Degree in Humanities from the Polytechnic of Wales (now University of Mid Glamorgan)
Trained as a journalist with the Northavon Gazette series of weekly newspapers, completing the National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency examination. Worked for several regional newspapers, and became assistant news editor with the Leicester Mercury, before working as a freelance for national magazines and newspapers, focusing largely on health issues.
Tina says: “When my son was four months old, he developed severe eczema which covered him from head to foot. We were unhappy about the side effects of the hydrocortisone cream prescribed by the doctor, which anyway only worked for a short time before there was another flare up. My son’s face was sometimes covered in weeping spots and I felt strongly that there must be something out there that could help.
“I’d become interested in alternative approaches to conventional medicine after suffering from kidney problems helped greatly by Chinese herbal medicine, and it was the herbalist who suggested homeopathy. Within five months the eczema was completely gone! My son has continued to suffer from allergies, but less so as time has passed and we rarely need to use conventional medicine. Later, I also had homeopathic treatment myself, and became intrigued with this different approach to health and illness to the point where I was inspired to train as a homeopath.”
Tina practices in Leicester