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Department Chairs:

Traditional Medicine Theory: Dr. Lois Denmark, DACM, L. Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM).
Acupuncture: Dr. Matthew Fellner, DACM, L.Ac.
Western Medicine: Dr. Robert Eisen, DC
Kiiko Style Acupuncture: Christine Kim Henckel, L.Ac.

Academic and Clinic Faculty

Nicole Allegretti, L.Ac.
Nicole Allegretti is a NY state licensed Acupuncturist, is certified by the national licensing body for Acupuncture, the National Certification commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to practice Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, certified in Clean Needle Technique, CPR certified and specializes in sports medicine acupuncture (registered trademark) and dry needling/pain management (certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture by Acusport/Matt Callison), emotional health and women's health (fertility, prenatal, postpartum, Doula DONA trained). She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and completed a year of law school at St. Johns University before her studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, NYC and completed her Masters in Acupuncture and her Herbal Certification at Eastern School of Acupuncture, NJ. Nicole practices a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese style of which is grateful to have learned from Kiiko Matsumoto, 5 Element which treats specifically mental emotional disorders and Trigger Point therapy. Nicole is certified Yoga Instructor (certified by Sonic Yoga, NYC), certified in Prenatal Yoga (Integral Yoga, NYC), certified in Yin Yoga (Integral Yoga, NYC) and teaches Yoga at Vastu Health, Warwick. She offers complimentary acupuncture for PTSD to Veterans on Tuesdays in Warwick NY.

Peter Angelo L.Ac, MS, Dipl. AC. (NCCAOM)
Graduate of the Tri State College of Acupuncture (1995) and the Florida School of Massage in (1984), he is a former Chair of Eastern School's Acupuncture Department, where he has served on the faculty as a professor and clinical supervisor since 2000. He has supervised the Eastern School's clinical externship at the East Orange Veterans Hospital. Peter has maintained a general practice in acupuncture with a specialty in Orthopedics. His practice is rooted in his study of a variety of bodywork techniques and by his training in the Acupuncture Physical Medicine style of Dr. Mark Seem. His approach to Asian Medicine has also been strongly influenced and enriched by two years of study of Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen as well as the study of the acupuncture style of Master Tung, Kiiko Matsumoto and Dr. Richard Tan's Balance Method. Peter was trained in Tai Chi Chuan and Medical Chi Kung by one of the senior students of the Grand-master, Professor Cheng Man-Ching from 1978 – 1994. He has been a student and teacher of this healing art for more than 35 years.

Ken Burgess, (certified teacher)
Ken Burgess has dedicated over three decades to the practice and study of traditional martial arts. He has attained teacher certification in Karate, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung. In 1991, after receiving the precepts, he became a Buddhist and was given the Dharma name, Hoshu (Treasured Practice). After clearly realizing the potential healing powers of these practices, he is now committed to deepening his understanding to help others improve their physical and mental health and fulfill his vow to relieve suffering. He is currently teaching Yang Family Tai Chi under Holly Sweeney-Hillman and is working toward full certification in the 18 Luohan Chi Kung System under Sifu Sergio Arione.

Daniel Camburn, B.S., M.S., L.Ac. (NY), P.O.M. (PA)
Daniel is a master herbalist, acupuncturist, and qi gong practitioner. He has been studying Chinese Medicine and martial arts since 1988, and officially began treating patients in 1992. In 1998 he achieved his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in NYC. He has a Bachelor's of Science (cum laude) in Psychology from Penn State University. Daniel is a kiatsu (pressing with energy) and qi gong practitioner, third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and second degree black belt in Aikido. He observed trauma medicine under Grand Master Alan Lee, in NYC, in 1992-1993. Daniel also spent nearly 1,200 hours studying Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Chengdu University of TCM, at the PhD level. For eleven years, he was a professor and clinical supervisor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in NYC. Additionally, he was a professor and clinical supervisor at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, NYC, for three years. Daniel has served as the director of several acupuncture programs, including two years at Yonkers General Hospital, and four years at the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness. He also served for two years as a professor, practitioner, and clinical supervisor at the Texas Health and Science University, in Austin. Since 2012, he's been a site visitor for ACAOM, the accrediting body for Chinese Medicine schools in America. He practices in SoHo, NYC. Daniel currently teaches in the Herbal Program, and the Traditional Medicine Department, at ESATM, Bloomfield NJ.

