Master's of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Faculty

Department of Biomedical Science

Dr. Andrews’ career in healthcare began in 1995 when she completed massage therapy training. She subsequently earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and master of Acupuncture degrees from Bastyr University in 2003. Prior to relocating to Austin, TX, she maintained a private clinical practice in Seattle, WA where she practiced in general medicine and specialized in women's healthcare and the treatment of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Other specialty areas included pain management and physical medicine, environmental medicine, botanical medicine, and natural hormone and neurotransmitter balancing. In addition to her many years of clinical experience,...

Department of Acupuncture

Rupesh Chhagan earned his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2003 and his decision to investigate concepts in healing and psychology led him to complete extensive post-graduate training in mindfulness-based, experiential methods of self-awareness through the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, CO. The owner of Windhorse Medicine in Austin, TX, Chhagan maintains an active clinical practice focused on providing relief from physical and emotional pain through a combined approach that includes Chinese medicine, Hakomi methodology, mindfulness meditation, and integration of the mind-body-spirit. Chhagan has mentored students at AOMA in acupuncture point location and...

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Cone has extensive experience in reading MRI, CT, and radiographic images, and performing comprehensive physical examination on surgical patients. Additionally, he is certified in Intravenous and Injectable Nutrients and Homeopathics and received his Advanced Practice Chiropractic Physician status with a prescription drug license in New Mexico in 2010.  Cone has advanced pain management training in ultrasound guided injections for trigger point, joint, and nerve block procedures. He has also received advanced training chelation and oxidative therapies and is working towards a Diplomate in Internal Diagnosis and a Diplomate in Nutrition.  In the...

Anne Cusick is an Austin-based professional practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In addition to maintaining her private clinical practice, Cusick is active in the local integrative medicine community, where she works collaboratively with a family medicine doctor to deliver comprehensive patient care. She specializes in pain management, stress relief, digestive health, and the treatment sleep disorders. In addition to her studies at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, she has also completed extensive training in Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis and Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. Ms. Cusick has been supervising clinic and lecturing at AOMA...

Dr. Christopher Dewey is a certified life coach, entrepreneur, writer, and retired university professor. Prior to joining AOMA’s faculty, he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and as an adjunct faculty member with a specialization in martial arts in the Department of Kinesiology at Mississippi State University. In addition to his academic career, Dewey also has nearly thirty years of experience teaching martial arts and successful small-business management.

Department of Integral Studies

Cara Edmond has worked in healthcare for more than 10 years. Most recently, Mrs. Edmond ran a private practice subcontracting from Medicaid to provide medical case management services to children and pregnant women. Mrs. Edmond also worked in hospital settings specializing 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. Mrs. Edmond has taught Case Management at AOMA since 2011 and she is also the Director of Continuing Education and Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

Department of Integral Studies

Yongxin Fan is an accomplished instructor of traditional Chinese tuina. He practiced and taught as an attending medical doctor and instructor at the Acupuncture Institute at the Chinese National Academy of TCM and at the Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center. A member of AOBTA, Yongxin Fan has lectured and worked as a visiting professor in Holland, Germany, and Japan. He has more than 16 years of clinical experience and his research has been published in the National Journal of TCM. He specializes in applying an integrated therapy consisting of acupuncture, herbs, and tuina to treat various pain syndromes, including acute and chronic articulation and...

DAOM Program Director, Research Department Director

Prior to beginning his career in integrative medicine, Dr. Finnell completed a Master’s of Science in environmental engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.  He subsequently earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in addition to a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.  Dr. Finnell has completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and served as the acting Director of Research for the True North Health Foundation. He has lead and...

Elizabeth Fordyce has practiced as a licensed acupuncturist and registered massage therapist for over 15 years. Fordyce’s professional background also includes work as an emergency medical technician for the Pecos Ambulance Company and the Santa Fe Ski Patrol from 1987 to 1992. Her specialized acupuncture training is characterized by extensive post-graduate studies in the Tan Balance Method and Master Tung’s points. Fordyce’s teaching background is comprehensive. Before coming to AOMA, she taught as a visiting professor at the Acupuncture Institute of Ananda Nagar, West Bengal, India. She has served as clinical supervisor at AOMA since 2004.

