Residential 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.


Executive Director
Skya Abbate
D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., M.A. Sociology, M.P.S. (Master of Pastoral Studies), MA Bioethics and Health Policy, Full Professor
Skya began her career as a medical sociologist serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil, and then later taught in the Sociology Department of the University of Rhode Island from 1978-1981. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Salve Regina College, Newport, RI 1973, where she graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian, and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island conferred in 1978. Following pre-med studies at the University of Rhode Island in 1983, Skya graduated from the acupuncture program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. She then undertook two advanced clinical training programs with the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China in 1988 and 1989. She holds a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University New Orleans, 2012), a M.A in Bioethics and Health Policy (Loyola University Chicago, 2016), and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School Medicine.
Skya is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico, Executive Director of Southwest Acupuncture College with campuses in Santa Fe, NM and Boulder, CO. She was former President of the New Mexico Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has served for over six years as an educational expert and Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the national organization that accredits professional degree programs in Oriental medicine.
Skya is the author of fourteen books and authored over thirty-six journal articles published in such prestigious journals as the American Journal of Acupuncture, the Journal of Chinese Medicine, the New England Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture Today where she served for six years as the needle technique columnist. With over thirty years of private practice, teaching, and writing in Oriental medicine, she is one of the most respected and prolific women writers in Oriental medicine in the Western world. She teaches both nationally and internationally, and at Southwest Acupuncture College.


Henry Ahlefelder, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor 
Henry currently practices at his clinic The Acupuncture Center of Los Alamos, in northern New Mexico. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2007. Henry studied both acupuncture as well as esoteric forms of traditional meditation and healing in India and Nepal. He was previously based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where he worked as the European sales manager for the Yogi Tea Company and helped develop and promote the brand and its philosophy of organic and sustainable development. He also travelled extensively teaching yoga, meditation, and healing, and was featured in a variety of television and newspaper articles including the BBC’s Heaven and Earth program. In 2013 he published his first book, The Way of the Divine Everyman, which is currently being translated for publication in Sweden and Poland. Henry regularly returns to Europe to teach acupuncture, meditation, and healing.


Katherine Altneu, L.Acv., M.S.O.M., Instructor
Katherine received her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business in 2003 from Colby College in Maine, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also studied Economic History and Philosophy at the London School of Economics and worked for several years as a research associate and financial analyst in Palo Alto, CA. In 2011, she received her M.S.O.M. from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder. Katherine is the founder and clinic director of The Point.


Clinic Director - Santa Fe
Pamela Barrett
, B.Us., D.O.M., Dipl. O.M., Instructor 

Pamela received her Bachelors Degree in 1992 from the University of New Mexico in Harp performance and Social Psychology. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2009 with a Masters in Oriental Medicine, then completed an internship through Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine at the Harbin Traditional Medicine Hospital (2009). She is nationally certified with the NCCAOM. Since 2009,  she has practiced with her mentor specializing in making and using Chinese herbal remedies. After training with Acupuncturists Without Borders in 2013, she volunteered with the Military Stress Relief Project, a weekly community style acupuncture clinic for veterans, active duty personnel, and their families. She is National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) certified and is a NM state recognized Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist supervisor. Pamela currently resides in Albuquerque and enjoys her garden and pet bird. She is the Santa Fe Campus Clinic Director. 


Mei Lie Benink, A.A., B.A., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., L.Ac., Full Professor
Mei Lie received her AA in Physical Therapy in 1984 at Miami Dade Community College. She then received a Bachelors in Business Administration and International Business at Florida International University in 1986. She was accepted into Parker Chiropractic College but decided her heart was only in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and graduated from the Colorado School Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995. Mei Lie began teaching at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2000. She finished her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2005. After twenty years of private practice and fifteen years teaching she was selected to be a group leader for the Southwest Acupuncture College China trip to Harbin in 2015.


