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Our Outstanding Faculty
The expertise of our school's faculty and their authentic approach to teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the strengths of our school. We have an outstanding TCM faculty averaging more than 20 years of experience in the integrative practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology in China, with many having taught or done research there. In small classes,  these master practitioners mentor students  in the philosophy and practice of Oriental Medicine.

Guidun Bai, L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)born in a family of western medicine in China, Guidun has studied the knowledge and wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since childhood and began his academic training in TCM theories; Chinese herbs, acupuncture and tuina as a teenager follow by several veteran TCM doctors. In 1980, Guidun came to America and graduated from University of Kansas with a degree in Microbiology in 1985. He received a diploma of Acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of TCM in 1998. He is currently practicing TCM on Long Island, and also teaching acupuncture at both Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

James Bare, Ph.D., L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1970 and received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1975. He has held academic positions at Lawrence University, Oberlin College, Carleton College, SUNY New Paltz, and the University of Minnesota, and has lived and worked abroad in Taiwan, India, Singapore, and Korea. He graduated in 1998 from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM), and is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yongshun Bei, O.M.D. (China), L.Ac. - graduated from Shanghai University of TCM in 1985, and completed postgraduate study at Fujian College of TCM in 1995. From 1985 until 2001 he taught at Fujian College of TCM, and served as Assistant Dean and later Vice Dean of the Acupuncture and Chinese Tui-Na Department and Director of the Chinese Tui-Na Section from 1994 until 2001. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, most of which focus on the modalities of acupuncture and tui-na.

Yemeng Chen, Ph.D. (China), Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), L.Ac., FICAE (click here for full biography) - graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985. After that he worked as an instructor in Shanghai Medical University and practiced as a physician in the affiliated Huashan Hospital, becoming the Director of the Acupuncture Department in 1989. Dr. Chen has more than 30 research papers published in various medical journals in different countries and has also published ten acupuncture books, including two large-scale reference works. He has been the Academic Dean at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1996, and was appointed President of the school in 2006. He is a Fellow of the International College of Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics (F.I.C.A.E.) and a member of the New York State Board for Acupuncture, appointed by the New York State Education Department, since 2000, and was elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2007. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been a member of the Core Curriculum Committee of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) since 2000. As one of four CCAOM representatives, he participated in the ACAOM Doctoral Task Force in 2004 and 2005. He is currently serving as a guest member of the Exam Development Committee of NCCAOM. 

Peizhu Cheng, O.M.D. (China), L.Ac. - graduated from Beijing Traditional Chinese Medical College in 1982 and apprenticed with the famous TCM doctor Master Shenyu Zhu. After graduation she practiced and taught Chinese medicine at Peking Union Medical College Hospital until 1986. After coming to the U.S., she has conducted a private acupuncture practice as well as teaching at several New-York-area TCM schools.

Jack Coleman, M.S., L.Ac. -received his master’s degree in acupuncture from The New York College for Wholistic Health Education and Research and his master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. He has been a New York State licensed acupuncturist since 1998. He maintains a private practice and treats patients with acupuncture, tui na, shiatsu, Amma therapy and herbology. He teaches at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a faculty adviser to the student government association.

Ai Deng, O.M.D.(China), L.Ac. -received his O.M.D. from Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. He was a Resident Doctor from 1982 to 1991 at Shanghai Hu Nan Hospital and at Shanghai Nan Shi Hospital of TCM, and an Attending Doctor at Shanghai Nan Shi Hospital of TCM. He has been teaching as a clinic supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine since 1999. He joined NYCTCM as a clinic supervisor in 2012. Dr. Deng is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Lei He, O.M.D.(China), L.Ac. -graduated from Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2010. He is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State and specializes in orthopedic disorders.

Woo-Yup Kang, D.C., MSTOM, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM) - earned his doctorate of chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and his Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has practiced as a chiropractor since 1998 and as an acupuncturist in New York since 2001. He is specialized in Huang Di Nei Jing and is the president of So Mun Academy New York, which studies Huang Di Nei Jing. He is also an independent Medical Examiner for Chiropractic and Acupuncture in New York State.