MAcOM Program Director, Director of Clinical Education

Lesley is the program director for the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program, as well as the Director of Clinical Education. Lesley maintains a clinical practice at AOMA's Professional Clinic South in addition to teaching Chinese materia medica, Chinese herbal treatment of disease, and ethics and legal issues courses and supervising in the student clinics at AOMA.  Her mission in life is to provide support and opportunities for others to excel - patients, students, colleagues, friends, and family. Lesley is actively pursuing the doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine degree at AOMA and expects to graduate in 2016. Lesley's...

Department of Integral Studies

Yan He is an acupuncturist and herbal specialist with more than eighteen years of experience in practicing and teaching acupuncture and Chinese herbs. She has special training in acupuncture facial rejuvenation and is a third degree chef in dietary therapy. She has published several textbooks on acupuncture and herbs and dozens of articles on these topics. Previous to her arrival in the United States, Yan He served as faculty member, practitioner, and Director of Administration at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Since 2001, she has been a clinical supervisor and tai chi instructor at AOMA.

Dean of Academics

Dr. Yuxin He’s expertise as a teacher and practitioner enriches the learning experience of AOMA students and his contributions to both community and to the larger profession embody the institution’s commitment to excellence.  In addition to his considerable interaction with the larger profession at the national level, Dr. He serves AOMA as Dean of Academics and as a senior faculty member in the Herbal Studies Department.  Dr. He is an award-winning researcher whose contributions to the profession are numerous and substantive.  He is the author of eight books on Chinese medicine and has published a number of scholarly articles in respected...

Dean of Students

Previous to the start of his career as a healthcare provider, Robert Laguna worked as an educator. He holds a teaching certificate in Texas and has over ten years of experience teaching in the Texas public school system. In 1998, he was part of an acupuncture brigade that brought relief and education to medical personnel in Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. Laguna’s experience includes the treatment of patients with chemical dependencies and work in family practice clinics alongside Western physicians. Laguna is an active member of the AOMA community and his teaching background has translated to the work he does in AOMA’s classrooms.  Laguna...

Department of Acupuncture

Yuxing Liu was on the faculty of the Chengdu University and Teaching Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students and served as a director and as an associate researcher. Liu is an active scholar whose publications include papers, articles and books about his clinical experiences, and research findings. He has authored ten textbooks on TCM, and one of his texts is used by graduate students in TCM colleges and universities throughout China. He presided over 15 research projects that investigated varying topics, including: pain management, psychological and emotional disorders, digestive disorders and rheumatoid...

Department of Biomedical Sciences

After completing her BS in chemistry, Dr. Love worked as a math and science teacher and participated in genetics research with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Her interest in natural health and patient education drew her toward naturopathic medicine and, in 2010 she completed her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Dr. Love now maintains a private practice in Austin, TX, focusing on women’s health and pediatrics. She maintains additional certifications as a Doula and a CranioSacral Therapist and enjoys sharing her love of natural medicine and learning with her...

Department of Acupuncture

Luo is an active scholar whose research program encompasses investigation of the effects of electro-acupuncture on Alzheimer’s disease and inquiry into the use of acupuncture and herbal treatments in cases of cerebral hemorrhage.  He is an accomplished physician whose peers at the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, China recognized him with the designation “Excellent Doctor,” an honor bestowed on only 10 of the 2000 doctors in the hospital.  Luo has been a professional interpreter for the Chengdu University of TCM and for international medical delegations.  Luo is also an experienced and highly dedicated...

Director, Department of Herbal Studies

Dongxin Ma practiced Oriental medicine and taught foreign students in China for more than eight years before coming to the United States. An expert in both acupuncture and Chinese herbs, Ma has published research papers and books, and has presented at several international conferences. He maintains an active clinical practice where he specializes in treating women’s disorders and allergies. Ma has been on faculty at AOMA since 1999, becoming Director of the Department of Clinical Education. In 2001 he became the Dean of Herbal Studies.

Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Raja Mandyam obtained membership in the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1974 and held a consultant post at Medway Hospital in Kent, England, where he specialized in intensive care. He has worked worldwide and has held consultant physician positions in England, India, Papua New Guinea, and Saudi Arabia. For more than ten years he served as Professor of Medicine (tenured) and  as a gastroenterologist (visiting) at the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), in Bangalore, India. Mandyam is interested in the adaptation of modern medicine into trans-cultural settings and in extending healthcare teaching at all levels. In 1998, he was elected to the...

