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Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Private practice in Monterey, CA.
Previous Positions: Private practice in Lafayette, CA.; staff acupuncturist at Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, Oakland, CA.
Rikke Blessing is a fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), an organization dedicated to establishing the highest standards for integrating Chinese and Western medicine in the treatment of reproductive health. She is a frequent public and continuing education presenter on women’s health topics. She has translated numerous classical and modern Chinese texts about Traditional Chinese Medicine and its principles and philosophies.
Present Positions: Professor and Senior Consultant of TCM at ACCHS; private practice in Fremont, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek, CA.
Previous Positions: Instructor, Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kwangsi Medical College, China; physician, Chinese Medical Hospital, Nanning, China.
After postdoctoral study of traditional Chinese medicine in China, Ms. Cai worked as a physician from 1958 until 1966, specializing in traditional medicine. She practiced and taught traditional Chinese medicine at Kwangsi Medical College and at Nanning Municipal Chinese Medical Hospital. She has been teaching at ACCHS since 1985 and received her MSTCM from ACCHS in 1992. Ms. Cai was recognized as Acupuncturist Of The Year in 1996 by the Consumer Business Review.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; practicing L.Ac. at Good Life Clinic and Spa.
Previous Positions: Intern acupuncturist at Yao Chen Song Clinic; research assistant at Soochow University, Tapiei, Taiwan.
After graduation, Mr. Chen worked as a clinician at the Yao Chen Song Clinic in Cupertino. Currently, he teaches didactic TCM courses at ACCHS.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; private practice in Oakland; nutritional consultant for Healthy Life Vitamins.
Previous Position: Analytical Protein Chemist for Chiron Corporation in Emeryville.
Ms. Climenhaga received a B.A. at the University of Virginia and began working at several universities before completing her Masters inTCM. She has given numerous presentations on depression, recovery, and addiction and is currently practicing in the Bay Area.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; private practice at Yvonne Chen Acupuncture and Herbs Previous Positions: Intern acupuncturist at Wan Guo Zhi Acupuncture Clinic.
After graduation, Ms. Chen worked as a clinician at the Wan Guo Zhi Acupuncture Clinic. Soon afterwards she started her private practice. Currently, she teaches didactic TCM courses at ACCHS.
Present Positions: Board Member and Acting President of ACCHS,
private clinical practice in San Anselmo, CA.
Previous Position: Private clinical practice in Taiwan.
Mr. Choong studied Chinese medicine at the China Academy in Taiwan. Later he taught acupuncture and theory of Chinese medicine at the Mei Yun Clinic in Taiwan. He has practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine in Taiwan and the U.S. since 1978. Currently he is director of the Yellow Emperor Natural Healing Center in San Anselmo.
Present Positions: Didactic instructor at ACCHS.
Previous Position: Education Coordinator at Center for Ecoliteracy, Berkeley; Teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, S.F.; Teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, Oakland, CA.
Mr. Collins received his MCTCM and L.Ac. and chose to pursue his long-time teaching career, focusing his instruction on Materia Medica and Herbology. Mr. Collins worked as a teacher at several elementary schools.
Present Positions: Didactic instructor at ACCHS; private practice, Berkeley, CA..
Previous Position: Massage Therapist, Laney College Health Services; faculty at AIMC.
Nicholas has taught a variety of courses and maintains a massage and acupuncture practice in Berkeley. He has taught Orthopedic Acupuncture at AIMC, and he continues his studies of Chinese Medicine with well-known luminaries in the United States and trainings at Zhejiang Medical University in Hangzhou, China. Nicholas hopes to further integrate TCM in the Western Medical system.
Present Positions: Associate professor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco, CA.
Previous Position: TCM doctor at the Psychological Center, Tian Jing, PRC.
Ms. Geng graduated from the Nan Kai University Medical School Extension at Tian Jing, PRC in 1985; then, she continued her education in psychology at the Academy of Chinese Science from 1987-1989. She received her MSTCM from ACCHS in 1993. She served at the Psychological Center in China for more than ten years. She presently has a private practice in San Francisco and El Cerrito, CA.
Present Positions: Instructor& Clinic Administrator at ACCHS; Private practice in Sacramento & Rocklin, CA.
