The accomplishments of our DAOM alumni are as diverse as they are impressive. Many have founded thriving clinics and practices, and serve on the teaching staffs of prominent acupuncture schools. Others are doing commendable work with non-profit organizations or bringing the benefits of Chinese medicine to new patient populations and communities.
- Portia Barnblatt, DAOM ‘11, MSTCM ‘96, founded the Portia Chan Acupuncture Clinic in downtown San Francisco in 1997. From 2011-2012, she spent one year studying and working at Shanghai TCM University, where she translated two TCM textbooks from Chinese to English. Portia is currently practicing at Chinese Hospital East West Health Services in San Francisco, in addition to maintaining her private practice.
- Carla Cassler, DAOM ‘11, LAc ‘85, is the Director of Development and U.S. Programs for Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB). In 2010, she co-founded the Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic (BAYVAC), which provides free weekly acupuncture treatment to veterans, military personnel and their families for pain and PTSD. She splits her time between AWB and a clinical private practice in Kensington, CA.
- Coleen Smith, DAOM ’12, RN, She practices integrative medicine in Spokane WA, and is the owner of Point of Origin Health Center. She is a board certified fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and specializes in pain management and women’s health.
- George Stretch DAOM ‘11 has been in private practice for close to 30 years. He specializes in orthopedics and pain management. Dr. Stretch is on staff and credentialed as a licensed Acupuncturist and Naprapath with privileges at St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates IL since 2004. He holds a diplomate in pain management from the American Academy of Pain Management and a diplomate with the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics completed at Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles, California. Currently he teaches and is on faculty in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL. He is also on faculty for the DAOM program at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, California, his alma mater.
- TruthSayer, DAOM ’13, MSTCM ’07, has founded the Institute of Auricular & Transcendental Medicine, where she teaches both Medicines.She is also former faculty at ACTCM. She practices Auricular & Transcendental Medicine in her clinic Transcendental Acupuncture, in San Rafael, CA. She has been the disciple of Dr. Huang Li Chun, Mother of Auricular Medicine, for the past 10 years and has given lectures on Auricular Medicine for the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies -San Francisco International Symposium on Chinese Medicine, IATM, San Rafael and The World Federation of Auricular Medicine,Tai Wan, 2009 & 2012.
- Ella Woods, DAOM ‘08, MSTCM ‘05, founded Acupuncture Works in Pacifica, CA. She is an adjunct professor at ACTCM and serves on ACTCM’s DAOM Council. Ella is also a TCM consultant and guest clinician to several holistic veterinary practices in the Bay Area.
- Devin Wu, DAOM ‘10, MSTCM ‘05, is the owner of Wu’s Wellness Center, which incorporates TCM with physical therapy. Devin provides acupuncture to the San Francisco Ballet and other dance companies, and also served as the Western Medicine Department Chair at ACTCM.
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