Our Faculty

Qianzhi ‘Jamie’ Wu, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Vice President of Faculty

Qianzhi “Jamie” Wu, Ph.D., MD (China), LAc is an expert in classic styles of practice. His PhD is focused upon the Ying-Wei theory with its application. He was also a chief acupuncturist at Chengdu University’s teaching hospital. He has published eight books and dozens of papers on Chinese medicine.

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Yuxin He, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Dean of Academics

Yuxin He, LAc, PhD, MD (China) is a leading expert of TCM oncology. He is author of eight Chinese medicine books. Before coming to Texas, Dr. He taught in five of China’s top medical schools. 

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Robert Laguna, MSOM, LAc

Dean of Students, Clinic Supervisor

Robert Laguna, MSOM, LAc was part of an acupuncture brigade that brought relief and education to medical personnel in Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. He is a leading expert in addiction management.

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Dongxin Ma, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Department of Herbal Studies

Dongxin Ma, PhD, MD (China), LAc earned his PhD studying the family lineage of Professor Mianzhi Wang, a renowned 19th generation Chinese medicine expert who specialized in Chinese herbal formulas. He also teaches internationally.

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Raja Mandyam, MD (India)

Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Raja Mandyam, MD (India) is former director of medical services for all of Papua New Guinea. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He was a tenured professor of medicine at the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), in Bangalore, India.

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Xiaotian Shen, MD (China), MPH, LAC

Department of Acupuncture

Xiaotian Shen, MD (China), MPH, LAc serves as a member of the NCCAOM exam-writing committee and is a certified examiner of Clean Needle Techniques. He also serves as a site visitor for the accreditation commission.

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Yan He, MD (China), LAc

Department of Integral Studies, Clinic Supervisor

Yan He, MD (China), LAc is a third-degree chef in dietary therapy. She has published several textbooks on acupuncture and herbs and has a concentration in facial rejuvenation.

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Ziyang Zhou, MD (China), LAc

Department of Herbal Studies

Ziyang Zhou, MD (China), LAc was chief clinical physician at the first specialized acupuncture hospital in China. He is the author of four books with focused research on moxibustion and scalp acupuncture.  He holds three patents for acupuncture equipment in China. 

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Qiao Xu, MD (China), LAc

Department of Integral Studies, Clinic Supervisor

Qiao Xu, MD (China), LAc practiced advanced acupuncture and tuina at Dalian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She has a deep passion for qigong.

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Zimei Pan, MSOM, LAc

Clinical Supervisor

Zimei Pan, MSOM, LAc conducted research in translation and pedagogy at the Teaching Hospital of Heilongjiang University of TCM in Heilongjiang, China. She specializes in painless needling techniques via a combination of acupuncture and Shiatsu.

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Yongxin Fan, MD (China), LAc

Department of Integral Studies

Yongxin Fan, MD (China), LAc is an international lecturer on the topic of tuina. He is privileged with family lineage formulas. He has numerous pieces in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of sports medicine and orthopedics.

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Zheng Zeng, MD (China), FABORM, LAc

Department of Acupuncture

Zheng Zeng, MD (China), LAc has taught TCM in Chengdu China and Tel-Aviv, Israel. She participated in clinical research on the treatment of diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis with herbs and acupuncture. She has published books on the role of acupuncture and herbal protocols in response to gynecological and dermatological diseases. She is a board-certified reproductive acupuncturist.

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Yuxing Liu, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Director, Department of Acupuncture

Yuxing Liu, PhD, MD (China), LAc authored ten textbooks on TCM. He served on faculty at the College of Complementary Medicine in Tel-Aviv Israel.  He has a long record of peer-reviewed publications.

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Joel Cone, DC

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Joel Cone, DC is an advanced practice chiropractic physician who has advanced pain management training in ultrasound guided injections for trigger point, joint, and nerve block procedures.

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Lesley Hamilton, DAOM, MACM, LAc

VP Academics and Accreditation, MAcOM/DAcOM Program Director, Academic Advisor

Lesley Hamilton, DAOM, MACM, LAc brings her background in medical education from USC to bear upon designs of AOMA's doctoral and master's degree programs. She also brings innovative teaching methods to the institution, students, and faculty.

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Nelson Song Luo, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

Nelson Song Luo, PhD, MD (China), LAc is a neurologist with a focus on the treatment of stroke and other chronic degenerative disorders. He was recognized by China as “Excellent Doctor,” an honor bestowed on only 10 of the 2000 doctors in Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, China. His international teaching circuit includes more than fifteen countries.

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William Morris, PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc

President Emeritus

William Morris, PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc is one of the world's leading experts on Chinese pulse diagnosis. His publications include topics on pulse diagnosis, dermatology, and herbal medicine. His interest is in reconstructing Han Dynasty classical medicine for contemporary practice.