Previous Positions: Clinic manager in herbal clinic in Sacramento; clinic assistant at ACCHS; private Computer program design in Sacramento
Mr. He has been studying Chinese herbal medicine for years before he attended ACCHS for his Masters degree in TCM. After his graduation from ACCHS, he has been conducting research and attending seminars on traumatology and facial acupuncture.
Present Positions: Instructor and interpreter at ACCHS; Tuina massage therapist at ACCHS; acupuncturist and herbalist on the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Medical team.
Previous Positions: Ma Labs, San Jose, Ca.
Mr. Hsiao graduated from college in Taipei. He studied TCM at ACCHS and became a licensed acupuncturist and Tuina therapist.
Present Positions: Associate Professor and co-director of the Research Institution of Alternative Medicine at ACCHS; also working at Postdoctoral Training in Reproductive Endocrinology/Cancer Biology Reproductive Endocrinology Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
Previous Position: Dr. Hu worked in Postdoctoral Training in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan; Postdoctoral Training in Reproductive Physiology at the School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Michigan; Postdoctoral Training in endocrinology and cytogenetics, National Research Institute for Family Planning, Beijing, PRC. She was awarded a Postdoctoral Training Grant by NIH. She has numerous publications in TCM.
Present Positions: Professor at ACCHS; operates a private practice in Oakland, CA.
Previous Positions: Clinical professor in Gynecology, Department of Gynecology, Chinese Medical College; doctor and professor of Gynecology at integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Department at Lung Hua Hospital and First Women and Children Health Center.
Ms. Li graduated from Shanghai Chinese Medicine College in 1946. She had a private practice from 1946 to 1956 in Shanghai; from 1956 to 1959 she was trained at the department of Gynecology at Chong Xin Hospital, Shanghai. She has published a textbook on gynecology in Chinese medicine and several clinical articles.
Present Positions: Clinical supervisor at ACCHS; Private practice at Holistic Acupuncture and Herbs Clinic, Oakland, CA.
Previous Position: Dr. Hwang has studied medicine and TCM for the greater part of his lfe. After receiving his Doctoral degree in Research and Advancement of Oriental Medicine, he decided to go into full practice an acupuncturist. Today Dr. Hwang continues to teach in the Academy teaching clinic facility and to work works as as an acupuncture practitioner at the Holistic Acupuncture and Herbs clinic.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Instructor at ACTCM; Instructor for comprehensive review courses (CALE): Board of Directors CSOMA.
Previous Position: Instructor for TCM Review; Tutor for CA Board Licensing exam; guest lecturer at California Institute for Integral Studies.
Kokko specializes in chronic and severe pain relief, Stress reduction and natural weight-loss. Along with clinical practice and teaching, Kokko directs Acupuncture Board preparation courses (www.tcmreview.com) and has helped hundreds of acupuncturists pass their state and national boards. His passion is translating the depth of the medicine to all of his patients. He has a commitment to core well-being and to supporting a healthy and whole community.
Present Positions: Professor at ACCHS; private TCM classes and practice in San Jose Previous Positions: CEO and founder of Atom Corporation, which manufactured text-to-speech synthesizers for the visually impaired. Since childhood, Dr. Li has studied the core of Chinese culture — Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. This naturally led him to become a lifelong seeker of metaphysical and spiritual knowledge. He conducted intensive research and studies on TCM principles and models originating from Taoism. He also traveled to China frequently, and learned clinical skills from various senior practitioners in China.
Present Positions: Professor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco, CA.
Previous Positions: He was a doctor and Director of traditional Chinese medicine at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Department of Xiehe Hospital attached to Fujian Medical College from July 1971 to April 1994. Mr. Liang got technology prizes four times, and published more than fifty articles in the academic journals in China and abroad. He is the consultant of the Research Institution of Chinese Medicine of China
traditional tutorial with Dr. Liao and Dr. Yu, 1972-83
Present Position: Professor at ACCHS; private clinical practice in Albany and Walnut Creek, CA.
Previous Position: Guang Zhou Hospital Clinic doctor, 1982-84; instructor at San Francisco College of Acupuncture, 1985-91; instructor Five Branches Institute, 1985-present. Mr. Liao studied at the Guang Zhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and as a tutorial student of his parents, both distinguished doctors of traditional Chinese medicine.
