Valerie Hobbs, Director of Program Development
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.
Heather Lang, Campus Director
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Heather started working at SWAC in 2008. She loves meeting the students for the first time and walking with them through their education at SWAC. She is passionate about the medicine and excited to make each students’ experience at SWAC the best possible. She is also passionate about golf and family time.
Joanne Neville, Clinic Director
Joanne originally hails from the east coast, mainly New York and New Jersey, coming to Boulder for the first time in the early 80s and knowing it was home. She is a SWAC alumni, graduating from the Boulder campus in 2002. Since graduating she has been in private practice and has come through the ranks at SWAC, first as a TA, then teaching and supervising clinics and has been the Clinic Director since August 2007. She is on campus to help with any clinical questions and keeps things running smoothly in clinic. In her off time she loves to participate in Yoga Fit & Jazzercise classes, hiking and riding her motorcycle in the fabulous Colorado sunshine.
Corine Danchik, Academic Dean
Corine Danchik is a licensed acupuncturist and has received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been with SWAC for 2 wonderful years. In her roll as the Academic Dean, Corine helps students navigate through the Masters program by creating individual degree plans for each student, hires qualified and amazing faculty to teach the students and supports students as they experience “life” while in school. Corine loves to see her students grow on their journey through the program. It amazes her every semester as the students graduate and seeing how far they have come. It gives her great pleasure to be able to address her former students as colleagues. In her free time, she enjoys raising her 3 beautiful girls, playing outside as much as possible and competing in a race or two when time allows.
Rhonda Cooper, Clinic Manager and Recruitment Coordinator
Rhonda began working at SWAC in 2014. The second she walked through the doors, she knew this was the place she was suppose to be. After working in the clinic for a year, Rhonda expanded her role to include recruitment. In the clinic setting, her favorite thing is watching students grow into confident practitioners, while recruitment brings her joy by meeting people who are excited to start their path in this medicine. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys playing with her little people, hiking, and dark chocolate.
Cindy Bedell, Disability Coordinator
Cindy has been enjoying the sunshine and outdoor activities of Colorado since moving here from Ohio after graduate school. She has worked at SWAC since November of 2013. Cindy has previously worked as a community mental health counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, and Disability Coordinator at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She recently completed a certificate in teaching English as a Second Language and tutors English.
Carole A. Wilson, Administrative Director
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Carole lived in North Carolina before moving to beautiful Colorado. She is very excited about her new position and anxious to assist and get to know the students of SWAC! In her free time, she and her husband are retired racing greyhound adoption advocates and having fun exploring their new home!
Addie Hargett, Administrative Assistant
Addie is a Colorado native. She went to school for ASL and fell in love with community and the history of the deaf. She loves working with kids and spending time with her family. Hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring the mountains are some of her favorite activities. She also enjoys crafting and traveling. Right now she is working on a 100 things challenge, so she is painting 100 mini canvases. She is so excited to be in this new community of the SWAC and is looking forward to learning more and more.
Pam Weimer, Clinic Receptionist
Pam has previously worked in various medical offices for 18 years, before taking a break to shift her focus and become a yoga instructor. Realizing that she wanted to get back into the medical world, but with a more holistic focus, Pam jumped at the chance to work with us. Pam brings enthusiasm, a wealth of knowledge, and a fantastic warmth to our clinic.
Karry Jones, Librarian
Lauren Zimmerman, Clinic Receptionist
New Mexico Staff
Paul Rossignol, Campus Director
Paul Rossignol 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.
Melanie Richardson, Clinic Director
Melanie Richardson 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.
Susan Chaney, Academic Dean
Originally from Montana, Susan has cultivated the interest in cultural expression into a life long passion of learning. After living in Tennessee, Georgia, Washington, California, and Arizona, she has found Santa Fe to be a place to call home. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology and Spirituality, and was later followed by a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology and Mythology, which allowed an exploration into the individual stories we choose to live by. She began working at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2015 and enjoys hearing the goals and triumphs of each student. In her free time you will find her in her garden, reading, or engaging in the active imagination with her son.
Angela Anaya, Financial Aid Director
Originally from Texas, Angela started working at SWAC in 2008, she moved to Albuquerque in 2003 after living on Phoenix, AZ for 3 1/2 years. She enjoys assisting prospective and current students to understand and apply for Financial Aid so that they can achieve their goal of pursuing a life in Oriental Medicine, Angela enjoys hiking and hanging with friends around Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Cecily Martin, Admissions & Alumni Director
Cecily grew up in Chicago and started working at SWAC in 2013, twenty years after falling in love with the City Different on a family trip. She loves hearing from prospective students how their paths led them to Oriental medicine and from alumni about the exciting things they do with their SWAC education. In her free time, Cecily enjoys playing Scrabble and cycling around Santa Fe.
Vanessa Tapia, Clinic Manager
Vanessa takes pride in our students and strives for great customer service. Vanessa is always most willing to provide you with assistance and support. If she doesn’t have an answer she will find you someone who does.
Charles Rountree, Chief Financial Officer
After years of dreaming of life in Santa Fe, Charles moved from Alabama to become the CFO of Southwest Acupuncture College in 2014. His focus is marshaling resources to insure the College provides an excellent education for the next generation of practitioners. Charles is active in the community as a volunteer, enjoys biking and exploring New Mexico.
Angela Prull, Front Desk and Clinic Reception
A native of Wisconsin but hailing most recently from Oregon, this former Pastry Chef has landed at SWAC.
She enjoys being of service to both students and patients, helping make lives easier whenever possible. In her free time, Angela enjoys baking and spending time in the backcountry of New Mexico with her family.
Sophia Bungay, Administrative Assistant
Originally from Los Angeles, Sophia cultivated her creative talent from being an artist daughter into her passion for film and media. For a few years between film schools and family adventures she had a nomadic lifestyle, finally settling down in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Professional Certificate in Media and Film from Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is working on developing her own production company Wickedly Driven Media. When she is not in the Administrative offices helping things run smoothly, she is riding her Tennessee Walking horse, hanging out with her two Maine Coon cats, or making plans to develop her land in Lincoln County into a writer’s retreat.
Charley Seavey, Chief Librarian
Charley has been a librarian for over 40 years, and finds it a vast source of entertainment. At SWAC he oversees both the Santa Fe and Boulder libraries in terms of overall policy, and database management. He runs the Santa Fe campus library directly, making book purchases, and keeping things up to date.