Dee Atkinson

Dee Atkinson

Dee Atkinson, Medical Herbalist

BA(Hons) FNIMH Medical Herbalist

Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine

Dee is the senior herbal practitioner at Napiers the Herbalists in Edinburgh. She runs a general medicine clinic with a special interest in women’s health, managing hormonal health and ageing. More recently, Dee set up the Napiers Long Covid Clinic to facilitate an integrated approach between doctors, herbalists and nutritionist to this new disease.


I take an eclectic and wide ranging approach to health and to both assessing and working with my patients. I have learnt that there is no one answer or way to good health, but rather many inter-linking paths and crossovers. I have trained in orthodox medical science and clinical diagnosis but also have an understanding that illness has both a physical and an 'energy' side. I take time with my patients to work on both the presenting symptoms and the possible underlying causes. I will often ask for copies of blood work, or arrange for further testes to be done. I know that flexibility and understanding are needed when working with complex health situations and there is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I often use different modalities such as nutrition and lifestyle advice and working within a multidisciplinary clinic means that patients have the benefit of access to other therapists and I often cross refer where appropriate.

Ill health and disease are often the expression of internal imbalance. In many cases, we do not fully understand the mechanisms that lead to this imbalance, sometimes seeking help for one physical problem, such as a rash for example, when the real issue comes from an internal imbalance. I always look beyond the presenting complaint to try to understand this imbalance: it might come from the gut microbiome for instance, or it could be an inherited pathway or perhaps be driven by stress. The true aim of a herbal consultation is to restore both physical and energy balances throughout the body and to help the patient with a health road map. Herbal Medicine is the oldest known form of medicine and, in world terms, is the most widely used form of medicine. Herbal medicine can work well alongside orthodox medicine and patients can often benefit from a dual approach.


Many of my patients have chronic health issues and come to herbal medicine looking for support in the management of them, whilst others have a single problem that they want to address. Some patients are referred by their GP or consultant, and I often work as part of a patient's healthcare team. I may suggest that other treatments, either orthodox or complementary, would be more appropriate for your condition. It is always my responsibility to make sure that I take the best approach for your health issue.

A large part of my practice is working with women's health care, with an emphasis on managing hormonal change and ageing. I also support patients who are undergoing cancer treatments, often working with their healthcare team. This is an area of special interest in which I have personal experience. I have over 35 years of clinical experience and have worked with many different health scenarios. If you are unsure about whether I can help, please contact me before booking or talk to the Edinburgh Clinic reception team.


Dee qualified in 1988 after four years of intensive study at the now famous School Of Herbal Medicine under the guidance of Hein Zeylestra. With a passion for the UK tradition of herbal dispensaries and the history of plant medicine, Dee was offered the opportunity to take over Napiers in Edinburgh, the UK’s oldest herbal house. She re-built the business and set up integrated health clinics, bringing together students of herbal medicine, doctors and qualified herbalists. Dee has handed over the Napiers business and now she concentrates on her clinical practice.

Dee is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and regularly attends conferences and training workshops both in the UK and abroad. She has been a Council Member of NIMH, and has represented the profession in negotiations with The Department of Health and in Parliament.

Dee is a senior clinical supervisor on the Heartwood Professional Course in Herbal Medicine and a guest lecturer on the Royal Botanic gardens Diploma in Herbology course.

If you would like to book an appointment with Dee please contact Napiers Edinburgh Clinic Reception on 0131 225 5542, or email us at

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Nikki Biddiss

Nikki Biddiss


BSc (Hons), MNIMH. Medical Herbalist


  • First class honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London in 2011 
  • ITEC Diplomas in Holistic Massage and Aromatherapy. 
  • Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the UK’s leading professional body representing herbal practitioners. 
  • Diploma in Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring from University of the West of Scotland


Stress management, Lyme disease, Menopause and Reproductive Health, in addition to general practice.


