Our Faculty

Faculty

Our number of faculty is unusually large and accomplished, dedicated, and committed. With this large faculty, students are exposed to a wide variety of styles and opinions about Chinese medicine, which will enable them to literally create a style of medicine that they understand and can be comfortable practicing.


Faculty

The faculty listed in this section are teaching during the current trimester.

 


Joseph Brady, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSTCM

Joe earned his Master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2006. He is an internationally recognized expert on healthy aging. He has spent over 20 years teaching t’ai chi, qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center, the University of Denver, Institute of Gerontology, and Metropolitan State University, Dept. of Human Performance. Former columnist on healthy aging for the Rocky Mountain News, he has presented at many scientific and medical conferences and twice been a featured presenter at the Oxford Roundtable at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford U.K. He currently runs his own clinic in the Denver Colorado.


Jon Cacherat, L.Ac., M.S.OM, M.Sc.

Jon has been a self-employed, holistic warrior in Denver, CO since 1996. He studied at the MTIC under Mark Manton and became a certified massage therapist, graduating with honors. Jon went on to attend the SWAC in Boulder, CO. He served his acupuncture externship at the Boulder County AIDS project. In addition to SWAC’s 3,100 hour program, he spent an additional 500 hours studying trigger point and sports acupuncture under Whitfield Reaves, O.M.D. Jon graduated in 2001 with a M.S.OM. He has a huge reservoir of clinical experience with treating musculoskeletal conditions and Chinese nutritional theory. All this time, Jon has always maintained his own private clinic as well as occasionally contracting with medical, physical therapy, or chiropractic offices.


Chris Cannon, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH, DAOM

Chris graduated from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1993 and completed a clinical internship at Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado and Hawaii. Since graduation she also was involved in a research study on treating pelvic pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Chris has also taught various Traditional Chinese Medicine subjects at other Colorado Oriental medicine schools. She specializes in Chinese herbal medicine, women’s health care and sports medicine.


Yi Cao, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., B.M. (China)

Yi Cao is a third generation Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor who graduated from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has published many articles in the Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, has been invited to many international conferences and has won many awards in China. Yi has taught acupuncture and supervised clinic interns at the university and in the hospital before coming to the United States. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. He specializes in the areas of neurological and psychological problems and currently has a private practice in Denver Colorado..


Courtney Carag, ND, M.S.AOM

Courtney earned a M.S.AOM from Bastyr University and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine there in 2006. She specializes in family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, fertility, and digestive issues. She enjoys swing dancing, rock climbing, hiking, and travel. She is NADA certified, has worked with pediatrics in Bolivia, Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Taiwan, and homeopathy in Germany, England, Scotland. She currently utilizes naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, along with visceral manipulation at her private practice in Arvada Colorado.


Greg Cicciu, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., AP (Florida)

Greg graduated from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea of being a healer “is a way of life” was the original draw for Greg to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. A healer is someone who uses the tools they have to assist and teach others ways of improving their lives. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a L.Ac. in Colorado. He is currently using his skills to treat patients of all ages and also massages horses. He has studied auriculotherapy intensively for the past five years. He is in private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.


Xiaorong Ding, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Ph.D (China)

Xiaorong received her B.M. from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin, P.R. China. She received her M.S. and her Ph.D. from the Department of Acupuncture, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her post-doctorate work was research on the integration of TCM and Western Medicine at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. She specialized in treatment of Wind stroke, Dementia, Women’s Medicine and joint pain at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin TCM University in Tianjin. Xiaorong taught foreign students in China from the US, Canada, Holland and Brazil. She moved from Beijing to Denver to join the Faculty of CSTCM. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and an L.Ac. in CO.


Hsiao-Wei Fang, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSTCM, M.S.

Hsiao-Wei holds a Bachelor of.Arts in Business Administration and Accounting from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. She also received her Master of Science in Finance from the University of Denver. She later completed her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from CSTCM. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. She is the owner and operator of Life Spring Acupuncture Clinic in Stapleton, Colorado. She is fluent in English, Chinese-Mandarin and Taiwanese.


Shanwen Gao, L.Ac., MSOM, B.M. (China)

Shanwen graduated from Guangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with her bachelor’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and later graduated from Royal University in Los Angeles, California with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. She practiced in Los Angeles before moving to Denver, where she was on the faculty at International Institute of Chinese Medicine. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. She specializes in Chinese Herbology and patent medicines, as well as the treatment of pain, women’s health care and immune deficiency.


James Gilchrist, L.Ac., R.N.D.

Originally from Parker, Dr. Gilchrist left Colorado in 1998 to attend college in Utah. He interrupted his studies to serve a mission in Argentina, and among the lessons he learned there was that making healthy food choices and getting regular exercise were powerful tools for health and well-being. Upon returning home, Dr. Gilchrist decided he would learn all he could about natural health so he could teach these tools to his future patients. World events took Dr. Gilchrist overseas for a few more years, but he eventually found the path to realize his dream at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. There Dr. Gilchrist discovered the world of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, earning his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, and his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Dr. Gilchrist specializes in working with children and adolescents, treating auto-immune conditions and behavioral issues with safe and effective natural therapies.


Sa’bura J. Goodban, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., DAOM

Sa’bura received her bachelor’s in psychology from Elmhurst College, and her master in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Illinois at Urbana. While working as a social worker, she felt called to pursue shiatsu and energy work, and completed the Zen shiatsu program at Ohashiatsu Chicago in Evanston, Illinois; she also began studying Sufi healing with multiple teachers in the Chicago area and completed her massage and hydrotherapy training. After teaching Zen shiatsu in upstate New York, she realized it was essential to learn as much as she could about Chinese medicine, and graduated from OCOM in Portland, with a MAcOM. After graduation, she returned to the Chicago area, where she practiced acupuncture and bodywork, before moving to the Denver area to teach Zen shiatsu and Swedish massage at the Denver School of Massage Therapy. She received her doctorate in acupuncture and oriental medicine at ACTCM. She is in private practice in Lakewood as an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, psychotherapist, bodyworker, and Sufi healer.


Ziv Greenfeld, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSOM

Ziv’s academic journey started with mathematics and physics, continued with medical school, research in neurobiology and nephrology, including post-doctoral research at the West Virginia University on mechanisms of aging in the kidney. His Traditional Chinese Medicine studies were in Israel, Sri Lanka and at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in New Mexico. He taught classes and supervised in the clinic at the Chicago campus of PCOM for 3.5 years. He is a proponent of research in Oriental Medicine and believes that such a research will improve the quality of the treatments and will promote the profession.


Zack Gutman, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.

Zack graduated from CSTCM in 2013 and is recognized by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. He also completed an additional 500 hour program in 5 Element Acupuncture which specializes in treating psychological and emotional conditions. Zack was the Assistant Clinic Director at CSTCM beginning in 2017 before becoming the Clinic Director in 2019. He currently has a private practice in Denver, Colorado.


Thaddeus Haas, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., M.S.TCM

Thaddeus stumbled upon acupuncture after an unfortunate turn of events left him limping around on crutches. He hobbled into his first treatment and walked out an hour later. He couldn’t believe the transformation, and decided then and there to continue his investigation into all that acupuncture had to offer. Over the years, he came to appreciate the impact acupuncture and herbs had on so many aspects of his life. From helping him deal with the physical and mental stress of working as a wildland firefighter, to dealing with the occasional health issues which arose as part of everyday life, Chinese medicine was there. When it came time to hang up his fire boots, he decided what better way to continue serving and helping people than to learn the medicine which had kept me going strong for all those years. He has since received his Master’s degree in Oriental medicine from CSTCM. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine through the NCCAOM and is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado.


Sarah Hampton, L.Ac., MSOM

Sarah Hampton received her MSOM from Southwest Acupuncture College Boulder in 2015 and her diplomate in Acupuncture & Herbal medicine from the NCCAOM. In addition to TCM, Sarah has also pursued studies in Japanese Kototama and Korean moxibustion techniques. In private practice, she specializes in treating Substance Use Disorder and is passionate about supporting her patients throughout their process, from detox through long term recovery.


Drew Henderson, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH, B.S.

