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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.

Ms. Xiu Fen Pan received her Doctor of Medicine degree from China Medical University in Taiwan where she majored in Zhongjing Theory and pulse studies. She studied with Professor Zhang Yang and has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine in public hospitals in Taiwan for over ten years before moving to the United States. Ms. Pan specializes in internal medicine, including cardiology, endocrinology, respiratory disorders, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, and obesity. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Five Branches University, advancing her knowledge of the latest research in TCM.  Xiu Fen Pan teaches in the Department of TCM Medicine and TCM Clinical Training.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Dr. Sally holds a Master\\\'s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1999 and received her doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University, 2016.  She maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, specializing in pediatrics, family 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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