The Doctors

Dr Ann Bowden MCCh DCH MFHom DipAT

Following a long career as a GP, Dr Bowden has worked at the RLHIM since 1989 developing the Autogenic Training service and promoting its availability within the NHS.

As a homeopathic practitioner she is also a member of the team of women doctors who work together to promote women’s health and who are able to offer patients access to the various complementary therapies available at the hospital.

The particular interest and focus of her work is to enable patients to tap into their innate self-healing abilities. Autogenic Training (AT) is a mind/body meditative practice which induces mental, physical and emotional relaxation and rebalancing. It offers patients a simple drug free process which is particularly effective for anxiety, sleeping problems and the stress of chronic symptoms and ill health.

Dr Bowden has published research on the applications of AT; is a lecturer for the RLHIM and the British Autogenic Training Society and was award a Fellowship of the Society in 2004 for her work in promoting AT in the NHS.


Dr Cannell’s postgraduate clinical work included casualty experience, general medicine, rheumatology and surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. He is also a partner in a practice in St Albans, where he also practices and works part time at the RLHIM, currently in the Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Departments, having previously worked in the Children’s and General Medicine Clinics.

Always aiming to help his patients to the best of his ability, Dr Cannell has continued to develop his skills in the areas of allergy and nutritional medicine. He gained his MFHom in 1998. He also practices western acupuncture and is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

He has found acupuncture to be very useful alongside homeopathy when helping patients with headaches and musculoskeletal conditions, which includes rheumatism and arthritis and other pain disorders.

In 2008, his GP practice in St Albans was awarded the NHS Alliance Award for Complementary Medicine and also the Practice Based Commissioning Award from the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health.

Dr Mike Cummings MB ChB DipMedAc

Dr Cummings originally trained as a primary care doctor while serving with the Royal Air Force and was awarded the Gulf War medal. It was whilst serving that he first stumbled upon acupuncture. Having trained he was surprised to see how effective acupuncture dry needling could be in treating some of the musculoskeletal conditions which were common in military practice.

He now specialises in Western medical acupuncture, devoting his clinical time principally to the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal pain.

Dr Cummings has been at the RLHIM since becoming Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society in 2001. He also lectures and writes widely on the subject of medical acupuncture, and is Associate Editor of the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.

In addition to being an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the RLHIM, he is a Senior Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School, where he is an assessor on the UK’s only MSc in Western medical acupuncture.

Dr Sara Eames BSc MB ChB DGM FFHom
Director of Women’s Services and Director of Education

Sara Eames Dr Eames qualified from Bristol Medical School in 1979 and has worked widely in General Practice and Psychiatry. She has always been interested in a holistic approach to medicine and became fascinated by homeopathy in the 1980s when she saw it helping patients who had not responded to conventional treatments. She retired as President of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2014 having been in post since 2009.

With Dr Lenhart and Dr Andrea Wiessner, Dr Eames helped set-up and run an integrated Antenatal Clinic at the RLHIM, focusing on pregnancy related problems, and runs a weekly Mothers & Babies Clinic for antenatal and postnatal related conditions.

She has worked in the Women’s and Children’s Clinics at the RLHIM since 1996 and became Director of the Women’s service in 2000.

Dr Eames has a special interest in helping patients in the management of conditions such as the menopause, infertility of unexplained origin, pre-menstrual syndrome, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis and recurrent infections. She is also interested in helping patients who have never been well since particular events in their lives and greatly enjoys working with children, too.

Dr Eames accepts NHS and private referrals.

Dr Mike Finnegan BA MB BCh BAO MFHom

Dr Michael Finnegan qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1974 and was joint winner of the Wheeler Prize in General Medicine at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital the same year. He did his Post Graduate hospital rotation in Northern Ireland in Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Paediatrics Medicine & Surgery and General Surgery. In 1982 he undertook his GP training.

Dr Finnegan’s first contact with homoeopathy was through Dr Andrew Lockie in 1973 and this interest was strengthened a year later through Dr Margery Blackie. He joined the RLHIM in the early 1980s as Medical Registrar, qualified as a member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1983 and is still working part-time as an Associate Specialist at the RLHIM.

