Alumni Profiles

Chady F. Wonson, MSTCM, 1998

“The weekend Chinese program offered a convenient schedule and location for me. I was able to get my license in TCM, and at the same time, develop an established chiropractic and wellness practice.”

Dr. Chady WonsonSuccessfully established in private medical practice since 1986, Dr. Wonson has made higher learning and continuing education a lifelong commitment. She has taught diagnostic techniques and practice management to ACCHS students, and currently teaches post-graduate CEU seminars on topics from herbs and nutrition, to visceral manipulation and the exploration of mind-body connections.

Dr. Wonson earned her doctorate of chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West in 1985, and graduated from the Chinese program at ACCHS in 1998. Additionally, she has been certified for nutrition consulting in 2007 and traditional naturopathy in 2009.

Through studying TCM, Dr. Wonson is able to help people establish and maintain a pain-free and healthy lifestyle. Specializing in chiropractic care, acupuncture, acupressure, physiotherapy, Chinese herbal medicines and natural supplements, Dr. Wonson unites time-honored Eastern healing arts with modern Western medical knowledge. From this integrative and multidisciplinary approach to healing, Dr. Wonson can offer each person their own unique course of treatment to alleviate pain and restore vitality, to achieve a greater emotional and physical well-being.

Phil Settels, MSTCM, 2011

“As a transplant to the Bay Area, I came to ACCHS a stranger, and quickly found myself among friends and community.  I was immediately won over by the school’s unique character, warmth and charm.  I couldn’t have hoped for better teachers, and found myself very well prepared for licensing exams and for life after school.  Now I get to practice this beautiful medicine.”

Phil Settels, L.Ac.Years ago, Phil Settels read “The Tao of Pooh” and his life has never been the same.  Inspired by the philosophies from which Chinese Medicine has sprung, he left his previous field of Metallurgical Engineering (and his previous home of Montreal, Canada), and pursued an education at ACCHS. Phil continues to be astounded and inspired by the contributions Chinese Medicine can make to the lives of individuals and communities.  He believes that simple wisdom, a few thousand years of transmitted knowledge, and a safe and inviting setting can go a very long way to bringing about true healing.


Since graduating from ACCHS, Phil has obtained a Certificate in Classical Chinese Herbalism from the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.  He complements his clinical practice as a tutor and a substitute teacher at ACCHS, and takes every opportunity to enjoy the many beauties of Northern California.

Joseph Davis, MSTCM, 2008

“I chose ACCHS because of its thick cultural roots in the classical spirit of Chinese medicine. I stayed because of incredible familial atmosphere created by staff, faculty, and students alike, as well as the depth of knowledge demonstrated by its stellar instructors and clinicians.”

Joe Davis, L.Ac.Joseph Davis came to Chinese medicine via his study of the martial arts of Tai Chi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang.  These subtle practices rely on the cultivation of relaxation and sensitivity to generate health and skill. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he traveled and lived in Asia, studying meditation, martial arts, yoga, and Chi Gong in Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and India.  There he witnessed Traditional Chinese medicine in public health settings, where it was used to address the needs of large populations. Joseph brings his knowledge of the context, breadth and philosophy of Eastern cultures to his practice of medicine.

He is certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) as an Acudetox Specialist, and has been an intern at the clinic of renowned fertility specialist, Dr. Lifang Liang. He has also studied the organic cultivation of Chinese herbs at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma. He has completed advanced trainings in Master Tung’s traditional family acupuncture. An Assistant Professor at ACCHS, Joseph teaches didactic courses as well as Tai Chi and Chi Gong. He lives with his family in north Oakland, and is delighted to be able to offer his community the many approaches to wellness of Chinese medicine.