Faculty

Emperor’s College is widely regarded as one of the elite colleges of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the world and a key reason for that is that it has one of the most distinguished and professionally diverse faculties.

Unlike most of the elite acupuncture schools around the world, our Master’s students take classes from and are supervised in the clinic by even the most eminent of our teachers. You’ll be working hand-in-hand with leaders in the field of Oriental medicine, teachers collectively covering a vast array of specialties and disciplines. Many of the faculty members are authors of seminal books used in practice and in classrooms around the world, editors of and contributors to prominent publications, are thought leaders, hold both Eastern and Western medicine degrees, and have played significant roles in the development and evolution of integrative medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States and around the world.

 

Marilyn Allen, MS
MS, Management & Administration, Pepperdine University, California
BA, Education, California State University, Long Beach
Marilyn Allen is a nationally-known expert in the fields of Oriental medicine legislation, medical ethics and malpractice, practice management, and small business marketing.  In addition to holding positions of Editor for Acupuncture Today and Director of Marketing at the American Acupuncture Council, Marilyn has worked with the World Health Organization for the standarization of acupuncture point location and terminology and has been instrumental in clarifying and teaching Good Manufacturing Practices as they relate to acupuncture practitioners and clincal herb formulation. Marilyn is currently working with the International Organization for Standards (ISO) to advance the integration of Oriental medicine into mainstream health care systems.       Medical Ethics Laws; Practice Management

Charles Hong Beng Ang, MB, BS, FRCSE, FAMS (Surgery)
BMed, BSurg, University of Rangoon, College of Medicine
FRCSE, FEllow, Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh
FAMS, Fellow, Singapore Academy of Medicine (Surgery)
ECFMG certified

Dr. Charles Hong Beng Ang earned his BMed and BSurg degrees in Rangoon, Burma in 1962 and completed surgical fellowships in Scotland and Singapore in 1968 and 1993, respectively.  His career in emergency and elective surgery has spanned the globe from china, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Much of his surgical work in China incorporated the use of acupuncture anesthesia, and when at the National University of Singapore, he was involved in animal research invesitgating the efficacy of acupuncture for th control of secretion and composition of bile in liver disease.  His extensive teaching career has included nursing and Western medical students at National University of Singapore, Atma Jaya University of Indonesia and the University of California at Irvine.
Clinical Western Medicine; Western Lab Diagnostic and Imaging; Western Medicine Review

Michael Apelian, OMD, LAc
OMD, Post-graduate Institute of Oriental Medicine
OMD, California Acupuncture College
After studying biomedicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Michael Apelian received his doctorate in Oriental medicine from California Acupuncture College in 1985 and completed postgraduate studies in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China earning him a second doctorate of Oriental medicine in 1989. In 1998 he served as Dean of the Department of Nutrition at Curenteur University where he taught nutritional medicine and clinical lab analysis. He has maintained a thriving practice in Santa Monica for nearly 30 years with a specialization in nutritional medicine, and regularly provides continuing education seminars for acupuncturists throughout California.
Clinical Supervisor

Brendan Armm, DAOM, LAc
DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BS, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Brendan Armm, DAOM, was among the first fifty Oriental medicine practitioners in the United States to have completed a clinical doctorate in Oriental medicine; his post-graduate work specialized in orthopedics, pain management and integrative medicine.  Being from a medical family, Dr. Armm’s interest in compassionate medicine began at an early age and continues to fuel his investigation into meditation practices to this day.  He has traveled throughout the world, including India, Nepal, China and Tibet, and eloquently shares his knowledge with patients and students alike.
Department of Elective Courses; Meditation

David Chan, OMD, LAc
OMD, Samra University of Oriental Medicine, Los Angeles
BA, Psychology, Yale University

