Faculty (M-Z)

Jill Marino began her education in energy medicine, after completing her B.F.A. degree from Southern Oregon University in 1986. She studied for three years with a Brazilian healer and was instrumental in forming a non-profit organization that focused on energetic balancing, addressing the subtle channels of the body. She also obtained certification in acupressure from the Berkeley Acupressure Institute. Jill received her Master’s degree from Five Branches University. Her private practice has expanded to include Functional Medicine, a holistic approach to viewing western medicine and lab reports to better provide preventive care for her patients. She uses Chinese herbs and acupuncture, as well as nutraceuticals to bring the body back into homeostasis. Her areas of specialty are chronic diseases such as Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Down syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune disorders. When Jill is not practicing Chinese medicine, she enjoys painting, writing and gardening. Jill Marino teaches in the Department of TCM Clinical Training.

Jaime began his martial arts training in 1965, studying Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu and Karate. He is a second-degree (Nidan) Black Belt in Judo, and is one of the highest-ranking and recognized Sifus in the world-renowned Plum Blossom International Federation. In 1972, Jaime began his TCM studies with the famous Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong, Ph.D., in San Francisco, California, who represents direct second-generation lineage to Yang Cheng-Fu. He earned his Master's from Five Branches University and is a California state certified Traditional Physical Therapist. Jaime has been training champions in Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan and Choy Li Fut Kung Fu for over 30 years. He was president and head instructor for San Francisco City College’s Martial Arts program and a Tai Chi Instructor at the San Francisco Medical College of Acupuncture. As an active member of the Santa Cruz Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Commission, He was instrumental in bringing acupuncture into the juvenile hall for the treatment of incarcerated youth. He also provides instruction, educational counseling, and physical fitness programs for at-risk youth. Jaime is on the advisory committee for the Santa Cruz County Office of Alternative Schools where he introduced martial arts into the physical education curriculum and helped to establish physical fitness standards. Jaime is currently a professor and clinician specializing in Traditional Body and Movement Therapy for health, rehabilitation and injury recovery. He is the founder and director of the Golden Dragon Health and Physical Fitness Programs and maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Big Sur, California. Jaime Marquez teaches in the Department of Complementary Studies.

Anita Chen Marshall received a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, California; a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, California; a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, California; and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Washington.

Anita is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in California, and certified nationally in Acupuncture and Herbology, Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM). She is the founder and director of Sequoia Healing Center for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. For more information refer to: http://dranitamarshall.com/

Anita Chen Marshall teaches in the Department of TCM Herbology.

 

Jennifer’s Chinese medicine training includes an extensive traditional apprenticeship, with over 17 years of study with Dr. Vince Black, Miranda Warburton, PhD, and the North American Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA). Jennifer received a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. She also earned a Master's in Medical Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and completed a graduate research fellowship with the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a Certified Instructor with both the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) and the NATSTA. Jennifer currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) Jennifer Minor is the founder of Six Harmonies Traditional Medicine Center, Inc. in Los Gatos, California, home to a Chinese medicine clinic, a traditional Chinese medicine apprenticeship program and traditional gongfu training. The center is instrumental in bringing alternative healthcare to underserved communities through their Navajo Healthcare Project in partnership with CasaBESU.org. Jennifer Minor teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training.
Doc was born in Pennsylvania and spent his childhood in rural Santa Cruz County where his interest in native plants was encouraged by a neighbor. His study of western herbs continued during his undergraduate years in Oregon and during a lengthy sojourn into Latin America after which he enrolled in a two year in depth study of Western herbs with herbalist Christopher Hobbs in Santa Cruz before enrolling at Five Branches in 1986. After graduating from Five Branches he began his practice in Los Gatos, California in 1989 where he concentrated on practice development and speaking widely in the Bay area on a number of topics while continuing his studies. His election to the Five Branches Board of Directors in 1995 came as the school became a not-for-profit organization and successfully sought federal accreditation. This was a time of great growth for the school both in academic development and student body growth. Doc began teaching TCM Theory and Clinical Supervision in 1996 and continues today with both classes in Case Studies and Clinical Medicine. In 2006 he enrolled in the Doctoral program and completed it by presenting his Capstone paper entitled, A Clinician’s Inquiry and the Unspoken Words: A Discussion of Didactic Inquiry in 2010. Today, in addition to his teaching, Doc manages a busy practice in Los Gatos with an associate. Doc balances his busy clinical practice and academic world with his life in the mountains where he studies, hikes and works on the off the grid solar home he designed and built with his wife Sandy. Daily walks with his German Shepherd are near mandatory.

