New Mexico 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Abbate, D.O.M.
Anthony has specialized in business management and public relations for various health organizations since 1973. At that time, he also began his study of the healing arts, with a concentration in western herbs and nutrition, which led to training in traditional Oriental medicine. He graduated from the acupuncture program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in 1983 and completed advanced studies at Southwest Acupuncture College in 1988. Anthony is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico and President of Southwest Acupuncture College. From 1989-1996, he served as President of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), the national organization that contributes to the development of professional programs in the field of Oriental medicine.
Skya Abbate, M.A., D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., 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 in 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.
Skya is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico, Executive Director of Southwest Acupuncture College with three campuses in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, 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.
In addition to this text Skya is the author of five other books: Beijing: The New Forbidden City (Southwest Acupuncture College Press, 1991), Holding the Tiger’s Tail: An Acupuncture Techniques Manual in the Treatment of Disease (Southwest Acupuncture College Press, 1996), The Art of Palpatory Diagnosis in Oriental Medicine (Churchill Livingstone, 2001), also published in Italian in 2004 as Palpazione Diagnostica in Medicina Orientale, Chinese Auricular Acupuncture (CRC Press, 2004) and Advanced Techniques in Oriental Medicine (Thieme, 2006). She has 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. One final text is in progress on point energetics, along with a book of poetry and numerous Catholic inspirational short stories, a nonfiction novel and a catechetical work. Her scholarship and knowledge of the field has made her a sought after book proposal reviewer for Elsevier, Taylor and Francis, Mosby and other medical publishers.
With twenty five years of private practice, teaching and writing she is well-prepared clinically and didactically to have published her numerous journal articles and books in just the last ten years making her one of the most qualified, respected and prolific writers in Oriental medicine in the Western world.
Skya teaches needle technique, diagnosis and Japanese acupuncture systems at Southwest Acupuncture College. She also has a private practice integrating classical Chinese treatment with her sub-specialty in Japanese acupuncture.For relaxation she raises fancy goldfish and writes poetry about them.
Faculty, New Mexico
Debra Boehme, Ph.D., D.O.M., LPCC, CSIM Instructor, NM DMAT Team Member, Instructor
Deb Boehme joined the college as a clinical supervisor. 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 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 20+ 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. She teaches the Basic Life Support CPR/AED classes and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Hilary Broadbent, B.A., Ph.D., D.O.M., Instructor
Hilary Broadbent received a Bachelor of Arts degree 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 in the United Kingdom, she returned to the United States to study acupuncture, first at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Tucson, and then at the Albuquerque campus of Southwest Acupuncture College, where she earned her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine in 2003. Hilary teaches Taiji Quan and Qi Gong privately and has an acupuncture practice in Albuquerque. She currently teaches several courses in the Chinese herbology sequence at both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses, and supervises in the student clinic.
Brian Carey, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Instructor Brian Carey has run a private acupuncture and herbal clinic on Albuquerque’s Westside since 2005 where he practices Classical Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, as well as providing Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal therapy. He graduated in 2004 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. He has 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. He teaches Chinese Herbal Medicine and supervises in the student clinic.
Sangsoon Chang D.O.M., M.S.O.M., Dip. O.M., Instructor
Dr. Chang has been practicing since 2006. He uses both traditional Chinese Medicine and Korean Hand Therapy in his private practice in Albuquerque, NM. He practices part-time and manages a retail clothing business as well. He is a skilled clinician with a thriving practice and is an experienced businessman. Dr. Change supervises clinic at the Albuquerque Campus.
Yu Shu Cheng, M.S., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., D.O.M., Full Professor
Yu Shu Cheng completed her undergraduate studies at Chang Chun College of Acupuncture, graduating in 1983, with a Master’s 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 7 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 20 journals and 10 books on these subjects. Yu Shu currently has a private practice in Los Alamos where she specializes in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. She supervises student clinic and teaches Materia Medica at the Santa Fe campus.
