Al completed 4 years training in acupuncture, qualifying in 2003. He studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, and International College of Oriental Medicine, East Grinstead. He is married to Deb, who he met at College.
Al was the acupuncturist to NHS, Social Services and Education Department employees in Swindon, and at the Terence Higgins's Trust in Bristol. As well as working at the Parker Clinic, he also practices at the Centre for Whole Health in Bedminster. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which carries with it strict codes of ethics and professional conduct. In addition, Al is also a qualified Social Worker, experienced in Mental Health Work.
Drawing on his mental health experience, Al has a special interest in helping people suffering from tension and inability to relax.