Learn From the Very Best in the Field

To Become the Very Best in the Field


The Emperor’s College DAOM faculty members are distinguished not only for their academic and professional qualifications, but also for their commitment to teaching and serving as role models and mentors. Each instructor integrates unique perspectives of Chinese medicine with a deep understanding of their relevance to contemporary approaches to healthcare.

* Denotes faculty that will not be teaching in the current year.

Jacqueline Adler, MD

MD, University of Texas Medical Branch

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 standardization of acupuncture point location and terminology and has been instrumental in clarifying and teaching Good Manufacturing Practices as they relate to acupuncture practitioners and clinical 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.

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 integration of Oriental medicine into mainstream health care system, maintains a thriving private practice, and is well-known for her vast knowledge and experience with Chinese herbal medicine.  She has previously served on the board of directors of American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).

David Chen, PhD

University of Florida

Tae-Cheong Choo, PhD (Korea), LAc

Kyung Hee University
Dr. Choo has had a wide-ranging career studying, practicing and teaching Oriental Medicine since 1980. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea, universally recognized as one of the premier Oriental Medical Universities in the world. While at Kyung Hee University Oriental Medical Hospital, he had extensive, highly specialized experience working with stroke and herniated intervertebral disc patients.

During the course of his professional career, Dr. Choo has treated over 250,000 patients with an extensive range of diseases. He is considered a Master Practitioner of SaAm Acupuncture (Korean 4 Needle Technique) and Master Tong’s acupuncture.

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.

Emily Dashiell, ND

Bastyr University
Emily Dashiell earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz before going on to receive her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Dashiell blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics, including dietary and lifestyle counseling, Craniosacral therapy, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and natural hormone replacement therapy.

Patrick Downie, DC

DC, National College of Chiropractic
Patrick Downie graduated from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois in 1996 and pursued additional clinical training in orthopedics and neurology. Widely regarded to be among the preeminent western medicine instructors in complementary medicine education in the country, Dr. Downie was Co-Director of a NIH CAM research grant at Rush University College of Nursing, practiced as a staff Chiropractor at Northwestern Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine, and served as both a professor and Bioscience Department Chair at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago. Dr. Downie is an active member of the American Association of Anatomists.

Kenneth Garrett, PhD

University of Southern California

*Hua Gu, PhD (China), 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.

Jiling Hu, MD (China), LAc

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.

*Gary Jacob, DC, OMD, MPH, LAc

DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Glendale
OMD, 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.

Jian Feng Li, LAc

TCM University of Beijing, China
JianFeng Li received his initial medical training at Chui Yang Liu Medical College in Beijing, China, advanced training in Orthopedics at TCM Academe Beijing and additional education at TCM University of Beijing, China, graduating in 1986. He has been an instructor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine for over 20 years. Specializing in Orthopedics, Pain, Herbal Medicine, Post Surgical Maintenance, Internal Medicine, JianFeng Li is a clinical supervisor in the Master’s clinic at Emperor’s College.
Clinical Supervisor, Tui Na

Ju-Tzu Rose Li, MD (Taiwan), LAc

Taipei Medical University
Dr. Li earned her MD in 1990 from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and practiced western medicine as a pediatrician and internal medicine physician in Taiwan for 9 years before moving to Southern California. In 2002 she received MTOM degree from South Baylo University and worked for 10 years as a full-time professor and clinic supervisor in the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of Southern California University of Health Sciences. She additionally earned her master’s degree in Public Health at California State University, Fullerton in 2011. 

In clinical practice, Dr. Li integrated her knowledge and training in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine to provide a holistic approach to patient care. She emphasizes the integration of Western and Oriental medicine, embraces evidence-based practice to help patients to achieve wellness via natural therapy. Her specialties include pain management, children’s diseases, anxiety/sleep disorders, digestive disorders, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, infertility, and children’s conditions.

