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Jade Institute Instructors

The instructors and guest lecturers at the Jade Institute are among the finest teachers and practitioners in their respective fields. We are pleased and honored to have them teaching in our educational programs as they bring a depth of skill and experience that creates exceptional classes.

Daniel Altschuler PhD, LAc. Daniel L. Altschuler, L.Ac, PhD trained in Chinese medicine as an apprentice under Dr Lee Cheng-Yu in Taiwan for 15 years. Previously completing his undergraduate and masters education in the US in classical East Asian Buddhism, religion and culture, he was able to base his entire clinical and academic studies in classic Chinese medical texts. A traditionalist, Daniel specializes in the Shanghan Zabing Lun and has inherited his teacherís style of an herbal dominated practice specializing in difficult and complicated diseases, particularly focusing on neuropathies and oncology.

Daniel returned to the US in 2005 after completing his PhD at the Guangzhou College of Chinese Medicine to teach at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine and Bastyr University in Seattle. He teaches a variety of courses including classical medical Chinese, Shanghan Lun, Wenbing theory, Oncology, Neuro-musculoskeletal disease, Herbology, and Acupuncture techniques. Recently Daniel has opened a private practice in Seattle. Daniel and his wife volunteered at free clinics in Nepal and Taiwan, including earthquake disaster zones, and hopes to continue making Chinese medicine available to all.

Sara Bayer D.A.O.M., L.Ac. Sara has been in private practice and teaching at schools of acupuncture and Oriental medicine for thirty years. Her special focus is musculoskeletal pain.

DAOM (2014) Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with translation of Guang Wen Yi Lun (廣瘟疫論)
M.A. (1982), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Chinese Language and Literature
Certificate in Acupuncture (1986), California Acupuncture College San Diego
NCCAOM Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology;
Faculty, Bastyr University, Seattle and Middleway Acupuncture Institute, Mount Vernon, Washington
Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner
Past faculty: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle.

Daniel Bensky D.O. I have been actively involved in the practice, teaching, and publishing aspects of both East Asian medicine and osteopathic medicine for over thirty years. My training has included a Diploma in Chinese Medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (1975), a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1982), a Masters of Arts in Chinese Literature from the University of Washington (1996), and a Ph.D. from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (2006).

Stephen Brown L.Ac. Stephen Brown L.Ac. is a licensed shiatsu and acupuncture practitioner born and raised in Japan. Graduating from Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983, he studied in the clinic of shiatsu master Shizuto Masunaga, the originator of Zen Shiatsu. Later he traveled to China to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and exercises (Chigong). Stephen started teaching in Seattle at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1986 and is currently a faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.

Given his gift with Japanese, Stephen has translated many books on Oriental medicine including Qigong for Health, Meridian Exercises, and Meridian Therapy and is assistant editor of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. Stephen practices on Bainbridge Island as well as north of Seattle, and offers Zen Shiatsu, Sotai Therapy and Japanese acupuncture.

Misha Cohen OMD, LAc. Misha Cohen is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and the Clinical Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California where she has been practicing traditional Asian medicine for over 33 years. She is an internationally recognized senior teacher and leading expert in Chinese medicine, training Oriental medicine practitioners and medical doctors in the U.S. and Europe. She brings a unique perspective, combining an understanding of traditional Asian medicine with that of Western medicine, to such topics as HIV, hepatitis, HPV-related disorders, diabetes, chronic viral illness, cancer support, fibromyalgia, and gynecological issues. She has been invited several times by the Chinese government to present her treatment programs.

After attending Oberlin College, Misha Cohen was trained in acupuncture at Lincoln Hospital Detox Program in the South Bronx under the auspices of the Quebec School of Acupuncture. After moving to California, she continued her studies in Chinese traditional medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She received her doctorate in gynecology from SFCAOM in 1987.

Misha is the author of several books and articles, including "The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness", "The HIV Wellness Sourcebook: An East/West Guide to Living Well with HIV/AIDS and Related Conditions", and "The Hepatitis C Help Book".

