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Boulder 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.


Katherine Altneu, L.Ac., 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 SWAC in Boulder. Katherine is the founder and clinic director of The Point.


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 in 1992, but decided her heart was only in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and graduated from CSTCM in 1995. Mei Lie began teaching at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2000. She  finished her a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2005. After 20 years of private practice and 15 years teaching she was selected to be a group leader for the Southwest Acupuncture College China trip to Harbin in 2015.


Kandace Cahill, B.S., DAOM, FABORM, L.A.c., Associate Professor
Kandace Cahill earned her Doctorate in Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental  Medicine in 2012 with advanced specialization in women’s health. She graduated with her Master’s in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder in 2006 and is a member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She is the founder/clinic director of Well Woman Acupuncture, in Boulder, Colorado, a clinic devoted to the treatment of infertility and women’s health complaints. To date, she has published in three peer-reviewed TCM journals. 


Carol Conigliaro, B.A., Dipl., Ac., L. Ac., Associate Professor
Carol Conigliaro 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. 


Damiana Corca, Dipl.O.M., L.Ac., Instructor
Damiana Corca is a Licensed Acupuncturist focusing on sleep disorders with a practice in Boulder and Denver, CO. She graduated with summa cum laude from 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 enhance the sleep medicine field by providing clear evidence that acupuncture is highly effective for sleep disorders.


Deborah Corradino, B.A., M.P.H., Dipl. O.M., L. Ac., Associate Professor
Deborah Corradino 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. Deborah has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.


Nate Cuddihy-Garner, M.S., L.M.T., C.E.S., Associate Professor
Nate Cuddihy-Garner brings an extensive background in massage therapy, athletics, martial arts, and personal training. He holds a Master’s 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 15 years in both Seattle and Boulder.


Amy Dickinson, B.A, MTCM, Dipl. Ac, NCCAOM, L. Ac, Associate Professor
Amy Dickinson received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Italian from the University of Colorado in 1997 and a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA 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 and 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.


Fan Dongming, Ph.D. TCM (China), M.D. (China), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Full Professor
Fan Dongming received his Masters degree in 1993 and Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1998 from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China. He is an honorary professor of Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He has been working for the past twenty-two years as a Chinese Medicine doctor and has experience in treating difficult diseases, such as post-stroke, GBS, MS, pain management, diabetics, heart diseases, and cancers. Dongming was a clinical supervisor and teacher at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado from 2003 to 2008. Fan Dongming has published 37 papers in well-known journals of TCM. He is the chief author in two of the eleven TCM books he published. He has received national and province prizes, and two national patents in China. He was associate secretary of China TCM Association Prescription Branch from 2000 to 2003.


Mel Drisko, M.A., M.S.T.C.M.,Dipl.A.C, Associate Professor
Mel Drisko is a board-certified acupuncturist with over 25 years experience in academic and clinical medicine. He completed his master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999. After this, he has served as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner at the University of Colorado Hospital from 2001-2008, performing 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.


Brandon Drouillard, M.S.O.M, Dipl.Ac, C.M.T., Associate Professor
Brandon Drouillard is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. He graduated in 2003 with a Master of Science and Traditional Oriental Medicine degree and has been practicing the healing arts for almost two decades now 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 21 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.


Ann Foster, B.S., M.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., L. Ac., Associate Professor
Ann Foster 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 four years teaching experience in high school chemistry, math, physics, and environmental science and eight years 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.


Douglas Frank, B.S., Ed.M., C.M.T., Dipl. Ac., L. Ac., Instructor
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.


Dr. Carole A. Gedenberg, MD, Instructor
Dr. Gedenberg is Board-certified Pediatrician. She earned her undergraduate degree at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and she attended medical school at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her residency was at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology from Colorado College, and during her last year there, she had the chance to study abroad in Eastern Europe. After finishing college she returned to the Czech Republic to complete medical school at Palacky University.  She loved the European way of life and approach to healthcare; they were much more holistic and well-rounded than she was used to seeing in the US, and that really spoke to her.  They also take their time speaking with and examining the patients, rather than relying on laboratory testing to give them a diagnosis.  She has carried those skills forward into residency, and saw that it set her apart from other doctors.  After a year of traveling, she completed her residency at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY.  Dr. Carole later worked in Pediatric Urgent Care in Lindenhurst, NY, before moving back home to Boulder to start Doctor At Your Door LLC. Dr. Gedenberg will be teaching Western Medical Pathology.


Soma Glick,  L.Ac., CHom, D.O.M., Full Professor
Soma Glick 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 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 was a professor at the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado from 1998 to 2005 where she developed and taught the Pediatric Acupuncture course. In 2003, Soma started teaching weekend seminars on pediatric acupuncture around the world. 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. She was invited to speak on healing and spirituality in India and Singapore. 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 professor 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, L. Ac, Dipl. Ac, M.S.O.M., M.A., Instructor
Susan Goldstone 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 14 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.


Ted Hall, B.A., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac., Full Professor
Ted Hall specializes in Japanese styles of acupuncture and bodywork. Ted 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 (1989), and his New Mexico license and NCCA 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.

