MAcOM Faculty | DAOM Faculty

 MAcOM Faculty

The master's program’s faculty members are committed to the college and its mission. They are a dedicated and highly qualified group of professionals who generously share their knowledge and skills with their students. While grounded in the theoretical framework of their subject matter, most faculty members are also skilled practitioners, sharing their scholarship and clinical wisdom with OCOM’s students.

Most classroom faculty members teach several courses, often in sequence. They get to know their students well and often instruct them first as new students — opening the world of Chinese medicine to them. In the middle years of the curriculum, they guide students in integrating the theoretical with the practical application. In the final year of the program, the same faculty members serve as clinical supervisors, coaching interns in diagnosis, methodology and clinical judgment. By graduation, students have formed meaningful bonds with their faculty.

Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc received her BA in biochemistry and psychology from Evergreen State College in 1975. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1976 and helped found the Pain and Stress Relief Program at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston. She co-founded Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1983 and earned her ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1989. She currently maintains an active private practice.
Diet and Nutrition; Treating Children with TCM; Biochemistry; Adjunct, PT

Michael Berletich, MAcOM, LAc earned his BA from Humboldt State University in 1992 and his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2005. Michael has more than 10 years experience studying qigong, meditation, massage and herbal medicine. He is currently pursuing his DAOM degree at OCOM and maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.
Bridging Chinese Medicine Theory and Chinese Classics; Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine; Chinese Herbal Medicine: The Pharmacopoeia; Clinical Supervisor; Core, FT

Candise Branum, MLS received her BS in sociology from Portland State University in 2005 and her MLS from Emporia State University in 2009. In addition to being the faculty librarian and teaching information literacy at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, she also teaches librarian CE courses on the topic of alternative medicine and is the Reviews Editor with American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. She has presented on issues of copyright, digital rights management and research.
Oriental Medicine Research; Director of Library Services; Administrator/Faculty

Elizabeth “Beth” Burch, ND is Dean of Doctoral Studies and Chair of Integrative Medicine for Oregon College of Oriental Medicine DAOM program. She earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 1986 from National College of Naturopathic Medicine. (See DAOM Faculty)
Oriental Medicine Research II; Administrator/Faculty

Adrianne Cadbury, LMT received her BSc in Sociology in 1992 and her Shiatsu Practitioner Certification from the Bristol School of Shiatsu in 1998. Since then she has worked as a shiatsu educator at the East West College of the Healing Arts, the Institute for Traditional Medicine, and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Tuina/Shiatsu, Clinical Supervisor; Adjunct, PT

Joseph J. Coletto, ND, LAc received a BS in education from University of North Dakota in 1975, an ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983, and an Oriental medicine diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1989. He has been teaching in various capacities since 1974 and is a master-teacher who mentors other faculty. He is currently in private practice as a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist.
Mind-Body Medicine; Western Clinical Diagnosis; Living Anatomy; Western Medical Terminology; Chair of Biomedicine; Core, FT

Forrest Cooper, DAOM, LAc earned his Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Michigan in 1990, his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2000, and his DAOM from OCOM in 2013. In addition to his private tuina and acupuncture practice, he teaches tuina classes at OCOM and serves as a supervisor of clinical interns.
Tuina; Pediatric Tuina; Foot Reflexology; Advanced Tuina; Tuina Clinic Supervisor; Clinical Supervisor; Core, FT

Marya Deda, MAcOM, LAc, LMT received a BA in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University in 1997, her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2005, and is currently pursuing her DAOM degree at OCOM. She has worked as a shiatsu therapist and acupuncturist at Immune Enhancement Project and maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.
Clinic Seminar; Clinical Supervisor; Core, PT

Daniel DeLapp, DC, ND, MAcOM, LAc earned his BS in nutrition and biochemistry in 1982 from the University of California-Davis, his DC degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1986, and his diplomate in orthopedics in 1989 from LACC. In 1996, he earned his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and in 1997, his ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty at National College of Natural Medicine, teaching dermatology, and has been a full-time clinician at University of Western States (formerly WSCC) for more than 20 years.
Structural Diagnosis; Adjunct, PT

Erin DeRamus, MAcOM, LAc received her BS in microbiology from University of Florida in 2001 and her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007. She has studied multiple forms of qigong and has served as a teaching assistant at OCOM in qigong and other courses. She co-instructs the Patient/Practitioner Relationship course, enlivening it with clinic cases and patient involvement. In 2009, she started the acupuncture program at the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA NW), where the focus is on pain management, neuralgia and numbness, and mental-emotional disorders.
Patient/Practitioner Relationship; Point Location; Clinical Supervisor; Core, PT