Nikki was awarded a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London and trained at clinics in Glasgow and London. She was also awarded the Arthur Barker prize for her final examination grades. Nikki also has ITEC Diplomas in Holistic Massage and Aromatherapy. 

She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists which is the UK’s leading professional body representing herbal practitioners. NIMH members follow a strict code of conduct and are committed to ongoing and continual practitioner development and training.  


Nikki’s first degree was a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Strathclyde and she worked in commercial banking for 14 years, 5 years at Director level before retraining in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy Massage. At 29, she was one of the youngest females to be appointed a Director in the bank’s history. Amongst many career highlights, Nikki obtained the ‘Healthy Working Lives’ Award for her business in recognition of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative she devised for her division. 

She notes “As a manager with responsibility for nearly 100 staff. I could see the toll modern life was taking on people and was motivated to explore therapies which sought to manage physical, emotional and mental health. I believe we all want to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and I see my role as working with the patient to formulate management plans which puts them back in control and supports them in maximising their health and wellbeing.” 


The first consultation takes 45 minutes. Nikki will take a detailed medical history covering not only your current complaint and medications, allergies and family history, but also your diet and lifestyle. Your blood pressure and pulse will be checked and sometimes further physical examination may be necessary. 

Your management plan will then be discussed and agreed with you. Following the consultation, Nikki will formulate a mix of suitable herbs individually tailored to your needs. The medicine may be in the form of a tincture (ethanol and water based herb extract), a tea (dried herbs) or a cream. Nutritional or lifestyle advice, if appropriate, may also be given. 

A shorter follow-up consultation will take place 3-4 weeks later to monitor your progress. This will take approximately 30 minutes. If you need further consultations, additional visits are generally at three, four or six week intervals. 


Many patients are delighted at the opportunity given to discuss their physical and emotional wellbeing in-depth and can feel a sense of relief that their needs are being listened to by a skilled practitioner. 

The same disease does not necessarily affect two individuals in the same way and patients really appreciate that medicines are being formulated and tailored to meet their specific needs. 

Many come to appreciate the power of natural remedies dispensed by a highly trained medical herbalist. 


Massages can be booked for 30 minutes or 60 minutes. Nikki will start by doing a consultation with you to find out about your health and wellbeing asking questions about your medical history, general health, diet, sleep patterns and lifestyle. This will help decide which essential oils are most appropriate for you and Nikki will discuss with you which areas you would like the massage to focus on such as the back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs feet, face or scalp. 

You will be able to change in private and will need to get undressed (apart from your underwear) for the massage but you will be covered up by towels at all times except for the parts of the body being worked on. 

We suggest that you don’t eat for two hours before the massage and no alcohol should be consumed before or immediately after the massage. 


You'll probably want to lie back and enjoy smelling beautiful for a while! How you will feel depends on the type of massage you have asked for: either relaxing or invigorating. After a massage, clients often feel calm, relaxed and maybe even a little sleepy or they can feel emotionally uplifted and revitalised. It is important that you relax after having a massage and drink lots of water. 

Sometimes, depending on the oils used, the therapeutic effect can be instant; sometimes it is more subtle and develops over time. Hopefully you will leave feeling more balanced and with an overall improved sense of well being. 

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Clare Holohan

Clare Holohan

Bsc (Hons) Herbal Medicine, MNIMH

Clare is an experienced medical herbalist based in the West Highlands of Scotland, home to deer, livestock, ticks, and Lyme disease. She works for the Napier's Lyme clinic on a Thursday morning. Clare is passionate about plants, people, food, nutrition and health. She believes that leading a healthy and happy life equates to preventative medicine and contributes towards optimum health. Following a short career in catering and hospitality, she decided to pursue a more fulfilling path combining her interest in nutrition with working with plant medicine. She began her degree in Herbal Medicine at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow. During this time she qualified with a diploma in Holistic Massage and a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy. She also studied nutrition, organic growing, practical pharmacy and plant identification. Following the School's closure in 2010, she transferred to the University of East London where she graduated in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine. Everyone is different, so Clare takes a patient centred approach, with the treatment and advice tailored to the individual. By using herbs, nutrition and lifestyle advice, Clare combines her empathetic approach with encouraging her patients to take responsibility for their own health while supporting them in this process. This leads to lasting changes and all-round better health and well-being. She has a keen interest in cooking and nutrition, growing plants, raising animals naturally and making herbal medicines.


