- Corrine Wang
- Luca Moschini
- Thomas Leichardt
- Samson Cheung
- Jim Gallas
- Jillian Aronstam
- Thomas Dicklin
- Berget Jelane
- Eleonor Seiff-Mendelson
- Fa Jun Christopher Real
- Jessica Lao
- Dan Lobash
- Heerei Park
- Anthony Su
- Danling Zhang
- Mojgan Bina Moghaddam
- Joanna Zhao
- Emma Lee
- Brian O'Dea
- Janet Oliver
- Dina Woo
- Harry Zuohong Ding
- Shawn Shangpeng Si
- Dat On
Dr. Corrine Wang is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor currently practicing at Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View. She is originally from the Bay Area and worked previously in San Jose as a product engineer for a semiconductor company. Being drawn to the health field, Dr. Wang decided to pursue her interests in holistic medicine, receiving her Naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. As a Naturopathic doctor, she is committed to assisting others to achieve balance and wellness in their lives. She believes in treating the whole person and supports each individual’s healing process with the most effective, least invasive methods possible.
Dr. Wang provides alternative, natural solutions to a variety of conditions including anxiety and depression, fatigue, digestive disorders, allergies and asthma, thyroid disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and women’s issues. The therapies she uses include clinical nutrition and dietary therapy, herbal and nutritional supplements, homeopathy, detoxification, and craniosacral therapy. Dr. Wang believes in mind-body medicine and supporting mental health along with physical health. She has experience with biofeedback, meditation, and other counseling techniques. To learn more about Dr. Wang, please visit her website at www.drcorrinewang.com.
Luca Moschini, Dipl. ABT (Asian Bodywork Therapy) teaches Foundation of Acupressure and Qigong Training. He carries on the tradition he was taught by his teachers, Janet Oliver and Brian O'Dea, who studied with highly advanced Tai Chi, Qigong and Jin Shin Jyutsu masters. These masters include: Sifu Tsuei, Cheng Man Ching, Kiko Matsumoto, Simu Ou Yang Min, and Mary Burmeister. Luca travels extensively to share the teachings of Acupressure and is currently a faculty member of Five Branches University. He has a private practice in California and Oregon and is nationally certified through the NCCAOM (National Commission Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Thomas has great passion for the inner alchemy practices found in Daoism and other eastern traditions, both as a vehicle for self transformation as well as a means to promote healing ranging from the physical to the spiritual. After completing massage certification, Thomas found energetic medicine to be his passion, and by 1999 he was deeply moved to the study and practice of medical qigong. By 2006, he completed the highest level of training and certification available from the International Institute of Medical Qigong and Henan University of TCM. While studying in China on five separate occasions, Thomas received lineage into the Dragon Gate sect of Daoism at Qingchengshan (青城山) in Sichuan. Through these experiences, and his deep commitment to the practices, Thomas has absorbed and embodied the essence of energy medicine and transformation. Thomas is also a licensed acupuncturist. He received his Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from Five Branches University in 2012.
In addition to Thomas's study and practice of Daoist medicine and healing, he also has a very close association with the great Indian saint Mata Amritanandamayi, better known as Amma, or the hugging saint. He serves on staff for her tours in North America and abroad, absorbing her deep wisdom and compassion for the human condition. Thomas currently teaches medical qigong, energetic medicine, and core mysticism, while offering energetic healing sessions to his students and clients. For more information about Thomas go to: www.sumarihealingarts.com. Thomas Leichardt teaches for the university’s Medical Qigong Program.
Samson Cheung has been studying the I-Ching since 1986. From years of studying the Chinese Classics, he gained a profound understanding of Chinese metaphysics, Feng Shui, and Confucianism. In 2007, he helped established a nonprofit organization called the School of Yimutology. where he teaches the I-Ching and related subjects. Dr. Cheung promotes I-Ching culture, Chinese philosophy and Confucianism by incorporating these Chinese theories and teachings into modern city life.
Samson graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics. He received a Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Physics from the University of Maryland. After his employment at Boeing and Intel as a computer engineer, he joined the Application Performance & Productivity (APP) Group in the NAS Division at the NASA Ames Research Center to develop Earth Science Modeling Framework (ESMF) and create parallel computational code for tropical cyclones study.
Jim Gallas is a certified massage therapist (CMT), a certified hypnotherapist, a certified yoga instructor, and a Chi Kung and Shiatsu massage teacher. He has been leading inspiring, informative, and fun workshops since 1992. Jim teaches at Five Branches University, Esalen Institute, Twin Lakes College, and the University of California. He has taught seniors, children, high risk teenagers, the chronically ill, the vibrantly healthy, corporate hot shots in Silicon Valley, and villagers in foreign countries.
Jim is currently working on a series of instructional videos, is a member of a theater improv troupe, a published photographer, and the past owner of a successful vegetarian restaurant in New Zealand.
