Dr. Michael Bandy’s commitment to manual therapy began after a bicycle race up Cedar Hill in Dallas in 1984. A skilled massage therapist had released the tension in his rib cage a few days before and he found that he could breathe more deeply and with greater ease. He finished the race third, ahead of a pack of much better climbers. Huge for a cyclist at 6 feet 2 inches tall and 195 pounds, Dr. Bandy calls his finishing third “a minor miracle.” After a few visits to a Rolfer and a Feldenkrais practitioner restored the freedom in his often-separated right shoulder, Dr. Bandy’s commitment to manual therapy solidified. By 1988 he had completed a...
Shengyan ‘Grace’ Tan, PhD, OMD, MD (China), LAc
“Superior doctors prevent illness."
Dr. Shengyan “Grace” Tan is the first PhD-trained TCM practitioner specializing in ophthalmology to teach in the United States. Her dedication to her medical practice is the result of both nature and nurture. She was born in Chengdu, China into a traditional Chinese medicine family, and both her father and grandfather are noted Chinese medical doctors. Her father, also a well-known university professor, is an expert in dietary therapy and herbal preparation. Whenever she got sick as a child, Dr. Tan recalls always being treated with acupuncture and herbs and not by Western medicine. This was her inspiration to pursue her PhD in traditional Chinese medicine at Chengdu University of TCM. After completing her PhD, Dr. Tan worked for four years as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinical supervisor in the ENT and Ophthalmology Department of the teaching hospital of Chengdu University.
Dr. Tan brings the fruit of this energy, knowledge, and clinical expertise to AOMA both in the classroom and in the clinic. Her clinical specialties include eye disease, ENT (ear, nose, and throat), allergies, stress, insomnia, digestive disorders, female disorders, pain management, and cancer care.
The use of Chinese herbs is a matter of course for Dr. Tan. As a child, she recollects that each season she and her family would drink different herbal teas and cook specific herbs in their food as preventative medicine. Every month they visited the herbal market where her father taught her to distinguish the highest quality herbs by their smell and taste. She also remembers listening to case discussions over the dinner table between her father and other professors and hearing them speak of their methods of herbal treatment. Dr. Tan has personal and professional experience with using both acupuncture and herbs for treating the side effects of cancer. After her grandmother died from pancreatic cancer, she devoted herself to researching the herbal treatment of cancer symptoms. Over the last ten years she has received much positive feedback from the cancer patients she has helped.
While the focus of her education has been on ENT and ophthalmology, Dr. Tan always comes back to the basics of classic TCM. “Returning to the root of Chinese medicine reminds me that everything is connected,” she explains. Her philosophy of the medicine holds that, “TCM treats each person and each disease as a holistic system, so if you understand the principles of the medicine one can effectively treat all kinds of problems. In Western medicine, if you specialize in something like ophthalmology, you can only treat the eyes.”
Dr. Tan believes in always showing compassion for her patients and really listening to them. She also is constantly studying and learning more about the ancient practice. “TCM is not just a medical science but a healing art which will not just help you physically, but also mentally and spiritually,” she says. “Chinese medicine is an integration of Chinese art, Daoism, Buddhism, Chinese painting, calligraphy, taiji, martial arts, and astrology. TCM balances the body and the soul; it is a holistic healing system.”
Dr. Tan and her husband (who is a TCM orthopedic specialist) have two year-old son. They enjoy jogging and hiking on the greenbelt. She also loves practicing medical qigong, cooking with Chinese herbs, doing Chinese calligraphy, and painting.
Eye disease (Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Cataracts, Dry eyes)
ENT (ear, nose, and throat)
Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Jing Fan joined AOMA in 2016 as a new faculty member and Director of Clinical Education. Dr. Fan received his bachelor of medicine (M.D. China), master of clinical medicine, and Ph.D. in orthopedics of Chinese medicine at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. He completed three fellowships in orthopedics and Chinese medicine at Nanjing First Hospital, Jiangsu Province Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Shanghai No.6 People's Hospital. He has been an associate Chief at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies and an...
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Dr. Shengyan “Grace” Tan is the first PhD-trained TCM practitioner specializing in ophthalmology to teach in the United States. Her dedication to her medical practice is the result of both nature and nurture. She was born in Chengdu, China into a traditional Chinese medicine family, and both her father and grandfather are noted Chinese medical doctors. Her father, also a well-known university professor, is an expert in dietary therapy and herbal preparation. Whenever she got sick as a child, Dr. Tan recalls always being treated with acupuncture and herbs and not by Western medicine. This was her inspiration to pursue her PhD in traditional...
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