Roddey Cohn, D.O.M., Dipl. Ac, Dipl. C.H., M.S.O.M., Associate Professor
Roddey Cohn began her career as a healer studying bodywork and gestalt therapy at Esalen Institute in the early 1980s. She has worked extensively with athletes and was the massage therapist for the Austin ballet company in the mid-1990s. Her bodywork style is best described as a combination of deep tissue structural rehabilitation and cranio-sacral work. She graduated from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin in 1997 with an emphasis on Tai Chi/Chi Gong. Dr. Cohn has been in private practice for 15 years and incorporates custom herbal formulas, Chi Gong and structural bodywork into her acupuncture practice. She teaches Point Energetics, Internal Medicine, Herb Review and supervises clinics in both acupuncture and herbal treatment at the Santa Fe campus.
Dr. Teresa L. Crosier, M.S.O.M, D.O.M., Dipl. C.M., Dipl. Ac., Associate Professor
Teresa L. Crosier, D.O.M. maintains a private practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1999. She has studied herbal medicine for over 45 years, since she was a child; building on plant knowledge passed down for generations, and has over 35 years of practical clinical experience with medicinal plants in the U.S., Mexico, and Belize. Her work encompasses traditional healing techniques of her ancestors of Native American and African descent, which emphasize the fact that everything is imbued with a life force, and therefore acknowledges the Spirit of the plants in their use as medicine. Her work as an herbalist is acknowledged in Eliseo Torres’ book, CURANDERO, A Life in Mexican Folk Healing. Her holistic healing practice includes working with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs through the use of Esoteric Acupuncture, an inclusive system that uses the chakras as a pathway to higher levels of consciousness in order to address spiritual imbalances that affect the physical body. She teaches herbal workshops through UNM Continuing Education, and Esoteric Acupressure classes to body workers and energy practitioners. She teaches an elective course in Esoteric Acupuncture at the Albuquerque campus.
Walter Eddy, B.S., D.O.M., M.T.O.M, L. Ac. DNBAO, Full Professor
Walter Eddy 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 a 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, NM. He supervises clinic in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Dr. Bevonnie Garuti, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Bevonnie Garuti received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Central Connecticut State University. She worked with the severely mentally ill and homeless populations following her graduation. These experiences led her to an interest in the mind-body connection, to different types of healing, and ultimately to Traditional Chinese Medicine. After graduating from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2005, she began treating patients with conditions of altered metabolism, particularly hormonal imbalances and thyroid disease. Dr. Garuti's treatment style focuses on empowering patients to embrace lifestyle changes, and helping patients to help themselves. She also specializes in offering supportive care for patients fighting breast cancer. She currently practices in Corrales N.M.
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, & Steven Brown. His postgraduate study includes observation and practice on Shodo-Shima Island, Japan (1994) with Yoshi Ikeda (trans. Jingei Pulse Diagnosis); 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. He also teaches Tai Chi Chuan and continues to train in and teach Qi Gong with Master Zhongxian Wu. N Dr. Gimbel teaches elective classes on specialty topics at the Santa Fe Campus.
Ilse Hernandez-Allen, D.O.M., B.S., M.S.O.M., Associate Professor
Ilse Hernandez-Allen received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah in 1993. She has worked in the fitness industry with an emphasis in biomechanics and motor learning. Ilse received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2000 and has maintained a private practice specializing in movement development with a special interest in sports, children and infants. In addition, she is a Craniosacral Therapy practitioner. Ilse is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sports Psychology. She teaches CranioSacral Acupuncture and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Jesse Hoover, M.S.O.M., DOM, Dipl.OM, Instructor
Jesse Hoover is a graduate of the University of Delaware Honors Program with a degree in philosophy. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2006 with a MS in Oriental Medicine, and in the same year completed a 200 hour apprenticeship in advanced diagnosis and Chinese herbal medicine. After this followed years of clinical work--and additional study--working with diverse patient populations and conditions. Dr. Hoover’s principle expertise is in Chinese internal medicine, with a special interest in digestive disorders. He often consults modern scientific research to provide the most up to date understanding and application of Chinese medicine. He is a frequent guest lecturer and also served on the Board of Trustees at Southwestern College. He currently teaches Herb Clinic at the Santa Fe Campus.
