Our doctoral faculty consist of seasoned practitioners, academics, and scholars who have taught, presented, and practiced internationally and throughout the United States. In addition, many work in hospitals, community public health clinics, and hospital outpatient affiliate clinics. Several of our faculty members participate in collaborative clinics, research projects, and private practices, and offer our students a wide variety of specialties and areas of expertise.
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.
Kandace Cahill, DAOM, L.Ac., FABORM, is a clinician, author, and professor specializing in reproductive medicine and women’s health. She received her DAOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and her Masters from Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder. She is also a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and serves as an editorial peer reviewer for Meridians: Journal of Chinese Medicine and The American Acupuncturist. She is currently in the process of writing a book on PCOS and Chinese Medicine. Dr. Cahill is the Founder/Clinic Director at Well Woman Acupuncture in Boulder, CO.
YuWen Cen, Ph.D., DAOM, L.Ac. is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with 19 years experience. At Guangzhou 8th People’s Hospital, she specialized in an integrative medicine approach to the treatment of chronic viral diseases such as HBV, HCV and HIV. She obtained her PhD from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and her research explored the TCM constitutions of patients with chronic virus infection and compromised immune system. She has received multiple research grants, including funding from the National Science Foundation of China. Currently, she is a teacher and clinical supervisor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is dedicated to the translation of traditional Chinese medicine classics into contemporary medical terms. Her clinical practice integrates acupuncture and herbs, with a focus on women’s health and hormone balance. Dr. Cen is a prolific author as well. She has published 13 first author articles and has co-authored over 50 publications.
Erlene Chiang, DAOM, L.Ac. has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1985. Her service and experience in the field of oncology includes the following: President, American Cancer Society, California Chinese Unit; Vice President, American Cancer Society; California Chinese Unit, Senior Administrative Director. She grew up in a family of famous physicians of Chinese medicine and is a third generation TCM doctor. Mentored by her father, she possesses a deeply refined talent for TCM diagnosis, oncology focused treatment strategies, with specific emphasis on Chinese herbal formulas.
Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac. is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Acupuncture for Labor and Delivery and during stroke recovery and rehabilitation. She is the Director of Acupuncture Services at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, where she oversees the delivery of acupuncture therapies and leads acupuncture internships and postgraduate training programs in Labor and Delivery and Neurological Rehabilitation for doctoral programs of the ACTCM (where she is Head of the OB/Gyn department) and the OCOM. Her research activities include multiple publications in journals of integrative and conventional medicine, as well as presenting and consulting for institutions including the Society for Acupuncture Research, the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, and the University of North Carolina. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the Research Group of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, and the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force of the NCCAOM.
Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. is the Clinical Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, Executive Director of the MRCE Foundation, and a Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at the University of California Institute for Health and Aging. She is an elected Fellow to the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has published widely in both lay magazines and professional journals in the areas of women’s health, gynecology, cancer support, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, as well as Chinese medicine and herbal research methodology.
Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., L.Ac. is a medical anthropologist, an educator and a community health practitioner for the past 40 years. Having studied pre-med and anthropology at Dartmouth College, he did graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle in medical anthropology. He studied traditional healing arts, manual medicine, and movement therapy in Japan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Vietnam. Dr. Dann has been an adjunct faculty in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo for many years, co-founder of the Hilo School of Massage, medical director of the East-West Clinic, and co-president of the Traditional Japanese Acupuncture Foundation. He is also a faculty member at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO, as well as a faculty member for the Japanese acupuncture certificate program at the AIMC (Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College) in Berkeley, CA.
Yvonne Farrell, DAOM, L.Ac. received her master’s and doctorate degree from Emperor’s College, and taught there as faculty and clinical supervisor for 13 years. She has a strong interest in using the secondary vessels to provide support during childbearing cycle and to treat infertility. She currently is in private practice at LA Herbs and Acupuncture, and serves as part-time faculty at the Southern California University of Health Sciences.
