Online Faculty

Please Note: D.O.M. (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) is the title granted by the state of New Mexico upon licensing. L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) is the title granted by the state of Colorado upon licensing.

Carol Conigliaro, B.A., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Carol received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology from the University of Santa Barbara in 1985. She received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado in 2000. Since 2000, Carol has been in private practice in Lyons, Colorado.

Deborah Corradino, B.A., M.P.H., Dipl. O.M., L.Ac., Full Professor
Deborah graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology in 1990. She then attended and graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver in 1999. Deborah received her Masters Degree in Public Health in 2004 from University College in Dublin, Ireland. Highlights of her career have included teaching TCM classes at the International Institute of TCM in Cork, Ireland and lecturing at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin, Ireland. Deborah also had a private practice and worked in herbal medical research with the Green Medicine Company in Sydney, NSW. She has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

Carole A. Gedenberg, MD, Instructor 
Carole is Board certified Pediatrician. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2003 from Colorado College, and durning her last year there, she had the opportunuty to study abroad in Eastern Europe. She returned to the Czech Republic to complete medical school at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic in 2008. She completed her internship in 2008-2009 at Saint Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado. Her residency was at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York from 2010-2013. Dr. Gedenberg later worked in Pediatric Urgent Care in Lindenhurst, New York before moving back home to Boulder to start Doctor At Your Door LLC.

Ted Hall, B.A., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Full Professor 
Ted specializes in Japanese styles of acupuncture and bodywork. He studied at the Kototama Institute from 1982 to 1984 and has also undertaken tutorial studies in Japanese acupuncture along with several years of advanced bodywork training. He received a B.A. with honors in language and linguistics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1988. He received a diploma from a tutorial with Dr. Tom Duckworth, D.O.M. (1989), and his New Mexico license and NCCAOM certification in 1990. He received his M.S.O.M. from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1999. He has previously taught at YoSan University and Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, as well as San Francisco State University and the Inochi Institute. Ted has also performed extensive volunteer clinical work in both Mexico and teen shelters in Santa Fe.

Jennifer Leonard, M.S.M.B.M, L.Ac., Instructor 
Jennifer has been practicing acupuncture for nine years. Her career in TCM has included community clinics, private practice, relief projects and large hospital settings. Jennifer owns a multidisciplinary practice in Denver, Colorado named Integrative Health Denver. She has extended her education of Chinese Medicine to include Mind Body medicine and Integrative Mental Health. Jennifer enjoys educating her patients on diet, lifestyle, and self care practices so that they learn how to prevent illness and have the power to keep themselves well.

Laurel Lewis, A.D.N., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Laurel received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1985 from Cabrillo College in California and worked as a registered nurse in med-surg, critical care, and case management. She graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999 and received her NCCAOM Diplomate. She graduated with a Masters in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2010. She did internships with Jake Fratkin, D.O.M. and in Japanese acupuncture with Miki Shima, O.M.D. She has been a Clean Needle Technique instructor with the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 2001 and has been with Southwest Acupuncture College since 2000. She maintains a private practice in the Boulder Longmont area.

Tristan McCoy, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Tristan has been a licensed acupuncturist and practicing herbalist since graduating from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995. Having an interest in Japanese acupuncture, Tristan interned with and assisted Jake Fratkin, DOM from 1995 to 2000 learning Japanese acupuncture and assisting clients. In 2008 he graduated from nursing school and is a registered nurse. The study of nursing has immensely helped Tristan with understanding patients’ medical diagnoses and medications. In 2014 Tristan graduated with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College.

Eric Michaelsen, B.A., M.S.O.M., D,O.M., Instructor
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and East Asian Studies from Kalamazoo College in 2009 and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2016. He is a former public high school teacher and sits on the board of the High Desert Hari Society. He practices Meridian Therapy and Sotai and has studied with T. Koei Kuawhara Sensei.




Susan Plourde, D.O.M, Associate Professor
Susan is a professional healthcare provider in private practice since 1997 when she received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. The last five years she has been a provider of acupuncture and traditional medicine for the Access to Recovery (SAMSHA) Federal Grant. This privilege has honed her skills in treating addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and pain. In addition to providing a variety of treatment styles—Master Tong, traditional, classical and microsystems—she also provides client education and self care protocols to create more effective and long lasting therapeutic improvements. She continues her post-graduate education by attending acupuncture, traditional and classical Chinese medicine, and nutritional seminars.