David C. Eisen, MSW, LAc received a BS from Cornell University in New York in 1977, an MSW from Washington University in Missouri in 1978 and graduated from New England School of Acupuncture in 1982. He has actively participated in the development and implementation of Chinese medical protocol for HIV/AIDS and for alcohol and drug detoxification and treatment. He is a founder of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and is currently Executive Director of Project Quest, a multidisciplinary health center serving people with HIV/AIDS, mental health and chemical dependency disorders, as well as other life-threatening illnesses.
Community Health and Chemical Dependency; Auricular Acupuncture; Adjunct, PT

Deb Espesete, MPH, MAcOM, LAc received her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2000 and her MPH from Oregon Health & Science University in 2013. She has taught Soaring Crane Qigong at the Cancer Care Center at Providence Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.
Issues in Public Health; Clinical Supervisor; Adjunct, PT

Sheng Fang, DAOM, LAc earned his Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Hunan Traditional Chinese Medical University in 1998, practicing and instructing in the affiliated hospital there until 2005. He earned his DAOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2013. He was a faculty member at Southwest Acupuncture College and currently maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas; TCM Diagnosis Lab; Herbal Prepared Medicines; Clinical Supervisor; Core, FT

Linda Faust, MAcOM, LAc earned a BS in nursing in 1981 and her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1992. She is a certified qigong instructor and worked as a registered nurse from 1981 to 1991 in both maternity and neonatal intensive care units. She has had a private practice in the Portland area since 1992.
Observation Skills; Clinical Supervisor; Adjunct, PT

Patricia J. Gallegos, DAOM, LAc received an Associates in Applied Sciences from Spokane Falls College in 1988. She earned both her master’s degree, in 2003, and her DAOM degree, in 2013, from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.
Observation Skills; Chinese Herbal Medicine; Clinical Supervisor; Adjunct, PT

Geoff Geness, DC, MAcOM, LAc earned a BS from USAFA in 1990 and became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2007 after graduating from the University of Western States. He earned his MAcOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2012. He has a private physical medicine practice, which incorporates his diverse skill set.
Structural Diagnosis; Adjunct, PT

Paul Messersmith-Glavin, MAcOM, LAc received his BA in General Studies from Antioch College in 1988 and earned his master’s degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2004. Since then he has practiced at Working Class Acupuncture and as a supervisor in OCOM’s teaching clinic.
Professional Observation, Tuina/Shiatsu, Clinical Supervisor; Adjunct, PT

Mark Goldby, MAcOM, LAc received a BS in general science in 1989 from University of Oregon with major emphasis in organic chemistry and biology. He received his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1995 and supervised the college’s herbal medicinary from 1997 to 2000. He has since maintained a private practice with an emphasis on Chinese herbal medicine. In 2003, he completed a three-year, post-graduate research fellowship through a NIH grant with Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Kaiser Permanente.
Survey of Western Physics; Adjunct, PT

Nancy J. Grotton, MAcOM, LAc earned a BS in English and sports journalism from Springfield College in 1981 and worked for more than a decade for NIKE. In 1997, she earned her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Her experience as an acupuncturist includes public health, private practice, community acupuncture and hospice work, as well as prior work as a teaching assistant in several hands-on courses at OCOM. She has practiced meditation for 20 years and currently serves as OCOM’s Dean of Students.
Mind-Body Medicine; Administrator/Faculty

Susan Hare, BA, LMT received her BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1988. She completed shiatsu training at East West College of Healing Arts in 1999 and studied for the next decade with the late Pauline Sasaki, a master of shiatsu known for her development of the Quantum Shiatsu system. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Hare offers workshops and private instruction in Portland. She has instructed the shiatsu course at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and also worked as the Immune Enhancement Project’s shiatsu program director and practitioner.
Shiatsu; Shiatsu Clinical Supervisor; Core, PT

Beth Hazzard, MAcOM, LAc, LMT earned her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2010. She also graduated from East-West College of the Healing Arts and the Shiatsu College of England post-graduate program. She has completed various advanced shiatsu seminars during her 17 years of massage practice.
Shiatsu; Advanced Shiatsu; Shiatsu Clinic Supervisor; Core; PT

Amber Hincks MAcOM, LAc received a BA in Religious Studies from Boston University in 2006 and her MAcOM from OCOM in 2011. She practices at Vitalize Acupuncture + Herbal Medicine in Portland, Oregon with a focus on women’s health issues. A teaching assistant at OCOM for several years, she is an Herbal Practicum Instructor in the OCOM Herbal Medicinary.
Herbal Practicum; Adjunct, PT

Beth Howlett, MAcOM, LAc earned a BA in East Asian studies from Bryn Mawr College in 1999 and her MAcOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008. She has lived, worked and studied in China and is proficient in Chinese. She works at OCOM as Director of Communications. As OCOM faculty, she accompanies students participating in the elective clinical training program at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.
Clinical Study in China; Oriental Medicine Research Project; Chinese Nutrition; Adjunct, PT