 


Valerie Hobbs, B.G.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., L.Ac., Full Professor
Valerie Hobbs received a diploma in acupuncture from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado in 1995 and was certified in Traditional Chinese Medical Gynecology from Blue Poppy Seminars in 1997. She finished the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2007. Before studying acupuncture, she was a Registered Midwife in the state of Colorado and maintained a private practice in midwifery from 1979 to 1995. Additionally, she was licensed as an EMT-Paramedic and worked on rural ambulance service in Ohio from 1983-1986. She specializes in TCM gynecology and sports acupuncture, and was one of two acupuncturists who worked at the Olympic Village in Atlanta in 1996. She was formerly the editor of the Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, and served as the association’s Vice-President 2001-2004. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Valerie is the Director of Program Development at Southwest Acupuncture College.


Jennifer Leonard, M.S.M.B.M, L. Ac., Instructor
Jennifer Leonard has been practicing acupuncture for 9 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 Lewis 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, O.M.D. 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. Laurel teaches Medical Terminology, Pharmacology and supervises clinic for the Boulder Campus. She also maintains a private practice in the Boulder-Longmont area.


Alexander Love, MSAc., L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., Associate Professor
Alexander Love 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. Students are encouraged to develop a phenomenological and relational approach to learning, where direct perception and the spirit of life are embraced as the heart of practitioner development. Alexander uses the avenue of teaching to support students to embrace their leadership role within humanity and to invite them to actively participant in the evolution of Chinese medicine. He practices acupuncture and coaching in the Boulder, Colorado area.


Li Lu, B.S., M.S., TCM, 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. Li Lu worked as a TCM doctor in China from 1986 to 1995 and then taught and practiced in Israel for a year. From 1997 to 2003, he taught at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and from 2003 to 2005 he had a practice in Longmont, Colorado. From 2005 until the present, he has owned and operated his private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.


Tristan McCoy, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., L. Ac., Associate Professor
Tristan McCoy graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995 and has a private practice in Ft. Collins, Colorado. 

 


Nate Mohler, L. Ac., M.S.O.M., B.S., Instructor
Nate Mohler 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. Nate 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.


Joanne Neville, B.A., Dipl. Ac., Dipl., C.H., L. Ac., Associate Professor
Joanne Neville received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1988. Joanne 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 teaches Point Location, supervises clinic and has been the Clinic Director at the Boulder campus since 2008.


Thomas Richardson, M.Ac.O.M, L.Ac., Instructor
Thomas Richardson is a practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. He received his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.) from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin in 2010. From 2012-2014, Thomas 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, Ph.D., DAOM, L.Ac, 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.


Randi L. Savage, RN, MS, Lic. Ac., Associate Professor
Randi Savage is an acupuncturist, an RN and a massage therapist.  Randi earned her Master’s in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and her Licentiate of Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture (ITEA) in 2006. She is Nationally Certified and holds a Colorado Acupuncture License. Randi received a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 1987. In 1992 she earned her Masters in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a former Nationally Certified massage therapist. In 2001, she received her Integral Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor Certificate from the International Integral Qigong & Tai Chi Institute at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. She is the founder and Unit Coordinator of the Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps, the first all acupuncture medical reserve corps in the United States. Randi will be teaching Western Physical Exam and Diagnosis.


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 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 25 years. He has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.


Debby Shapiro, B.S.N., L. Ac., Associate Professor
Debby Shapiro 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 has recently completed a 2-year course on the five-element aspect of herbs called The Emotional and Spiritual Functions of Herbs. She has been an instructor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She is a past-president (1997-1999) of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and maintains a private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.


Albert Stern, L. Ac., MSAOM, LMT, Instructor
Albert Stern 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. 


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 in order to treat disease and maintain well-being.


Michelle Uthoff M.S.O.M, L.Ac, Instructor
Michelle Uthoff is a graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College-Boulder Campus, and has had a private practice in Denver since 2002. Her specialties include Stress disorders/PTSD, Pediatrics, Auricular acupuncture, and Functional Medicine. Michelle was featured on FOX-31for her work in Pediatrics, and has served on the Colorado Health Fraud Conference representing Acupuncture. She is the referred acupuncturist for Partners in Pediatrics, Neurological Consultants, and Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers. When not working, she is busy raising two fun and energetic kids, and going to many rock concerts and hockey games with her husband.


Suzanne Williamson, DC, CCSP, Associate Professor
Suzanne Williamson is trained as a chiropractor at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California, graduating in 1992 magna cum laude and valedictorian of her class. She integrated sports care more fully into her practice in 2001 after completing the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado – Boulder.  She ran her own chiropractic clinic in Boulder for 17 years before moving to Mexico in 2009.  There, she had a clinic in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and in Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro. The opportunity to work in another culture and language was a tremendous and expanding experience.  Suzanne has taught western science courses since 2001 at a Colorado acupuncture school, Front Range Community Colllege and now at Boulder Massage Therapy Institute. Her goal is to educate practitioners so that they can understand the science behind what they are seeing and touching, and can communicate well with their clients and other practitioners. With her many years as a health care provider she has a wealth of first hand experience to share about what may be seen in her students’ future work, making her classes interesting as well as informative. Suzanne will be teaching Anatomy and Physiology.


Honora Wolfe, CMT, Dipl. Ac., L. Ac., Full Professor
Honora Wolfe was founding director at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (1976-1980) and  studied tuina 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 Young received his Bachelor of Arts in Asian Religions from 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 through 2005.


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 athlete pain and injury. She is a co-author of several Chinese medicine text books published in China. Jiayu has taught in the United States since 1998. She has been in private practice in Boulder since 2001, specializing herbal medicine and pain management.