In 1980, after completing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Community Psychology from San Jose State University, I felt incomplete. I realized that "talking" therapy could only take a person to a certain level of transformation. I was feeling an intuitive need to include the physical body as well in the therapeutic process. Through a series of meaningful synchronicities, I began studying an Acupressure method known as " Jin Shin Do" (The Way of the Compassionate Spirit). My teacher, Aminah Raheem Ph.D, had trained with Iona Teeguarden, the founder of Jin Shin Do. She held the missing link, teaching a way of working with an individual known as "Process- oriented Acupressure". This method was what I was seeking, "A truly holistic approach to healing where the body, mind, emotions and spirit are all acknowledged and honored simultaneously." I have worked with this system of health and healing for over 30 years. The power and gift of this process continues to amaze, delight and instruct me.
For the past five years I have been a Massage Therapy instructor at Everest College in Campbell, California. I prepare students for certification and teach nine different Bodywork and Massage modalities. I am excited and honored to teach at Five Branches University.
Thomas Dicklin is a licensed acupuncturist with a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. He received Medical Qigong training with Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson at the International Institute of Medical Qigong, California. Thomas is a partner and acupuncturist at Communi-Qi Acupuncture in Santa Cruz, California, and is a faculty member of the Five Branches University Master's program, teaching in the departments of TCM Acupuncture, Western Medicine and Complementary Studies.
Berget Jelane is a California licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT). She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from San Jose State University in California.
Berget has been practicing meditation since 1986 and is a student of Gil Fronsdal. She coordinates the San Jose Insight Meditation Sangha and regularly teaches there. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program and Sati Center's Chaplaincy Training. As a Buddhist Chaplain she also performs weddings. She teaches meditation weekly at Elmwood Women's Correctional Center in Milpitas. As a psychotherapist in private practice, she incorporates mindfulness and the understandings of Buddhist practice into her work with clients.
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.
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 Masters Department of Complementary Studies and for the Extension program.
Jessica Jing Lao has been a TCM skin rejuvenation specialist since 1995. She was a lecturer and Director for the Teaching Management Department at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since 2010, she has taught TCM skin rejuvenation, basic theory of TCM, TCM diagnosis, herbs, food therapy, and Tai Chi to both local and foreign students at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. Jessica’s specialties include TCM facials, facial massage, facial acupoints massage, acne treatment with acupuncture and herbs, Chloasma treatment with acupuncture and herbs, weight loss treatment with acupuncture and herbs, beauty herbs, and beauty foods. Jessica’s publications include: “Dermatitis Treatment Using Herbs,”“Good Looking Breasts Exercise,” and a thesis on “TCM Treatment for Acne.”
Jessica completed her Masters degree in TCM at Five Branches University in 2012. She graduated from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University with a specialty in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 2004, and completed her Master Course of skin care at Huadou Beauty College of Hong Kong in 1994. She is a member of the TCM Beauty Committee, a branch of the National Traditional Chinese Medicine Association in China.
Dan Lobash was certified to teach Korean Hand Therapy, KHT, during a two year training program (1997-2000), by the founder of KHT, Dr. Tae Woo Yoo. After 10 years of clinical KHT practice, he now travels extensively teaching KHT throughout the U.S., Mexico & Canada. Dan teaches at colleges, hospitals, professional conferences and privately sponsored seminars and webinars. He received a Masters degree in TCM from Five Branches University and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, United States International University and the California Institute for Human Science. He lived, practiced and studied for one year with TCM doctors and interned at the TCM Traditional Medicine Hospital in Xiaman, China. He is published in the California Journal of Oriental Medicine; Pain Management: a Practical Guide for Clinicians, 6th Edition as well as Acupuncture Today.
Heerei Park received a Master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University. She graduated from Seoul National University College of Nursing, Korea in 1977 and 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.
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 for the Five Branches Master's program in the Department of Western Medicine, and is a faculty member of the Doctoral program.
Danling Zhang was educated and trained in both Western and Chinese medicine in China. She was deeply influenced by her family who believed in Chinese medicine. After graduating from Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1991, she became a physician acupuncturist and instructor at the university’s affiliated hospital. She finished her two-year residency at Dandong Women’s and Children’s Hospital before she entered her three-year Masters program, doing acupuncture research on thyroid diseases. After receiving her Masters degree, she was appointed as an instructor and supervisor at the affiliated hospital of the college. Danling received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Five Branches University.
Danling has published numerous papers on eye acupuncture, muscle channel theory and thyroid diseases. She practices at the Integrative and Sports Medicine Center with Frank He in Sunnyvale and teaches in the Masters department at Five Branches University. For more information go to: www.HeCares.net.
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.