Maria Mitchell is one of the few second-generation acupuncturists with a lifetime of exposure to Chinese Medicine. Her mother, Donna Leight, L.Ac. is a pioneer in Traditional Chinese Medicine with over thirty years of clinical experience. Maria specializes in Reproductive Health. She completed a six-year clinical internship in advanced acupuncture with renowned practitioner and speaker Holly Guzman L.Ac. (a specialist in Women’s Health and Infertility) and studied for 10 years with Kiiko Matsumoto, a Japanese acupuncturist renowned for her innovation, precision, and dramatically effective use of acupuncture. Maria has a comprehensive background in Integrative Sports Medicine and Trauma. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and was a firefighter for seven years, trained in emergency protocols. She worked for five years in a physical therapy setting and later received certification in Integrative Sports Medicine, with Frank He, L.Ac. Maria specializes in the treatment of athletic injuries, musculoskeletal and pain related conditions. Currently, Maria shares a practice in Santa Cruz, with her mother Donna Leight L.Ac. and Holly Guzman L.Ac. For more information go to http://www.mariamitchellacupuncture.com/ Maria Mitchell teaches in the Departments of TCM Theory and TCM Clinical Training.

Bina Moghaddam received a Master’s of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1996 from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California, and a DAOM degree in 2008 from Five Branches University. She has had extensive apprenticeships with several masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine including Dr. Miriam Lee. She practices her own unique style of acupuncture treatment combining the trainings she obtained from her mentors, and treats a broad spectrum of ailments, including general internal and preventive medicine, pain management, gynecological diseases, weight management, and cosmetic and facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

Bina has worked at Kaiser Permanente, San Jose for the past 12 years, is a consultant for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF, and has worked at Stanford as part of a research team studying the impact of acupuncture. She also has a private practice at Healthstyle; an integrative medical center in Campbell. She has many years of experience as a clinician, lecturer, and researcher in the field of Chinese Medicine. Her lifelong passion is to help others through compassionate healing to achieve their optimum state of health and well-being.

Bina Moghaddam teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training as an associate professor.

John Nieters completed his MSTCM at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in 1998 and his DAOM at Five Branches University in March 2009, and is currently a doctoral fellow at Zhejiang University. John is a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) for the State of California and is Board Certified (DNBAO) in orthopedics and pain management. John has a background in adult and professional education and has created and managed training programs for several major franchise real estate corporations. John has been a speaker to local and national convention audiences in real estate, personal training and coaching.

John has studied Taijiquan and Qigong since 1972 and has been teaching these disciplines for over 25 years. Since 1998, John has taught Master’s level courses and CEU courses on many TCM topics. John is an Associate Professor at both ACCHS and Five Branches. With his long background in training, John believes it is critical for new acupuncturists to have employment opportunities and has two acupuncturists employed on staff at his Alameda clinic. John is probably best known for his weekly call-in radio show about TCM and health, "The Balancing Point". John is a singer/songwriter whose favorite activity is singing with his 6 year old son, Johnny. John Nieters teaches in the Department of Complementary Studies.

Heerei Park received both a Master's and Doctorate from Five Branches University. She graduated from Seoul National University College of Nursing, Korea in 1977 and has worked at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California on the oncology and med-surgical units. Heerei is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in pain management, women’s health and internal medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking and gardening. Heerei Park teaches in the Department of TCM Herbology.