Mitchel Chalek B.F.A., M.S., L.Ac. (NJ, NY). Dipl. Of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Mitchel Chalek's introduction to Asian medicine began in 1973 when he picked up a book by Tokujiro Namikoshi called "Japanese Finger Pressure Therapy - Shiatsu". This led to enrollment in shiatsu school in New York with Wataru Ohashi, herbal studies with Jeffrey Yuen, and eventually his Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. He has worked as an acupuncturist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Integrative Medicine Clinic where he participated in research development and supervision, and has maintained a private practice in Montclair, NJ since 1999. He is currently a faculty member at Pacific College in New York City and The Eastern School in Bloomfield, NJ, where he teaches courses on Asian Medical Theory, Acupuncture, and supervisor in the acupuncture and herbal clinic.

Tarun Chauhan, MD, MBBS (India)
Dr. Chauhan completed his medicinal studies from Osmania Medical College, India in 1996. He worked as a physician in various hospitals for 10 years in India. Finally, he worked in a country side hospital. This provided him the opportunity to manage all kinds of cases. Dr. Chauhan used to work as a Family Practitioner conducting surgeries, reducing and casting bone fractures, delivering babies, and conducting autopsies.

Dr. Chauhan's goal of getting into a medical residency in the US was realized after passing all required exams and becoming ECFMG certified. He has since worked at Elmhurst Hospital, Jackson Heights in cardiac clinical research. He has also worked in Saint Luke's Roosevelt hospital Manhattan in the physiotherapy department.

Dr. Chauhan has been teaching since 2008. He has taught at Dover Business College, Everest, and currently at Lincoln Tech. He has learned and developed skills in teaching and managing over the last nine years. His teaching philosophy includes helping students to understand the subject, so they have to cram study less. He shares his clinical experience and asks clinically oriented questions to foster excitement in his students. Importantly, Dr. Chauhan teaches students techniques to be good students and clinicians. Dr. Chauhan's vast experience and expertise covers areas such as Anatomy & Physiology, EKG, CPR, Pharmacology, clinical procedures, lab works, Medisoft, Computer skills, and Venipuncture. Dr. Chauhan is creative and a fast learner. He learned to stand up on a surfboard in one day! He loves skiing, sailing, and has grown his own rose garden. He is a good swimmer, tennis player, badminton and soccer player, and a former marathon runner. Dr. Chauhan is a recipient of several awards.

Faten (Fate) DAOU, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM)
Dr. Fate Daou, DAOM, L.Ac. is a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine along the east coast (FL, NY, NJ). She holds a Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Florida, specializing in internal medicine and pain relief. She earned a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, NY. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Daou provided supportive care for cancer patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel's Cancer Medical Center of New York, where she drew on her clinical expertise in acupuncture as a complementary medicine to assist patients with reducing pain, minimizing side effects, and maximizing overall quality of life.

She is the president/owner of DAOU ACUPUNCTURE PC where she treats hundreds of patients suffering from musculo-skeletal pain, seasonal allergies, fatigue, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, acne, and depression. Dr. Daou is skillful at finding the underlying causes of a disease and treating patients as a whole to regulate and balance disharmonies in accord with the ancient practice of Chinese medicine, which draws on the integrity and cohesion of the human body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Daou joined the faculty at Eastern School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ESATM) in 2016, teaching traditional Chinese medicine theory and medical classics of Chinese medicine.

Joseph DelGiodice, C.H., L.Ac.
Joseph DelGiodice is an acupuncturist, Chinese and Western herbalist, and naturopath, with a tenure in the healing arts that stretches across four decades. With his great grandfather an herbalist and bone setter, great grandmother a midwife, and godfather a 1949 graduate of The Swedish Institute, the practice of healing stretches even further back in his family, to nineteenth century rural Sicily. His lifelong fascination with health and longevity began at age 7. Having studied extensively with herbalist priest Jeffrey Yuen, and having been a long time apprentice to Master Western Herbalist David Simon, Joe is a graduate of Rutgers College, the Somerset School of Massage Therapy, the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and the American Naturopathic Medical Institute.

Joe has been a member of the ESATM community since summer. Prior to that, Joe was a faculty member at PCOM NY and an acupuncture proctor for the NJ State Board of Medical Examiners. Since July of 1999, he has maintained a private practice in Hoboken, focusing on whole body wellness, geriatrics, musculo-skeletal care, women's and men's health, and natural food education. He is also a volunteer gardener at the Community Church of Hoboken Organic Vegetable Garden.

