Our highly qualified faculty members are recruited for their depth of knowledge, the diversity of their skills, and their unique personal qualities. Our clinical supervisors are committed to instructing interns in diagnosis, methodology, prognosis, proper record-taking, and clinical judgment. All are dedicated professionals who generously share their knowledge to develop and refine our students’ abilities.
AIMC Supervisor & acting Clinic Director Ana Hortillosa graduated from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley & has been a licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist since 2012. In addition to her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, she holds a Masters of Arts in Theater from San Francisco State University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. While attending San Francisco State, she became a longtime weekly volunteer as an HIV test counselor at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and at the Women’s Community Clinic. She specializes in mental and emotional wellness, women’s health, and chronic conditions. Ana maintains a private practice in Berkeley.
AIMC Berkeley Supervisor Joyce Kwok worked as a hospital inpatient and outpatient physical therapist before studying Acupuncture and earning her Master’s degree from Meiji College, Berkeley in 2001. She started her private practice in Lafayette, CA, where she integrated the two disciplines. Joyce’s practice included some major influences of practice such as: Jeffrey Yuen, Dr. Richard Tan and Craniosacral Therapy.
Professor Caruso-Radin received his MSOM from AIMC Berkeley and his Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from Baruch College in New York, New York. He studied Shiatsu and Integrated Nutrition with Paul Pitchford at the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, California, and is a nationally certified diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy. David trained in Medical Qigong under Suzanne Friedman at AIMC Berkeley, and earned Wild Goose Qigong teacher certification from Master Hui Liu at the Wen Wu School of Martial Arts in El Cerrito, California. David maintains private practices in Berkeley and Richmond, and he is on the healing staff at Wilbur Hot Springs Hotel Resort.
Professor Newell received her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences (ACCHS), and has numerous certifications and experience in holistic bodywork, health care, and nutrition from both Eastern and Western approaches. She teaches Dai Yen Qigong as a certified instructor of the Wen Wu School of Martial Arts and practices privately in Albany, California.
Dennis earned his Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the ACTCM in San Francisco. He has traveled to Sichuan Province in China, working and studying at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Since 2002 Dennis has been a professor at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley where he has taught topics on herbology, herbal formulas, diagnosis, acupuncture therapy, modern disease, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and more. Dennis also periodically presents lectures to students and fellow acupuncturists. He is a frequent guest lecturer at UC Berkeley in the Integrative Biology Department.
Professor Oberman is board-certified in Acupuncture Orthopedics and appointed as a Qualified Medical Evaluator by California’s Industrial Medical Council. He earned his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MA in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He later studied Oriental Medicine at the California Acupuncture College and earned his Oriental Medicine Doctorate from Samra University of Oriental Medicine. Professor Oberman has served as a Director of the California State Oriental Medical Association, and currently practices privately in Berkeley. In addition to his many roles at AIMC Berkeley, Dr. Oberman oversees a specialty externship, providing acupuncture to athletes at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Zhu earned her Doctor of Medicine from Shanghai First Medical University in 1953 and went on to graduate in 1961 from Inner Mongolia Medical College in TCM and Acupuncture. She served as an associate professor and Director of the Internal Medicine Department in the Inner Mongolia Chinese Medical Institute before coming to the US in 1985, when she became a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. With over 40 years experience practicing internal medicine with both Chinese and Western medical backgrounds, Dr. Zhu has contributed to scholarly publications for nearly 30 years. She has been honored by the Ministry of Health in China her for her achievement in Chinese Medicine.
Clinical Supervisor Amy Chang graduated from UC Berkeley, ACCHS in Oakland, and OCOM in Portland. She can speak, read, and write colloquial and classical Chinese fluently. She has been practicing in the Bay Area since 2011 and volunteering at Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for underserved women with cancer since 2015.
A Second Degree Black Belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Professor Pelzer graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan and later earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Meiji College of Oriental Medicine (now AIMC Berkeley). An expert in Japanese needling technique, she practices privately in Suisun City and at the AIMC Berkeley Professional Clinic.
Professor Nishanga Bliss believes that personal and planetary health are interdependent. A core faculty member at AIMC for over a decade, Nishanga also practices in AIMC’s community clinic, offering nutrition consults, herbal medicine and acupuncture. She holds doctoral degrees in both nutrition and Chinese medicine.
A former chef, Nishanga loves kitchen medicine and practicing the ancient healing art of fermentation. Her book, Real Food All Year dives deeply into the practice of eating with the seasons, weaving the ancient wisdom of Chinese medical nutrition together with nutrition science and real world culinary know-how.