Stephen Kaplan, M.S., L.Ac. - graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in 1993 and received his Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Five Branches Institute of TCM in 1997. He currently teaches at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine as well as at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM), and conducts a private practice in both acupuncture and massage.

Lance Li, M.S., L.Ac. - received his Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in 2000 and since then has worked in various acupuncture clinics in the New York metro area.  He is currently affiliated with the Cardiac Rehab Center at New York Hospital Queens and serves as a clinic supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, as well as teaching at NYCTCM.

Haoyue Lu, O.M.D., L.Ac.graduated from Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Tui Na. She worked as an acupuncturist at Wuhan Central Hospital in 2009 and Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2010.

John Pai, M.D. (Taiwan), L.Ac. - received his M.D. in 1983 from China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, and his Master of Medical Science in 1985 from the Institute of Chinese Medical Research associated with that same institution. From 1983 until 1997 he practiced in Taiwan as a General Practitioner and became a Board Certified Psychiatrist in 1989. He was on the faculty of China Medical University from 1993 to 1997. From 1995-97 was the Director of the Acupuncture Department at China Medical University Hospital. Since coming to North America in 1998, he has continued in private practice of TCM and has been an instructor and clinical supervisor at various TCM schools in Canada and the U.S. He is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Kaihong Qiu, M.D. (China), L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM) - graduated from FuJian University of TCM in 1991. With over 20 years of clinical experience, she utilizes a combination of TCM techniques in her practice and customize them based on each patient. Her specialties include pain management, facial rejuvenation, chronic fatigue, women's health and etc.

Linda Yuxia Qiu, O.M.D. (China), L.Ac. - received her medical training from Hebei Medical University and Chengdu University of TCM from 1991 to 1999. She taught at Huguosi Teaching Hospital of Beijing University of TCM from 1999 to 2000. She was an instructor and clinic supervisor at the Academy of Oriental Medicine from 2001 to 2010. She also acted as Director of the Integral Studies Department from 2007 to 2010. Since 2011 she has been teaching at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and NYCTCM. She is a member of World Academic Society of Medical Qigong and American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia. She has published many papers in several research fields, including Qigong acupuncture, history of Chinese medicine, fundamental theory of Chinese medicine, and acupuncture treatment of various diseases. She is currently the director of Medical Qigong Advanced Certificate Program at NYCTCM.

Lin Shen, M.D. (China), L.Ac., P.A.
 - received her M.D. degree from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1991 and practiced in China until coming to the U.S. in 1993. She received her Masters in Health Science and her Physician Assistant Certificate from Quinnipiac University in 2000 and completed her studies in acupuncture at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM) in 2004. She is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York and is licensed as a Physician Assistant in both New York and Connecticut.

John Scalice, M.S., L.Ac. - received his B.S. from Excelsior College and then completed a Master’s degree in Acupuncture at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating in 2004. In 2012 he returned to NYCTCM to join the inaugural class in the Medical Qigong Advanced Certificate Program, earning a Medical Qigong Practitioner certificate in 2014. He continues to study, practice and teach Qigong and Medical Qigong. He is licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Martin Silber, M.S., L.Ac. - received his Master’s degree from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 1995.  In 1997, he received his Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist certification in 1997 and Registered Trainer status in 1999. MArtin is responsible for creating the original Long Island chapters for ASNY in 1997, 1999 and 2007. He has been the head acupuncture supervisor for Nassau County's Department of Drug and Alcohol Detoxification program for the past 15 years. In 2002, Martin created and supervised the first acupuncture detoxification program for Catholic Charities in Commack, NY. He became a Clean Needle Technique instructor and examiner for the CCAOM in 2009 and has been an instructor and clinic supervisor at the NYCTCM since then. With over a decade of teaching and supervising experience and more than 30 years of clinical experience in the tri-state area, he currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York.

Catherine Tortorella, D.C., L.Ac. - graduated from C.W. Post College and New York Chiropractic College. She has practiced as a Chiropractor in New York since 1981. A 2002 graduate of New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM), she is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Catherine Vecchione, D.C. - graduated from Northwestern University and New York Chiropractic College. She has practiced as a Chiropractor in New York since 1995.