Marc De Santis, MSAc, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Marc De Santis is a nationally certified Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Earned his bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a Master's degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Prior to being an acupuncturist, he was a trainer in New York City for 10 years and a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Marc specialized in treating musculoskeletal pain and disorders, recognizing muscle imbalances and corrective strategies. Marc practices the principles of preserving health by stretching and flexibility, strength training, Qi Gong, diet and health maintenance and is inspire by the wisdom of Classical Chinese Medicine by using proven techniques in treatment such as Gua Sha, cupping, herbal liniments and moxibustion to combine modern medicine with the natural healing of traditional Asian Medicine.

Lois Denmark, DACM, L. Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM)
Lois Denmark has been a Faculty Member and Clinical Supervisor at the Eastern School of Acupuncture since 2004. She teaches core curriculum courses in the Theory, Acupuncture & Herbology Departments and is the current Traditional Medicine Theory Department Chair. She has been in private practice in NJ & NY since 1998 and is a graduate of PCOM NY & PCOM SD where she attained the degree: Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. She has a B.A. from Montclair State College.

Jihong Ding, M.B/B.S., L.Ac. Of NJ & NY, Dipl. Of Oriental Medicine (both acupuncture & herbology)
Jihong Ding is a clinical supervisor and teaches clinical skills courses at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. She got a medical degree from the Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China in 1987, and then practiced in China from 1987-1995. She is the author of various books and articles on Tai Chi, Qigong, Eastern Nutrition and Oriental Medicine. Jihong is also a master of Tai Chi Chuan and Tai Chi Sword and has won numerous medals and championships in both areas. She has been practicing acupuncture in the United States since 1996 and specializes in Gynecological, Neuromuscular, Psychological Disorders and Pain Syndromes. In 2005, Jihong founded the Ding Acupuncture Herb Center in New Jersey.

Jaime L. Dixon, DPT
Dr. Jaime L. Dixon is a recent graduate from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine where she earned her Master's Degree in Acupuncture in 2019. Jaime is also a practicing physical therapist and a board-certified specialist in orthopedics (OCS) which is highly recognized in the field of physical therapy. She has over 10 years of experience working with patients suffering from chronic pain as well as orthopedic and sports injuries. Over the course of those 10 years, she began to feel there was something more that she could do for those suffering from chronic pain as well as other maladies. She first discovered acupuncture through her own personal experience and truly felt the healing abilities of the medicine. From there Jaime was inspired to become an acupuncturist herself and combine the two worlds of physical therapy and acupuncture to form a well-rounded and holistic approach to patient care. Jaime truly enjoyed what she was able to learn and experience as a student of acupuncture and is excited to join the Eastern School and help students learn and love the medicine just like she does.

Robert D. Eisen, DC
Dr. Robert D. Eisen is a 1988 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. He has earned a B.S. in Biology from the National College of Chiropractic, in Lombard Illinois and an A.S. degree in Chemistry from Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dr. Eisen has been a practicing chiropractor in New Jersey since 1989 and his current practice is located in Paramus, N.J. He has a family practice that specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Eisen holds advanced post graduate training in Manipulation under Anesthesia and has completed the course in study to sit for the Department of Transportation Certified Medical Examiner certification. He continues his post graduate education by taking various continuing education courses in topics ranging from musculoskeletal conditions to nutrition. "I believe that it is important to continue your education to learn new cutting edge technologies and treatment to better serve my patients and help them achieve their goals of optimal health".

Dr. Eisen began teaching as an adjunct professor at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in 2012, where he began teaching Medical Terminology. He continued on staff at ESATM and became the acting Bioscience Department Chair as well as teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Bioscience, Anatomy Intensive and Biology.

"I believe that a whole person approach to health, incorporating chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, regular exercise and good nutrition will help my patients to achieve the results they desire for their health. The more proactive you are in keeping yourself healthy the less likely you will be to become sick and dependent on medications to try and improve your health status."

Matthew Fellner, DACM, L.Ac.
Dr. Matthew Fellner is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with over 15 years' experience in the field of Chinese Medicine and alternative health. Dr. Fellner graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Sociology. In 1998 he began training in traditional Ba Gua Zhang Kung Fu with Shifu Ahles in Bergenfield, NJ. There he began learning about traditional Chinese herbology and eventually began teaching Kung Fu, Ch'i Kung, and meditation classes. In 2002, he enrolled in Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, earning his Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. In December 2016 he completed the DACM program through Pacific College of Oriental Medicine earning the title of Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. He is also the chair of the Acupuncture department at the Eastern School of Traditional Medicine, and a clinical supervisor & instructor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. Dr. Fellner treats a wide variety of conditions with a focus on stress related disorders including acute & chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety.

