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).

Leanne Apfelbeck, DC, MS
Leanne ApfelbeckLeanne Apfelbeck has been involved in education for over 25 years covering topics in biology, massage therapy, sports medicine, and Chiropractic medicine. Dr. Apfelbeck began her Chiropractic career after graduating from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill, in 1988. During that time, she maintained a private practice, taught in the Lincoln Post Graduate Department of Chiropractic, and was also on the faculty at the National University of Health Sciences. Recently, Dr. Apfelbeck earned a Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT, where she published a paper in The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Currently, Dr. Apfelbeck has a private practice in Asheville, NC, and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at the UNC Asheville. MAOM/DACM
Simon Becker, M.Ac.
Simon BeckerSimon Becker studied Chinese medicine in the US and then practiced for a period in China. He is the author of the “A Handbook of Chinese Hematology,” “The Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases with Chinese Medicine”, and “Correcting the Errors in the Forest of Medicine”. Presently he is working as a TCM-Expert at Lian Chinaherb AG and as a Teacher in Switzerland and abroad. He was the President of the Swiss Professional Association (SBO-TCM) from 2003 to 20110. Simon Becker is principal of Chiway Academy of Asian medicine in Winterthur, Switzerland. He has practiced and is deputy head of the Department of Chinese Medicine of the Lake Hospital Horgen. He specializes in Chinese medicine in pediatrics and for support of cancer patients. MAOM/DACM
Bonnie Benetato, PhD, MSN, BSN
Bonnie BenetatoBonnie Benetato is a family nurse practitioner with 10+ years of nursing educational experience at Trinity College in Washington, DC and at East Carolina University. Bonnie has a PhD, MSN, and BSN in nursing from the Catholic University of America, and a MBA from American University in Washington, DC. Bonnie was the deputy director at the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC. It was at the WRIISC that Bonnie obtained funding to start the first WRIISC Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Clinic where inpatient and outpatient acupuncture was offered to Veterans. She was involved in developing a WRIISC acupuncture research protocol examining the effect of auricular acupuncture on PTSD related insomnia. More recently, Bonnie has been teaching research and statistics, health care finance, health care policy, and theory in the doctor of nursing practice program at East Carolina University. MAOM/DACM
Patricia Bernarding, M.Ed., CMT
Patricia BernardingPatricia Bernarding has been involved in the field of adult education for 25 years. She obtained her Master’s degree in Education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Bernarding has been involved in the public school system and proprietary colleges as both an educator and administrator. She has continued her graduate studies in English and Teaching English as a Second Language at Western Carolina University. In 2003, she received her Associate’s degree in Business Administration from South College‐Asheville. While in Tucson, AZ, she attended the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts and received certification as a massage therapist. MAOM/DACM
Anthony Borzotta, MD, FACS
Dr. Borzotta Dr. Borzotta is an allopathic general surgeon graduate of Georgetown University (BS 1973) and Medical School (MD 1978), who trained at the University of Louisville,completing a surgical residency in 1983, after which he took a fellowship at University of
Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He has worked in the Veterans Administration and Case Western Reserve University (1985-1988), and was the associate trauma and ICU director at a Level I trauma center in Portland, OR from 1985 to 2000. He set up a Level III trauma center in Cincinnati’s Bethesda North Hospital, 2000 to 2012, where he was also responsible for a Paramedic Training Program. He also instituted and developed a medical simulation training center which eventually filled over 4000 square feet of space and instructed several hundred people annually. After completing a stint in the US Army Medical Corps 2006-2011 with two tours to Iraq, he worked as a trauma and acute care surgeon in Gastonia, NC before moving to Asheville full time in 2016. MAOM/DACM
Julie Burke, MAOM, L. Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), LMBT
Julie BurkeJulie Burke has served the Asheville community as a well-respected healer for the past ten years. She began her path with a degree in Anthropology in 1996 from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, focusing on ethnobotany, shamanism, and Native American studies. She studied massage therapy at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in 2000. Two years later, Ms. Burke took her practice deeper by studying Reiki and Energy healing with Daisy Conway. In 2008, she graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts and opened her practice, Deep Alchemy Acupuncture. In 2012, she became a Reiki Master and is now certified to teach others. Ms. Burke enjoys sharing her clinical and life experiences as she guides and encourages students in their development. MAOM/DACM
Mary Burke-Pitts, MAOM, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Mary Burke-PittsMary has been studying Chinese medicine for 11 years and attended Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina from 2008-2012, where she earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree. Mary is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed to practice Chinese medicine in North Carolina. Her interest in Chinese medicine grew out of a passion for gardening. Before studying Chinese medicine Mary worked for Joe Hollis of Mountain Gardens to learn to grow Chinese medicinal herbs. Her interest in botany and herbal preparation continued after completing her studies at Daoist Traditions. She was involved with a farmers cooperative focused on growing Chinese medicine herbs in Western North Carolina. Currently, she is involved with community gardens. Her private practice, Longevity Acupuncture & Apothecary is located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The mountains’ strength and wisdom provide a beautiful home for her practice, which promotes and nourished a full life so that the body and spirit may feel light and free. Her longevity philosophy of Chinese medicine is also symbolized by 9 mountaintops, each peak representing major themes we move through in our lifetime: health, wealth, abundance, relationship, creativity, travel, career, wisdom, and finally reaching a sense of peace and completion. Her specialties are mental and emotional well being and neurology.
