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.
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.
Nishanga has been studying and practicing holistic health and Oriental Medicine for over 20 years. She holds a degree in English and Peace & Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley, a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a doctorate in Nutrition from Hawthorn University. She specializes in Internal Medi-cine with an emphasis on nutrition counseling, women’s health, mental health and HIV. Nishanga supervises interns in the student clinic and teaches Oriental Medicine Theory, Diagnosis and Counseling & Psychology classes at AIMC Berkeley. She is the author of the book Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy.
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.
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.
AIMC Berkeley Clinic Director & 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.
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.
Dr. Kenneth Morris has been practicing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1988.
As one of the first graduates of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ken completed his studies at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. Ken has spent the last 30 years in private practice, community health, clinical research, and pain management specialty. He took part in research studies such as Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Research SPINE Study, The Yale Study and MIRA/TRIAD Research Study, and earned “Quality Service Award” from Maxine Hall Health Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recipient of the Best Acupuncturist award from the East Bay Express newspaper, Professor Von Elgg has been practicing and teaching Oriental Medicine since 1999. He received his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACTCM, and completed his post-graduate work in the International TCM program at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Professor Von Elgg practices privately in Berkeley, California. In addition to teaching at AIMC Berkeley, Dennis also teaches Chinese Medicine classes at UC Berkeley and Santa Rosa Junior College.
Dr. Wheeler has been studying complementary and natural medicine for the last 11 years, first obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University, then earning his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco. Dr. Wheeler is the acting Pharmacy Director at the AIMC and teaches in the herbal medicine department. He was recently hired as the editor-in-chief of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors for the California State Oriental Medical Association as the chair of the Herbal and Publications Committees. Dr. Wheeler maintains a private practice in San Francisco’s Financial District where he specializes in acute and chronic pain, anxiety, and immune disorders.
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.
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.
"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