the gold standard for an acupuncture practitioner.  Over 11 years I worked at Napiers both in Stockbridge and Bristo Place and in 2012 moved to my own clinic, the Albany Street Clinic in the New Town where I see both general and fertility patients.

I set up the Natural Fertility Centre in 2004 to offer a more comprehensive service and support network to couples, men and women. Jill Blakeway, owner of the YinOva centre in New York and author of bestseller 'The Fertility Plan' says

Rachael Forrest is a true expert in her field, with a deep knowledge of both Chinese medicine and fertility enhancement. Several years ago she visited the YinOva Center in New York to find out more about our approach to alternative fertility medicine, which shows her enthusiasm to learn new techniques and skills. This, combined with her warmth and kindness, is what makes Rachael such an exceptional practitioner and a good person to have on your side.

I also enjoy working with people with sports related injuries or arthritis as the benefits of acupuncture can sometimes be immediate and profound.

I have built on my general experience with courses of further study such as Advanced Needling Techniques.

Practising acupuncture is not only is it a rewarding and fulfilling job but I thrive on meeting so many new people and being able to help them overcome some of the difficulties they face.

I qualified in Maya Abdominal Massage in May 2007 and have attended specialist fertility training workshops by Zita West as well conferences on fertility (www.naturechild.co.uk and www.afc.com).