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
Research project on topics of Daoism
Video on Longevity Acupuncture & Apothecary
Medicinal herb growers cooperative
Mona Dinari, L. Ac., Dipl. OM
M_DinariMona Dinari received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine in 2006 and is nationally certified in Oriental medicine. She is a practitioner of Tai Qi and Qi gong since 2002. She is a founder of Classical Chinese Medicine Clinic in Los Angeles, CA where she is integrating Chinese philosophy, Tai qi, Qi gong, meditation into her treatments. She has been studying extensively with Dr. Jeffrey Yuen since 2002 and has completed an extended Chinese Herbology and Advanced Acupuncture program with Jeffrey Yuen in New York City. Mona Dinari also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from USC and had a prior 7 year career in Software engineering. Currently her focus and interest is to continue her studies in Chinese philosophy and how that unfolds into the wellness aspect of Chinese medicine and to incorporate that into her practice and teachings. MAOM/DACM
Lori Fendell, M.Ac., L. Ac., PA, MPH
Lori FendellLori Fendell earned her BS at the SUNY Stony Brook as a Physician Assistant, and spent thirteen years as a P.A. in primary care, gynecology, emergency medicine, health education, AIDS research, and nutritional education. Ms. Fendell also worked at a large Cambodian refugee camp for one year doing medical training and supervising the clinic. This dramatically shifted her perspective on wellness and healing especially after exposure to traditional healing and herbalism. Ms. Fendell was inspired to return to study for her Master’s in Public Health (International Health) at the University of Hawaii in 1984. As a result of her introduction to acupuncture, she attended and graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD, and has been in full‐time private practice since 1991 in Durham, NC. Ms. Fendell is a guest lecturer at Duke University Medical Center, UNC Chapel Hill and other university medical centers. MAOM/DACM
Josh Fox, MAOM, L. Ac.
Josh FoxJosh Fox is an experienced guide to our local abundance of plant food and medicine incorporating his knowledge of Chinese medicine with nine years of Western herbal studies. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a MAOM from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts. Mr. Fox apprenticed with CoreyPine Shane and Joe Hollis and completed programs at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville and the American School of Herbalism in California. He also spent many summers working in herbal first‐aid clinics, receiving extensive training over the years from Sevensong and Frank Cook. Mr. Fox is a core faculty member of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and a regular plant guide for No Taste Like Home, wild food tours. He frequently offers plant walks, workshops, and weekend retreats while maintaining his private practice, Fox Herbs & Acupuncture, in downtown Asheville. MAOM/DACM, CCHM
Mindy Gates, RN, L. Ac.