David Chan, OMD, is one of the most illustrious and senior faculty memebers at Emperor’s College, having been teaching and in practice since 1985.  His clinical approach focuses extensively on the mind-body connection and seeks to address the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of health and illness.  He is a longtime student of the Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen and brings a deep understanding of the philosophical and spiritual roots of classical Chinese medicine to Emperor’s College.
Advanced Acupuncture Theory; Case REview; Clinical Supervisor; Philosophy of Oriental Medicine

Christine Chang, DAOM, LAc
DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BA, Accounting, Feng Chia University
Dr. Christine Chang’s interest in Oriental medicine developed after a successful, decade-long business career in Taiwan.  She earned her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine in 2001 and quickly began consulting for some of the industry’s largest herbal medicine suppliers in 2002.  Currently, Dr. Chang is an American delegate to the International Organization for Standards (ISO) which is advancing the integrationof Oriental medicine into mainstream health care system, maintains a thriving private practice, nd is well-known for her vast knowledge and experience with Chinese herbal medicine.  She has previously served on the board of directors of Americal Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAOM).
Chinese Herbal Medicine & Nutrition; Chinese Medical Terminology; Clinical Supervisor

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 medicine healer; he embodies the traditional Taoist ideal of skillful mastery in all areas of life. Before making the career shift to acupuncture, Chu studied martial arts for 30 years becoming a wing chun sifu (master) – as well as tui na, dit da ke (traumatology) and herbology. In his clinical practice he specializes in Master Tung’s acupuncture methods and is considered an authority in acupuncture cancer support. Chu was the first full-time acupuncturist  at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles where he treated oncology 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.
Clinical Supervisor

Doug Eisenstark, LAc
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
MFA, Film, Art Institute, Chicago
BA, Photography, Hampshire College
Doug Eisenstark earned a master’s in traditional Oriental medicine from Emperor’s College in 1996 and spent the early part of his career working in addiction recovery and drug detoxification settings such as the Clare Foundation, Turnabout ASAP, and Chrysalis. Developing an interest in helping patients with Hepatitis C, he completed postgraduate instruction in advanced acupuncture and herbal medicine in Shanghai and Beijing, China. Eisenstark is a highly regarded clinician and scholar who has been featured in the British Journal of Chinese Medicine, the California Journal of Chinese Medicine, Caregiver Magazine and Acupuncture.com. He has worked on several publications with Beijing People’s Publishing House, and his co-authored textbook, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, will be published in 2013.
Case Review; Chemical Dependency; Clinical Supervisor

Cormac Ferguson, LAc
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Cormac Ferguson has been teaching Chinese herbal medicine since 1996.  His recently published book, The Book of Modules, and his formula writing seminars are moving the practice of Chinese herbal medicine into the mainstream of American health care. His clinical career includes positions such as staff herbalist and acupuncturist at Century City Hospital, staff acupuncturist at The Desert Memorial Cancer Center in Palm Springs, California and staff acupuncturist at Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte, California.
Chinese Herbal Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Ellen Gao, MD (China), RN, LAc
BMed, Tianjin University of Chinese Medicine
AA, Nursing, Los Angeles Harbor College
Dr. Ellen Gao received her BMed from Tianjin University in 1987 and for ten years served as attending physician in the Department of Oncology at Tianjin Second Central Hospital where she worked with many breast cancer patients. Gao gained California acupuncture licensure in 1997 and in addition to working in private practice she participated in a research study that measured the release of epithelial nitric oxide caused by the insertion of acupuncture needles. To further her collaboration with Western medicine, Gao completed an associate’s degree in nursing in 2012.
Clinical Supervisor

John Nai Qiang Gu, LAc
Integrated Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Descendant of the well-educated Gu family of Shanghai, John Nai Qiang Gu was exposed to the highest level of Chinese medicinal approaches from an early age; his father and grandfather were regarded specialists in surgery and dermatology. Gu completed his medical education at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the 1960s, at a time before the practice of degree conferment was adopted by China, and went on to work in the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine Surgery at Shanghai University Hospital. With over forty years of experience, Gu has published more than 30 research articles, and has been on faculty at Emperor’s College since 2001.
Clinical Supervisor; Dermatology