Benny Lin, MD (China), LAc

Guangxi TCM University
Dr. Benny Lin is licensed in California and New York and an NCCAOM Diplomat in Acupuncture. He has over thirty years of professional experience as a practitioner and educator of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China and the United States.

 Dr. Lin graduated from Guangxi TCM University and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He received his doctorate from South Baylo University in Anaheim, CA and has, additionally, apprenticed under several renowned specialists and scholars, including Kong Bohua, widely recognized to be one of the four highest ranking TCM masters in modern China.

Dr. Lin is the Vice-Chairman of the World Association of Manipulative Medicine; a member of the Chinese Academy of Oriental Medicine; and a member of the World Federation of Traditional Chinese Orthopedics. His clinical specialization is in orthopedics and traumatology.

*Dong Liu, PhD, OMD (China), LAc

Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Liu Dong, PhD, OMD, LAc, is an internationally acclaimed Doctor of Oriental Medicine Practitioner and Qi Gong Master. A graduate of the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1987, he has conducted scientific research on the medical effects of Qi Gong in China, Japan, United States (Harvard School of Medicine), and France (National Health and Medical Research Institute in Marseille and Marmottan Hospital in Paris). He is a powerful Qi Gong healer with a profound knowledge of medicine, and many years’ experience of treating patients with Qi Gong therapy, including China’s former president, Deng Xiao Ping, and other dignitaries. He has published several books and articles on Traditional Oriental Medicine. Dr. Liu specializes in pain management, neurological diseases, mental disorders, and chemotherapy-related disorders.

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.

Jacques MoraMarco, DAOM, OMD, LAc

DAOM: Emperor’s College
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 40 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.

Terry Olson, PhD

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Derek Plonka, DPT, PT, LAc

DPT, Temple University

Zhuoyi Qiu, MD (China), LAc

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.

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, MA, DEA(France)

University of Paris VI – Jussieu
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.

Sergei Shaginyan, PhD (Russia), MD (Russia), LAc

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.

Pamela Tarlow, Pharm D

University of Southern California

William M. Thornton, DC, ND

DC,  Southern California University of Health Sciences
ND, National College of Natural Medicine

Dr. Thornton’s medical career spans 35 years, beginning as a 1979 Doctor of Chiropractic graduate of Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA. He joined Emperor’s Western medicine faculty in 2001, taking a sabbatical in 2009 to attend National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, receiving his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 2012. Dr. Thornton’s previous career was as a radio announcer and television director.  He hosted an internationally syndicated radio show, the Natural Health Report, for several years educating the public on the benefits of natural medicine.
Western Medicine

*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.

James E. Williams, OMD, LAc

Sino-American University of Oriental Medicine
Over the more than twenty-five years of his clinical and academic career with in excess of 100,000 patient visits, Dr. Williams has earned a well-deserved reputation for his pioneering work in integrative medicine. He has served as a professional advisor to national health companies, hospitals and medical groups, including the world famous Scripps Health, lectured internationally including in Cuba and Mexico, and has been an educational leader including having served as the academic dean of the East West College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Williams is an internationally published author of numerous scientific papers, articles on ethnography and biodiversity.

Joseph Chang Qing Yang, PhD (Japan), MD (China), LAc

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 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.

Helena Zhang, PhD (France), 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.

Ji Zhang, MD (China), DAOM, LAc

MMed, BMed, Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University
DAOM, South Baylo 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.

Qiwei Zheng, MD (China), DAOM, LAc

MMed: China Academy of Chinese Medicine Science
DAOM: South Baylo
Dr. Zheng has more than 35 years of teaching, researching and clinic experience. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including being the co-author and editor of the two reference textbooks for the California acupuncture licensing exam: Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (CAM) and Acupuncture Case Histories.

Wei Zhou, PhD (Japan)

Okayama University School of Medicine
Dr. Wei Zhou is the Director of Cardiovascular Research Operations, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Zhou leads and conducts translational and clinical studies in the area of cardiovascular medicine and has authored over 50 journal publications in English, Japanese, and Chinese.