Steven Bennett, M.S.O.M, D.O.M., Associate Professor
Steven received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2004. He provides pain relief and constitutional treatments in Albuquerque NM where he maintains an Oriental medical practice. Steven specializes in Chinese pulse diagnosis and in developing customized herbal formulas. He has studied extensively with Dr. Jimmy Wei-Yen Chang on Pulsynergy technique. Steven began his medical career as a medic in the Army, where he was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge. After the Army he studied Biology and developed an interest in Ethnobotany,. Steven completed an apprenticeship in 1998 in Shiatsu massage therapy before going on to study Oriental medicine. He has worked with organizations such as Healthcare for the Homeless, as attending Acupuncturist at Casa los Arboles, a residential recovery program for homeless men, and the Sandoval County Stars Program, a multiple DWI offender treatment and recovery program. Dr. Bennett enjoys hiking in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest to locate and identify medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms.


Debra Boehme, Ph.D., D.O.M., LPCC, CSIM Instructor, NM DMAT Team Member, Instructor
Deb joined the college as a clinical supervisor in 2011. She completed her first three years of study at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and completed her last two semesters at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of New Mexico in 1988 and in 1979 a Masters in Counseling and Physical Education, both from Kansas State University. She also has a client base at East/West Integrated Pain and Rehab Center and is a trainer for Acupuncturists Without Borders. Deb brings the worlds of both eastern and western medicine together as a result of her twenty plus years as a state employee with the Emergency Medical Services Bureau/Disaster Preparedness and is a member of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team where she serves as a mental health clinician.


Hilary Broadbent, B.A., Ph.D., D.O.M, Full Professor
Hilary received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in Biology and Ancient Greek from Barnard College in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University in 1993. Following several years as a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University, she returned to the United States to study acupuncture, first at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Tucson, and then at Southwest Acupuncture College, where she earned her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine in 2003. Hilary teaches Taiji Quan and Qi Gong privately and has an acupuncture practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Brian Carey, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Brian has run a private acupuncture and herbal clinic on Albuquerque's Westside since 2005 where he practices Classical Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture and provides Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal therapy. He graduated in 2004 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. In 2002, he studied at the World Health Organization’s acupuncture training center in Beijing, China at various hospitals in Beijing. Brian also has an extensive background in business and technology management.


 

Nell Clark, B.S., M.S.T.C.M., R.N., L.Ac., Instructor  
Nell earned her B.S in Nursing in 2000. After completing her nursing degree at the University of Texas in Austin and working in the field for a number of years, she began her journey to study traditional Chinese medicine. She graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. Nell has been in private practice for nine years, all the while still working in emergency rooms as a RN. Nell has studied Esoteric Acupuncture, Five Element Pediatric Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation.


Yu Shu Cheng, M.S., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., D.O.M., Full Professor
Yu Shu completed her undergraduate studies at Chang Chun College of Acupuncture, graduating in 1983 with a Masters degree in Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. She then taught courses on the classical Chinese medical texts for two years at the same college. From 1985 to 1988 she specialized in pulmonary medicine as part of her graduate program, also taking courses in Japanese language. After her graduate studies she began work in the University Hospital of Chang Chun where she worked for seven years as a cardiologist in the inpatient department of the hospital. Dr. Cheng has also been involved in extensive research in the fields of pulmonary, cardiac, and renal medicine and has participated in the publication of over twenty journals and ten books on these subjects. Yu Shu currently has a private practice in Los Alamos, New Mexico where she specializes in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.


Damiana Corca, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac., Instructor
Damiana is a Licensed Acupuncturist focusing on sleep disorders with a practice in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. She graduated summa cum laude from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Professional Health Sciences and Masters in Oriental Medicine in 2009. She is passionate about all things sleep related and her goal is to enhance the sleep medicine field by providing clear evidence that acupuncture is highly effective for sleep disorders.


Nate Cuddihy-Garner, M.S., L.M.T., C.E.S., Associate Professor Nate brings an extensive background in massage therapy, athletics, martial arts, and personal training to the college. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement Science through the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement Specialist, and a 2nd degree black belt in Kajukenbo. Nate’s practice has included working in Integrated Medical Offices, Physical Therapy Clinics, and Sports Performance Centers, in addition to working with other massage therapists. Nate continues to practice and teach clinical/orthopedic and sports massage therapy, which he has done for over fifteen years in both Seattle and Boulder.