Neil R. Gumenick, LAc
MAc, BAc, College of Traditional Acupuncture
BA, English, University of Miami
Neil Gumenick is an internationally acclaimed clinical and scholarly expert in five element acupuncture and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acupuncture from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. As a close personal student for over 25 years of Professor J.R. Worsley, grandfather of five element acupuncture, Gumenick earned an advanced teaching certificate in 1999. He has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1981 and is founder and director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, which offers post-graduate training in five element acupuncture to physicians, licensed acupuncturists and students of Oriental medicine. Gumenick has lectured at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine and medical symposiums across North America. In 2007, he was a recipient of the Pioneers and Leaders in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Award by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is a regular columnist for Acupuncture Today, California Journal of Oriental Medicine and European Journal of Acupuncture.
Department Elective Courses; Five Element Acupuncture

Camille Harris, DAOM (candidate), LAc
DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Qi Gong instructor, Camille Harris has been teaching at Emperor’s College since 2001. Cultivation of the practitioner through touch and education is the cornerstone of Harris’s teachings. She has worked extensively in hospice settings as an acupuncturist and bodyworker and regularly volunteers with The Heart Touch Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing compassionate touch to homebound and hospitalized men, women and children. Harris is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization One World Health Project that aims to positively impact global health by promoting wellness education and increasing access to acupuncture in under-served communities worldwide.
Acupuncture Point Location; Acupuncture Clinical Techniques

Jiling Hu, LAc, MD (China)
MMed, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
BMed, Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Dr. Jiling Hu earned her BMed in 1987, including a two year residency in gynecology, and her MMed in 1992 in endocrinology and immunological disorders. She has served as senior attending physician at integrative hospitals in China and Spain and has published numerous articles on diabetes, thyroid disorders, menopause and arthritis. Hu has been teaching at Emperor’s College since 1996 and maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, California, where she specializes in internal medicine and women’s health.
Acupuncture Clinical Techniques; Chinese Herbal Medicine

Fritz Hudnut, DAOM, LAc
DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BFA, Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Dr. Fritz Hudnut, DAOM, graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in traditional Oriental medicine in 1999 and cum laude with a doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine in 2006, both from Emperor’s College. He is an advocate of the life benefits offered by deep meditation, which he explores in his two books Surfing the Timeless Wave, Volumes I and II. In his clinical practice, Hudnut specializes in the treatment of mental-emotional health, addiction, chemical dependency and hypertension.
Clinical Supervisor

Jae Hoon Kim, LAc
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Jae Hoon Kim studied Korean-style hand acupuncture in Korea before completing his formal education in Chinese medicine at Emperor’s College in 1998. He is the founder of DASARI Hand Acupuncture System and has helped thousands of patients with his unique approach that incorporates traditional Chinese medicine and Korean-style acupuncture methods. His clinical practice specializes in the treatment of pain conditions, dermatology, allergies, diabetes, gallstones, migraines and women’s health.
Department of Elective Courses; Korean Acupuncture Methods

Dennis Kessler, OMD, LAc
OMD, California Acupuncture College, Los Angeles
As one of the early adopters and pioneers of Oriental medicine in the US, Dr. Dennis Kessler, OMD, has cultivated an extensive background in clinical medicine, research and licensing examination expertise. Early in his career he had the fortunate opportunity of completing extensive apprenticeship studies in Korean Constitutional Medicine and has held staff positions at Harbor UCLA Medical Center Pain Control Clinic, The Arthritis and Back Pain Center of Santa Monica, The Summa Medical Group of Los Angeles, and collaborative partnerships with several orthopedic surgeons. Kessler is well known in northern and southern California for his work in the diagnosis and treatment of low back and leg pain, and served on examination committees for the national acupuncture boards and the California acupuncture licensing boards for over ten years.
Chief Practical Examiner