Professor Zhang has been practicing acupuncture for over 45 years and has published numerous books and articles on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in his native China. He earned his master’s degree from Guang Zhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and went on to teach, practice, and conduct research in TCM at the Traditional Chinese Medicine University and Chinese Medical Hospital of Guang Dong Province for 18 years before coming to the US. Professor Zhang has been teaching at AIMC since 1997 and currently maintains a private practice in San Francisco.
Thomas has been interested medicine since very early on. He worked as an assistant nurse at a public hospital while studying in Berlin, and gained an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physio- logy and pathology through medical studies in Italy. While in Italy, he also worked as a private school teacher, and was the director of a school in Padova before relocating to the US.
Thomas graduated from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science with a Master’s Degree of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and from the University of East West Medicine with a Doctoral Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). He is licensed to practice in the state of California and undertook studies to complete his national certification as a Diplomat of Acupuncture. In 2011 Thomas co-founded Getting the Point Acupuncture while also serving as the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences for five years.
Instructor Martello graduated from PCOM in San Diego. Prior to beginning her studies at PCOM, she acquired a Holistic Health Practitioner degree in Massage Therapy and more specifically Zen Shiatsu. In school, Barbara’s education emphasized the Japanese expression of the art of Acupuncture. Quickly she began studying under master teachers such as Ikeda Masakazu Sensei of Japan. Her therapeutic interests include women’s health, musculoskeletal complaints, allergy management, respiratory health, smoking cessation, stress management, chemo support, and digestive health. She practices in North Berkeley.
Joseph brings lifelong learning into his service as an Instructor and Clinical Supervisor at AIMC. A second-generation acupuncturist, he began learning about Chinese herbs and the meridians as a young boy and pursued formal training at Emperor’s College. Joseph studied orthopedic and pulse diagnostics with masters, and was entrusted with teaching specialized pulse-taking methods rooted in the Nei Jing, Nan Jing, and Mai Jing. Joseph’s orthopedic interest led him to join Kaiser’s Chronic Pain Department in San Francisco. Joseph has served on the California State Oriental Medicine’s Board of Directors, and volunteers as a field editor for both CJOM and The American Acupuncturist. He has also published articles relating to health, pulse diagnosis, and Chinese philosophy.
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is a practicing Acupuncturist in Marin County, a graduate from the Master’s program at AIMC and holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a published author, columnist for Acupuncture Today Magazine, wellness speaker, and intuitive healer. Dr. Kim is a specialist and educator in Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture and Mindfulness Meditation for the Treatment Room. She believes that melding the spiritual aspects with continuously emerging research makes for a rich healing dynamic. To aid on her spiritual path Dr. Kim is an assistant teacher at the Foundation for Spiritual Development and volunteers for the Living/Dying Project where she helps others cultivate their own spiritual awareness and growth. Her healing approach is to unblock misalignment in the body-mind-spirit so that patients can experience a deeper level and layer of their most authentic self – free of pain, stress, tension and full of confidence and vitality.
Morey Fox has a strong connection to AIMC Berkeley. In addition to being a former instructor and clinical supervisor at AIMC, he is also a graduate of the college when it was known as Meiji College. Morey is an authorized instructor in Cheng Man Ch’ing’s Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan, which he has taught at AIMC. Over the past 20 years, his practice has evolved into a focus on aging related issues. He is a big proponent of good listening and offering lifestyle changes for his clients. When not teaching and attending to his practice, Moray is collaborating on a comprehensive Herbology Book with his herbal mentor, Brian Weissbuch, renowned Herbalist and the founder of KW Botanicals. They are working on publishing Weissbuch’s life-long research and his knowledge of both Chinese and Western Herbology.
Dr. Bianca Di Giulio is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. She began her career in holistic health as a massage therapist in 2001. She then earned her MSTCM at AIMC in 2009, and completed the DAOM at ACTCM in 2015 with a specialty in TCM oncology and integrative cancer care. She is involved in research and development, consulting for wellness start-ups, and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is co-author of “Bridging the Gap: Integrative Oncology and the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine” which is a clinical perspective and guide for all TCM and healthcare practitioners to more completely integrate TCM in cancer care. She is an avid herbalist, moxa-lover, gardener, and adventures to Italy as often as she can to eat gelato and visit family.
Jody discovered the healing powers of acupuncture and energetic medicine during her recovery from a life-altering injury in 2001. Her doctorate and masters studies were both completed at AIMC-Berkeley and she has practiced in Sonoma County since 2007. A majority of Jody’s work has been in orthopedics/pain management, drug and alcohol recovery, chronic diseases, women’s (reproductive) health; and, to a lesser degree, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, transgender/gay/lesbian health, and immigrant health. Jody strives to empower people in their healing process through education, intuition and compassion. Besides really appreciating acupuncture, she has had fun as a vocalist, dancer, designer/builder and writer.
"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."- Master’s Student