Drew received his B.S. in Chemistry from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. His interest in neuroscience led him to graduate level studies in neuroanatomy and molecular pharmacology at University of South Alabama & neurophysiology at the University of Colorado. While becoming certified in Postural Integration, he began studying Chinese medicine with practitioners. He graduated from CSTCM in 1993 & studied at Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China in 1995. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. He has a private practice in Boulder.


Dayong Hou, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., B.M. (China)

Dayong graduated from Hei Long Jiang University of TCM, Harbin, China in 1989. Prior to and after completion of this program, he further developed his expertise by training with his father, Dr. Lusheng Hou, well known western and eastern doctor and leader of Acheng hospital. He specialized in both individualized treatment and in diagnosis in herbs, acupuncture, Tui Na and traditional rehabilitation exercise. He completed his residency as doctor at Harbin Dao Li Hospital and became the Director of the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department in 1994. He is an instructor and a clinic supervisor at CSTCM and also runs his own acupuncture clinic. He is nationally certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in CO.


Parago Jones, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Parago Jones, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., is the current Academic Dean at CSTCM after previously serving as the Clinic Director for 12 years. A 1998 graduate from CSTCM, he has gone on to specialize in the neo-classical Japanese Meridian Therapy acupuncture school, moxibustion, and has studied in depth with a number of highly regarded clinicians and teachers in these fields. Since graduation, he has gone on to specialize in the neo-classical Japanese Meridian Therapy, moxibustion. He teaches & supervises & is a member of the Academic Leadership Team. He is also an instructor of Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and First Aid and is a nationally certified instructor and examiner for the Council of Colleges for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine for Clean Needle Technique.


Christina Lee, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., MAOM

Christina graduated with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University in Southern California, where she received the Scholarship for Academic Excellence as well as the Clinical Excellence Scholarship Award for outstanding service to patients and clinic supervisors. She is a fully licensed practitioner with the California Acupuncture Board, a certified diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM and is now a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of Colorado. Christina believes in treating every person with compassion, respect, and integrity with the understanding that every person is unique. She is dedicated to providing multidimensional healing that restores balances in body, mind, and spirit. She believes it is equally important to educate every person on expanding consciousness and self-awareness so they may take an active role in their healing process.


Judy Lemieux, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MSTCM

Judy is licensed as an acupuncturist by the state of Colorado. She earned her Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2003. Additionally, she is nationally certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM. She is also a member and past president of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. Judy also studied sports medicine acupuncture with Whit Reaves at Southwest Acupuncture College.


Alexander M. Love, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSAC

Alexander received a master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and is currently pursuing a Ph. D in Classical Chinese Medicine taught by 88th generation Taoist priest, Dr. Jeffery Yuen. He is also on faculty at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, The Boulder College of Massage Therapy and Southwest Acupuncture College. He’s a Dipl. O.M. through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. He is the developer of Evolutionary CranioSacralsm Therapy. This method is a form of Craniosacral therapy that bridges ancient Chinese & Indian medical wisdom with the Cranial Osteopathic traditions, viewed through an evolutionary lens. He’s a passionate and dynamic teacher who excels at bringing the heart of medicine into the learning environment in a palpable, exciting and profound way.


Hong Ma, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., B.M. (China)

Hong Ma received a Bachelor of Medicine from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, P.R. China. Hong Ma is a very knowledgeable practitioner with extensive clinical experience as a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor for 25 years in China and U.S.A. She trained in Emergency Room and cardiovascular medicine in Qilu Hospital of Shandong University in order to enhance her expertise in both TCM and Western Medicine. She has published many articles in the Journal of TCM Clinical in China as well. Hong Ma specializes in Chinese Herbology, as well as the treatment of wind stroke, immune disorder, endocrine disorders and all kinds of pain. Hong Ma is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Colorado.


Amy Malone, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., RN, MSTCM

Amy holds a Colorado state license as both an acupuncturist and a registered nurse. She received her BSN from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her MSTCM from CSTCM. She is nationally certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She has a clinical focus in women’s health, mental wellness, and digestive disorders. She uses her experience as a registered nurse in addition to her training in Chinese medicine to help facilitate healing, with a special interest in helping other health care providers. She has a private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.


Dr. Erika Fayina Marie, LAc., Dipl. Ac., DACM

Dr. Marie is the owner of Longmont Acupuncture & Integrative Health in Longmont, Colorado where she specializes in treating autoimmunity, neuropathy, pain, and facial rejuvenation from an integrative and systems perspective. She is also the founder of Chiyu Center, which promotes integrative medicine and personal transformation. Erika is a nationally board-certified licensed acupuncturist, Chinese medicine herbalist, and traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master. Prior to her medical career, she graduated the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Engineering Psychology and a Focus of Study in Systems Engineering. She served five years as a military officer on active duty.


Derrick McBride L.Ac., CSCS, CFST, B.S.

Derrick is an L.Ac., Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Fascial Stretch Therapist with a Sports Acupuncture practice here in Denver, CO. Derrick started his training with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science with a focus in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh. After completing his undergrad degree, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA to work as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, where he was introduced to Acupuncture. Derrick then attended Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO where he continued to focus on Sports Medicine. Upon graduation he completed Whitfield Reaves’s Sports Acupuncture Apprenticeship and has since become a teaching assistant for this program as well as a presenter at the Sports Acupuncture Alliance Summit. Derrick loves combining his modern knowledge of movement and biomechanics with the ancient techniques of acupuncture and adjunct therapies.


Takeshi Muro, LMT, Associate of Tuina (China)

Takeshi was born and raised in Japan and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. His interest in alternative medicine began after his father died of cancer. He knew there must be a better way to handle disease. In 2008, Takeshi completed a 3-year Tuina major program at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His vision is to broaden awareness of Chinese massage and medicine in Colorado. He enjoys traveling, and visiting hot springs and sauna. He has been practicing Tuina and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Denver for about 10 years. He specializes in treating spine, neck, back (herniated disc and sciatica) problems.


Rui Nan, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.M. & B.M. (China)

Rui Nan is a third generation practitioner of Chinese Medicine and received her Master of Medicine from Bejing University and her Bachelor of Medicine from Heilongjiang University. Rui Nan has published several texts and worked as a doctor at Harbin Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China. Rui Nan is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. Rui Nan currently has a private practice on the CSTCM campus.


Jordan New L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., MSTCM

Jordan New completed his Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM), and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Metro State University of Denver in Biology with two minors, one in Spanish Language and the other in Holistic Health and Wellness Education. Jordan has been involved in the health and fitness industry since 2004 teaching yoga, meditation, dance and fitness training. He owns an acupuncture and wellness clinic in Denver, Colorado and specializes in pain relief, digestive health and immune support. He is nationally certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Colorado.


Matthew Orischak

Matt earned the title of Lao Shi in 2015 from Wu Tung Nei Jia of D.A.O. With over 26 years of research and practice, he teaches Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Dao Yin, and Meditation, with an emphasis on increasing kinesthetic intelligence, understanding and capability with energetic harmonization and working with energy, and establishing and enhancing transformative practice. After many years of experience with various movement systems, Matt found a profound capacity and ardor for Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is dedicated to sharing the internal practices with any and all who can benefit from their practice.


Esther Park, PsyD

Esther holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, graduating from Rosemead School of Psychology located in Southern California. She was born in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. when she was three. Holding dual cultures and having to balance both worlds has helped her become a competent and specialized clinician dealing with identity, culture, multicultural issues, and how it impacts mental health. Her experience includes working with individuals across the life-span and with a wide range of difficulties one may experience and continues to work with a variety of difficulties individuals present with. She finished her internship at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, an inpatient hospital working with individuals suffering from severe mental illness before graduating with her degree in 2017. Lastly, she currently sees patients at The Colorado Center for Clinical Excellence in the DTC location.


Angie Pierce, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., MSTCM

Angie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1991 and after 20 years in the Healthcare field, went back to school and earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2013. Angie has practiced tai chi quan, and qi gong for the past 18 years and finds time to dance at least once a week. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. Angie has an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice in Denver Colorado where she says her specialty is people.


