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.
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac. has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 25 years, specializing in women’s health, pediatrics, orthopedic and trauma treatment. Carla currently serves as Director of Development and U.S. Programs at Acupuncturists Without Borders. 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. Carla’s DAOM capstone proposed a clinical model for integration of acupuncture into the VA Medical Care System.
Yemeng Chen, Ph.D. (China), Dipl.OM (NCCAOM), L.Ac., FICAE is President of New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yemeng Chen graduated from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985. He completed his Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2012. He has published eight Chinese Medicine textbooks.
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.
Peter Fairfield L.Ac. Graduate of New England School of Acupuncture (1978), L.Ac. in California since (1980) and adjunct faculty at ACTCM (1984) and CIIS (1998). Peter has researched in East/West psychophysiology of consciousness for more than thirty years and has travelled to China, Nepal, India, and Japan for clinical study and work. Peter has extended training in biofeedback, bodywork, cranial sacral therapy and energy healing meditation, Qigong, and Tibetan Vajrayana, Taoist and Vipassana traditions. Currently he runs the Tara Center for Health and Happiness, Prescott AZ.
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.
Steve Given, DAOM, L.Ac. holds both masters and doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Steve’s areas of clinical interest include pain management, HIV/AIDS, supportive care for oncology patients, addiction treatment, and orthopedics. Prior to his career in Chinese medicine, he worked in the microbiology field as a laboratory supervisor and research technologist. Currently Steve is Associate Academic Dean and Clinic Director at ACTCM at CIIS.
Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA is the co-director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC). She served as a member of the Conference Planning Committee for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) National Summit on Integrative Medicine and has made countless contributions to CAM and the field of Oriental Medicine. She is a longtime leader in the field of AOM and Integrated Medicine, launched the DAOM Program at ACTCM and served as the former president of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Holly Guzman, DAOM, LAc. 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.
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.
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.
Glenn Kazmierski, MTCM, L.Ac. Master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches University, Santa Cruz, CA, 2001; Board certified by the American Academy of Physical Oriental Medicine (AAPOM), 2010. Teaching positions include ACTCM, Five Branches University, instructor and clinical supervisor of the Orthopedic Shiatsu certificate program 2008-2011. He is currently in private practice and serves as an instructor for Sports Injury Acupuncture.
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.
Henry McCann, DAOM, L.Ac. teaches Huang Di Nei Jing, Nan Jing, and Chinese herbal materia medica at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NY). He finished his doctoral degree with specialties in Women’s Health and Geriatric Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Prior to training in Chinese medicine, he graduated from Oberlin College and was a Fulbright fellow to Japan. Dr. McCann has taught Tung’s acupuncture in the US, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Austria. He is the author of Pricking the Vessels: Bloodletting Therapy in Chinese Medicine and the co-author of Practical Atlas of Tung’s Acupuncture. He maintains a private practice in Madison NJ.
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.
Hui Ouyang, M.D (China), D.C. L.Ac. grew up in China in a TCM doctor family ascending to his great grandfather. In addition to learning from his family, he completed his medical degree at Anhui College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hefei, Anhui, China in 1993. After graduation, he completed a 6-year residency in TCM Orthopedics and Traumatology at Xiamen Hospital of Traditional Chinese medicine, Xiamen, China. In 1999, Dr. Ouyang began working in acupuncture research as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and a research scientist in Transneuronix research company. Since 1995, he has published in 2 books, 16 medical journal articles and 46 conference presentation abstracts. He became a Diplomat of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology in 2002 and holds a license in Acupuncture from the state of Texas. He entered the Texas Chiropractic College in 2005, where he was awarded a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2008. He is an adjunct faculty member at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has a current practice in Friendswood, Texas.
Cynthia Quattro, DAOM, PA-C, L.Ac. has been practicing acupuncture for more than 20 years. She studied Western medicine in a four-year Physician Assistant program at the Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. She graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Master’s degree in 1990 and with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007. She currently maintains her practice in Santa Cruz, CA.
Whitfield Reaves, MS, BS, L.Ac. first began studying acupuncture in 1976. He was a part of the first class at the SAMRA University of Health Sciences. In 1983, Whitfield Reaves received his Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree. He specializes in sports medicine acupuncture and has taught at the Southwest Acupuncture College for over 25 years. Along with teaching, he is also the director of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program and a founding member of the National Sports Acupuncture Association. His mission is the integration of traditional Chinese acupuncture with anatomy, western orthopedics, and sports medicine practices.
Paul Ryan, L.Ac. serves on staff at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. His background includes 18 years of full-time study, teaching, and clinical practice of Chinese medicine in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau. He teaches and practices Bo’s Method of Abdominal Acupuncture (BMAA); Taoist Tung’s Acupuncture, Zuo Acupuncture, and clinical osteopathic techniques. His specialties include nutrition and Chinese herbal medicine, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and hemiplegia from stroke, conditions involving internal medicine complications including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer.
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.
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.
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.
Steven Tierney, EdD, CAS is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Chair of the Community Mental Health Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A certified addiction specialist, he is the Co- Founder of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation, providing relapse prevention and mindfulness- based services to individuals and families.
Rachael Vaughan, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, T-Group facilitator, trainer, and graduate school professor. She holds an MA in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, as well as an MA in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has studied advanced dreamwork with Dr Stephen Aizenstat, and teaches dreamwork at several Bay Area psychotherapy training institutes. Rachael frequently works with dreams as a window to the personal and collective psyche. Rachael has a ten-year dance and authentic movement practice, and she is currently studying Somatic Experiencing.
Ella Woods, DAOM, MBA, L.Ac. began studying Chinese medicine for the purpose of treating companion animals. She studied with Dr. Lisa Pesch and Dr. Molly Rice, while earning her MSTCM. Once licensed she was invited to practice at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, and stayed there for seven years. She earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from ACTCM, and her capstone project was a study of the demographics of the use of acupuncture in treating companion animals. Ella now practices Chinese medicine for companion animals at A Well Adjusted Pet, in Pacifica and San Francisco.
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.