Constance Fraser, RN LAc
Constance Fraser is a registered nurse and licensed acupuncturist. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She trained in Chinese and Japanese martial arts since 1979, and was introduced to Chinese Medicine in 1982 by a qi gong teacher. She earned undergraduate degrees at FDU. Additionally, she has studied various systems of bodywork.

Mayda Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Mayda Gonzalez has been a faculty member at the Eastern School of Acupuncture since 2010 and has previously serve as Eastern's Bioscience department Chair. Dr. Gonzalez has been involved in the medical field for more than 18 years, foreign medical graduated with more than 8 years' experience working as a general doctor first (Santa Clara Medical University Medical Degree) and as a pediatrician later. When she came to US 12 years ago she started teaching and was using all her western medicine knowledge and her Medical Degree to teach. Dr. Gonzalez was working more than 10 years in a Nursing college as a Faculty helping the students to success in the medical field and holding an Allied Health Instructor, a BLS instructor and research coordinator certification.

Christine Kim Henckel, L.Ac.
Christine Kim Henckel has 11 years' experience working in Mental Health and Addiction services. Her interest in Eastern Medicine was sparked by her observation of the limitations and inconsistent results with Western pharmaceutical treatment. After graduating ESATM in 2011, Christine stayed on as an assistant and is currently a Faculty member and Clinic Supervisor. She treats patients in her private practice and continues to study under the renowned Master Acupuncturist, Kiiko Matsumoto.

Thomas Kouo, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM)
Dr. Kouo comes to the Eastern School from the Virginia University of Oriental Medicine where he served as the Academic Dean. Prior to working in Virginia, Dr. Kouo was at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego, where he was the chair of the Herbal Department and taught in both the Master's and Doctoral programs while also serving as a Clinical Supervisor. A graduate of the Masters and Doctoral program at Pacific College, Dr. Kouo founded and was the clinical director of Elemental Harmony Acupuncture in San Diego. Elemental Harmony Acupuncture served San Diego as a clinic for pediatrics, orthopedics, and women's health. He was also the creator of a special facial rejuvenation protocol named "Age-Reversal Therapy" (ART) that was featured at the renowned A & B Medical Spa in Hillcrest, California. He has treated athletes on the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Lakers, the US Winter Olympic Training team, and was the acupuncturist for the La Jolla Open Tennis Tournament at the La Jolla Tennis Center.

Dr. Kouo was one of the original acupuncturists selected to pilot UCSD's Center for Integrative Medicine and was on staff in family medicine with hospital privileges working alongside UCSD's staff physicians. He has also worked in the oncology department of Radys Children's Hospital in San Diego where he developed his love and compassion in working with children. Dr. Kouo was a manager and clinical supervisor for a community clinic providing free healthcare to seniors in downtown San Diego and was responsible for establishing an herbal dispensary providing free herbal treatment for patients of the clinic.

Dr. Kouo has served on the medical advisory board of Miracle Babies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of women and families with babies born prematurely. He was also on the Board of Directors and served as the Director of Research for Alternative Healing Network, a San Diego based organization providing alternative health care and education to the public in need. He has lectured both locally and nationally on topics such as Chinese Medicine and HIV/AIDS, Fatty Liver Disease, healthy pregnancy, pediatric care, sports injury care, and integrative medicine. He was also the Director of Wellness for a Fortune 500 company in Los Angeles and is the herbal consultant for the licensure review preparatory company, TCM Tests.

Tzivya Kraus MSAc, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), LMT, BCTMB, CD(DONA)
Tzivya Kraus is excited to return to her alma mater as a faculty member teaching in the Theory department. She graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, first in 2009, and more recently, returned to earn her Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture in 2017, at which time she was awarded the Clinical Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical Work.

Tzivya is the founder and owner of Transformation Healing Arts, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage and Doula Services, a practice dedicated to expertly guide patients on their journey to health and wellness. Since 2010, Tzivya has been a licensed acupuncturist and NCCAOM Board Certified Diplomat of Acupuncture. Her training includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element, and Kiiko Matsumoto-Japanese styles of acupuncture. Tzivya is a longtime licensed and nationally board certified massage therapist. Ms. Kraus also serves as a clinical supervisor with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, NY. Tzivya has been a DONA International certified birth doula since 2002 serving families in birth and beyond. Throughout her tenure as a doula, she has had the honor to accompany and witness well over a hundred births.