Patti Polman, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH

Patti graduated from CSTCM in 1994. She received her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University and worked as a dental hygienist for more than ten years before studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. Patti is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the NCCAOM and is an Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. Patti currently has an Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine practice in Denver Colorado, specializing in gentle Japanese acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the whole family, including pediatrics.


Billy Quintana, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSTCM, B.A.

Billy obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with a focus in Chemistry from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2007. After realizing he had a special interest in how our surroundings affect our holistic health, Billy attended the CSTCM in Denver Colorado. Currently, he holds his master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is certified by the NCCAOM in Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. Billy has a special interest in cosmetic acupuncture, skin disorders and Chinese herbology. He currently has a private practice in Denver, Colorado.


Scott Richardson, L.Ac., DAOM

Scott has 6 years of graduate and post graduate education in acupuncture and needling therapy. He received a Masters and Doctorate degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego California. In additional to his training in the US, Scott also studied at ChengDu University in China and did an apprenticeship in Taipei Taiwan. He has over 15 years experience treating athletes and will often combine multiple modalities like manual therapy, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Injection Therapy, and sports taping to achieve effective and long lasting results. Scott is the President Emeritus of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. As an Ironman Triathlete, Scott has a unique insight into the needs of athletes and active people. Scott has a private practice in Denver Colorado.


Christopher Shiflett, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M., MSTCM

Christopher was educated at CSTCM, Colorado’s first and oldest Chinese medicine school. He received a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is a Nationally Board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine in acupuncture and herbal medicine therapies by NCCAOM. He has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Shaanxi College of Chinese Medicine in Xianyang, China. He was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine after a receiving a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. After being introduced to Chinese medicine by a Taiji instructor, he took the steps to begin a path in the medical field. He developed both a love and devotion to Chinese herbal medicine as he was able to find solutions for his own symptoms and illness that simply were not offered or available with the western medical care he was receiving.


Dustin Slade, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH

Dustin’s interest in health and healing started at an early age. Growing up, his father owned a health food store, so he was always exposed to alternative forms of healthcare. After researching the many alternative healthcare approaches, he graduated from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. He currently works for the Mile High Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Project Recovery, a drug and alcohol Acupuncture program, and also has a private practice in Denver Colorado.


Albert Stern, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSAOM, B.A.

Albert received his Masters of Science in AOM from Bastyr University, his bachelor’s degree from the NY School of Visual Arts, and his license in massage therapy from the Brenneke School of Massage. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. He juggles, enjoys yoga, travelling and commuting by bike. Today, he applies his ability to make complex information easily digestible to our school and clinic.


Anna Tsang, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH, M.S.

Anna received her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan and her M.S. in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University. She then worked as a clinical and research microbiologist at National Jewish in Denver. Anna also supervised and NIH project while at National Jewish. After leaving the western medical field, she studied TCM at the Heilingjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China in 1996 before graduating from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1997. She obtained her NCCAOM Dipl.Ac. & CH and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. Anna currently has a private practice in Littleton Colorado.


Robin van Maarth, L.Ac., DACM, Dipl.O.M.

Robin is a Colorado native and has been licensed to practice acupuncture in Colorado since 2009. She maintains a general practice in Denver in a multidisciplinary healthcare office. She graduated from Touro Health Sciences College Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine in New York City and earned a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from PCOM. She is a nationally certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine through the NCCAOM. Robin got her first ever acupuncture treatment at the CSTCM student clinic over 25 years ago, which sent her on the path to eventual practice. She has a practice in Englewood, Colorado.


Caylor Wadlington, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Caylor began his oriental medical studies in Santa Fe at the Kototama Institute, where instruction focused on classical Japanese-style acupuncture. After completing that two-year acupuncture program in 1982, he traveled to Taiwan to attend the Taipei Institute of TCM. He then completed his Doctorate in Oriental Medicine at SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine in 1988 where he focused on Chinese medical translation work. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. He practices in Denver Colorado.


Nicholas Wismann, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MSAOM

Nicholas originally earned his bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado. After studying abroad in Kunming, China he returned to the US first attending massage school then attending Bastyr University to earn his graduate degree in Chinese Medicine. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is a L.Ac. in Colorado. He has served as a medical volunteer in the barrios of San Jose, Costa Rica, worked in a progressive assisted living center in Seattle, studied sustainable medical practices in Cuba, worked in several low-income clinics, studied medicine in both Shanghai and the Yunnan Province of China. He currently maintains his private practice in Centennial, CO.


Steven Wong, PhD

Steven received both his Master’s and PhD in Acupuncture and Tuina from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2015 and 2019, respectively. He was worked in the nationally recognized Guoyitang clinic in Beijing for for over seven years. The tuina lineage of his graduate advisor for both degrees, Prof. Yu Tianyuan, primarily stems from the Imperial School of Tuina, but also pulls from other traditions and schools. The acupuncture lineage he studied for over four years was that of Dr. Guo Tingying, a recognized Shanxi master of acupuncture and lineage holder for the Guo family technique. The herbal lineage he studied for over six years was from Prof. Li Xingguang, a disciple of the National Master Yan Zhenghua. He has published numerous articles in Chinese, as well as both dissertations. He specializes in orthopedic, dermatological, gynecological and organ disharmony diseases. In 2015, he also became a formal disciple of Baguazhang Master Gao Jiwu, the lineage holder of the Gao Branch of Liang Style Baguazhang.


Rick Woodward, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Rick graduated and received his diploma at CSTCM in Fall 2001. His interest in Chinese medicine started after years of working in the Psychology and Western Medical fields. He specializes in the treatment of pain, anxiety, stress and insomnia. He also did a month of intensive clinical training in Bejing in 2006. He enjoys many outdoor activities, especially mountain biking, hiking and golf. He has a practice in Littleton, Colorado.


Jianmin Zhu, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MD (China)

Jianmin received his medical degree from the Xian Medical University. before completing his Chinese medicine training. He was appointed professor of medicine and chief of the renal division in the Second Teaching Hospital of Xian Medical University and he has published several books and scientific papers. After coming to the United States, he has been working in the Department of Pathology at University of Colorado Health Science Center as a visiting professor and research fellow doing research work in metabolic bone disease. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is an Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. He has over 30 years of experience and specializes in nephrology, endocrinology, metabolic bone disease and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also taught at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. Currently, he has a TCM practice in Denver CO.


*All guest faculty listed in this section only teach in the CEU Program or are faculty that are not teaching in the current trimester.

Katherine Altneu, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MSOM

Katherine is a Colorado licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist. She holds a master’s degree from Southwest Acupuncture College. She is a recognized Diplomate of Acupuncture and Herbology by NCCAOM, is certified in CNT and is a member of the Colorado Acupuncture Association. She has successfully treated a wide variety of conditions with a gentle technique. She has a special interest in women’s health, fertility, digestive disorders and chronic pain. She first discovered the healing power of Oriental Medicine when she suffered from digestion problems of her own. When her doctors couldn’t help her, she tried acupuncture and was amazed by the results and became a strong believer in the power of holistic medicine.


Spencer Ames, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.

Spencer is the founder of Clear Stream Integrative Medicine, a Colorado Non-profit that provides TCM treatments for underserved populations and supports community health education. Before going into private practice he was the co-founder of Berkeley Community Acupuncture in the Denver Highlands. He is a teacher and assistant clinical supervisor at CSTCM. He sits on the board of the Lapis Buddha Foundation, which works to support doctors of Tibetan Medicine in the West. Spencer is currently the lead trainer and project director for the Pan African Acupuncture Project in Tanzania.


Dede Barry, L.Ac.

Dede graduated from CSTCM in 2001. She has a private practice in Park Hill and treats on a referral basis only. She has 2 rescue dogs, Buddy and Gigi. Her passion for animals has translated into helping dogs and cats live a longer, healthier quality of life without or in conjunction with drugs, steroids, and surgeries. She has done volunteer work with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and several New Mexico Rescue groups. She also networks and gets referrals from several local Veterinaries in post-surgery cases, incontinence issues, renal diseases, dysplasia, arthritis and other mobility problems.