He re-entered general practice part-time 1995 and currently also works as GP partner in East London.

Dr Andrea Haas BM DipMSMed DSMSA MFSEM

Dr Andrea Haas has been working the field of Musculoskeletal Medicine for over 10 years and has been part time at the RLHIM since 2002. She is also a specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine and is a member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Dr Haas offers an integrated approach to her patients and therapies may include soft tissue injections, dry needling, acupuncture and prolotherapy. She is also gives advice on exercise and rehabilitation exercises.

When not at the RLHIM, the rest of her week is spent working in a private sports clinic and for the Army in the Regional Rehabilitation Unit.

She first became interested in this field of medicine when she took some time out from her career and did a full-time dance course, qualifying as a classical ballet teacher, which gives her a particular interest in dance. She is a member of British Performing Arts Medicine and continues to dance and also plays the violin.

Dr Gill Hyams BM, BS, BMedSci, MRCPsych, MFHom

Dr Gill Hyams graduated in 1983 before training as a psychiatrist, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1987. She was admitted to the GMC Specialist Register (Psychiatry) in 1997. She also has a Diploma in Alcohol Counselling and Consultation.

She has been working in the Women’s Clinic at the RLHIM since 2003 and became a Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2004.

Dr Hyams became interested in the connection between the mind and the body whilst at medical school, seeing the effects of stress and physical illness on patients and realising that some could benefit from a more holistic approach. As a psychiatrist she specialised in working with patients with addiction problems, enjoying the counselling aspect of the work. After a career break to bring up children, she trained in homeopathy because of its gentle and holistic approach.

A member of the Women’s Clinic Team, she sees patients who seek help and lifestyle advice in the management of a variety of gynaecological problems.

Since working at the RLHIM she has become increasingly aware of how diet can affect general well-being and health. This led to her setting up the Weight Loss Clinic together with the dietician and physiotherapist. The programme has a non-pharmacological approach and looks at dietary changes, cognitive-behaviour changes and changes in physical activity.

Dr Asha Jain MBBS MD (Obs & Gynae) MFHom

Dr Jain qualified in India and worked as a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Iran. She has worked as an Associate Specialist at the RLHIM since 1996 and became a Member of Faculty of Homeopathy in 2000. She works in the RLHIM’s Mood and Stress Disorder Clinic, in addition to treating a variety of problems in the General Medicine Clinic.

Dr Jain also works as a GP in a group practice in SE London. She is a GP Appraiser for the local PCT and is a GP tutor for 5th year medical students for the Department of General Practice & Primary Care School of Medicine, Guys, King’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals.

Her interest in Integrated Medicine was triggered by her general practice patients requesting complementary treatment. She considers herself to be in a privileged position as a conventional GP and homeopath, being able to offer the safe and effective practise of both complementary and conventional medicine, incorporating patient choice and beliefs.

Dr Jain has published in the Journal of Homeopathy and British Journal of General Practice, focusing on the benefits of homeopathy, and patients’ experiences and expectations of health care provisions respectively.

Dr Sosie Kassab MBBS FFHom MRCGP
Director of Complementary Cancer Services

After qualifying from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, Dr Sosie Kassab gained considerable experience in a range of different medical fields before joining the RLHIM in 1990.

Here she became interested in the use of complementary treatments for patients with cancer and has continued to specialise in this field and, in 1998 she was appointed Director of Complementary Cancer Services.

Dr Kassab specialises in homeopathy, acupuncture and Iscador (a mistletoe preparation from Anthroposophical medicine). These treatments are used to help with symptom relief, including side effects of conventional cancer treatments and quality of life. She is particularly concerned to ensure that complementary treatments are used safely and appropriately alongside the conventional.

She was a lead author for the 2009 Cochrane Review ‘Homeopathy for Adverse Effects of Cancer Treatments’, and was involved in developing the Complementary Therapies component of the NICE document ‘Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer’ (2004).

She teaches nationally on the role of complementary treatments and their uses for patients with Cancer.

She accepts NHS and private referrals.

