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.
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.
Daniel Cobb, D.O.M., Instructor
Daniel Cobb entered the world of holistic medicine in 1992 when he developed chronic fatigue syndrome. Overcoming his condition made him think about attending acupuncture school. He graduated in 2002 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe and obtained his New Mexico license. In his practice at Healing Spirit Acupuncture in Albuquerque, he focuses upon nutrition, detoxification, and bodywork. He also teaches courses available to the public at Healing Spirit Acupuncture on AIDS, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, optimizing the immune system, and more. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the Santa Fe campus and occassionally supervises nutrition clinics. His recent publications include: Reversing Heart Disease: Lulu Press 2008-2012, The Physicians’ Health Study and Vitamin E: Well Being Journal Nov/Dec 2009, Melting Calcium Deposits with Ascorbic Acid: Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Fourth Qtr 2011, Reversing Heart Disease: Well- Being Journal July-August 2011.
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.
Daniel Craig, B.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Dipl. O.M., Instructor
Daniel Craig graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College Santa Fe campus and received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2001. He currently holds a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) license and works as an intern at the Santa Fe Recovery Center (SFRC) as a Residential Counselor and DOM. Daniel also has a private practice in Santa Fe. He received a B.A. in Psychology from New Mexico State University with a minor in Spanish in 1988. Daniel served in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard for 12 years and fought in the Gulf War in 1991. He is a current member of Veterans for Peace and is active in the progressive movement locally. Daniel is working to educate communities in the fields of Chinese Medicine, spirituality, recovery, environmental issues, social justice, and economic issues. He brings his years of experience to the practice of medicine, approaching healing with a diverse background. He teaches Point Location at the Santa Fe campus.
Winifred S. Devlin, Ph.D, M.S., B.S., Full Professor
Winnie earned her B.S. in neurobiology and M.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1977 and 1982, respectively. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in plant physiology — her emphasis being plant cell biochemistry — from Penn State University in 1991. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 2009. Winnie’s teaching experience includes the biochemistry of plant medicinal compounds, general biology, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry, Western cultural attitudes toward nature and the intersection of Buddha’s teachings with Western science. She has taught most ages including nature study for elementary school children at summer camp, high school biology and chemistry, and college-level biology courses. Winnie has also dabbled in landscape design, dug a lot of holes, raked many leaves, sold native plants in local retail nurseries and conducted botanical site surveys throughout the Southwest. She teaches Biology at the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Campuses.
Chester Dickerson, M.D., M.S.O.M., M.S., B.S., Dipl. O.M., L.Ac., ADS, Instructor
Chester Dickerson is a US Board Certified (NCCAOM) and Texas State Board certified acupuncturist/herbalist. He earned his Medical Degree from the Autonoma Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.) from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, earning his Masters of Science in Spanish Linguistics from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. Dr. Dickerson had a private practice in both Austin and Houston with an emphasis on addictions, pain management and sports injuries and was involved in a youth outreach program in Houston working with homeless children and their addictions. He teaches Pathology at both Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses.
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.
Edward Grant, P.A.C., D.O.M., DIPL. AC., M.A., B.S., B.A., Associate Professor
Edward Grant graduated from Hampshire College with his first undergraduate degree in Asian Philosophy and Economic Development in 1985. This was followed by a Master’s Degree from St. John’s College in Western Literature in 1986. In 1994, Ed completed his studies in Japanese Meridian Therapy at the Inochi Institute in Santa Fe, NM. He developed a general private practice where he treats a diverse scope of pathologies and has a multi-cultural patient base. He continued his medical training by attending the University of New Mexico Physician Assistant program, graduating in 2000. He presently works for the Indian Health Service at Santa Fe I.H.S. Hospital where he works as a P.A.C. and D.O.M. Ed divides his time between being the Director the Pain Clinic and working in Urgent Care. One of his professional goals is to find the balance between Eastern and Western Medicine, integrating both modalities and maximizing patient care. Ed also works at Isis Medicine and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He supervises the Indian Hospital Pain Externship clinic.
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.
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.