Cathy Lang, PhD, MPH
PhD, MPH, Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Cathy Lang received her PhD and master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health education and promotion. She provides research-related support for faculty, students, and staff at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and co-teaches a graduate level course on health communications. At Emperor’s College, she provides students an understanding of the complementary nature of public health and traditional Oriental medicine, including applications of public health concepts in clinical practice.
Public Health

Cherrie Laygo, DAOM, LAc
DAOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional  Oriental Medicine
MSTOM, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
BA, Professional Studies, New York college of Health Professionals
Dr. Cherrie Laygo, DAOM, is a California board licensed, NCCAOM certified, licensed acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist. She became interested in Oriental medicine through personal experience and as a natural progression to her career as a massage therapist. Laygo received her master’s degree in Oriental medicine in 2007 and her doctorate in 2011. In her private practice she unites the best of Eastern and Western medicine, focusing on corrective and preventative care for a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal disorders, pain management, orthopedics, anxiety, digestive disorders and women’s health.
Acupuncture Point Location

Don Lee, LAc, QME, DNBAO, CSCS
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BS, California State University at Northridge
Don Lee is director of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at Synergy Performance Health in Woodland Hills, California. A diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, Don specializes in diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. He integrates acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine with Western physical medicine and mind-body therapies, emphasizing pain management, nutrition, endocrinology and exercise.
Acupuncture Orthopedics

Ming Dong Li, PhD, LAc
PhD, Hei Long Jiang University of TCM, China
BMed, Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Ming Dong Li received his medical degree from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982, and later his PhD from the same university. He completed his internship and residency at Shanghai Yu-Dian Hospital in China, then served there as an attending physician. From 1993 to 2001 he served on the board of directors of the California Acupuncture Medical Association (CAMA), and is currently a staff acupuncturist at UCLA Center for East-West Medicine.
Oriental Medicine Clinical Methods; Tui Na

Jean Libonate, DAOM, NP, RN, LAc
DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
MSN, NP, Pediatric Nursing, University of Virginia
BS, Nursing, George Mason University
Before pursuing Oriental medicine, Dr. Jean Libonate, DAOM, worked as a pediatric nurse and nurse practitioner for over fifteen years, including nine years as Nursing Service Director at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Wanting to practice a more holistic form of medicine, Libonate earned her master’s degree in Oriental medicine in 1999, and in 2006 became one of the first practitioners in the United States to earn a doctorate in Oriental medicine. Her clinical practice continues to focus on the treatment of pediatric conditions as well as family medicine.
Clinical Supervisor

Benny Jun Lin, LAc
Guangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Institute of Orthopedics & Traumatology, China Academy of TCM, Beijing

Benny Lin is an apprentice of Master Kong Bohua, one of the leading TCM practitioners in China. He was associate professor and chief clinician at Guangxi University, and pioneered treatment methods for complex diseases. Benny Lin specializes in orthopedics, muscular strains and pain management. With a private practice in Lake Forest, Lin teaches classes in the master’s program including tui na and trains clinical interns as a supervisor in Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic.
Acupuncture Clinical Techniques; Clinical Supervisor; Tui Na

Atsuki Maeda, DAOM (candidate), LAc
DAOM, 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 stroke rehabilitation acupuncture, Japanese-style acupuncture, moxibustion, anma and shiatsu. After completing his acupuncture degree in Japan, Maeda pursued extensive stroke rehabilitation acupuncture training at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a treatment protocol recently made popular 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 to bring his expertise to the Western world. He completed his American acupuncture training at Emperor’s College in 1993 and spearheaded the Japanese-style acupuncture program at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley where he served as faculty and clinical supervisor. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at California State University of Long Beach speaking on alternative medicine topics. Maeda maintains a private practice in Torrance, California.
Acupuncture Clincal Techniques; Clinical Supervisor; Japanese Acupuncture Methods

