Emma Sandford

MBChB 1992 (Bacelor of Medicine and Surgery U.K.)
FRCOpth 1998 (Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists U.K.)
Certificate in mMedical acupuncture from BMAS (British Medical Acupuncture Society)

Emma did her medical and specialist training in the UK. She came to New Zealand 13 years ago with her Kiwi husband, Jason. They bought a lifestyle block, built a house or two, started a business and have been home schooling their two children from the moment they were born. The farmlet bears fruit, veges, honey, meat and eggs and Jason and Emma are aiming for a more sustainable and self sufficient living.

Emma's interest in natural medicine began when her own health difficulties began 2001. Modern medicine was ill equipped to deal with them and she sought the help of a talented TCM practitioner. Her body's response to diet changes, herbs and acupuncture inspired further interest and study. Emma has gained insights through the “Nourishing Traditions” way of understanding, preparing and eating food and has integrated a great deal of this wisdom into her practice. Emma is of the firm belief that Hippocrates knew what he was talking about when he said “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine by thy food”. She continues to learn in this arena and substantially uses dietary advise to affect patient health.

Emma has integrated massage and acupuncture into her practice and has seen a great physical compliment to the other modalities that she employs.

After a substantial break, she re-entered ophthalmology as a Medical Officer in 2009 and has been working at Tauranga Eye Specialists performing the public sector Avastin injections for predominantly wet type Age Related Macula Degeneration (AMD). There she also performs various types of laser surgery. In 2015 she took up a temporary contracting position, again as M.O., at Hamilton district hospital. There she worked under Stephen Guest in the general medical retina clinic and ran an Avastin clinic.

She realised that there was a need within the field to add these elements to the already large body of modern biomedical knowledge and expertise. Patients responded eagerly to the prospect of being able to effect their own disease course and to do whatever they could to maximise their general and ocular health. She was invited to speak at a Retina NZ meeting and subsequently was asked to write a series of articles for their magazine.

Emma has embarked upon a degree course in Natural Medicine which she will complete in 2019, to gain knowledge and insight into both ancient Western and Eastern health knowledge and healing wisdom. The course has a sound scientific base which marries well with Emma's existing knowledge and understanding, but it also contains a great deal of tradition, including Rongoa Maori, and wise woman traditional understanding. The view that “art is long and life is short”, “Ars longa, vita brevis” is the Motto of Sheffield Medical School, where Emma first entered the halls of medicine.

There is a life time of learning and knowledge and wisdom to attain and Emma is ready to share what she has learned.