Kate Perkins graduated from San Francisco State University in 2000 with a degree in creative writing and a minor in holistic medicine. During her time there she met and studied with Angela Wu, a licensed acupuncturist who taught classes in Chinese Medicine privately in her home. As a student of Mrs. Wu, she became inspired to become an acupuncturist herself and enrolled at Five Branches University, concentrating her studies in Five Element Acupuncture. Kate studied with Khosrow Khalighi in San Francisco, California, completing a two-year course of study in Five Element theory, diagnosis and treatment. She continues to meet with an advanced group of Five Element practitioners twice a year to discuss case studies, bring patients, and deepen her knowledge of this system.

Kate has a part -time practice in downtown Santa Cruz, California where she practices Five Element acupuncture, treating the spirit as the root of illness. Through her life’s work of continuing to uncover the mysteries of the human spirit and its relationship to wellness she conveys her passion for the Five Element system through the theory classes and clinical internships she teaches. Kate enjoys going for walks in the redwoods, studying foreign languages, traveling and spending time with her young son. Kate’s website is http://www.locuststreetacupuncture.com. Kate Perkins teaches in the Departments of TCM Theory and TCM Clinical Training.

Judy Pruzinsky is a graduate of Five Branches University. She specializes in Classical Five Element Acupuncture, having studied with JR and JB Worsley and Khosrow Khalighi. Judy has trained in Medical Qigong at the International Institute of Medical Qigongin California, directed by Jerry Alan Johnson. She has several teaching certificates in the Wu Style of Chi Gung from BK Frantzis. Her spiritual practice is rooted in her long-term Zen meditation practice. She received lay ordination with Tenshin Reb Anderson. Classical Five Element practice addresses patients' spiritual and emotional imbalances in addition to their physical discomforts and diseases. Her Medical Qigong practice enables her to treat deeply without the use of needles. In her Chi Gung classes people learn how to help themselves with practices they can do at home. She currently has a Chinese Medical practice in Aptos and in Half Moon Bay, California. Judy Pruzinsky teaches in the Departments of TCM Theory and TCM Clinical Training.

Rev. Fa Jun Christopher Real has been practicing Qigong since 1994. He is a certified bodyworker specializing in Asian Bodywork, received the highest level of training in Medical Qigong, and is a certified yoga instructor. His main teacher is Sifu Steven Baugh through the Lohan Spiritual and Cultural Center, who has transmitted lineages in Taijiquan (yang and chen style), Shaolin Kung Fu, Qigong, QuanZhen Daoism, and Cha'n Buddhism. He is also an associate instructor in the Universal Healing Dao system. Fa Jun's teaching style is a fusion of traditional training with modern methodology to enable one to feel and work with their inner energy quickly and effectively. Fa Jun Christopher Real teaches in the Department of Complementary Studies.

Trevor Roberti earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (Molecular Physics) from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998. His dissertation focused on ultrafast, photon-induced energy transfer processes in semiconductor nanoparticle quantum dots. In 1991, he graduated from California State Long Beach with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. Trevor discovered his passion for teaching as an undergraduate and supplemental instructor at California State Long Beach and has been teaching ever since. He currently teaches Chemistry and Physics at Five Branches. Trevor enjoys walks in nature, meditation, surfing, dancing, laughing, and smiling with wife, family and friends. Trevor Roberti teaches in the Department of Western Medicine.

MTCM, Five Branches University B.A., Environmental Studies and Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz George Samuel teaches in the Department of TCM Clinical Medicine.
Christine Sanmiquel fell in love with Chinese medicine in 1999 while attending a meditation and movement class taught by a Qigong Master during her undergraduate studies. This experience led Christine to completing her senior thesis research project teaching Qigong to individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. She has since completed 2,000 hrs of post graduate Qigong study at the International Institute of Medical Qigong in California, and has studied weekly with Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson since 2006. Christine maintains a private practice in Monterey, California where she specializes in women’s health, fertility, emotional balance, and pain relief. She loves assisting her clients to realize the healing potential they have and how they can consciously create their own experience of health. Christine and her husband maintain a clinic where the focus is on community and education based healthcare. Christine enjoys community, education, practicing Qigong, reading, meditating, being a nerd, laughing and spending time with her wonderful husband. Christine Sanmiquel teaches in the Department of TCM Acupuncture.