Dr Jennifer Lenhart BA Med Sci MBChB MFHom MA

Dr Jennifer Lenhart obtained a BA with honours, qualifying MBChB in 1996 and a Masters Degree with distinction in Infant Mental Health. She trained in hospital paediatric medicine, spending several years working in the neonatal intensive care and special care baby units.

Dr Lenhart’s interest in complementary medicine started after being treated herself in Israel and Germany, which led her to study homeopathy. She qualified in 2003 and has been working at the RLHIM ever since.

Dr Lenhart specialises in homeopathic paediatric medicine, with a special interest in the emotional development and well-being of children. She combines her training in infant mental health with homeopathy and works closely with the UCLH’s neonatal team and also consults at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the UCLH Paediatric Intensive Care Units.

With Dr Eames and Dr Wiessner, she helped set up and run an integrated Antenatal Clinic at the RLHIM, focusing on pregnancy related problems, and runs a weekly Mothers & Babies Clinic for antenatal and postnatal related conditions.

Dr Lenhart teaches paediatric homeopathy to medical students and doctors nationally and internationally. She is passionate about holistic medicine and the use of safe integrated complementary medicine in children and pregnancy.

Dr Hugh Selsick BSc (Hons) MBBCh

Dr Hugh SelsickDr Selsick is Lead Clinician of the Insomnia Clinic at the RLHIM. He attained a BSc in Physiology, a BSc Honours in Experimental Physiology and MBBCh at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has worked as a psychiatrist for Camden and Islington Foundation Trust in London.

He is the chair of the Sleep Group, a special interest group in the Section of Neuropsychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. His special interests are insomnia and the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders.

Dr Raj Sharma MD MSc DipCT (Oxon)

Dr Raj Sharma qualified as a doctor from Charles University, Prague in 2003. After practising medicine for a few years, he pursued his main interests in Integrative and Complementary Medicine.

He gained his MSc in Hypnosis from the Psychology Department, University College London and founded the first and only NHS Medical and Clinical Hypnosis service in 2007, whilst training at the RLHIM.

In 2008 Dr Sharma was presented with the Young Scientist Award from the European Association of Oral Medicine for his research project “Hypnosis in Burning Mouth Syndrome Patients.” He undertook further training in Cognitive Therapy (CBT) at Oxford and obtained the Oxford University Diploma in Cognitive Therapy.

Dr Sharma runs the RLHIM’s Hypnosis and Cognitive Therapy Unit, where he treats a wide variety of medical, dental and psychological problems e.g. Irrtable Bowel Syndrome, Orofacial Pain, Anxiety Based Disorders, and Interventional Procedures.
Additional to his clinical responsibilities, he teaches medical students and doctors on various topics in relation to Medicine, Hypnosis and Cognitive Therapy, and runs a Special Study Component in Hypnosis for 2nd year UCL and Royal Free medical students.

He accepts NHS and private referrals.

Dr Sigfried Trefzer MFHom

As well as conventional medicine, Dr Sigfried Trefzer has trained in homoeopathy, osteopathy, muscular skeletal medicine, herbal medicine and acupuncture. He is an associate physician at the RLHIM and also runs a busy clinic in South West London and another in East Sussex.

Dr Andrea Wiessner MD State Exam Med 1989 T(GP) GP MFHom CSAMH, RCST

Dr Andrea Wiessner qualified as a doctor in 1989 in Germany and worked in conventional medicine for 8 years, first in hospital medicine and later as a GP. Her MD and GP training were undertaken in Germany and the UK.

Dr Wiessner became interested in Homoeopathy as she became dissatisfied with the fact that she was not really dealing with the cause of ill-health in her patients and, in 1993 began her homoeopathic training and is on the specialist register of the Faculty of Homoeopathy.

The concept of providing homoeopathy within the NHS fascinated her enormously as she feels very strongly that homoeopathy should be available to everyone. That is why she came to the RLHIM and has been working here since 1998.

With Dr Eames and Dr Lenhart, she set up and runs an integrated Antenatal Clinic and a weekly Mothers & Babies Clinic for antenatal and postnatal related conditions. She is also a member of the Skin Services Clinic and the General Medicine Department.

Apart from homoeopathy she provides Craniosacral Therapy and is registered with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK.

Dr Wiessner accepts NHS and private referrals.

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