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Yaoping ‘Violet’ Song, PhD, LAc

Director, Department of Herbal Studies

Dr. Violet Song, PhD, LAc is the only PhD of TCM pharmacy in North America. She has a concentration in Tibetan herbal medicine.

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Cara Edmond, LMSW

Department of Integral Studies

Cara Edmond, LMSW specializes in psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention (domestic violence, substance abuse, child and elder abuse, perinatal loss, suicide prevention), care planning (for inpatient and outpatient services), and as a support group facilitator.

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James Phillips, MSOM, LAc

Department of Acupuncture

James Phillips, MSOM, LAc is co-owner of Turtle Dragon Herb and Tea, Co. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese translating for Chinese doctors and publishing companies. He has a passion for integrating traditional Chinese medical thought with contemporary physics and systems-based biological thought.

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Claudia Voyles, MSOM, LAc

Clinic Supervisor

Claudia Voyles, MSOM, LAc is a national leader in the movement to use acupuncture for healing addiction. She teaches National Association Detox Acupuncture (NADA) instructors.

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Rupesh Chhagan, MSOM, LAc, LMT

Department of Acupuncture

Rupesh Chhagan, MSOM, LAc, LMT has expertise in the Hakomi method of self-awareness. His clinical focus is on synthesizing Chinese medicine and Hakomi in the treatment of ecopsychosocial pain.

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Shengyan ‘Grace’ Tan, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Department of Integral Studies

Shengyan ‘Grace’ Tan, PhD, MD (China), LAc is the only TCM ophthalmologist practicing and teaching in North America. She is in a family lineage of acupuncturists who use the Yi Jing as a basis for clinical thought.

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Julia Aziz, MSSW, LCSW

MAcOM Department of Integral Studies

Julia Aziz, LCSW has experience as an interfaith minister and psychotherapist. She leads professional development retreats using meditation, journaling, and movement. She is author of Lessons of Labor.

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Rebecca Andrews, ND

Department of Biomedical Science

Rebecca Andrews, ND is an expert in environmental medicine. She applies this knowledge to women's healthcare, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia through natural hormone and neurotransmitter balancing techniques.

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John S Finnell ND, MPH, MS, LAc

DAOM Program Director, Research Department Director

John S. Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc has made contributions to anti-aging research studying the topic of enzyme pathways for Klotho. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

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Zhongling Zhang, MD (China), LAc

Clinical Supervisor

Zhongling Zhang, MD (China), LAc has over 20 years of clinical experience practicing Chinese medicine in China and the United States.

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Sylvia Deily, DC

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Sylvia Deily, DC is co-author of Rehabilitation of the Spine and a leading expert in rehabilitation with a particular focus on the McKenzie method.

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Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc

Department of Research

Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc received one the first NIH funded Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) grants to conduct a study of acupuncture. She serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy and School of Nursing.

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Anne Cusick, MAcOM, LAc

Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

Anne Cusick, MAcOM, LAc has expertise in Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnostic methods and a long-standing interest in Japanese styles of acupuncture.

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Amelia Love, ND

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Amelia Love, ND maintains certifications as a Doula and a CranioSacral Therapist focusing on women's health and pediatrics. She participated in genetics research with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

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Billy Zachary, MSOM, LAc

Clinic Supervisor

Billy Zachary, MSOM, LAc specializes in the use of acupuncture & herbal medicine in the treatment of emotional trauma. He completed training in the Hakomi method of mindfulness-centered somatic psychotherapy.

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Aaron Rubinstein, LAc

Co-Teaching: Advanced Needling 2, Japanese Style Focus

Aaron Rubinstein, LAc is an advanced practitioner of Japanese acupuncture. He is expert in teaching the methods of Kobayashi Shoji. He has published works in the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine.

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Justin Phillips, MSTCM, LAc

Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

Justin studied TCM at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, and worked as the associate dean and director of clinical studies for medical qigong at the Healing Tao Institute. Justin also operates Stonegate Wellness Center in Austin.

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Amy Nelson, ND

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Amy Nelson, ND was an associate at the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment Center in Santa Monica, CA. She utilizes equine therapy to aid in mental emotional work in her patients.

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Jing Fan, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Director of Clinical Education

Jing Fan, PhD, MD (China) served as instructor at Harvard Medical School and guest faculty at Johns Hopkins University. He recently finished a two-year, postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He has a concentration in pre-modern tuina techniques.

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Christina Nelson, ND, MA, LMT, RYT

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Christina Nelson, ND, is a wellness education consultant, yoga teacher, massage therapist, and global health advocate. She has worked collaboratively to reduce tropical disease mortality through outreach programs in underserved rural and urban settings throughout the U.S., India, Mexico, Central, and South America. 

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Mark Sodders, DAOM, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), LAc

Department of Integral Studies

Dr. Sodders earned a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in family medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He published a clinical reference guide concerning human health and disease as it relates to the climate and meteorological conditions. 

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