Pamela Maloney, PhD, DHM, LAc
PhD, Economic Design, Pacific Western University
DHM, Doctorate of Homeopathic Medicine, Hahnemann College
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
MA, Kinesiology for Dance, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Pamela Maloney, PhD, has been in private practice for over thirty years, specializing in integrated Oriental medicine, homeopathic medicine, ergonomics, and traditional naturopathy. She has taught connective tissue dissection at Pepperdine University for eight years and is a featured guest speaker for several organizations, including the YMCA and the American Association of University Women. She is the author of Radiant Health and Timeless Beauty as well as several articles on the benefits of natural medicine and integrative health care.
Clinical Supervisor

Lesley Moorcroft, LAc
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BS, University of Westminster, London
Before pursuing a medical career, Lesley Moorcroft was a high school teacher and junior college professor, teaching human biology and physiology. In 1999 she earned her master’s degree in Oriental medicine and is also a DONA certified birth doula, attending home and hospital births. Her private practice in Santa Monica, California, specializes in pregnancy and post partum care, fertility, gynecology, and treatment of children and teens. She has also published articles on weight loss and acupuncture during pregnancy.
Clinical Supervisor

Jacques MoraMarco, OMD, LAc
OMD, California Acupuncture College, Los Angeles
BS, Biology, Loyola University, Los Angeles
Among the first licensed acupuncturists in the United States in 1977, Dr. Jacques MoraMarco, OMD, has over thirty-five years of experience in clinical medicine, academia and college administration. Prior to completing his doctorate in Oriental medicine at California Acupuncture College, he studied at the Institute of Oriental Medicine Studies in Los Angeles and completed postgraduate work at Ecole Europeene d’Acupuncture in Paris where he received extensive training in Nogier-style French auricular system. Much of his clinical career from the 1980s to 1990s specialized in the treatment of AIDS patients, during which time he also held faculty and administrative positions at several Oriental medicine institutions. He is the author of two books, The Complete Ginseng Handbook and The Way of Walking, and a co-founder of the International Sun Tai Chi Association.
Academic Dean, Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor; Tai Chi

Robert Newman, LAc
MSTCM, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
BS, Biology, University of California, Irvine

Robert Newman is the dean of clinical training at Emperor’s College and liaison to the Chinese Herbal Medicine Project at The Learning Garden, Venice. Prior to his position at Emperor’s College, Newman served as Chinese herb garden curator at Nanjing Institute of Botany in China, taught Chinese medicine at San Francisco State University and was on faculty at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he developed an extensive Chinese herbal medicine garden project. Robert Newman is widely known as one of the leading experts on Chinese medical plant identification in North America.
Dean of Clinical Training; Herbal Medicine Review

Thom Tan Nguyen, MD (Vietnam), LAc
BMed, University of Saigon, College of Medicine
Diploma in Acupuncture, Centre d’Acupuncture D’Asie
MSOM, South Baylo University
Dr. Thom Nguyen graduated from Western medical school in Vietnam in 1979 and immediately began working in the private practice setting. Upon becoming intrigued by acupuncture, Nguyen completed three years of post-graduate acupuncture training in Paris, and from 1985 to 1990 was staff acupuncturist at Sainte Ann Marie Health Centre on the Ivory Coast of Africa. He joined the faculty at Emperor’s College in 1996 and maintains a private practice in Long Beach, California.
Clinical Supervisor; Western Pathophysiology

Yi Qiao, MD (China), MPH, LAc
MPH, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
BMed, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Yi Qiao completed her integrative medical training at the prestigious Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1987 and after three years of full-time clinical practice she joined the faculty at Emperor’s College. Since 1991, Qiao has contributed enormously to the field of Oriental medicine in the United States through serving as a commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), being involved in two acupuncture research projects, and publishing two learning resources, Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Guide, Diagnosis and Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Guide, Herbal Medicine. Currently she is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she conducts NIH-funded research in the cardiology department and is the co-director of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine department of the Akasha Center in Santa Monica, California.
Oriental Medicine Diagnostic Methods; Oriental Medical Theory