Dr. Paul Jenks, B.A., M.A., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., L.P.A.T., Instructor
Paul is a native New Mexican who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1985 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. Paul then pursued a Masters in Art Education/Therapy and graduated in 1988 with his M.A. Paul has nearly 25 years of experience in the Healing Arts with a vast array of experience in various mental health settings serving very diverse client populations, age groups, and diagnoses. Much of Paul’s work has focused on those recovering from significant traumas. Seeking more tools to help these individuals, Paul attended the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and graduated in 2002. Since this time Paul has maintained a successful private practice here in Albuquerque and continues to further his knowledge by pursuing trainings in Classical Chinese Medicine. Paul is a supervisor in the clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Patrick Ingram, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Patrick Ingram received his Masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, NM in 2004 and has been practicing the traditional Chinese martial arts of Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, Tai Ji Quan, and the Southern Shaolin system of Bak Mei Fut Gar Kuen for over 20 years. He is an ordained Buddhist priest in the Chan Buddhist Order of Xu Yun and teaches meditation and Chinese Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. He teaches elective classes and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Eden Kark, D.O.M., M.S.O.M., B.H.Sc.(Acupuncture), Dipl. Ac. & C.H., N.L.Ppract, L.M.T., R.M.T.I., Associate Professor
Eden Kark has been practicing Oriental medicine and Healing Arts for more than twenty years. His formal studies of Chinese medicine between 1997 and 2002 include a Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture from Australia and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2002. Dr. Kark has been an instructor and clinic supervisor at Southwest Acupuncture College since 2003. He has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microsystems, and Point Location. He has accompanied students to Beijing University of TCM three times. In addition, Dr. Kark is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and has taught manual therapies, Thai Massage, and various sciences at massage school and in the workshop setting. Further studies include Western medical science, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, counseling, Buddhist meditation and Taoist Internal arts. Dr. Kark maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He teaches Chinese Medical Theory and Differentiation of Disease I and II at the Santa Fe Campus.
Denise LaRosa, M.S.O.M., Dip. Ac., L. Ac., Full Professor
Denise LaRosa received her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine in 1996 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Denise began teaching at Southwest Acupuncture College in 1998 and then supervising the clinics in 2000. She specialized in the Women’s Health Clinic and supervised externships at the Women’s Battered Shelter and the La Familia Center. In 2003 she accepted the positions of Clinic Director and Campus Director until 2007. She then continued her studies in Esoteric Acupuncture and opened her practice at Sanjevani Integrative Medicine Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Denise now holds the position of Dean of Education and faculty member at The Ayurvedic Institute where she is assisting the Institute in the development of a Master’s Degree Program. She teaches Practice Management and Medical Ethics at the Santa Fe campus and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Li Li, D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., M.D. (China), Full Professor
Li Li received her M.D. degree from Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine (CUCM) in 1983. She taught and practiced Chinese Medicine at CUCM and its hospital for 17 years (1983-2000), holding the position of Associate Professor and the Director of the Education and Research Department of Acupuncture. She is a member of the Chinese National Association of Acupuncture, the recipient of awards for the Excellent Teacher at the University and the Excellent Specialist of TCM in China. Her research includes the effects of acupuncture on immunity and the treatment of male diseases with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. She is the author of one book and fourteen articles. Li taught acupuncture and lectured on Chinese Medicine in Germany in 1997. From 2000 to 2003 she served on the faculty and as clinic director at the Santa Fe International Institute of Chinese Medicine. She joined Southwest Acupuncture College faculty in 2003, she teaches Techniques of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Pediatric Differentiation of Diseases, Chinese Medical Theory, and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
George Mandel, D.O.M., B.S., Dipl. O.M, M.S.O.M., Instructor
George Mandel 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. He is knowledgeable in a variety of healing modalities that together constitute Oriental medicine. This includes acupuncture, Chinese and Japanese diagnostic techniques, moxibustion, tuina (Chinese medical massage), herbal formulas, and Chinese nutritional therapy. Dr. Mandel 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. Dr. Mandel 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. He is teaching student clinic at the Santa Fe campus.
