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.
Biomedicine

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

Ziya “Z” Altug, PT, DPT, OCS, MS, CSCS

Ziya is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He is a licensed Physical Therapist and Integrative Wellness Specialist with 30 years of experience. Dr. Altug currently works as a private physical therapist in Los Angeles, California. In addition, he served as an adjunct assistant professor for several universities and at the UCLA Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation Department for 12 years. Author of the book, “Integrative Healing: Developing Wellness in the Mind and Body,” Dr. Altug teaches patients and clients about wellness and self-care strategies. Dr. Altug earned a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, a Master of Science degree in Sports and Exercise studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University. He earned another Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Altug is a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a recent member of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Altug is licensed in California and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She teachs in both the DAOM and MTOM programs.

Michael Apelian, OMD, LAc

OMD, Post-graduate Institute of Oriental Medicine
OMD, California Acupuncture College

After studying biomedicine at the 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 practitioners of Oriental Medicine in the United States to have completed a clinical doctorate in Oriental Medicine. Dr. Armm focused his post graduate work specializing 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

Saadat Bagherigalch, MD (Iran), MSc, NCCAOM

Diplomate, is an acupuncturist, medical doctor, and educator.

She received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she completed a thesis entitled “Development of Therapeutic Alliance in Acupuncture Treatments in a Veteran Population.” Saadat received her medical degree from the Shahid Beheshi Medical University in Tehran, Iran, and worked as an ER physician. Dr. Bagherigalch has been a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she also served as a postdoctoral research fellow in Western and Oriental medicine. In addition, she contributes as a guest editor and reviewer for the Medical Acupuncture Journal, and MTOM programs.

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. She has also maintained a private practice in Pacific Palisades dating back to 2010. Prior to studying and working at Emperor’s College, Sabine was enrolled at the nursing program at Hawaiian Pacific University while running competitive cross country on an athletic scholarship. She went on to receive an Associate’s degree in Science for Physical Education/ Kinesiology from Santa Monica College and is an assistant coach who trains upper level competitive runners for the LA Marathon Run.

Clinical Supervisor

Matthew Cavaiola, MS, ND, LAc

Matthew is a Naturopathic doctor who takes a natural approach to treating issues related to hormonal imbalances (adrenal, thyroid, menopause, low testosterone), in both men and women. He also uses natural approaches to treat both acute and chronic pain syndromes including low back and knee pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Matthew employs many different treatment modalities in his practice including: Functional Medicine, IV therapy, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, Prolotherapy, Platelet-rich Plasma therapy (PRP), Nutrition and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. Dr. Cavaiola received his Naturopathic medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Delaware, and Master of Science in Acupuncture from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. Dr. Cavaiola has served as Assistant Professor/Core Faculty in the Department of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, California. He is a co-owner of Conscious Human Medicine Naturopathic, Inc., in Santa Monica.

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. He has been teaching as well as engaged in a robust 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. David 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) that is advancing the integration of Oriental medicine into the mainstream health care system. She maintains a thriving private practice and is well known for her vast knowledge and experience with Chinese herbal medicine.  Dr. Chang has previously served on the board of directors of American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).

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 along with many years of experience 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 having 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 at Emperor’s College, 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 well-being.  
Clinical Supervisor

Mahboubeh Hashemi, BS, ND, BCB

Mahboubeh is a Naturopathic doctor and co-owner and president of Conscious Human Medicine Naturopathic, Inc., in Santa Monica. Dr. Hashemi has received specialized training in Biofeedback from the HeartMath Institute and Stens Corporation. Dr. Hashemi has also performed extensive work with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR). Dr. Hashemi earned her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and her Naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University, California. Dr. Hashmi teaches in both the DAOM and MTOM programs.

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

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 500 companies in high-tech industries for more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and research scientist. In that capacity, Dr. Kim 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 in both 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 Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s 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 (LAc, 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

Jian Feng 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 more than 20 years. Specializing in Orthopedics, Pain, Herbal Medicine, Post Surgical Maintenance, Internal Medicine, Jian Feng 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 more than 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. Dr. Lin 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

Ariella Morrow, MD, MPH

Ariella Morrow, MD, MPH, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brandeis University and went on to complete her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Biostatistics and a focus in Epidemiology. She received her medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Prior to her doctorate, Dr. Morrow taught in the MPH program at Northwestern University. She completed her internship and residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center‘s department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Morrow is a senior faculty member for the DAOM program here at Emperor’s College in addition to her teaching in the MTOM program. She has co-authored numerous medical publications in prestigious journals such as the Annals of Internal Medicine and Cancer. Dr. Morrow has been an advocate of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine while being a hospitalist at the Stanford Medical Group at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

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

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, Dr. 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

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 as an Acupuncture instructor 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 Dr. Shaginyan to pursue training in Oriental medicine at the former Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2001. Dr. 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 illustrious medical career spans 40 years: Doctorate Naturopathic Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, and Doctorate Chiropractic Medicine, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA. He joined Emperor’s Biomedicine faculty in 2002. Dr. Thornton was a radio announcer and television director earlier in his career. Among his accomplishments, 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 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 more than twenty academic and clinical medicine articles focusing on the application of Chinese medicine in the treatment of diseases of the large and small intestine, chronic and digestive ulcers, gastritis and atypical hyperplasia, as well as chronic nephritis and albuminuria. Dr. 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. Dr. Wen has a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in internal medicine with a focus on diabetes and related conditions. Dr. Wen has been a faculty member 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

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

Click here to learn more about the DAOM faculty.