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CLINIC FACULTY

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.

All of our Clinic Faculty & Supervisors have been licensed for at least 5 years and many have developed strong specialties & fields of knowledge. To book an appointment with a specific supervisor or see a summary of their specialties, view the Current Schedule.

Dr. Nobue Nobematsu, DAOM, LAc.

Dr. Nobue Nobematsu, DAOM, LAc.

Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Nobué Nobematsu holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACTCM San Francisco and a Doctorate in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University. Her strong interest in art and architecture blossomed in her undergraduate years when she completed a BA in Fine Art at Mills College. Continuing her artistic training in the MFA program in Interior Design at the Academy of Art University in SF, she learned of Rudolf Steiner’s teaching philosophy and Waldorf Education. She valued her unique experiences as an early childhood educator at Waldorf kindergartens. Holistic education and living approach rooted deeply into her heart, and led her to an interest in Art Therapy, Anthroposophical Medicine, Bach Flower Remedy, and the study of Chinese Medicine to help heal friends and family—as well as to respect and appreciate her own heritage. A decade of clinical apprenticeship trained her extensively from infant to elderly in diverse clinical settings and challenging cases. She is a lead acupuncturist and herbalist at Shen Clinic in Albany. Alongside her private practice, Nobué had volunteered regularly at the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic.

She previously held a position as a didactic instructor, clinical supervisor, and Director of Clinical Education at ACCHS, Oakland.

Dr. NISHANGA BLISS, DAIM, DSC, LAc.

Dr. NISHANGA BLISS, DAIM, DSC, LAc.

Nishanga Bliss, DSc, DAIM, LAc, is a holistic doctor and educator who believes that personal and planetary health are interdependent. She teaches Chinese and integrative medicine at AIMC, where she practices in the community clinic, offering nutrition consults, herbal medicine and acupuncture. She is passionate about protecting the planet and is active in the climate movement. A former chef, Nishanga loves kitchen medicine and practicing the ancient healing art of fermentation. Her book, Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy (New Harbinger Press, 2012) 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. Visit her website at: https://nishangabliss.com

Dr. Glenn Oberman, OMD, LAc, QME

Dr. Glenn Oberman, OMD, LAc, QME

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.

Dr. David Caruso-Radin, DAIM, LAc.

Dr. David Caruso-Radin, DAIM, LAc.

Professor Caruso-Radin received his DAIM and 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 was a nationally certified diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy. David earned his Medical Qigong Practitioner certification 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 a private practice in Richmond, and he is an avid kayaker and photographer.

Dr. Emmie Zhu, DMed (China), DTCM (China) LAc.

Dr. Emmie Zhu, DMed (China), DTCM (China) LAc.

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.

Dr. Hideko Pelzer, DAIM, LAc.

Dr. Hideko Pelzer, DAIM, LAc.

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). Dr. Pelzer was in the first graduating class of Doctorate students at AIMC Berkeley. She is a didactic instructor & clinic supervisor at AIMC Berkeley, and she teaches acupuncture to Medical Doctors at the Academy of Pain Research. An expert in Japanese needling technique, she practices privately in Suisun City and at LifeLong West Berkeley.

Zhi-Bin “Benny” Zhang, MS (China), LAc.

Zhi-Bin “Benny” Zhang, MS (China), LAc.

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.

Dr. Jody James, DAIM, LAc.

Dr. Jody James, DAIM, LAc.

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.

Dr. Mary Arnold, DAOM, LAc.

Dr. Mary Arnold, DAOM, LAc.

Dr. Mary Arnold earned her Masters’s degree and recently completed her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DAOM) from the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences (ACCHS). For the past twenty years, she’s led a private practice using acupuncture, herbs, and other TCM techniques to target the root of a patient’s pain to get them back on their feet as soon as possible. She treats patients of all ages with ailments ranging from seasonal allergies and sports injuries to insomnia and digestive issues. Dr. Mary balances her hands-on experience with teaching in Masters and Doctoral programs. Currently, Dr. Mary is studying the Jing Fang lineage with Dr. Suzanne Robidoux.

Dr. Henriette

Dr. Henriette "Jet" Lenssen, DAOM, LAc.

Henriette Lenssen received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Science in Biology from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. She pursued a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland. Henriette treats many different syndromes and illnesses within the broader scope of family practice but she has a special interest in women’s health and the support of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Dr. Nicole Yezman, ND, LAc.

Dr. Nicole Yezman, ND, LAc.

Dr. Nicole Yezman is board certified and has been in practice since 2011. She is committed to assisting others on their journey to wellness. Dr. Nicole completed six years of medical training and graduated in 2010 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master’s in Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Nicole helps people identify the root causes of their health issues, and always wants to figure out WHY a person’s current health picture is the way it is. She uses resources such as homeopathy, botanical medicine, vitamins and minerals, hydrotherapy, nutrition, Chinese medicine and acupuncture; and works in multiple realms including physical, mental-emotional and energetic. Her specialties include gastrointestinal health, autoimmune illness, mold and mycotoxin exposure and allergies.

Her goal is always to trace the symptom back to its original source, so that the environment or factor can be navigated and true change and healing can occur. Dr. Nicole’s mission is to provide science based, wellness skills to every day living.

Dr. Christian Hoffert, DAOM, LAc.

Dr. Christian Hoffert, DAOM, LAc.

Christian earned his Doctorate and Master of Science Degrees at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where he completed advanced training in Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, as well as concepts of functional medicine. He enjoys collaborating with his clients on their health goals and helping them live healthier and happier lives.

Christian is a licensed acupuncturist and primary care provider in California (AC15943).

Sharon Hennessey, LAc., DAOM

Sharon Hennessey, LAc., DAOM

Sharon has had a diverse career studying art and working in film before segueing to Chinese medicine, thinking it was but one more notch on her belt of professional mastery. For the past 30 years she has consistently stuck with the profession, moved by the profound effects of the medicine. Her greatest teachers have been her patients who have guided her accumulation of knowledge and experience, and her students who have compelled her to look more deeply into the complexities of her profession. She is constantly inspired by the tireless persistence and dedication from students who are willing to spend both their time and money on a profession to help others and make the world a healthier, better place.

Claudia Venn, LAc.

Claudia Venn, LAc.

Claudia turned to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine after studying cultural anthropology and Chinese language in Guanxi, China, where she connected with its foundational Daoist theory nature reflected in physiology: balancing our internal and external environments allowing the body’s innate ability to heal. She received her master’s degree in TCM at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. After more than a decade in practice, her focus has turned toward accessing the latest neuroscience research with studies in functional neurology at the Carrick Institute — bringing the latest brain research into the field of acupuncture. This work couples ancient knowledge of meridian theory with modern advances in neurology. Functional brain scans prove acupuncture needles access neural pathways such as the pain matrix.

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"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."

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