His medical experience includes work at the Second Hospital College of Canton and at the Guang Zhou Regional Clinic College of Canton. He has taught Chinese medicine in the San Francisco Bay area since 1985, and currently maintains a private practice in Albany and Walnut Creek.
M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine at ACCHS 2007;
Advance study of Chinese Medicine in Guang Zhou
Chinese Medicine University in China.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Director of Student Tutoring Center at ACCHS; Acupuncture practice in the East Bay.
Previous Positions: Tutor and interpreter at ACCHS. Interpreter for California Licensed Acupuncturist Association. Teresa started learning Chinese medicine when she was a teenager from her parents’ integrated private clinic that specialized in both Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Macau. Teresa had the privilege to work for the famous 93 years old Chinese Medicine Master, Dr. Lee, a specialist in gynecological disorders.
Present Positions: Heads Acupuncture division and is professor and academic advisor at ACCHS; President and professor at the American Institute of Acupuncture Orthopedics & Traumatology; Clinical Director, professor, and advisor for the Chinese Medicine Clinic and Education Center in San Francisco, CA.
Previous Positions: Staff physician, Hong Kow District Clinic, Shanghai, PRC; staff physician, Xin Jia Jiao Clinic, Shanghai, PRC; instructor, physician, and assistant to the president of Shu Guang Hospital, Shanghai, PRC.
Mr. Liu received his California acupuncture license in 1988 after 14 years of schooling, clinical experience, and teaching experience in traditional Chinese medicine in Shanghai, PRC, which followed graduation from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984. He worked in the Shu Guang Teaching Hospital as an instructor to both Chinese and international students of Chinese medicine for W.H.O.
He has numerous published articles and is the first TCM practitioner to speak at the Hepatitis B Conference hosted by the Asian Liver Foundation and Stanford University.
Present Positions: Professor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco, Fremont, and Walnut Creek, CA.
Mr. Ma graduated from Sun Yat-Sen Medical University of China in 1956 and specialized in digestive system diseases in 1964. He was trained in TCM at Guan Xi Medical University in 1971. He served as an associate professor and department chief in western medicine and Chinese medicine in China for over twenty years. He has had a TCM private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for over ten years.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Chiropractic Associate , Chiro-Health Inc.
Previous Positions: Chiropractic Associate, Front Street Chiropractic.
Dr. Medel has been working in the field of medicine for many years. After receiving her DC from WSCC, she began working as a practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area. With her strength in Biology, she was persuaded to teach Western Medical Sciences classes at ACCHS.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; private practive in Oakland, specializing in Chinese astrology, calendrics, and fengshui; author of several publications.
Previous Positions: Founder of Five Branches Institute, Founding Director of DuYuan Circle; faculty at AIMC; faculty at Seattle Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; faculty at Twin Lakes College of Holistic Healing. Mr. Liu has held many faculty positions at many prestigious TCM institutions, founded schools and private practices and published many articles and books, including Daoism and Ecology, Daoism and Tantra, Dragon’s Play, and Changing-Zhouyi: the Heart of the Yijing. Mr. Liu mantains a highly disciplined meditation practice and enjoys tea ceremony. He practices Guangbing Taiji and Santi Neigong.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Private T’ai Ji and Qi Gong instructor; private practice in Alameda, CA.
Previous Positions: VP of Fine Homes Division-Prudential California Realty; president, Empowerment.
Mr. Nieters has National Certification in Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture. He is also a QME for the state of California and has Diplomate status with the National Board of Acupuncture and Orthopedics. Additionally, he has studied T’ai Ji and Qi Gong for over 25 years and has been teaching Chinese internal martial arts for over 15 years.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Private practice in Oakland, CA. Veterinary assistant at Animal Eye Care in Fremont, CA.
Previous Positions: Mr. Nunez-Adler worked as a veterinary educator in Chiapas, Mexico. After graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, Jorge immigrated to the United States. He studied TCM, graduated and began a paractice in Oakland. Today, Jorge works as a successful TCM practitioner, as a clinical supervisor in the Academy clinical training facility, and as an assistant at Animal Eye Care in Fremont.