Involved in acupuncture and herbal medicine research for many years, Dr. Cohen is Executive Director of the MRCE Foundation (Misha Ruth Cohen Education Foundation) a non-profit educational organization focusing on the integration of Western and Eastern medicine in the treatment of complex health issues. She is also the Research Chairperson of Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, and Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at the University of California Institute for Health and Aging, all in San Francisco. Currently, she is the leading investigator on a University of California research team for a Phase II study of a topical herbal cream in treatment of HPV-related anal neoplasia to prevent anal cancer, and the lead investigator on an herbal and acupuncture research team with MDs at California Pacific Medical Center in complementary treatment for patients with hepatitis C.

Andrew Ellis B.A. Andrew Ellis first studied Chinese medicine with Dr. James Tin Yau So at the New England School of Acupuncture. He left New England in 1983 to study Chinese language in Taiwan and apprenticed with Chinese herbalist Xu Fu-Su there for several years. Later he studied internal medicine and gynecology at the Xiamen Hospital of Chinese medicine. While there, he also specialized in the study of acupuncture with Dr. Shi Neng-Yun and dermatology with Dr. Zhang Guang-Cai.

Andy is the founding owner of Spring Wind Herbs in Berkeley, California and has authored, translated, or co-translated several books on Chinese medicine including:

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies (2nd Ed.)
Grasping the Wind, The Clinical Experience of Dr. Shi Neng-Yun
Notes from South Mountain
Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine

Jianxin Huang MMed (PRC), LAc. Dr. Jianxin Huang is a licensed acupuncturist, both nationally and in Washington state, and also a nationally certified herbologist. After graduating from the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1979, Nanjing, China, Dr. Huang practiced emergency medicine, internal medicine, gynecology, and pediatrics for more than 20 years. His skillful blending of ancient acupuncture and herbal knowledge with modern, scientific research and Western medicine, and his astute diagnostic and treatment skills resulted in his promotion to Chief Physician at Jiangsu TCM Hospital.

Dr. Huang received two awards by the Chinese government for his achievements in medical research. He has published several books and articles in professional journals and reviews current medical research publications from China on an ongoing basis. Before being invited to the U.S. as a visiting scholar, Dr. Huang was a member of China's Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and China's Society of Medical Information, the Director of the Board of the Medical Computer User's Association, and the Academic Secretary of the Society for Research of Liver Disorders.

Currently, Dr. Huang is a faculty member at Bastyr University in the acupuncture and herbal medicine department. He maintains a busy private practice at his Seattle clinic, Long Life Herbs and Acupuncture.

Following in the Chinese tradition, Dr. Huang has spent decades investigating the nature and causative factors of health, disease and death. He says, "It is the physician's duty to teach students and patients to improve their health through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes, so that they may live a long, healthy life." In addition to counseling patients and students on these subjects, Dr. Huang has translated portions of The Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine, and other important Chinese texts dealing with health, which are available from his office.

Angie Hughes L.Ac. Angie Hughes has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years. She originally studied acupuncture at the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the UK, graduating in 1989, and came to Seattle in 1997 to join the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Before studying acupuncture, she worked for 7 years in a psychiatric hospital in a rehabilitation program. During her many years working in the health industry, she has had the opportunity to work with many different populations but has mainly specialized in the treatment of the elderly and in hospice.

Angie worked for 5 years at a needle exchange in London and is a certified and experienced practitioner in the field of chemical dependency. Her deepest interest is in the treatment of the underlying emotional root of disease. This brings together her experience both in mental and emotional health and the treatment of physical pain. She is a fanatical student of the enneagram and has a deep interest in 5 element theory. She currently teaches for Bastyr University and is the co-owner of the Community Acupuncture Project of Columbia City in South Seattle.

Lee Hullender Rubin DAOM., L.Ac. Lee Hullender is a 2001 graduate of Bastyr University, holding a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also completed advanced herbal study at the Shanghai TCM University in 2001 and interned with Randine Lewis, PhD, LAc.

Lee was a co-acupuncturist on a University of Washington acupuncture study on women undergoing IVF with acupuncture, and has published several articles on topics such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and recurrent miscarriage. Specializing in the treatment of fertility, she practices at her clinic Abundant Spring, in Bellevue, Washington, and at the Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences in Kirkland. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Resolve, and the Society for Acupuncture Research.

Lee was featured on KING-TV, and in Seattle Metropolitan and Seattle Woman magazines, as an expert in the Chinese medicine treatment of fertility. Currently, she attends the doctoral program at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), specializing in Women's Health. She is particularly interested in working with research design that is accurately reflective of clinical reality.

