Central to the success of Emperor’s College Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is the instruction provided by our outstanding and diverse faculty. Emperor’s College faculty members are distinguished not only for their academic and professional qualifications, but also for their commitment to teaching students and serving as role models and mentors. The doctoral program faculty is composed of senior practitioners trained in traditional Chinese medicine in China as well as medical, chiropractic and naturopathic doctors.
Each instructor integrates unique perspectives derived from ancient Chinese writings with a deeper understanding of their relevance to contemporary approaches to health care.
Anna Brantman, DAOM, LAc, MD (Russia)
DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
MD, State Medical University, Russia
US Medical Licensure Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates, National Certification
Anna Brantman has expertise in both Western and Eastern medicines. Her specialties include functional medicine and pediatrics. Brantman is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she maintains both a clinical and research practice. She teaches multiple courses in the advanced Western medicine series of the doctoral program at Emperor’s College.
Arlan Cage, ND, MTOM, MS, LAc
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
MTOM, Samra University, Los Angeles
MS, Florida Institute of Technology
Arlan Cage is a licensed naturopathic doctor as well as a licensed acupuncturist. He is the president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. He is currently a contributing author to the Foundations Project, a collaborative, international effort to produce a new textbook on naturopathic philosophy, which is a synthesis of the traditions of naturopathic medicine and the advances of modern science. His chapter is on the physics of the vital force. Dr. Cage teaches nutrition in the advanced internal medicine curriculum.
Xiaomei Cai, PhD, OMD, LAc
PhD, Philosophy, Chengdu University Traditional Medicine, China
Xiaomei Cai has practiced and taught at Chengdu University’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China, a major teaching hospital specializing in integrating Eastern and Western medicine. Dr. Cai worked as a gynecologist and as chief physician overseeing new residents. She also has conducted extensive medical research and published numerous academic papers and books in the field of traditional Chinese medicine. One of the herbal remedies which she researched with a colleague now is a popular remedy used in Chinese hospitals for treating uterine fibroid tumors. Dr. Cai teaches Women’s Health in the advanced internal medicine curriculum.
John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
PharmD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
PhD, Philosophy, South Baylo University, Anaheim
A recognized authority on Western pharmacology and Chinese herbal medicine, John Chen is published in numerous scholarly journals and is a featured presenter to professional groups as well as on the Discovery Health Channel and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Health. Chen is president & founder of Evergreen Herbs. He teaches the Herb & Drug Interaction class.
Robert Chu, PhD, LAc
PhD, Buddhist Ayurveda, Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute
MSTOM, Samra University of Oriental Medicine, Los Angeles
Robert Chu is the consummate Chinese-style healer. He strives to embody the traditional Taoist ideal of skillful mastery in all areas of life. Before making the career shift to acupuncture, Chu studied martial arts – becoming a wing chun sifu (master) – as well as tui na, dit da ke (traumatology) and herbology for 30 years. He now specializes in Master Tung’s painless acupuncture methods, which he has taught at acupuncture schools throughout Southern California, and is considered a leading expert in acupuncture oncology.
Chu was the first full-time acupuncturist on staff at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles where he treated cancer patients with acupuncture, herbal therapy, qi gong and tai chi. He regularly volunteers at Pasadena’s Wellness Community conducting monthly lectures for cancer patients and weekly lifestyle, nutrition and qi gong classes. He is also a featured guest speaker for the American Cancer Society. In July of 2004, Chu was selected as the acupuncturist to Olympic athletes at the Olympic trials held in Sacramento, California. Robert Chu teaches traumatology as well as Master Tung-style acupuncture courses in the system-based acupuncture curriculum.
Liu Dong, MS, LAc
PhD, Chinese Psychology, in progress, University of La Sorbonne, Paris
MS, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing
Liu Dong comes from a family in which qi gong was practiced from generation to generation. In early childhood he developed serious pulmonary tuberculosis. Each morning at dawn, his grandfather led him up into the mountains to practice Tai yang gong or Sun qi gong; within a short time, his tuberculosis was completely healed. His qi gong method is registered in the Official Repertory of Chinese Medicine. It is a healing qi gong, based upon classical Chinese methods, with forms designed to address specific problems and areas of the body. Dr. Dong teaches advanced qi gong for heart healing as part of the cardiology coursework for the advanced internal curriculum of the Emperor’s College doctoral program.