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Juliette Lowe

Juliette Lowe

Juliette Lowe

DipCHM, Chinese Herbal Medicine, RCHM


Juliette's qualifications include a BSc in Psychology from Edinburgh University; a Diploma in Acupuncture from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (DipAc); a Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the London Academy of Oriental Medicine (DipCHM); Clinical training in Acupuncture in China at the International Training Centre in Nanjing, China. Juliette is also a trained yoga teacher.


August 22, 2020 — Caitlin Keddie
Angela MacRitchie

Angela MacRitchie

Angela MacRitchie

Dip. Herb. (CNM), Dip. Nat. Nut. (CNM).


Angela practices Herbal Medicine at Napiers Bathgate. She practices Naturopathic Nutrition, reflexology, reiki and massage at Napiers Glasgow. Angela studied her Diploma in Herbal Medicine and her three year Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). She is member of several professional bodies that require members to follow a strict code of conduct, ethics and continuous professional development and training. Angela is also qualified in a wide range of massage therapies, reflexology and has been a Reiki master for the last five years.


Diploma Herbal Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, Edinburgh


BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists)

A.M.H. (Association of Master Herbalists)

U.R.H.P. (United Register of Herbal Practitioners)

N.N.A. (Naturopathic Nutrition Association)

C.N.H.C. (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)

I had been in the fashion industry for 20+ years and always felt there was a deeper and more meaningful aspect to life. This prompted me to embark on learning and understanding about nutrition and the effects that it has on the mind, body and spirit. The stresses of modern life, which I experienced in my previous role, have motivated me to support people holistically through naturopathy and nutrition. I am passionate about helping people take control of their health and wellbeing.

Audrey Marchbank

Audrey Marchbank

Audrey Marchbank, Herbalist

Bsc (Hons) Herbal Medicine & Phytotherapy, MNIMH

Audrey is a Medical Herbalist, graduating in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine & Phytotherapy from Edinburgh’s Napier University and is a registered member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH). She has a long career in local government (MSc in Public Service Leadership) but her passion has always been Herbal Medicine, plants and nature, assisting people with their health and wellbeing in a natural holistic way. Audrey practices Herbal Medicine at Napiers Bathgate, runs the Ellwyn Herbal Practice, a private clinic in Midlothian and also works with Grass Roots Remedies, practicing Herbal Medicine at the Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, one of only two examples in Britain of herbalism being offered in an integrated primary care setting alongside local NHS services. Audrey believes it is important for an individual to be given the time to share any concerns and to work in partnership together, in obtaining the best possible health and wellness. Looking at not only a tailored herbal approach but also at diet, nutrition, lifestyle and emotional wellbeing.

Audrey works at Napiers Bathgate on Saturdays.


August 20, 2020 — Caitlin Keddie
Clare McQuade

Clare McQuade

Clare McQuade

BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Clare’s interest in natural medicine was sparked in her early teenage years whilst dealing with a severe flare up of psoriasis. Having tried numerous prescriptions with no success she began to explore other treatment avenues, in time leading her to a herbalist and a nutritionist as well as food intolerance testing. After starting on a strict diet and herbal protocol, Clare’s psoriasis completely cleared. Amazed by this change in her condition, she was keen to learn more about health, how our dietary and lifestyle choices can influence our health, and how we can heal using herbs.

This has developed into a lifelong passion and though she continues to have a special interest in treating skin conditions, having had such an experience herself, Clare also treats a wide spectrum of other conditions from lowered immunity to sleep issues, hormonal upsets to digestive troubles.

