Our 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.

James Bare, Ph.D., L.Ac.,  - James Bare 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 NYCTCM, and is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yongshun Bei, B.Med. (China), L.Ac.  - Yongshun Bei 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. Yongshun Bei is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Bin Cai, Ph.D. (China), L.Ac. - Bin Cai received his Bachelor of Acupuncture and Tui- na from Anhui College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001, Master of Traumatology and Orthopedics from Chengdu University of TCM in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Orthopedic Biomechanics and Anatomy from Southern Medical University in 2011. He has worked as a research scholar at CUNY Biomedical Department and is an Acupuncture Fellow at the Integrative Medicine Department at Beth Israel Mount Sinai. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Phillips School of Nursing from Mount Sinai Bet Israel and is a Registered Nurse. Bin Cai is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in NY and NJ.

Vicky Chen, B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Vicky Chen graduated from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. She completed two one-year-long advanced education programs from 1989 to 1991. The first focused on the digestive system (Western Medicine) at the First Medical University of Shanghai No.1 People’s Hospital with Master Xieling Wu. The latter focused on gynecology (Traditional Chinese Medicine) at the Yueyang Hospital of Shanghai TCM University with Master Nanshu Zhu. From 1982 to 1999, she taught and practiced as a deputy director of physicians at the affiliated hospital of Hubei College of TCM. Vicky Chen has more than 30 years of experience and a strong background in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She specializes in women’s health and internal medicine. She has been a faculty member at NYCTCM since 2005 and serves as a clinic supervisor and instructor. Vicky Chen is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yemeng Chen, Ph.D. (China), L.Ac., FICAE - Yemeng Chen 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. He completed his Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2012. Yemeng 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 was a member of the New York State Board of Acupuncture, appointed by the New York State Education Department from 2000 to 2010, elected Vice-Chair of the Board after 2007 and was also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yemeng Chen serves as a Commissioner (Educator Member) of Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), elected as the Secretary in February 2015 and is also the Executive President of the National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations (NFCTCMO). He is currently a guest professor in the International Education College at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Peizhu Cheng, B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Peizhu Cheng 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. Peizhu Cheng is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Jack Coleman, M.S., L.Ac. - Jack Coleman 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 SGA.

Ai Deng, B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Ai Deng received his Bachelor of Medicine 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. Ai Deng is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Lei He, B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Lei He 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, L.Ac.  - Woo-Yup Kang 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 specializes 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. Woo-Yup Kang is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.


Stephen Kaplan, M.S., L.Ac. - Stephen Kaplan 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 NYCTCM, and conducts a private practice in both acupuncture and massage. Stephen Kaplan is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Mona Lee-Yuan, M.S., L.Ac., P.T. - Mona Lee-Yuan attended University of Miami from 1979 to 1983 for her studies in physical therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science with a specialty in Pediatrics in 1983 and has been a pediatric physical therapist for more than three decades. Because of personal experience of benefits from acupuncture and herbs, she decided to study acupuncture and graduated from NYCTCM in 2006. After graduation, she returned to NYCTCM part-time in 2007 to pursue studying herbs and graduated in 2011. In 2006, she established her company Mind, Body, Spirit Acupuncture & Holistic Health in Oceanside, NY and specializes in women’s health/infertility, orthopedic and neurological diseases. She joined NYCTCM as a faculty member in 2014.

Lance Li, M.S., L.Ac. - Lance Li received his Master’s Degree in Traditional 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. Lance Li is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Alexander Liu, M.S., L.Ac. - Alexander Liu received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1982 and Master of Science in Instrument Analysis in 1985 from Zhengzhou University of China. He later received his Master of Science in Biochemistry from University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Kansas University. Alexander Liu graduated from NYCTCM in 2017 with a Master of Science in Health Science, Oriental Medicine. He has been teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi for over 20 years.

Haoyue Lu, M.S., B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Haoyue Lu 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.

Sherita Persaud, M.D. (St. Lucia) - Sherita Persaud began her training at a very young age and received her nursing degree at age 17 from a vocational learning institute and received her Bachelors of Science from SUNY New Paltz. She received her M.D. from Spartan Health Sciences University in 2010. In addition to western medicine, Sherita independently studies Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and believes that integrative medicine can best service patients and provide healing and disease prevention.

John Pai, M.D. (Taiwan), L.Ac. - John Pai 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, he 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. John Pai is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.


Kaihong Qiu, B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Kaihong Qiu 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 customizes them based on each patient. Her specialties include pain management, facial rejuvenation, chronic fatigue, women’s health, etc. Kaihong Qiu is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

John Scalice, M.S., L.Ac. - John Scalice 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.


Lin Shen, M.S., M.D. (China), L.Ac., P.A. - Lin Shen 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 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.


Martin Silber, M.S., L.Ac. - Martin Silber received his Master’s Degree from TriState College of Acupuncture in 1995. In 1997, he received his Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist certification and Registered Trainer status in 1999. He 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, he 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 is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York.

Catherine Tortorella, D.C., L.Ac. - Catherine Tortorella 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 NYCTCM, she is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Catherine Vecchione, D.C., M.S. Ed., BSN, R.N. - Catherine Vecchione received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1989 and her Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 1994. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Master of Science in Science Education - Biology in 2009. Catherine then attended Adelphi University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015. She has practiced as a Chiropractor from 1995 to 2015 and is currently a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Catherine has been teaching at NYCTCM since 2003.

Ada Wang, Ph.D.(China), L.Ac. - Ada Wang 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. - Dorothy Wong 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 Manhattan, 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 TCM Syndrome Analysis for NYCTCM.

Jiliang Xiao, M.S., L.Ac., L.M.T. - Jiliang Xiao graduated from the Massage Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2011 and has worked as a licensed massage therapist since then. He received his Masters of Science in Acupuncture from NYCTCM in 2015 and is a 5th Generation Student of Cheng’s Acupuncture. He is currently licensed to practice in acupuncture in NY. 


Bin Xu, Ph.D. (Japan), B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Bin Xu 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, M.S., B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Yan Xu graduated from Beijing University of TCM in 1983, and received her Master’s in Health Science (Acupuncture) from NYCTCM 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. - Fang Yang 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, M.S., B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Libang Zhang 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.

Yan Zhang, M.S. (China), L.Ac. - Yan Zhang obtained her Bachelor of Medicine from Jiangxi University of TCM in 2005 majoring in TCM and minoring in Biomedicine. She received her Master of Clinical Medicine from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in 2008. She worked as a Resident Doctor and later Medical Director at No. 7 Hospital of Ningbo City and lectured at the Medical School of Ningbo University for 6 years. She was an Exchange Scholar at Royal Free London Hospital in the U.K. and has published numerous papers in both TCM and Biomedicine. In addition, Yan Zhang translated Clinical Application of Shang Han Lun Formulas from Mandarin to English. She is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Sharon Zhao, Ph.D. (China), B.Med. (China), L.Ac. - Sharon Zhao received her Bachelor of Medicine 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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