Learn From the Very Best in the Field
To Become the Very Best in the Field


A program is only as good as its faculty and we’re not afraid to say that we have the top.

Our doctoral 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.


David Chen, PhD

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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 the premier Oriental Medical University 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.


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.


John Hsieh, DC, PT, LAc

D.C.,Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
Dip. Ac., Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
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Gary Jacob, DOM, DC,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.


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.


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.


Atsuki Maeda, DAOM, 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.


Jacques MoraMarco, DAOM, 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.


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.


Youping Ni, PhD (Belgium), MD (China)

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Derek Plonka, DPT, PT, LAc

DPT, Temple University
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Terry Olson, PhD

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
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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.


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

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.


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


Chiao-Nien Wang, PhD, LAc

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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

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 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.


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.


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.


Qiwei Zheng, MD (China), DAOM, LAc

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)

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