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AIMC DIDACTIC FACULTY

Our highly qualified faculty members are recruited for their depth of knowledge, the diversity of their skills, and their unique personal qualities. Our instructors are skilled practitioners who maintain successful practices and believe in the importance of disseminating their knowledge and sustaining the rich tradition of our medicine. Our didactic faculty members are committed to guiding students through the exciting and challenging world of Oriental medicine and teaching them to transform theoretical education into practical application.

Hideko Pelzer, MSOM, LAc

Hideko Pelzer, MSOM, 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). An expert in Japanese needling technique, she practices privately in Suisun City and at the AIMC Berkeley Professional Clinic.

Nishanga Bliss, LAc, DSc.

Nishanga Bliss, LAc, DSc.

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.

Ta-Ya Lee, DNP, DAOM, PhD, MPH, MBA, CRNP, Dipl.OM, LAc

Ta-Ya Lee, DNP, DAOM, PhD, MPH, MBA, CRNP, Dipl.OM, LAc

Ta-Ya is a nurse practitioner with specialty training in comprehensive Integrative Medicine evaluation, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle modification coaching, among other practices. Ta-Ya received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute with additional Chinese herbal medicine training. She received a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Five Branches University, and a PhD in acupuncture from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is board-certified in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She speaks worldwide about the field of integrative medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine.

Lana Farson, LAc.

Lana Farson, LAc.

Lana Farson is co-director of the Well-Balanced Center, an integrative healing clinic in Lafayette, CA with practitioners from various health care systems. She sees clients on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Lana earned her medical license to practice acupuncture after completing an intensive 4-year Master of Science degree in 1999 from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Prior to this and while discovering her path, she completed undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis on language, culture and biology.

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

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.

Dennis Von Elgg, MSTCM, LAc

Dennis Von Elgg, MSTCM, LAc

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.

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.

David Caruso-Radin

David Caruso-Radin

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.

Glenn Oberman, OMD, LAc, QME

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.

Barbara Martello, MSOM, LAc

Barbara Martello, MSOM, LAc

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.

Jason Servatius, ND.

Jason Servatius, ND.

Dr. Servatius is a is a clinical professor of integrative medicine at AIMC Berkeley. He is a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine with a natural medicine practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Servatius empowers individuals with the tools for achieving optimal health and well being, harnessing the healing power of nature. He treats individuals having a variety of acute and chronic health condition, inlcluding allergies, asthma, anxiety/ depression, autoimmune, decreased immunity, diabetes, digestive issues, fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalance, skin complaints, urinary difficulty, and obesity.

Joseph Adams, MSOM, LAc.

Joseph Adams, MSOM, LAc.

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.

Eric Brand. LAc.

Eric Brand. LAc.

Eric Brand graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) and has extensive experience studying in mainland China and Taiwan. Fluent in Chinese, he completed a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan and has participated in numerous projects related to Chinese medicine translation, herbal research, and TCM politics. He is author of “A Clinician’s Guide to the Use of Granule Extracts”, co-author of the “Concise Chinese Materia Medica”, and has edited a variety of modern and classical texts. Eric travels extensively to study with experts in the field of herbal authentication and quality discernment. He is a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Co-chair of International Affairs for the AAAOM.

Bina Jangda, LAc.

Bina Jangda, LAc.

Bina is the President of TCM Review Seminars, and an instructor at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. She is the author of The Clinical Handbook of Oriental Medicine, a complete reference guide for Chinese medicine. Bina has lived in Korea, Thailand and Amsterdam, teaching yoga and ESL. She has a private practice in Berkeley and is passionate about her practice and teaching.

Bina Jangda Acupuncture: binajangdalac.com

Natsha Lane, DOM, LAc

Natsha Lane, DOM, LAc

Dr. Natasha Lane is a former Professor at Southwest Acupuncture College, NM, and a former Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA. She has practiced Daoist healing arts for over 30 years and studied extensively in Asia with some of Asia’s foremost practitioners. Her post-graduate studies include several clinical internships at the Beijing Hospital of TCM and herbal studies at the renowned Tong Ren Hospital, Beijing China. She specializes in treating acute and chronic pain, PTSD and chronic diseases associated with aging.

Gary Wedemayer, Ph.D

Gary Wedemayer, Ph.D

Professor Wedemayer has a diverse range of scientific interests, having published papers in astronomy, botany, biochemistry, structural biology, statistics, genomics, DNA sequencing technology, and human physiology. His teaching experience includes General Botany, General Biology with Anatomy and Physiology, Genomics and DNA Sequencing, and Cell Biology, and other highly specialized topics. Dr. Wedemayer received a BS and an MS in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and earned his PhD in Botany at the University of California, Berkeley. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Berkeley in 1987 for his instruction of Biology, and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He continues to teach Biology at UC Berkeley to the present day.

Testimonials

"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