Warren Bellows, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Warren currently resides in California and has a part-time practice in Boulder and Denver. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. He was trained at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Maryland and J.R. Worsely’s Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Leamington Spa, England in 1982. He was a founder of “Organizational Energetics” and spent five years translating and teaching the Five Element theory to business consultants who used this model to understand, diagnose and intervene in large scale systems. Role-playing and theater are some of the main tools he uses in his teaching methodology.


Tom Bisio, L.Ac.

Tom has taught martial arts since 1979 and is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and TCM. From 1990 to 2014, he headed a busy clinic in New York City, specializing in trauma, Chinese sports medicine, and orthopedic conditions, where a steady stream of apprentices and observers came to learn Chinese medicine. He is the founder of New York Internal Arts (NYIA) and Internal Arts International (IAI). These organizations teach and promote the Chinese Internal Arts of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan and their connections to both Chinese medicine and the healing arts. He is also the Co-Founder of Zheng Gu Tui Na (ZGTN), an organization which teaches TCM skills worldwide. Tom is the author of the popular book, A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors (Simon and Schuster) Zheng Gu Tui Na: A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook, which he co-authored with Frank Butler. He has also written and collaborated on a number of books on Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi, Quan and Nei Gong.


Jason Blalack, L.Ac.

Jason is the translator, compiler, and editor of, “Qin Bo-Wei’s 56 Treatment Methods: Writing Precise Prescriptions”, with clinical commentary by Wu Bo-Ping, published in 2011 by Eastland Press. He has made numerous trips over the past decade to study closely with Dr.Wu (Bo-Ping), one of Qin Bo-Wei’s most intimate and long-standing students, as well as several other older generation doctors. Consequently, his approach embodies a style that precedes our modern TCM system. He is passionate about helping students and practitioners bridge the gap between this approach and our modern TCM model, by clearly presenting a clinically oriented method of thinking. He is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and maintains a full-time practice in Boulder, Colorado. He runs a website devoted to Chinese medicine case studies and discussion at www. chinesemedicinedoc.com/practitioners.


Brian Bowen, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.S.Ac., CMT, PAS

Brian is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Postural Alignment Specialist and Functional Movement Trainer. He has a very successful practice based in Greenwood Village, Colorado since 2001. Since his discovery and implementation of the Dāo needle, he has utilized his advanced background and skills as a musculoskeletal therapist to develop this unique therapy. Dāo needle therapy not only utilizes a special style of acupuncture needle, but integrates a variety of essential diagnostics, making this therapy one of the most effective therapies for musculoskeletal conditions.


Dennis Brooks, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Dennis attended the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, N.M., and completed his residency in Harbin, China in 1989. He has lived and studied acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and worked in America, China and Vietnam. Upon finishing an apprenticeship in Boulder, CO, he moved to Paonia, CO, and practiced there for six years. Taking a leave of absence for four months in 1995, Brooks went to Saigon, Vietnam to study Vietnamese acupuncture techniques, which extended into a six-year study. He finally moved to Springdale, UT in 2003, where he has a private practice. He is also a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM.


Stephen Brown, L.Ac.

Stephen Brown graduated from Japan Central Acupuncture College in Tokyo in 1983 and obtained his license to practice shiatsu, acupuncture, and moxibustion in Japan. In 1984 he attended the Advanced International Acupuncture Training Course at the Academy of TCM in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. He moved to Seattle in 1986 and started teaching shiatsu and acupuncture at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture. He is also a practitioner and teacher of traditional exercises for health including yoga, taichi, sotai, and qigong. Being a native speaker of Japanese he has translated many texts on Oriental medicine and has served as an interpreter for international seminars and conferences. He is a founding member of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine a journal devoted to traditional Japanese medicine.


Chip Chace, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH

Chip is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture (1984), and is certified by the NCCAOM in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado, where he has practiced for more than 30 years. Chip’s approach to acupuncture has been strongly influenced by three decades of study in a variety of acupuncture styles originating primarily in Japan, most notably the Toyohari style. Developed by the blind in Japan, Toyohari places a great emphasis on palpatory sensitivity and precision, and is characterized by its remarkably gentle needling techniques. Complementing this is his longstanding interest in the palpatory techniques of cranial osteopathy and their adaptation to acupuncture. Such a synthesis allows the practitioner to truly listen to a patient’s qi and to engage it directly. In addition, he is a committed student of Classical Chinese literature, translation, and its practical application in the practice of medicine. He has published extensively on the application of pre-modern Chinese medical ideas to modern clinical practice in the west. He is also a faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he teaches both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.


Jianshu Cheng, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., BM (China)

Jianshu graduated from Chengdu College of TCM with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Medicine in 1985. Since then, he has worked as a practitioner and teacher in TCM Internal Medicine and Western Internal Medicine departments in Luzhou Medical College and Teaching Hospital in Luzhou, Sichuan, PRC. He has done research in the areas of TCM Geriatrics and Rehabilitation and also in Integration of TCM and Western Medicine for Commonly Seen Diseases in Clinic. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. He is currently practicing in Denver.


Ken Cohen, M.A.

Ken is the Executive Director and founder of the Qigong Research & Practice Center. He is a world-renowned health educator, China scholar, and Qigong Grand Master with more than 45 years experience. A former collaborator with Alan Watts, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed book The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, self-healing audio and video courses, and more than 200 journal articles. In 2003, he won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement. He speaks and reads the Chinese language and is the author of various works published in China. He received his Teaching Certificate from the William C.C. Chen School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in 1974 and was a student of Taoism and Taoist literature with Drs. Michel Strickmann, Wolfram Eberhard, Edward Schafer, and other renowned scholars. He is a leader in the dialogue between ancient wisdom and modern science. Probably the first Qigong practitioner in the West to treat physician-referred patients, his sponsers have included the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Health Canada, and numerous hospitals, medical schools, conferences, and cultural organizations. In 1994, he was chosen as keynote and sole representative of Chinese medicine at the World Congress on Energy Healing in Switzerland. For most of his life, he has lived at the edge of the Indian Peaks Wilderness in Colorado, and he raised his family in this beautiful environment.


Mark Costello, L.Ac., M.A.

Mark was extensively studied in eastern philosophy and martial arts before attaining a Master’s of Arts in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1996. He was the clinical director of acupuncture at three large multi-disciplinary pain clinics from 1998 until 2003 treating trauma patients in conjunction with MDs, DCs and PTs. In 2001, he trained with renowned addiction specialist George Lucio outside of Toronto to become a laser therapist with the focus on treating addictions. He also started studying endocrinology with Dr. Datis Kharrazian in 2006 and has taken over a hundred hours of detailed lectures on neurology, immunology and endocrinology. He is now treating patients at the Ancient Art Healing Center in Littleton, Colorado.


Xiangyang Cui, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH, M.M. (China)

Xiangyang received his Masters of Medicine degree from Heilongjiang College of TCM in Harbin, China. After graduation, he worked at Xi Diao Yu Tai hospital in Beijing. He was the assistant chief of staff in the Department of TCM. He worked in both the outpatient clinic and in the hospital doing acupuncture and internal medicine. He was a clinical supervisor for young doctors in the hospital. In China, he taught TCM Diagnosis and Differentiation, Chinese Herbs, Acupuncture, Qi Gong and TCM Food Therapy. He has done research and written many publications on various TCM topics. Before moving to Denver, he practiced in San Jose, California. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. He is also fluent in Japanese and Russian. He currently practices in Denver.


Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., L.Ac.

Originally a medical anthropologist who studied Japanese BodyMind training in the art of Kendo, he has been a practitioner and educator of Seitai Shiatsu, Acupuncture, and Sotai movement therapy for many years. His seminars on structural acupuncture, manual medicine and channel palpation have been presented at leading acupuncture schools, such as Tri-State Acupuncture College and AIMC. He has been a leader in Japanese Meridian therapy, co-presenting in 2001 with Shudo Denmei, one of Japan’s leading master acupuncturists. Additionally, he is the editor for the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, the only bi-lingual journal on Japanese medical arts. He was the president of the Hawaii Traditional Japanese Acupuncture Foundation for 12 years and was instrumental in bringing leading Japanese masters to the U.S. He has achieved the rank of 4th degree in Kendo, 2nd degree in Iaido, and 1st degree in Naginata-do. His current interest in BodyMind work is contact improv and osteopathic visceral manipulation.


Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.

Subhuti is an internationally known author and lecturer on Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has formulated more than 120 prescriptions that are widely used in the United States, including the entire line of more than 80 Seven Forests formulas. Video programs written by him include programs on the treatment of AIDS and Cancer with Chinese herbs and the Study Guide series to the Chinese Materia Medica. He has a B.A. specializing in physics, chemistry and mathematics. He also has a Ph.D. in cellular physiology and biochemistry from the University of California. He has been a practitioner of both Western and Chinese herbalism since 1976 and has conducted many studies on the use of herbs, including such subjects as Cardiovascular Disease, Peripheral Arterial Occlusion, Bronchial Asthma, Atherosclerotic Dementia, Food Allergies, Hypertension, HIV and AIDS. He is currently the director of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, a non-profit institute with the primary goals of determining how traditional medicine can best be integrated into modern health care systems and assisting in the implementation of traditional methods. ITM offers educational materials, clinical facilities and assistance in research and development in relation to traditionally used materials and methods.


Amy Dickinson, L.Ac., MTCM, B.A.

Amy has been practicing acupuncture for 13 years in the injury-prone city of Boulder, Colorado. She is an Associate Professor at Southwest Acupuncture College and teaches Sports Medicine. She created a very successful Sports Medicine Externship with the University of Colorado Buffaloes, the only program in the nation that partners Sports Med Acupuncture Students with Division 1 college athletes. She lectures throughout the nation and in Colorado.


Holly Eagle Guzman, L.Ac.

In 1972, at the age of 13, Holly studied acupuncture with help from the Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan where she lived. There, she was given a booklet on curing deaf mutes. A few years later, Holly traveled to the Guang Zhou School for the Deaf Mute in China to see the successful acupuncture protocol in action. In 1979, she attended the New England School of Acupuncture, and a year later assisted Ted Kaptchuk to open an acupuncture program at a state hospital, a first in 1980. In 1983, she joined the first graduating class of ACTCM. She assisted Miriam Lee and studied with Yat Ki Lai, expert on herbal safety, from Lai’s lineage treating royalty. Lois Johnson M.D., an oncologist, is her mentor for advanced western herb studies, and Daoist Jeffrey Yuen inspires her applications of Chinese spiritual aspects in health. In 1985, she became one of the first faculty members of Five Branches University. She returned to the Orient for seven months in 1987, to continue her training in Chinese medicine including doctorate studies at the Hefei TCM Hospital, and with Kiiko at Manaka Hospital in Japan. She is a contributing author in Acupuncture in Practice, The Natural Health First Aid Guide, and Breast Cancer/Breast Health. She has practiced in Santa Cruz, California since 1983, specializing in women’s health, pediatrics, immune issues, cancer, and epilepsy.


Stuart Edwards, Ph.D., DOM (NM)

Stuart was a University Professor of Philosophy before training with J.R. Worsley in England over 35 years ago. Since then he has practiced Acupuncture in Europe, India and the U.S. He currently practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For as long as he has been doing acupuncture he has maintained a spiritual connection with Osho Rajneesh. He was one of a team of Acupuncturists at the Poona Ashram in India, where he was able to develop the “Spirit” aspect of acupuncture in a community of mediators, work he has continued ever since.


Denise Ellinger, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Denise is a Nationally Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture from NCCAOM. She graduated from CSTCM in December 2001 and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. She is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). Denise has given several presentations on various aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2002. Denise has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery. She is currently the owner and instructor of Cosmetic Rejuvenation Acupuncture and is also the owner of the Center for Rejuvenation Acupuncture in Denver Colorado.


Andy Ellis, Dipl.Ac. & CH

Andy taught students with learning and emotional difficulties in the public school system before he entered Chinese medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983. Following graduation, he studied with many famous Chinese medicine doctors in the U.S., Taiwan, and the P.R.C. He has always been a very popular lecturer around the U.S. and has designed courses and taught at various TCM schools around the country. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the NCCAOM. He was the co-translator or co-author on such books as Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture, Grasping the Wind, and the Clinical Experience of Dr. Shi Neng-Yun. Andy is fluent in the Chinese language and has a unique understanding of the medicine. He has been working on several other books on Chinese medicine and, with his wife, founded a Chinese style herb shop and a wholesale herb distributorship, Spring Wind Herbs, in Berkeley, California.


Jake Paul Fratkin, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., DOM (NM)

Following undergraduate degrees in Chinese language and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, He trained in Korean and Japanese acupuncture starting in 1975 in Chicago and began clinical practice in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1980, he began his education in Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine, which included six months advanced training in China at several traditional hospitals, including Beijing’s Xi Yuan Hospital. He has taught at various acupuncture colleges from 1982 to 1990 and was Department Chairman of Herbal Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a practitioner and teacher of tai ji quan and qi gong, which he has followed since 1974 and is the author of several books, including the well-known Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is an L.Ac. in Colorado. Jake is currently in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He continues to lecture to practitioners around the country on clinical applications of TCM.


Michael Gaeta, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Michael is a visionary educator, clinician and writer in the field of natural healthcare. He holds licenses in acupuncture, dietetics-nutrition and massage therapy, and is a doctor of acupuncture in Rhode Island. He earned his master’s degree in acupuncture from the New York College of Health Professions, where he was a faculty member for ten years. Michael is a Certified Instructor of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. His teaching is informed by 21 years of successful clinical practice. In his New York and Colorado clinics, he combines acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine and bodywork therapy to help people heal, grow and evolve. He is co-founder of Acupuncture for Veterans, providing free treatments in New York City to US veterans. He is past president of the Acupuncture Society of New York, earning awards for State Association President of the Year and State Association of the Year. He has appeared on the CBS Early Show, WB11 News and NBC News, and presents seminars nationally on nutrition, herbal therapy, business success, medical ethics and Chinese medicine. He has trained thousands of clinicians in his Success with Natural MedicineTM clinical seminars since January 2001, and his Love, Serve & Succeed® business seminars since 1996. His passion is to give, love and serve through teaching, hands-on therapies and writing. A native of New York City, he enjoys life with his wife and two children.


Soma Glick, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH, DOM (NM)

Soma is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Herbology and holds a D.O.M. from NM and is an L.Ac. in CO as well as a certified Classical Homeopath. After graduating from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she has completed internships in Beijing, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She studied Pediatric Sho-Ni-Shin with Miki Shima. She was a professor at the SWAC in Boulder, Colorado from 1998 to 2005 where she developed and taught the Pediatric Acupuncture course and taught many other core curriculum classes. She ran the professional pediatric clinic and personally mentored several students. In 2003, Soma started teaching weekend seminars on pediatric acupuncture around the world. She was invited to speak on healing and spirituality in India and Singapore. In 2005 she moved to the island of Bali and donated one day a week to the children’s clinic of the Bumi Sehat birthing center in Ubud. She also conducted numerous intensive courses teaching pediatrics and obstetrics to licensed acupuncture practitioners and offering clinics to the poor local Balinese population. In 2013 Soma returned to Boulder and has resumed her professor position at SWAC, teaching the pediatric class and clinic and reopening her private practice.


Jishun Hao, DOM (NM), Dipl.Ac., M.M. (China)

Jishun graduated from Heilongjiang College of TCM in 1982 with a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine. Since then, he has worked as a doctor, teacher, clinic supervisor and translator in both Internal Medicine and Acupuncture departments. He has been researching the treatment of Paralysis with TCM for over 10 years in China and the U.S. He has done extensive research and has had a number of articles published on the treatment of Windstroke, Liver and Gallbladder Diseases and Diabetes with Acupuncture, Moxa and Chinese Herbs, and has also published articles on Eye and Ear Diagnosis. Since arriving in the U.S., he has been an instructor at the TCTCM in Austin, Texas and the SWAC in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in New Mexico. Currently, he is in private practice in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.


John Howard, L.Ac.