Ms. Kraus enjoys the specialized privilege of working within NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn as an acupuncture preceptor -- teaching, training, mentoring, and supervising acupuncturists in acupuncture and acupressure methods to assist women during the perinatal period, and particularly during labor and delivery. Additionally, she has participated in published clinical research studies investigating connections between acupuncture and labor/postpartum outcomes.

Tzivya weaves her training in narrative medicine, group facilitation, ritual creation, and mentorship into her teaching and treatment styles. She has had the opportunity to lecture nationally and abroad about the use of acupuncture in special populations, and in the hospital setting. When she is not working or teaching, Tzivya treasures spending time with her family and friends, volunteering with local civic groups, creating and eating organic vegan food, and being out in nature.

Dr. Richard Lai, DPT
Dr. Richard Lai comes to the Eastern school from the Northeastern University in Boston, MA where he earned his Bachelor's in Rehabilitation Sciences, Doctorate in Physical Therapy and minor in Business Administration. Currently, Dr. Lai is a Physical Therapist with Encore Rehabilitation Services and serves as Director of Rehabilitation in their Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Facility in West Orange, New Jersey where he specializes in neurological diseases, post-surgical ortho and movement discords.

Previously, he has worked for Select Medical Rehabilitation Services, where in addition to his duties as Director of Rehabilitation, he focused on pioneering programs such as Own The Future, a company wide program clinical/professional development. He also created the first progressive pathway rehabilitation garden which combines aesthetics with function in a sub-acute rehabilitation setting. Dr. Lai is also a clinical instructor for doctoral interns during their clinical rotation, taking students from all over the United States.

Dr. Lai has worked in a variety of settings including: outpatient physical therapy which he had his own small private practice in Edgewater NJ, acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and when he was in Boston was lucky to have worked on players on the Boston Celtics at their practice center in Waltham, MA under Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist for Boston Celtics Ed Lacerte.

Outside of his professional life, Dr. Lai enjoys exercise, videography and photography.

Dr. Robert Seungmin Lee, DC, L.Ac, RT-NPS, LMT
Dr. Robert Seungmin Lee started his medical career studying Pre-Med and Health Science, especially focusing his studies in Respiratory Care. After graduation, he went on to acquire clinical experience in Long Island Jewish Medical Center, working as a Pediatric/Neonatal Specialist in the Intensive Care Unit for eight years. It was during these years while working at the bedside of critically ill patients, that he saw a great potential in integrating conventional medicine with traditional Eastern medicine and decided to commit himself to further studying East Asian Medicine.

He received his Master's degree at the New York College of Health Professions and was designated as Honors student, which allowed him to stay and train as a resident for two years. After resident training, he remained at school for two more years as an Adjunct Professor and taught basic East Asian Medicine studies before opening his own clinic. In the clinic, he has learned that the disruption in order and balance of the body can directly affect quality of life and death. He found solutions to modern day health problems by approaching internal imbalance with the wisdom of East Asian Medicine, and regulating external imbalance with his knowledge of anatomical structures and bio-mechanisms. Especially in the treatment of pain, he realized that the inner & outer alignment & balance is crucial, and further acquired a doctorate in Chiropractic.

Dr. Lee is also a certified MicrogateUSA specialist who is specialized in human performance and movement analysis by using the optical device called Optojump/ Optogait. He has various experiences in performance analysis with pro-teams such as USA Baseball, NY Rangers (NHL), Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), NE Patriots (NFL), Novak Djokovic (Pro-tennis) and various high school teams. He also volunteered in many different sporting events as a medical staff and has treated athletes on site.

Today, he is the founder of Robert Lee Integrative Chiropractic & Acupuncture, in Syosset, NY. His treatments in Sports Medicine focus on reconstructing the key components of movement: balance, timing and coordination. He especially finds great joy in teaching and training specialists in sports and musculoskeletal diseases.

Sophia Lee, MSOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Sophia Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the State of New York and New Jersey and is nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She earned her Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sophia has also received her Clean Needle Technique certification for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Commission, (AAOM). She is also trained in Tuina (Chinese Massage), eastern nutrition, herbal medicine, maxibustion, cupping, electric stimulation and auriculotherapy. Sophia's exceptional skill and experience in the healing environment focuses on relieving pain, regulating the digestive system, reducing anxiety and also strengthening the immune system. Sophia is passionate about educating others on the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is devoted to providing alternative and holistic healing.