Clyde B. Jensen, PhD earned his AS in biology from Ricks College in 1968, his BS in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1970, his MS in physiology and PhD in pharmacology from University of North Dakota in 1973 and 1974, respectively. He currently serves as Vice President for University Relations at University of Western States. He is distinguished as the only person to have served as a leader and professor (physiology and pharmacology) in colleges of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, Oriental medicine and chiropractic.
Western Pharmacology; Adjunct, PT

Wen Jiang, PhD (China), LAc received a PhD in acupuncture from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Tianjin, China in 2005. In 2000, she received a Master of Science in Acupuncture from Shandong University of TCM in Jinan, China, and in 1992, earned a Bachelor of Science in TCM from Shandong University of TCM. She worked as a physician and acupuncturist at the Fourth Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University of TCM and Tianjin Weixie Hospital from 1992 to 2005. She specializes in TCM gynecology and neurology. From 2005 to 2013, she was full-time faculty at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and practiced at their TCM Health Center. She has published in the areas of needling techniques and acupuncture for gynecological and neurological problems.
Point Actions and Indications; Acupuncture Techniques; Clinical Skills; Electro-acupuncture/Microsystems; Clinical Supervisor; Core, FT

Hong Jin, DAOM, LAc received her Bachelor of Medicine (BMed) degree from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and was an intern and physician at the university’s affiliated hospital. In 1987, she studied medical education and English at the Ministry of Health English Training Center, Xian Medical University, Xian, Shanxi. She taught at Nanjing University of TCM for seven years. She earned her DAOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007 and has been on OCOM’s faculty since 1993.
External Uses of Chinese Herbs; Herbal Prescription Strategies; Clinical Supervisor; Chair of Oriental Medicine; Core, FT

Jorge M. Kaufmann, ND, MSOM, LAc earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine and his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. He earned his BS degree in nutrition from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. Dr. Kaufmann practiced family medicine with a focus on men’s health and chronic disease in Brookline, Massachusetts and in Portland, Oregon from 2004 to 2010. He has been faculty at Heald College from 2008 to 2013.
Anatomy and Physiology; Core, PT

Allison Keil, MAcOM, LAc received a BA in Psychology from Willamette University in 2002. She graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2005. After working as an LMT for several years, she earned a master’s degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2012. She maintains a practice in Portland, Oregon while working as a supervisor and Herbal Practicum instructor in the OCOM Herbal Medicinary.
Herbal Practicum; Adjunct, PT

Martin Kidwell, DAOM, LAc serves as Dean of Master's Studies. He received a BA in religious studies from the University of California, and graduated in 1997 from Meiji College of Oriental Medicine in San Francisco with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. In 2010, he earned his DAOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Before moving to Oregon in 2007, he practiced in the Twin Cities at the TCM Health Center, teaching Meridians, Point Location I and II, OSHA/CNT and Board Review at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 

PikShan Ko, BA earned his bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington in 1977. He has trained extensively in various internal arts and is the fifth generation lineage holder of Kwongsai Jook Lum Temple Praying Mantis School (Jiangxi Bamboo Forest Temple). He has been an instructor of Qigong, Neigong, meditation and various forms of healing and martial arts since 1978 and has taught taiji quan at the National College of Natural Medicine since 2005.
Taiji Quan; Adjunct, PT

Zhenbo Li, PhD (China), LAc earned a bachelor’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1986 and a master’s degree in TCM Internal Medicine in 1991, both from Shandong University of TCM. In 1998, she graduated from Guangzhou University of TCM, earning a PhD in TCM, specializing in internal medicine and engaging in research in hematology. Prior to teaching at OCOM, she taught Chinese medicine for 10 years in China at Shandong University and at First Teaching Hospital of Guangzhou University of TCM and at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Minnesota. She has published numerous articles in Chinese and English.
TCM Pathology and Therapeutics; TCM Diagnosis Lab; Clinical Supervisor; Core, FT

Guohui Liu, MMed (China), LAc earned a master’s degree in medicine from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He served there as a teaching assistant, lecturer and associate professor in the Department of Medicine from 1985 to 1994 and was a visiting lecturer at the Zurich Association for TCM in Switzerland from 1993 to 1994. He has published numerous papers and scholarly works on TCM internal medicine, TCM classics and male genito-urinary disorders. His book, Warm Pathogen Diseases: A Clinical Guide, was published in 2001.
Herbal Combinations; Advanced Theory; Adjunct, PT

He Liu has been practicing qigong since age four and was trained by her grandfather as a qigong master. Since leaving China in 1989, she has taught qigong and healing techniques extensively throughout Europe. Along with her brother, she founded a qigong school in France and co-authored two books on qigong theory.
Qigong IV-IX; Core, PT