Amy Joy, D.O.M., B.A., Dipl. O.M., M.S.O.M., Instructor
Amy Joy became interested in Oriental medicine after obtaining her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2003. She enrolled at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2004 and completed her education at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2009. While there, she received the Golden Flower Chinese Herbs Scholarship, an award for excellence in Chinese herbal studies. As a postgraduate, Amy spent one year as a traditional “uchi-deshi,” a Japanese term for a student or apprentice who trains under and assists a senior practitioner on a full-time basis. Amy assisted Koei Kuwahara, a 30-year senior acupuncture practitioner from Japan who has been based in Boston for the last 20 years, specializing in Hari-style Japanese treatments for children and adults. Amy takes great joy in working with children, using a needle-free type of treatment called shoni-shin. Additionally, she has studied the use of Essential Oils for over seven years. She teaches Point Location and Introduction to Chinese Herbology 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.
Natasha Lane, B.A., M.S.O.M., L.Ac., D.O.M., M.Litt., Full Professor
Natasha Lane graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1999. She has completed several extended periods of post-graduate study—including clinical internships at Beijing University of TCM and Tong Ren Hospital, China. She has traveled extensively in Asia and feels blessed to have had the unique opportunity to study with some of China’s foremost practitioners. She has an interest in Mind/Body Medicine and is currently exploring how Qigong and meditation can positively impact health and well being. She has worked with cancer patients from UCLA hospital using acupuncture and adjunct therapies for those facing challenging health issues. She specializes in neurological disorders, pain management, and stress related pathologies. She has also practiced facial rejuvenation in Beverly Hills for five years. Natasha lectures nationally on topics related to pain management and electro-therapy, as well as cosmetic acupuncture. She supervises clinic at the Albuquerque and Santa Fe campuses.
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.
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.
Gretchen Lorenson, D.O.M., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., A.D.S., C.A.D.S., Instructor
Gretchen Lorenson received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in in 2008. As a student, she trained and became certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) as an Acudetox Specialist (A.D.S.) and performed her clinical internship at Tierra Del Sol Women’s Recovery Center in Albuquerque to become a Certified Auricular Detoxification Specialist (C.A.D.S.) in the state of New Mexico in 2006. Gretchen also worked as a Program Coordinator for Acupuncturists Without Borders for over 2 years, which allowed her to promote the use of the NADA 5-point Ear Protocol for use in the treatment of PTSD in disaster survivors, veterans and active duty military personnel across the country. Gretchen completed an internship at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2007 with a focus on Pediatric and Rehabilitative Tui-Na Therapy and Herbology. In 2007 she also began deepening her studies of Japanese Meridian Therapy with Dr. Jeff Meyer and Dr. Ehrland Truitt and has been certified by Sensei T. Koei Kuwahara (Watertown, MA) in Hari Japanese Acupuncture, which is her primary treatment style in her private practice in Albuquerque, NM. Gretchen also currently works with La Familia Inc. Children’s Safety Net in Albuquerque providing weekly acupuncture wellness care to foster and biological parents. She teaches Clinical Counseling 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.
Jamie McLaughlin, D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., B.S., Associate Professor
Jamie McLaughlin received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Biology at Kansas Newman College in 1996 and her Master’s in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2001. She has owned and operated her own private practice in Albuquerque for the past ten years while also teaching Health Science studies, Chinese Medicine theory, and Tui na/Acupressure bodywork for Massage school programs for the past eleven years. Jamie served in the United States Navy from 1990-1994 in the field of Aviation technology and has travelled abroad to every continent in the world both with the U.S. Navy and from her personal love of international travel. It was through these experiences that she discovered and fell in love with the Oriental medical arts. She also has experience working in the health, wellness, and fitness industry as a personalfitness trainer/athletic coach both in Hawaii and New Mexico. Jamie is a columnist for a national fitness magazine where she combines her passion for physical fitness and her knowledge of complimentary medicine in her articles that are published quarterly. Jamie currently maintains a private practice in Albuquerque, NM. She teaches Human Anatomy, Physiology and Nutrition for the Albuquerque campus.
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.