Zhuoyi Qiu, MD (China), LAc
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine
MMed, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
BMed, Heilong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Zhuoyi Qiu, resident cardiology specialist at Emperor’s College, has a background in clinical medicine that spans more than forty years. Completing his primary medical education in 1969 before serving as an attending physician at several large hospitals in China, Qiu was recruited to complete a one- year fellowship in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston in 1985. Qiu has held numerous distinguished positions throughout his career such as Chief of Cardiology at Guangzhou University Hospital, Vice Chairman of the Heart Association of Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine, consultant for the World Health Organization as well as the Ministry of Public Health of the People’s Republic of China, and Director of Yilin International Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Center in Alhambra, California. He has authored forty research papers and books, and joined the faculty at Emperor’s College in 1999.
Case Review; Clinical Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Michael Redmond, RN
BA, Physiology, Southern Illinois University
AA, Nursing, Kaskaskia College
A US Army combat medic during the Vietnam War with an additional six years experience in trauma care, twelve years in ICU hospital units, and twelve years in sub-acute and home health settings, Mr. Redmond possess extensive knowledge in clinical medicine. Since 1988 he has blended real-world case studies with humor and passion to instill into his students at Emperor’s College a deep understanding of western sciences.
Basic Western Medicine; Clinical Western Medicine; Western Lab Data

Sergei Shaginyan, PhD, LAc, MD (Russia)
MD, State Medical University of Russia
PhD, Neurology, Academia of Medical Sciences of the USSR
MSTOM, Samra University of Oriental Medicine
Dr. Sergei Shaginyan graduated from the Moscow Medical School in Russia in 1981 where his training included specializations in pediatric neurology and psychiatry. After practicing Western medicine for several years, Shaginyan completed a postgraduate fellowship (PhD) in general neurology at Academia of Medical Sciences of the USSR, Russia. A long-standing interest in integrated medicine, nutrition and meditation led Shaginyan to pursue training in Oriental medicine at the former Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2001. Shaginyan has served as a research assistant at UCLA’s Department of Neuro-muscular Pathology and joined the faculty at Emperor’s College in 2011.
Western Clinical Nutrition

Dana Sion, MD (Romania), LAc
MD, Bucharest University of Medicine and Pharmacy
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Dr. Dana Sion started her scientific passion with a baccalaureate in physics and mathematics. She continued her studies, graduating with a doctorate of medicine from the Bucharest University of Medicine and Pharmacy, in 1994. Her passion for helping people combined with her scientific background led her to pursue a two-year master’s degree in acupuncture and moxibustion at Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed by a second master’s degree in traditional Oriental medicine at Emperor’s College in 2004. Sion maintains a private practice in Westwood, California, taking a particular interest in cancer care. Her understanding of the chemo-physical mechanisms of radiation and chemotherapy contribute to her success in helping patient overcome the side-effects of their cancer treatments.
Basic Western Medicine

Steven Patrick Stone, LAc
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
DNBAO, Diplomat of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
BA, Communications/Theater, University of California, San Diego
Steven Patrick Stone earned his master’s degree in traditional Oriental medicine in 2007 and board certification in acupuncture orthopedics in 2009. He owns a private practice in West Los Angeles with a focus on integrative orthopedics and sports medicine collaborating with physicians and researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Spine Institute, Saint John’s Health Center, and UCLA. Stone has been featured in various media outlets and has lectured at UCLA School of Public Health, Cedars-Sinai, Loyola Marymount University and other institutions. His keen expertise in sports medicine and physical rehabilitation is drawn from personal experiences as a nationally ranked, multidisciplinary athlete.
Acupuncture Point Location; Clinical Orientation; Clinical Technical Supervisor; UCLA-NCAM Mentor