Mindy GatesMindy Gates received her BS in Nursing Science in 1997 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. Since that time, Ms. Gates has worked as a registered nurse specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Her love for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine began in 2001 while working as an assistant at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic in Asheville. She earned her MAOM from Daoist Traditions in 2007. She continues her study of classical Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen and the spirit of the medicine from a Five Element perspective with Lorie DeChar. Ms. Gates has been an advocate for bringing Chinese medicine to a wider audience by working with governments and institutions to establish professional licensing and credentials for acupuncturists. In addition to her work as an RN at Park Ridge Health, she is also the acupuncturist for that facility. She also maintains a private practice, Apotheca Acupuncture, in downtown Asheville. CL
Lorraine Harris, L. Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Lorraine HarrisLorraine Harris received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2001 and is nationally certified in Oriental medicine. Ms. Harris has specialized in women’s health and fertility during most of her practice in Asheville. She is a charter member of the Clinical Excellence of Fertility Professionals, an international organization of fertility specialists, started by fertility expert, Dr. Randine Lewis, and is a Fertile Soul clinic. She continues to study with Randine Lewis and Jeffrey Yuen. Prior to studying Chinese medicine, Ms. Harris’s other health‐related studies included nutrition, exercise physiology and biomedicine. Ms. Harris also holds a Master’s degree in business administration and had a prior career in marketing research. MAOM/DACM, CL
Joe Hollis, BA
Joe HollisJoe Hollis received his BA degree from the UNC Chapel Hill in 1965. In 1972, he founded Mountain Gardens as a botanical garden of economic plants, specializing in Eastern North American and East Asian medicinals. Mountain Gardens cultivates several hundred Chinese herbs and incorporates a seed business, retail nursery, and herb shop/pharmacy, filling prescriptions and preparing tinctures and salves from Chinese and native herbs. Since 1980, Mr. Hollis has lectured, consulted, and taught workshops in herb cultivation and processing at Mountain Gardens, community colleges, and conferences. Mountain Gardens continues to pioneer Chinese herb cultivation in America, trialing several hundred species per year of seeds obtained from botanical gardens and research institutions in China and Japan. MAOM/DACM
Lissa Juedemann, MAOM, L. Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Lissa JuedemannLissa Juedemann received her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Daoist Traditions College in 2014. Prior to studying Chinese medicine she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville in Anthropology and Documentary Photography. Since completing her MAOM degree, Lissa has focused her continuing education on the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen with special focus on the medicinal use of essential oils, including over two years further study of essential oils and their applications in Chinese medicine. Lissa is a practitioner/owner at Silver Leaf Natural Medicine in Asheville NC where she uses essential oils daily in her clinical practice. In addition to practicing Chinese medicine she manages the clinic’s large herbal pharmacy and complete essential oil pharmacy, and teaches essential oil classes for community members and healthcare providers. Lissa believes strongly in integrative healthcare and enjoys working with practitioners from all health care systems to provide patients with the most complete care possible. MAOM/DACM, CCHM
Donna Keefe, MAOM, L. Ac.
Donna KeefeDonna Keefe earned her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1988. She continued post‐graduate studies while working in a hospital in Hainan, China in 1993, receiving a Certificate in ‘Bi Zheng and Scalp Acupuncture’. She is also certified as a Qi Gong instructor, integrating ancient therapeutic breathing and exercise techniques into her treatments. Ms. Keefe sat on the Board and was past Treasurer of the California Acupuncture Association. She currently teaches in the Departments of Oriental Medicine and Clinical Practice at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She is the Clinical Director of the Acupuncture Center of La Jolla and has been in private practice since 1989. Ms. Keefe is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and specializes in fertility and other women’s health care issues. MAOM/DACM
Kristen Lambertin, MAOM, L.Ac
Kristen LambertinKristen Lambertin is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of North Carolina and she is certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She completed her Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts where she had extensive training in both Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has treated a wide variety of health complaints and has a special interest in chronic pain syndromes and autoimmune disorders.