Maria Perez, B.S., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., Instructor
Maria Perez is a native of Ecuador. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1996. Her interest in Eastern medicine and philosophy prompted her to pursue an education at Southwest Acupuncture College, where she graduated in 1999. She is a pioneer in the field of community acupuncture. In 2006, she founded Brooklyn Community Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon—one of the first large scale community acupuncture clinics in the country. She served as senior acupuncturist until she moved to New Mexico in 2010. Maria specializes in women’s health and the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New Mexico. Maria works with several local organizations on issues of health reform and health policy. She teaches Chinese Medical Theory, Introduction and Advanced Clinical Diagnosis, Public Health & Epidemiology, Pediatric Differentiation of Disease and supervises clinic at the Santa Fe campus.
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.
Michelle Ratliff, B.A., M.S.O.M., L.M.T., D.O.M., P.A.C., Instructor
Michelle Ratliff received her B.A. in journalism from the University of New Mexico in 1987. She spent several years in marketing and advertising while attending the Healing Arts Institute in Colorado. Michelle then worked as a massage therapist and as a Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor. She received her M.S.O.M. in 2000 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has worked in private practice and in the medical setting as an acupuncturist. She has also served as a massage therapy instructor and clinical supervisor. In 2004, Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Upon graduation, she worked as a Physician Assistant with orthopedic service providers, as well as in a general family practice/internal medicine setting where she incorporated allopathic medicine with acupuncture and herbal medicine. She has received recognition from The Prescriber’s Letter for integrating medicine and demonstrating exemplary promise in improving patient care. She currently teaches Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, Differentiation of Disease II and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
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.
David Salgado, B.S., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
David Salgado received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of New Mexico in 1979. He has 18 years prior experience as a clinical microbiologist, holds a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) certification and serves ACAOM as a site visitor. He received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1994 and since then he has maintained a private practice. He has served as an instructor for Body Dynamics School of Massage Therapy, as an acupuncturist for the Bernalillo Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, and as a speaker in numerous venues. He supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
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.
Laura Shelhav, B.A., D.O.M., Dipl.O.M., Instructor
Laura Shelhav has maintained a private practice since 2000 when she graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. In 1995 she graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.A. concentrating in Public Health. Laura continued her public health studies in Israel where she developed an HIV awareness program for youth. She is also an examiner with the State of New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She teaches Public Health and Epidemiology and supervises clinic at the Albuquerque 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.
Dianne Weaver, B.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., L.M.T, Instructor
Dianne Weaver’s training in the healing arts began with massage school at the East West College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating in 1992, she set up her own massage business and also did massage at The Center for Natural Medicine, both in Portland. She later focused on her studies in Jin Shin Do acupressure with Kamala Quale in Eugene, Oregon. This training in acupressure whet her appetite for more knowledge in Oriental medicine, and Dianne decided to attend Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, and graduated in 2004 with a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. She does both acupuncture and massage at High Desert Healthcare and Massage in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She supervises clinic at the Albuquerque campus.
Lisa Wilson, B.S., Dipl. Ac., D.O.M., Full Professor
Lisa Wilson began her studies of Traditional Chinese medicine over 25 years ago. Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Counseling in 1982 from the University of Oregon. She is a 1986 graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College. In 1997 she completed advanced studies in Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center in Beijing, China. She has been a professor at Southwest Acupuncture College since 1991, supervising clinic and teaching classes in advanced diagnosis, nutrition, and psychology, ethics, and patient education. She has also been an instructor at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, teaching Oriental Nutrition in the Academy’s polarity program. Dr. Wilson maintains a full-time practice with an emphasis in internal medicine, women and children’s health and nutritional and lifestyle counseling. She teaches Nutrition and Clinical Counseling as well as supervises clinic in Santa Fe.
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.
Maya Yu, B.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C. H., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Maya Yu received her B.S. degree in Cultural Anthropology and East Asian Studies from New York University in 1999. In addition, she was a laboratory research assistant in the pathology department of NYU Medical Center. She obtained her Master’s degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2003. Maya maintains a private practice in Santa Fe with an emphasis in women’s health, pain management, internal medicine and emotional health. As a first-generation Chinese-American, Chinese herbs and nutrition have always been part of Maya’s life. She has taught classes and supervised clinics and is the Academic Dean at the Santa Fe 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.