David Twicken, DOM, LAc
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
MBA, Claremont Graduate School
BS, Northeastern University
David Twicken has studied, practiced and taught Chinese medicine and Taoist healing arts for more than twenty-five years. He has published eight books, including I Ching Acupuncture, The Balance Method; Clinical Applications of the Ba Gua and I Ching; The Eight Extraordinary Channels, A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Nei Dan Inner Meditation. Twicken is recognized internationally for his scholarly and clinical work and is a regular contributor to Acupuncture Today.
Classical Chinese Medicine; Clinical Supervisor; Medical History; Point Function; Qi Gong; Tai Chi

Chungling Wang, MD (China), DOM, LAc
MMed, Dalian Medical School
BMed, Liaoning Chinese Medical Institute
Dr. Chungling Wang completed her BMed in 1980 and then went on to earn her MMed in 1984 with a focus on the intersection of Eastern and Western medicine. In 1998, Wang was invited to the American Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Exchange Conference where she was honored for her research on the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in the treatment of heart disease and angina. She has written over twenty academic and clinical medicine articles focusing on the application of Chinese medicine in the treatment of large and small intestinal diseases, chronic and digestive ulcers, gastritis and atypical hyperplasia, as well as chronic nephritis and albuminuria. Wang previously served as Director of Internal Medicine at Dalian Chinese Medical Hospital, specializing in cardiovascular and digestive system diseases, and began teaching at Emperor’s College in 2006.
Clinical Supervisor

Hua-Bing Wen, MD (China), LAc
MMed, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Hua Bing Wen began his studies at the age of sixteen with a deep thirst for knowledge and problem-solving that has followed him throughout his career. He earned his BMed degree from the prestigious Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1987, graduating with highest honors. He continued his studies to earn his MMed in integrated clinical medicine in 1990, spending the following two years as an emergency physician at Dong Zhi Men Hospital and an additional two years as an attending physician in the department of internal medicine at the same hospital. His scientific publications involve various areas such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and integrative chemotherapy and his private practice in Los Angeles specializes in internal medicine, with a focus on diabetes and related conditions. Dr. Wen has been on faculty at Emperor’s College since 2002.
Clinical Oriental Medicine

Lorraine Wilcox, PhD, LAc
PhD, American College of Complementary Medicine
MSTOM, Samra University of Oriental Medicine
Dr. Lorraine Wilcox, PhD, is an experienced translator of Chinese medical texts and an accomplished author on various Chinese medicine topics. She completed her PhD in classical Chinese medicine in 2007, writing her dissertation on the use of moxibustion during the Ming Dynasty. Her published works include Moxibustion: The Power of Mugwort Fire, Moxibustion: A Modern Clinical Handbook, Raising the Dead and Returning Life: Emergency Medicine of the Qing Dynasty, and The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Vol. V, as well as numerous research articles in a variety of professional journals. In her clinical career, Wilcox served as staff acupuncturist at the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2005 where she helped to introduce complementary and alternative medicine treatments into HIV care. Wilcox has been teaching Oriental medicine since 1990 and joined the faculty at Emperor’s College in 2010.
Acupuncture Clinical Protocols; Oriental Medical Theory

Kimberley Woo, EdD, LAc
EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
MA, San Francisco State University
MSTOM, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Dr. Kimberley Woo, EdD, has been teaching since 1987. She began her career as a secondary school social studies teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, and after receiving her doctorate in education, Woo taught graduate-level classes to pre-service and master’s candidates in addition to pursuing her own research that explores social and academic influences in the Asian American community. Woo has presented her research at state and national levels and her work has been published in several professional journals. She has also chaired numerous theses and served on many dissertation committees. While earning her master’s degree in traditional Oriental medicine, Woo interned at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and the San Diego Cancer Center.
Research Methodology