Yefim Gamgoneishvili L.Ac. has been practicing Chinese Medicine since 1992 and specializes in a channel-based approach to diagnosis and treatment. Yefim began his studies at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and completed his Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 1991 at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. He has been teaching Chinese Medicine since 1997 and has studied with Dr. Wang Ju Yi in Beijing, China.
Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, L.Ac. Jason Hao has been practicing and researching scalp acupuncture for thirty years and has been teaching classes and seminars in the West since 1989. He has trained hundreds of acupuncture practitioners and treated thousands of patients with disorders of the central nervous system in the United States and Europe. He maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Kenji Hirabayashi, L.Ac. graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001. He has further deepened his studies in sports medicine through mentoring and serving as a teacher’s assistant with Whitfield Reaves, and has studied Motor Points Techniques with Matt Callison. Currently, he works with the Dominican University Men’s Basketball Team providing performance enhancement and pain relief with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Kenji has experience in community health settings in San Francisco treating addiction, mental health issues, and pain. He values collaborating with the Western medical community and has worked several years at an integrated pharmacy. Kenji has a private practice at Marin Family Acupuncture.
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.
Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM is board certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and oriental reproductive medicine. She specializes in fertility, women’s health, and female sexual pain and has extensive clinical experience, including managing a successful acupuncture program in an IVF clinic for more than 5 years. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Hullender Rubin is also a researcher and an academic. She received a DAOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University. She received a certificate in Advanced Herbal Studies in Gynecology, Internal Medicine & Trauma from Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University, and a certificate in Human Investigations Program from Oregon Health & Science University.
Daniel Jiao, DAOM, L.Ac. graduated from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984 and received his DAOM degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009. He served on the Board of Directors of NCCAOM from 1997-2006, and on the Board of Directors of ACTCM from 1997-2009. He was a Chief instructor of Oriental Medicine in the Medical Acupuncture Program at Stanford University in 1998. He currently serves as the Acupuncturist at Sutter Health Integrative Medicine and Professor in the DAOM program at ACTCM.
Hong Jin, DAOM, L.Ac. received her Bachelor of medicine degree from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985 and got clinical training as an intern and physician at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s affiliated hospital in 1987. After graduating, she taught acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Center and the World Health Organization Collaborative Center on Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received her DAOM degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007. She was dean at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture and now chairs the Oriental Medicine department. She also serves on the advisory committee of the Acupuncture Practitioners Research Education Enhancement grant.
Raven Lang, MS, LAc is one of the first homebirth midwives in California. She founded the Institute of Feminine Arts, the first non-medical school for midwifery in North America, and a California State certified college dedicated to the studies of midwifery. She is the author of Birth Book. In 1982, she began her training in TCM and incorporated TCM into her midwifery. For the next three years she apprenticed with Dr. Miriam Lee, a nurse midwife from China and one of the first licensed acupuncturists in California. With Dr. Lee, Raven learned the patterns of Master Tung’s Magic Points. Presently, Raven Lang teaches classes, offers externships, and serves as an advisory board member for Institute of Feminine Arts and Sciences, a newly opened school of midwifery in Santa Rosa, California.
Anita Marshall, PharmD, DAOM, L.Ac. has a background in both Western and Eastern medicine. She has been a registered pharmacist for over 35 years and an acupuncturist for a decade. Anita received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in 1998 and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from ACTCM in 2010. Dr Marshall holds a doctorate in clincial pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy. She uses her dual background in western and eastern medicine provide her patients with acupuncture and herbs along with western medicine. She is the founder and director of the Sequoia Healing Center in Alameda, California.
Arya Nielsen, PhD, L.Ac. has a Doctorate in Philosophies of Medicine with specialization in Integrative Clinical Science and Health Care. She holds a National Board Certification in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and is a past chair of the New York State Board for Acupuncture. She has been in private practice for over 35 years and is senior teaching faculty at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Department of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Nielsen is author of Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice.