Amy Dickinson, B.A, MTCM, L.Ac., Associate Professor
Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Italian from the University of Colorado in 1997 and a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, Califorina in 2003. She has been an English Language instructor in Japan and India, and has taught adaptive and telemark skiing in Alaska and Colorado. Early in her career as an individual practitioner, she pioneered the Carriage House (now the Bridge House) Acupuncture program, which evolved into a Southwest Acupuncture College externship which serves hundreds of low-income and homeless residents annually. In 2013 Amy created a unique partnership between the University of Colorado Athletic Department and Southwest Acupuncture College which allows SWAC Sports Medicine interns the opportunity to work at the on-campus Training Center on the University’s National Champion athletes. Southwest Acupuncture College is the only acupuncture college in the nation to work on Division 1 College Athletes. She has been in private practice in Boulder since 2003 and was the past Vice President and Conference Chair of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado.


Brandon Drouillard, M.S.T.O.M, Dipl. Ac, C.M.T., Associate Professor
Brandon is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego (2003) with a Master of Science and Traditional Oriental Medicine degree and has been practicing the healing arts since becoming a holistic health practitioner and massage therapist in 1999. Brandon also teaches kung fu and has been practicing Hsing-I Chuan kung fu for more than twenty-one years. He is the founder of ColoradoHsing- I.com, a website devoted to the advancement of the internal arts and traditional Oriental medicine. He has practiced acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and massage therapy in a variety of western medical facilities including University of California’s San Diego Sports Medicine RIMAC Center, UCSD Hospital HIV Clinic, Rady’s Children’s Hospital—Hematology and Oncology, Grossmont Medical Center Acupuncture Clinic and more. Brandon’s area of expertise is treating stress, pain, and headaches as well as musculo-skeletal, menstrual, reproductive and digestive disorders.


Mel Drisko, M.A., M.S.T.C.M., Dipl. A.C., Associate Professor
Mel Drisko is a board-certified acupuncturist with over twenty- five years experience in academic and clinical medicine. He completed his Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999. After this, as a Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner at the University of Colorado Hospital from 2001-2008, he performed acupuncture in outpatient and inpatient settings and developed one of the nation's first hospital-based Chinese herbal pharmacies. He has published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine in 2004. Currently he teaches at Southwest Acupuncture College and the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Walter Eddy, B.S., D.O.M., M.T.O.M., L.Ac., DNBAO, Full Professor
Walter received his undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from San Diego State University in 1981 and his degree of Master of Science Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California in 1995. He earned California secondary teaching credential in Biology and Chemistry, and taught Western 
science to underprivileged youth at the Elementary Institute of Science in San Diego, California. In addition Walter is a diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. He is recognized by the Academy for Guided Imagery as a Certified Interactive Imagery Guide. He is board-certified by the NBHA and IMDHA as a medical and clinical hypnotherapist. Walter also has training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, St. Johns Neuromuscular Therapies, and neurolinguistic programming. Walter combines all these modalities with genuine compassion, insight, and respect for his patients to provide the very best in healthcare in his private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Peter Fairfield, B.A., LAc (Swami Premanand), Full Professor
Peter 
received his Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1978. He went on
to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the New College of California in San Francisco in 1981. In 1987 and 1988 Peter received additional clinical education at Xi Yuan Hospital in Beijing China studying traditional Chinese and Western medicine. In 1990, Peter graduated from the Upledger Institute in Cranial-Sacral Therapy and Somato-emotional release. He went on to study Tibetan Medicine at the Hospital of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1993. That same year, he also studied in Chungdu, China at Chungdu Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2003, Peter studied the Medical application of Qi Gong at the Shanghai College of Tradition Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China. Peter has over 45 years of experience in Oriental medicine specializing in transformative and psychiatric issues. Internationally he teaches professional seminars on integrated and Oriental Medical Psychiatry. He is the founder of the Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a seperately licensed department at Pacific College of Naturopathic Medicine in San Rafael, CA, was an acupuncturist at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and toured with many high-end musicians and speakers. He currently has the Tara Center for Health and Happiness in Santa Fe. His book DEEP HAPPY is an international best seller.Elizabeth Fordyce, B.A., D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., L.M.T., Associate