Joseph Chang Qing Yang, PhD, MD (China), LAc
PhD, Psychiatry, Kobe University
MMed, Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
BMed, Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Joseph Yang earned his BMed in Chinese medicine in 1984 and his MMed in 1987 with a specialization in diagnosis and pharmacology. He immediately joined the faculty at Heilongjiang University teaching courses in the fundamental theories of medicine while serving as attending physician at Heilongjiang University Hospital until 1994. Yang pursued his doctorate studies in psychiatry at Kobe University, Japan and his research was published in the US Journal of Biological Psychiatry earning him an invitation to the Shanghai International Medical Conference. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Yang held the position of Scientist/Laboratory Supervisor at Teco Diagnostics, a Chinese herbal medicine manufacturer, where he was involved in product development and research. He currently maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, California, and has been on faculty at Emperor’s College since 2002.
Acupuncture Clinical Techniques; Clinical Supervisor; Oriental Medical Theory; Psychology & Psychiatry

Tiande Yang, MD (China), LAc
BMed, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Tiande Yang is one of China’s most celebrated medical doctors. The son of Dr. Jiasan Yang, one of two physicians responsible for the medical care of the Chinese political elite, Tiande Yang was brought under his father’s wing at age sixteen. At the time, apprenticeship was the highest form of medical training, and Yang completed fifteen years of diligent study under the physicians of the Chinese Central Health Bureau before beginning his BMed degree at the prestigious Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1980. From 1984 to 1991, Yang served as attending physician at Beijing University Hospital where he specialized in internal medicine, while completing advanced post-graduate studies in classical Chinese medicine. In 1990, Yang was awarded the lifelong title of “Academic Inheritor of the Most Distinguished Acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine Specialists,” the highest educational rank in China. He was recruited to join the faculty at Emperor’s College in 1992 and maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Clinical Supervisor

Rina Zhai, MD (China), DOM, LAc
BMed, Chuangchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Graduating from medical school in China in 1986, Dr. Rina Zhai’s clinical career began at Changchun Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she also served as primary investigator for clinical research trials on the treatment of stroke. She arrived in the United States in 1998 and has been teaching in the master’s program at Emperor’s College ever since. In her private practice she takes an integrative medical approach, drawing from her extensive backgrounds in both Eastern and Western medicine.
Acupuncture Clinical Techniques

Helena Zhang, PhD, LAc
PhD, Social Science, University of Aix-Marseille III
Diploma in Oriental Medicine, Ling Gui Ecole de Qi Gong et Médecine Chinoise
MSOM, South Baylo University
Dr. Helena Zhang, PhD, offers a rich and unique background as an Oriental medicine practitioner. She received her PhD in social science at the University of Aix-Marseille III and her diploma in Oriental medicine at the Ling Gui Ecole de Qi Gong et Médecine Chinoise in Paris, France. Upon relocating to the US, Zhang studied Oriental medicine at South Baylo University in California where she received her master’s in Oriental medicine. Over the course of her successful career, she has lectured on Oriental medicine topics including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical qi gong at medical associations and professional conferences throughout the world, including France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, China and South Africa. Because of her important contributions to the advancement of Oriental medicine in Europe, Dr. Zhang was awarded the prestigious “Excellence Eiffel Scholarship” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. In her private practice in Santa Monica, California, she specializes in women’s health. Zhang speaks fluent English, French and Chinese.
Acupuncture Point Location; Chinese Herbal Medicine; Oriental Medical Theory; Qi Gong

Ji Zhang, MD (China), DAOM, LAc
DAOM, South Baylo University
MMed, BMed, Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University
Dr. Ji Zhang earned his BMed and MMed from the prestigious Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983 where he was also a faculty member and attending physician for nearly ten years. His expertise is wide ranging but he is most well-known in China for his 10-volume Encyclopedia of Chinese Herbs and supplemental herbal medicine research. In his clinical practice he specializes in gastrointestinal and hepatic illness as well as gynecopathy and dermatosis.
Herbal Medicine; Oriental Medicine Diagnostics