John has a diverse experience in Eastern Medicine as well as the Western medical field acquired over the last 15 years. Graduating from the Maryland Institute of TCM he also graduated with honors as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy from the Hospital Corps School in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, while in the U.S. Navy he learned Field Medicine and Trauma Training with the U.S. Marine Corps. He later attended the Emergency Medical Tech School for EMT training. While stationed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, he practiced in numerous clinics and specialties. Later he was chosen to attend the Army’s School 18 Delta Special Operation Medicine, which trains their members of the elite Delta Force. He graduated with MOS 18 Delta. Later he went to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences where he learned field surgical skills. Following this he worked at George Washington University Hospital in the ER as a Physician Assistant and has taught emergency medicine as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the same university. In 2004, he met Dr. Richard Niemtzow, the founder of Battlefield Acupuncture, and trained under him for five years and now teaches with Dr. Niemtzow nationally when their schedule allows. He has also written two books about the clinical application of Battlefield Acupuncture along with articles on this topic.


Bingshan Huang, Dipl.Ac., M.D. (China)

Bingshan was a Professor and Vice President at Heilongjiang College of TCM, P.R.C. He graduated from Hebei Medical College and has over 60 years of teaching and clinical experience. He has published more than 50 articles and several books pertaining to Acupuncture, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Theory and Diagnostics of TCM. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is license in California. He is currently practicing in San Jose, California.


Daniel Hudson, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Daniel is the owner, founder, and president of YAO Company and Clinic in Denver, CO. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado. As a practitioner in Chinese medicine, he has specialized both in Chinese herbal pharmacology with applied treatment of acupuncture in addition to female obstetric and gynecological issues. Daniel has been in practice for 20 years in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver, CO. He is a doctoral fellow in Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University. Daniel’s primary education in Chinese Medicine began at CSTCM, and his additional post-graduate studies include advanced courses in Functional Endocrinology, Blood Chemistry, Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology and Homeopathy. He is the owner of Yin-care Herbal Wash and Supreme Oral Care and is the developer of a proprietary formula, Altigen, used for assisting those who are challenged by high altitude sickness. When he is not in the clinic you can find him doing home Feng Shui consults with his patients, out riding his motorcycle in the Rockies, catching a film, or perfecting a new recipe that he can share with his patients requiring special diets.


Nawei Jiang, Dipl.Ac., M.D. & Ph.D. (China)

Nawei holds a Ph.D. in TCM and Acupuncture and is the first woman in China to have achieved this level of education. Additionally, she earned a Bachelors degree in Chinese Medicine, a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and is an M.D. in China. Formerly, she served as the Vice President of the Acupuncture Techniques Branch of The Chinese Acupuncture Society and is the author of the book entitled Chinese Single Point Acupuncture & Moxibustion, published in 1990. In order to expand her practice and to share her knowledge she moved to the U.S., where she has practiced since 1999. She was an instructor for CSTCM in Denver. She also specialized in gynecology and eye disease treatment. She founded Nawei’s Acupuncture Clinic in Colorado Springs in 1999. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado.


Susan Johnson,L.Ac.

Susan Johnson has been practicing acupuncture since 1982. A graduate of the American College of TCM, Susan practiced in San Francisco from 1983-88, specializing in the treatment of HIV. She studied Master Tung’s Magic Points with Dr. Miriam Lee and Dr. Young Wei Chieh, Ph.D. for more than 12 years and has used them nearly exclusively in her practice for thirty years. Dr. Tung’s system, which utilizes meridian points in new ways and also includes extra points, can provide perfect keys to the treatment of particularly challenging conditions, in addition to a wide range of common ailments. Dr. Tung’s Points are immediately useful and instantly effective in most cases. Susan maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz. She is a dynamic teacher renowned for her clear presentation of this style of acupuncture.


Bob Kelley, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., A.A.

After a serious horseback accident in 1974 and a subsequent surgery, Bob became necessarily interested in health care. Two years of pre-med, five and a half years in the Natural Foods Industry and seven and a half years of being vegetarian led to the path of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. With undergraduate study at Colorado Mountain College, Santa Barbara Community College, the University of Colorado and Santa Fe Community College, He graduated from the IICM in 1988 with a Diploma of Acupuncture. He has further completed the Oriental Medical Doctor degree through studies at the hospital of Chengdu College of TCM, Chengdu, China, in 1987. He participated in research for HIV peripheral neuropathy at Denver General Hospital and had a private practice in the Denver area since 1988. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado and Hawaii. He currently practices in Hawaii and Colorado.


Sung Yul Kim, PT, MSPT, Ph.D.

Educated in two prestigious universities and with a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy, Dr. Kim’s advanced skill and knowledge led him to be the physical therapist for the former Korean president. Currently, he is the president and senior instructor of Eastern and Western Pain Control Institute and a faculty member and the PT program director at in S. Korea. Sung Yul Kim, the founder of Reflex-Balance Therapy, has been teaching PT’s, Acupuncturists, and MDs for over 10 years in S. Korea and Japan.


George Kitchie, Dipl. Ac. & CH & OM (Retired), DOM (NM)

George is a graduate of the International Institute of Chinese Medicine where he received his certification in Acupuncture, his Doctor of Oriental Medicine Degree and a Ph. D. in TCM. George has done internships in China at Heilongjiang College of TCM and Chengdu College of TCM, while working on his Ph.D. in TCM. He is also a certified Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, granted by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. He is a past Vice President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, has been an NCCAOM CNT examiner, has served as a NCCAOM subject matter expert on development of the acupuncture and Chinese herb exams, has been an educational consultant for other AOM colleges, and has also served on NCCAOM Blue Ribbon Panels. He has studied and practiced TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal and Dietary Medicine and Iridology since 1984. He is licensed in New Mexico and Colorado. He was the CSTCM School President from 1989 to 2018. He is currently the Director of the Acupuncture Wellness Center in Denver, Colorado.


David Legge, Dipl. TCM., DO

David has practiced osteopathy and acupuncture for over 35 years. David graduated as an Osteopath in 1980 and received a diploma in TCM in 1981. He completed postgraduate work in Nanjing, China in 1982. David is the author of Close to the Bone – A Guide to the Treatment of Musculo-skeletal Disorders, which is considered one of the best orthopedic acupuncture books for westerners. He has taught widely on this subject in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the U.S. He has been an instructor at the Sydney College of TCM and the Sydney College of Bodywork. He is one of the leading authorities in the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders. He is completing a research degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Newcastle University. He currently practices on the central coast of New South Wales, Australia specializing in musculo-skeletal problems.


Fangzheng Liao

Fangzheng is the director and tutor of the master’s degree Program in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Department at Chengdu University of TCM. She is a board member of All China Acupuncture Association, Needle and Moxa Technique Branch. Professor Liao has nearly 30 years of clinical and teaching experience in acupuncture. She specializes in treating hyperthyroidism, stroke, senile and post-stroke dementia, asthma and arthritis. She conducted 7 research topics, with 3 winning provincial awards, has published over 20 papers and has written 2 books on Traditional Chinese Medicine topics. She currently is an acupuncture doctor at Chengdu University of TCM.


Wenying Lin, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., B.M. (China)

Wenying was born and raised in Beijing in a family who used Traditional Chinese Medicine as their primary form of healthcare. Her parents encouraged her to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and she graduated as an honor student from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine after 6 years of study and internship beginning in 1986. Upon completion of her six-year program, she worked at Beijing Xuan Wu Hospital where she practiced both Western and Chinese medicine, and was trained to treat a broad range of illnesses and diseases, specializing in infertility and pain. She received training from Dr. XiaoPing Ji. She currently is enrolled in a DAOM program at PCOM in San Diego, California. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado. She is part of Craig Hospital’s Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) program. She was credentialed at Craig Hospital starting in 2000. She also worked on the NIH grant for an acupuncture study for spinal cord injuries. In addition, she has been an instructor and clinic supervisor at the CSTCM. She is also a FABORM Fellow to the American Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


Li Lu, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MM (China)

Li is from the China Tui Na Center which is hosted by Yue-Yang Hospital of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is one of the few Tui Na doctors who have completed the full 5 year bachelor’s Medical Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the 3 year master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine Tui Na. He has acquired classical and standard manipulations and techniques from some nationally recognized experts and professors in China. He has over 30 years of clinical experience in Orthopedics and 25 years of experience in Tui Na practice and teaching. Li lectured, demonstrated and practiced Tui Na in Israel and England and was invited to America as a guest professor. As a chief instructor for foreign medical practitioners of Tui Na training at the China Tui Na Center and also a world-wide Tui Na lecturer and practitioner, he has created a unique approach to Tui Na for all types of medical practitioners in the West, including acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapists. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado. He currently has a practice in Denver, Colorado.