Janet Padma Mandell, B.A., M.Ac., D.O.M., D.A.O.M. Candidate, Associate Professor
Janet Padma Mandell has been in private practice in Santa Fe for over twenty years, after receiving her Master’s in Acupuncture from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1991. She specializes in Japanese meridian therapy style, treating adults and children with comfortable, relaxing treatments and a heartfelt, energetic connection. She also integrates classical homeopathy into her practice. She continues to study with her primary teacher, T. Koei Kuwahara, and other modern masters of acupuncture in Japan. Janet received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1984, and a certificate in western herbology from the California School of Herbal Studies in 1986. She also holds diplomas from the Academy for the Advancement of Homeopathy (1996), and the Homeopathic Master Clinician Course (2002). Currently Janet is a doctoral candidate at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where her research focuses on policy affecting the integration of acupuncture into community health settings. She teaches Needle Technique Practicum, Japanese Meridian Therapy Practicum, and supervises clinics at the Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses.
Paulette Marin, B.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Paulette Marin holds a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe in 2002. She had her B.S. in Education from Worcester State College in 1970. Paulette specializes in women’s health care, OB/GYN, pain management, oncology, cosmetic acupuncture, and spiritual and emotional health. She is also trained in Reiki, Healing Touch, Medical Qi Gong and Chi Nei Tsang. She is a Doula (Birthing Assistant) currently affiliated with the Doula Program at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. She formerly taught Birthing Classes and was a Lactation Counselor in Boston from 1972 to 1988. During that time and until entering Southwest Acupuncture College in 1999, Paulette was engaged in a twenty-year career in public housing management in Massachusetts and Alaska. She has practiced Tai Chi Chuan and various forms of Qi Gong since 1991. She has a private practice in Santa Fe and the Lone Butte area. She teaches Cosmetic Acupuncture and supervises clinic at the Santa Fe campus.
Mary Ellen Marino, Dipl. Ac., D.O.M., N.D., 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. Mary Ellen received her N.D. in 1993 from the Clayton College of Natural Healing and in 1988 graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. 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, is a clinic supervisor and the Clinic Director of the Santa Fe campus. She has maintained a private practice since 1985.
Jeffrey Meyer, D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Associate Professor
Jeffrey Meyer graduated from the Inochi Institute in 1994. He is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine specializing in acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation and sports related injuries as well as substance abuse and stress related conditions. His dedication to the treatment of teenage substance abuse has led to numerous lectures before the New Mexico Health Department as well as establishing a non-profit organization dedicated to serving medically underserved areas of New Mexico. He is a clinic supervisor at the Santa Fe campus and an instructor of Oriental Physical Therapy, and Tai Qi. In 2006, Dr. Meyer was granted full hospital privileges at Christus St. Vincent Hospital were he treats patients primarily in the in-patient rehabilitation wing as well as supervising acupuncture interns.
Jaclyn M. Oddi, B.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Jaclyn Oddi received her B.A. from Indiana University in Physical Anthropology with a minor in Italian Studies. She also focused on Italian Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and has spent a considerable amount of time studying Classical Chinese. Jaclyn received her M.S.O.M. from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2003. Jaclyn is the sole practitioner at East Mountain Acupuncture in Cedar Crest and lives on a small nearly sustainable dairy farm in the east mountains. She teaches Point Location at the Albuquerque campus.
Dr. Baran Nostrapour, MD (Iran) L.Ac., D.O.M, Dipl. Ac., CH., MS. Science,
Baran Nostrapour is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine since 2011 and has been in a private practice in Berkeley California since. She is an M.D from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and is has been licensed to practice medicine in Iran since 2001. After moving to United States in 2001, she pursued studying her long time passion, theoretical physics. She has a Masters degree in theoretical particle physics from University of Arizona. Through her study of physics, vipassana meditation, martial arts and Qi Gong, she understands that the elementary structure of the Universe as we know, and human beings as its' fractal, consisting of vibrational energy fields. She practices integrative medicine combining Oriental Medicine with her knowledge of Western Medicine and Sciences.
Susan Plourde, D.O.M, Instructor
Susan Plourde is a professional healthcare provider in private practice since 1997, when she received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque. 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. Susan is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Classical Chinese Medicine at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles, California. She continues her post-graduate education by attending acupuncture, traditional and classical Chinese medicine, and nutritional seminars. She supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Yvette E. Powell, B.A., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH., D.O.M., L.M.T.
