About Our Faculty
Our faculty is comprised of experienced practitioners who share the desire to carry out the mission of the college and to help each student excel. All of the licensed acupuncturists and physicians on our faculty are also practicing clinicians who bring their real-life professional experience into the classroom and clinic.
Faculty members are noted for the Doctor of Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine dual degree program (MAOM/DACM) program, Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine (CCHM) program, and Clinical Internship (CL).
Dr. Frank Butler began his study and practice of Chinese medicine in 1990, completing a seven-year traditional apprenticeship with the internationally renowned Ken Ark Fun Gong (Kenny Gong). Frank has studied internal medicine and medical massage with some of the most famous TCM masters of the 20th century. Dr. Butler attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and earned his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 1996 and his Doctor of Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine in 2015. Dr. Butler maintains a clinical practice, Evolve Heath & Wellness, in Manhattan where he sees a broad patient base that includes orthopedic conditions as well as chronic, complex internal medicine cases. His clinical practice is informed by his mastery of several martial arts systems and meditation practice.DACM
Michelle is a 2012 graduate of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medicine and practices at her clinic, Appalachian Acupuncture in Johnson City, TN. Being particularly drawn to herbal medicine, she created HERBalachia school, which offers year-long Appalachian herbal studies programs, continuing education for medical professionals, and an annual Sassafras Moon Herbal Festival in Erwin, TN. Michelle additionally holds a BFA in sculpture from Tennessee Technological University, which led her to study ceramics and tea ceremony in Japan for two years. MAOM
Mary has studied qi gong, tai chi and sword forms in the US with Gregory Casey, Master Bing and Master Chen from the Wudang tradition. She has also completed numerous lectures by Jeffrey Yuen on favorite topics including the roots of Chinese herbal medicine, tree spirit medicine, and numerous other topics on healing since 2008. These studies have enriched a personal exploration of understanding Daoism in a modern era and longevity practices. MAOM/DACM, CCHM
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She spent her formative years in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation from high school she attended Illinois Wesleyan University graduating with a BA in Biology in 1983. Subsequently matriculating from The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine in 1987. With the desire to pursue primary care she completed Family Medicine residency in 1990, practicing family medicine initially with a HMO. Finding her niche in education she joined the faculty at Akron General Family Medicine residency; during her tenure she held a faculty position at NEOUCOM,VCOM, and served as Interim Director of the Family Medicine Residency. She obtained her MS Ed from University of Southern California in 2000. After working in medical education for ten years, she relocated to North Carolina where she worked in public health until retiring in 2019. MAOM
Since that time Dr. Majebé has undertaken numerous internships in both Korea and China. Her areas of focus in these post-graduate studies have focused on Internal Medicine. Dr. Majebé has a deep fondness for working in the fields of pediatrics and oncology.
Dr. Majebé began studying with Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88 th generation Daoist priest, from the Jade Purity Traditions in 1998. His influence planted the seeds fort Dr. Majebé and a group of like-minded individuals to establish Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in 2003. Daoist Traditions has been one of the leaders in Chinese Medicine education in the U.S. She has served as president since inception.
In 1985, Dr. Majebé founded the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic in Asheville, NC. She was the first chair of the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board (NCALB) and was instrumental in helping to write the laws governing the practice of acupuncture in North Carolina. Currently, Dr. Majebé is once again serving as chair of the NCALB. MAOM/DACM
Jeremy Noble received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Daoist Traditions College in 2015. Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Jeremy had served in the US Navy as an Emergency Medical Technician and later as a battlefield medic alongside the US Marines, focusing on trauma medicine and primary care. He later worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in an Open Heart Surgery ICU, focused on recovering heart surgeries and heart transplants. Since completing his MAOM degree, Jeremy has focused his continuing education on sound therapies, stone medicine and herbal medicine, while continuing to gain insight from teachers such as Jeffery Yuen, Heiner Freuhauf, Fabien Maman and Kiko Matsumoto. Jeremy is owner/practitioner of Noble Natural Wellness in Asheville, NC, where he treats a wide variety of conditions, both internal and external, acute and chronic. He has continually been surprised by the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine in treating a variety of conditions using acupuncture, herbs, tuning forks, essential oils and dietary methods. Jeremy gets to share these experiences with Student Interns at the Daoist Traditions College Clinic as a supervisor, while learning a great deal from the talented and passionate students and colleagues that are drawn to study this medicine. CL
She has practiced Worsley style Five Element Acupuncture since 2013 and studied at Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle, WA. Annie owned and managed a multidisciplinary holistic clinic in Chicago before moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains. She sees patients at Asheville Community Acupuncture in West Asheville. MAOM/DACM, CL
Taught his first college course in 1990 while completing a MS degree looking the changes in cell wall composition in peas that were exposed to low temperatures. After earning a MS degree from Virginia Tech in 1992 he continued his studies in horticultural sciences, genetics, botany, physiology, and cellular and molecular biology and earned a Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Florida. Since that time he taught over 35 unique courses ranging from dendrology to general biology to human anatomy and physiology. Over the last 22 years he has served students at the University of Florida, University of Vermont, Haywood Community College, A-B Tech, and Technical College of the Low Country. Credentials/Dates: BS (Virginia Tech, 1990), MS (Virginia Tech, 1992), PhD (University of Florida, 1997)MAOM
For most of his adult life, Mr. Vanderwall has worked in the field of technology consulting. The majority of that time was spent working on mainframe, midrange, enterprise systems, and network infrastructure. His clients and employers have included Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Mr. Vanderwall hopes to use his technical expertise in an interdisciplinary effort to improve the standing and quality of Chinese Medicine in the future.
Mr. Vanderwall has been a student and practitioner of Taijiquan and Qigong for over 25 years. His studies have extended to include the other internal martial arts of Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, and Liuhebafa during that time. He currently teaches these arts to a handful of private students, as well as continuing his own personal study with several senior teachers. MAOM/DACM