Christina Jackson MAc., L.Ac. Christina Jackson has had a life long love of herbal medicine, beginning at age 6 when she used milkweed juice to heal her sister's warts. She went on to spend many years pursuing an apprenticeship in Western herbal medicine, including work identifying, collecting, and processing herbs.

Graduating from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) in 1995, Christina has taught classes at the Jade Institute, NIAOM and the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM). She is a founding partner of Tiger Mountain Center for Acupuncture, where she maintains her private practice and provides mentorship to interns and new practitioners. She sees a wide variety of patients, with an emphasis on women's health, and has a particular interest in the treatment of infertility. Christina brings a long history of study and passion for herbal medicine to her teaching at the Jade Institute.

Raven Lang OMD, L.Ac. Raven Lang was one of the first homebirth midwives in California. In 1970 she founded the Santa Cruz Birth Center, the first birth center in North America. Two years and fifty births later she wrote Birth Book. In 1972 Raven immigrated to British Columbia, where she helped organize and run the first birth center in B.C. Six years later, she returned to California and founded the Institute of Feminine Arts, the first non-medical school for midwifery in North America.

In 1982 she began her training in TCM and incorporated TCM into her midwifery. For the next three years she apprenticed with Dr. Miriam Lee, a nurse midwife from China and one of the first licensed acupuncturists in California. During her time with Dr. Lee, Raven learned the patterns of Master Tung's Magic Points. From 1982 to 2012 Raven practiced in Santa Cruz, California, specializing in women's medicine and pediatrics. Since 2012, Raven has left her practice and is in semi-retirement. In 2013 she attended a yearlong course in studying the classics, with Dr. Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee. Presently Raven teaches classes, offers externships, and sits as a board member for Institute of Feminine Arts and Sciences, a newly opened school of midwifery in Santa Rosa, California.

Raven incorporates her knowledge of midwifery, mothering, and traditional medicine (both American and Asian) in her work and brings a wealth of experience to those she serves. She is a dynamic teacher and teaches subjects as diverse as the politics and history of women's health, parenting, the science and art of obstetrics, and pediatrics. Her teaching reaches into the well of life, using poetry, art, politics, mothering, psychology, the medical arts, and unique instructions in the skills of observation.

Michael Max MAcOM, L.Ac. Michael Max graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) where he studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and earned a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. After graduating and practicing in Seattle for a few years, Michael followed his curiosity to Asia to learn Chinese and to further his understanding of Chinese medicine from within the Chinese language and cultural frame. Michael's travels of over five years took him to both Taiwan and Mainland China where he had the good fortune to meet and study with a number of doctors who practiced in ways we don't study in our western texts.

Since returning from Asia in 2005, he has gone back several times to continue pursuing his own study, and to lead groups of practitioners to study with Dr. Huang. Michael translated Dr. Huang's "The Ten Key Formula Families in Chinese Medicine", published in 2009 by Eastland Press. He also maintains and is chief editor of Currently, he is working on another translation that concerns the work of one of the Shang Han Lun experts of the last century, and also maintains an active practice at Yong Kang Chinese Medicine Clinic in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Cindy Micleu MTCM., L.Ac. Cindy Micleu has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1985 after graduating with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) in Seattle, Washington. She went on to do further advanced study in China earning a diploma in acupuncture from the Chongqing Institute of TCM, Sichuan, PRC in 1985, and spending 1995 studying Chinese herbal medicine at the Chengdu College of TCM, Sichuan, PRC and in private mentorship study with Dr. Chen Zhi Heng and Dr. Tang Yun Shu in Chengdu.

With a strong commitment to helping practitioners deepen their clinical practice skills, she has taught classes in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine across the country, including Seattle's Bastyr University and Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM). She was a core faculty member at NIAOM, serving for 7 years as their Herbal Department Chair, and on their executive committee as Faculty Chair.

Cindy is the founder and director of the Jade Institute, which was conceived with the intention of providing quality advanced education for practitioners of Oriental medicine, supporting the development of a professional and educational community, and fostering public education and the dialogue between Eastern and Western medical traditions.