Hua Gu, PhD, LAc
PhD, China Academy of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Beijing, China
MD, Guangzhou Medical College, China
Hua Gu received his medical degree in China and is the only person in the US to hold a PhD in Traditional Oriental Medicine Orthopedics. His research and authorship have won him numerous awards, including recognition from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Chinese Health Ministry, and the Conference of World Traditional Medicine. Gu is the founder of the American Acupuncture Academy. One of the nation’s leading advocates and practitioners of East/West integrated medicine, Dr. Gu heads up the doctoral program specialty in traditional Oriental medicine orthopedics and teaches Orthopedics I-IV.
John Nai Qiang Gu, OMD, LAc, MD (China)
MD, Shanghai University of TCM, China
John Nai Qiang Gu is a descendant of the famous Gu family of Shanghai, China. His father and grandfather specialized in TCM treatment of dermatology and surgery. John Gu owns many special family prescriptions that have proven extremely effective. He formerly worked in the Department of TCM Surgery at Shanghai TCM Hospital. In forty years of experience, Gu has published more than 30 research articles and is currently the chief editor of “Practical TCM in Breast Diseases”. Dr. Gu teaches TCM Dermatological Diseases in the advanced internal medicine specialty.
Gary Jacob, DOM, DC, MPH, LAc
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Glendale
DOM, California Acupuncture College
MPH, University of California, Los Angeles
Gary Jacob’s numerous credentials include licensure as a chiropractor in New York, Hawaii and California, certification in California as a disability evaluator for the California Chiropractic Foundation, and a qualified medical evaluator for the California Industrial Medical Council Chiropractic. Dr. Jacob teaches multiple courses in the advanced Western medicine series of the doctoral program, including orthopedics and rehabilitation & mobilization.
Takeshi Komatsu, DAOM, ATC, LAc
DAOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Santa Monica
Japanese Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Shiatsu and Massage Licenses, Goto College of Medical Art and Sciences, Tokyo, Japan
Takeshi Komatsu’s 17+ years of experience in Oriental and sports medicine includes work with world champion Olympians and sports teams such as the NEC women’s professional volleyball team (Japan), the US Olympic track and field team, the US Olympic water polo team, and various NCAA championship teams. Dr. Komatsu teaches the advanced traditional Oriental sports medicine curriculum.
Atsuki Maeda, LAc, DAOM (candidate)
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BS, Acupuncture, Goto College of Medical Arts & Sciences, Japan
Atsuki Maeda is a licensed acupuncturist in both Japan and California who specializes in Xing Nao Kai Qiao stroke rehabilitation acupuncture and Japanese-style acupuncture. After completing his acupuncture degree in Japan, Maeda pursued extensive stroke rehabilitation acupuncture training under Dr. Shi Xue Min at First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a treatment protocol that recently gained recognition in the documentary 9,000 Needles. Maeda then maintained a successful career in the stroke rehabilitation unit at Kuroda Hospital in Tokyo before coming to the US. He completed his California acupuncture training at Emperor’s College in 1993 and spearheaded the Japanese-style acupuncture program at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. Maeda maintains a private practice in Torrance, CA while leading the Xing Nao Kai Qiao Stroke Rehabilitation & Prevention module in the doctoral program at Emperor’s College and treating patients at the Stroke Rehabilitation and Dementia Care Center at Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic.
Robert Newman, MSTCM, LAc
MS, Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of TCM
BS, Biology, UC Irvine
Robert Newman is the clinic director and liaison to the Chinese herb garden at Emperor’s College. Prior to his position at Emperor’s College he served as Chinese herb garden curator at Nanjing Institute of Botany in China, and is one of the leading experts on Chinese medical plant identification in North America. He has taught Chinese medicine at San Francisco State University and was on the faculty at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he created and developed an extensive Chinese herb garden. Newman directs and coordinates the clinical component of the DAOM program.