Karen Lin, L.Ac., MD (China)
Karen Lin graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture in New Jersey. She subsequently became a faculty member teaching the clinical research class to third year students. She established Harmony Acupuncture and Wellness, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey, to treat people with various conditions. Long before working in this field, Karen earned her M.D. degree from Guangzhou Medical University in China in 1992 and worked as a physician in the affiliated hospital. She came to the United States to continue her education and obtained her Master's degree in biochemistry in 1996. Since then, she has been working in the biomedical research field for 20 years.

Sheila Mason, B.A, M.S., L.Ac. (NJ, PA)
Sheila Mason received her BA from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL and her MS from George Williams College in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of the Tri State College of Acupuncture in New York (1983). She worked at the Lincoln Hospital Acupuncture Detox in the Bronx, NY and at other detox programs in Paterson, NJ and Jersey City, NJ. She has been a faculty member and clinic supervisor of the Eastern School of Acupuncture since its inception. She is a former member of the New Jersey Acupuncture Examining Board. She is a longtime practitioner of Tai Chi and teaches classes in Englewood, NJ and New York City. She has a private practice in Englewood, NJ.

Mandanna G. Nalaeyanda, M.D.
Upon graduation from grade school, Dr. Naleyanda's interests have been in science and he was chosen to be a participant in the NJIT summer clinic. The goal of the clinic was to fly a balsa wood glider without breaking an egg for the length of Tiernan Hall. His team's design and glider won the contest. His interests later took him to Farleigh Dickinson University where he majored in Biology. During his first year of study at the University, Dr. Stephen Gittelson (Professor Emeritus of Biological Science) gave him an opportunity to be his research assistant. His goal was to test different ion concentration interactions with flagellar motility Polytomella genus (P. parva, P. agillis, P. papillata). In his third year of study at the University, he was accepted to present his work at the 4th East Coast Conference on Protozoa at State University of New York College at Oneonta. His paper was published on Protocol Online, "Cell Counting with the Sedgewick-Rafter Chamber and Whipple Micrometer Disc." Dr. Naleyanda further pursued his science passion further and received medical education from Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Science located in Poland with externships at various Hospitals in the States. In the United States,heI worked at Dendrite, a Pharmaceutical company and then moved to Kaplan Medical and has been imparting medical knowledge for more than a decade as an instructor. His focus has been in USMLE preparation, Nursing and Allied Health related fields.

Joseph Pantiliano, L.Ac.
In 2007, Joseph Pantiliano graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography. After a car accident, Joseph received acupuncture and upon his results, decided to pursue a career in Chinese medicine. In 2013, Joseph graduated from South Baylo University, CA with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. After completing school, he moved back to New Jersey and received his certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The scope of practice the license covers is the ability to practice acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, cupping, and stretching.

In order to nurture his compassion and empathy, Joseph has incorporated retreats into his life. In 2015 and 2017, he lived at Blue Cliff Monastery, NY for six months. In 2016, he walked 800 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington.

Joseph was born and raised in Teaneck, NJ. He enjoys the outdoors, practicing martial arts, and continuing his learning of the human body.

Jeremy Steiner, DAOM, L.Ac.
Jeremy Steiner is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, board-certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice acupuncture in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Jeremy is a graduate of The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. Upon earning his degree in Acupuncture at ESATM in 2007, Jeremy went on to complete a Traditional Herbal Studies program in 2010. Jeremy continued to further his education through extensive postgraduate training under the mentor-ship of Japanese acupuncture master Kiiko Matsumoto and Dr. Noel Nowicki, MD and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at The Atlantic Institute for Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

In addition to practicing Oriental Medicine, Jeremy has been on the faculty of ESATM as both teacher and clinical supervisor since 2007. He also practices and teaches medical qigong and meditation. Although Jeremy's specialty is in the treatment of pain and inflammation, during his years in practice he has had extensive clinical experience and positive results in the treatment of a wide spectrum of disorders including acute and chronic pain conditions, sports injuries, trauma, autoimmune, thyroid, digestive conditions, neuropathies, allergies, common cold, fatigue, stress, weight loss, neurogenic urinary bladder disorders, post stroke paralysis, swallowing disorders, and emotional issues such as anxiety and depression. Jeremy regards the practice of Traditional Medicine as a vehicle to aid his patients on their journey towards health, well-being and the unfolding of their potential.