Kristen has traveled extensively and was living in South Korea in the early 1990’s when she had her first acupuncture treatment and fell in love with Chinese Medicine. Since then, she has pursued careers and volunteer opportunities in which she can be of service to others. She worked as an Immigration Specialist for a local non-profit agency, volunteered as a Spanish-speaking doula for the Buncombe County Health Department, taught English as a second language in the U.S. and abroad, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea, Africa.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her teenage son, taking long walks, and giving community presentations on the numerous health benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. MAOM/DACM
Ta-Ya Lee, DNP, CRNP, MPH, MBA, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Ta-Ya LeeTa-Ya Lee received a doctorate in nursing, a master’s in public health and a master’s in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. She also received a master’s in acupuncture from Traditional Acupuncture Institute, now called Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ta-Ya is certified as an adult nurse practitioner, as well as certifications in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and Chinese herbs. Lee now practices at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Canton Crossing, specializing in adult internal medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. Ta-Ya fluently speaks three languages – English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. MAOM/DACM
Randine Lewis, PhD, L. Ac, FABORM
Randine LewisAfter her basic medical school curriculum Dr. Randine Lewis received her MSOM at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1998, interned in China, and received her PhD in alternative medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine in India. Dr. Lewis has been a governing board member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, as well as medical expert for numerous online resources. She is the author of The Infertility Cure and The Way of the Fertile Soul, conducts intensive fertility retreats, and teaches workshops for practitioners internationally. Dr. Lewis is the founder of Eastern Harmony clinic in Houston, Texas, The Fertile Soul Retreat process, and the Continuing Excellence in Fertility Professionals Program. She has kept up a regular qi gong and meditative practice, and uses elemental self inquiry and body wisdom meditative and movement processes in her work. MAOM/DACMCL
Karen Litton, MAOM, L. Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Karen LittonKaren Litton has practiced Chinese medicine at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic since 2008 following her graduation from Daoist Traditions. Prior to studying acupuncture, she worked as a massage therapist for twenty years, specializing in sports injuries. Ms. Litton also holds a degree in social work from Hunter College in New York, where she worked with mentally handicapped adults and their families. As a graduate of Daoist Traditions, Ms. Litton has a deep understanding of the program as a whole and is excited to be able to guide students through their coursework. She actively continues her studies in Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen. MAOM/DACM
Mary Cissy Majebé, O.M.D., L. Ac., DOM (New Mexico)
Mary Cissy Majebé Mary Cissy Majebé began her educational pursuits with a BA in Sociology from the University of New Orleans in 1975. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1980 where she received an MA in Exercise Physiology. She pursued her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia before deciding to attend the American College of Chinese Medicine, completing her studies in 1985 with a Master’s in Chinese Medicine. In 1990, she received her O.M.D. degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine.
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
Junie Norfleet, M.Ed., L. Ac.
Junie NorfleetJunie Norfleet holds a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to attending the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, she completed a one‐year tutorial in 1996 with Dr. Mary C. Majebé. She has practiced acupuncture at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic in Asheville, NC, since 1999. Before studying acupuncture, she served for ten years as office manager at the Asheville clinic. Ms. Norfleet also holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from the UNC Greensboro and a MEd from Western Carolina University. She taught in the North Carolina public schools for ten years, as well as at Asheville Country Day School and Asheville‐Buncombe Community Technical College. Ms. Norfleet has taught Qi Gong since 2000 and is continuing her studies in classical Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen. MAOM/DACM
Charles Pannell, MAOM, L. Ac.
Charles PannellCharles Pannell earned a BFA in drawing and painting from University of Georgia in 1998 and worked as an Exhibition Preparator at the Georgia Museum of Art, while also exhibiting original watercolor paintings of native plants and landscapes around the Southeast. During this time, he became increasingly interested in body movement arts, eventually focusing on the Chinese Internal Arts and training closely with R. Allen Pittman in martial arts and bodywork. He earned his MAOM from Daoist Traditions in 2011. Mr. Pannell practices classical Chinese medicine at Black Mountain Integrative Care in Black Mountain, NC, with a focus on preventive medicine and teaches community classes in Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and herbal medicine. He continues to cultivate the integration of nature, art, philosophy, and medicine as a discipline. MAOM/DACMCL, CCHM
Tracy Peck, M.Ac., L. Ac.