Greg A. Livingston, PhD (China), LAc earned his Doctorate in Chinese Medicine Clinical Fundamentals (Shang Han Lun focus) from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in 2009, and his master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in 1997. Dr. Livingston is one of the few Westerners to have completed a Chinese medicine PhD in China, entirely in Chinese, and to be licensed to practice Chinese medicine in China, where he spent more than 10 years as a student, teacher and clinician. Currently he maintains a private practice at OCOM Clinic, specializing in internal and general family medicine, with a focus on Chinese herbology.
TCM Theory; Diagnosis Lab; Clinical Theater; Clinical Supervisor; Core, FT

Robert (Chico) Livingston, MD, MSTCM, LAc earned his MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 1978 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital. He earned his MS in human nutrition from Columbia University in 1975, and a BA in psychology from Washington University in 1973. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe with his master’s in TCM in 2007 and is NCCAOM certified in Oriental medicine. He has practiced medicine for more than 30 years, in primary care, urgent care and for Indian Health Services.
Western Pathology; Microbiology; Core, PT

Yan Lu, DAOM, LAc received his Bachelor of Medicine (BMed) degree from the Heilongjiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China) in 1990 and his DAOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007. He has assisted in clinical and experimental research on acupuncture treatment of cerebral stroke and has extensive training in tuina massage.
Tuina; Core, PT

Elizabeth March, DAOM, LAc earned an Associate of Science in science from Portland Community College in 1993. She received her MAcOM in 1996 and her DAOM in 2013, both from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. In private practice since 1996, she has extensively studied tuina.
Point Location; Acupuncture Techniques; Clinical Skills; Respectful Touch; Clinical Supervisor; Core, PT

Sallie McKibben, MAcOM, LAc received a BA in Asian Studies with a minor in Biology from Florida International University in 2009. In 2008, she received a U.S. State Department-sponsored Critical Language Scholarship and continued her Mandarin studies in Suzhou. In 2013, she received her master’s degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She currently practices at Sunnyside Collaborative Care in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Herbal Practicum; Adjunct, PT

Kerrie Nasman, MAcOM, LAc earned her BS in psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 1990, and her MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2001. She has been a teaching assistant in numerous courses at OCOM since 2005 and maintains a private acupuncture practice in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Point Location; Clinic Supervisor; Core, PT

Jasmine Patel, MSAOM, LAc graduated from Bastyr University in Bothell, Washington in 2001 with her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She worked in China for two months at the Shuguang Hospital in Shanghai, where she had rotations in internal medicine, gynecology, trauma, oncology and cardiology. She completed a residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, which was then the only medical center offering a post-graduate medical residency program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She currently has hospital privileges at Providence St. Vincent’s and Providence Portland Medical Center, and is licensed as an acupuncturist in Oregon and Washington.
Clinical Supervisor; Clinical Theater; Core; PT

Julie Porter, BA earned her bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College and has studied qigong extensively since 1995: in China, at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, with the Wu Dao Jing She International Qigong Society, and with Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School. Certified in numerous qigong forms, she taught at Providence Hospital from 2000 to 2004, and has taught at Portland State University and OCOM since 2004.
Qigong I-IX; Core, PT

Tina Rea, LMT received her BA in Art from California Lutheran University in 1983. In 1994, she enrolled at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland OR and received her Massage Therapy License in 1995. Over the last 20 years her focus has been as a Zen Shiatsu Practitioner, with advanced training from Shiatsu College of the UK, both in the United States and in Europe. In addition, she has trained with Pauline Sasaki a well regarded teacher and practitioner from the U.S. She has been a Shiatsu Practitioner at IEP, (The Immune Enhancement Project) of the Institute for Traditional Medicine. She maintains a private practice.
Herbal Practicum; Adjunct, PT

Stephen Saeks, PhD, MAcOM, LAc earned his master’s in clinical psychology from Xavier University in 1984, his PhD in clinical psychology from University of Hawaii in 1988 and his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2003. In addition, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Menninger Clinic, where he worked for 12 years and was the Director of Group Psychotherapy. He also specialized in the treatment of addicted and nonaddicted professionals. His private practice integrates his Western psychology training with his Traditional Chinese Medicine training.
Mental and Emotional Disorders – An Integrated Approach; Adjunct, PT

Andrew Schlabach, MAcOM, LAc received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008. He is the co-founder and President of the Acupuncture Relief Project, an organization that has provides acupuncture treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu Nepal, and maintains a private practice in Vancouver, Washington.
Clinical Supervisor; Clinical Theater; Core; PT

Erico Schleicher, MAcOM, LAc received his BA from Oberlin College in 1994, and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002. He has been in private practice for more than 10 years and emphasizes holistic approaches to medicine. He is an enthusiastic herbalist and gardener with a love for the wild local plant medicines of the Cascadia bioregion.
Clinic Seminar; Clinical Supervisor; Core, PT