Rosie Strelnick, DACM, L.Ac.
Dr. Rosie Strelnick is a Nationally Certified Licensed Acupuncturist in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey and Oriental Medicine Practitioner with a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. After earning a Bachelor's of Arts in East Asian Studies and Philosophy from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, Dr. Rosie ventured to San Diego, CA to attend Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) – an institution known for its intensive acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine instruction, as well as its emphasis on integration with Western Medicine. She studied at PCOM for four years to acquire her MSTOM and Clean Needle Technique Certificate. Dr. Rosie graduated with her DACM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) from PCOM in August 2016. Dr. Rosie also had a life changing opportunity to study intensively in Beijing, China at the WHO Collaborative International Acupuncture Training Center. She takes particular interest in treating psycho-emotional disorders, chemotherapy side effects, and pain management/sports medicine. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosie is working in a psychiatrist's office.

Mary Szubiak M.S., L.Ac. (NJ and NY), Dipl. of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Mary graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2011 with an MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She also received an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology and earned a B.A. from Providence College. Mary has been trained as a childbirth doula. She maintains a private practice in New Jersey.

Richard Therkelsen, DC
Dr. Richard Therkelsen is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, licensed by the New Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners since 1978, and after 39 years as the director/owner of the Central Jersey Lordex Spine Institute, he is joining the faculty of The Eastern School Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine as a Medical Terminology instructor.

Dr. Therkelsen has post-graduate training in Lumbar Closed-Decompression Therapy (LTD), Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), Para-Surface EMG Protocols, Low Back Pain Diagnosis and Management, Comprehensive Management of Low Back Pain, Sports Chiropractic, and is a certified Medical Examiner of the Department of Transportation. Throughout his career, Dr. Therkelsen has been a certified instructor for the YMCA's "Y's Way to a Healthy Back" and the American Red Cross' "Protect Your Back" programs, and has lectured on Stress Management for business, church, and private groups. His hobbies include racquetball, basketball, reading, crossword puzzles, playing guitar and watching movies.

Shiaomei Weingarten, B.A., M.S., Lic. Ac. (NJ, NY, CT, PA), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Shiaomei Weingarten is a clinic supervisor at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. A graduate of the Eastern School, Shiaomei holds a B.A. in Oriental Languages from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan and a M.S. in Hotel and Food Service Management from the School of Hospitality Management, Florida International University, Florida.

Shiaomei has postgraduate studies in Advanced Japanese Treatment (Kiiko Matsumoto Style), is certified in Reflexology by the International Institute for Reflexology, Florida and has professional training with Professor Lin Yun, leader of Tibetan Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui. She is also studying energy work with Donna Eden of Energy Medicine, classic Chinese medicine including knowledge of essential oils, stones and Chinese herbs with Jeffrey Yuen and Japanese acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto and Tsuyoshi Shimamura. Shiaomei also studied a comprehensive two-year herbal program with David Winston, founder of Herbalist and Alchemist.

Hillary Wells M.S., L.Ac.
Hillary Wells is a NY-licensed acupuncturist specializing in Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture, and a certified teacher of Structural yoga; a highly therapeutic system of Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga that acknowledges and accommodates differences in body composition, alignment, and levels of flexibility among individuals. It was the path of yoga that led Hillary to the path of Asian medicine. After many years leading classes and private lessons throughout Northern NJ and NYC, including time spent working in a high-volume PT clinic designing therapeutic yoga programs for PT patients, Hillary noticed a common thread through many conversations shared with clients and patients alike. Working primarily with a student population of injured or otherwise physically limited yogis, many of whom were receiving or had received acupuncture therapy as an intervention, she heard countless testimonials extolling the many benefits and profound results that acupuncture and Asian medicine had to offer.

When Hillary enrolled in the Eastern School of Acupuncture in 2012 and subsequently met Kiiko Matsumoto, she knew she had found her calling. During her time as a student Hillary took every opportunity to observe and learn from Kiiko directly, including numerous opportunities to treat patients under her direct supervision as a clinic intern, Since graduating the Master's program in 2016, Hillary has opened a successful private practice in Chestnut Ridge, NY where she offers customized KMS acupuncture/bodywork treatments or private yoga instruction tailored to each client's specific goals. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions, with a special interest in women's health (infertility, PMS, menstrual irregularities, fibroids, cysts, breast health, peri-menopause/menopause/post-menopause, hormonal/metabolic issues, psycho-emotional health), stress disorders, autoimmune conditions, and pain. Hillary continues to study and observe firsthand the work and teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto, and is additionally inspired by ongoing continuing education with master Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, and founder of the Chi-Akra Center and Constitutional Facial Acupuncture, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield.

