Sheila Smith

I trained initially as a Therapy Radiographer moving on to become Mammography and Health Imaging Specialist for Du Pont and then Kodak. I was involved in setting up the Breast Screening Service in the UK and training NHS staff in Leadership, Improving Patient Care and Stress Management.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 I explored different ways to cope with the psychological and emotional impact. After visiting the Bristol Centre and partaking in a pilot scheme for the Cavendish, now a well established Cancer Care Centre in Sheffield, I combined conventional treatments with exploring complementary approaches to help my physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual recovery.

Following my personal experience of Shiatsu, which helped me to regain my energy and reduce pain after radiotherapy, I undertook a 3 year training course, qualifying in 1995. I then went on to study Acupuncture, Meditation, Feng Shui and Thai massage. This supported me through two recurrences and finally a mastectomy in 1996.

I set up Health Matters on Anglesey in 1998 as an Holistic Therapy, Training and Cancer Support Centre with a focus on wellbeing. After a brief period working back in Sheffield I moved back to Wales and set up North Wales Cancer Care in 2012, exploring different ways of supporting people affected by cancer in the community.

With over 50 years experience of working in the field of cancer care, I am passionate about the need for psychological and emotional care to be addressed. I support people living with cancer through gentle hands on Shiatsu and ‘Energy for Life’ workshops to promote wellbeing and improve quality of life. I run my Clinical Practice and Workshops out of Caernarfon and Aberdaron.

I have worked in patient advocacy for many years and am currently Vice Chair of the North Wales Cancer Network Patient Forum. I have been involved in a number of working parties and pilot projects over the years looking at ways of integrating complementary therapies and self help approaches to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer.

I am a Graduate Member of the Shiatsu Society, registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and a fully insured practitioner.

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