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Board of Directors

SHUJI GOTO, PhD

SHUJI GOTO, PhD

Board Chair

Dr. Goto holds a PhD in medical sociology from the Showa University School of Medicine. He brings to the College extensive knowledge in the field of acupuncture on a worldwide basis. He currently serves as an advisor to the Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (JSAM), President Emeritus of the Council of Private Rehabilitation, College of Japan, and former director of the Foundation for Training and Licensure Examination in Anma-Massage-Acupressure, Acupuncture, and Moxibustion in Japan. He serves as a director of the Society for Integrative Medicine, Japan.

DAN KENNER, PhD, LAC

DAN KENNER, PhD, LAC

Secretary

Dr. Kenner is a writer and consultant in alternative health care with 30 years of clinical experience in both East Asian and Naturopathic Medicine. He is author of Botanical Medicine: A European Professional Perspective(Paradigm, 1996), AHCC – The Japanese Medicinal Mushroom Immune Enhancer (Woodland, 2001) and the forthcoming Treatment of Infections Without Antibiotics (Holodigm, 2009), Whole-Body Healing for Cancer Recovery: Seven Steps to Support Treatment, Boost Immunity, and Build Better Health (New Harbinger, 2009) and Planning Longevity (Trédaniel, 2009). He is licensed to practice East Asian Medicine both in Japan and the U.S. and has a Ph.D. in Naturopathic Medical Science from First National University of Naturopathic Medical Sciences. film and video documentation of alternative medical breakthroughs from around the world.

HARO OGAWA, LAc, CMT, ATC

HARO OGAWA, LAc, CMT, ATC

Board Member

Mr. Ogawa is as the official team acupuncturist and massage therapist for the San Francisco Giants. Mr. Ogawa has an extensive sports medicine background and many years of professional experience working with multiple Japanese baseball, NBA, and NASCAR athletes. A Japanese-trained acupuncturist and certified Shiatsu therapist, his specialty utilizes the kinesiological field for manual therapy in sports medicine. Haro graduated with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC Berkeley), where he supervises student interns in the school’s community clinic.

DAVID PACHECO

DAVID PACHECO

Board Member

David Pacheco is a first generation Mexican American raised in what is now called Silicon Valley. His forty-year career in education administration and legislative policy development has always strived for the betterment of all Californians. For more than a decade, he has been the Director of the California Senate Fellows (ret’d.) one of the oldest and most distinguished civic education programs in the country. He is the former Director of Communications and Intercultural Studies at UCSC Extension. He is the former Chairman of the Board for Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and was Vice-Chair (Edmond G, Brown was chair) of the U.S. Delegation to the International Congress on Traditional Medicine (Beijing 2000). David is the President of Pacheco Development Associates, providing strategic planning, outcome evaluation and technical assistance to emerging health and human service organizations serving minority communities.

STEPHEN DAVIS, MSOM, LAc, CMQ

STEPHEN DAVIS, MSOM, LAc, CMQ

Board Member

Stephen Davis is a local native of the Bay Area where he practices Eastern medicine and is the owner of Hara Wellness in Oakland CA. He was inspired to create Hara Wellness as it connects many aspects of his lifelong study along the path of the warrior healer and his belief that everyone has a right to good health. His healing practice is an extension of his martial arts, qigong, and spirituality and how to integrate ancient Eastern philosophies into a modern context. Stephen completed his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) at Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College(AIMC)and holds certifications in numerous traditional and modern Japanese medicine modalities. Previously, Stephen had the opportunity to give back to the Bay Area community by working in the field of education as a classroom teacher, director of youth mentoring and tutoring, conflict mediation instructor, tutor to students with special needs, and as a job developer for pregnant and parenting teens. Stephen is the father of 2 small children who are his ultimate teachers of being in present moment.

PETER BLACKMAN

PETER BLACKMAN

Board Member

Peter has been working in higher education for over 20 years. He has served as faculty, academic advisor, and administrator. He worked as Director of Academic Advising & Administration at AIMC Berkeley from 2014-2018. He holds a BA degree from UC Santa Barbara, and an MS degree from the University of Oregon. He has worked at numerous colleges, including AIMC Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz. He is a strong supporter of integrative medicine and holistic approaches to health and healing.

NANCY STARR

NANCY STARR

Board Member

As a long time patient of acupuncture, Nancy Starr brings patient representation and perspective. Nancy became interested in eastern medicine when she experienced her first acupuncture therapy which was very successful. In addition to her personal experience as a patient, she brings 32 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry. Her work as a nuclear medicine technologist led her to recognize the limitations of Western medicine due to its compartmentalization of care. She believes a unified approach to therapy is a better way to approach the health and well-being necessary for a healthy life. Nancy states that she has received excellent care at the AIMC clinic and is looking forward to serving on the AIMC board and offering whatever service she can.

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