Erika Sigrist, ND, MAcOM, LAc received her BA in Art History from University of Oregon in 2002, her ND degree in 2008 from National College of Natural Medicine, and her MAcOM from OCOM in 2011. She has worked at OCOM since 2012 and maintains a private practice in Portland.
Herbal Practicum; Adjunct, PT

Mitchell Bebel Stargrove, ND, LAc earned his BA in history and government from Oberlin College in 1979, his acupuncture diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1987 and his naturopathic degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988. He is licensed as an acupuncturist and naturopathic physician in Oregon and maintains a private practice. He is editor and co-author of Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (Mosby Elsevier 2008).
Medical History: East and West; Adjunct, PT

Jason Stein, MOM, LAc earned his BS in psychology at Arizona State University in 1993 and his master’s degree in Oriental medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, NM in 1998. He established the first integrative medicine program in a Western hospital setting in New Mexico. A professional certified coach, he teaches Mindfulness and Stress Resilience classes with Providence Health Systems.
Finding Your Vision; Patient-Practitioner Relationship; Practice Management; Community Outreach Practicum; Chair of Professional Development; Core, FT

In Yu, DAOM, LAc completed both her master’s and doctorate at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She maintains her private practice in conjunction with working as a clinical faculty at OCOM. She also works as an Independent Medical Examiner in the state of Oregon.
Clinical Supervisor; Adjunct, PT

Core Clinical Faculty

David Adler, DC, LAc
Michael Berletich, MAcOM, LAc*
Dennis Boyles, MAcOM, LAc
Adrianne Cadbury, BS, LMT
Forrest Cooper, DAOM, LAc*
Marya Deda, MAcOM, LAc, LMT*
Erin DeRamus, MAcOM, LAc*
Deb Espesete, MPH, MAcOM, LAc*
Sheng Fang, DAOM, LAc*
Linda Faust, MAcOM, LAc*
Patricia Gallegos, DAOM, LAc*
Susan Hare, BA, LMT*
Beth Hazzard, MAcOM, LAc, LMT* 
Heather Heatlie, MAcOM, LAc
Wen Jiang, PhD (China), LAc*
Hong Jin, DAOM, LAc*
Robert Kaneko, DAOM, LAc 
Zhenbo Li, PhD (China), LAc*
Yubin Lu, PhD (China), LAc*
Greg Livingston, PhD (China), LAc*
Eric Mallory, MD, MATCM, ND, LAc 
Elizabeth March, DAOM, LAc*
Michael McCarron, DAOM, LAc 
Nikki Medghalchy, DAOM, LAc 
Paul Messersmith-Glavin, MAcOM, LAc
Debra Mulrooney, DAOM, LAc
Kerrie Nasman, MAcOM, LAc*
Cita Oudijk, MAcOM, LAc
Jasmine Patel, MSAOM, LAc*
Tina Rae, BA, LMT
Andrew Schlabach, MAcOM, LAc*
Erico Schleicher, MAcOM, LAc*
John Servilio, MSTCM, LAc
In Yu, DAOM, LAc
Fang Zhang, DAOM, LAc

*Denotes clinical faculty with other classroom teaching responsibilities as outlined in faculty biographies.

 DAOM Faculty

The clinical doctorate degree program’s distinguished faculty strives to advance and expand the vast knowledge base of acupuncture and Chinese medicine through a research-informed process of clinical inquiry, integrative collaboration, scholarship, mentoring and anecdotal reflection among peer practitioners. 

The majority of our lecturers maintain active practices in addition to their teaching duties; many are experts in the college's specialization areas of women’s health and healthy aging, as well as other areas of in-depth study.

Doctoral Studies – Core Faculty

Elizabeth “Beth” Burch, ND is Dean of Doctoral Studies and Chair of Integrative Medicine for the DAOM program. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 1986 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) and has more than 25 years of health education experience. Her areas of expertise include women’s health and herbal medicine. She received the Certificate in Human Investigations from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in 2012. In addition to providing academic leadership and oversight of the doctoral program, she teaches regularly in the DAOM program.
Biomedical Perspectives; Clinic Theater; Clinical Internship; Clinical Case Presentations and Analysis; Clinical Seminar; Professional Development I: AOM Research; Professional Development Elective; Clinical Selectives; Capstone Project Mentor

Tim Chapman, PhD earned his doctorate in sociology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1994, and his BA from University of Cambridge in 1983. Prior to coming to Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, he was Academic Dean at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida. Until recently, he served as OCOM’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Professional Development (Assessment Skills); Capstone Project Mentor

Ed Chiu, DAOM, LAc received his BA in biology from Harvard University in 1995, and his MAc from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1999, with additional training in Japanese acupuncture styles. He continued his studies in Taiwan interning at several integrated hospitals, and spent time studying with master acupuncturists in traditional apprenticeships as well. He had a private practice in Boston, and participated as an acupuncturist in research at Massachusetts General Hospital, before moving to Oregon to pursue his doctoral degree. He received his DAOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008, and maintains a private practice in Vancouver, Washington.
Capstone Project Mentor; Clinical Case Studies; Clinical Supervisor