Martha Lucas, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Ph.D

Martha holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado. In addition to her formal training at CSTCM, she considers herself blessed to have been mentored in Pulse Diagnosis by the late Jim Ramholz, and bases her treatments on knowledge gained while working with Jim. Additionally, she had internships in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs with Timothy McGee and Qi Gong Medical Massage with Master / Dr. Zhengao Yao. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, including at the university graduate school level. She has been described as “a dynamic speaker who keeps her classes engaged and who can explain complex information in an understandable form.” She currently has a private practice in Denver, Colorado and lectures around the United States.


Atsuki Maeda, L.Ac., M.T.O.M

Atsuki is a licensed acupuncturist in Japan and California and has completed the Master Course of Xing Nao Kai Qiao Fa and was certified by Dr. Shi Xue Min of Tianjin, China, the founder and creator of Xing Nao Kai Qiao. Maeda has been treating various post-stroke patients with this method for over 22 years. He leads the Stroke Rehabilitation & Prevention / Dementia module of the DAOM program at Emperor’s College as well as is a leading acupuncturist at Stroke/Dementia Acupuncture Clinic at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California. He is also an expert in Japanese-style acupuncture, founded the Japanese Acupuncture Program at AIMC, Berkeley, California, and taught various classes and CEU courses. He has a private practice in Torrance, California.


Henry McCann, L.Ac., DAOM

Henry is the author of Pricking the Vessels: Bloodletting Therapy in Chinese Medicine, and the co-author with Dr. Hans-Georg Ross of Practical Atlas of Tung’s Acupuncture. Dr. McCann has bachelor degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and was a Fulbright fellow to Japan where he specialized in modern Japanese history. He completed his professional training in Chinese medicine first at the New England School of Acupuncture and then finished his doctoral degree at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Dr. McCann is a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York where he teaches medical classics. He also teaches for the doctoral degree programs at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. McCann has been involved in Asian martial arts for over 30 years and is a 12th generation lineage disciple of Chen style Taijiquan, and a 3rd generation lineage disciple of Hunyuan Chen style Taijiquan. Currently, he is finishing a PhD at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China.


Junji Mizutani

Junji was born and raised in Japan, graduated from Japan Central Acupuncture College in Tokyo in 1983 and obtained his license to practice shiatsu, acupuncture, and moxibustion in Japan. In 1983 he continued his study at Kikkawa College, Toronto, Canada, going on to join their teaching faculty. He moved to Seattle in 1992 where he is in private practice. He is also a practitioner and teacher of shiatsu. Mizutani Sensei, a well-known and popular teacher in North America and internationally travels widely teaching primarily on moxibustion. He is also a founding member and director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine devoted to traditional Japanese medicine.


Nate Mohler, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MSOM

Nate earned his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from East-West College of Natural Medicine in 2003. In 2011, Nate moved to Denver and has been practicing community acupuncture as well as teaching at CSTCM. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is a Colorado Licensed Acupuncturist. Additionally, he has created a program to teach students how to practice community acupuncture at Southwest Acupuncture College. Nate’s interest in Oriental medicine stems from his longtime study of martial arts and qigong. He began studying Karate in 1991 and later Taijiquan (Tai Chi). Nate specializes in the treatment of headaches, anxiety/stress, as well as pain. He also blends his own medicinal formulas for external application in the treatment of traumatic injury. He combines his love of acupuncture and oriental medicine with his love of teaching martial arts; as both healing and martial arts have the same root in the Chinese and Okinawan/Japanese traditions.


Zhizhong Nan, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Ph.D. (China)

Upon completion of an eleven-year program, Dr. Nan obtained a Ph.D. degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupunture from Heilongjiang University of TCM. Prior to and after completion of this program, he further developed his expertise by training with his uncle, Dr. Jingzhen Nan, as well as his aunt, Dr. Xuehua Wang. He taught at the Heilongjiang University of TCM for 4 years before coming to the U.S. in 1992 to teach Chinese Medicine at the CSTCM. In over 20 years of teaching, he has trained thousands of acupuncturists both in China and the U.S. at TCM schools and at seminars in both the U.S. and China. He was a member of a clinical research team on pain management with Kaiser Permanente and Saint Joseph Hospital. Since 1995, he was the official acupuncturist for the Denver Broncos. Prior to the Broncos, he also served as the official acupuncturist for the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado. He is currently in private practice in Denver.


John Nieters, L.Ac., DAOM

John began teaching at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, in Oakland, California, in 1999, and is currently an Associate Professor at both ACCHS and Five Branches University in San Jose and Santa Cruz. He has been in active clinical practice for over 10 years is also a frequent guest lecturer at UC Berkeley. He hosts two radio shows: The Balancing Point and The Medicine Men. He received certification in the Integrative Diabetes Protocol at Xin Hua Hospital in Hangzhou. He authored the book “Practical Fertility – the 90 day plan” and has published various acupuncture and herbal medicine articles. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, NCCAOM certified in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, and a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California.


Xiaochuan Pan, B.M. & M.M. (TCM – China)

Professor Pan Xiaochuan graduated from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983, & earned a master’s degree in TCM from Dalian Medical University in 1991. Professor Pan was president of the Canadian Oriental Medical College from 2001 to 2009, & vice chairman of Acupuncture Council of British Columbia from 2010 to 2012. Professor Pan has been practicing & teaching TCM in Victoria, BC since 1999. Since 2012 he has dedicated himself to teaching & promoting his Classical Chinese Medicine Self-consistent System all around the world. More than thirty years of studying the classic Chinese medicine literature led Professor Pan to develop the Classical Chinese Medicine Self-Consistent System. The System is based on the classic texts including the Huang Di Nei Jing, Nan Jing, the Yi Jing & the synthesis of Classical Chinese Medicine with TCM theory & modern astrophysics.


Paul A. Pitetti, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., DOM (NM)

Paul has been interested in what healing is & how it is applied to each individual since his mid-twenties. In pursuit of this, he has searched many ways & worked with many types of illnesses. He was a mental health counselor in New Mexico where he did counseling with dysfunctional families, depressed persons, substance abusers & a wide range of mental health conditions. He also did ongoing group therapy with teenagers. Later, he worked several years with developmentally disabled persons. Throughout this process, he was constantly open to finding an approach to healing which would truly work with the whole person. It was then that he went to the Kototama Institute to study Kototama Life Medicine & Acupuncture. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM & is licensed in Colorado. In 1985, Paul moved to Boulder, Colorado and opened his own clinic & still practices there.


Mia Ramsey, DPT, CKTP

Mia earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2002. Since then, her primary focus has been outpatient orthopedics, as well as prenatal and postpartum populations, in which she has a specialty. She is a certified prenatal yoga instructor as well as a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. She has done some assistant teaching for Kinesio Taping courses, and has led some Kinesio Taping workshops. Her continuing education includes the APTA’s CAPP OB prenatal and postpartum courses, Mulligan, McKenzie, and Postural Restoration. She completed KinetaCore’s course of study on Functional Dry Needling® and integrated dry needling into her practice in 2011. Mia works at CORE Physical Therapy in Fort Collins, Colorado, lives in the community there with her husband, two amazing daughters and two old and loyal dogs.