Bill Schoenbart graduated from Five Branches in 1991. His specialty is in herbal medicine, working with both Chinese and Western herbs. Bill has practiced TCM in California, Hawaii, and North Carolina. He was the Clinical Director and taught herbal medicine at the Hawaii College of Traditional Oriental Medicine on Maui, and has taught cross-cultural herbal medicine at the American School of Botanical Medicine in Santa Cruz. He is a contributing author to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and he wrote two books on Chinese medicine: Pocket Guide to Chinese Patent Medicines and Chinese Healing Secrets.

Bill works as a research consultant in the dietary supplement industry. He was a member of the board of trustees of the American Herbal Products Association, where he worked to protect the public’s access to herbs, as well as to maintain quality standards for herbal medicine. Bill has given presentations on herbal medicine at various international conferences, such as the International Conference on Modernization of Chinese Medicine (Hong Kong) and the World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Thailand). Bill Schoenbart teaches in the Departments of TCM Theory and TCM Herbology.

Eleonor Mendelson received her Master’s Degree in TCM from Five Branches University and then continued her studies to earn her doctorate degree, with an emphasis on pain management and endocrinology. Prior to enrolling at Five Branches University, Eleonor worked for over a decade as a physical therapist in hospitals, out-patient clinics and in-home care in her home country, Israel. She was also a lecturer on behalf of the health education department. Since graduating from Five Branches University in 2000, she has worked as the Admissions Director and is also in private practice at the Five Branches Santa Cruz Health Center. Eleonor joined the Five Branches faculty in 2008 and currently teaches in the Department of Acupuncture. Beyond her professional duties, Eleonor is a wife and mother to two daughters. She enjoys cooking, taking care of her bonsai plants, making jewelry, and dancing Zumba.

Shawn Shangpeng Si received a Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (2007), and a Master of Medicine in Clinical Medicine (2009) from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. From 2011-2013, he served as a Physician at the Healthy Service Center of Anzhen Community in Beijing, and from 2009-2011 he served as a Physician at Qingdao Orthopedic Hospital of Shandong Province. Shawn served as the President of the Tai Chi Chuan Association of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine from 2002-2004. Shawn is currently enrolled in the Five Branches University DAOM program. His hobbies include Tai Chi Chuan, music, photography, calligraphy and badminton. 

Shawn Shangpeng Si teaches in the Department of TCM Clinical Training.

Carma Shen is a DAOM Fellow at Five Branches University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Beijing University of TCM in China and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Carma Shen teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Medicine.

Susanna Shen graduated from Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the People’s Republic of China in 1986, where she trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine. After graduation, she worked as a TCM doctor in a Chinese hospital, supervising interns and teaching TCM Theory. When she came to the U.S., Susanna worked at the Pain Management Center in Los Angeles and later taught at the American College of TCM in the Bay Area.

Since 1996, Susanna has returned to China every summer to work and train in hospitals and clinics, sharpening her skills in needling techniques, TCM gynecology, facial rejuvenation and aging prevention, and the treatment of rare and difficult diseases using TCM and herbs. Her specialties include chronic fatigue, GI disorders, stress, facial rejuvenation, gynecology and internal medicine. Susanna enjoys photography, travel, and cooking.

Susanna Shen teaches in the Departments of TCM Herbology and TCM Clinical Training.

Sally Sherriff is founder and director of Healthy Dragon Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, California.   From 1981-83, Sally lived in Taiwan and studied Chinese language at Taipei Normal University.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude, in Chinese Language and Culture from San Francisco State University, California.  Further studies led her to Japan, where she spent six years studying Japanese language and medicine in Tokyo.  Sally received Certification in Traditional Oriental Medicine, in Japan, 1993.

Sally holds a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, and is currently a fellow of the DAOM doctoral program.   She maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, specializing in pediatrics, women's health and pain relief. 

When Sally is not in her clinic or teaching, she enjoys gardening, yoga, studying, singing, playing harp and cooking.   She also enjoys family time with her husband and their two children.