Present Positions: Didactic and clinical instructor, ACCHS; Contracted Acupuncturist, Quan Yin Healing Arts Center; Acupuncturist, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic; Community Wellness Instructor, Elephant Pharmacy.
Previous Position: Shiatsu Acupressure Therapist, Kang Fu Acupuncture and Herbal Center; Alternative Therapy Program Consultant, Walden House.
Ms. Ryevzina received her L.Ac. in 2003 and began practicing acupuncture therapy at numerous facilities throughout the Bay Area. She is an instructor and supervisor at ACCHS.
Present Positions: Associate professor at ACCHS; instructor, CSU-SF, research associate, UCSF, private practice in TCM, San Francisco, CA.
Previous Position: Assistant professor, San Francisco College of Acupuncture and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After earning her M.S. degree at San Francisco State University, Ms. Shek continued her graduate studies at the University of California, San Francisco. She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Epidemiology. Ms. Shek has taught at San Francisco State University, as well as at colleges of traditional Chinese medicine throughout the Bay Area.
Present Positions: Professor and VP at ACCHS; Chemistry instructor, College of San Mateo.
Previous Positions: General Manger and owner of Artin Chemical Products Inc. Chemistry instructor at Diablo Valley and Merritt colleges.
Mr. Tou has a wealth of experience in the field of chemistry; though, he also has volunteered for numerous health care and charity related organizations in the Bay area.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco, CA.
Previous Positions: Professor & Chair, Acupuncture Department, Heilongjiang TCM College; visiting professor of the College of TCM of Korea.
In China, Mr. Wan served as the Secretary General for the Scalp Acupuncture Association. He also served as vice-president of the Heilongjiang Provincial Association of Acupuncture.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; Associate Professor at International of Huatuo Traditional Chinese Medicine Inc. in PRC; Vice Chairman of the Committee of National Academic “Vetebral Diagnosis & Diorthosis” Technology in PRC; private practice in San Francisco.
Previous Positions: TCM Researcher & Computer Lecture at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in PRC.
Mr. Wang graduated from the university and taught computer & conducted computerized research in TCM Tianjin University. He received his MSTCM from ACCHS in 2005 and then he conducted advanced research at numerous universitites and clinics fro 13 months in PRC. He presently has a private practice in San Francisco.
Present Positions: Instructor, Acting Director of Clinic Service, ACCHS.
Previous Position: TCM practitioner, Sixth Municipal Hospital, Guangzhou, PRC, 1982-1990; Lecturer, Guangdong Medical College, 1986-1990.
Learned in both TCM and Western medical modalities,
Mr. Wang became a clinical lecturer and research fellow of cardiology at Guangdong College of Medicine and Pharmacy between 1986-1990 in China. After receiving his MSTCM degree from South Baylo, Mr. Wang began his teaching career in the Bay Area, supervising practical clinical training sessions, and teaching general TCM courses.
Present Positions: Didactic instructor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco.
Previous Positions: Associate Professor and Director of New Herbal Product Development Department at Henan Chinese Medicine Research Institute.
After graduation, Ms. Wang served as TCM instructor and physician as well as herb researcher. She worked as a medical TCM physician in many Southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia. She has published many articles in TCM and has received several accolades in China for her work in TCM.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco since 1986; member California Chiropractic Association and National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance; continuing education presenter.
Previous Positions: Associate Doctor at the Back Doctors in 1986; advanced clinical acupuncture instructor, ACCHS 1998.
Dr. Wonson specializes in chiropractic care, acupuncture, acupressure, physiotherapy, Chinese herbal remedies, and natural supplements. Dr. Wonson unites time-honored Eastern healing arts with modern Western medical knowledge, provides paths to greater emotional and physical well-being. In addition, Dr. Wonson teaches diagnosis techniques and practice management to students.
She is an active member of the California Chiropractic Association and the National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance. Dr. Wonson is bilingual in Chinese and English and is professionally based in the heart of the San Francisco Financial District.
Present Positions: Didactic instructor, ACCHS and FBU; private practice in Burlingame; Director, Shang Han Lun Seminars.
Previous Positions: Business management; Management and Marketing Trainer.