Rachael Rose, M.S.O.M, L.Ac., Associate Professor
Rachel earned her B.S. in Industrial Psychology from Edgewater State College in 1992 and went on to study at the University of Colorado to do graduate work in Behavioral Neuroscience as well as MCDB Biology courses. In 2003, Rachael graduated from SWAC, Boulder campus. She hit the ground running after graduation starting a successful practice, Full Circle Wellness Center in the North West Denver Highlands. In practice she primarily uses extraordinary meridians, ear points and lots of moxa. She credits her successful results to the effect of treatment to calm the central nervous system. She loves her work and loves to teach. Rachael specializes in anxiety disorders, autoimmune disease; sleep disorders including night terrors, cosmetic acupuncture and sports medicine.

Melanie Richardson, B.S., B.Us., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Melanie has been a practicing Doctor of Oriental Medicine since 2002 in the state of New Mexico. A long time advocate of natural health care, she began her career as a geologist. During the journey she also picked up her degrees in University Studies, Fine Arts and Anthropology focus, and Biology, mammalia and biochemical systems. Her earliest experiences in school, of being the teacher’s helper and helping other students in class, came to fruition in tutoring, seminars/ workshops, and the classroom. Melanie is an enthusiastic teacher eager to share her knowledge. She currently is on the board for ARPS,  a non-profit  organization serving  the disabled, and works with the Midwives of New Mexico promoting pregnancy safety for both mother and child. 

Debby Shapiro, B.S.N., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Debby graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1982. She completed her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine, graduating magna cum laude from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1992. Debby is well versed in Chinese herbology and completed a course in the Emotional and Spiritual Functions of Chinese Medicine in 2001 at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida. She then became an instructor and clinic supervisor of that same course at The Academy. She has also been an instructor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a past-president (1997-1999) of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and maintains a private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.

Jack Schaefer, B.S., M.Ac.O.M., Dipl. OM., L.Ac., Full Professor
Jack Schaefer received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994 in Environmental Studies and his Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2000 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He has since done post-graduate study at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China where he studied internal medicine, oncology, Chinese Tui Na massage, and acupuncture. He has also practiced and lectured in Europe. Jack continues to make regular trips to China for study in Chinese medicine, Qigong, and martial arts. He is an NCCAOM certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Herbs. He has been a lifelong student of martial arts, and has taught martial arts and Qigong to adults and children for over twenty-five years. He has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

Albert Stern, L.Ac., M.S.A.O.M., L.M.T., Instructor
Albert earned his MSAOM in 2007 from Bastyr University. Prior to that he attended Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle and received training in massage therapy. He earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1994. From 2009 to the present, Albert has owned the Healing Village Collective in Denver, Colorado where he practices acupuncture and massage therapy. Since 2008 he has been an Instructor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, where he also served as Assistant Clinical Director from 2008 to 2011.

Jacob Wilcox, B.S., M.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M. L.Ac., Associate Professor
Jacob has a diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). He received his training and Masters of Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2003. Having owned a thriving practice in Rochester, NY for the past eleven years, he brings a wealth of clinical experience, success at treating a wide spectrum of illnesses, and a unique treatment approach. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine he also practices Classical Acupuncture. Jacob Wilcox has a particular passion for Chinese herbs and has formulated and produced his own line of thirty different high quality Chinese Herbal tinctures.

Zhong Kang Yu, M.D. (China), B.S., D.O.M., Ph.D., Full Professor
Zhong Kang Yu obtained his medical degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shanghai, China in 1982. He then worked as a resident from 1982 through 1988 and as physician in charge from 1988 through 1991 at Shanghai Longhua Hospital, a teaching hospital of Shanghai University of TCM. During this period, Zhong was also teaching internal medicine, both TCM and Western medicine at the same University. In 1992, he came to America and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition at the University of Georgia in 1997. From 1996-2002 he conducted research on cancer biology and cell biology at Yale School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently working on treating kidney failure patients with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Zhong owns and operates his own private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jiayu Zhang, Dipl. Ac, Dipl. C.H., L.Ac., Full Professor
Jiayu Zhang completed her Medical Degree in TCM in 1989 at Chengdu University of Physical Education in China. She was a TCM medical doctor and instructor of TCM in China for many years, specializing in traumatology and sports medicine. She also practiced as a senior acupuncturist for the Chinese Olympic team in 1991-1992 where she applied her expertise in treating athletes’ pain and injury. She is a co-author of several Chinese medicine textbooks published in China. She has been in private practice in Boulder, Colorado since 2001 specializing herbal medicine and pain management.