Department of Integral Studies

Lorena Monda is the author of The Practice of Wholeness: Spiritual Transformation in Everyday Life. She maintains a private practice that combines traditional Chinese medicine and body-centered psychotherapy. Active in the profession, she has served on the faculty of the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM and has also been a consultant to the Texas Council on Family Violence and the Center for Battered Women in Austin. She is a certified Hakomi therapist and trainer for the Hakomi Institute for Body-Centered Psychotherapy. In addition, Monda serves as the vice president of Golden Flower Chinese Herbs. She has been on faculty at AOMA since 1994, where she...

Teaching Herb-Drug Interactions

Dr. Amy Nelson combines a diverse science and arts background with clinical experience and strong commitment to teaching. Dr. Nelson graduated in 2007 with a Biology degree from Rocky Mountain College followed by a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon in 2011. Since entering the Naturopath field, Dr. Nelson serves patients at the People’s Wellness Center in Austin. We welcome Dr. Nelson to AOMA to teach herb-drug interaction to our Master’s students. 

Clinical Supervisor

Zimei Pan was an instructor at Southeast University in Nanjing and conducted research in translation and pedagogy at the Teaching Hospital of Heilongjiang University of TCM in Heilongjiang, China. Pan maintains a private clinical practice in Austin, where she specializes in acupuncture and herbal treatment of women’s diseases, including menstrual problems, infertility, and menopause. Other clinical specialties include special painless needling technique via a combination of acupuncture and Shiatsu for the management of pain and for recuperation from sports injury, stress, depression, anxiety, and emotional imbalance. Pan has been a clinical supervisor at AOMA...

Department of Acupuncture

Mr. Phillips began his education in Chinese medicine in 1994 in the city of Kunming, in China. While completing his BA in Chinese Literature he attended clinical rotations for two years at Kunming City Hospital. In 1997, he continued his studies in Chinese Herbology in Taibei, Taiwan. Phillips earned his MSOM degree at AOMA. Phillips retains his close ties with Chinese language and culture. In addition to acting as a translator for Chinese doctors and publishing companies, Phillips is co-owner of Turtle Dragon Herb and Tea, Co. and he maintains a private Chinese medical practice in Austin, TX. He has been teaching various aspects of Chinese medicine since 2000. Mr....

Co-Teaching: Advanced Needling 2, Japanese Style Focus

Aaron has been dedicated to the study and practice of Japanese acupuncture since 2001. He has studied thoroughly three systems of Japanese acupuncture, which he incorporates into his clinical practice. Aaron studied biomedical science and behavioral neuroscience as part of a psychology degree at Texas A&M and received his TCM training at Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As part of an internship in Amsterdam with Stephen Birch and Junko Ida, Aaron completed a 90-hour course in Japanese Acupuncture in addition to 140 additional hours of training in Japanese Acupuncture with Kobayashi Shoji, the originator of Japanese style acupuncture. Currently,...

Department of Acupuncture

Xiaotian Shen has taught acupuncture and herbal medicine at two colleges in China and was a traditional Chinese medicine physician at the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu College of Medical Continuing Education. In addition to contributing to various professional journals, Shen serves as a member of the NCCAOM exam-writing committee and is a certified examiner of Clean Needle Techniques. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences on topics such as the use of traditional Chinese medicine in treating patients with multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, and diabetes; and on the interactions between Chinese herbs and pharmaceuticals. Shen, who served as Director of Clinical...

Department of Herbal Studies

Prior to beginning her employment with AOMA, Dr. Song began her teaching career in 2002, when she took a position as an instructor at Chengdu University.  There, she lectured on the science of TCM prescriptions and on TCM herbology and TCM pharmacology. She has participated in research studies that investigated the compatibility, pharmacology, and toxicology of TCM formulas and Chinese ethnic medicine, including Tibetan medicinal herbs. She has also participated in studies funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation of China. Song has been on the faculty at AOMA since 2008. Research areas Traditional Chinese medicine herbal formulas; Tibetan...

Teaching Medical Qi Gong

Jampa is an accomplished practitioner of acupuncture, published writer, and presenter of Chinese Medicine who has served on the TAAOM Board, National Qigong Association as well as an instructor at AOMA previously. Jampa has also taught at the Healing Tao Institute in addition to serving the needs of his patients in private practice in Santa Fe, NM and Austin. Jampa is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist as well as a Medical Qigong Therapist and Tai Chi/Qigong Master. We welcome Jampa’s many years of experience, knowledge and talents to AOMA. 