Whitfield Reaves, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CA, DOM (NM)

Whitfield has been teaching acupuncturists & other health care practitioners for over 35 years ever since graduating from his formal training in 1981. In 1986, he taught one of the first courses ever offered in North America on sports acupuncture, thus emphasizing the necessity for specialization in the profession. This course, & his programs since 1986, includes protocols such as trigger points, motor points, & the needling of anatomically significant tissues of the body. His work has been a significant contribution to orthopedics & sports medicine as an integral part of the acupuncture community. Currently, he teaches in the U.S., Canada & Europe. In addition, he is an instructor for the Doctoral program of ACTCM in San Francisco, as well as a visiting professor at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York. He teaches a wide variety of seminars on Acupuncture Sports Medicine that his organization hosts. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado, New Mexico & Idaho.


Jason D. Robertson, L.Ac.

Jason is a licensed acupuncturist & educator in Seattle, WA. He spent 8 years studying Chinese language & medicine in Taiwan & China (B.A. Washington & Lee University, Taiwan National University, Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine, Cui Yue Li Institute Beijing). He is the author of articles on acupuncture channel theory & palpatory diagnostic techniques. In 2008, along with Professor Wang Ju-Yi, he co-authored Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine. Besides his work as a clinician & author, he is a member of the core faculty at SIOM & teaches palpation technique in schools and seminars around the world. Completing his Masters degree in Chinese medicine at the ACTCM in San Francisco and being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he then completed two post-graduate internships in China at both the Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine (1998-1999) and the Cui Yue-li Institute in Beijing (2001-2002). He practices a classical Chinese form of acupuncture that places a great emphasis on careful palpation of the acupuncture channels for diagnosis. For every patient, the treatment goal involves looking carefully for, then treating, the ‘root’ of the imbalance.


Michael Sasnow, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., DC

Michael is a 1978 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic and a 1993 graduate of CSTCM. He was a full-time instructor and clinic supervisor at the Anglo-European Chiropractic College (UK) from 1986-88 and now practices both acupuncture and chiropractic. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado, Montana, and Oregon. Michael is currently practicing in Oregon focusing on music-thanatology, a musical/clinical modality that unites music and medicine in end of life care.


John Scott, Dipl.Ac., DOM (NM)

John is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine currently in practice in Albuquerque, N.M. He has been in practice since 1982 & is licensed in New Mexico & Texas. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM. He is the founder & president of Golden Flower Chinese Herbs Inc. He has been active in promoting Oriental medicine on a local, state, national & international level. He has taught classes in the field and has been active in research. His particular passion for Chinese herbal medicine has guided his writing & teaching. He was awarded “Acupuncturist of the Year” by the American Association of Oriental Medicine in 1997. He served on the Board of Directors of various acupuncture & Oriental medicine Associations in Texas & New Mexico & has been active on the national level. He served as Professional Board Member of New Mexico Board of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine appointed by Governor Gary Johnson from 1997-2001. He is a member of the United States Delegation for TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) for ISO TC 249.


Eric Silver, Dipl.Ac.

Lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China for a period of eight years studying TCM and Chinese language. He received a B.A. in TCM from the Hong Kong Kowloon Chinese Medical Research Institute. Eric did post graduate work at the Chinese Medical Hospital of Beijing and the International Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Research Institute Kowloon, Hong Kong. He did apprenticeships with Dr. James Wong, Hong Kong and Dr. Michael Broffman, San Francisco. He also studied Chinese language at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. Eric has been involved in Chinese medicine for over 20 years.


Jim Skoien, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Jim began his formal study of acupuncture and herbal medicine at California Acupuncture College, Los Angeles in 1982. Three years later, he completed preliminary requirements for licensure by attending a four-month advanced internship in Nanjing, PRC. In early 1985, he received a license to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine in the State of California, and also became certified as an acupuncturist nationally. He first became an instructor of Acupuncture and TCM in 1984 at California Acupuncture College. He has instructed students in virtually all areas of TCM. He has also had the fortunate experience of lecturing in numerous Acupuncture training courses for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He is the author of numerous journal articles, course notes, and six published text books on Chinese Medicine. He currently is practicing in Switzerland and teaching at a TCM school.


Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L.Ac.

Founder of the Chi-Akra Center, Mary is one of the leading proponents of facial acupuncture and related techniques in the world today. She is one of a select few US acupuncturists to have been awarded the title of Educator of the Year by the AAAOM, for her contributions to the field of Oriental medicine as a teacher, creator of innovative treatment protocols, writer for acupuncture periodicals, and advocate of acupuncture in the national media. Mary Elizabeth has personally trained close to 5,000 acupuncturists, body workers and estheticians in her protocols from 5 continents – North & South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. She maintains a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in New York City.


Yanyun Wang, B.M. (Pharmacology – China)

Yanyun graduated from Beijing College of TCM, Pharmacology Department in 1982. She worked as a research Pharmacist at the Beijing Clinical Pharmacy Institute for six years (the PRC equivalent of a FDA for Herbal Medicine). She began operating a complete TCM Pharmacy at CSTCM (Yan Jing Supply) as of April 1991 and offers her expertise in Chinese Herbal Pharmacy. Yanyun also worked in the research department at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


Stuart Watts, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., DOM (NM), ND

Stuart is a multi-state licensed Chinese Medicine Doctor with over 40 years of experience. His work includes training & application of herbology, nutrition, massage, iridology, yoga, spiritual healing, homeopathy & a variety of bodywork techniques. Stuart has taught Chinese Medicine for over 30 years throughout the world & is the founder & past director of SWAC in Santa Fe, the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin. He is past Vice Chairman of the New Mexico Acupuncture State Board. He is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM. Stuart currently lives and practices in New Mexico.


Sharon Weizenbaum, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & CH

Sharon is the founder and director of White Pine Healing Arts and White Pine Institute. She began her study of Chinese medicine 30 years ago, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture in1983 and spending several years studying with Kiiko Matsumoto. She also interned and studied with Dr. Qiu Xiaomei and Dr. Cheng Yufeng in gynecology and obstetrics at the Zhe Jiang College of TCM. She studied extensively with doctor Zhu Shurong from Shanghai. She also taught for 3 years at Northwest Institute of OM in Seattle. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Massachusetts.


Hugh Wheir, DVM, DOM (NM)

Hugh graduated from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, in 1973 with a BA in Southwest Studies and from Texas A&M with a BS in Bio-Medical Sciences in 1975 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He went on and graduated from Kotatama Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1982. He is involved in setting up rural spay and neuter clinics in outlying areas of Mexico and works with many Indian Pueblos in New Mexico on spay and neuter clinics, small animal care and also has treated many buffalo and wild horses. He has had a mixed dog, cat and horse veterinary practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1981, called East West Mobile Animal Care. He has been a licensed acupuncturist in N.M. since 1983 with a family practice.


Honora Lee Wolfe, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., C.M.T.

Honora has been involved in alternative / complementary health care modalities for over 40 years. The founder and first director of the Boulder School of Massage Therapy from 1975 to 1981, She went on to study Chinese remedial massage at the Shanghai College of TCM and as an intern at the Yu Yang Hospital in Shanghai in 1985 and again in 1986 and 1987. She completed her acupuncture studies in 1988 and completed the national acupuncture board examinations in 1989. She is the author / translator of several books on Chinese medicine: How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Birth with Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Breast Connection: A Laywoman’s Guide to the Treatment of Breast Disease by Chinese Medicine, Second Spring: A Guide to Healthy Menopause According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Highlights of Ancient Acupuncture Prescriptions (translated with Rose Crescenz) and Prince Wen Hui’s Cook: Traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy (with Bob Flaws). She is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM and is licensed in Colorado. She currently has a private practice in Boulder.


Farong Zhang

Farong is the director and tutor of the Doctoral Degree Program in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Medicine Department at Chengdu University of TCM. He has over 40 years of clinical and teaching experience. In recent years, he has conducted over 20 research projects, many of which were highly recognized nationally in China. The clinical and laboratory studies have been on such topics as Treatment of Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage and the Treatment of Diabetes. He has published over 30 articles and has written 8 books, all related to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1985 he won an award for being “The Best Instructor in Sichuan Province”. Currently he is the director of the Internal Medicine Commission of All China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu Branch, the director of the Diabetes Commission of All China Association of TCM, Sichuan branch and is an Internal Medicine doctor at Chengdu University of TCM.


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