Tracy PeckTracy Peck studied acupuncture, bodywork, Taijiquan & Qigong at the Bio-Balance Institute from 1981-1986. He then attended and graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland in 1990. Tracy co-founded East Gate Healing Arts in Greensboro in 1990 and has had a fulltime acupuncture & Chinese medicine practice there since. He has had a life-long interest in Daoist philosophy, mysticism and Internal Alchemy, all of which sparked his initial interest in Chinese Medicine. Tracy is a certified teacher and healer in several Wudang Pai Qigong forms and in the Emei Linji tradition as well. He is a 26th generation Daoist Initiate in the Longmen Pai (Dragon Gate School) and a 15th generation Initiate in the SanFeng Pai tradition, from Wudang Mountain, under Master Yun Xiang Tseng. He has also been a senior student and Qigong teaching assistant of Master Yong Zhou since 1995 and continues his education in Classical Chinese Medicine with Daoist Priest Jeffrey Yuen. MAOM/DACM
Evan Rabinowitz, D. Ac., M. Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Evan Rabinowitz is the program manager of the Chinese Herbs Graduate Certificate program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is a former faculty member of the Chinese Herbal Medicine department at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Rabinowitz holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and a graduate Certificate in Chinese Herbs from Tai Sophia. He apprenticed with Thea Elijah for several years, after completing his initial training. For the past decade, Mr. Rabinowitz has studied with Jeffrey Yuen, completing graduate certificates in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Advanced Acupuncture. His undergraduate degree is from George Washington University, where he studied Eastern philosophies and comparative religion. Mr. Rabinowitz is the founder of the Yao Shan Center for Chinese Medicine in Washington, DC. MAOM/DACM
Kathy Robinson, MD
Kathy RobinsonKathy Robinson graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1989. She did her residency in family medicine at Duke University. She worked in private practices in Cary, NC and Durham, NC, and then went on to teach in the family medicine residency program at Duke. In 1998 she moved back to her hometown of Asheville. Since then she has worked in public health, first at the Buncombe County Health Department and presently at WNC Community Health Services. Dr. Robinson teaches healthcare at local prisons, serves on the Ethics Committee of Mission Hospital and volunteers at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry medical clinic. She is a past president of Asheville Toastmasters and loves to read and garden. MAOM/DACM
Connie Ross, MD
Connie Ross completed her undergraduate work in Chemistry at Furman University in 1981 and received her MD degree at the University of South Carolina in 1985. She completed her residency in 1998 in Family Medicine in the Greenville, SC hospital system. She began a private family medicine practice in 1988. From 1989 to 1998, Dr. Ross worked in emergency medicine. During this time, Dr. Ross coordinated training programs for medical personnel in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Pediatric Life Support. She also taught resident physicians in training for family practice. Dr. Ross continues to pursue education by taking courses in nutritional and integrative medical support for health care issues. MAOM/DACM
Peter Shea, MS, L. Ac.
Peter SheaPeter Shea earned his BA in Secondary Education in 1992. He graduated from the American Institute of Massage Therapy in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1996. He received his MS in Oriental Medicine in 2003 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Shea ran his own practice in Western NY, specializing in orthopedic conditions, from 2003‐2008 before selling his practice and moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has pursued extra training in Qi Gong, Tui Na, Daoist philosophy and Northern Wu Tai Chi and actively explores the relationship between movement arts and spirituality. He continues his studies with Jeffrey Yuen. MAOM/DACM, CCHM, CL
Dov Shoneman, MTCM, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Dov ShonemanDov Shoneman began his Chinese medicine studies in 2000 with a three and a half year apprenticeship with Lesley Tierra, Lic. Ac., which led to becoming licensed to practice acupuncture in California since 2005. He also completed an apprenticeship with Christopher Hobb’s, Ph.D., in Western herbal medicine, giving him a unique background in both Western and Eastern herbs and treatment. Returning to school, he completed an internship at Zhejiang TCM University in Hangzhou, China, and earned a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. Mr. Shoneman has taught at Five Branches University, the American School of Herbalism, the national American Herbalist Guild conference, Lesley and Michael Tierra’s East West correspondence courses, and the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. He has a private practice in West Asheville and continues his training in Chinese medicine and Western herbal traditions. MAOM/DACM, CL
Robert Vanderwall, MAOM, DAOM Candidacy
Robert VanderwallRobert Vanderwall is currently a DAOM Candidate at AOMA Graduate School or Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX. Mr. Vanderwall is working through a program with areas of focus in research, leadership, teaching and learning while focusing on a clinical specialty in pain management. Mr. Vanderwall received his MAOM from Daoist Traditions and previously had received an AAS from FLCC in Canandaigua, NY. Mr. Vanderwall is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage, was certified by the NCBTMB and practised massage in North Carolina.