Elizabeth Fordyce, B.A., D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., L.M.T., Associate Professor 
Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, in 1980. She moved to Santa Fe, NM where she graduated from the Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts in 1988 and in 1989 she went on to study sports and emergency medicine at the University of NM. In 1993, she was awarded a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Elizabeth moved to Austin, TX where she lived and worked as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist for 25 years. In 2004, she joined the faculty and clinical staff at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin teaching Dr. Richard Tans’ Balance method and Tung’s Acupuncture for the Acupuncture department where she taught for 15 years. Elizabeth returned to Santa Fe in 2018 and has resumed her work supervising in the student clinic at Southwest Acupuncture College and treating patients in her private practice.


Ann Foster, B.S., M.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Ann earned a B.S. in Secondary Education (Food and Nutrition) in 1972 from Northeast Louisiana University, a second one in Chemistry in 1980 from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an M.S. in Chemistry in 1982. She earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Boulder branch of Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004. Ann has teaching experience in high school chemistry, math, physics, and environmental science and experience in teaching chemistry at the baccalaureate level. She worked within the scientific community for fifteen years before entering acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Ann maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

 


Douglas Frank, B.S., Ed.M., C.M.T., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Douglas Frank received a B.S. in History from the University of Akron in 1972. He then received an Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Kent State University in 1973. He earned his C.M.T. from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in 1982. Douglas then did an acupuncture mentorship with Bob Flaws from 1983 to 1985. He received a Certificate in Acupuncture from Shanghai Acupuncture Center in 1985 and did Chinese herbal medicine study at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine from 1987 to 1990. He received Jin Shin Jyutsu training in Boulder, Colorado from 1992 to 1994, Heart Essence Energy Work in Denver, Colorado from 2001 to 2006, and Bach Flower Training in Boulder, Colorado from 2006 to 2007. Douglas has an extensive and varied work history, but most recently he was an acupuncturist for the Center for Spinal Rehabilitation in Denver, Colorado from 1990 to 1995 and was an acupuncturist for the Colorado Back School in Denver, Colorado from 1987 to 1990. Since 1985, Douglas has maintained a private practice in Oriental medicine in Boulder, Colorado.


Teresa Vergara Flowers, B.S., Associate Professor
Teresa became a certified pharmacy technician in 2002. In 2003, she enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in the Combat Support Hospital at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea. In 2007, she was assigned to the Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio until 2010. Teresa holds an Associates of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland in General Education and a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University. Teresa has worked at Lovelace Women’s Hospital and taught at Brookline College and CNM. Teresa is currently pursuing her Maters degree in Business Administration and Leadership at Grand Canyon University. She currently resides in Rio Rancho, NM and maintains a busy pace by keeping up with her husband and four children.


Jonathan Gimbel, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Dipl.O.M., Associate Professor
Jonathan graduated from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1994 and received a Masters of Acupuncture degree. In 2013 he earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree from Southwest Acupuncture College. He began his studies in Japanese Meridian Therapy with Steven Birch, Junko Ida, Sharon Weizenbaum, and Steven Brown. His postgraduate study includes observation and practice on Shodo-Shima Island, Japan (1994) with Yoshi Ikeda; pulse and abdomen palpation with Shudo Denmai; Shaku-ju Therapy with Kobayashi Sensei; and classical Japanese moxibustion techniques with Junji Mizutani Sensei. Jonathan has been a member of the Toyohari Association of Japan and North America since 2001 after completing the Toyohari training program and has continued yearly study in Japan and the U.S. Jonathan was originally licensed in Washington State and holds a current acupuncture license in New Mexico.


Soma Glick, L.Ac., CHom, D.O.M., Full Professor
Soma is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Herbology and holds a D.O.M. from New Mexico and is a L.Ac. in Colorado as well as a certified Classical Homeopath. After graduating in 1993 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she completed internships in Beijing, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She studied Pediatric Sho-Ni-Shin with Miki Shima (a Japanese Sho-Ni-Shin Master). She has taught with Jake Fratkin at the CSOMA symposium in San Francisco and lectured on treating children with Oriental Medicine at the Boulder Community Hospital. In 2005, she moved to the island of Bali and donated one day a week to the children’s clinic of the Bumi Sehat birthing center in Ubud. She also conducted numerous intensive courses teaching pediatrics and obstetrics to licensed acupuncture practitioners and offering clinics to the poor local Balinese population. In 2013, Soma returned to Boulder and has resumed her position at Southwest Acupuncture College teaching the pediatric class and clinic and reopening her private practice. Soma has been published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine and in Acupuncture Today.