Over the years Clare has turned time and again to herbal medicine and nutrition to treat her own and her families ails. Herself now a mother to two daughters, she has developed a particular interest in using herbs to guide mothers through pregnancy and new motherhood, as well as treating the common childhood ills such as coughs and cold, eczema, digestive upsets and molluscum.

Clare began training at Edinburgh’s Napier University in 2005, gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine in 2009. She joined the Napiers Clinic team shortly after her graduation, initially working in the dispensary before beginning her herbal practice in 2010. Since then she has been a key member of our clinical team, working alongside Dee Atkinson in running the general herbal clinics, as well as heading the Baby & Child Clinic.


Clare feels that it is important to view each person individually and holistically; to go beyond the surface symptoms to find out what is disturbing the harmonious balance of health within that person, and to treat that root cause be it dietary, emotional, external or internal.

For her, nutrition and the condition of the digestive system are of paramount importance; providing the body with a healthy, balanced diet and ensuring the proper digestion and assimilation of foods provides a strong platform for overall health. She will always look to address any imbalances in the dietary intake as well as healing the gut and supporting optimal gut function by dealing with acid reflux, ‘IBS’, bloating and constipation.

With so many health problems arising from high stress levels, Clare views emotional health and a balanced nervous system as vitally important to overall wellbeing, and will aim to provide this balance through herbs as well as lifestyle advice. She can also address specific emotional conditions such as anxiety, low mood and depression.

Clare can also use herbs to help bring the hormones into balance to aid treatment of premenstrual tension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine fibroids, irregular or painful periods, enlarged prostate, and to aid in fertility issues.


An initial consultation will usually last 45 minutes (30 minutes for children), during which time Clare will discuss in detail the current symptoms, as well as the past medical history, the diet, stress levels and lifestyle choices. She will then prescribe a herbal treatment tailored to each patient based on the consultation, these may be in tincture, tea, or capsule form, she will also discuss any dietary changes relevant to the case and may recommend dietary supplements to support these changes, and will make suggestions for any lifestyle changes necessary.

Repeat consultations usually last 30 minutes, during which time Clare can assess the progress of the condition, and make any changes necessary to the herbal treatments.

Clare practices from Napiers Edinburgh Clinic.
If you would like to book an appointment with Clare please contact Napiers Edinburgh Clinic on 0131 225 5542 or email us at

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Thanos Razis

Thanos Razis

Thanos Razis, Medical Herbalist & Homeopath

BSc Hons Herbal Medicine, University of Westminster


Thanos is an experienced Medical Herbalist and Homeopath. He studied Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2007, and went on to practice as resident herbalist at a London clinic whilst studying for his Classical Homeopathy degree at the same institution. In 2013, he moved to Scotland and started practicing at D.Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh. He now practices at Napiers Bathgate and Napiers Edinburgh Clinics.


Thanos' approach to treatment is in accordance with his belief that, to a lesser or greater extent, better health is achievable by anyone who has the will and commitment to make long term changes and incorporate new, more beneficial habits into their life. Illness, and especially chronic one, can be the end result of factors and/or habits that can go back years in a person’s life and so to achieve true health it needs patience, commitment and time.

Thanos has found that blending herbal medicine with homeopathy is a gentle but effective approach particularly suitable for those weakened by long-term chronic illnesses, people with sensitive constitutions and for children. 


Thanos’s clinic is on Thursdays and can be in person, through Skype or FaceTime from 10:30 - 13:30 and 14:30 - 16:30. 

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Kim Stirling

Kim Stirling

Kim Stirling

BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Kim originally qualified as a dental nurse in 1996 and joined a busy practice. As a Lead Dental Nurse for over 20 years she helped to implement a better ‘patient journey’ including pre and post appointment advice. However, holistic health had always interested her and she qualified in Aromatherapy Massage in 2001 and Indian Head Massage in 2002. Working with the needs of her massage clients led to a deeper interest in their health and Kim studied the BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine degree at Napier University, Edinburgh - completing her studies in 2007. She stopped practicing and massage to have a family in 2010. 

