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Award-winning  ACUPUNCTURIST

Irina Szmelskyj is a registered acupuncturist with over 17 years experience practising at True Health Clinics, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

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Irina Szmelskyj
Award-winning Acupuncturist

DipAc, MSc, MBAcC, MBAA, BAFMOR, FRSPH

  • National Award-Winning Acupuncturist
  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Council
  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Association
  • Registered with the British Medical Acupuncture Society
  • 17 Years' Experience
  • International Speaker and Presenter
  • MSc Lecturer and Examiner
  • Specialising in fertility, IVF and miscarriage prevention
  • Co-author of the International Best-Selling Textbook on the management of fertility and IVF patients 'Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction', ISBN 978-0702050107

Professional profile

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QUALIFICATIONS

Certificate in Acupuncture, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK, 2003

Diploma in Acupuncture, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK, 2004

Master of Science in Acupuncture (passed with distinction), University of Wales, 2004

Post-graduate training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, 2004

Numerous fertility and IVF courses attended between 2004 and now

Post-graduate training in fertility, gynaecology and early pregnancy ultrasound scanning, The College of Radiographers, Bournemouth University, 2013

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MEMBERSHIPS

Member of The British Acupuncture Council, the UK's governing body for acupuncture practice and training.

Member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society, the UK's main medical acupuncturists' regulating body.

Member of The British Acupuncture Association

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MAIN SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

Szmelskyj, I., & Aquilina, L. (2014). Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An integrated approach to treatment and management. (A. Szmelskyj, Ed.) Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An integrated approach to treatment and management. http://doi.org/10.1016/C2011-0-05861-1 A best-selling textbook on acupuncture management of fertility and IVF patients as well as early pregnancy support.

Szmelskyj, I. (2015). Acupuncture in Assisted Reproduction. In J. Bold & S. Bedford (Eds.), Integrated Approaches To Infertility, IVF And Recurrent Miscarriage. Singing Dragon. ISBN 978-1848191556. 

Szmelskyj, I., & Szmelskyj, A. (2017). Acupuncture for infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(15), 1501. http://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2017.13382

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SPECIALISMS

Irina has extensive experience in the treatment of the following conditions:

• Pain related disorders

• Fertility, IVF, early pregnancy support

• Insomnia

• Women's health related complaints, including menstrual pain and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings

• Cancer treatment side-effects support

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Irina was born in Ukraine and permanently moved to England in 1995 after marrying Alan Szmelskyj. They have been married for over 25 years and have two children.

When not working, Irina enjoys playing the piano, reading, travelling, narrow boating and playing with her family and two Burmese cats. Irina is multilingual and fluent in English and Ukrainian and has a good working knowledge of Russian.

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CONFERENCES AND PUBLICATIONS

Invited Guest Lecturer at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK. Title "Acupuncture and Fertility: an Integrated Approach". 2011 to present.

Invited speaker at The 6th National Congress, Associazione Medici Agopuntori Bolognesi, Bologna, Italy. October, 2017. Presentations titles:

• “Acupuncture Treatment During IVF”;

• “Advanced Infertility Medical Tests and Investigations: Interpretation and Implications for Acupuncturists”;

• “Acupuncture and IVF Research Design: Are We Asking the Right Questions?”

Invited guest lecturer at The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, New Zealand.
Title "Limitations of Acupuncture and IVF Research". November, 2015

Invited speaker and expert panel member at The British Medical Acupuncture Society's Spring Meeting, Newcastle, UK.
Title "Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Research Design: Are We Asking the Right Questions?". April, 2015

Invited speaker at The Acupuncture Fertility Network Conference, Gloucestershire, UK.
Title "Conventional Medical Infertility Investigations: Interpretation and Implications for Acupuncturists". March, 2015

Speaker at the 17th International Acupuncture Research Symposium, King's College, London, UK.
Title "Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Research Design: Are We Asking the Right Questions?". March, 2015

Invited guest lecturer at The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, New Zealand.
Title "Outcome Measures". November 2014.

Speaker at The Annual Zita West Fertility Acupuncturists Network Seminar, The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK.
Title "Mechanisms of Acupuncture in Reproductive Medicine: Summary of Research". November 2014.

Invited guest lecturer at Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK.
Title "Acupuncture and Fertility: an Integrated Approach". 2011-2014. 

World-leading expertise in acupuncture treatment of fertility and IVF patients

Our principal acupuncturist Irina Szmelskyj is a co-author of a leading textbook on acupuncture treatment of fertility and IVF patients. The book 'Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction' (ISBN 978-0702050107) co-authored by Irina Szmelskyj and Lianne Aquilina and edited by Alan Szmelskyj reached No1 best-seller ranking in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, India.

What Irina's patients say

"I have just had my first meeting with Irina to discuss acupuncture as I am having IVF. I left the meeting feeling more positive about my IVF journey than I have done in months. Not only did she explain how acupuncture can help, she also has really good knowledge of the IVF process and how different drug protocols can help depending on your need for fertility treatment. I think I have found a gem - thank you Irina!"

"Irina is exceptional in her knowledge about acupuncture and fertility. She is friendly and professional and goes beyond the call of duty to support her patients, offering genuine care and much-valued advice as well as treatment. I would highly recommend her."

"I can’t speak highly enough of Irina. She made me feel like I was her only patient. Her expertise in fertility made me completely confident that I was in good hands and she answered every question with detailed, evidence-based knowledge. Irina gave me hope and positivity when I felt I had none and she filled with me confidence that this pregnancy would be different. Irina is professional, sympathetic, and thoughtful. I just wished I had found her seven years ago."

"The passion of Irina about her job and fertility is just incredible. No doubt that her care, her responsibility and knowledge make her one of the best acupuncture practitioner for this topic. I drive 1.5h (45minx2) to go to her sessions and I will certainly keep doing it! I highly recommend her."

"I came away feeling fully informed, very relaxed and positive following on from my first consultation /acupuncture treatment. Irina is very professional, friendly and makes you feel that you are in the very best hands. The acupuncture was completely pain free and the heat treatment very soothing. I am particularly grateful for all of the advice that Irina gives me, she takes into account the whole picture of your presenting complaint. I like her honest approach and realistic expectation to each individual case. I would not hesitate to recommend Irina (True Health Clinics)."

"Irina was fantastic. She was so informative and I came away feeling very positive about trying to conceive. I have seen various doctors and consultants, but none have been as informative as Irena!

She made me feel at ease and the whole process was not as daunting as I thought.

I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone!"

We are fully accredited

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Registered with The British Acupuncture Council

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Accredited by The Professional Standards Authority

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Member of The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis

True Health Clinics
34 Cambridge Road
Godmanchester
Huntingdon
PE29 2BT
01480435554

Shortcuts:

Menopausal symptoms

Back pain

Headaches, migraines

Insomnia

Patients travel to see us from a wide area, including Huntingdon, Peterborough, Cambridge, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and London.

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