 


Susan Goldstone, M.A., L.Ac, Dipl. Ac, M.S.O.M., Full Professor
Susan graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.S. in Rehabilitation in 1976, then went on to receive a M.A. in Public Administration in 1981. This lead her into Health and Human Services for the next fourteen years working as a counselor and administrator in various capacities in rehabilitation for the physically, mentally, emotionally and financially challenged population. She was also a counselor and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1986-1990. She attended the Body Therapy Institute, North Carolina in 1988 and became a Massage Therapist pursuing an emphasis in CranioSacral Technique through the Upledger Institute. She graduated with an M.S.O.M. degree in 1993 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1993 to 2005, she studied Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis with Leon Hammer, MD and from 1999-2005 taught internationally as a Senior Faculty for Dragon Rises Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis. In 2010, she completed the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with Whitfield Reaves. She currently has a private practice in Ft. Collins, Colorado.


Alexander Love, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., Associate Professor
Alexander offers a synthesis of classical Chinese medicine Five-Element acupuncture, and Cranial Osteopathic principals nested within an evolutionary context. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in classical Chinese medicine through the American University for Complimentary Medicine with 88th generation Taoist priest, Dr. Jeffery Yuen. Alexander develops and teaches curriculum that illuminates the complexity and elegance of classical channel system acupuncture. He draws upon Dr. Yuen’s lineage and weaves that together with modern research in development of consciousness, including Integral Theory and Dr. Terri O’Fallon’s StAGES model. Alexander uses the avenue of teaching to support students to embrace their leadership role within humanity and to invite them to actively participate in the evolution of Chinese medicine. He practices acupuncture and coaching in the Boulder, Colorado area.


Li Lu, B.S., M.S., M.D. (China), L.Ac., Full Professor
Li Lu received a Bachelors Degree in Chinese Medicine from Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1986. He studied at the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received a Masters Degree in TuiNa in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Li Lu worked as a TCM doctor in China from 1986 to 1995 and then taught and practiced in Israel for one year. From 1997 to 2003, he taught at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. From 2005 until the present, Li Lu has owned and operated his private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.


George Mandel, D.O.M., B.S., Dipl. O.M, M.S.O.M., Associate Professor
George is a trained practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004, and has studied at the International Acupuncture Training Center, located in Beijing, China. George is a National Board Certified Diplomate, certified by the National Council for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is also a trained detoxification specialist, certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. He was invited in 2004 to start a NADA detox program at Hoy Recovery Center, in Espanola. George has since worked with the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe as the Drug Court Acupuncture Detox Specialist.


Mary Ellen Marino, Dipl. Ac., D.O.M., Full Professor
Mary Ellen Marino graduated from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine in 1984 and taught at that college for seven years. She works at the national level as a Clean Needle Instructor for CCAOM. She is also contracted as an expert in the field of Energy Medicine by the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine. Mary Ellen serves as a faculty member for the Advisory Board of Southwest Acupuncture College. She has maintained a private practice since 1985.


Nate Mohler, L.Ac., M.S.O.M., B.S., Instructor
Nate graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine in 2000 with a 
B.S. in Natural Health and received his M.S.O.M. from East West College of Natural Medicine in 2003. Nate was the owner of Shuhari Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Sarasota, Florida from 2004 to 2010. He has been a clinician at Meeting Point Community Acupuncture since 2011 and has been an Instructor/Assistant clinical supervisor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver since 2011. He has studied Karate through the Shuri School of Karatedo/Shuhari Martial Arts since 1991 and received his Godan Black Belt in 2011. Nate also teaches Tai Ji through private and community lessons.


Clinic Director - Boulder
Joanne Neville, B.A., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl., C.H., L.Ac., Associate Professor
Joanne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1988 and earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado in 2002. She served on the board of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado for 4-1/2 years and has maintained a private practice in Boulder, Colorado since 2002. She has been the Clinic Director at the Boulder campus since 2008.