Mr. Woodley has operated a private practice for 10 years. He has studied and taught Tai Ji for over 20 years. He teaches courses on the fundamental theories of Chinese medicine and TCM diagnosis, as well as the TCM herbal formulas and treatment based on the 4 classics of Chinese medicine. Stephen’s passion is the treatment of complex conditions using Classical Chinese medicine. He is the founder and director of Shang Han Lun Seminars, which offers advanced post-graduate training in Classical Chinese Medicine based on the Han Dynasty classic Shang Han Za Bing Lun. Stephen has lectured on the use of Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of Perimenopausal Complaint, Premenstrual Dysphoria, Anxiety, Depression and Insomina to other acupuncturists, MDs, RNs, and students.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco, CA.
Previous Positions: TCM doctor at Guang Zhou TCM hospital for 15 years; Medical Vice Senior editor for 6 years.
Ms. Xu received her Chinese medical degree from Guang Zhou TCM University in 1975 and her MSTCM in 1989. She served as TCM doctor at Guang Zhou TCM hospital and TCM University for 15 years . Also, she served as Medical Vice Senior Editor at Guang Dong publishing company for 6 years.
Present Positions: Clinical instructor at ACCHS; private practice in the Bay area.
Previous Positions: Dean of Academic Affairs, ACCHS; Vice chief physician at Zhongshan Hospital, Guangdong province, China; Associate Professor; and Clinical Supervisor at Guangzhong TCM University for ten years.
Ms. Ye received her Chinese Medicine degree and began specializing in gynecology. She has extensive experience as a TCM instructor and practitioner.
Present Positions: Professor and senior consultant of Western Sciences at ACCHS; clinic research fellow at University of California at San Francisco; licensed cardiovascular surgeon, Oregon.
Previous Positions: Visiting clinician and fellow at Mayo Medical Graduate School 1982 – 85; visiting clinician and research fellow at University of California at San Francisco,1985-89; clinical fellow at Oregon Health Science University,1989-90.
Vice-president at ACCHS; physician and researcher, Shanghai Railway Medical University, PRC.
He studied acupuncture and traditional Chinese general surgery at Shanghai Railway Medical College under well known doctors from 1960 to 1962.
Present Position: VP of Administration and Instructor at ACCHS.
Previous Positions: Associate professor, Dean of Academic Affairs, Shanghai TV University, Shanghai, PRC; Chinese instructor, Berlitz Language Center.
After she graduated from Fudan University, she taught English and Chinese for 28 years. In China, she served as associate professor, headed 4 departments, and worked as a TV instructor at Shanghai TV University. Also, she worked as deputy secretary-general of Shanghai Association of Foreign Language Education for Adults, with many publications on language teaching.
Present Positions: Instructor and clinical supervisor at ACCHS.
Mr. Zhang received his B.M. from Guangzhou University. In the United States, Mr. Zhang retained his L.Ac. and began practicing and teaching. He has a private practice in SanFrancisco.
Present Positions: Professor at ACCHS; private practice in San Francisco, CA.
Previous Positions: Instructor at Guang Zhou TCM University for 18 years.
Mr. Zhang received a Chinese medical degree from Guang Zhou TCM University in 1973, and his MSTCM in 1988. He served as instructor at Guang Zhou TCM University for 18 years before coming to the United States. He has published numerous TCM books and articles reflecting his clinical research. He has maintained a private practice in San Francisco since 1991.
Present Positions: Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs, ACCHS.
Previous Position: Instructor at Shanghai Second Medical University for 30 years. Ms. Zheng was an associate professor and chief of the TCM department at Rui Jin Hospital, a teaching hospital of SSMU, specializing in peripheral vascular disease, with several successful publications. She was a visiting professor in Nagoya Hospital, Japan in 1989, and in Stanford Hospital, USA in 1991-1993.
Present Positions: Instructor at ACCHS, private practice in Fremont, CA.
Previous Position: Senior doctor, Shanghai First People’s Hospital; Instructor at International TCM Training Center. In China, Ms. Zhu also worked for the World Health Organization, instructing international doctors in acupuncture clinical settings. She was a member of the International Medical Expert Team in Morocco between 1989-1991.