- Corrine Wang
- Luca Moschini
- Thomas Leichardt
- Jim Gallas
- Jillian Aronstam
- Berget Jelane
- Dan Lobash
- Joanna Zhao
- Emma Lee
- Brian O'Dea
- Janet Oliver
- Dina Woo
- 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.\r\n
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.