She currently maintains her private practice in Seattle, Washington with a specialty in women's health, and continues to mentor practitioners and teach advanced courses in Chinese herbal medicine in Seattle and around the country.

Craig Mitchell Ph.D. (China), L.Ac. Craig Mitchell, Ph.D.(China), L.Ac., received a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco (1993). He then studied Chinese language and medicine in Taiwan for several years and completed his PhD from the China Academy of TCM in the summer of 2006.

Craig has written numerous articles and translated several Chinese medical texts, including the classic "Shang Han Lun: On Cold Damage", "Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals from the Personal Experience of Jiao Shu-De", and "Ten Lectures in the Use of Formulas from the Personal Experience of Jiao Shu-De". He is Academic Dean at the highly regarded Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), where he also teaches classes on herbal medicine and Chinese language and translation, and supervises students in the clinic.

Bob Quinn DAOM, L.Ac. Bob's strong interest in medicinal herbs is what originally brought him to the study of Chinese medicine, eventually leaving behind his earlier career in high school education. This interest in herbs began in the early 1970s and continued as a hobby for years. In 1983 he began his formal study of Western herbal medicine; this was followed 12 years later by his study of Chinese medicine. In 1998, Dr. Quinn graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) with a master's degree and in 2007 with his doctorate in Chinese medicine. He was a member of the first cohort in the U.S. to graduate from a fully accredited doctoral degree program in Oriental medicine.

Dr. Quinn supervises the Clinical Internship Rotation at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and also regularly teaches several courses on acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Asian Bodywork. A writer as well, Dr. Quinn has contributed articles, case studies, book reviews, and interviews to professional publications such as the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and The Journal of Chinese Medicine, along with monthly columns in community papers for the public. Bob has a private practice in SE Portland. In his spare time he practices taiji and qigong and enjoys getting out to the woods whenever he can.

Jeremy Ross BSc, DAc (Br), LAc. Jeremy Ross has practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine in both England and the USA, since 1977. He is not only an expert clinician, but a gifted teacher, who can show practitioners how to take a complex case with a profusion of confusing details and cut through to the essentials of the patient's real needs. He is known for his well-structured courses, his ability to answer questions and stimulate discussion, and for his lively and entertaining lecturing style.

Jeremy started his acupuncture training with Efrem Korngold and in 1974, he studied at the colleges of Dick van Buren, Jack Worsley, and Royston Low in England. This variety of training proved invaluable, giving him three very different perspectives on Chinese medicine from which he was to form a synthesis for acupuncture teaching and practice. In 1981, he went to Canton to study with Professor Wu Xin Jin and later attended the first advanced acupuncture course in Nanjing, organized by Giovanni Maciocia, where he was fortunate to study with Dr. Su Xin Ming. After graduating from a two-year course in Chinese herbal medicine taught by Ted Kaptchuk, he completed an advanced training in Chinese herbs in Nanjing, China in 1988, where he specialized in heart disease, gynecology and pediatrics.

Extensively trained in Western herbal medicine as well, Jeremy studied with Michael Tierra with a practical approach based on a synthesis of the work of the American Physiomedical practitioners, especially John Christopher, and the herbal wisdom of the Native Americans. On returning to England, he studied at the College of Phytotherapy with Hein Zeylstra, graduating in 1982 and becoming a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

Jeremy is the author of several leading texts, including:
A Clinical Materia Medica: 120 Herbs in Western Use
Combining Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Point Combinations
Zang Fu: The Organ Systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine
From Diagnosis to Treatment: 4 Qi Imbalances + 5 Elements (in English in 2011)

Allen Sayigh MAcOM, L.Ac. Allen Sayigh earned his Master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) in 1999. He grew up in Connecticut and previously received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York.

An early interest in herbs drew him to the study of Oriental medicine and he brings that continued dedication to herbal medicine, and fascination with the field to his teaching. Besides teaching at the Jade Institute, Allen is currently an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), offering didactic instruction as well as supervising students in their clinical practice. He also manages the Chinese herbal dispensaries at both schools. Allen maintains a private practice in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Volker Scheid PhD, FrChM, MBAcC I am a physician in the East Asian medical tradition with over 25 years of clinical experience. I hold diplomas in acupuncture and in Chinese and Western herbal medicine from various institutions including the Beijing and Shanghai Universities of Chinese Medicine. In 2006 I was awarded a visiting professorship at the Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou (China).