Ruth Oliver, DPN, RN, Full Professor
Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit in 1986 and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from San Diego State University in 1997. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. Ruth has worked as a registered nurse for over thirty years at the bedside, in management and IT, and for the last fifteen years in education. Her career began in Michigan moving on to Illinois and Southern California before moving to Santa Fe in 2015. She has taught in Bachelor and Master level programs both face-to-face and online and has worke-d as a hospital educ-ator. Her basic precepts of education are that teaching and learning should be creative and fun.


James Park, D.O.M., P.T., Associate Instructor
James is a board certified physical therapist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine with certification for extended prescriptive authority. He began his rehabilitation medicine training at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and graduated in 1994, earning honors. In 2004, he received his Masters in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a Nationally Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine. Dr. Park has twenty-one years of clinical experience in outpatient physical therapy, pain management, and rehabilitation, and twelve years of experience as an Oriental Medicine practitioner. For the past nine years Dr. Park’s successful practice in Albuquerque focuses on acupuncture treatments and various physical modalities for neuromuscular disorders to relieve pain. In his spare time he is restocking his herbal pharmacy, which offers more that 400 different types of herbs.


Yvette E. Powell, B.A., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH., D.O.M., L.M.T., Instructor
Yvette received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature in 1987. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1996 with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. Yvette has completed an internship at Beijing University of TCM, China. Her practice combines traditional acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and manual therapies. As a holistic practitioner, Yvette is dedicated to providing comprehensive and result oriented treatments to assist each client in their individual healing process. She has maintained a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over thirteen years. Yvette is bilingual in German/English and previously taught at a language school in Berlin, Germany.


Thomas Richardson, L.Ac., Instructor
Thomas is a practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. From 2012-2014, he completed a Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard University where his research focused on the connections between Buddhism, Daoism, and Chinese medicine, as well as trauma, storytelling, and healing. During this time, he was also on the faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture. Thomas has studied pulse diagnosis extensively under Will Morris and is one of a select few who have been authorized to teach this system of pulse diagnosis. He has published numerous articles in various journals of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, both nationally and internationally, and currently maintains an active clinical practice in downtown Boulder.


Rebeccah Rodriguez, D.O.M., M.H.P, Associate Professor
Rebeccah began her educational journey on the East Coast where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University in 1992. She continued on to allopathic medical school until a healing crisis caused her to explore alternative medicine for personal wellness and eventually a career. She studied at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine for two years earning all honors before transferring to the International Institute of Chinese Medicine graduating in 2001. She also earned a Masters in Public Health from University New Mexico in 2006. Rebeccah is a Nationally Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has spent the last fifteen years in clinical practice including private practice, staff provider at University New Mexico Center for Life Integrative and Preventive Clinic, grant implementation of acupuncture (acu-detox settings and breast cancer patients), and community acupuncture. Rebeccah runs the Red Bird Community Acupuncture clinic in Albuquerque's South Valley.


Rachael Rose, M.S.O.M, L.Ac., Associate Professor
Rachael 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.


Campus Director - Santa Fe
Paul R. Rossignol, B.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Paul received his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in East Asian Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2000. His passion for Classical Chinese philosophy lead him to attend the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and later Southwest Acupuncture College  where he graduated with his M.S.O.M in 2005. He has practiced as a D.O.M. privately and as a contracting physician for the University of New Mexico Student Health Center. Paul holds black belt ranking in Aikido as well as master instructors certification in Yang Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing I Chuan. He has instructed Tai Chi Chuan for the University of New Mexico and New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics as well as Southwest Acupuncture College. He currently serves as the President of the Acupuncture Alumni Association of New Mexico and as a board member for the U.S. I Chuan Qigong Association. Paul is the Campus Director of the Santa Fe campus.