Dr. Yvette Powell received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature in 1987. She graduated from Southwestern Acupuncture College in 1996 with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. She is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of New Mexico. 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 13 years. Yvette is bilingual in German/English and previously taught at a language school in Berlin, Germany. She supervises the clinic at the Santa Fe campus.
Amber Reynolds D.O.M., M.S.O.M., Instructor
Dr. Reynolds is currently a staff physician at Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center. She specializes in Integrative Oncology, using Naturopathic and Oriental Medicine to assist in the treatment of Cancer patients. Dr. Reynolds attended Trinity College of Natural Health, Dallas College of Oriental Medicine, graduated from the Santa Fe campus of Southwest Acupuncture College. She has specialized training in acupuncture, nutrition and botanical/herbal therapies for patients undergoing cancer treatment and patients recovering from cancer. Dr. Reynolds supervises the Oncology Clinic Externship at Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center in Santa Fe.
Paul R. Rossignol, B.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Paul Rossignol received his B.A. in Philosophy and East Asian studies from the University of New Mexico in 2000. Paul’s passion for Classical Chinese philosophy lead him to attend the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and later Southwest Acupuncture College. Since graduating with an Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2005, he has practiced as a D.O.M., worked as a consultant, and instructed Tai Chi Chuan for UNM and the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. Paul has also trained in Aikido beginning in 1995 and Tai Chi Chuan since 1999. He is the Clinical Director in Albuquerque and teaches Introduction of Diagnosis and Differentiation of Disease at the Albuquerque campus and supervises clinics at both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses.
Melanie Richardson, B.S., B.Us., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Dr. 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 as a child of being the teacher's helper and helping other students in class came to fruition in tutoring, seminars/workshops and the classroom. Dr. Richardson is an enthusiastic teacher eager to share her knowledge. Dr. Richardson 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.
Dr. Pola Richardson, B.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Dr. Richardson received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1987. She began her formal education in wellness and healing and systems of medicine in 1988. This education entailed working with a growing physical rehabilitation company, opening small hospitals and outpatient clinics, providing multidisciplinary services, and developing inpatient acupuncture. In 2002, she received a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Albuquerque. Upon graduation, Dr. Richardson began work as a professional consultant at a large Chinese herb company and started working as a sole practitioner within inpatient settings, hospice care, multidisciplinary clinics and wellness centers. As a faculty member at the Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute, she taught general Chinese Medicine theory and Tui Na basics. She maintains a private practice and is currently collaborating on a series of interdisciplinary wellness workshops for health practitioners.
Dawei Shao, MD (China), M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Dawei Shao received his Bachelors Degree in Western Medicine in China in 1996, his Master of Medicine in China in 2001 and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2006. Dr. Shao has been in the field of medical education for more than 15 years. Dawei worked for Harbin Medical University, China as part of their administrative staff and Southwest Acupuncture College as the Santa Fe and Albuquerque Dean. He supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus and he owns an acupuncture practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Claudia Sheils, R.N., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Claudia has a private family practice, offering Traditional Japanese style acupuncture and both western and eastern herbal medicine, located in Santa Fe. She has a particular interest in oncology, hormonal imbalances and pregnancy, and glandular disorders. Claudia comes to Oriental Medicine after 35 years in healthcare and human services, most recently as a Registered Nurse resident at UNM Hospitals working with children in long term care and oncology. She was also a special education teacher, a specialized witness expert for Major Crimes Prosecutions in Canada, and a mental health counselor. She spent 12 years as a research assistant, studying the effects of pregnancy loss on mental health, and co-authored papers on the subject for medical journals. Claudia shares her time between Santa Fe and Victoria, British Columbia. Claudia teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology at the Santa Fe campus.