Joseph Coletto, ND, LAc received his BS in education from the University of North Dakota in 1975 and his ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1983. He received his Oriental medical training at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, graduating in 1989. He is a member of the college’s core faculty and serves as Chair of Biomedicine for the master’s degree program. He currently maintains a private practice as a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist.
Professional Development (Teaching Skills); Capstone Project Mentor

Robert Kaneko, DAOM, LAc earned a BA in education from Antioch College (Ohio) in 1978, received his acupuncture/herbal training from SAMRA University in Los Angeles, California (1985) and his DAOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007, and supplemented these programs with study in China. Dr. Kaneko served OCOM as Dean of Clinics from 2003 to 2010, as Clinic Director from 1993 to 2003, and as faculty for the master’s and doctoral degree programs. He completed OCOM’s Research Scholar program and has participated in clinical and educational research projects at OCOM including collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University and Kaiser’s Center for Health Research. He maintains a private practice and has taught meditation in the Portland area since 1995.
Clinical Supervisor

Greg A. Livingston, PhD (China), LAc earned his Doctorate in Chinese Medicine Clinical Fundamentals (Shang Han Lun focus) from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (2009), and his master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute (1997). Dr. Livingston is one of the few Westerners to have completed a Chinese medicine PhD in China, entirely in Chinese, and to be licensed to practice Chinese Medicine in China, where he spent more than 10 years as a student, teacher and clinician. Currently he maintains a private practice at OCOM Clinic, specializing in internal and general family medicine, with a focus on Chinese herbology.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Zhaoxue Lu, DMed, PhD (China), LAc is Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies and Chair of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the DAOM program. He received his BMed in TCM orthopedics and traumatology from Chengdu University of TCM in 1994. He went on to earn a DMed in internal medicine from the same institution, where he specialized in endocrine and metabolic disorders. He served as Staff Physician at Chengdu University of TCM and its teaching hospital. His areas of expertise include endocrinology, metabolic disorders and orthopedics/traumatology. In his role as Chair of AOM, he coordinates the lecturers and supervisors who teach in the DAOM program, including visiting Chinese faculty. In addition to providing clinical leadership and academic oversight, he also teaches various course segments in the DAOM program, and supervises in OCOM’s doctoral clinic.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Internship; Clinical Tutorial; Clinical Case Presentations and Analysis; Clinical Collaboration; Clinical Seminar; Capstone Project Mentor

Henry McCann, DAOM, LAc received his AOM diploma from New England School of Acupuncture in 1999 and his DAOM degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008. He is a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-NY, and is the president of the New Jersey State Acupuncture Examining Board. He has a private practice in Madison, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Case Studies; Clinical Supervisor

Distinguished Guest Lecturers and Supervisors – AOM

Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc received her BA in biochemistry and psychology from Evergreen State College in 1975. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1976 and helped found the Pain and Stress Relief Program at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston. She co-founded Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1983 and earned her ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1989. She maintains an active private practice.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Misha Cohen, LAc was trained at Lincoln Hospital’s Detox Program in the South Bronx under the auspices of the Quebec School of Acupuncture and at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine where she received her OMD in gynecology. She is the Clinical Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, Executive Director of the MRCE Foundation, Research/Education Chair of Quan Yin Healing Arts Center and Research Specialist V at the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging. She has been practicing traditional Asian medicine for the past 33 years, has written numerous articles and contributed to several books. She is recognized internationally as a senior teacher and expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine and regularly trains medical doctors and Chinese medicine practitioners in Europe and the U.S. in gynecology, HIV, hepatitis and other subjects. Her collaboration with Western physicians at San Francisco General Hospital in a double-blind placebo pilot clinical trial using Chinese herbal medicine for HIV+ persons led to the first peer-reviewed published study of Chinese herbal medicine for HIV (JAIDS, 1996). Currently, she is the principal investigator in a HIV/HPV cancer prevention study at UCSF and has completed three additional university studies.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Professional Development (AOM Research); Clinical Supervisor