David Ruther, D.O.M., Rxl., C.L.M.Trp.T., Dipl. Ch. H., Dipl. Ac.,
Associate Professor David completed his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1992. From 1996-1998 he received OBGYN acupuncture certification training with Bob Flaws. David interned at Dong Zhi Men and Quan Jie Hospitals in Beijing China in 1992 and 1999. He went on to earn his certificate in Injection Therapy and the Evolution of Chinese Medicine in 2006 and in 2008, he completed his studies at the American Institute for Myofascial Studies in Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. In addition to a strong background in TCM, David emphasizes a lot of modern approaches from Dr. Tan, Tung’s acupuncture, and Japanese acupuncture from Kiiko Matsumoto, and Mia Kawai. He incorporates myo-fascial evaluations and acupuncture for musculo-skeletal problems. David uses modern nutritional protocols as well as herbal formulas. He has offered numerous acupuncture presentations and has been an actively practicing clinician for 27 years.


Claudia Sheils, R.N., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
In addition to being an educator, a researcher, and contributor to various medical journals Claudia has a private family practice specializing in pediatrics and healthy aging for seniors. Recently she started treating patients at Pinon Community Acupuncture Clinic and brings her passion in Japanese acupuncture, extensive experience and compassionate care to her patients. Claudia came to Oriental Medicine after thirty-five years in healthcare and human services, including work as a registered nurse resident at University New Mexico Hospitals working with children in long term care. She spent twelve years as a research assistant and co-authored papers published in various medical journals. Claudia is also a special education teacher, a witness manager expert for Major Crime Prosecutions in Canada, and a mental health counselor. All these experiences have been instrumental in contributing to her broad spectrum approach in understanding and dealing with the complexities of individualized healthcare. She shares her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Victoria, British Columbia.


Win Smith, B.S., D.O.M. Full Professor
Win apprenticed with Dr. Hsi-Yu Tao in the late 1970's. He became a licensed acupuncturist in New Mexico with the initial state licensing in 1982, and has served as a licensing examiner with the state's examining board on several occasions. His principal areas of clinical focus have been physical medicine and internal medicine. Win combines modern orthopedic evaluation and physical medicine treatments with traditional Oriental medicine's soft tissue manipulation and “bone setting” techniques to address spinal and other joint dis-articulation maladies and chronic pain syndromes, including sports injuries, trauma from accidents, etc. His focus with regard to internal medicine has been using diet and food based cures of the traditional “Monastery” Diet of Taoist origin for both correction and prevention of degenerative diseases most commonly seen in the clinical setting and responsible for the overwhelming majority of causes of death in Americans today. He also has certification in Naturopathy, Postural Integration, and as a Personal Trainer, and published the book Self Spinal Alignment and Other Life Extension Techniques and accompanying DVD.


Dr. Simone Sturm, DAOM, FABORM, Associate Professor
Simone received her B.A. in 2000 from the University of Southern California. In 2007, she received her Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Professional Studies. In 2011, she received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine and a Certified Childbirth Educator and labor doula. Simon specializes in the treatment of women and children. Her practice includes holistic women's health, fertility, pregnancy, labor and childbirth, postpartum care, and pediatrics. She brings years of clinical experience to her practice and believes in the integration of Eastern and Western medicine to treat disease and maintain wellbeing.


Hiroki Takeda, B.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., Full Professor
Dr. Hiroki Takeda is a Japanese practitioner, specializing in traditional Japanese acupuncture, Oriental physical therapy, and the Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo). He has been studying Shiatsu, a Japanese body therapy, and practicing Qi Gong since 1991. He has received intensive private trainings in Japan on the Japanese meridian therapy acupuncture directly from several master acupuncturists, including Haruki Yoshida, Gen-an Kuzuno, and Kazuto Miyawaki.Dr. Takeda received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Waseda University, Tokyo and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC), Santa Fe, NM. He was awarded scholarships from both of the institutions: Okuma Memorial Scholarship (Waseda University) and Gentle Tiger Scholarship (SWAC). Dr. Takeda has been a faculty member of SWAC since 2012. He is also a guest faculty member of University of New Mexico (UNM), College of Pharmacy and has been a lecturer of complementary and alternative medicine course at UNM since 2014.