Hiroki Takeda, B.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Hiroki Takeda is a native Japanese medicine practitioner who has been studying Shiatsu, a Japanese body therapy, since 1991. Before studying healthcare, he was an instructor of physics, chemistry, and mathematics for high school students. His education in the health sciences includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Waseda University, Tokyo in 2005 and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2008. Since graduating, he has attended post-graduate workshops with Sensei Kiiko Matsumoto and participated in intensive private studies in Japan with Sensei Haruki Yoshida and Sensei Yuido Honda. He maintains a private practice and teaches Oriental Physical Therapy II and Qi Gong at the Santa Fe campus.
Ehrland A. Truitt, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Ehrland Truitt graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2000 and received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree. He also completed a three-year apprenticeship in the Kototama system of Japanese Acupuncture. Ehrland has continued his study of Japanese Acupuncture with T. Koei Kuwahara Sensei and traveled to Japan to study with Shudo Denmei Sensei. He has worked and studied in Peru, Nepal, and Japan and has taught Japanese Acupuncture and Five Element Theory extensively in the United States. He currently maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He supervises clinic and teaches Advanced Needle Technique and Palpatory Diagnosis at the Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses.
Dr. Sean Tuten, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., D.A., Dipl. O.M., Instructor
Dr. Sean A. Tuten is a licensed D.O.M. (NM), a licensed D.A. (RI) and certified as a Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM). Dr. Tuten spent years lecturing nationally and internationally on Chinese and western herbal applications for common health disorders. He designs proprietary herbal formulations with Golden Flower Chinese Herbs, and was the co-founder of the Village Health Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the relief of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Dr. Tuten has maintained a healthy private practice, most recently in Providence RI, for ten years. His specialties include Japanese acupuncture, physical medicine, and phototherapeutic approaches to reproductive health, mental health, and immune support. He earned his M.S.O.M. degree from S.W.A.C. Albuquerque. Dr. Tuten supervises clinic at Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses.
Dr. Rebeccah V. Rodriguez, MPH, D.O.M., Associate Professor
Rebeccah Rodriguez completed her graduate training in Oriental Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2001. She is board certified as a DOM by the State of NM BAOM and holds national certifications in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. Dr. Rodriguez started her education at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem PA, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. She worked in various settings prior to discovering a path in Complementary/Alternative Medicine (i.e. genetic testing, chiropractic assistant, embryologist in a fertility center.) She also attended 2 years of Naturopathic Medical School before transferring to IICM to complete her degree in TCM. Dr. Rodriguez completed a Master’s degree in Public Health from UNM in 2006, with a concentration in Epidemiology. After 4 years as a staff provider at the UNM Center for Life- Preventive & Integrative Medicine Clinic, she is delighted to now join the SWAC team as an instructor. She currently continues clinical care of her patients at the Community Acupuncture Clinic in Albuquerque’s South Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys folkloric African dance and drumming with her family.
Li Xu, M.S., Ph.D. (Acupuncture), D.O.M., Associate Professor
Li Xu started learning Chinese medicine as a teenager. After she graduated from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine (HLJUCM) in China, she has been intensively involved in the teaching, studying and research of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She conducted her research on treating Hepatitis C patients with Chinese herbs and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine in 2003. Dr. Xu strengthened her skills in acupuncture as well as participated in clinical work in various hospitals. She accomplished her Ph.D. degree in Acupuncture in HLJUCM after her research on treating HIV/AIDS by Acupuncture in 2007. She has her private practice in Albuquerque as well as teaches OB/GYN, Internal Medicine and clinics at the Albuquerque campus.
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, Dr. Yu was also teaching internal medicine, both TCM and Western medicine at the same University. In 1992, Dr. Yu came to America and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition at the University of Georgia in 1997. Since then, he has been working on research of cancer biology and cell biology at Yale School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Yu owns and operates his own private practice in Albuquerque. He teaches Chinese Medical Theory, Advanced Clinical Diagnosis,Traditional Herbal Prescriptions, and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Wei Zhou, M.D. (China), D.O.M., Full Professor
Wei Zhou received his medical degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. Dr. Zhou was an attending physician in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China until 1991 and was postdoctoral fellowship in the Cardiology Division of John Hopkins University School of Medicine until joining the faculty of Southwest Acupuncture College in 1995. Dr. Zhou was the Chairman of the Herbal Medicine Department and is a full professor. He teaches Point Energetics and Chinese Fengshui and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.