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).
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
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
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
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
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