His working life started in the challenging world of professional sport where he pursued his childhood hobby of figure skating full-time. Having enjoyed some successes (and some struggles) he decided he needed a new challenge (and a more predictable income). He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1991 and went on to serve in a variety of roles as a uniform officer and later as a detective for nearly nearly twenty years.
After a rewarding career it was once again time for a new challenge. Many comment that the change to acupuncture is quite dramatic but after a lifetime of helping people in crisis a career in healthcare seemed like a natural step. With a keen interest in mental health, an area of medicine with limited conventional treatment options, complementary medicine offered interesting and exciting potential. Tony undertook three years of study for an acupuncture degree at the Northern College of Acupuncture, graduating with 1st class honours.
He currently operates acupuncture clinics in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk where he see’s patients for a wide range of physical and emotional health complaints. He is also a strong voice on behalf of the traditional acupuncture profession having held directorships of both the British Acupuncture Council and the British Acupuncture Accreditation Committee.
Tony is a passionate mental health campaigner. In 2017 he founded Ely based charity Talking FreEly. This community interest company promotes a better understanding and acceptance of mental illness through everyday conversation which includes holding public events, visiting schools and “popping up” wherever there is an opportunity to start a conversation. Tony also provides training in various aspects of mental health and wellbeing to businesses and has spoken publicly about his own struggles and the challenges of changing mindsets around mental illness.
Outside of work Tony is kept busy with a large family. He enjoys travel, being in nature and training in Shotokan Karate with his children. In 2019 he fulfilled a life long dream when he was awarded his black belt and is now focused on helping his children achieve the same milestone.