Xin Zheng, M.Ac., OMD (China), L.Ac. (NJ, NY)
Xin Zheng is a Clinical Supervisor at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. Dr. Zheng received her medical and PhD degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Master's degree in Acupuncture from China Academy of TCM. After completing 3 years of residency and 1 year of specialist training in neurology at Beijing, she practiced acupuncture and Chinese Herbology as an attending physician and completed acupuncture anesthesia research at the Acupuncture Institute in Beijing. 1995-1996 she went UK for postdoctoral research. She is faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York college of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also practices acupuncture and herbology in New Jersey and New York. Dr. Zheng's specialty is the combination of different styles of acupuncture to treat various kinds of disease.

Guest Lecturers:

David Allen, DACM, L.Ac.
David graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in with his masters in 2007, and again with his doctorate in 2016, having spent many years studying directly under Alex Tiberi, widely considered to be the foremost expert on pediatric acupuncture and herbalism in the Western world. Part of this training included developing painless, needle-free alternatives to acupuncture, and safe, healthy, and tasty herbal formulas for a wide variety of conditions. David travels extensively in Korea and China furthering his studies in pediatrics. David is a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the nation's educational leader in Traditional East Asian Medicine. He also supervises acupuncture students at the Integrative Medicine program at Rady's Children's Hospital of San Diego.

David believes that all children deserve every chance at a healthy and happy life, and has devoted his life to helping them achieve their highest potential. While he specializes in pediatrics, David also treats adults for a wide range of ailments.

Robert Nations, DACM, L.Ac.
Robert Nations has been involved with healing and traditional medicine since 1983. His first teacher was a Lakota-Sioux linage trained healer. This was followed with 14 years of study and training at the Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego. He eventually received his Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Dr. Nations has been teaching Chinese medical theory, herbal medicine, Daoist philosophy and meditation, taijiquan, qigong and tuina therapeutic massage since 1997. Some of the institutions he worked with have included Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego Continuing Education, U.C. San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, the California Department of Public Health, and the Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego. Both Dr. Nations and his wife practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine at their clinic in San Diego.

Warren Sheir, DAOM, LAc
Warren Sheir earned his Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and has been a faculty member there since 2000, teaching Herbology and Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine. He also has a master's in performing arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University, majoring in vocal performance and opera. His areas of specialty include disease prevention and the treatment of sports injuries and mental disorders. Passionate about the connection between food and health, he is the author of Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen (Da Capo Lifelong Books, March 2010) with Dr. Yuan Wang, LAc, and Mika Ono.

John Shin, Esq.
Mr. Shin is a former President of Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (formerly VUOM) and led the institution through its initial ACAOM candidacy and accreditation. Under Mr. Shin's stewardship, the institution also attained approval to provide a doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has served as a site visitor for ACAOM on several site-visit teams since 2014 and also served on a special judicial commission for ACAOM in 2015 to assist in mediating a legal matter involving a school on probation.

Mr. Shin has been involved in the academic arena in various aspects during his legal career – as a guest lecturer at Boston University School of Business and other guest speaking events, and was co-producer of two legal education products (one with William & Mary School of Law andthe other with Stanford Graduate School of Business) both of which have been sold through Lexis Nexis and Westlaw.

A lawyer by trade, Mr. Shin is the founding partner at Shin Law Group and has been a lawyer for over 20 years. He has worked with in-house counsel of Fortune 500 companies such as Merck and Walmart and created a joint venture with Court TV Extra where he served as Senior Vice President before Court TV was acquired by Time Warner. Mr. Shin also acted as Executive Director of The Programming Corporation, where he reported directly to entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Henry Jarecki, to direct the sale of the company.

John earned his Juris Doctor with honors at Syracuse University Law School in 1992 and Bachelor of Science at the University of Maryland in 1989, where John served as a legislative intern for Congresswoman Constance Morella (R). Mr. Shin served on the finance committee for then Baltimore Mayor and future Governor Martin O'Malley (D) and also raised campaign funds for current Governor Larry Hogan. John enjoys cooking and is married with a daughter.

Tuesday Wasserman, DACM, L.Ac.
Dr. Tuesday Wasserman has maintained a private practice specializing in Women's Health since graduating from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine in 2010. In addition to working with patients in an outpatient setting, Dr. Wasserman worked with the Acupuncture Team at NYU Langone Hospital (formerly Lutheran Medical Center) treating patients in the Neurology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Labor and Delivery wards from 2015-2017, after which she relocated to Boulder, Colorado. Currently, Dr. Wasserman maintains a private practice in Boulder, CO, and serves as faculty at the Southwest Acupuncture College, where she supervises clinical treatment and teaches Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective.


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