I was able to study with several renowned Chinese physicians who guided my understanding of Chinese medicine to greater depth. As a result of my scholarly research I have become particularly attached to the Menghe current in Chinese medicine with its emphasis on mild and gentle treatment. I have also studied Japanese Kampo medicine from which I take an emphasis on direct observation and experience.

I currently practice acupuncture and herbal medicine at The Traditional Acupuncture Centre in Waterloo (London) with a focus on internal medicine (內科 neike) and gynaecology (婦科 fuke). I offer treatment in a wide range of disorders including allergies, auto-immune disorders, cardio-vascular disorders, digestive disorders, menopause and the support of patients suffering from cancer. I am a Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and a registered practitioner of natural medicine (Heilpraktiker) in Germany.

As part of an ongoing Department of Health funded research project at the University of Westminster I have established a number of menopause clinics in London. These clinics offer free treatment to participating women in order to investigate the potential of Chinese medicine in the treatment of menopause. It is my intention in the future to extend these clinics to other disorders so as to make East Asian medicine accessible to all segments of society.

Susan Scott L.Ac. Susan Scott, L.Ac. has been in private practice as an acupuncturist in the Seattle area for twenty six years. She actively utilizes Toyohari acupuncture, Manaka ion-pumping cord techniques, Nogier auricular acupuncture and visceral manipulation assessments in her practice. In addition to being co-founder and director of Stillpoint Health Assoc., the home to a group of dedicated health care practitioners, she is also on the faculty of SIOM where she teaches Nogier Auricular Microsystems.

Susan received her Acupuncture Diploma from NIAOM in 1985. As Acupuncture education was in its infancy in the United States at that time, her class of six went to Chongqing, China to fulfill their clinical requirements in an outpatient clinic for over three months. She graduated in the second graduating class of NIAOM in June 1985.

Susan began studying Auriculotherapy and Auriculomedicine in 1987 after attending a weekend workshop at NIAOM from Michael Adams, N.D., who had learned from Paul Nogier, M.D. She took several advanced auricular classes from Dr. Adams after that time. Because of her special interest in this diagnostic and treatment modality she preceptored with Dr. Adams at his Bellevue office for one year, in addition to being his teaching assistant from 1988 to 1991. Concurrent with teaching Nogier auricular therapy/medicine classes in 1994 to 1996 at NIAOM, Susan supervised an Auricular clinic. As a teaching aid for her classes, Susan compiled and edited a comprehensive study guide for her students.

Susan has pursued intense studies in several other healthcare subjects, attending countless workshops and trainings. Several of these areas of study are Advanced Visceral Manipulation with Jean-Pierre Barral and the Upledger Institute from 1990 to the present. Also studied Lymphatic Drainage Brain 1 & 2 with Dr. Bruno Chikly from 2008 to present. In 1997 she completed a one year long certification program in Toyohari Japanese Acupuncture with Stephen Birch, Junko Ida, and several acupuncture 'Masters' from Japan, and has attended many additional Toyohari trainings and conferences throughout North America and Japan. In 2007-2008 completed a 1 year Advanced Toyohari Training.

Other interests include Hatha Yoga, meditation, chanting, playing her Ukulele and singing oldies but goldies. She spoils her two cats, Kali & Durga and loves to cook healthy organic meals for her family and friends.

Sharon Weizenbaum L.Ac. Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and has been practicing Chinese medicine for over 25 years. She studied extensively with Dr. Shu Rong Zhu, a TCM gynecology specialist from the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and in 1990, went on to complete a 5-month program in herbal gynecology at the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, PRC. She studied and apprenticed with Kiiko Matsumoto for 12 years and developed her own uniquely effective clinical practice style called Integrative Mandala Acupuncture, a synthesis of her work in both the Chinese and Japanese acupuncture traditions.

Sharon served on the faculty at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) in Seattle, and is the founder and director of White Pine Healing Arts in Amherst, Massachusetts where she currently teaches and maintains her private practice. She has published articles in The Lantern and the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and is a Frances Perkins Scholar at Mt. Holyoke College where she is translating her teacher's book on herbal gynecology. Sharon teaches nationally and is well known for her engaging, clinically relevant and clear presentation style.