Kandace Cahill, DAOM, LAc earned her doctorate from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2012 with advanced specialization in women’s health and geriatrics. She graduated with her Master of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder in 2006 and has been in private practice since that time. Her clinical specialty is TCM gynecology and her practice is devoted to a wide array of women’s health conditions, as well as anxiety, stress and insomnia. To date, she has published in two peer-reviewed TCM journals. She is a clinic supervisor at the Boulder campus of Southwest Acupuncture College.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Sheng Fang, DAOM, LAc earned his Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Hunan Traditional Chinese Medical University in 1998, practicing and instructing in the affiliated hospital there until 2005. He earned his DAOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2013. He was a faculty member at Southwest Acupuncture College and currently maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc has researched East Asian civilizations and Chinese medicine for 30 years. After studying comparative literature, philosophy, sinology and Chinese medicine at universities in Germany, China, Japan and the United States, he received a PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. During five years in China, he researched Chinese medicine both within the institutionalized TCM model (Chengdu University of TCM), as well as the traditional lineage system that continues to function outside government schools. He has an active private practice in the Columbia River Gorge area, specializing in the treatment and prevention of chronic, difficult and recalcitrant diseases with Chinese herbs.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Capstone Project Mentor; Clinical Supervisor

Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc earned her Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in 2001 and her doctorate from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009. She is board certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbology (NCCAOM) and reproductive medicine (ABORM).
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Biomedical Perspectives; Clinical Supervisor

Wen Jiang, PhD (China), LAc received a PhD in acupuncture from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Tianjin, China in 2005. In 2000, she received a Master of Science in Acupuncture from Shandong University of TCM in Jinan, China, and in 1992, earned a Bachelor of Science in TCM from Shandong University of TCM. She worked as a physician and acupuncturist at the Fourth Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University of TCM and Tianjin Weixie Hospital from 1992 to 2005. She specializes in TCM gynecology and neurology. From 2005 to 2013, she was full-time faculty at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and practiced at their TCM Health Center. She has published in the areas of needling techniques and acupuncture for gynecological and neurological problems.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Li Jin, DAOM, LAc received her BMed from Chengdu University of TCM in 1993 and in 2005, graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine’s DAOM program, specializing in women’s health. She taught TCM to medical doctors at Medicine College of Complementary Medicine in Israel for three years before she became a faculty member at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 1998. She was a faculty member at Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from 1999 to 2002. Currently, she is a faculty member at American Academy of Oriental Medicine and Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. As a licensed acupuncturist in Washington and California, she maintains her private practice in Seattle.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Hong Jin, DAOM, LAc received her BMed degree from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NUTCM) and was an intern and physician at the university’s affiliated hospital. In 1987, she studied medical education and English at the Ministry of Health English Training Center, Xian Medical University, Xian, Shanxi. She taught at NUTCM for four years. Since 1992, she has been lecturing on TCM in the United States as a representative and ambassador of the Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Center, World Health Organization Center on Traditional Medicine, NUTCM. She received her DAOM degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Guohui Liu, MMed (China), LAc received his MMed in internal medicine from Chengdu University of TCM in 1985. His areas of expertise include digestive disorders, pain syndromes, male disorders and infectious disease. He is the author of the highly regarded text, Warm Pathogen Diseases, A Clinical Guide (2001).
Classical Chinese Texts; Clinical Supervisor

Wei Liu, BMed, PhD (China), LAc graduated from Tianjin College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1993. He began learning acupuncture and herbal medicine from his grandfather, a famous acupuncturist in Northern China, when he was eight years old. After graduation from college, he worked as an orthopedic surgeon and acupuncturist in Tianjin First Central Hospital of China and apprenticed with many famous acupuncturists to learn needling techniques. Since 1999, he has been a full-time faculty member at Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He specializes in pain management for sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Yubin Lu, PhD (China), LAc earned three degrees at Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Bachelor of Science in 1986, Master of Science in 1989, and PhD in 1993. He was an associate professor at Shandong University between 1993 and 1998, teaching Chinese medicine theory, diagnostics, and herbology. He relocated to the U.S. in 1999 and served as professor and academic dean at the American Academic of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Minneapolis from 1999 to 2014. He has frequently published articles in both Chinese and English and co-authored and contributed to major texts in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. With almost 30 years of clinical experience, he has developed unique treatment approaches to sinusitis, low back pain, and acute prostatitis.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Clinical Supervisor

Elizabeth March, DAOM, LAc received her MAcOM in 1996 and her DAOM in 2013, both from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She has worked as a teaching assistant in Point Location, Tuina, Acupuncture Techniques, and Structural Diagnosis. In private practice since 1996, she has extensively studied tuina.
Clinical Supervisor

Michael McCarron, DAOM, LAc received his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1993 and his doctorate in 2011. He has worked as a clinical supervisor in OCOM’s master’s program since 1998. He has been volunteering as a clinician with the Immune Enhancement Project since 1992, treating patients with HIV/AIDS and other immune disorders. In his private practice, he works routinely with HIV, chronic pain, stress, substance abuse, trauma, sinusitis and allergy patients.
Clinical Supervisor

Nikki Medghalchy, DAOM, LAc graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a master’s degree (1999) and a doctoral degree (2007) in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She also trained and interned at the China Nanjing International Acupuncture University and Training Center in Nanjing, China, with a specialty in cardiovascular medicine, and completed further training in the doctoral program in women’s health and geriatric medicine.
Clinical Supervisor