Department of Integral Studies

Dr. Tan is the first PhD-level TCM practitioner specializing in ophthalmology to teach in the United States. Before transferring to this country, Dr. Tan served for four years as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinical supervisor in the ENT and Ophthalmology Department of the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM. She has also served as a clinic interpreter, instructor, and lecturer and has published several peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Tan brings energy, knowledge, and clinical experience to the AOMA faculty. At AOMA Tan teaches TCM Diagnostic Skills I and II, Herbal Safety, Herbal Patents, and Clinic Theater 1, and supervises clinic rotations. She has been...

Debbie Vaughn is an experienced practitioner of acupuncture & Chinese medicine. She maintains a busy clinical practice in Austin, TX where she focuses on pain resolution, detoxification, and creating personalized nutrition and lifestyle plans for patients. In addition to her professional career in Chinese medicine, Debbie also worked as a doula and maternal-child health educator for AmeriCorps National Service; coaching women through childbirth in a hospital setting. She is a frequent speaker on health care topics at the Bodhi Yoga Wellness Center and was a featured lecturer at the Texas Medical Auditors Association...

Clinical Supervisor

Ms. Voyles earned a BA in Psychology from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She subsequently completed her postgraduate studies in China. She worked as clinician and administrator in the behavioral health field for many years prior to becoming an acupuncturist. Voyles has trained acupuncturists and addiction and mental health providers in NADA-style treatment methods and has published numerous articles and essays on the subject. Trained primarily in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ms. Voyles often employs Dr. Tan's Balance Method and, as appropriate, includes aspects of Five Elements theory in her treatments....

Vice President of Faculty

Qianzhi Wu began his practice of acupuncture in 1977 under the direction of a veteran barefoot doctor.  Dr. Wu later enrolled in TCM schools, where he deepened his knowledge base while studying over the course of seven years. He served as supervisor, associate professor, and medical doctor at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Wu has been a professor and clinical supervisor at AOMA since 1996, becoming Dean of Faculty on 2006 and Vice President of Faculty in 2009. Wu has published six books and multiple articles. He maintains an active clinical practice in Austin, where he specializes in the treatment of internal medical disorders, sports...

Department of Integral Studies

Qiao Xu has performed extensive research in the field of Chinese medicine, focusing primarily on internal medicine and gynecology. She has over 21 years of experience as a teacher and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. After earning her medical degree, Xu pursued postgraduate clinical study at Qinhuangdao Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and took the opportunity to study advanced acupuncture and tuina at Dalian Health Department. Before coming to the United States, she served as medical doctor at Dalian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Xu has been a clinical supervisor at AOMA since 2003. She has a private acupuncture practice in...

Billy Zachary is a licensed acupuncturist with over ten years of experience working as a professional practitioner. Since earning his master’s degree in acupuncture & Oriental medicine from AOMA Graduate School if Integrative Medicine in 2004, he has completed extensive training in the Hakomi method of mindfulness-centered somatic psychotherapy. He maintains an active clinical practice in Austin, Texas where he specializes in the use of acupuncture & herbal medicine in the treatment of emotional trauma.

Director, Department of Acupuncture

Zheng Zeng started teaching and practicing acupuncture in 1994 at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the best teaching (?) hospitals of its kind in China. She also practiced and taught in Tel-Aviv, Israel for one year. A fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)and a board-certified reproductive acupuncturist, she is a recognized specialist in women’s health. Zheng Zeng presented “Treatment of female infertility with acupuncture” at a conference designed solely for medical practitioners, the 21st Annual Symposium for Medical Acupuncture in 2009, in [location].She presented “Treatment of...

Clinical Supervisor

Zhongling Zhang has over 21 years of clinical experience practicing Chinese medicine in China and the United States. In private practice she specializes in the treatment of allergies, insomnia, stress, and depression. She supervises at the North Student Intern Clinic.

Department of Herbal Studies

Ziyang Zhou was a chief clinical physician at the first specialized acupuncture hospital in China prior to 1995. He holds three patents for acupuncture equipment in China and has done extensive research on moxibustion and scalp acupuncture. Zhou has published several research papers and is the author of four books. He has been practicing Chinese medicine since 1988 and teaching Chinese acupuncture and herbology in the United States since 1995. Zhou, who is in private practice in Austin, has been on faculty at AOMA since 2001, where he teaches the tri-part sequence on single herbs.