The Clinic



Stephen Birch

PhD, lid NVA (Holland), LicAc (US), MBAcC (UK)

Has a BA in philosophy (1978). He started studying acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston in the US in 1980. His initial teachers were Tin Yau So, Ted Kaptchuk and Kiiko Matsumoto. Since graduation in 1982, he has practiced Japanese acupuncture exclusively, including specialty pediatric treatment methods called ‘shonishin’. He has practiced acupuncture continuously since 1982.

Junko Ida

BA, lid NVA (Holland), LicAc (US), MBAcC (UK)

Has a BA in Portugese-Brasilian studies from Sophia University in Tokyo. She began studying acupuncture in 1986 at the New England School of Acupuncture where she learned basic TCM and Japanese acupuncture methods. Among her teachers was Kiiko Matsumoto. She has been practicing Japanese acupuncture continuously since graduating in 1989.

Diane Sommers

MA, lid NVA (Holland).

She graduated in 1983 as physical therapist at the Academy for Physical Therapy ’s-Hertogenbosch. Almost directly after finishing this study she started working in a hospital and in a private practice and began the acupuncture training at Pa Kua institute. She finished the basic acupuncture education in 1987 at the European University for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Antwerp. After a working / training period in that same year in Beijing she began assisting as teacher at the EUTCM in Eindhoven and Malle.


Treatments are offered Monday-Friday, with some early morning and evening appointments available.

All three are members of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Acupunctuur (N.V.A.), thus many patients can get insurance reimbursement for treatment (call your insurance company to see if you are covered).