Be a DAOM Student for a Day!


Be a DAOM Student For a Day! This is the perfect opportunity to learn and connect with faculty and current students.We invite you to come visit one of our modules and see firsthand the high-quality academic and clinical experience we offer at ACTCM. We have limited spaces available, so please refer to our DAOM Module Schedule below and contact us at 415-401-0464 or to reserve a seat.

Apply for the Spring 2020 term
Apply to be in our DAOM cohort by January/Spring 2020!  Make sure to get your application in, so that your place is secured.

Why Acupuncturists Choose our DAOM Program?

World-renowned faculty and a diverse student body
– Internationally recognized externship sites available across North America and China
– Monthly weekend modules designed for working practitioners
– Specialties in Women’s Health or Pain Management with an emphasis in integrative health
– Corporate rated lodging available
– Financial aid, fully accredited program

February 7-10, 2020 Module

Sharon Weizenbaum, LAc. Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and has been practicing Chinese medicine for over 30 years. Her first gynecology teacher was Dr. Zhu Shu-rong from Shanghai. In 1990 she traveled to Hang Zhou where she studied herbal gynecology with Dr. Qiu Xiao-mei as well as Chinese language. She continued her language study at Mt. Holyoke College and translates much of her own teaching materials. In 2007 she traveled back to China to study classic formulas with Dr. Huang Huang, who continues to be one of her teachers. She studied and apprenticed with Kiiko Matsumoto for 12 years and developed Integrative Mandala Acupuncture as a synthesis of her study with both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture teachers. Sharon is the director of White Pine Healing Arts clinic and educational facility. She teaches the Graduate Mentorship Program and Integrative Mandala Acupuncture nationally as well as shorter courses. Her articles have been published in The Lantern and in the North Amercan Journal of Oriental Medicine. She is known for her engaging, clinically relevant and clear teaching style. Sharon Weizenbaum will be teaching TCM Gynecological Foundation on February 7 & 8, 2020.  In this course students will examine differential diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of the most common gynecologic problems from both a Chinese medicine and western perspective. This course focuses on treating diseases related to the female reproductive system by promoting the functions and the relationships of the internal organs, extraordinary meridians, qi, blood, and body fluids. The course will focus on refining a practitioner’s diagnostic skills and translating these skills to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.    
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.  Erlene Chiang will be teaching Gynecologic Oncology on February 9 & 10, 2020.  In this course, Dr. Chiang will cover the history of TCM Oncology, its terminology and development.  The etiology and pathology of breast, uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancer will be discussed.  Treatment principles and methods in Integrative Western and TCM will be discussed through case studies and clinical theater. 

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. Valerie Hobbs will be teaching Capstone Development and Research on February 9 & 10, 2020.  This course is designed to provide skills for the evaluation and synthesize of research information, to communicate that information to other healthcare practitioners, and to apply that information to enhance patient care and practice building.  This course focuses on the beginning process of developing and writing the capstone thesis. The course includes research design, skills necessary to access the literature, current research in the field, and guidelines for critically reading and synthesizing research articles and reviews.

March 6-9, 2020 Module

Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac. is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Acupuncture for Labor and Delivery as well as 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. Her research activities include multiple publications in journals of integrative and conventional medicine. Claudia Citkovitz will be teaching Labor and Postpartum Care on March 6 & 7, 2020.  In this class, childbirth and the postpartum period are examined through the perspectives of both Chinese medicine and Western medicine. This class focuses on treatment protocols as well as the role of Chinese medicine during labor and postpartum care.  Demonstration and supervised practice of Tui Na and Dao Yin exercises will be conducted during the practical portion.
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. Misha Cohen will be teaching Clinical Internship and Case Analysis I (Liver Health) on March 8 & 9, 2020.  In this course, students will learn to formulate integrative protocols for case management of viral hepatitis, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome and liver cancer will be discussed.  Case management will be illustrated through case workups and clinical grand rounds. 

April 3-6, 2020 Module


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 April 3 & 4, 2020.  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.

Kenji Hirabayashi, L.Ac. graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001.  He has further 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.  Kenji Hirabayashi will be teaching Care of the Lumbar Spine & Pelvis on April 5 & 6, 2020.  In this course, students learn advanced acupuncture techniques for the treatment of the lumbar spine and pelvic injuries. The treatment of acute low back pain, chronic low back pain, spinal stenosis, lumbar disc herniation, scoliosis, sacroiliac joint injury, and piriformis syndrome are reviewed.Students will have the opportunity to practice orthopedic testing and specific needling techniques.
Zhong Kang Yu, M.D. (China), B.S., D.O.M., Ph.D., obtained his medical degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1982. He worked as an attending physician and taught internal medicine at Shanghai Longhua Hospital.  In 1992, he came to America and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition at the University of Georgia in 1996. He performed several years of research on cancer biology and cell biology at Yale and Harvard School of Public Health. Since 2006, Zhongkang has been teaching in Southwest Acupuncture School in New Mexico and has a private practice in Albuquerque. Zhongkang Yu will be teaching Clinical Internship and Case Analysis I (Autoimmune) on April 5 & 6, 2020. In this course, discussions will cover pathophysiology of inflammation and its progression to autoimmune conditions. Comparison of signs and symptoms plus laboratory tests, western medicine treatments, and nutritional recommendations for inflammation.  Traditional Chinese Medicine syndrome analysis and treatment strategies including Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments.

If you are interested in being a patient and receiving a complimentary treatment during one of our DAOM modules, please contact the DAOM academic Office at or call 415-229-9737.  

Join any of our 2-day DAOM modules (16 units: Friday/Saturday or Sunday/Monday) for CEUs, please contact DAOM academic office at or call 415-229-9737 or just sign up through EventBrite