Sally Sherriff teaches in the Departments of TCM Clinical Medicine and TCM Clinical Training.

As a child Po-Lin Shyu spent many weekends working in a relative’s herb shop in Taiwan, observing the treatment of patients and the preparation of herbal formulas. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a Pre-Physical Therapy degree in the late 1980s, and received his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in 1993.

Po-Lin interned at Shu Guan Hospital in Shanghai, China, studying internal medicine and gynecology. While in China, he received training in Tuina with Dr. Wei Shu-Yin.

Since 1987, Po-Lin has been working at Wu’s Healing Center under Angela C. Wu, L.Ac. He owned his first herb shop in 1989 in San Francisco, and opened an acupuncture clinic in Cupertino in 1995. Po-Lin has been working intensely with Dr. Wu on fertility treatments since 2000 and is well-known for his expertise in treating injuries with TCM. To learn more about Professor Shyu please visit: http://www.nurtureacupuncture.com.

Po-Lin Shyu teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training.

Masters in Acupuncture, Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI Sophia), Laurel, Maryland Rehabilitation Nursing, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Critical Care Specialty Studies, Cabrillo College, Monterey Community College Critical Care RN (ICU), Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz Board Certified, Orthopedic Acupuncture Member, Monterey Bay Pain Clinic Charles Rudolph Singer teaches in the Department of TCM Theory.
Shawn was introduced to Chinese medicine in 2003 through his early studies in Taijiquan, and in 2008 graduated from Five Branches University with a Master’s in TCM. While studying at Five Branches, he was introduced to the Tang Shou Tao system of Chinese internal martial arts and medicine by Jennifer Minor. In 2006, Shawn joined North American Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA) and began training in the Chinese internal martial arts. He trained with Jennifer Minor and Miranda Warburton, two of NATSTA's most senior instructors and the founders of Six Harmonies Traditional Medicine Center, for 16 months in a nationally recognized clinical apprenticeship in Jin Shou Tuina™ - a unique and comprehensive style of tuina associated with the martial arts lineage held by NATSTA. Licensed both nationally and in California, Shawn enjoys a thriving private practice, Lokahi Acupuncture, in San Jose, California. He combines Tuina, Acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy in a focused treatment setting often giving herbal and diet/nutriment recommendations, as well as qigong or other exercises to support his patient’s progress at home. Shawn specializes in the treatment of: acute and chronic pain syndromes, digestive dysfunction, insomnia/anxiety, cancer support, and stroke rehabilitation. Shawn Smolinski teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training.

Dr. Anthony Su became a medical doctor after graduating from the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi'an China in 1965. He received a Ph.D. in Medicine and Pathology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London in 1987. Dr. Su followed his Ph.D. with postdoctoral work at the Bristol University Medical School in England.

Dr. Su has taught and researched in biomedical sciences in China, Sweden (Uppsala University), Denmark (Aarhus University), Austria (Pathological Anatomy Institute in Salzburg), Antigua (Antigua Medical School), and the United States (Texas University). He is the former President of The Chinese Histochemistry and Cytochemistry Society.

Dr. Anthony Su teaches in the Department of Western Medicine and is a faculty member of the Five Branches DAOM program.

Judith Tognetti is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Nationally Certified Acupuncturist. She received her Master’s and Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. Ms. Tognetti has studied with many famous acupuncturists throughout her career and has continued to increase her knowledge in the field of reproductive medicine. She is an active participant in the field of reproductive medicine, and has been included as an expert in panel discussions on fertility as well as providing on-site care for patients in both fertility centers and hospitals. Her specialty is Women's Healthcare, including: OB-GYN, infertility, pregnancy, and menopause. Ms. Tognetti has extensive training in Sports Medicine and is currently finishing her Diplomate status in Orthopedic Acupuncture, and her Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She works as a master herbalist and medical consultant for Kan Herb Company in Scotts Valley, California. She maintains her commitment to the field through clinical research projects, has published many educational articles for both patients and the overall medical community, and is a member of Fertile Hope, Resolve, and ASRM. Judith Tognetti teaches in the Departments of TCM Clinical Medicine and TCM Clinical Training.

