Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture was originally part of traditional Eastern medicine, and has been practiced for thousands of years to cure many ailments. Doctors and missionaries brought acupuncture to Europe in the 17th century. It is now a common and widely accepted therapy.

In the Western Medical form of acupuncture, practitioners consider the physical and chemical effects the insertion of needles may have on ‘trigger’ points or acupoints. Trigger points are sensitive spots, often situated where nerves leave or enter muscles or tissues. Inserting a needle at these points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of discomfort, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The resulting improvement in biochemical balance results in stimulation of the body’s innate healing abilities, and promotion of physical and emotional well-being.

Denise Carey

Denise Carey obtained a Master’s degree in Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated in 2013 and since then has been working in private practice.

Denise has experience in diagnosing and treating patients with a variety of different conditions.

She has a wide range of knowledge and has a special interest in sports injuries, headaches, back, jaw, and neck pain.

Denise is a health and fitness enthusiast and researches the latest scientific papers. She is a keen runner, and practises Pilates and circuit training 3 days a week. She also practices yoga and meditation daily.

Denise is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Karen Willis

Karen is experienced in treating a range of patients – including office/desk-workers, pregnant women, the elderly, dancers, athletes, babies and children.

She obtained a First Class Honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine, plus Diplomas in Naturopathy and Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was also awarded a prize for Natural Therapeutics.

During the four years that Karen spent studying Osteopathy and Naturopathy, she worked as a Natural Remedies adviser, and practiced Lymphatic Drainage and Sports Massage.

Since qualifying as an Osteopath and Naturopath, she has completed further training in Medical Acupuncture (dry needling), Cranial Osteopathy (Sutherland Cranial College), and Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). For more information on these additional therapies please see

Karen originally trained as a Biochemist at the University of Edinburgh. During this period she became deeply interested in the field of complementary medicine. Following some years of research into cancer, genetic disorders and disease diagnostics, her interest in natural therapeutics led her to pursue a career in the healing sciences.

Karen is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, General Council and Register of Naturopaths, and British Naturopathic Association, and is a Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

Booking Information

If you would like more information or to book an appointment, please contact the practitioner directly. See below for contact details.

Treatment Fees

The initial 45 minute consultation, which includes treatment costs £100 and subsequent 30 minute treatments are £70. 

Contact Details: Denise Carey

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  • Direct Line: 07398 804971

Contact Details: Karen Willis

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  • Direct Line: 07881 525673


Clinic Central is located just off Upper Street in the heart of Islington, North London.

This is within easy reach of Angel, King’s Cross, Clerkenwell, The Barbican and The City, and within a couple of miles of Holloway, Camden, Kentish Town, Bloomsbury and Holborn.