October ’18 Faculty

Faculty for October 12-15 Module

Learning from our internationally renown doctoral faculty is one of the reasons students choose our program. In October, we highlight courses in integrative medicine and the specialty concentration of pain management. Here are the faculty and class offerings for the October 2018 module.


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. Christina Youngren will be teaching Environmental Medicine on October 12-13, 2018. In this course, students are introduced to environmental medicine. The concept of body burden is discussed along with an overview of the major classes of environmental toxins, exposure routes, and common symptoms associated with exposure. The class, which has served as the inspiration for several capstone projects, discusses the role of Chinese medicine in treating those whose health is compromised by environmental toxicity.

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.  Jessie Shepherd will be teaching Mental Health I on October 12-13, 2018.  In this course, students identify the complex traumatic disorders and the impact of trauma on pain, disease, and wellness. Clinical signs of major psychological disorders and how to facilitate timely and ethical referral is discussed. Additional topics include patient-practitioner rapport, communication skills, multicultural sensitivity, and dependency.

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 is an official apprentice of Dr. Wang Ju-Yi in Beijing, China. Yefim Gamgoneishvili will be teaching a class on Complex Pain Disorders on October 14-15, 2018. This course presents an integrative discussion on the nature of chronic, nociceptive and visceral pain. A channel-based approach to the treatment of fibromyalgia, headaches, and arthritis is presented. Yefim’s distinctive teaching style allows for directed channel palpation and needling technique practicum.

Arya Nielsen, Ph.D., L.Ac., has a doctorate in Philosophies of Medicine with a focus in Integrative Clinical Science and Health Care. She is national board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and past chair of the New York State Board for Acupuncture. She has been in private practice for over 36 years. Arya is a faculty member at Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine in New York City.  She serves as director of the Acupuncture Fellowship Training program for Inpatient Care, a post-graduate opportunity for licensed acupuncturists. Her research includes both the physiology and therapeutic effect of Gua sha and acupuncture therapies for acute care and inpatient setting. Dr. Nielsen is the author of the book Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice. Arya Nielsen will be teaching Clinical Internship and Case Analysis I on October 14-15, 2018A renown expert in acupuncture for the treatment of pain, Dr. Nielsen presents needling and gua sha for the treatment of pain and inflammation. The evidence that prompted The Joint Commission to revise its mandate on pain to include alternates to the prescription of opioids will be examined. The science of gua sha will be introduced and how its anti-inflammatory and immune protective effects are applied clinically for Western organ pathologies. Dr. Nielson is one of the acupuncture profession’s dynamic speakers.



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