Having studied at Five Branches University, Phu Tran maintains his private practice in chiropractic and acupuncture in San Jose. He specializes in musculo-skeletal problems and sports injuries. Dr. Tran teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training.

Jacquelyn Van Deusen-Byrd received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. She teaches in the Department of TCM Herbology.

Anthony Von der Muhll, received his B.A. degree in History at University of California Santa Cruz in 1987. He became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine while working for Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics in San Francisco as a community organizer. After studying taiji/qi gong and tuina as well as anatomy and kinesiology for several years, and experiencing TCM to treat a variety of his own health conditions, he decided to pursue his Masters-level training in Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and at Five Branches University. Anthony received his Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University,and was licensed by the State of California as an acupuncturist in 2002. He was the first recipient of Five Branches’ Certificate in Integrative Sports Medicine in 2003. He completed his board specialty training in Acupuncture Orthopedics through Lerner Education at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills in 2005, and was certified as a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 2006. He now specializes in acupuncture orthopedics, sports medicine, and pain management. Anthony has earned certificates as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, and as a Sports, Deep Tissue, and Acupressure Massage Therapist. He has worked in sports and physical medicine clinics since 1997 as a physical therapy aide, athletic training assistant, massage therapist, and licensed acupuncturist. Anthony enjoys working with people from all walks of life for healing and vitality of the integrated body-mind-spirit. He integrates his clinical training and experience in both Eastern and Western sports and physical medicine with his personal, intuitive exploration of self-healing potential. Anthony enjoys blending the best of ancient and modern science to provide optimal patient care. For health and relaxation he enjoys cycling, swimming, racquetball, and backpacking. Information about Anthony Von der Muhll may be found at: http://www.ihcsc.com. Anthony Von der Muhll teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training.

Tentcho Voynikov received a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, a Ph.D in Pharmacology from Kinki University School of Medicine in Japan, and a M.D. from the Medical Academy in Sofia Bulgaria.

Tentcho was a Researcher in Brain Neurophysiology for the Torii Nutrient Stasis Project, E.R.A.T.O., Japan Research Development Corporation, Dept. of Physiology, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University from 1992-1994. In 1996, he became a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Bulgaria and established a private practice.

From 2004 through 2012, Tentcho worked in his own Clinic of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Bulgaria, was the head of the Traditional Chinese Medicine department at the Medical Center in Albena, Bulgaria, and lectured on Acupressure at Sofia State University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Tentcho speaks Bulgarian, English, Russian, German, Japanese, French, Czech, Polish and Italian.

Tentcho Voynikov teaches in the Departments of Western Medicine and TCM Clinical Training.

Janice Walton-Hadlock received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University, and her B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the founder of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project (www.pdrecovery.org), a non-profit organization that provides free information about the latest findings regarding the cause and treatment of Parkinson’s disease from the perspective of Asian medicine. She is a founding member of the Parkinson's Treatment Team of Santa Cruz, and a member of the European branch of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project, the Parkinson Stichting of Amsterdam, also a non-profit. Both the Treatment Team and the Stichting focus on treating people with Parkinson’s disease and training health care practitioners in the use of techniques she developed. Janice is an active researcher in the field of Parkinson’s disease. Her findings have been published in many journals, including the peer-reviewed American Journal of Acupuncture, and the Journal of Chinese Medicine. Her analysis of a Parkinson’s drug study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine’s correspondence section. Janice is the author of four books: Trouble Afoot, a book about the underlying causes of idiopathic Parkinson's disease and the effective treatment for this disorder (published by the Parkinson’s Recovery Project, 2008, 690 pages), Medications of Parkinson’s or Once upon a Pill (Parkinson’s Recovery Project, 2003, 650 pages), Tracking the Dragon, a classroom text on advanced channel theory (published by Fastpencil.com, 2010), and Yin Tui Na: Techniques for Treating Dissociated Injuries (published by Fastpencil.com, 2012). All are available at www.pdrecovery.org Janice’s specialties include channel theory, scar tissue work, and Yin Tui Na. In her private practice, she primarily treats movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. Her other long-term interests include Western medicine, modern physics and chaos theory, and raja yoga practice and theory. Janice Walton-Hadlock teaches in the Department of TCM Clinical Training.