Terry Oleson, PhD, MA
PhD, Psychobiology, University of California, Irvine|
MA, Psychology, California State University, Long Beach
BA, Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Terry Oleson has conducted pioneering research on auricular diagnosis and auricular acupuncture. He has published numerous scientific articles and books on auricular acupuncture, including the Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture and the International Handbook of Ear Reflex Points. Dr. Oleson was named by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine American Eastern Medical Institute as the 1998 Auricular Acupuncturist of the Year. Dr. Oleson teaches the Biological Bases of Acupuncture course, as well as the Research II course on doctoral research design.
Zhuoyi Qiu, LAc, MD (China)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiology Section, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
MD, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
BS, Heilong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Zhuoyi Qiu was chief physician of internal medicine at Guangzhou University. He was vice chairman for the Heart Association of Integrated TCM and Western Medicine in Guangdong Province, and TCM consultant for the World Health Organization, World Bank Loan Medical Education Project, and Ministry of Public Health of the People’s Republic of China. He has lectured around the world, authored 40 research papers and books and received numerous research awards in China. Dr. Qiu is the principle teacher for the advanced cardiology curriculum in the advanced internal medicine specialty and oversees a major portion of the grand rounds curriculum. Qiu also trains doctoral interns as a supervisor and presides over the monthly clinical theater in Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic.
Shiao-Ting Jing, PhD, OMD, LAc
PhD, American Liberty University, Fullerton
Shiao-Ting Jing comes from several generations of traditional Chinese medicine. After completing eight years of medical school training in Western and traditional Chinese practices, she studied at GanSu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China, under Professor Zhang Ren Yi, a seventh generation OB/GYN doctor of Chinese medicine. She became a teacher, intern supervisor and a chief physician at Beijing Immunology Hospital. In her private practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Jing’s specializes in the treatment of gynecological conditions such as infertility, menopause, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea as well as auto-immune diseases and pediatric conditions. Dr. Jing teaches the advanced women’s health course in the advanced internal medicine specialty of the DAOM program.
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, MA, DEA
Author of 15 books on philosophy and Chinese medicine, Dr. Rochat de la Vallee founded the Ricci Institute, co-founded the European School of Acupuncture, and teaches Chinese Classics as a member of the Emperor’s College doctoral program faculty.
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee is the principle instructor of the Chinese classical literature and clinical practice curriculum.
Hua-Bing Wen, LAc, MD (China)
MD, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Hua-Bing Wen served as physician-in-charge at Beijing University’s Department of Internal Medicine. He has conducted research in stroke and diabetes treatment with TCM, and published several papers. His private practice in Los Angeles specializes in internal medicine, with a focus on diabetes and related conditions. Dr. Wen teaches in the advanced traditional Oriental oncological curriculum.
Joseph Chang Qing Yang, PhD, LAc, MD (China)
PhD, Psychiatry, Kobe University, Japan
MS, Chinese Medicine University of Heilongjiang, China
BS, Chinese Medicine University of Heilongjiang, China
Joseph Chang Qing Yang was on faculty at TCM University of Heilongjiang, China, and worked for China’s National Liver Diseases Project. Dr. Yang was invited as representative of Young Psychiatrists to Shanghai’s International Conference, and published as a faced topic in the U.S. Journal of Biological Psychiatry. He has authored several books and papers on psychiatry research, TCM diagnosis and TCM psychiatry. Dr. Yang teaches in the advanced mental health curriculum of traditional Oriental medicine.
Wie Chiech Young, PhD, LAc
While still a teen, Wie Chiech Young began his studies with Master Tung as a direct-line disciple. He then became Master Tung’s clinic assistant after 4 years of apprenticeship. He was selected the “Best Chinese Medical Doctor” in the field of acupuncture, Oriental internal medicine and gynecology in Taiwan in 1990. In 30+ years of clinical and teaching experiences, Dr. Young has treated 300,000+ patients. He has authored 30+ books on various aspects of traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Young teaches in the advanced orthopedics specialty.
Ji Zhang, OMD, LAc
MS, Nanjing University, China
BS, Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University, China
Ji Zhang has served as attending physician at First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing University, China. Zhang is renowned in China for his 10-volume Encyclopedia on Chinese Herbs and other herbal research. He teaches drug-herb interactions in the doctoral program.