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

Callan Welder, MAOM, L. Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Callan WelderCallan Welder earned a BS degree as a Naturalist from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC in 2000. The love of nature and the outdoors led him into wilderness therapy education and ski patrolling in the Montana Rockies. The power of Chinese Medicine became his calling after suffering a traumatic back injury while skiing. Since then, Mr. Welder has earned a massage therapy license from the Center for Massage & Natural Health in 2009 and a MAOM from Daoist Traditons in 2014. Mr. Welder is also a certified Wu Dang Qi Gong instructor under Master Yun Xiang Tseng (know as “Wu Dang Chen”), Daoist Priest and healer. Mr. Welder owns Marshall Acupuncture & Herb Clinic in Marshall, NC and enjoys serving his community with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Daoist Healing Arts. CL
Jennifer M. Williams, PhD, L.Ac., BCIM, ADS
Jennifer WilliamsJennifer Williams completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Studies at Capella University and earned her M.S in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in the California Bay area.  She is on faculty at Walter Reed where she teaches herbs and nutrition to senior pain management providers of the Army, Navy, Airforce, and Veterans Administration.  Dr. Williams has published articles, contributed to books, and participated in research.  She worked for the U.S. Army as an acupuncturist, researcher, and educator.  As a national and international National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine professional development activity partner, Dr. Williamsis committed to providing quality preapproved continuing education.  She has a small Chinese Medical Practice north of Asheville, North Carolina where she specializes in chronic pain with comorbid conditions, complex presentations, and difficult diseases.  In her mountain property, she grows herbs, mushrooms, and tea. MAOM/DACM, CL
Ann Wolman, L. Ac., Dipl. CH (NCCAOM)
Ann WolmanAnn Wolman earned her BS in History at the University of Colorado. In 1987, she earned a professional teaching certificate and taught secondary school for five years. She graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1996 and began practicing in Denver and Boulder, CO. She maintained a private practice specializing in Women’s Health Fu Ke (Chinese Medicine OB/GYN) and Tieh Tah (martial arts injury treatment and prevention). After completing an extensive internship with Amelia Greacan in Japanese Acupuncture, she integrated this approach into her practice. She has studied and taught martial arts for 25 years. MAOM/DACM, CCHM, CL
Dia Wong, Academic Dean, DACM, L. Ac., Dipl. CH (NCCAOM)
Dr. Dia WongDr. Dia Wong has been involved with natural medicine for much of her life. Her path began with a B.A. in Psychology with the University of Chicago in 1995. She graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2007; and became a California board certified Acupuncturist in 2008. She achieved her Doctorate from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2017. She co-founded one of the leading acupuncture clinics in San Diego, and has built a solid reputation in the field of chronic pain management, fertility and women’s health, and specializes in difficult cases in the field of internal medicine. She has advanced knowledge in natural healing arts in addition to acupuncture, including traditional herbal medicine, functional nutrition, therapeutic Thai/Sports massage and exercise therapy. Currently acting as Academic Dean and clinical supervisor at Daoist Arts, she now dedicates her time to guiding the next generation of healers to come. Academic Dean
Jeffrey Yuen, PhD (hc), 88th Generation Daoist (Jade Purity School)
Jeffrey YuenJeffrey Yuen, is an 88th generation Daoist Priest of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity School, Yellow Emperor/ Lao Tzu Sect), ordained by Master Yu Wen, and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality School, Dragon Gate Sect), ordained by Master Lu Xin‐Xu. Mr. Yuen is recognized internationally to be a Master of classical Chinese medicine, daoism, Tai Ji Chuan, and Qi Gong. Mr. Yuen trained under his adoptive grandfather, the late Daoist Master Yu Wen (1872‐1981) of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai, a sect from the Shang Qing tradition of Daoism. Having a strong resonance with Daoist teachings, Mr. Yuen studied extensively under Master Yu Wen and was allowed to openly practice and serve the community when he was 16 years old. Mr. Yuen also studied Chinese herbal medicine with Master Gong Song‐Liu, a eunuch for the last two emperors of the Qing Dynasty who apprenticed with the Imperial Medical Academy physicians. In the martial arts arena, Mr. Yuen trained under many eminent masters. Among these masters are Leung Shum (Northern Eagle Claw), Lo Ching‐Sum (Vietnamese Jing Wu Association), Chan Hai‐Fu (White Crane’s Eagle‐In‐Cotton), Chan Tai Shan (Tibetan Lama Style), Yao Mei‐Hua (Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan), Wang Qing Shan (Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan), and Cui Yan (Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan). Mr. Yuen believes that he can contribute to the practice of Chinese medicine by spreading the traditions of classical Chinese medicine. In that regards, he continues to teach extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He has been a member of the faculty of Daoist Traditions since 2003. MAOM/DACM
Weixing Zhao, L. Ac., Dipl. CH (NCCAOM)
Weixing ZhaoWeixing Zhao graduated in 1983 from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Wuhan City, China, after five years of study. He then became a teacher and Chinese Medical Doctor, working in the schools and teaching hospital for ten years. In 1991, he moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, where for the next six years he was a faculty member and clinic supervisor at the Israeli College of Complementary Medicine. In 2000, he moved to Minnesota where he opened his own private practice. Prior to his arrival at Daoist Traditions, he was a faculty member and Clinical Director at the Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine in Mars Hill, NC, for four years. He joined the faculty of Daoist Traditions in 2006 and maintains a private practice in Asheville. MAOM/DACM, CCHM