Xiaotian Shen, MD (China), MPH, L.Ac. is a 4th generation Chinese Medicine practitioner. Shen taught acupuncture and herbal medicine at two colleges in China and was also a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine at the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu College of Medical Continuing Education. His intellectual curiosity and interest in world cultures and medicine led him to Israel, where he earned a Master of Public Health degree. Shen’s medical specialties include pain management, neurological disorders, autoimmune disease treatment, digestive health, psycho-emotional care, and treatment of reproductive concerns.
Jessie Shepherd, LMFT has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelors in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Currently, Jessie is an Adjunct Faculty at CIIS and at The Wright Institute, serving as a Recovery Program Collaborative Supervisor and Chemical Dependence Instructor. In the past, Jessie has worked as a lead counselor at Bay Area Community Resources, providing crisis assessment and support services. Jessie has also served as a clinician at the Lincoln Child Center providing therapeutic, intensive case management services, and mentoring for first year doctoral interns.
Clayton Shiu, PhD, LAc. Clayton Shiu has been in practice for over 17 years treating orthopedic and sports injury conditions in New York City. Currently Dr. Shiu’s private practice specializes in the treatment of stroke, cerebral, and neurological disorders. Dr. Shiu holds a BS in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master’s degree from the PCOM. He was awarded a special scholarship by the Chinese Government to study at Tianjin University of TCM, where he received his Ph.D. in Acupuncture and Moxibustion. In Tianjin Dr. Shiu interned directly under his mentor Dr. Shi Xue Min, the pioneer of stroke therapy and Creator of the Xing Nao Kai Qiao (XNKQ) System. Under the tutelage of Dr. Shi Xue Min, he created a new system called Tension Release Technique, which utilizes key components of XNKQ combined with PNF stretching and myofascial sports techniques for the treatment of sports and orthopedic disorders. Dr. Shiu is currently an Adjunct Faculty Professor at ACTCM and at ACCHS, and has lectured around the country about stroke rehabilitation and orthopedic disorders.
Steve Shomo, DAOM, L.Ac. is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, board-certified and dual licensed in Colorado and Florida. He is a WMA Wilderness First Responder, volunteer with the Colorado Special Tactics & Rescue Team and Team Rubicon. He is a Unit Coordinator and Training Specialist for the Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps (CAMRC), the nation’s first acupuncture based federally approved MRC responding to disasters and critical incidents. Steve is extensively trained and experienced in Integrative Acupuncture, Acupuncture Injection Therapy, Nutrition, TCM Oncology, Auricular Therapy, Health & Fitness, Remote Wilderness Medicine, Global Health, Disaster Mental Health, and Emergency Response.
Sadhna Singh, DAOM, MSOM, MB/BS graduated from medical college in India, 1983 and has focused her practice on internal medicine, gynecology, and obstetrics. She has a vast background in both western and eastern medicine. She completed her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston. She has lectured and taught extensively, nationally and internationally, on women’s health. Sadhna completed her doctoral degree at ACTCM in San Francisco, 2012. Sadhna Singh is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and currently serves on the governing board. She is a professional member of Resolve – The National Infertility Association & The American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Coleen Smith, RN, DAOM, L.Ac. started her career as a registered nurse (RN) and has been practicing since 1986. She attended a four-year program at the American College of Acupuncture in Houston and obtained a Master’s in Oriental Medicine. Coleen took extra training at the renowned Hangzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital and Tianjin Acupuncture Hospital in China. With a master’s in herbology, Coleen is able to create individual formulas for her patients. She is a board certified fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine. She received her Doctorate in 2012 from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, specializing in women’s health.
George Stretch, DAOM, MB/BS, L.Ac. has practiced as a naprapath and acupuncturist for 25 years. Dr. Stretch specializes in pain management and conservative orthopedic care. He holds three National Board Certifications; diplomat with the American Academy of Pain Management, diplomate with the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, and a Board Certification through the National Board of Naprapathic Examiners.
Jason Su, DAOM, L.Ac. graduated from Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983 and taught there until 1988. He received his DAOM degree in 2009. A licensed California practitioner since 1988, he is senior faculty at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Previous positions include: Acting President (2002-03) and Dean of Faculty (2000-2003), Meiji College of Oriental Medicine, Berkeley, CA. He currently practices in San Leandro, CA and specializes in Gynecology.
Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM, graduate of the Five Branches University’s’ Integrative Sports Medicine program, was licensed in 2003 as an acupuncturist, is practicing in multi-disciplinary clinics including SpineMed Associates and the PRIME Pain Medicine Institute, Board Certified as well as a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in Acupuncture Orthopedics, a credentialed Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, a Clinical Instructor and Associate Professor at the Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2005, and an Instructor in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland since 2017, a certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, and has served as an Expert Witness for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) and in civil malpractice litigation.
Amy Ayla Wolf, DAOM, L.Ac. is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in neurological disorders, chronic pain, sports medicine and concussion recovery. She has lectured and taught courses for physical therapists, Chinese medicine practitioners and doctorate programs in acupuncture on topics including concussion recovery, dysautonomia, and neurological exam techniques, and has been a featured speaker in veterans groups on the topic of brain health. Dr. Wolf and Dr. Carrick recently completed a randomized clinical trial on the effects of acupuncture on cerebral blood flow velocity in mixed martial arts fighters following a concussion. She was the team acupuncturist for the professional MMA fighters at Fortis MMA in Dallas Texas, working with UFC and Legacy fighters and is now currently in private practice in Bend, Oregon providing a unique combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and functional neurology.
Joseph Yang, PhD, MD (China), L.Ac. earned his BMed in Chinese medicine in 1984 and his MMed in 1987 with a specialization in diagnosis and pharmacology. He was a faculty at Heilongjiang University medicine while serving as attending physician at Heilongjiang University Hospital until 1994. Yang pursued his doctorate studies in psychiatry and neuroscience at Kobe University Medical School, Japan. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Yang held the position of Scientist/Laboratory Supervisor at Teco Diagnostics, a Chinese herbal medicine manufacturer. He is currently on the faculty at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA.
Christina Youngren, N.M.D., graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She completed a two-year clinical internship that included all naturopathic modalities and a one-year specialty residency in Environmental Medicine under the directorship of Dr. Walter Crinnion. Her medical training also included pharmaceutical medications and their interactions with natural remedies. Dr. Youngren currently holds an adjunct faculty position as a clinical supervising physician at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Tempe, AZ and at Bastyr University in San Diego where she teaches Environmental Medicine.
Zhong Kang Yu, M.D. (China), B.S., D.O.M.(NM), Ph.D., obtained his medical degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shanghai, China in 1982. He then worked as a resident from 1982 through 1988 and as attending physician from 1988 through 1991 at Shanghai Longhua Hospital, a teaching hospital of Shanghai University of TCM. During this period, Zhongkang was also teaching internal medicine at the same University. In 1992, He came to America and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition at the University of Georgia in 1996. After that, he performed several years of research on cancer biology and cell biology at Yale Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Since 2006, Zhongkang has been teaching in Southwest Acupuncture School in New Mexico and owns and operates his own private practice in Albuquerque.
Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. has been practicing herbal medicine for over 20 years which began with leaders in integrating Western and Chinese herbs, with Michael Tierra and Thomas Avery Garran. Benjamin currently practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in Oakland and where he specializes in integrative mental health care. Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, a nonprofit organization that promotes affordable, accessible integrative health care for all. Since 2005 he has operated, Five Flavors Herbs, Inc. an herbal pharmacy and extract manufacturer located in Oakland, CA.
Bingzeng Zou, PhD, DC, MB/BS, L.Ac. received his training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou China, where he received the Bachelor of Science in Medicine (MB/BS) in 1983. He received his PhD degree in Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine in Orthopedics and Traumatology at China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing China in 1994. In 1996, he moved to the United States and received his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree at Life University in Marietta, Georgia in 1999. He is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at ACTCM and currently teaches TCM Internal Medicine and supervises clinic. His specialties include TCM orthopedics, pain management, digestive disorders, and internal medicine.