Ada Wang, Ph.D.(China), L.Ac. - graduated from the doctoral program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009. She was a visiting research scholar in the U.S. in 2011. Her research has been focused on comparative study between Chinese medicine and western medicine. She has more than 10 research papers published in Chinese top-level medical journals. Her specialties are pain management, dermatology and gastrointestinal disorders. She is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Dorothy Wong, MSTOM, L.Ac. - is fourth generation acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She currently is a candidate for the Doctoral Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She received her Master’s degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in the United States has training in advanced clinical courses at Guang Zhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from State University of Stony Brook with a double major in Biology and Philosophy and served as an EMT for three years. Currently, her family runs an herbal pharmacy, China Yua Choi, Inc. in Chinatown, New York and she practices in Manhatten, Long Island and is affiliated with various medical facilities. She has served as a faculty, administrator and clinic supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a guest lecturer at various universities, medical schools and community outreach programs and instructs CPR/First Aid for the American Heart Association for 17 years. She is a published editor for Beijing University of TCM. She currently teaches Syndrome Analysis for NYCTCM.

Bin Xu, Ph.D., O.M.D. (China), L.Ac. - received his Bachelors and Masters in Medicine from the Harbin Medical University, his Diploma of Acupuncture and TCM from the University of Heilongjiang, and his Ph.D. in Medical Science from Kanazawa Medical University in Japan. He worked as a physician in China from 1990 to 1993, and since 1993 has been employed as a Research Scientist in the New York City area. He is the author of numerous articles on both TCM and Western Medicine, and is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yan Xu, O.M.D. (China), L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM) - graduated from Beijing University of TCM in 1983, and received her Master's in Health Science (Acupuncture) from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2003.She served as an instructor and a physician in charge in the affiliated hospital of Beijing University of TCM before coming to the US in 1996. She has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for more than 20 years. Currently, she is licensed to practice acupuncture in both New York and Connecticut. Her specialties are allergies, women's health and pain management.

Fang Yang, M.D. (China), L.Ac. - received his M.D. from Chongqing University of Medical Sciences in 1982, and his Master Of Medical Sciences from West China University of Medical Sciences In 1987, Until 1991 he worked as an medical instructor at School of Medicine and attending physician at Teaching Hospital, West China University of Medical Sciences. He came to state as the visiting professor at Albany Medical College in 1991 and he did research work in the Field of cardiovascular disease. He currently work at Department of Pathology and Laboratories, Nassau University Medical Center. He has Been a faculty member of NYCTCM since 2002 and he has practiced acupuncture in New York State since 2003.

Libang Zhang, O.M.D. (China), L.Ac. - graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1966 and worked as a physician in China from 1968 to 1980. After three further years of study and research at Shanghai University of TCM, he received a Master’s Degree in 1983. As Director of the Institute of Hepatic Diseases of Shanghai University of TCM, he conducted extensive research on hepatic diseases between 1983 and 1988, and authored several academic papers about the mechanism of fibrogenesis. From 1988 to the present, he has worked on and published papers about oncogenes and Alzheimer’s disease. He has been working at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 15 years as a professor, clinic supervisor, Oriental Medicine Program Director, and Chief Traditional Chinese Medicine Adviser. Dr. Zhang has over 50 years of clinical experience and is currently directing the special clinic for respiratory disorders at NYCTCM.

Helen Zhang, Ph.D. (China), L.Ac. - received her Ph.D. in 1990 from China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has participated in NCCAOM Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology Item Writing from 1998 to 1999, and was a commissioner of NCCAOM from 2000 to 2005. She is currently a member of Eligibility Committee at NCCAOM. Dr. Zhang has been teaching at both Tri-state College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine since 1997. She joined NYCTCM in 2011.

Sharon Zhao, Ph.D., O.M.D. (China), L.Ac. - received her O.M.D. from Guangzhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, her B. S. from Hunter College School of Health Science in 1996, and her Ph.D. from Guangzhou University of TCM in 2005. She worked as an internist in China from 1985 to 1989, and has worked as a Medical Technologist in this country since 1993. She is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State. 
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