Online DACM Completion Program Faculty

Judith Boice, ND, FABNO, L.Ac. earned a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She then received a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. Judith Boice became a member of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) team in December 2011, when she joined Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa as a naturopathic oncology provider. Dr. Boice teaches throughout North America. Widely published, Boice’s books and articles have been read by many since the late ‘80s. In 2009, she received the Nautilus Book Award – Silver Medal and the Living Now Book Award – Bronze Medal. Dr. Boice will be teaching Case-Based Clinical Mentorship. 

Eric Brand, L.Ac., Ph.D. graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) and received his PhD in Chinese Herbal Pharmacy from the Hong Kong Baptist University.  Fluent in Chinese, he completed a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan and has participated in numerous projects related to Chinese medicine translation and herbal research. He is author of A Clinician’s Guide to the Use of Granule Extracts, co-author of the Concise Chinese Materia Medica, and more recently edited the beautiful text Chinese Medicinal Identification: An Illustrated Approach, which was the first English text to preserve all the traditional technical terms used in Chinese herbal pharmacy to describe the key identifying features of herbs.  Eric travels extensively to study with experts in the field of herbal authentication and quality discernment. He is currently a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Dr. Brand will be teaching TCM Classics: Jin Gui Yao Lue. 

Erlene Chiang, DAOM, L.Ac. is a third generation TCM doctor and has been practicing for more than 35 years. She received her BS from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, her MS in Oriental Medicine Advanced Research from the American Global University, and her DAOM from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where she has been an adjunct professor teaching TCM Oncology and Immunology since 2011. She was voted best Asian Herbalist in 2004 by East Bay Express. In addition to teaching, she has private practice at Chung Hua Clinic of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, in El Cerrito, CA, where she specializes in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease. Her clinic has been voted Top Acupuncturist award in El Cerrito 2016 by Open Care.  In the past, Dr. Chiang has served as President of the California Chinese Cancer Unit of the American Cancer Society.   She is also the Senior Administrative Director of the clinic’s martial arts school—Wen Wu School, which offers classes in qigong, tai chi, and shaolin kung fu. She is the medical Director for Fountain Project Foundation, a nonprofit offering services to underprivileged families in the East Bay.Dr. Chiang will be teaching TCM Oncology.   

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.: has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 30 years. He graduated with his MSTCM Degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1989. Mark held previous positions at ACTCM as the Clinic Director and headed the HIV Program. He’s been an Acupuncturist for several institutions including: Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California. Mark is also an honorary member of Sohaku-In Foundation for Oriental Medicine located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Mark Frost has a private practice in San Francisco and works as an instructor for ACTCM teaching: Fundamental TCM Theory, Materia Medica I-III, Eight Extraordinary Meridians, Patent Medicine, and Herbal Comparisons and Syndrome Based Herb Study. 

Sharon Hennessey, DAOM, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist and senior lecturer at ACTCM and has been practicing Chinese medicine since 1991.  She received her MSTCM in 1991 and DAOM in 2012 from ACTCM.  She has also completed a clinical internship in Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine from 1991-1992.  She has an interest in how neurological research influences acupuncture. Dr. Hennessey has presented at three recent Society of Acupuncture Research (SAR) conferences; and is a published author, her article An Examination of a Therapeutic Alliance: How the Acupuncture Experience Facilitates Treatment of the Modern Self Through the Methods of Intake and Self-Cultivation was published in Asian Medicine Zone in 2017.   More recently, her article, Can Acupuncture Bio-Hack the Autonomic Nervous System and Down-Regulate Inflammation? was published in the Winter 2018 issue of Journal of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Hennessey will be teaching Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research.  

 Valerie Hobbs, DAOM, Dipl. O.M., began her career as a western herbalist and direct-entry midwife in 1979. Seeking additional medical skills, she was an EMT-Paramedic from 1983-86. Valerie maintained a homebirth midwifery practice until 1995 when she was licensed in Colorado as an acupuncturist. Valerie worked at Southwest Acupuncture College from 1998-2017, as a professor and administrator. She is currently the Director of Postgraduate Doctoral Programs at ACTCM@CIIS where she holds a faculty position as Associate Professor. Valerie earned her DAOM from ACTCM@CIIS in 2017. Her specialties are sports acupuncture and OB/Gyn. Dr. Hobbs will be teaching Literature Research in the DACMCP program. 

Thanh (Tim) Trung Nguyen, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH, MS is a licensed Physician’s Assistant in the state of California, currently working at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics providing primary care and psychiatric care to underserved populations and he is a member of “Rock Med”, providing acute care and stabilization to patients at rock concerts and festivals in the Bay Area. Tim has earned three master’s degrees in addition to completing studies for licensure as a Physician’s Assistant, graduating from Touro University, California in 2014, with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health; San Francisco State University, California in 2009, earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology with focus in Exercise Physiology; and the University of California Berkeley, California in 2007, earning double Bachelor of Art Degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology – Immunology emphasis & Integrative Biology – Health Sciences focus. Tim is also fluent in both English and Vietnamese and teaches Lab Diagnosis and Imaging for the DACM and DACMCP program.  

Pamela Olton, MT(ASCP), L.Ac. graduated from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and has been a licensed Acupuncturist in California since 1987.  Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, she worked as a California Licensed Clinical Lab Scientist since 1976.  Currently, Dr. Olton is a Laboratory Manager at HealthRight360 (previously Haight Ashbury Free Clinic). She brings over 40 years of experience working in a clinical laboratory setting into her Chinese medicine practice and teaching. At ACTCM, Pam is a senior lecturer and clinic supervisor, and teaches classes in Meridian Theory, Acupuncture Technique I-III, Needling Lab, Auricular Acupuncture, and Laboratory Diagnosis class for the DACM/DACMCP program. 

Jonathan Wheeler L.Ac., DAOM graduated from ACTCM in 1999; he received his DAOM in 2017 and has been in private practice since 2000. He is a core faculty at ACTCM@CIIS and has served as a clinic supervisor at ACTCM since 2005; working in off-site clinics under the Ryan White Program, treating mainly HIV patients, as well as supervising students in the ACTCM teaching clinic. In Fall 2018, he presented a poster on Treatment Protocol for Bell’s Palsy Sequelae at the International Symposium on Research in Acupuncture Bologna, Italy.  At ACTCM, he teaches Acupuncture for Disease, Tui Na, TCM Nutrition, Advanced Case Analysis, and has a private practice in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Wheeler will be teaching will be teaching Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research. 

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