Emperor's College faculty

Emperor’s College Distinguished 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.

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


Jacqueline Adler, MD, MPH, DTM&H (London)

MD, University of Texas Medical Branch

Dr. Adler is a native born Californian who has worked, traveled, trained and taught around the world.  She graduated from medical school at UTMB, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UCSF San Francisco.  Prior to medical school, she completed her Master of Public Health with emphasis in environmental epidemiology.  It was during this program that her dedication to disadvantaged populations and world health became focused.   It was a natural decision to go on to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for additional training.  After returning from London, she completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Stanford. While at Stanford, Dr. Adler completed additional training at the Stanford Faculty Developmental Center for Medical Teachers.  Since this time, she has acted as visiting faculty in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the University of Health Sciences.

Her scope of medical practice has been broad.  Her interest in acupuncture and oriental medicine began in the mid 1970’s when she began seeing a Chinese acupuncturist for her own personal health.  Her formal training in acupuncture began in 1985 through UCLA.  Since that time she has become a practitioner of Auricular Acupuncture.  She has trained under Dr. Terry Oleson, Dr. Richard Nietzow and Dr. Rafael Nogier.   Dr. Adler brings to Emperor’s an enthusiasm and passion for bridging and uniting the diverse paradigms and world views of both eastern and western medicine.

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.
Medical Ethics Laws; Practice Management pain, and served on examination committees for the national acupuncture boards and the California acupuncture licensing boards.
Chief Practical Examiner

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

Gretchen Badami, DAOM, LAc

DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
AM, University of Chicago
BA, Psychology, University of Rochester
Dr. Badami is a professor of Herbal Medicine and serves as the college’s Associate Academic Dean for the Master’s Program. Passionate about working with underserved populations, Dr. Badami has partnered with various non-profit organizations to practice acupuncture and treat indigenous people in East Asia, South Asia, and South America. In addition, she has traveled extensively in the United States as a herbal medicine consultant. Dr. Badami maintains a private practice in Santa Monica.
Associate Academic Dean; Herbal Medicine

Sabine Braunsberg, LAc

AS, Santa Monica College
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Sabine Braunsberg has been a Licensed Acupuncturist and practicing herbalist since 2005 and since 2010 has maintained a private practice in Pacific Palisades. Prior to studying and working at Emperor’s College she was enrolled at the nursing Program at Hawaiian Pacific University while competing in Cross Country running on an athletic scholarship. Braunsberg went on to receive an Associate’s degree in Science for Physical Education/ Kinesiology from Santa Monica College and is an assistant coach, training upper level competitive runners for the LA Marathon Run.
Clinical Supervisor

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 members 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

Liu Dong, PhD, OMD, LAc

Beijing University of TCM
Dr. Liu Dong 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. The Liu Family method is listed in the Chinese Ministry of Health Record of Qigong Methods, reserved for only the most historic and renown lineages. Dr. Liu Dong has published numerous books and articles on Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Clinic Supervisor

Terrence Dunn (Tang Pang-Yen), MBA

MBA, Harvard University
BS, Biology, Yale College
Tang Pang-Yen is an expert instructor of Chinese martial, yogic, and healing arts with more than 39 years of training. He has studied authentic Kung-Fu arts under some of the most renowned Chinese martial art masters of the twentieth century. Since 1990, Tang Pang-Yen has popularized Tai Chi Chuan and authentic Qigong practice throughout America and Europe through his highly acclaimed Tai Chi for Health and Chi Kung For Health DVD programs. Educated at Yale College and the Harvard Business School, he has also pioneered the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong in modern medicine and professional sports. 
Tai Chi, Qi Gong

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

Elizabeth Fine, DOM, MSW,LAc

MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
MSW, Denver University
Elizabeth Fine holds a Masters in Social Work with a Women’s Health concentration. In 2002 she completed her Master’s program in Traditional Oriental Medicine, graduating with high honors. She holds hospital privileges at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and lectures both locally and nationally. Her professional interests in Women’s Health and Wellness include treating infertility, PMS, menopausal syndrome, breast cancer, anxiety, and depression, as well as supporting the healing of other imbalances that affect women’s lives and wellbeing. 
Clinical Supervisor

*John Nai Qiang Gu, MD (China), 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

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.
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, Dr. Hudnut specializes in the treatment of mental-emotional health, addiction, chemical dependency and hypertension.
Clinical Supervisor

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. In continuous practice for over 40 years, Dr. 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.
Chief Practical Examiner

Jin Kim, DAOM, LAc, Dipl OM

DAOM, MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine.
BS, Physics, University of California Los Angeles,

Dr. Kim is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of California and holds the Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from NCCAOM. He has worked with some of the fortune five hundred companies in high tech industries for over 20 years as an entrepreneur and research scientist and has carried out numerous government funded research projects. Dr. Kim received his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2018 and was invited to teach both in the clinic and classroom.
Korean Acupuncture, Clinical Supervisor

Michele Lamarche, LAc

MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
BS, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Stanford University

Ms. Lamarche received her Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine from  Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, graduating cum laude. She acquired postgraduate certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics (NBAO) at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and is California and Nationally certified in Acupuncture (L.Ac., NCCAOM).  She founded Everyday Medicine, providing care through neurofeedback, acupuncture, nutrition, and herbs, emphasizing science-based research.
Clinical Supervisor

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, 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

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.
Acupuncture Clinical Techniques; Clinical Supervisor; Tui Na

Pamela Maloney, PhD, DHM, LAc, DiplAc

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 has held multiple faculty and clinical supervisor positions in both masters and doctoral programs at several Oriental Medicine institutions. Dr. Maloney is the author of Being Your Best, Radiant Health and Timeless Beauty, as well as several articles on the benefits of natural medicine and integrative health care.
Clinical Supervisor

Jacques MoraMarco, DAOM, OMD, LAc

DAOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
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 forty 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; Clinical Supervisor; Tai Chi, Qigong

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

Derek Plonka, DPT, PT, LAc

DPT, Temple University

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

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 possesses 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

Dana Scion, MD (Romania), LAc

MD, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania
MTOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

Dr. Scion graduated from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania, in 1994 before going on to study acupuncture and massage at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. In 1997 Dr. Scion returned to Romania to become an instructor of acupuncture course for the Physicians and Pharmacists’ Institute of Graduate Studies in Bucharest. In 2004 she received her Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In addition to supervising interns at the Emperor’s College clinic, Dr. Scion maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles.
Clinical Supervisor

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.
Western Clinical Nutrition

Denise Stevens, DAOM, LAc

DAOM, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Dr. Stevens received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College in 2013. She teaches in the master’s program and is the clinical supervisor of the auricular acupuncture clinic at the college. Dr. Stevens maintains a private practice in Santa Monica.
Clinical Supervisor

William M. Thornton, NMD, DC

NMD, National University of Natural Medicine
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences
Dr. Thornton’s medical career spans 40 years: Doctorate Naturopathic Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Doctorate Chiropractic Medicine, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA. He joined Emperor’s Biomedicine faculty in 2002. 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 in Masters and Doctoral Programs

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; The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Vol. V; and Outline of Female Medicine by Xue Ji (translation), 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

Joseph Chang Qing Yang, PhD (Japan), 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

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 Techniquesy; Qi Gong

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.
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


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