Debra Mulrooney, DAOM, LAc practiced in public health settings after graduating from OCOM in 1991. She worked as a staff acupuncturist for the Portland Alternative Health Center focusing on alcohol and drug treatment and complications of dual diagnosis disorders; she was also Program Coordinator for three area inpatient centers serving institutionalized women and their children during that same period. She became Director of Alternative Medicine at PAHC in 2000, where she helped to develop one of the first integrated care programs in Portland, Oregon for people suffering from dependency syndromes. She is currently the Associate Dean of Clinical Education at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in 2009.
Clinical Supervisor

Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc received her diploma in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 1987 and her DAOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008. She has been a faculty member at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the New England School of Acupuncture, and the Academy of Oriental Medicine. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy at University of Texas-Austin. She is also a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School and a research consultant for University of Arizona Health Sciences Center College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, for Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, for University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and for Children’s Beijing Hospital. She is a family medicine specialist at UTMB and is co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research.
Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Professional Development (AOM Research); Clinical Supervisor

Yiwen Su, MCTCM, LAc, Chengdu University of TCM

Distinguished Guest Lecturers – Biomedical and Research

Andre Barkhuizen, MD received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Groote Shuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1992. He also completed fellowships in Pulmonology at Groote Schurr Hospital, and in Rheumatology at Princess Alice Orthopedic Hospital (Cape Town, South Africa) and at Oregon Health Sciences University. He was Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University from 2003 to 2006. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, and is currently Medical Director of the Portland Rheumatology Clinic.
Biomedical Perspectives

Daniel DeLapp, DC, ND, MAcOM, LAc earned his BS in nutrition and biochemistry in 1982 from the University of California–Davis, his DC from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1986, and his diplomate in orthopedics in 1989 from LACC. In 1996, he earned his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and in 1997, his ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty at National College of Natural Medicine, teaching dermatology, and has been a full-time clinician at University of Western States for more than 20 years.
Biomedical Perspectives

Sumathi Devarajan, MD, Oregon Health & Science University

Robert Foege, MD, LAc received his MAc from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and, in 2005, his MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a residency in anesthesia and a fellowship in pain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was assistant professor of anesthesia at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY from 2009 to 2010. He currently works as a pain management physician at Kaiser Northwest in Portland.
Biomedical Perspectives

Richard Hammerschlag, PhD received his BS in chemistry from MIT and his PhD in biochemistry from Brandeis University. Following a 25-year career in neurobiology research based mainly at the City of Hope National Medical Center, he created and taught a course in Biomedical Understanding of Acupuncture at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where in 1995, he became the academic dean. He moved to Portland in 1999, when he created the Research Department at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. His national acupuncture activities include a presentation on Methodological and Ethical Issues in Acupuncture Research at the 1997 NIH Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture. In addition, he served as co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research from 1997 to 2003 and currently serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Professional Development (AOM Research); Capstone Project Mentor

Meg Hayes, MD received her degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1994 and completed her residency there in family medicine. Her practice includes the full spectrum of family medicine including obstetrics. Her professional interests focus on the integration of complementary and alternative practices, including acupuncture.
Biomedical Perspectives

Nathalie Johnson, MD, Medical College of Virginia

Sheila Mitchell, MD received her BA from UCLA in 1977. She earned her MD from La Salle University (Mexico) in 1982 and did her medical residency at the University of Southern California where she was Chief Resident, 1986-1987. She is currently a physician in private practice in Vancouver, Washington where she founded the Spirit of Health Wellness Clinic, an integrated clinic of health care practitioners including two medical doctors, a nurse practitioner, a naturopathic physician and a licensed acupuncturist. She travels frequently to South America to study indigenous methods of healing.
Biomedical Perspectives

Stephen Saeks, PhD, LAc earned his master’s in clinical psychology from Xavier University in 1984, his PhD in clinical psychology from University of Hawaii in 1988 and his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2003. In addition, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Menninger Clinic, where he worked for 12 years and was the Director of Group Psychotherapy. He also specialized in the treatment of addicted and nonaddicted professionals. He is currently in private practice where he is integrating his Western psychology training with his traditional Chinese medical training.
Biomedical Perspectives; Clinical Supervisor

Lisa Shaver, ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine

Brian Willis, MD, PhD received his BS in biology from Pacific Lutheran University in 1977, his PhD in anatomy from University of Illinois Chicago Health Sciences Center in 1981 and his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency in internal medicine in 1988 and a fellowship in gastroenterology in 1990 at Oregon Health & Science University. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He served as anatomy instructor at the Chicago Medical School, Roosevelt University and Mount Hood Community College. He is currently a clinical instructor in gastroenterology at Oregon Health & Science University. He has a practice in gastroenterology and is Director of the Hepatitis Clinic at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.
Biomedical Perspectives