From 2016, she worked as Compliance Manager for Avena Consultants, reviewing botanical products and herbal supplements. A niche and challenging field that required excellent administration, research, legal and scientific skills. Underpinning both her roles was a love of science, therapeutics and research. 

Kim returned to herbal medicine practice in 2020. She is passionate about herbal medicine, therapeutics, plants and people.


Kim also works as Medical Secretary for the Lyme Clinic based here at Napiers Bathgate. Her research skills make her a valuable member of the Lyme disease team - a much under-documented condition which affects many people across the U.K.

Kim consults with patients who have a wide variety of needs.

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Monica Wilde

Monica Wilde

Monica Wilde, Research Herbalist

MSc Herbal Medicine (UCLAN), FLS

Monica has a Masters degree in herbal medicine from the University of Central Lancashire. She is the research herbalist heading up the Napiers Lyme Clinic. The Lyme Clinic specialism is Lyme disease Borrelia burgdorferi and co-infections - crypto-infections Bartonella, Babesia, Rickettsia, Erlichia, Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, etc. A research herbalist is not the same as a medical herbalist and Monica does not run a general clinical practice. This allows her to focus on Lyme disease and bacterial and viral infections.

Her Masters dissertation was on the concomitant prescribing of the proton-pump inhibitor drug, omeprazole, with herbs and micronutrients. She has a particular interest in beneficial concomitant prescribing and in Integrative Medicine, committed to research for patients who need to take chemical (allopathic) drugs but wish to also take herbal medicine as part of a holistic healthcare plan. Experience has taught her that a holistic approach can reduce chemical drug side effects in an extremely beneficial way for the patient while still ensuring the treatment that they need.

Previous specialist fields include the study of chelated iodine in seaweed and its effect on iodine insufficiency and thyroid function. She has designed, and currently seeking funding for, a clinical trial to monitor the consumption of seaweed in the form of Napiers Organic Hebridean Kelp capsules by people also taking levothyroxine for underactive thyroid to improve their baseline health. She is a member of the Academy of Integrative Health Medicine, following the development of the field of integrative medicine with great interest. She has also researched the cosmetic uses of native species for use in cosmetics.

Monica is also a guest lecturer on the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh Diploma in Herbology course teaching the medicinal uses of seaweeds, fungi, tree saps and resins. 

Monica has a deep passion for plants, fungi and the natural world. Meeting a Kikuyu herbalist on the Kenyan farm of her childhood, inspired a lifetime of interest and studying of herbal medicine. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a founding Member of the Association of Foragers and a foraging teacher of wild food and wild plant medicine. More about these aspects of her life can be found on her blog


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Find A Herbalist

In the UK you can find a qualified medical herbalist through: 

Napiers Clinics (Bathgate, Edinburgh, Glasgow and online)

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Click and enter your postcode) 

The College of Phytotherapy Practitioners (Click and scroll for your region)

or The Association of Master Herbalists

or The Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners

Online Consultations: It is best for you to consult medical herbalist in person, for a face to face consultation. However, there are some circumstances where this may not be possible. For example if you are housebound, too unwell to travel, there is no herbalist in your geographic area, etc.. In this case, we can arrange an online or telephone consultation. Click here for more details.

Not in Britain? We can arrange a telephone, Skype or FaceTime consultation with one of our herbalists. However, you may be able to find a qualified herbalist in your country. The following links will help you to find qualified Western Medical Herbalists in countries outside the UK:

Ireland: The Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists

USA: The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and The American Herbalists Guild (AHG)

Canada: The Canadian Naturopathic Association (CAND) and The Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA)

Australia: The National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)

New Zealand: The New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH)

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