Dante Valore, D.O.M., M.S.O.M.,M.A.E.C., L.M.T
Dante is the owner of D. Valore Medical Massage & Oriental Therapies, LLC, who specializes in the art of combining medical massage and Myofascial techniques with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in December of 2014 and began his practice the following summer. Dante also, received a Master of Arts in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, Santa Fe in 2007. He went on to study massage therapy and in 2008, graduated from the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing. Dante has over decade of experience in both the study and application of anatomy, massage therapy, and advanced Myofascial techniques.


Adam Wasserman, M.S.O.M., L.Ac., Instructor
Adam graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is NCCAOM Board Certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine. In addition to Chinese medicine, Adam has studied the Chinese martial art of ba gua zhang extensively. He began his studies in 2003 and has studied several different styles of the art including Gao Yi Sheng style, Li Zi Ming style and Beijing Gao Family style. After graduating, Adam assisted in Tom Bisio’s clinic in Manhattan for two years focusing on the treatment of orthopedic conditions, observing and treating patients using tuina, externally applied herbs, internal herbs and qigong. He is has been teaching Classical Herb Theory and he will be supervising in the clinic.


Tuesday Wasserman, M.S.O.M., L.Ac., Instructor
Tuesday received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2010, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree through the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Tuesday apprenticed with a renowned Seattle women's health practitioner while a student in her master's program. After graduating she continued to immerse herself in all things related to women's health by training to become a doula and breastfeeding counselor. In 2012 she began training in Chinese medicine for labor and started working at Lutheran Hospital in Labor and Delivery and in the Neurology and Orthopedic rehabilitation wards in 2015. In addition to her private practice she now supervises Chinese medicine students at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and at Lutheran Hospital in New York City. She will be teaching the Internal Medicine classes and supervising in the OBGYN Specialty Clinic.


Amanda Wheat, D.O.M., Instructor
Amanda has run a small private practice in Espanola since graduating with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2008. She is a general practitioner treating all diseases and all ages using acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, bodywork, and lifestyle advice. She is a native New Mexican and has always been interested in the local "remedios" used from the plants and "weeds" growing all around her. Her interest in herbal remedies and exposure to acupuncture as teenager led her to a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Honora Wolfe, CMT, Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Full Professor
Honora was founding director at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (1976-1980) and studied Tui Na massage at the Shanghai College of TCM during 1984-1986. Completing her acupuncture training in 1988, Ms. Wolfe taught at many national and regional acupuncture colleges and conferences in North America and Europe. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Prince Wen Hui’s Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy, How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Birth with Chinese Medicine, Managing Menopause Naturally with Chinese Medicine, Better Breast Health Naturally with Chinese Medicine, Points for Profit: The Essential Guide to Practice Success for Acupuncturists, The Successful Chinese Herbalist, and most recently is co-author of Western Physical Exam Skills for Practitioners of Asian Medicine.


Michael Young, B.A., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Full Professor
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Asian Religions from the Occidental College in 1985. He then spent two years studying acupuncture and Oriental healing systems in Japan. In 1990 Michael graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He was the Founder, Executive Director, and Clinical Director of the Immune Enhancement Project, the first Chinese medical clinic to obtain federal funding for low income patient care in San Francisco from 1990 to 1993. In 2000, he received advanced clinical training in Beijing, China. Areas of special interest for Michael are treatment of chronic pain, immune system dysfunction, and the integration of detoxification and weight loss protocols with Japanese Kampo detoxification formulas. He is also certified in homotoxicology through HEEL, Inc. He is a senior student of Dr. Miki Shima, having studied with him from 1993 to 2005.


B. Tony Zayner, D.N., MSEd., M.S.O.M., C.M.T., C.H., Associate Professor
Tony lived and worked in China for twelve years where he studied Mandarin, Tai Chi, Tui Na, Thai massage, Chinese Medicine, painting, and calligraphy. When he returned from China in 2000 and he graduated from the Soma Institute for clinical massage in 2001. In 2004 he was certified as a Clinical Hypnotist by the Liedecker Institute. In 2005 he graduated from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with a BSN and MSOM in Chinese Medicine. He graduated from the National College of Naprapathic Medicine in 2009. Tony Zayner has taught at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine from 2006-2011 and at National College of Naprapathic Medicine and is practicing as a Naprapath in Albuquerque, New Mexico.