Joanna Zhao is the Vice President, Academic Dean and Senior Professor at Five Branches University since 1984. She taught TCM and interpreted (Chinese-English) lectures in international programs at diverse Shanghai hospitals from 1975-1980. Dr. Zhao's education includes: the DAOM program at Five Branches University (2006); Advanced Studies in TCM at Zhejiang College of TCM, Hangzhou, China (1994); Shuguang Hospital of Shanghai University of TCM (1992); Advanced Anatomy at UCSF and CCAA, San Francisco (1985-86); Nursing & Music at College of San Mateo (1981-84); Chinese Literature and TCM History in Huadong Normal University, Shanghai, China (1974-76); and Acupuncture and Integrated Medicine Program in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China (1970-74).
Emma Lee holds a Doctor of Osteopathic degree from Western University of Health Sciences in California. After internships in Pediatrics and Family Practice at Newark Beth Israel Children's Hospital in New Jersey and Northridge Medical Center in California, Emma practiced at a community health clinic in her hometown. She has taught for the American Red Cross and AmeriCorps. Her passion for osteopathic medicine led her to expand her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University. In her free time, Emma enjoys illustrating, yoga, and rock climbing.
Brian O'Dea, L.Ac., has over 40 years of martial arts, meditation, and health care practice. He is the teacher of the “Winds and Waters” Tui Na Certificate program, and the Acupressure Emotional Balancing program. Brian created and developed the "Winds and Waters" style of Tui Na over a period of several years. As a Senior Instructor, he taught "Winds and Waters" Tui Na bodywork, Acupressure, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Traditional Chinese Philosophy at the Acupressure Institute and other schools since 1988.
Brian completed over 1000 hours of study at the Acupressure Institute, and received a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, becoming a licensed acupuncturist in 1988. He has studied Jin Shin Jyutsu with Mary Burmeister and Pat Meador, and Qi Gong with Simu Ou Yang Min for over 25 years. Brian has studied Yang style Tai Chi Chuan with Prof. Cheng Man Ching and Aikido with Lou Kleinsmith, as well as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Tui Na, and Taoist Philosophy with Sifu Tsuei Wei since 1975.
Janet Oliver, L.Ac., has practiced and taught Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 25 years. Janet began as a practitioner and instructor in Asian Bodywork Therapy at the Acupressure Institute in 1982, completing over 1000 hours of study. She received a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in California, becoming a licensed acupuncturist in 1988.
Janet became a faculty member of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1993. She has taught at various acupuncture and bodywork schools in California, where she developed the curriculum for her 500-hour Acupressure Therapy Program and wrote four textbooks. She has taught throughout the United States and internationally.
Janet is delighted to return to Five Branches University Extension, where she taught previously from 2008-2009. She brings a wealth of joy, education, and experience into the classroom. Janet studied Qi Gong with Simu Min Ou Yang for ten years, and apprenticed with Dr. Alex Feng in Acupuncture for several years. In addition, Janet studied Jin Shin Jyutsu for many years with Mary Burmeister, Rosen Bodywork with Marion Rosen, and Body Psychology with Dr. Barry Green. Janet teaches Art of Acupressure, due to the joy, nurturing qualities, and effectiveness she finds in this modality.
Dina Woo has practiced Chinese Traditional Massage for over 36 years. She received massage training in China and Hong Kong and after many years of practice developed strong hands and gained extensive experience in treating headaches, shoulder, neck, and sciatic pain. In practice since 1987, she finds painful acupressure points and relieves pain through special techniques on the affected meridians.
In 2002, Dina was invited to give several lectures to massage therapists at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) in California. However, she found herself inadequate in speaking English massage-related vocabulary. She decided to return to school and completed two years of study at the City College of San Francisco, taking courses such as anatomy and physiology. In 2003, she enrolled in acupuncture school with the desire to enhance her knowledge. She received a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in California (2006), and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University in 2009. Her graduating thesis was: Chinese Acupuncture and Massage for Migraines.
Although Dina Woo is getting closer to her retirement, she is still very strong and capable. She wants to take time off from her busy clinic and share her many years of experience with others who are willing to learn.
Harry Zuohong Ding is a licensed acupuncturist in both Florida and California. He is the fifth generation of Menghe Medicine lineage- a traditional school of thought that originated from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, uniting diverse traditions of medical learning theories into one integrated medicine system based on ancient principles of practice.
Harry received a Master of Oriental Medicine degree from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Florida, a Bachelor degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Shanghai University of TCM in China, and is currently a DAOM Fellow at Five Branches University. He worked in the Department of Rheumatism in Longhua Hospital in 2010, specializing in the treatment of rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and other related diseases. Harry currently teaches Review and Assessment for the Masters program at Five Branches University.
Shawn Shangpeng Si began teaching Tuina Massage for the Five Branches University Masters program in 2013. He 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.
Dat On received a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from Five Branches University and is currently enrolled in the DAOM program. He has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2011.
Dat is the founder of Serendipity Integrative Health located in Stockton, California. One of his specialties is helping cancer patients with time-tested traditional therapies.