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, Department of Herbal Studies

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, Department of Acupuncture, 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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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, Clinic Supervisor

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 Mind-Body 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 Mind-Body 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 Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

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 (MEd), LAc

VP Academics and Accreditation, MAcOM Program Director, Academic Advisor, Department of Herbal Studies

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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Will Morris, PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc

Resident Scholar, Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

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, DAOM Program and Department of Herbal Studies; Clinic Supervisor

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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Claudia Voyles, DAOM, LAc

Clinic Supervisor

Claudia Voyles, DAOM, 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 Integral Studies

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 Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

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 and Board-Approved Supervisor

Department of Integral Studies

Julia Aziz, LCSW has over twenty years of experience as a counselor and facilitator. She leads wellness groups and professional development workshops, and she is the author of Lessons of Labor.

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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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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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Billy Zachary, DAOM, LAc

Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

Billy Zachary, DAOM, 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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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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Stefanie Dwyer, DAcOM, LAc

Department of Integral Studies

 Stefanie began working in the financial industry since 1996 as a financial advisor conducting training sessions on marketing, finance and sales concepts. She currently teaches AOMA's practice management course.

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Paulina Caban, ND

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Paulina helped bring naturopathic medicine to underserved populations in Berkeley, CA. She studied with Ayurvedic doctors in India and community healers in Central America.

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Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, DIPL. AC, AP, SLP, DOM

Department of Integral Studies

Dr. Captain's knowledge and enthusiasm for health and wellness has earned her a reputation as a qualified lecturer, keynote speaker, and experienced teacher throughout the United States.

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Amy Moll, DAOM, LAc

In her private practice, Dr. Moll provides a unique combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and functional neurology for the treatment of neurological disorders.

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Kayla L. DeShane, DAcOM, LAc

Department of Integral Studies

Dr. Kayla has been interested in medicine and helping people heal from a young age, declaring herself “pre-med” in middle school.

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Philip Garrison, DAOM, LAc

MAcOM-DAcOM Assistant Program Director

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Anne Jeffres, DAOM, LAc

Department of Integral Studies

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Benjamin King, PhD

Department of Integral Studies and Research

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Reagan Taylor, MAcOM, LAc

Academic Coordinator, Department of Acupuncture

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Mollie S. Nelson, PhD, RN

Department of Biomedical Studies

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Guillaume Vincent, DAcOM, LAc

Clinical Supervisor

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Zhenni Jin, DAOM, LAc

Department of Chinese Herbal Studies

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