Douglas Wang received his Medicine degree in 1982 from Qinghai University Medical School in China. He continued his medical studies at the International Psychiatrist Training Center offered through the WHO and Shanghai Psychiatry and Hygiene Center where he received the title of Neuro-Psychiatrist. He pioneered the first series of seminars for physicians treating substance abuse, and established the first substance abuse program in Qinghai Province; this program employed a combination of Western medical and TCM treatments for its participants.

Professor Wang earned his Master’s degree in TCM from ACTCM in San Francisco. He has California state licensure, National acupuncture and Chinese herbology certifications, and is also a certified Tuina therapist. Professor Wang has held numerous teaching positions in China and the U.S. including President of Bo-Ai Special Hospital in China and Director of the Chinese Bilingual Program, and Assistant Dean of Academic Studies at ACTCM.

Professor Wang specializes in stroke, paralysis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental illness, emotional / behaviors disorders, and drug addiction. He is in private practice, and his hobbies include hiking and skiing. Professor Wang teaches in the Departments of TCM Herbology, Clinical Medicine and TCM Clinical Training and is a faculty member of Five Branches DAOM program.

Stephen Woodley received his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in California. He has taught hundreds of students focusing on TCM foundations, diagnosis, and TCM herbal medicine. Stephen is the director of Shang Han Lun Seminars and a CEU provider, specializing in Classical Chinese Medicine.

Stephen Woodley teaches in the Departments of TCM Theory and TCM Herbology.

Peter Yang graduated with a B.A. from Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in China. He earned an M.A. in sociology from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a second M.A. in American Social Studies from the University of Kansas. He was a professor of English and Chinese for 11 years at Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (Beiwai), China, specializing in the design, teaching and testing of CFL, ESL, EFL, translation and interpretation, and cross-cultural studies. From 1986 to 1993, he was a professor at the University of Kansas, teaching Chinese language, Chinese cultural traditions, and Eastern civilization. He worked as an adjunct professor at Myotherapy Institute, teaching Chinese breathing exercises and acupressure. Professor Yang has also done translation and interpretation for corporations. Professor Yang teaches in the Department of TCM Theory.

Danling Zhang, deeply influenced by her family who believed in the power of Chinese medicine, received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Medicine from Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Following graduation, she became an instructor, supervisor and physician at the university’s affiliated hospital. Danling finished her two-year residency at Dandong Women’s and Children’s Hospital, specializing in acupuncture research on thyroid diseases.

Danling has published numerous papers on eye acupuncture, muscle channel theory and thyroid diseases. She received her Doctor in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Five Branches University in 2011.

Danling maintains a private practice in Sunnyvale, California, specializing in pain relief, women’s health and thyroid conditions. She can be reached at danlingacupuncture.com.

Professor Zhang teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Training.

Kevin Zhu received his degree in 1988 from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology, where he studied for six years. He worked as the Physician-in-Charge and as a Lecturer for nine years at the Beijing First Teaching Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kevin served as the chief secretary for the National Academic Symposium and organized four symposiums on male diseases, urology, skin diseases, cancer, gynecology, and gastroenterology. He developed the Acupuncture and Herb Treatment Software with the Qinghua University in China, and participated in the compilation of eight professional books. From January 1999 to May 2001, Kevin worked and taught at the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was the manager of the herbal pharmacy at the school’s clinic, in addition to supervising the clinical training for student interns. He was also a professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Kevin specializes in pain management, dermatology and urology. He has years of experience utilizing a wide spectrum of TCM modalities, including herbs, acupuncture, Tuina, and moxibustion to provide an integrated TCM treatment plan for his patients. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys reading, swimming, table tennis and hiking. Professor Zhu teaches in the Departments of TCM Acupuncture, TCM Clinical Medicine, and TCM Clinical Training.

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